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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I would expect the reaction to last night’s spanking will be interesting.  I’ve found a few items I believe you’ll enjoy.  I present them to you with our standard grace, tact and humility.

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A Different Kind Of Puck Possession

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

While the NHL doesn’t track time of possession, the Bruins’ offensive numbers indicate they have had the puck more this year than they did last season. By scoring five times last night, the Bruins jacked up their output to 3.65 goals per game, a Zdeno Chara-sized bump from the 2.51 goals they scored in 2007-08.

The Red Wings seemingly have mastered the art of puck possession. Their skilled defensemen retrieve pucks smoothly. They hit their on-the-fly forwards with outlet passes in center ice. The forwards carry the puck into the offensive zone with speed and swarm opposing netminders. Even when a play isn’t available for the Wings, they backtrack, regroup, and try to restart the flow.

The Bruins, in contrast, have featured a more lunchpail version of puck possession that, while missing the grace of Detroit’s game, has been just as effective in wearing down opponents.

“It’s not like we have the puck all the time,” Thomas said. “And it’s not like we want to regroup, set it up, and try again, which is Detroit’s tendency. That Russian influence.”

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Weight Would Like To Stay With Islanders

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

“I don’t want to be traded,” Weight said yesterday after the team practiced in Syosset in preparation for today’s home game against the Panthers. “I’ve been treated great here. I love the coaching staff, I love the team.”

But the veteran has been around long enough to understand how the business works. He signed a one-year deal with the Isles and has shown through the first half of the year that he still can play at a high level - and that he could help a team with more realistic postseason hopes.

“It’s always a possibility, seeing how the team started,” Weight said. “We’ll see what kind of position we’re at in the new year. But it puts you in a sour mood when you start hearing about it for the first time.”

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What A Difference

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from Mike Vogel of dump ‘n chase,

Five years ago tonight, the Caps were on the business end of a 7-1 spanking at the hands of the Sabres in Buffalo. The loss dropped the Caps’ record to 11-23-3-1 (Note almost exact opposite of current 24-11-3 mark). Maxime Ouellet, thought to be the Caps’ goaltender of the future at the time, started and went the distance, giving up seven goals on 42 shots. The game was Glen Hanlon’s 10th as the Caps’ head coach; the loss dropped his record to 3-5-2.

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Daddy’s Home

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don’t know Patrick Kane.  Never met his family and haven’t really researched his personal history.

So I have no idea what thoughts went through his mind after Dan Cleary flattened him like a frigging bug last night in Hockeytown.

But if I had to guess, I think it may have been something like this, “Uh oh. Dad’s pissed.”

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Filitov Playing With Heavy Heart

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from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

Out on the ice, it was hockey skills and smiles. Nikita Filitov tore it up yesterday, racking up a hat trick and generating a scoring chance on practically every shift in Russia’s 8-1 steam-rolling of Slovakia at the Civic Centre.

After the game it was surprising English skills but no smiles. Not when talk with Filatov turned to the death of his “best friend in hockey,” Alexei Cherepanov….

“He is all the time in my mind,” Filatov says.

Understandable. This is Filatov’s first international tournament since Cherepanov’s death. Filatov won’t come out and say it but it’s apparent to anyone familiar with this Russian team: Cherepanov would have been expected to lead this team, but it now falls to him. Cherepanov would have worn the captain’s K, but that’s now sewn over Filatov’s heart.

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LaBarbera Traded To Canucks

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via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

The Kings have traded Jason LaBarbera to the Vancouver Canucks for a seventh-round draft pick in 2009.

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Big Game For The NHL

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from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,

This isn’t quaint anymore. The league believes the Classic — a regular-season game played outdoors every New Year’s Day — will be a long-term annual event that separates hockey from other sports; it projects the game as a midseason ritual for its fans to root nationally, not for their local teams. Already, there is demand for future games in Philadelphia, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal and Boston…

“This is part of our new business model and gives people a sense of what we can do,” said John Collins, the league’s chief operating officer. “We introduced our Broadband player, we reintroduced NHL.com. We have 53 million fans who love the game, 22 million in the arenas and a $2.6 billion business. But it doesn’t feel as big as it should.”

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Ah, Vegas In Late June!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The National Hockey League is looking at holding its annual awards show in Las Vegas.

A source familiar with negotiations said Tuesday that the move would help the league make more of a splash with its season-ending gala. Everyone from sponsors to media to personnel from the NHL’s 30 teams would converge on the city, making it more of an event than it has been in recent years.

There could also be a natural tie-in with entertainment acts that hasn’t really been there in the past.

continued & if you are a regular KK reader, you knew about this in October...

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Bad Game - Good Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

When a team is surrendering 15-25 scoring chances a game while at the same scoring four times, and their goalie is allowing 5 or 6 goals a night, the coach can usually be heard saying, “If we could have got one or two more saves…” – subtly heaping responsibility for the losses onto the goalers shoulders.

But when the game is one in which the team grossly out chances the opposition yet loses a low scoring contest because guys who get paid to score, don’t, the coach almost always applauds the effort of his charges and then lauds the performance of the other clubs netminder. “We did a lot of good things…” he’ll say.

Did they?

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