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MacTavish Tells It Like It Is

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gene Principe at Sportsnet,

I’ve covered the team for ten years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such surgeon-like precision by the Oilers head coach when it comes to breaking down his team and here’s how it went.

Let’s start with scoring. “We have a soft, high risk offence”. OK then how about your defence? “We’re not going backwards as fast as we’re going forwards”.

Did you think it was another slow beginning against the Bruins? “Our starts have been horrific.” And why is that the case? “We’re trying to cut corners.”

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Russians Dominate For Now

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last season, the NHL MVP was Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  The runner up to the award was Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The top two goal scorers in the league were Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers.  All of these players are Russians. 

This season, the scoring race is not much different so far.  Malkin and Alexander Semin of Washington are tied for the scoring lead.  They are both Russians.

There is no question that Russian players have the most dominant offensive players in the last while in the NHL.  However, this is a situation likely to change in the near future.  The pipeline of Russian talent in the NHL is drying up.

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Stars Lundqvist Out With Shoulder Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog,

Joel Lundqvist is out with a shoulder injury (I believe it’s a fractured scapula) for the next 4-6 weeks.

The Stars said they do not have any immediate plans to call up a replacement.

However, the injury to Lundqvist, and the fact the Stars can put Jere Lehtinen on long-term IR retroactive to the start of the season, should clear the necessary salary cap space to bring back Sergei Zubov without having to do too much juggling.

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League Will Review Mair Incident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,

Expect to see Adam Mair get the book thrown at him by the NHL.

A league official confirmed to Sun Media today that the league is reviewing the incident of Mair marching down the hallway late in the Senators’ 5-2 victory at the HSBC Arena to try to get Ottawa winger Chris Neil. Senators coach Craig Hartsburg told reporters this morning that the league has to deal with Mair.

All that stopped Mair was Senators winger Jarkko Ruutu, defenceman Luke Richardson (who was in his street clothes) and director of communications Phil Legault, who stepped in the middle.

continued and see a video of the incident below…

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Some NHL Teams In Trouble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Nobody is speaking on the record, but your humble correspondent has been told by a variety of sources that the trouble spots in the game—Atlanta, Phoenix, Nashville and others—are becoming more troubled by the day.

Phoenix’s cash-flow problems are very real and the same is being said of the finances of team owner Jerry Moyes, whose trucking empire has felt the two-fisted hits—first of rising fuel prices and now a sudden and dramatic slowdown in the economy. It’s one thing to have fuel prices ease, but it is of no real impact if manufacturers aren’t moving goods.

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Iggy For Captain Canada

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from Cassie Campbell of Blog and Columns at CBC,

For me, the biggest question is: Who should be the Canadian Olympic team captain?

Of course, there are a plethora of players to choose from - Sidney Crosby, Vincent Lecavalier, Scott Niedermayer, Joe Sakic, among others - but my clear-cut choice for the job is Jarome Iginla.

Here are five reasons why:

1. His intensity on the ice.

Iginla can do it all. He can score, play defence and be efficient on both specialty teams. He simply is the complete package. I would add in that he can fight too, but in international hockey that area of his game will not be tested.

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Panthers Sign Cullimore

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to George Richards at On Frozen Pond:

Cory Murphy is going to be out for a while with a strained shoulder, so JM signed Jassen Cullimore to a one year deal. Immigration issues could slow Cullimore. If he isn’t here for Thursday’s game, Wade Belak could take the sixth D spot.*

continued…

*I took the liberty of cleaning up a few typos

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Klee Claimed By Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed defenseman Ken Klee from Anaheim on re-entry waivers. That means Anaheim will have to pay half of what Klee has remaining on his $1.250 million salary.

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A Look At The Backup Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Victoria Matiash at ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,

Backup goaltenders are funny ducks when it comes to fantasy value. Some provide a positive, if occassional, boost as a third goalie. A few ascend to starter’s status during the season and become those precious fantasy commodities we all strive to find. And others are just downright wretched. A handful, with varying degrees of value, were in action Monday night.

continued with more hockey notes…

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Good News If You Have FiOS

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

NEW YORK (October 28, 2008) – For die-hard hockey fans there is no such thing as watching too much hockey. Verizon is helping these fans get even more hockey programming by adding NHL Center Ice to the FiOS TV lineup. Also, Verizon will launch the NHL Network in the coming days.

NHL Center Ice is a subscription sports package that includes up to 40 out-of-market NHL games per week and select games from the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As an added bonus, Verizon will broadcast select NHL Center Ice games in high definition (HD). The price is $169 for the entire season.

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  Tags: fios

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