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By The Numbers:  19

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

He will always be remembered for the number 19 on his back and the Detroit Red Wing on his chest, which he wore from start to finish in his career

But once upon a time a young Steve Yzerman wore a different famous number.

“When I was a little, little kid, I was number four for Bobby Orr,” he said.

continued....

If interested in the book, you can purchase at Amazon.com

thanks to a KK member for the pointer!.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, steve+yzerman

Oh Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A rough translation of this story from iDNES.cz,

Q: Writer Larry Brooks wrote in NY Post that Rangers shouldnt start next season in Prague but is not sure you will play for the team. Do you know it?
A: I dont solve this. I dont mind it.

You know, Nylander has left during summer. Straka was out for 15 games. That is not funny. I dont wanna complain, but with players, who Rangers bought in summer, i havent found clue, i didnt know how to play with them. Rangers invested big money into centers but i finished playing with boy from minors.

Q: You are captain, the biggest star on team. Rangers was Jagrs team. Is it stil Jagrs team?
A: I dont think so. Not now. If I dont play good, I am losing my position. But that is normal.

If you want to take a shot at more of the translation, feel free to post in the comments…

added 11:17am, You can find a better translation at HFBoards.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, new+york+rangers

Malik’s Showing Off Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Check out Snapshots this morning for a comprehensive rundown on everything Wing related, particularly views on tonite’s Flame game and several takes on the goalie

controversy

situation.

Look hard enough and you’ll even see a few subtle rebuttals to a certain blogger who feels a Czech “implosion” is imminent.

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Nash On The Same Page With Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

“You can get your workers to buy in every night,” Hitchcock said Monday. “But if you can get your skill guys to buy into that (defence-first system), that’s how you win.”

Nash readily admits he and his teammates have bought Hitchcock’s system, the one that drove sniper Brett Hull to distraction when he played under Hitchcock in Dallas.

And Hitchcock noted that, apart from his own tutelage, his charges have an ongoing living lab in how to play sound defence sitting right there atop the Central Division - the Detroit Red Wings.

“They’re the gold standard,” Hitchcock said of the Wings’ textbook all-around game. “(Pavel) Datsyuk and (Henrik) Zetterberg - they all check.”

more

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, ken+hitchcock, rick+nash

NHL Outscores NFL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Every NHL game last night had more goals scored than the combined total points of the NFL game between Pittsburgh and Miami, which the Steelers won 3-0.

Maybe the NFL should widen the goal posts, make the field shorter or go 7 on 7 to generate more offense!

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Media Dreaming In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

As for Yzerman, Devellano said he has settled nicely into his vice- president’s role and has repeatedly said how much he enjoys apprenticing under Holland. The Wings are also compensating Yzerman handsomely.

Devellano dismissed the threat of a Toronto raid on the Wings’ front office as being more the product of a hyperactive media market.

“Our people are sexy, who wouldn’t want them?” Devellano said “But they all have contracts and I don’t think they want to go anywhere.

“The media in Toronto are dreaming in Technicolor.”

more

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Gagne Still Not Ready For Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Daily News,

When Simon Gagne went out with a concussion on Nov. 7, there was a feeling that he could miss up to a month.

But now, as the Flyers are nearly at the end of the month, the likelihood is that he might take all of December to get healthy….

While this is some indication of progress, it is not a sign that he will return soon. Even after he is able to start skating and work back into practicing with the team, he will need a significant length of time at full practice to get back into game condition, as well as make sure the concussion has healed.

He can’t even say when that might be right now.

more

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, simon+gagne

Proposed Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

As the league’s big shots gather on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, an alteration in the NHL schedule will be first and foremost on the agenda.

The format expected to get proposed would see teams play their four division rivals six times each (24 total games); the other 10 teams in their conference four times each (40 total games); and the 15 teams in the other conference each once (15 total games), adding up to a total of 79 games.

The other three games are believed to be wild-card tilts against teams in the other conference, thereby completing the 82-game sked.

more  * And I do hope the schedule is changed and doesn’t get turned down by some hardliners in the East.

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  Tags: nhl+schedule

Habs Pay Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

The National Hockey League can’t protect players from headshots and dangerous hits from behind, but it is determined to have games start on time.

The Canadiens have been fined an undisclosed amount after the start of last Monday’s game against Ottawa was delayed about 10 minutes because the ceremony to retire Larry Robinson’s No. 19 ran longer than planned.

more and you can read about the Leafs situation if you wish…

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  Tags: larry+robinson, montreal+canadiens

What A Difference A Decade Makes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

George Johnson at the Calgary Herald has a good piece on your starting goaltender.

“I can deal with whatever comes.

“I mean, when people say, ‘Oh, he’s just a backup . . .’

“I guess some guys, as they get older, can accept that. I never could. In my mind, no matter how much I play or I don’t play, I believe I’m capable of getting the job done. I’m no kid anymore, but I want to improve. I still want to play in the big games at playoff time and win another Stanley Cup.

“And I do know this: I’m a better goalie at 35 than I was at 25.”

Statistics bear him out. And so far this season at any rate, he’s light years better at 35 than the legendary Dominik Hasek at 42.

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