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Should A Coach Talk About Players From Other Teams?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Probably should have asked this a day or two ago, but got around to asking Joe Sacco this morning his reaction to Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau throwing one of his players, David Koci, verbally under bus last Tuesday night. Boudreau all but called for Koci to be jailed after his hit on Mike Green, and basically said he has no talent and shouldn’t even be in the league.

Here’s what Sacco said at the Xcel Energy Center: “Bruce should just worry about his own players. That’s what I try to do – worry about my own guys. David goes out there and plays hard, and David’s never been suspended. For the role he plays, he’s a clean player and I don’t think he went in there intending to hurt anybody.”

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Players Of the Decade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Brophy of Sportsnet lists his Top 10 players of the decade.  Let’s take a look at #10…

10. Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche. There were a few times during the 2000s when it looked like Sakic was starting to slow down, but those times did not last long. Just like the guy who tops this list, Sakic was not a man of many words during his amazing career, but he left nothing on the ice when he called it a career. The seventh highest scorer of the decade, Sakic helped the Avalanche win two Cups, the second in 2000-01. It’s too bad Colorado rookie sensation Matt Duchene, who idolized Sakic growing up, didn’t get the chance to skate on a line with his hero.

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Playing Himself Out Of The NHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One recurring trade rumor so far this season is that the New York Islanders will trade Martin Biron as soon as they have Rick DiPietro healthy.  Along with Dwayne Roloson, the Islanders would have an extra goalie.  The problem with that theory is that Martin Biron has not been playing well so far this season.  In sixteen games played, Biron has a 2-12 record (with two regulation ties).  No other goalie with a double digit number of games played has less than four wins.  Biron has a .897 saves percentage and a 3.30 GAA.  There are few if any teams that would consider it an upgrade in goaltending to add Biron to the fold. 

This has been Martin Biron’s worst NHL season to date and it comes when he is on the trading block.  Should no team want Biron, he would probably find himself relegated to the minors.  It is unlikely that the Islanders would carry three goaltenders and he is the clear odd man out.  Biron is 32 and will be 33 before next season.  There isn’t much market for a goalie who has begun aging who has just played himself out of the NHL.  Should the Islanders be unable to move him, which would be hard given his level of play so far this year, his NHL career might soon be over.

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H2H Update: Game, Set, Goal

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We said $1000.00 was our short-term goal and it took you about thirty hours to reach it.  You guys are unbelievable.

If you’re interested in donating to the “Herm To Hockeytown” concept..hold on to your money for a day or two.  I want to see where we stand on how much more cash we need before we open it back up. 

Now the fun part begins and that’s planning in earnest.  This is generating some good interest around the hockey world and within the organ-I-zation. More to follow on something we’re working on, something that could be a very, very cool surprise for our little Brazilian buddy. 

Classy, classy move by Wild Nation at the link above.  Thanks man.  If there are other bloggers out there talking about this (like at Japer’s Rink), send me an email. I want to be sure you get thanks and recognized by the 19. Herm’s talking about it in some strange dialect here.

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Good Vibrations In LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Ryan Smyth didn’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Pittsburgh or Chicago or Detroit for a playoff run. No, he waived it over the summer to go to the Los Angeles Kings, a team that hasn’t seen the postseason since Jason Allison, Ziggy Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh formed their top line in 2001-02.

So, no, you can’t accuse Smyth of chasing the Stanley Cup like a veteran on a mission to fulfill his dream before it’s too late.

Then again, could that be precisely what “Captain Canada” is doing in Los Angeles?

“I do really believe there is something special about the Kings,” Smyth told NHL.com. “You mention the (Drew) Doughtys and the (Anze) Kopitars—these types of players—they’re so young, but they’re so good. To be a part of it is awesome.”

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Coyotes Sign Anders Eriksson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA —Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Anders Eriksson to a contract.  As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.  In addition, Eriksson has been recalled to the Coyotes.

Eriksson, 34, had been playing for the Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, where he recorded 1-2-3 in eight games.  Eriksson has appeared in 552 career National Hockey League (NHL) games with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames, recording 22-149-171 and 240 penalty minutes (PIM) over parts of 11 NHL seasons.  He was a member of the 1998 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings and has registered six assists and 18 PIM in 36 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, including two games with Calgary during the 2009 Playoffs.

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The Rangers Scoring Machine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times, .

..if you look at Gaborik’s 24 goals as a percentage of the total goals the Rangers have scored so far this season. When you subtract the bookkeeping goals the league awards to teams that win shootouts (in the Rangers’ case, two) and use only those goals scored during regulation and overtime, the Slovakian wingman has accounted for 25.5 percent of all the Rangers’ goals. That is the highest percentage in the N.H.L., and only Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay comes close.

Below, the league’s top 10 through Sunday:

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (December 21, 2009)—Goaltender Cristobal Huet of the Chicago Blackhawks, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and right wing Patric Hornqvist of the Nashville Predators have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 20.

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How Could They Lose?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The Vancouver Canucks lost an unwinnable game. Really, the National Hockey League schedule-maker never gave them a chance on Sunday.

The St. Louis Blues were a last-place team. They were on the road. They play in the Central Division. And the Canucks were coming off a huge victory against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Darn the NHL! How could the Canucks possibly compete amid these impossible circumstances?

The league – you know, it’s based in New York City and run by an American lawyer – surely knew an elite team like Vancouver, basking in the glory of Friday’s righteous win against Washington and busy planning a Stanley Cup, would be emotionally-spent and intellectually detached against the Blues.

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Benoit Pouliot recalled and Halak starts for Canadiens

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

The Montreal Canadiens announced earlier today that they have called up left winger Benoit Pouliot from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. Pouliot will join the Canadiens today for tonight’s game against the Thrashers in Atlanta.

Pouliot, who was sent down last week for a condition stint, recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in three games with the Bulldogs, which were all recorded in yesterday’s 5-4 win against Rochester.

The 6’3’’, 199 lbs forward has yet to play a game with the Habs due to a wrist injury. Pouliot played 14 games earlier this season with the Minnesota Wild, recording only four points (2 goals, 2 assists), along with 12 penalty minutes, playing only an average of 11:56 minutes per game under head coach Todd Richards.

The Canadiens acquired Benoit Pouliot from the Wild on November 23 in exchange for disgruntled forward Guillaume Latendresse. Latendresse has recorded three goals and one assist in 11 games with the Wild since the trade. However, he missed Saturday’s game in Ottawa with the flu.

On another positive note, rearguard Roman Hamrlik has begun skating again, the first time since he injured his right knee against the Devils last Wednesday. No date has been established for his return, but a return on December 26 against the Toronto Maple Leafs is conceivable.

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, jaroslav+halak, johan+hedberg

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