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No Time For Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Universal Cynic,

Here’s the synopsis: Brian Burke, Brian Burke, Leafs, Brian Burke…Barry Melrose, Barry Melrose, Barry Melrose.

Then, at the very end of the segment, Ron MacLean dropped the following (very telling) statement:

“We don’t have time to talk about Ottawa.”

read on

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Taking It Easy On Fletcher

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from The Spin, a blog by Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Yep, the kid who scored Vancouver’s pretty first goal on Saturday night was given away by Fletcher.

If you agree Wellwood looks reborn in Vancouver, then you’d have to say it was a bad deal by Fletcher.

Yet nobody, but nobody, covering the Wellwood story seemed to bring that point up.
It was, really, yet another example of the extra layer of teflon assigned to Fletcher in his second go around with the hockey club. Nothing bad that has happened since he arrived in January is attributed to him, and anything positive is wildly exaggerated.

Even now, with the team having won only seven of 18 games and having lost five of its past seven matches, the tributes to Fletcher’s work are just pouring in by people who have been around the game for a long time and should know better.

read on

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No Postgame Road Show, Go To The Web Instead

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from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,

Larry Quinn said over the summer the postgame show was getting dumped on the road because it was just three guys talking (Roby, Ray and Sylvester). What’s so wrong with that? He said the ratings on the road were lousy. I believe him but the team stunk last year and many road games are on Saturdays, an admittedly tough ratings night….

The Sabres are clearly going in another direction, pushing you to their Web site. You’ll usually see some locker room and Ruff video there. It seems they’re more interested in the glitz of the Sabres Show, their nicely packaged weekly magazine, than their actual game telecasts.

Seriously, do they really think we care more about a show featuring Maria Genero’s inane talks with players at local restaurants or her probing “interviews” with the likes of Tom Golisano?

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Sudarshan Maharaj- Goalie Consultant

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from NYI Point Blank,

When you’ve had your car torched because someone doesn’t like the color of your skin, you can deal with the occasional “Who the %$@# is Sudarshan Maharaj and what qualifies him to coach Rick DiPietro and Joey MacDonald”?

The Islanders goaltending consultant, Maharaj has heard it all but never complains, not even when a trio of racists in Sweden set his car on fire 20 years ago during his pro playing career. Born in Trinidad and raised there for the first six years of his life, Maharaj has refused to let anything distract his focus on making a name in the game of hockey.

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Andy McDonald Out With Fractured Leg

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Center Andy McDonald, who leads the club with 18 points, suffered a fractured left leg in the first period Sunday against Montreal and will be out indefinitely….

“Andy has been, to this point in the season, our best player,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “Nobody feels sorry for us. (But) we battled one of the better teams in the league right to the end with the lineup we had tonight. So, give our guys credit, we’ll find a way.”

more on the game last night…

added 2:12pm, via Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

After originally reporting Andy McDonald’s injury as a broken leg, the St. Louis Blues on Monday confirmed the veteran center has a broken left ankle and figures to miss at least two months.

added 6:38pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Andy McDonald is expected to miss the next eight weeks due to a fractured left leg.

After an MRI was performed by Blues team doctors in St. Louis, it was determined that surgery will not be required.

 

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Looking At The Dustin Penner Season

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

(Dustin) Penner has been on a terrible run of games, similar to a few bad runs he had last season where he would disappear for weeks at a time. When we last saw Penner, before he was banished to the press box on Saturday, tiny Alexander Steen of the Leafs had blasted the 6-foot, 4-inch, 240-pound Oilers forward right off the puck, as if Penner were Tara Lipinski.

It would be hard for MacTavish to get any greyer than he is, so we’ll have to say that this is the kind of play that will make the Oilers coach go bald.

All that said, Penner wasn’t exactly set up for success this season. If he wanted to nurse feelings that the coach has had it in for him this season, there would be some justification.

For instance:

- Before the season began, the Oilers brought in Erik Cole to take Penner’s place on the first line with Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff. That didn’t work out for Cole, Hemsky or Horcoff, who completely failed to click.

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Feeling Controversial?  Who, Us?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The rules of society no longer apply to our Uncle Mike.

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Habs Lose Some ASG Votes

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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Late last week, the NHL said it was studying the legitimacy of this Habs runaway, the rules stating that automated voting activity is prohibited. Saturday into yesterday morning, it stripped thousands of votes from the Canadiens, as many as 20,000 from Kovalev alone if you’re to believe the “real-time” totals.

But then, does it really matter? The All-Star Game long ago took a fork in the road from its original purpose and much of its relevence.

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Still Talking About The Luongo Trade

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Do you see what goalie Roberto Luongo has been doing lately and feel cheated? You should. If it makes you angry to read those sentences, it’s because you hate being reminded of what can’t be forgotten — that the Panthers gave away Luongo to Vancouver in June 2006.

Regardless of whether you agree with the trade, they should have received more in return. What they now have instead of Luongo are defenseman Bryan Allen and AHL center Shawn Matthias, a prospect they got when they traded their key acquisition in the Luongo deal, Todd Bertuzzi, to Detroit.

continued

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Drew Doughty Playing Like The Calder Winner

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from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

I’ve only seen the Los Angeles Kings play a couple of games this season, but I’ve already penciled in the name Drew Doughty next to Calder Trophy on my virtual NHL awards ballot.

This 18-year-old man-child is the real deal. On a young Kings lineup, Doughty plays the seasoned vet. He logs the second most minutes on the team, quarterbacks the power play and is the steadiest defenseman on the Kings in 5-on-5 situations.

continued

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