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A New-Look Ice Surfacing Machine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Constantineau of the Vancouver Sun,

Starting next season, the Vancouver Canucks will stop spewing miniscule amounts of greenhouse gas emissions inside GM Place.

They’ll replace their $90,000 propane ice-cleaning machines with $170,000 battery-powered electric models with zero emissions—a common sight on European ice surfaces but relatively new to North American rinks.

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Senators Have A Few Options

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from Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail,

The team’s options, broadly defined, are clear. The first — the one likely to be chosen — is to patch and paste through trades in a desperate attempt to stumble into the playoffs again in order to sell seats in the Canadian market with the smallest season-ticket base.

The second is to blow up the team, as the Maple Leafs are doing, in the knowledge that this Senators team, even an improved version of it, will never again threaten for the Stanley Cup. That window for this group is shut, and every honest fan knows it.

The start-again strategy would require a new general manager. One intriguing choice would be Steve Yzerman, who played some hockey before turning professional in Ottawa and is popular in the city.

A longer shot would be Pierre McGuire, once an assistant coach at Ottawa and now a TSN analyst. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things hockey, knows the team inside out and understands the Ottawa market.

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In A Position To Win

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

How accurate a snapshot do we get of the NHL standings at the quarter-pole of the regular season?

Based on last year’s evidence, pretty accurate.

I took a snap of the standings about one year ago, Nov. 21, at which point most clubs had reached the 20-game mark. I wanted to see how many of the top eight teams at that juncture actually finished in the top eight.

Conversely, how many outsiders at the quarter mark leaped up and grabbed a playoff berth.

Of eight Eastern Conference teams holding playoff spots on Nov. 21, five held on to those spots, while three fell out.

In the West, the picture was even more in focus. Six of the eight eventual playoff teams were already in postseason position.

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Sabres Fighting Mediocrity

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

With one-quarter of the season done, the Sabres are exactly where people expected. They entered Monday night in ninth place, four points out of fifth and three points ahead of 13th.

It’s how they got there that has folks in Sabreland wringing their hands or letting the profanities fly.

The Sabres are simply not good right now. No team on a five-game losing streak can be. They’ve won just once in the last eight games (1-6-1), sliding to 9-8-3 overall.

“We’re in tough right now,” coach Lindy Ruff said.

The slump has rained on the Stanley Cup parade some fanatics were planning after the opening eight games. The Sabres started 6-0-2, and it appeared they had regained their form after a season out of the playoffs.

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What A Concussion Feels Like

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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Over the years, I have pulled/strained/torn countless hamstrings/quads/groins/hip flexors.  I have dislocated shoulders and fingers, cracked ribs, and torn knee ligaments.  I have generally propped up the stock of A5-35 and Tiger Balm for the better part of two decades.

But this past Saturday was a first.  For the first time ever, I was knocked-out cold.  Concussed.  Gonzo.  Nap time.  Extra Extra Extra Strength Nyquil….

Almost 60 hours have past since the hit, and I still don’t feel right.  I have had constant headaches and dizziness, unable to stand for more than a couple of minutes.  This little blog has taken me forever to write.  I have to look away from this computer screen every minute or so as it goes blurry (at least now maybe I have a built-in excuse for all the grammatical mistakes).

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Bad Goal Of The Night

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The Canadiens lost to the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout.

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Burke Had Nothing To Do With Leafs Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This should answer some of the emails I received today asking if Burke was behind the Leafs trade today.  As I responded to many of you, he is still employed by the Ducks and would not anything unethical.

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The popular sentiment, at least until Brian Burke’s cellphone started ringing, was that his fingerprints were all over yesterday’s Toronto Maple Leafs trade.

“This is the fourth call I’ve had and you all have the same question,” he barked down the line from Boston, where he is visiting family for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. “No one from the Leafs talked to me about this, nor would it be appropriate for me to have any input. I am still officially an employee of the Anaheim Ducks.”

That could change by the end of the week, since an offer has landed in Burke’s hands.

Burke plans to stay in Boston until the end of the week but he will be talking to the Maple Leafs by telephone.

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Don’t Like A Live Blog?  Why Don’t You Change It?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I went to the source, AlanaH in Vancouver.  After she predicted a 6-0 Canuck win, she told me that the most famous rock band out of her little town was Trooper…I did a little digging.

Turns out I’d heard some of their ditties but hadn’t put two and two together.  Probably because I was too busy wondering if a certain captain is “intense” enough to do the job…eh?

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Trying To Understand The Blues Trade

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Winger Lee Stempniak was the rarest of commodities, a real offensive threat drafted and developed by the Blues.

So his departure for underachieving Maple Leafs Alex Steen, a versatile forward, and Carlo Colaiacovo, a rangy defenseman, is a bit of a head scratcher….

How could the Blues give up on a home-grown shooter who scored 27 goals two years ago and was producing at a point-per-game pace this season?

We’ll need some convincing in this corner of cyberspace. This deal sounds suspiciously like a Ron Caron trade, moving a potential standout for depth.

We’re not saying Colaiacovo is Murray Baron and Steen is Ron Sutter, but . . .

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  Tags: alex+steen, carlo+colaiacovo, lee+stempniak

Another Roy Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League suspended another of Patrick Roy’s sons Monday, handing Quebec Remparts forward Frédérick Roy fifteen games for a high-sticking incident during Friday night’s game against the Juniors in Montreal.

Frederick, 17, who is coached by his father Patrick, hit Montreal defenceman Vincent Bourgeois in the face following a melee. Frederick received a five-minute major and a match penalty in the 8-2 Remparts loss and was also to be assessed an automatic one-game suspension.

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