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Frustrated In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The angry glare in Luke Schenn’s eyes spoke volumes when a reporter brought up his third-period stint on the bench Saturday night.

No, there wasn’t an injury behind the move and yes, he was humiliated about playing just three shifts in the Leafs’ seventh defeat (0-6-1). Welcome to Ron Wilson Roulette, where any Leaf might feel those splinters until this club wins a game.

“No one has stepped up and when you make a mistake, that’s the way it’s going to be,” Schenn said yesterday at the MasterCard Centre. “They’re going with the guys playing the best.”

That Schenn would be singled out shows how far the Leafs have slipped. Last season’s NHL’s all-rookie team member was among the most trustworthy in his own zone.

This year, first with veteran partner Francois Beauchemin and then others, Schenn has the same malaise that’s gripped the dressing room. Toronto has given up a league-high 28 goals, while four defencemen, Schenn, Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek and Beauchemin are a combined minus-17.


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Best Of The Week

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Hits & saves can be watched below…

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Modano Day-To-Month

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano was flying through a morning skate practice on Friday and looked good, whipping shots on net, flipping backhanded passes to teammates and skating with the natural stride that looks all too smooth to come from 39-year-old legs.

And then it happened.

“I tried a one-timer from (Mike) Ribeiro, and it just fell apart,” Modano said of a tweak to a rib injury that has kept him out since the first game of the season.

And so the Stars center went from thinking he would be in the lineup Monday against the Kings to not knowing when he might return. He said he doubts he will be on the Stars’ three-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Anaheim and lists himself as “day to day for the next month.”

more on the Stars…

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A Look At The Sedins

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friom Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the Vancouver Sun,

In Alain Vigneault’s eyes, there is only one positive to Daniel Sedin being on the shelf with a broken foot.

“Now, when I see (the twin) Hank in this environment I know it’s him, and when I see Danny on crutches, well, I know who he is … first time since I’ve been here (four years) that I can say that,” chuckled the Vancouver Canucks’ head coach, who makes no bones about the fact he still can’t tell Daniel from Henrik, unless they’ve got numbers on their jerseys.

“Any time I crossed one of them I’d always say ‘How’s it going, Danny?’ I had a 50-50 chance. They would say yes or no. On the ice, when I’m looking at them (in practice), I’ve always said ‘which one are you?’ They’ll turn around to show me a number,” said Vigneault.


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More On The Chelios Plan

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from Elliotte Friedman & Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

The number one reaction to the NHLPA’s 19-3 vote in favour of forming a players committee to review the entire organization has been disappointment.

This sentiment was expressed because most players and agents felt that the Chris Chelios-led conference on Sunday evening was an extremely important step in rebuilding the tattered union.

But eight player reps either did not partake in the call or did not vote, leaving Chelios one vote short of the necessary 20 and three shy of the 25 required for a quorum.

Under the new NHLPA constitution, players can still cast a vote up to 72 hours after the conference call.

The speculation is that Chelios will eventually get his desired result.


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Tortorella Helped Erin Andrews With Her Career

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from Tom Jones of the St. Peterburg Times via Scripps News,

Q: Let’s talk about your career. How much did former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella (the coach when Andrews started with the NHL team) influence your career?

(Erin Andrews)  A: “Torts’ has meant so much to me in my life and in my career. It was clearly a situation where he didn’t want a 22-year-old around that team, nor should he have. He was trying to turn around the worst team in the league. And here’s this 22-year-old kid right out of school traveling on the bus, at the hotel, at all the practices.

But he taught me so much about how to prepare, how you should act as a professional, how to ask questions. I mean, if you weren’t prepared, a guy like that could be tough to deal with. (Laughs) And he taught me to have no fear. He taught me how to prepare and jump right in. He was so good and respectful to me, and he didn’t have to be. Everybody with the Lightning was like that.

more but not much more hockey talk…

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Well, well, well….Take A Look At Adrienne

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Amazing what fun you can have when there are five days between games.  Earlier today, whining Dive apologist Adrienne Dater posted on his Twitter account that he was going to “quit twitter” if he didn’t have 1000 followers by Thursday.

If I don’t get to 1,000 followers by this coming thursday, I’m done with twitter. Not worth the time otherwise

Naturally, that struck a chord.  I found it odd that such a credible “journalist” as Adrienne would find it necessary to sob for readers and or “followers.” But that he did.

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Versus/Directv Update - Nothing New

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David Pollak and some members of the Sharks organization had a chance to talk with Bill Daly today…

Tonight’s Sharks game is a Versus-only telecast, which means, of course, that fans who subscribe to DirecTV won’t be able to watch from the comfort of their living rooms. Bettman has been on record before, urging fans to write both the network and the carrier to reach a new contractual agreement. Essentially, the league is a business partner with each, but doesn’t have the legal wherewithal to force a settlement and can only lobby from the outside, not sit at the table.

“Unfortunately, we’re still at status quo,” Daly said when asked about where things stand. “The league office has made significant efforts both with Versus and DirecTV to try to break the logjam and try to move towards sensible ground. The good news is, the parties continue to talk, they’re exchanging drafts, but in terms of forecasting a resolution, at this point there’s no good news to report.”

more and other topics discussed with Daly…

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Oh, This Should Be Fun

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I know you’ve got my back out there, Avaholics, and I have a favor to ask: follow me on twitter. My handle is adater (imaginative I know), and by getting me to 1,000 followers by Thursday, you’ll not only make me feel good, but you’ll make a bitter Red Wings crank blogger out there feel really bad. Who’s with me?

At last check, I’m up to 823 followers. A couple days ago, I put out a tweet saying if I didn’t get to 1,000 followers by Thursday, I’d quit twitting. As many of you know, I have a sarcastic side, and I actually meant the tweet as a joke.

But some stuffshirt Wings blogger by the name of “iwocpo” from the site “Kukla’s Korner” took it as a personal affront (this is probably the same tough guy who likes to make fun of somebody’s mother and sister and a guy who almost died from a sucker punch by one of his Old Wings players (You know the one, Mr. It Is What It Is) and has started an “unfollow” campaign on me). Yawn.

continued and Adrian, his blog is Abel to Yzerman and it can be found here...

added 6:42pm, IwoCPO responds.

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Questioning Guy Carbonneau

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from CBC,

What player has surprised you the most so far this year?

(Carbonneau): It would have to be Michael Del Zotto from the Rangers, so far this season he has been the best of the young players.

And the Colorado Avalanche as a team has surprised me. The acquisition of Craig Anderson has obviously given them more stability in net.


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