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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Early-season struggles put immediate pressure on ex-ESPN analyst Barry Melrose to put some wins together after being the hand-picked, surprise coaching choice of owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, and, not surprisingly, Melrose chose to lean on veteran players early, leaving Stamkos with as little as 6:05 of ice time.

Stamkos, along with the rest of the team, hasn’t produced much offence, and through seven games the 18-year-old has yet to record his first NHL point.

Sending him back to the Sarnia Sting of the OHL is out of the question after all the pre-season fanfare. Giving him more and more playing time is now the plan.

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No More Head Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“The league has to do something,” Carbonneau said after practice yesterday. “This makes no sense to me. Blows to the head shouldn’t be part of hockey.”...

But whether the hits were clean according to the rulebook isn’t the issue for Carbonneau; the risk of serious injury is.

“People said [Sutter] had his head down, but he didn’t have the puck,” Carbonneau said. “I think there’s a lack of respect out there.

“I’ve held a gun in my hands before, but I’ve never used it to shoot anyone. It’s the same thing on the ice.”

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Zubov Not The Savior For The Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Zubov is working out on his sore hip and is expected to play his first game of the season Saturday in Boston. His return could help settle a team that is allowing a league-worst 4.22 goals per game.

But while Zubov can do a lot of things in a lot of areas, the Stars have to be better throughout the lineup if they hope to snap out of an early-season slump that has them 3-4-2 after nine games.

“He’s an elite-level defenseman who will give you 25-plus minutes a game and play in all situations. So, yeah, he can have a positive impact for us,” coach Dave Tippett said.

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Dealing With DiPietro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,

The Islanders have done their best to shroud the issues surrounding goaltender Rick DiPietro’s health in mystery, obfuscation and misdirection. They issued a statement last night that was like a skeleton picked clean of any meat by buzzards.

“Lower body injury”… “unrelated to previous injuries”…“day-to-day pending assessment and treatment.”

I’d ask them to define what they mean by “unrelated to previous injuries,” but trying to get a straight answer is like trying to see Major Major in “Catch-22.” You only can go in to see him when he’s out.

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A Look At Weird Hockey Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Here’s a look at the top ten weird hockey injuries.

Mikael Renberg

While with the Maple Leafs Renberg acquired a blister on his hand from tying his skate laces.

No big deal, right? Well later the blister became infected and soon Renberg was seriously ill and hospitalized with a dangerously high fever. Doctors were able to treat the infection and normailize his temperature. Doctors later revealed that if the treatments were unsuccessful they were seriously considering amputating his hand in order to save his life.

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Just Trying To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

6:24pm—I call my cable company to order NHL Centre Ice.  I know, kids.  The host of the NHL on TSN should already have NHL Centre Ice when we’re three weeks into the season.  Except that he just moved and is starting over in life.  Cable life, anyway.


6:48pm—In the worst television development since The View, the cable lady tells me they do not offer NHL Centre Ice.  I laugh out loud at this, because it is clearly a new form of telemarketing where they joke with customers to gain their confidence, then steal all their money.  After all, this is freakin’ 2008.

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A Night At Staples

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Reaction.  Great game, good crowd.  Nice arena.

Hossome.  The guy’s amazing.  Kenny?  Make it happen.  Whatever magic silly trick you have to learn.  Whichever salary cap cheat maneuver you have to develop.  Doesn’t matter.  Just get it done.

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Islanders Going for the 70s Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the NY Islanders:

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The Islanders unveiled their new alternate uniform Monday night at an Islanders Business Club event prior to the start of their game against the New York Rangers. The new uniform, which is reminiscent of the ones the Islanders donned in the mid-1970s, is royal blue with white numbers and letters, outlined in orange.

The Islanders will take the ice in the new uniforms for the first time on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens on “Throwback Night,” sponsored by Modell’s. The Islanders will wear the new uniform a total of 15 times this season.

See the photo gallery here.

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  Tags: jerseys, sweaters

He spent all night staring down at the lights of LA…It’s a West Coast Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ll not be participating in the live blog, not directly.  Since I’ll be making friends at the Staples Center. 

There was really no other option for a Seger-driven Live Blog was there?  That chick twisted our boy Bob in knots.  Just a young midwestern boy who headed west because we all know a little change does a world of good some times.  Next thing you know he’s whipped.  And just a minute later?

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Al (Strachan) is sort of like a spaghetti salesman.  Al just throws so much against the wall and hopes something sticks. … It’s total lies.”

-Lightning coach Barry Merose on Al Strachan.  More on the Lightning at the St. Petersburg Times…

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  Tags: al+strachan, barry+melrose

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