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Melrose Coaching In The Early 90’s

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NYT,

Listening to Bob McKenzie this morning on Team 990 radio in “Montreal’s Morning Show,” it seems Coach Melrose could be a bit out of touch with the way the game is played today and he’s on the verge of losing his players.

We’ve heard the same thing from another well-connected source, who says Barry still thinks he’s coaching the 1993 Kings.

McKenzie recommended that Melrose rely more on his excellent coaching staff — Rick Tocchet, Wes Walz and Cap Raeder — who have not spent that last 12 years on TV but working in the N.H.L. and have more of a grasp about how the game is currently played.

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Appendectomy Surgery For Chris Mason

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Chris Mason underwent emergency appendectomy surgery on Thursday night. He is expected to miss approximately two weeks.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rangers Report,

Stephen Valiquette gets his second start of the season. “Two out of three,” Renney said when explaining why he went with the backup tonight. “I’d like Henrik to beat the Detroit Red Wings.”

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Blackhawks GM Tallon Under the Gun

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:

With the hiring of Joel Quenneville as Savard’s replacement, some of the focus of the rest of the management team, consisting of Wirtz, McDonough and senior adviser Scotty Bowman, likely will shift to Tallon.

“I can handle it,” Tallon said of the scrutiny. “That’s what we’re in this business for. As John has said, this is a big boys table, a big boys club. We’re here to win. I’m going to give it my all.”

The Hawks have made three coaching changes since Tallon was named the eighth general manager in team history June 21, 2005. Tallon’s first act was to let coach Brian Sutter go. His replacement, Trent Yawney, was dumped Nov. 27, 2006.

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Update 1:36pm ET: Blackhawks press release on new additions to coaching staff—

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the addition of Marc Bergevin as an assistant coach on Joel Quenneville’s staff.  Bergevin, 43, is currently in his third season in the Blackhawks front office, having previous served on the scouting staff, which includes his most recent stint as the director of professional scouting. The Montreal native joins John Torchetti, Mike Haviland and goaltending coach Stephane Waite as the fourth member on Quenneville’s staff.

 

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  Tags: dale+tallon, denis+savard, joel+quenneville, rocky+wirtz

Last One Out Of The Gate

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The season has barely begun.  Most teams have played less than a handful of games.  In fact, the Edmonton Oilers have only played two times so far this season.  Nevertheless, we are beginning to get an early feel for the way teams are starting the season.  The only team that is yet to collect a point this season is the Anaheim Ducks.  They have played four games and lost them all.  This is a bit of a surprise because they have a similar roster to the team that won the 2007 Stanley Cup and were predicted to do well.  What has been wrong with Anaheim so far?

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Carcillo Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (October 17, 2008) – Phoenix Coyotes’ left wing Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an altercation during NHL game #46 against the Chicago Blackhawks, October 15, the National Hockey League announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Carcillo will forfeit $9,610.22. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

At 17:00 of the second period, Carcillo, who was on the players’ bench, became involved with Blackhawks’ player Ben Eager, who was on the ice.

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Good Selling Trades

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from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

Instead, let’s take a look at how some deadline deals from 2007 have benefited the “sellers” now that there’s been some time for the dust to settle.

Everybody tends to track the progress of the stars who get swapped, but some of the names that were initially meaningless to fans have become much more household in nature.

Daniel Carcillo, Phoenix

It was a tough-guy-for-younger-tough-guy swap when the Coyotes shipped Georges Laraque to Pittsburgh for Carcillo. But the 23-year-old Carcillo can play, too. He scored 13 goals last year, while leading the league with 324 penalty minutes – in just 57 games! – and many believe he’ll develop into an ice sheriff capable of kicking in 20-plus goals a season.

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Sharks Primed For A Cup Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Cameron of the Merced Sun-Star,

The Sharks are not just a hell of a hockey team—we knew that already—but perhaps better positioned for a run at the Stanley Cup then at any time in the club’s relatively short history.

San Jose was perhaps the best defensive unit in the league last year.

What the Sharks lacked—and what cost them dearly in a disappointing second-round playoff loss to Dallas—was the kind of relentless attack that can produce goals against good teams and in tough situations.

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Raycroft To The Rescue

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from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

He hadn’t won a game since Nov. 9, 2007 and only two games all last season. Two years ago Raycroft had appeared in 72 games, won 37 and lost 25. Last year he dropped to third goalie, fourth, if you count the popcorn salesman.

But the Avs threw him a goalie’s mask, a glove and a life jacket. Their starting goalie at season’s end, Jose Theodore, had moved on to Washington, and backup/ ex-starter Peter Budaj was penciled in as the No. 1 goalie.

Penciled in, not Magic Markered in.

Budaj was burned like a Roman candle in the home opener, then fizzled in the next two.

Enter Raycroft.

“I’ve worked very hard since August with Jeff (Hackett, the Avalanche goalie coach), and I felt like I could come in and play well, but I knew I couldn’t put us in a 0-4 hole,” Raycroft said.

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Everything’s Right In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

One of the many reasons the Sabres are 3-0 with only three goals allowed is the improved play of their defense. The blue-liners have dramatically reduced their mistakes from last season, a trend they hope continues tonight when Vancouver visits HSBC Arena.

Numminen and Rivet have become indispensable parts of that corps, but not just for the obvious reasons. Sure, they provide leadership, poise and grit. But they have something else the Sabres lacked: right-handed shots on the blue line.

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