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Some Things Should Not Be Twittered

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Well, it doesn’t take a lot to cause a maelstrom in Montreal and Allan Walsh’s twitter sure accomplished that on Saturday night.

In case you missed it, after the loss to Tampa, Walsh pointed out Price is 10-32 in his last 42 starts. His numbers are slightly off, but the only question that matters is: What does Jaroslav Halak think about this?

Walsh has one responsibility here, and that’s to his client. No one would be surprised if Halak, who doesn’t seem the type to create shockwaves, is beyond frustrated with his status in the organization. On merit, he deserves more opportunity, but Price is a first-rounder and Halak went 271st. It’s not always fair, but it happens.

The difference between hockey and other sports is that this usually happens in private.

continued and much more hockey talk from Elliotte…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 9, 2009)—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 8.

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KK- Your Yearly Reminder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We really do appreciate you visiting all the blogs under the KK umbrella, but do want to remind you to keep your comments on the topic of the post and also to avoid the childish banter that does take place at times.

People want to read about the topic at hand, not how good you are at throwing out personal barbs at people.

There is a proper way to get your point across and then there is a way not to do it.  If you don’t know the difference, then maybe KK is not the place for you.  So either adjust or move on to another site.

I don’t really believe in warning people if their comment is out of line, I just delete the comment and will ban you from commenting again.

So please keep the comments on topic and stop the childish behavior.  Thanks.

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Top Goalie So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In late October, I picked Craig Anderson of the Colorado Avalanche as the top goalie so far this season.  He is having a very good season (so far), but has given way to Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.  When I picked Anderson, it was clear that the race was between him and Miller.  Miller had a slightly higher saves percentage, with fewer games played and fewer shots faced.  In the meantime, Anderson`s numbers have dropped a bit, while Miller has done a better job of maintaining his level of play.  Miller has a 1.89 GAA and a .936 saves percentage.  Miller is a big part of the reason that the Buffalo Sabres lead the Northeast Division.

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Report- Legace Will Sign With Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Legace will sign with Hurricanes today.

added 1029am,

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Manny Legace on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Legace $500,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.

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Panthers Goaltender Clemmensen Points Finger At Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

After allowing seven goals in Saturday’s loss to the Capitals in Washington, D.C., including five in a third period he described as “like quicksand out there,” Clemmensen said his teammates didn’t protect the front of the net well.

When the puck got there, he added, there was such a scramble by the Panthers that “it looked like a fire drill.”

Coach Pete DeBoer’s response Sunday: “I understand where a goaltender who has let in [12] goals in his last two starts would be frustrated, but it’s misdirected.

“When things aren’t going well, I think it’s important we all self-reflect and see what we can do better in order to help the situation. I don’t think finger-pointing is real productive at this point.”

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A Gentler Lindy Ruff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Just before the season, Lindy Ruff pulled his leaders aside and told them they needed to take over the Buffalo Sabres’ dressing room. He made it clear that he was finished barking after every poor performance. This was their team, he told them, and taking ownership was their responsibility.

It was as if Ruff recognized that his style had grown stale, that he knew adjustments were required if his team was going to go anywhere. He has said numerous times this season that the Sabres’ core is no longer a bunch of kids. They’re pros who know what’s needed to win and should be treated accordingly.

Ruff hasn’t undergone a total makeover, but the shift in his approach has been obvious all year. The little things don’t seem to bother him as much as they did in past seasons. He’s been quick to compliment his players in practice. He’s giving them more leeway rather than stand over them with a firm hand.


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Detroit News’ New Business Plan: Find Someone Really Stupid And Hire Them To Write Headlines

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m not going to blame Chris McCosky for this one because the article he wrote really doesn’t support the headline.  But, man, this is just plain dumb. 


So, you lose Franzen, Filppula, Williams, Hossa, Samuelsson, Hudler and still compete…yet you have “depth issues”?

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Blackhawks Health Improving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Center Jonathan Toews and left wing Ben Eager are expected to return to the lineup tonight from their concussions, which should give the Hawks a boost.

Toews has missed the last six games and Eager the last 13.

“I’m definitely feeling better,” Toews said Sunday. “I have my jump and my energy back. I definitely feel I have my rhythm back.”

Toews centered a line for Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien at Sunday’s practice while Eager skated with Colin Fraser and Andrew Ebbett.

Toews also was back on the power play, which is just 3-for-35 over the last eight games.


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Get Ready To Watch the NHL Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO, Nov. 9 - XM Canada the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster of the NHL, is proud to launch its very first television production in collaboration with the National Hockey League: NHL Power Play from Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant in downtown Toronto, hosted by Scott Laughlin. The show airs weekdays from 4pm - 6pm on XM Channel 204 and beginning on November 16th will be simulcast on the NHL Network across Canada and in HD in the US.

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