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Will You Miss Al Strachan?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Looks like Al Strachan is out of the Hot Stove and into the fire.

On Tuesday, Usual Suspects received the following e-mail from Jeff Keay of CBC: “Hot Stove has a number of guest contributors who we rotate through the lineup. At this time, we’ve made the decision to take Al out of the regular rotation and to use some of the other personalities we’ve added to the broadcast over the summer.”

Translation: Strachan has been dropped from the Hockey Night In Canada segment a second time, having first been let go in 2005.


added 1:04pm, from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The inside story of how Al Strachan lost his job at Hockey Night In Canada shines a bright, not so pretty light into the world of sports television and how decisions are made.

  Strachan refused to comment on his sudden ouster as a regular on Hockey Night’s Hotstove intermission segment, but publishing sources confirmed today that his departure is tied to a book he wrote with the no-so-subtle title of Why The Leafs Suck.

  The book, released a few weeks ago by Harper Collins, apparently incensed the CBC, because Strachan was identified on the cover as being “from Hockey Night In Canada,”  despite the fact permission had not been given by the network for the show’s name to be used on the cover of the book.

  “Scott Moore (the head of CBC Sports and also head of marketing and advertising for the network) went ballistic,” said one insider.


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Did You Ever Think The Ducks Might Lack Toughness?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Here’s a question about the Ducks that once would ordinarily have been unfathomable to ponder.

Are they tough enough?

Those who witnessed their 5-0 loss to St. Louis on Saturday night may have had that thought cross their minds after watching the Ducks mostly get pushed around by a youthful, energetic squad.

Would that have ever had happened over the past four seasons? Not likely.

The fact is these aren’t the same old big, bad Ducks anymore, especially without rough-and-occasionally reckless defenseman Chris Pronger. But the players are starting to wonder why they aren’t forcing the issue in a physical sense at the outset of games.

“The chippiness should be there right off the bat,” center Ryan Getzlaf said following the loss. “The frustration level can’t cause that stuff. It’s something that we need to play [to] and that’s got to be an attitude in our room. I think those are things we need to address and we need to go forward with them.


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Penguins Early Team To Beat

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With an 8-1 record and a six game winning streak, the Pittsburgh Penguins have established themselves as the early leader in the NHL standings.  The defending Stanley Cup champions have 33 goals scored to only 19 allowed.  Offensively their attack has been led by Evgeni Malkin with 11 points and the more well-rounded skills of Sidney Crosby (who has contributed 8 points).  Tyler Kennedy’s five goals make him the team’s leader in goals scored.  On defence, Sergei Gonchar leads the way offensively with eight points.  He is followed closely by Alex Goligoski, with seven points and a +9 +/- rating.  Jay McKee has been a useful addition for his stay home play.  In goal, Marc-Andre Fleury won all eight games and sports a .926 saves percentage and a 1.96 GAA.  The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a team that is performing at the top of their ability throughout the early season.  They look like a championship team.  However, it is not uncommon that October’s championship team is nowhere to be seen come the Stanley Cup finals.  The true test of the 2009/10 Pittsburgh Penguins is not how they look a few weeks into October.  It is how they will look when they run into some problems in the stretch.  Will they recover quickly or will they fall back into the pack?

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Savard On LTIR With Broken Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has placed forward Marc Savard on long term injured reserve (broken left foot) and has recalled forward Trent Whitfield from Providence on an emergency basis.

Savard is expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury. He has led the Bruins in scoring each of the last three years and currently leads the team in scoring this year, with 4-3=7 totals in seven games. In 2008-09, Savard played in all 82 games with a 25-63=88 line

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Is There A Difference Between Getting Your ‘Bell Rung’ & A Possible Concussion?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many people questioned Marc-Andre Bergeron playing the full game after this hit last night.

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Coyotes Talk On NPR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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The Latest Rumor Talk

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from Spector’s Hockey,

SPORTING NEWS: yesterday reported it’ll be interesting to see how LA Kings forward Alex Frolov responds to being benched for his recent poor play. The report also noted this is how trade rumors get started, noting a report out of Edmonton claiming the Oilers might be interested in Frolov.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Frolov is an unrestricted free agent next summer and there’s considerable speculation the Kings could shop him later in the season. For now however I don’t expect they’ll make such a drastic move, hoping Frolov will snap out of his malaise.

more names & rumors…

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Watch Out Diggers…MacLeod’s Kicking Your Butts Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Suggestion for the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and MLive.  Want people…okay, maybe just me…to stop pointing out flaws in your hockey coverage? 

Ready? Write this down, because I’m not going to say it more than twenty or thirty more times. Steal Bruce MacLeod away from the Oakland rag that won’t let him travel with the team. 


Maltby or Helm? Helm. Chelios or Ericsson? Ericsson. Draper or Abdelkader? Abdelkader. Howard or Conklin? Conklin.
But those decisions are based on instant gratification.
Which leads me to this … with the Wings’ talent pool brought back to the pack this season, it looks to me that those loyal roster decisions are paying off right now.

You may not like what he has to say about veterans before youth, or vice versa, but at least he’s got the sack to share his opinion.

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Iginla Back On The Offensive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Sauntering down the press box with six and a half minutes remaining, the injured Mike Commodore glanced up from fiddling with his BlackBerry, spotting a familiar face tapping tentatively on a laptop.

“Hey, how’s it going?’’ asked the long-ago local folk hero, his trademark red fright wig/afro shorn fashionably short.

A noncommital shrug.

“Not bad. Same old.’’

“Yeah, I hear you,’’ replied the former Calgary Flame. “Same old . . . ’’

He shook his head, glanced heavenwards, in knowing resignation.

“Same old Jarome.’’

Yup, same old Jarome. At last.


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Looking At The Third Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

The NHL’s third jersey program, which began in 1995-96, has allowed participating teams the chance to present a new and exciting style for their fans and players, while still holding on to their core identity as a franchise. Judging by several stylish new jerseys that will be unveiled in 2009-10, the third jersey program retains has a strong foothold in the League.

The teams that will participate this season are the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators.

When third jerseys are modeled after designs used in previous seasons, they sometimes take on the name of throwback, retro or vintage jersey. In that regard, you can add the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins to swell the list of teams to 11 for this season.


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