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The New #1 Goalie In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Bell of TSN,

Stop if you’ve heard this one before, but it appears as though the Ottawa Senators have finally found their number one goaltender.

Dominik Hasek, Ray Emery, Martin Gerber, Alex Auld, Pascal Leclaire - since the lockout, all five of these men have been deemed the savior between the pipes for the Senators at one point or another.

All five were handed the number one job, and all five relinquished that role due to injuries, off-ice issues or poor play.

Heading into the season, Brian Elliott was largely an afterthought.


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Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Count down the top 10 goals of the week in the NHL.

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Playfair Fined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at the Record,

Abbotsford Heat coach Jim Playfair is paying for his meltdown during a game over the weekend.

An American Hockey League spokesman says that Playfair has been fined an undisclosed amount after breaking two sticks and ripping off his jacket in protest of a call by referee Jamie Koharski.

Playfair was upset after Abbotsford’s J.D. Watt was given a five-minute charging penalty and game misconduct for running into Hamilton Bulldogs goalie Cedrick Desjardins on Saturday night.

The coach stood on the bench and smashed two sticks over the boards, throwing the remaining pieces on the ice.

Read on if you missed the video earlier of the incident…

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The Phoenix Backup Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Sunnocks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

The National Hockey League is working on a backup plan with Toronto billionaire David Thomson and Winnepeg-based True North Sports and Entertainment that could send the Phoenix Coyotes back to Canada if a deal with Ice Edge Holdings or Jerry Reinsdorf to keep the team in Arizona falls through.

Two sources with knowledge of the Coyotes finances and ownership said a deal between Thomson and the NHL has been completed in principle and could have the Coyotes back in Winnipeg next season if necessary. Thomson, also considered a possible buyer of the Atlanta Thrashers, is a partner in True North and chairman of Thomson Reuters. True North owns the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and MTS Centre in Winnipeg, which seats 15,100.


added 5:06pm, Same publication and writer as above,

A renewed bid for the Phoenix Coyotes by Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf may hinge on the National Hockey League and city of Glendale giving him an out to move the franchise to another market if the team’s bottom line does not improve.


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 29, 2010)—Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliott, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard and New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 28.

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Does Mike Green Win The Norris?

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Canada didn’t trust Mike Green’s play in his own zone enough to include him amongst the seven defencemen chosen to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Now we ask, is Green, the NHL’s highest scoring defenceman this season, good enough to be named winner of the Norris Trophy as the best defender in the league?

This season there really is no runaway leader for the Norris, so it will likely come down to personal preference for members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association who are charged with choosing the Norris winner.


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Flyers Planning Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

The person I spoke with will remain anonymous, just know that it’s someone within the organization who has full knowledge of what the team’s personnel decisions and plans are.

Here is what he said to me:

“We can’t go into next year with the same situation or a similar situation in goal that we have right now. What happened this year is really nobody’s fault. Ray (Emery) came in here and did everything we asked and was good until he got hurt. We got lucky with (Michael) Leighton, but we can’t expect to win doing things this way in goal.

“It’s already been decided that our No. 1 priority for next season is to get a goalie. We have to go out and get that player and commit to him as our guy.

“It’s probably going to mean somebody is going to have to be traded away, especially if we go after a young goalie on another team, but that’s what we’re going to have to do.


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The West Is Best

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL regular season is almost over and we see that the West Conference remains stronger than the East Conference this season.  The West has a 152-103 (with 28 regulation tie points) record against East Conference teams.  Almost sixty percent of inter-conference games have wound up with the West Conference winning.  The only West teams that do not have winning records against the East are Edmonton, Dallas, Columbus and Anaheim (the latter two have apparent winning records when the point for losing is taken into account).

This inequity between conferences is seen in the NHL standings.  Colorado has 89 points and holds down the last playoff spot in the West.  In the East, Boston is in the last playoff spot with only 80 points.  Calgary looks likely to miss playoffs in the West.  They have a 38-38 record (with 9 regulation tie points) that would have them sixth in the East.  This compares with the Boston Bruins 34-40 (with 12 regulation tie points) record that looks good enough for playoffs in the East.

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Gaborik Needs To Show Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Where’s Gabby?

It’s difficult to know what is more troubling, that Marian Gaborik played poorly enough (again) to merit benching for the final 8:15 of the second period in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto on Saturday night, or that coach John Tortorella believed that benching the team’s lone marquee forward was the only way to jump-start him.

Seriously, with all of the issues the Rangers must surmount over the final seven games that after a season of good health now include knee injuries to top-six forwards Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery, the most perplexing is Gaborik’s recent penchant for disappearing at both ends of the ice for shifts at a time.


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Can You Boo And Be Happy At The Same Time?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I don’t mind when fans boo and I don’t mind when fans vent. It is your right. We live in a newly interactive society and a world of great self expression.

We want to do well for you, our great fans. Thank you for caring so much.

We have played very well as of late “you are what your record says you are” but I understand we didn’t play well yesterday.

I have no beef with your emails. I have no beef with your comments. I have no beef with your booing.

Self express away.

But try to be happy. I know you can do it.


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