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You Guess The Idiot

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Emperor’s already posted this over on the KK HQ page, so if you’ve seen it…well, you just sit there quietly.  For the rest of you, yes, it’s time to play….Guess That Idiot.  That’s right, read the characterization of Dominik Hasek below and tell me what blowhard bag of trash wrote it.

Hasek is still his acrobatic, unpredictable self, on and off the ice, but he no longer routinely steals games for his team like he once did, and on more than a few occasions, he costs his team a victory with his wanderings from the crease. He’s easily among the worst puck-handling goaltenders of all-time, and his fairly recent tendency to overplay shooters results in some goals that probably shouldn’t have been scored. Add to this the fact that his health always seems tenuous and you get the profile of a once great goaltender who is on that long descent down from the top of the mountain.

If you really want to know without guessing, and you can’t figure out by my description of him, then click on “is” in the first sentence of his manifesto.  Unfortunately, he’s correct on a few of his points.  But the fact that he included Hasek in his little list is more evidence that with every column he attempts to prove some sort of pathetic disconnect with his Michigan roots.

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The First Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via NHL.com,

The first month of the 2007-08 season is just about in the books, providing a timely window to examine the players and teams that have made their mark around the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have surprised while the New York Rangers have disappointed.

Here’s an early look at Canadian Press writers’ best and worst of the season so far.

continued… (*a look at the players, teams, coaches and more)

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Surprising Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelly at Sportsnet,

The Habs are a surprising second in the Northeast Division (to Ottawa) and through Monday night were 6-2-2 and tied for third overall in the Eastern Conference and tied for fifth overall with the likes of Philadelphia and Colorado.  Isn’t that where Vancouver or maybe Calgary was supposed to be?

To be sure, both the Flames and the Canucks have had their problems, especially in regards keeping the puck out of their respective nets, but the Habs have out-pointed every Canadian entity except the Senators and even have some games in hand in comparison to some teams ahead of them in the standings.

How is this happening you ask? Well, in a word, goaltending.

Tack on another it would be defence and after that add things like timely scoring, smart positional play, a potent power-play attack (often the best in the league so far) and consistently strong lines.

more…

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  Tags: goalies, montreal+canadiens

The Hockey News Gets a New Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Check out The Hockey News

They’ve done some drastic new updates to their site, and what I’ve seen looks great.

Congratulations, THN!

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Overrated in the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ted Montgomery at USA Today takes a look at “players who tend to be overrated by any combination of fans, the media and their own team.”  For example:

Dominik Hasek, Detroit:
Hasek is still his acrobatic, unpredictable self, on and off the ice, but he no longer routinely steals games for his team like he once did, and on more than a few occasions, he costs his team a victory with his wanderings from the crease. He’s easily among the worst puck-handling goaltenders of all-time, and his fairly recent tendency to overplay shooters results in some goals that probably shouldn’t have been scored. Add to this the fact that his health always seems tenuous and you get the profile of a once great goaltender who is on that long descent down from the top of the mountain.

more… *check out the full list of 10 “overrated” players.

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Gagne Remains Day-to-Day for Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Gelston at the AP via USA Today,

Simon Gagne compares his health to a barfly who’s had a few too many stiff drinks.

He stops short, however, of describing what he’s feeling as any kind of lingering symptoms from a concussion.

“Nobody has really said if it’s a concussion,” Gagne said after the Flyers practiced Tuesday. “Right now, it’s more a vision problem and dizziness. I don’t think they call that a concussion.”

Gagne hasn’t played for the Philadelphia Flyers since he was knocked out of last Wednesday’s game against Florida. He has not been cleared to return to the ice.

continued…

*A “vision problem and dizziness” and they don’t figure it’s related to a concussion? Odd.

 

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  Tags: injuries, philadelphia+flyers, simon+gagne

Whew…Only 7 Hours ‘til Game Time

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Didn’t I say I wouldn’t whine about the schedule anymore.  Didn’t I Gary?  If you’re looking to pass the time before they drop the puck on the other side of the world (but in the same conference…ass), I’d recommend Lowetide.  A good look at the Wings, with a nice tribute to a few legends.

He (Frank Mahovlich) used to barrel down the left wing and release bombs from inside the blueline in a time when goalies could get beaten by the best shooters on that kind of play.

When I was a kid, the Red Wings had really old guys. Alex Delvecchio looked like the guys who lived in the old folks home I delivered papers to when he was still playing in the NHL, Gordie Howe was an icon who seemed to be as old as hockey itself.

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Brian Burke Advocates the “Bear Hug”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Allen at USA Today,

Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke says the Randy Jones hit from behind that injured Patrice Bergeron illustrates why the defensive “bear hug” should be legal when a player is in a vulnerable position.

“In those situations a defenseman has two choices right now: He hits the guy or he looks like a fool,” Burke said. “We need to put the third option back into the game.”

Before the lockout, when a defenseman approached a player with his back to him, he would put his arms around the player and “bear-hug” him into the glass. In an effort to open up the game, the NHL ended that practice by penalizing a player who takes a hand off his stick to tie up a player.

“In the old days, the two bodies went in together,” Burke said. “Now it’s like two billiard balls. One ball hits another and propels it into the boards.”

continued…

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Changing Bruins Culture

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Evan Grossman at NHL.com,

It happens all the time. New coach, new attitude, new results.

It happened in New York when the Islanders hired Ted Nolan. The tide turned across town when the Rangers brought Tom Renney on board. Columbus is buzzing with Ken Hitchcock teaching the Jackets how to play, just like the culture shifted when the Carolina Hurricanes hooked up with Peter Laviolette.

The Boston Bruins are hoping that first-year bench boss Claude Julien brings a similar reversal of fortune.  The first order of business, right at the top of Julien’s “to do” list, is always to change the culture.

“I don’t know if there’s a challenge, but the one thing you do want to do is establish an identity for this hockey club and we certainly want to have a better year this year,” Julien told NHL.com.

continued…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, claude+julien

How Holmgren Transformed the Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chuck Gormley at the Sporting News,

Undaunted, Holmgren systematically transformed an aging, overpriced roster into one with speed, grit, energy and a legitimate chance to double its wins total (22) from a year ago.

“I’ll be honest,” Snider says. “Paul blew me away with the moves he made.”

Many believed that after 13 seasons under Clarke, the Flyers needed a complete front office makeover. But by March 14, Holmgren had carefully dismantled the worst team in club history, exchanging veterans Peter Forsberg, Kyle Calder, Alexei Zhitnik and a second-round draft pick for dynamic young forward Scottie Upshall, promising defensemen Braydon Coburn, Lasse Kukkonen and Ryan Parent and a hungry, resurgent goaltender, Martin Biron.

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