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Komisarek Will Return With Fun Attitude

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Hockey players don’t often experience the luxury of getting a do-over in the midst of a rigorous season.

But Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek will, and he has no plans to waste the opportunity.

The Leafs’ big catch on the free-agent market last summer after he was lured from the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens with a five-year, $22.5-million US contract, Komisarek wants to erase from his memory his first 16 games in a Leafs uniform. His next Toronto chapter will begin tonight, when he is slated to return to the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres after a small quadriceps tear kept him out nearly three weeks.

“It was good to take a step back and re-evaluate,” Komisarek said. “You can’t change what has happened. It’s a fresh start, a clean sheet, and forget about what has happened.

“It doesn’t matter what it was. I don’t know—trying to make an impact, trying to make your presence felt, trying to do too much. I would not say it was one exact thing. I have to simplify my game and, most importantly, try to have some fun.”


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Levels Of Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),

Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, the NHL’s most consistently successful team over the past 12 years, says you could argue a culture change that began in the early 1980s when Jim Devellano took over as GM and continued through a couple of regimes until Holland took over in 1997, took as long as 15 years.

“If you’re looking at the change to an elite team, it was probably 10 years,” Holland said. “But if you’re talking about going from what was the worst team in the world, as it was in 1985, to a playoff team, then you could say five years.”

In the case of the Red Wings, Holland said, there were three distinct stages to the change.

read on

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Since The Team Pays For The Equipment, They Should Have Input On What To Buy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

When last the NHL general managers met, they discussed the issue of player equipment and one of the points on the agenda was suggested by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.

When first it was learned the league was discussing Wilson’s suggestion, the media were claiming the NHL initiative was moving toward players buying their own equipment, and it came off as though the owners were somehow cheaping out, looking to offload an expense.

Anyone who knows Wilson knew that couldn’t be the case unless his owners had gotten to him, as he has always been one of the chief advocates for the players both as a GM and earlier when he worked for the NHLPA after his retirement as a player.

What Wilson was trying to suggest is that if the NHL teams are going to be paying for the player’s equipment, they should have some input in what they were wearing.


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Time Running Out On Vigneault

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province via Faceoff.com,

If the Canucks don’t win the Stanley Cup this year, it’s not likely ever going to happen with Alain Vigneault as their head coach.

This may seem outlandish and ridiculous. But it’s the cold, harsh reality of NHL history.

A look at the past 82 Stanley Cup winners shows that only three times has a head coach been with a team for more than four years before winning a Cup. It suggests that if the chemistry between a coach and his team doesn’t result in a championship within four years, it’s not likely ever going to happen.

Think of it like a flipped hourglass which runs out of sand after that key fourth year.

The statistic may be numbing when you consider this is Vigneault’s fourth year at the helm in Vancouver.


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Matt Cooke Gets Two Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for two games, without pay, as the result of a deliberate check to the head area of New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov, the League announced Sunday.

Cooke delivered the hit Saturday during the third period of the Penguins’ 8-3 win over the Rangers at Mellon Arena. He was assessed a minor penalty for interference. Anisimov did not return to the game.

After Cooke served the two minutes, Donald Brashear of the Rangers attempted to engage him in a fight, but the officials stepped in between the two and Brashear was assessed a double minor for roughing.


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Sharks Won’t Forget

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

McLellan was asked this morning whether he thought his team should have responded in some way when Edmonton’s J.F. Jacques played a little rough with Joe Thornton in the third period of Friday night’s game.

“I very much do,” McLellan said. “I think there’s two ways of doing that and one of them we accomplished. We went out and scored a couple of goals that put them on their heels and we ended up winning the game.

“The other one can be a physical response, whether it’s with the individual or some of our other players getting physically active with some of their elite palyers,” he added. “We took care of it one area. I don’t know if we had the opportunity to take care of it the other way.”

“We have to be careful because the win supercedes everything else,” McLellan said. “You play against teams a numer of times. You can respond later on if you have to.”

more on the Sharks…

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Hiding Behind The Rule Book

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

John Tortorella wants the instigator rule removed from the book as it currently stands.

The Rangers’ head coach expressed that opinion after Matt Cooke elbowed Artem Anisimov in the head at 7:34 of the third period of last night’s 8-3 defeat to the Penguins and escaped all punishment other than—get this—a two-minute penalty for interference.

Anisimov, who lost his helmet and went to the ice hard after absorbing the blow on which Cooke appeared to leave his feet, remained on the bench for the duration of the game.

“The big thing this year is head shots and what the league is going to do about it, but to me it’s pretty simple,” Tortorella said. “There’s no fear at all [of] retribution.

“That’s why there’s more violence. Guys hide behind the rule book.”


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Russian Prospects Head Back To Russia

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL has been slowly losing talented players to the KHL.  The top eight scorers in the KHL are all ex-NHL players.  All of them (Maxim Sushinsky, Alexei Yashin, Alexander Radulov, Sergei Zinovjev, Marcel Hossa, Mattias Weindhandl, Patrick Thoresen and Aleksey Morozov) are players who easily hold down NHL jobs.  For the KHL to experience future growth, they must be able to attract top prospects to play in their league (and not the NHL) and they are doing this.  Russian prospects who have not had instant success in the NHL are returning to the KHL.  So far this season, Nikita Filatov of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Viktor Tikhonov of the Phoenix Coyotes have returned to play with CSKA Moscow.  Both of these deals are officially player loans.  These are unhappy NHL players who are missing their homeland and not making as fast progress in the league get a chance to go home.  It is unclear when if ever these players will be returning to the NHL.

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Can A Dman Win The Calder?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

...And this year, the winner easily could be a forward again, be it John Tavares (Islanders), former University of New Hampshire standout James van Riemsdyk (Flyers), or Ryan O’Reilly (Avalanche).

Overall, this is the best rookie class in recent memory, and unless one of the aforementioned forwards runs off with point production, a few defensemen (arguably a harder position to master) will make the voting very interesting.

The Rangers have Michael Del Zotto, who has been leading first-year defensemen in scoring from the start of the season. Jason Demers has been a seamless addition on the back line in San Jose, where most of the attention goes to star forwards Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Heatley.

And then there are two budding stars who one day could be Norris Trophy candidates: Tyler Myers in Buffalo and Victor Hedman in Tampa.

more and other hockey topics discussed…

Also not the above mentioned Jason Demers was sent to the minors yeaterday with Rob Blake ready to return to the Sharks lineup tonight.

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KK- Looking For A Sweater?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Since I started running the Black Friday sale at IceJerserys.com on Friday, we have sold roughly 20 sweaters in two days.

This deal is not available if you just go on your own to IceJerserys.com.  The 25% off is only available to select affiliates and is great deal if you are looking for a sweater.

Remember, the sale ends at 11:59pm ET tonight.

Black Friday Sale > Save 25% when you order your Customized Hockey Jersey today at IceJerseys.com  Sale is good thru November 29th (11:59 PM EST)

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