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Just A Bad Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Took the night off from the rink and caught tonight’s Burgundy and Royal Blue tilt with the CBJ on the tube and, well, I’ll keep it brief, much like the B&RB’s hopes for victory in this one.

Can’t wait to hear Tony “It’s All Good” Granato’s assessment of this one on the House Channel. Hearing the men in the booth tonight, it was just a night of “great shots” and “tough luck” that done in your B&RB tonight, and, well, those things happen. Go get ‘em next time, boys!


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I Went To Church Incognito.  Why?  For The Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh yes he did.  The Chief whipped out a Vincent Furnier lyric for a live blog.  That, in itself, should indicate just how important I (back to the first person, thanks) feel tonite’s game is.

Why is it important?

Because I have to invent reasons to stay up for the late, late games.

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Pronger Hit On Datsyuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Head hit or not?  Keep in mind a delayed penalty on the Ducks (not on Pronger) was being called at the time of the hit.

Thanks to Puck Daddy for the video pointer!

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  Tags: chris+pronger, pavel+datsyuk

Brad May Out With Sprained Knee

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

An MRI conducted this morning revealed that Ducks forward Brad May has a sprained right knee and is expected to be sidelined approximately two weeks. No other damage to the knee was found.

May injured the knee during a hit in the second period of Wednesday night’s 5-4 overtime win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. He left the game and did not return.

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  Tags: brad+may

Cheevers Started It All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

So simple, so symbolic.

With all due respect to the loud gargoyles, skeletons, rock stars, cartoon characters and city skylines which now protect the faces of today’s National Hockey League’s netminders, it’s Gerry Cheevers’ “stitch” mask which takes the cake as the coolest ever.

Picture the scene when Cheevers made his um, mark, on history, with the Boston Bruins.

The NHL was still coming out of the Original Six era, with old-school general managers and coaches gradually conceding that protecting their netminders’ faces from Bobby Hull-type slapshots was a good idea.


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  Tags: gerry+cheevers

Blues Sign Chris Holt

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed goaltender Chris Holt.

Holt, 23, has played in two games with the Peoria Rivermen this season, posting a 2-0-0 record, a .915 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average.

Holt has spent the last three seasons in the New York Rangers system.  The 6-3, 221-pound netminder saw one game of NHL action in 2005-06 with the Rangers.  Last season, Holt split time between the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers where he posted a 15-13-2 record, 2.72 goals against average and .915 save percentage, and the Hartford Wolf Pack (5-3-0, 2.42 GAA, .906 save %).

The South Surrey, British Columbia native was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the sixth round, 180th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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  Tags: chris+holt

Fighting Lessons From Zdeno Chara

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ron Spence at Crashing the Goalie,

What’s he learned the most about fighting in the NHL?

“The most important thing is to know what kind of fighter you’re fighting. It’s a good thing to know before you fight, if he likes to fight in tight, if he’s a righty, lefty, or both….”

So, he’s a student of the hockey fighters?

“Oh yeah, you get to know the people,” he nods. “You know when I watch for a couple of minutes, you get to know how they fight.”

read on

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  Tags: fighting, zdeno+chara

McClellan’s Impact

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

More than a little bit of discussion here lately regarding Todd McClellan’s contribution to the Wings’ defensive success the last few years.  Thought this quote, courtesy of Supreme Blogger George Malik, might shed a little light.

St. James

“I know Todd was a head coach for a long time, a thinker, liked hockey, had coached in Jacques Lemaire’s organization in that system, so he had a lot of good things to talk about, whether that be on the penalty kill or power play or team defense,” Babcock said.


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The NHL Hour with Bob Gainey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Montreal Canadiens Executive Vice President & General Manager Bob Gainey is the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: bob+gainey, gary+bettman

More Value Means Better Chance To Compete

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Teams with greater revenue, even in a salary-capped system, have a better chance of competing at a higher level than teams that do not.

A classic example comes just from looking at the top and bottom of the Forbes list. The Leafs may not be good at what they do when it comes to the hockey operations, but they at least are not hindered by financial considerations when it comes to finding a new general manager or, should they choose, invest in scouting and development.

Compare that to the Phoenix Coyotes, a franchise the magazine estimates is worth $142 million and might be in need of new ownership or even relocation.

more and if you missed the Forbes value listing, you can find it here...

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