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Price Under Fire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

While Toskala was solid, Montreal goaltender Carey Price was distraught after the game. He faced 41 shots and was beaten high on the glove side three times as he lost for the sixth time in eight starts since he returned to action from an ankle injury.

But Christopher Higgins said it would be a mistake to heap all the blame on the goaltender, who was a last-minute starter after Jaroslav Halak came down with the flu.

“We gave them a lot of odd-man rushes. “We didn’t give (Price) a lot of help.”

But head coach Guy Carbonneau didn’t let the goaltender off the hook.

“We’re not doing anything right,” said Carbonneau, whose team is clinging to fourth place in the Eastern Conference despite losing seven of its last nine games. “We’re having trouble scoring goals and it seems that whenever we make a mistake, the puck’s in our net.”

When asked what he didn’t like about Price’s performance, he said: “Where do you want me to start? He let in five goals.”

more and watch Price and Carbonneau in post game video at TSN…

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Suspension For Roloson?

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

The NHL is as soft on crime as the most liberal, feeling-sorry-for-criminals judge in the Dominion, so don’t expect Dwayne Roloson to be suspended for his uppercut, goalie stick chop at Daniel Cleary’s private parts.

But Roloson deserves to be out a few games for that one. Imagine the upset and anger in Edmonton if an opposition goalie did that to Ales Hemsky.

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Biggest Hockey Decision Left This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I think the biggest hockey-related decision (not to be confused with a business decision) left to be made this season will be made by the Florida Panthers.  The Panthers have to decide whether to trade or keep Jay Bouwmeester.  Bouwmeester is an All Star defenceman who leads the NHL in ice time.  He is also an unrestricted free agent this summer.  Last summer, it seemed clear that he wanted to leave Florida and fine a team to play for that would compete for a Stanley Cup.  Florida had one last chance to show a skeptical Bouwmeester that they were capable of contention.  Have the Panthers done this?

They are currently in ninth place in the East Conference.  They are one point back of a playoff berth with one or two games in hand against most of the teams just above them.  It is very possible that Florida will qualify for the playoffs this year.  It would be Florida’s first playoff berth since 2000 and the first of Jay Bouwmeester’s career.  Most likely they would lose in the first round, but they might be capable of a run.  If Bouwmeester is looking for a team that contends, is this good enough?  Florida has a young team and might be able to do better next year.

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Steve Mason On IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed rookie goaltender Steve Mason on injured reserve retroactive to February 4, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Mason was diagnosed with mononucleosis on January 29.

Mason, 20, has posted a 19-12-2 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and seven shutouts in 34 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He leads the NHL in shutouts, while ranking second in goals-against average, seventh in save percentage and is tied for 10th in wins.

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The Islanders Did Have An Excuse For The Loss Tonight

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Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat wrote this before the Islanders lost 1-0 tonight in Tampa…

I survived the pirate invasion during the Gasparilla Festival parade and came away with a handful of colored beads for my effort this afternoon in downtown Tampa, but the Islanders might be another story. An afternoon nap is part of the pre-game routine for some players, but that was next to impossible at the team hotel located on Sedon Channel, where cruise liners and pleasure craft alike dock within walking distance of the St. Pete Times Forum, where the Isles meet the Lightning tonight.

Radio color commentator Chris King reports that a large flotilla of private boats docked in the marina outside the hotel kept up a cacophony of loud music and cannon fire the entire afternoon as revelers dressed in pirate costumes partied like it was 1784. Let me tell you the toy cannons they fire from the boats in the channel and the floats in the parade pack quite a wallop.

continue if you want to read more about the Gasparilla Festival (which I happened to witness first hand in the early 1990’s.)

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Wild Owner Talks Backstrom & Gaborik

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Off the ice, the Wild’s top priority is working on a contract extension for Backstrom, 30, an All-Star goalie who can become a free agent this summer.

“Negotiations are going on,” Leipold said. “We like Nick Backstrom. He’s a great goalie in this league. We want to have him here. He wants to be here. Hopefully we’re going to work it out. That’s really all I know. I would hope that we could get Backstrom signed, and I’d be surprised if we didn’t.”

Backstrom said Friday, “Nothing’s going on. Time will tell.”...

And yes, Leipold still maintains he has high hopes that the Wild can re-sign Gaborik rather than trading him by the March 4 deadline.

“Our only intention was re-signing Gaborik. It is still our only intention,” Leipold said. “Unfortunately the injury caused everything to shut down. It’s our hope that we’ll still re-sign him. I think he’d like to play here. We’re not done yet.”

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More Hip Surgery For Kariya

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Paul Kariya will have surgery on his right hip on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Marc Philippon in Colorado.  Dr. Philippon performed surgery on Kariya’s left hip on Jan. 5.

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Brodeur Looks Sharp In Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Although the Devils had announced that there would be no morning skate today, I suspected Brodeur might be at Prudential Center today and stopped by on the way home from the airport. Brodeur was among a handful players who skated and worked hard during the 40 minutes he was on the ice….

Brodeur looked sharp as he was peppered with shots from all angles byt head coach Brent Sutter, assistant coaches John MacLean and Tommy Albelin, and left wing Jay Pandolfo, who will be a healthy scratch again tonight. No one held anything back and Brodeur showed no signs of rust or problems with his left arm. Many of the shots were aimed at his glove side and he threw up his left arm without hesitation or limitation to snag pucks out of the air.

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Boogaard Doesn’t See Eye To Eye With Paul Kelly

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Boogaard was especially displeased by his own union chief, Paul Kelly, being quoted in a Canadian Press story, saying: “If it’s a staged fight between two superheavyweights that perhaps arranged it a day before the game, I’m not so sure those are the fights that we need to continue to have in the sport. And if they’re the most dangerous fights, we ought to take a good, hard look at those. ......

Boogaard took exception, especially since he pays his union dues.

“It bothers me a lot,” he said Thursday, adding Kelly’s comments are “kind of comical. He should try and do it then and see how the sales for everything goes. It’s goal scorers and the fighters who really push and drive the revenues, I think. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, but I mean [Marian Gaborik’s] jersey is No. 1 [in Wild sales] and I’m up there, too. I’m pretty sure it’s like that for every other team.”

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This Is Joe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sharkspage,

San Jose public television station KTEH recently featured San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton as part of a series of local profiles called This is Us. The program features Bay Area figures including surfing pioner Jack O’Neill, Gilroy boxer Roberto Guerrero, San Jose Opera’s Irene Dalis, botanist Joel Goldsmith among several others.

This is US labels Joe Thornton “the best professional athlete in the Bay Area” and calls him a potential lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They speak with Thornton about growing up playing the game with his brothers, and note that above all the one intangible he brings to the game for San Jose is leadership.

continued and watch the 7 minute video there.

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  Tags: joe+thornton

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