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The Drama-Less Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The power play is snappy and the lineup is filled with kids in prominent roles, but the most striking difference between this Rangers squad and the scores of teams preceding it is that drama only comes in the games.

There is no doubt the Blueshirts have deficiencies. There is no down payment with the jewelers. They go back to work today in order to correct the fatal flaws that were on display in Monday’s 7-3 lashing by the Sharks, which put an emphatic end to their seven-game winning streak. They go back to work.

An era is over at the Garden. The Rangers no longer operate as a cult that revolves around a particular star’s personality. The Blueshirt play up-tempo hockey that by nature is entertaining, but John Tortorella isn’t on Broadway to direct a show.


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I Love Statistics

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I love them so much that I’d rather make them up then try to research them myself.

Fortunately, there’s an antidote for my laziness and it comes to you in the form of the Anti-Digger.  Bruce MacLeod is gonna be your frigging stat daddy for the foreseeable future.

Red Wings Corner

On Mondays, I’ll put up the goals for and against by individual ice time. On Tuesdays, I’ll post the power-plays created stat. I’ve got a couple of others up my sleeve and I’m still figuring out whether to do them weekly or make Wednesdays a rotating stat day.


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Digging Wednesday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Before we get into the golden prose of our Deep Diggers, let’s clear the air a bit.

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Should Pucks Off The Netting Be Reviewable?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Now pucks going off netting is not subject to video review, but a surprisingly high number of general managers believe they should be.

Of the 21 general managers who responded to the question asking whether video review should be used to determine whether the puck has come in contact with the netting prior to a goal being scored, 11 voted in favour of a review.

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I agree with what Bob McKenzie said tonight on TSN, play to the whistle.  I don’t think there is a need to review this type of situation.  Besides, what happens when this occurs..

Last year, the Wings turned a puck into the netting in their own zone into a goal on the other end.  So how far back does the review go, when it clears the defensive zone or next whistle?

Heck, why not have the goal judge watch for it, most are sitting up high enough to see it better than the on-ice officials!

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Keep The Kid On The Roster Or Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at the Sporting News,

Don Maloney has plenty of on-the-job experience when it comes to evaluating whether a teenager belongs in the NHL. Over the past two seasons, Peter Mueller, Kyle Turris, Viktor Tikhonov and Mikkel Boedker have all spent significant time with his Phoenix Coyotes before celebrating their 20th birthday.

There’s been a slight change in philosophy this season for the Coyotes, who are off to a solid 5-2-0 start. Mueller, now 21, is the team’s youngest player because Turris, Tikhonov and Boedker are skating for the team’s top affiliate, AHL San Antonio.

Maloney acknowledges now that he probably shouldn’t have relied on so many teenagers in the past.

“If a 19-year-old player is on your NHL roster and not producing 30 goals or playing 25 minutes, you really should have him somewhere else,” Maloney told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. “And yet, that’s the fantasy world. The real world we live in now is we’re all scrambling to put the best players we can find into our roster to help us win.”


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Need Goaltending Help?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Now three weeks into the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs look like a team in need of a goaltending switch. History says there will be others. Goalie go into slumps. Goalies become injured, and no team wins with inferior goaltending. That’s just the way it is.

  Can Chicago win with Cristobal Huet? Is Ray Emery the right guy in Philadelphia? Is Chris Osgood play sharp enough to help Detroit overcome the reality that they don’t have the same level offensive firepower it had last season?

  You know those questions have been asked around the NHL.  If a team needs a goaltender, here are scenarios to ponder:

  + Ondrej Pavelec has looked sharp for the Atlanta Thrashers, and maybe when Kari Lehtonen returns to health general manager Don Waddell might consider moving Lehtonen who makes $3 million. That could be an affordable option for some teams.

  + With Jonas Hiller playing well, the Ducks would love to move Jean-Sebastien Giguere and his $6 million cap hit and $7 million salary next season.


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Sabres/Bruins Trade

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Buffalo Sabres traded forward Daniel Paille to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday in exchange for Boston’s third-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft and a conditional fourth-round selection in 2010.

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Keeping The Kids In Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Matt Duchene? Hardly surprising. Ryan O’Reilly? Now that one we didn’t see coming three weeks ago.

The Colorado Avalanche announced this week they’re keeping both 18-year-old centers and not returning them to junior hockey, a huge accomplishment for both kids. Once they play in their 10th NHL game Friday night, their NHL entry-level contracts kick in regardless of whether they are later sent back down to junior. They’re in for the long haul.

“Certainly their play dictated the majority of that decision, along with the fact our head coach and coaching staff were very comfortable with these two players, both Matt and Ryan, not only with their minutes but also in crucial parts of the game,” Avs GM Greg Sherman told ESPN.com.

But it’s not an easy decision in the world of this collective-bargaining agreement.


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Byfuglien Sets Up In Front Of The Net

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Byfuglien has picked up where he left off in the playoffs with 4 goals in the Hawks’ first eight games. Standing in front of the net is not Byfuglien’s favorite role, but it is helping make him a star.

“It’s my job now, and I guess I don’t really have a choice to do it or I don’t know where I’d be,” Byfuglien said. “It’s all right. It’s growing on me. It’s fun and you get to play with the good players and get better opportunities to be out there more.”

Having a strong presence in front of the net is a key in Quenneville’s system, and Byfuglien has quickly become one of the better players in the NHL at bothering goaltenders.

“He found a niche there and it has helped his game,” Quenneville said. “Over the course of (last) year he was just going through it where he was just an ordinary player, but getting to that level where all of a sudden he was a factor in games and dominating games and being annoying for other teams and being a major distraction in front of the net, he filled that role extremely well.


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A Second Chance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It would just be another below-the-radar minor-league transaction, if it hadn’t involved Stefan Legein, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect and former star of Canada’s world junior team. Legein, remember, took a half-year sabbatical from hockey at the start of last year, citing burnout and a lack of the necessary passion needed to play at a high level.

Legein eventually rejoined the Blue Jackets’ organization for the second half of last season and played out the year for their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. On Tuesday, the Blue Jackets traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenceman Michael Ratchuk.

Getting a fresh start in the Flyers organization may be just what Legein needs to get his career on the rails.


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