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Expect To See Goaltenders In New Cities

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, .

..That makes eight teams, all with post-season aspirations, that have some degree of goaltending concerns. Now, not all of them will look externally for solutions, but as we get closer to the March 3 trade deadline, there is no doubt at least a few franchises will be hankering for changes to be made.

If his contract demands aren’t especially onerous (and at this stage of the year, he’d be certifiable if they were), Fernandez could be the best option out there. He wouldn’t cost any prospects, draft picks or roster players to acquire, which can’t be said for Biron, Roloson or most other candidates to be dealt.


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Koci Didn’t Try To Hurt Green

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talked to David Koci briefly today. He’s sorry for the hit on Washington’s Mike Green. That almost certainly won’t stop a suspension of him from happening by the NHL (they probably won’t hand down a ruling until tomorrow or Saturday), but here’s what he had to say:

continue for the video of Koci saying his “focus was not to hurt someone”...

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Tortorella Takes Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Twitter of Larry Brooks,

Redden Kotalik scratched

added 1:21pm, Tortorella post-game conference after the loss to the Islanders last night.

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Senators Entice Fans With Free Parking & Cheaper Tickets

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from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

With attendance down more than six per cent this season, the Ottawa Senators are turning to price reductions and free parking to try and boost season ticket numbers.

The Senators are averaging 17,871 in attendance after 19 games and the season ticket base is down to 10,000 after peaking at 13,000 two years ago (following the team’s appearance in the Stanley Cup final).

At a press conference at Scotiabank Place Thursday morning, team president Cyril Leeder outlined several new initiatives designed to boost those numbers:


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New Sticks Help Campbell Score

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from Chris Kuc at Chicago Breaking Sports News,

There aren’t many Blackhawks who are as picky about their equipment as defenseman Brian Campbell.

So when the veteran received a new batch of sticks Wednesday morning and promptly went out and snapped a 29-game goalless skid a few hours later during the Hawks’ 3-0 victory over the Blues at the United Center, you know he is one happy hockey player.

“I got some new ones in (Wednesday),” Campbell said with a smile about his new sticks. “They came off pretty good.

“They’re a little bit different, a little bit stronger. You’re picky with everything but it’s nice to have some new weapons. The puck was zipping off them pretty good ... so it was nice.”


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Worldwide Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Great interview with one of the 19 over at Snipe, Dangle today.  Guilherme, or Herm as he’s known on the live blogs, has become a huge contributor to the comment section here the last several months.  What some of us may forget is that the big Brazilian has his own Wings blog, Red Wings Brasil.

I never met another fan in person. We gather at social networks like Orkut or Yahoo Groups. There are 2 communities on Orkut about the Wings (one with 470 members and another with 250), and the Yahoo group about the NHL have 245 members. Some members of those groups founded, in 2002, the online magazine SlotBR, where they write objetive articles about everything in the NHL. There are also blogs on the Rangers, Habs, Hurricanes, Leafs, Denver, Kings, Bruins and the Ducks.

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Another New Worst Regular This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Near the beginning of December, I picked Andrew Peters of the New Jersey Devils as the worst regular in the NHL.  At that point, Peters had played in the last eight straight games for the Devils - hence qualifying him as a regular.  He has not played an NHL game since.  Thus Andrew Peters cannot be the worst regular in the NHL because he is not a regular in the NHL. 

My current choice as the worst regular is Kyle Chipchura of the Anaheim Ducks.  Chipchura is having a horrid season statistically.  He has 25 games played and no points scored.  He has a -11 +/- rating.  He has been traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth round pick.

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Swedish Referee Performs CPR On Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know I am late with this video but thought I would still post it.

Any background you can provide would be appreciated, such as the status of the player, what actually happened, etc…

Swedish referee performs on-ice CPR, saves players life - Watch more Funny Videos

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Oilers Are Beating Themselves

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Any thoughts that Pat Quinn had calmed down overnight were quickly put to rest at the start of practice yesterday.

The Oilers head coach picked up right where he left off after Tuesday’s loss to the Kings, telling the club in loud and colourful language that giving away free points is not acceptable.

He unloaded one barrel at the beginning of the skate and gave them the other at the end.

“The message I’m trying to say is I’m tired of us beating ourselves,” he said. “There’s not a lot wrong with us, but we still find ways to beat ourselves. We had the puck on every one of the goals they scored (in LA’s 3-2 win) and we gave it to them. We did stupid things with it, and stupid doesn’t win.”

The Oilers needed a culture change and the culture Quinn is trying to create here is that a one-game losing streak, even on the heels of a five game road winning streak, is too long.


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Have Some Players Stopped Listening To Hitchcock?

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from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hitchcock sees it as his job to educate these lads. So he explains. And explains. Unfortunately for him, the attention span of a 19-year-old twitters out at 140 characters.

So the issue with Hitchcock is not that he ignores young players, a reputation that he feels is undeserved, but that they ignore him.

Young talent especially tunes out when it thinks it knows it all. That occurs when the team is winning, which creates a stress point because Hitch’s toughest teachings follow wins, when he talks of exposing the hard truths.

“It’s an attitude of you win and you want to get better, rather than we won and ‘Aren’t we good?’ What I want to do is help players win, and have them come back in the room the next day and ask, ‘Where do we get better?’ That’s what great teams do.”

The problem with such harping is it wears on young players who want to run free, who want to enjoy the wins instead of learn from them, which might explain why the Jackets (14-14-6) have stumbled after a 12-6-2 start.


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