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Zetterberg Out Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zetterberg did not participate in the morning skate and is out for tonight’s game against the Canucks.

Darren Helm has been called up from Grand Rapids.

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Chicago Already Panicking

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Any team that fires their coach four games into the season is in panic mode.  A major piece of the team, as it was assembled in the off season, is already being replaced.  The Chicago Blackhawks are already panicking.  They have played four games and have announced the firing of coach Denis Savard.  There is little sign that Chicago has anything significant to panic about.  They have not started the season with a hot streak, but they are not in bad shape.  After four games, they have collected three points.  They won last night in a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.  They picked up another point in a shootout loss against the Nashville Predators.  They collected points in both of their last two games.  It seems pretty clear that if the Blackhawks are already willing to fire their coach, then they should not have began the season with him in place.

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Hearing ‘Voices’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A sneak preview of the NHL Network’s new show “Voices”.  The show profiles NHL broadcasters who bring life to the game with their words and calls.

A preview with Joe Bowen…

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Game Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,

Bryce Salvador proves that NHL players aren’t just meant to shoot the puck.

Salvador, a veteran defenseman for the New Jersey Devils, not only has hockey sense, but boasts an impressive amount of business sense to boot. Salvador has been involved in various businesses during the past several years, opening hockey training facilities, restaurants, and most recently, starting Fan-Tastic Sports Interactive with partner Brian McKinney.

Fan-Tastic Sports is every hockey fan’s dream, treat, and challenge.

continued

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Savard Gone In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Per NHL Live, Denis Savard has been fired as Chicago coach.  No replacement named yet, but as E.J. Hradek states, if Bowman takes the job, it will tell you how good Scotty feels the team could be.

Also, Joel Quenneville is within the organization too.

added 12:14pm, Pierre LeBrun at ESPN confirms.

added 12:19pm, Hradek states Bob McKenzie says Quenneville will be named coach.

added 12:21pm, TSN story with Quenneville as the new coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.

added 12:29pm, via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks have named Joel Quenneville the 37th head coach in franchise history, replacing Denis Savard, who was relieved of his duties earlier on Thursday.

“This was an extremely hard day for this organization and for me personally,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said. “Denis is forever a part of our organization. We made a tough decision that we strongly feel is the right one as we continue to evaluate our team and create a championship caliber organization that can sustain success. Joel brings us a wealth of experience and a winning track record that will have an immediate and lasting impact.”

added 1:01pm, via the Chicago Sun-Times,

“I put our young kids in a position to succeed. I thought we were on the right track.”

“I understand the business,” Savard said. “We made a commitment to our fans, and they’re going for what they think is the best coach available.”

 

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Gaborik Out With Lower-Body Injury

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via Russo’s Rants,

Marian Gaborik is out tonight with a lower body injury.

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Avery Stops Talking

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I knew it was a long shot, but I e-mailed the Dallas Stars asking whether Sean Avery would be interested in speaking with ESPN.com ahead of his big games next week in the New York area—Monday at the Rangers against his former team and Wednesday at New Jersey against Martin Brodeur.

Shockingly enough, I got a big “no” from the Stars.

“Sorry, but Mr. Avery is not doing any media right now,” Stars PR man Rob Scichili said in an e-mail. “He is not doing one-on-one/set-up interviews at all. He made that crystal clear to us yesterday.”

continued with more NHL topics inlcuding Duck, Avs and Fabian.

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Early Thanks & Observations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

• The new third jerseys of the Oilers, Sabres, Blues, Canucks, and Bruins (but not the Hurricanes or Thrashers).

• The depth of knowledge and perfectly timed inflections of Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Jim Hughson. It will take fans a while to get used to him as CBC’s No. 1 guy, but trust me, we’re witnessing the early days of what will be a legendary career.

read on

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New Ideas For The All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The NHL’s skills competition could have a new flavour to it when the Montreal Canadiens host All-Star Weekend in January….

The event celebrates the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary and pending commissioner Gary Bettman’s approval, there will be changes. Most notably, the effort to include some of hockey’s greats of the past.

A goaltending showdown between Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur has been discussed, but a more likely scenario would see Guy Lafleur or any number of former stars take part in either a head to head with Brodeur - or Roberto Luongo - or a competition against the NHL’s young guns.

read on and how about a Probert/Domi re-match?

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Canadiens Celebrate In Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

At the Bell Centre last night, a century less a year after the Canadiens’ historic first game, the encomiums - glowing, praiseful words, if your Latin is rusty - were still overwhelming.

Right through a needlessly nailbiting 4-3 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.

It began hours earlier as a playoff-like atmosphere gripped Montreal well before the home opener of the Canadiens’ 100th season. This after the team had taken five of six possible points in three road games, then returned home to a city where hockey matters and all else is filler until the next game.

read on

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