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Is The Game Too Fast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Maybe it’s time to frame the discussion about what’s going on by asking the question: Is the game of hockey, played at the NHL level, too fast for its own good?

There’s little doubt that the league, in the post-lockout era, is collectively faster than ever. The players are bigger, stronger and fitter. The equipment has never been more evolved. Attempts to get obstruction out of the game have largely succeeded, meaning there is flow and speed again through the neutral zone, which wasn’t always the case in the dark days prior to the lockout when the clutch-and-grab style trumped all others.

The unhappy byproduct of all this speed, however, is that the game changed again — and it became all about reaction and instinct….

read on plus more NHL bits…

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Gagne’s Concussion Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via NHL.com,

It took two bouts of dizziness and other symptoms for the determination to be made Wednesday that Gagne sustained at least one concussion, if not two.

“First of all we didn’t know for sure and secondly I wasn’t aware of the repercussions,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I was under the assumption ... if he’s got a mild concussion, he’s got to be out seven days. That’s not the case.”

Gagne was injured at Florida on Oct. 24 after being hit in the jaw by Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. He sat out four games, but the Flyers never said anything about a concussion. Gagne was said to be dealing with dizziness.  Gagne returned to practice after being symptom-free for two days. He followed that with a morning skate the next day on Nov. 5 before dressing for that night’s game at the New York Rangers.

Gagne came through that OK, but didn’t look like himself on the ice. Two nights later, he was hit by Pittsburgh’s Gary Roberts and the symptoms came back.

more…

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  Tags: concussions, philadelphia+flyers, simon+gagne

Back Soon

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I just received an email from The Sailor and he promises to post on Sunday.  He has been without web access and is looking forward to being back home.

OK, let the comments begin!

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NHL Auctions:  HHOF Tribute Masks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageCurrently up for auction at NHL.com are four, one-of-a-kind, hand-signed, HHOF Tribute Masks

One featuring each of Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Scott Stevens and Mark Messier.  Bidding opened this week at $750 each (although Messier’s has already shot up in value) and will continue until December 7th. 

Money raised will be used to support the Shoot for a Cure program:

Shoot For A Cure Hockey is a campaign of the American and Canadian Spinal Research Organizations, which is directed at and led by the hockey community. The goals of the campaign are spinal cord injury awareness, prevention, research and cure. We seek to raise funds for spinal cord research, to promote prevention of hockey-related spinal cord injuries through the Play It Cool™ prevention program, and to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries in hockey.

 

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  Tags: auctions, charity, hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

Caps Need To Pick It Up Quickly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

What is certain, though, for every feel-good story that grabs headlines, even if only for a short while, there is another team that believed it, too, and had the Cinderella goods, only to find it still wore the garments of the scullery maid.

For teams like the Washington Capitals, that feeling of disappointment, even disbelief, is hard to fend off.

The Caps were one of those teams that began the season with that kind of iron-clad belief they were ready, even if the rest of the league didn’t believe it.

Owner Ted Leonsis told fans emphatically, “The rebuild is over!”

read on

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  Tags: ted+leonsis, washington+capitals

Report- Bryzgalov On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sources say when the National Hockey League’s waiver transactions are sent out at Noon et on Friday, the Anaheim Ducks will make netminder Ilya Bryzgalov available.

added 11:18am, from the OC Register,

“We’re making this move, first and foremost, to give Ilya Bryzgalov a chance to play,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. “He’s a good guy who’s played well for us, but we’ve committed to the other goaltender.”...

“I’ve been unable to move Ilya in a trade,” Burke said. “I’ve laid it out for his agent (Don Meehan), and told him we would take this next step. We’ll see where it goes.”

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added 11:59am, via the CP,

“What I promised Bryz is that I would find him a place to play,” Burke told The Canadian Press on Friday. “Bryz is a great kid and a loyal soldier. He’s won three playoff rounds for us and he deserves to play somewhere. But I was unable to move him.

“The single, biggest obstacle was that he’s unrestricted at the end of the year. I wasn’t offered anything of value for him. But I promised him, `If I can’t get something of value for you, we’ll put you on waivers.”’

added 12:16pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprsuoff for every game this year, an indication that - salary-cap permitting - they might be in the market for an established back-up, rather than trust the youngsters that they’re carrying on their rosters at the moment.

added 12:43pm, more from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

One more possible destination for Ilya Bryzgalov, the goaltender put on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks this morning: The Pittsburgh Penguins, who’ve gotten decent work from back-up Dany Sabourin so far this year, plus some up-and-down play from starter Marc-Andre Fleury.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, goalies, ilya+bryzgalov, waivers

8 Healthy Dmen For Blues - 2 Must Sit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News-Democrat,

McKee spoke with Murray about why he was chosen to sit out.

“We had a brief talk and he expressed to me that he was happy with most of my play, he just wanted me to work on puck-handling skills,” said McKee, who watched his last game on video to look for problems. “I was surprised, I’ll say that. I didn’t think my play warranted being pulled from the lineup. It’s his decision to make and that’s what he did.”

Murray realizes tough decisions come with the territory.

“There’s some certain areas where we’ve asked him to address his game,” Murray said. “He’s such a proud guy and a professional, and he will do that.”

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  Tags: jay+mckee, st+louis+blues

The Life Of A Player Agent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

One debate percolating these days centres on Tavares’ agent Bryan Deasley, a 38-year-old former Calgary Flames first-round pick – he never made it to the NHL – who hopes to make Tavares the underpinning of his player agent business. Industry sources say some rivals likely have already tried to poach Tavares.

“It’s nasty,” says Brian Lawton, a former NHL player who recently quit the agent industry to try to land an NHL management job. “I bet some of the big shops have tried to contact John two or three times already.”...

If Tavares becomes an NHL star, it would mean a payoff of at least $100,000 (all figures U.S.) a year for his agent, Lawton says. Most NHL agents charge between 2 and 4 per cent for on-ice earnings. (That means when Sidney Crosby signed a five-year, $43.5 million deal with the Penguins, his agent Pat Brisson’s take was probably between $870,000 and $1.7 million.)

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  Tags: brian+deasley, brian+lawton, john+tavares

Average Goaltending Won’t Get It Done In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

“It’s our job to do that, tonight I didn’t,” he said, adding he’s been fighting it a bit lately. “I’m trying to force myself to make a save, I have to relax and let the puck come to me. I’m not reading the play as well as I normally do.”

MacTavish has a team that has to rely on its goaltender, so expect him to go with the hot hand from here on in. And right now, it ain’t Roloson.

“We can’t win right now with average goaltending, I don’t think there’s many teams that can, and in my estimation tonight he was average,” said the coach.

“He’s not playing at the level that he has played. That’s obvious. But the one thing he’s got going for him is a bunch of mental toughness and a bunch of battle.”

more on the Oilers…

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, dwayne+roloson, edmonton+oilers, goalies

Columnist Was Wrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

According to an eastern-based columnist, rising star defenceman Dion Phaneuf and his agent had rejected a contract proposal from the Flames.

Only one problem, said Phaneuf’s agent Don Meehan.

“We have never discussed a number,” he said yesterday.

more and that eastern-based columnist was pointed to a few days ago…

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  Tags: calgary+flames, dion+phaneuf, don+meehan, media

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