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Avs Trying To Break Slump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

Arnason is just one of several Avalanche forwards hoping to bust out of a slump. Joe Sakic hasn’t scored in 10 games, former Oiler Ryan Smyth hasn’t scored in four straight and has one goal in his past nine, and Paul Stastny is scoreless in his past four games.

“I don’t want to just look to Arnie for contributions in Edmonton, but he really does seem to have the special touch when we play them,” Avs coach Joel Quenneville said. “Whether it’s Arnie or someone else, we need more production than, obviously, the one goal a game.”

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Steve Sullivan Finally Seeing Improvement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily News Journal,

He’s elevated his off-ice workouts without suffering any of the relapses or back spasms that have plagued him for so long.

It may not sound like much, and there’s still no timetable for Sullivan to return, but a player who’s spent his entire hockey career turning doubters into believers is confident he’s in the process of doing it again.

“The last two weeks have been great because every day I’m able to do a little bit more and wake up somewhat pain free, or at least not being worse the next day,” Sullivan said.

“Am I planning on skating next week? No. But on the other hand, am I three months away? I don’t think so. In my mind, I’m finally seeing results, whereas for the first eight months I hadn’t seen any.”

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  Tags: injuries, nashville+predators, steve+sullivan

A Lot Of Work For Colin Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Gross of the Toronto Sun,

“I try to watch what’s happening on the ice and then discuss it with Mike Murphy (former Maple Leaf head coach and now vice-president of hockey operations), Kris King (former Maple Leaf player and now director of hockey operations) and Jim Gregory (former Maple Leaf general manager and now senior vice-president of NHL hockey operations),” offered Campbell.

“There is a lot happening in NHL hockey these days. You have a lot of games and even some outdoor games. We are trying to keep discipline in the game. Then we have to keep an eye on the length of the game, actions of the game officials because people can see the games in super slow motion and in high definition.”

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Believe In Maurice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

“It’s silly,” McCabe said of recent suggestions that Maurice’s days might be numbered. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with Paul or any of our coaches.”

“They have us prepared every game. Our practices are as good as they’ve ever been.

“The blame is 100% on us, the players. It has nothing to do with the coaches.”

One look at the beleaguered Maurice and it is easy to see the toll the Leafs woes are having on him.

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe, paul+maurice, toronto+maple+leafs

Well…Ok

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, yeah, I was considering NOT live-blogging the game tonite.  But the faithful A2Y nineteen would probably just push forward without me anyway.  So, it’s on.  1920.  It seems that it’s much more effective to just LB via the comment section rather than update the original post, so we’ll just pile on this post and away we go.  Crack ‘em if you got ‘em.  Back in 45.

To get you ready for tonite’s tilt with the bitter Blues?  I give you Gramps.

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Tortorella 10K Lighter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Tortorella was fined $10,000 by the league today for blasting league on-ice officials after some questionable calls hurt his team Monday night. The coach reached a boiling point after his team blew a 3-1 lead and a phantom holding penalty on Brad Richards in overtime led to Atlanta’s game-winning goal.

“The frustrating part for me is these organizations pay the players millions upon millions of dollars,” Tortorella said. “They’re the ones who need to decide outcomes of games….

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Wings Get Some Off-Ice Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Tennessean,

Steve Violetta, executive vice president of business affairs for the Predators, will leave the organization in early December to take a similar position with the Detroit Red Wings, a Predators spokesman confirmed.

A Detroit native, Violetta is in his third season in Nashville, where he’s helped boost attendance and season-ticket sales even as the Predators have raised ticket prices.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, nashville+predators, steve+violetta

The Panthers Room

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Pond,

JM got testy today when asked about the reported division in the room, telling us to name our sources. That, of course, is not going to happen. And it can’t happen. But none of this is new. JM hasn’t been a good communicator and I don’t think he thinks he needs to be.

JM is an old-school guy in the thought he feels these guys should be able to motivate themselves from within, that they make enough money they should play with pride and be up for every game. Yet this is the real world. That always isn’t the case.

Has Jacques lost the room? I don’t think he has.

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  Tags: florida+panthers, jacques+martin

Sharks Extend Carle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed defenseman Matt Carle to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“When you look at the number of players that have committed to this organization over the last few years – guys like Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo, Evgeni Nabokov, Craig Rivet, Milan Michalek – it’s easy to want to be here,” said Carle. “The front office has proven that they are serious about winning multiple Stanley Cups and that’s something I want to be a part of.”

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  Tags: doug+wilson, matt+carle, san+jose+sharks

The Leaders In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings lead all Western Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Lidstrom’s 80,903 votes top the West, followed by Zetterberg with 58,074.  Closing in for the third top spot is Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf with 56,664 votes.

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