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Ryan Miller Getting Noticed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Miller leads the NHL with a 1.84 goals-against average and an eye-popping .937 save percentage. Oddly enough, that’s the exact figure of Hasek’s NHL record set during the Sabres’ 1998-99 season that ended in the Stanley Cup finals. Miller has 15 wins, one off the league lead.

Just past the first quarter of the season, Miller would be a heavy favorite for the Vezina Trophy given to the league’s best goalie. And he’d be in the small circle of discussion for the Hart Trophy, given to the league’s most valuable player.

Best in the world?

“That’s nice of them to say but there’s a lot of great goalies in the league,” Miller said after Tuesday’s optional practice in HSBC Arena. “We’re playing a game that really fits our style. Our system and the way we’re playing benefits the way I read plays and how I go out and play every night. The coaching staff took that into account.

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The Team Of The Decade Will Bring Us Together In Harmony And Joy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In the spirit of Christmas, that holy holiday invented by Santa and loaned out to various religions around the world…we must come together as a hockey family and do what is right for our sport.  And as an example that this can, and must, be done? 

The world’s most prolific search engine extended an olive branch this morning, which I’ve accepted; for the most glorious of all causes.

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Does Junior Seau Know Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Next Wednesday (on Versus) is the episode featuring Seau as an equipment manager for the Washington Capitals. He spoke with us recently about working that sports job, gauging the toughness of hockey players and the impression Alex Ovechkin(notes) made on him. That, along with talk about his three days as a reporter for Sports Illustrated, concussions in the NFL and NHL and attempting to be a TV star after football. Oh, and a strange moment involving man-on-man tickling. Enjoy.

On a player to player basis, who has more equipment: Football or hockey?

Oh, definitely a hockey player. There’s so much more going on. They wear leotards underneath those pads.

What’s that one stud’s name?

Ovechkin?

Yeah, Alex. Watching him, you’d think that he would be a prima donna. That guy is a jokester. He lightens it up. The reason why the Capitals are doing so well is basically because the guy puts it in perspective. He’s not bigger than anybody on that team, and he cares for the players in that locker room, which I got to see firsthand.

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The Most One-Sided Trade This Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Brian Burke is one of the more active general managers in the NHL.  When he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs, it was clear that he wanted to make some trades to put his stamp on the team.  This was not so easy to accomplish under the current NHL CBA.  Trades are rare except around the NHL trade deadline (where players with expiring contracts are usually moved) and during the summer (when a team has not set its roster yet and thus has some flexibility).  This scarcity of trade opportunities has frustrated Burke.  He has suggested that the CBA be amended to allow trades where a team trades a portion of a salary cap hit.  This idea is a non-starter without CBA amendment (which is not trivial) and it is not clear how it improves things for the fan (do a lack of trades have anything to do with the quality of hockey games? I don’t see how.). 

Nevertheless, Burke has pushed (often unsuccessfully) to make trades.  One of his priorities has been to make his team tougher.  In order to do this he has been willing to trade a more talented player to get more toughness.  When a GM gets desperate to push a trade through and is willing to give up the most talented player in a deal, they are ready to be taken advantage of and this is what happened to Brian Burke.

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Kyle Chipchura Traded To Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you missed this earlier on the KK Twitter...

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have traded Kyle Chipchura to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round draft pick.

added 10:47am,

“Kyle Chipchura is a heart-and-soul player,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “A team leader in both his professional and amateur career, Chipchura will be a valuable addition to the Anaheim Ducks.”

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Introducing NHL TweetMixx

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Laurie Sullivan of MediaPost,

The National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday becomes the first in a handful of companies scheduled to launch a white-label platform from Mixx that aggregates tweets from Twitter on Web sites and blogs.

TweetMixx Channels creates a distribution channel for tweets both off and on Twitter. The platform comes with a widget that bloggers can embed on a variety of sites. A plug in to Facebook will launch in two weeks. The product roadmap also includes a snippet of code to personalize iGoogle and other Web pages. The platform has filters to monitor chatter, too.

continued and see NHL TweetMixx in action here...

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Has Brule Found A Home In Edmonton?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

He has four points in his last two games, and 17 in 24 games, only playing 14 minutes a night. All seven of his goals have been scored at even-strength. He has 15 five-on-five points. Only Penner has more, with 19.

Of players taking at least 150 faceoffs, 22-year-old Brule is the only Oiler over 50 per cent (51.8). He has the best shooting percentage of players with at least 30 shots (17.9 per cent).

“You always encourage guys to develop themselves to the point where they rise up in importance on their team unit,” said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn. “He’s a young guy we’re pushing for. He’s got lots to learn, and if he continues to work ... and he’s an attentive player, he’s got a chance to be a good player in this league for a long time.”

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Battling For 47 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neal E. Boudette of the Wall Street Journal,

On New Year’s Eve in 1962, Jack Parker and Jerry York lined up against each other in a high-school ice-hockey game—and started a rivalry that has become one of the most extraordinary in college sports.

After high school, Mr. Parker played at Boston University and Mr. York at Boston College. Mr. Parker later became the coach at BU, and Mr. York at BC.

Now, after nearly half a century of going toe-to-toe, each man’s success is unexcelled—and they are still fierce competitors. Mr. York has accumulated more wins—827—than any other active college coach. Mr. Parker is only seven wins behind him.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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IS It All About PR With AO?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog,

In literary circles this narrative might be termed a potboiler — a tale hastily conceived and executed with commercial profits foremost in mind. Earlier this fall Ovi signed on with the global champions of sports personality marketing, IMG. It’s a firm renowned for being visionary and aggressive in its strategic branding. When word of the deal broke, I wondered: how might Ovi be re-launched under IMG’s auspices? I was pretty sure the firm wasn’t going to simply allow the dynamic winger to merely pile up goals this hockey season and issue a press release come spring saying, “Ain’t that just dandy?”

One idea that might have occurred to IMG brass would be to exploit Ovi’s on-ice aggressor activity. He doesn’t just hit, he hits hard, and often, and often ferociously, pummeling plexiglass in the process and intimidating some of the league’s largest bodies. Additionally, it might have occurred to the firm that the league’s preferred poster boy, Sidney Crosby, rarely wades into trouble waters out on the ice, and so establishing a clear antagonist to #87, the protagonist, with a Russian bad-guy motif might just catch a few outside-of-hockey eyes.

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Eleven Rounds To Decide The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blue Jackets and Blackhawks went deep into the shootout last night.

Chicago finally pulled out a 4-3 victory.  Watch the shootout below…

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