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Now This Is A Dynasty- 15 Cups In 23 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via NHL.com,

Longtime fans of the Montreal Canadiens, who mark their 100th anniversary on Dec. 4, can remember when winning the Stanley Cup was more of an expectation than a hope.

The Habs won 15 NHL championships in 23 seasons between 1956 and 1979, with dynasties as bookends. It was a level of success that, given how the hockey business has changed, will never be repeated.

So, how did they do it?

Picking the right people to manage and coach had a lot to do with it.

Go back to the days of the Original Six.

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Thrashers May Have Too Many Goalies

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

It must be nice to have the problem the Atlanta Thrashers are facing right now – too many NHL goaltenders. It’s a much better quandary than ‘failed power play’ or ‘no team chemistry.’

Nevertheless, the fact the Dirty Birds have two shutouts over NHL royalty (Detroit and Philadelphia) in their past three games with two different netminders posting the goose eggs is something that will need to be addressed once Kari Lehtonen returns from injury.

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Problems In Edmonton

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from Ray Ferraro of TSN,

Things have gone from bad to worse in Edmonton with the recent loss for the season of Ales Hemsky. Bright spots have been few and far between for the Oilers, who enter Monday’s action with just four wins in their last 18 games. There are all kinds of legitimate reasons for their problems, starting with an incredible run of the flu that sapped the club as they were off to a good start and injuries to defencemen Sheldon Souray, Denis Grebeshkov, Steve Staios and lately goalie Nikolai Khabibulin among others.

However, the problems run much deeper in Edmonton.

The biggest red flag for the non-playoff team last year was a group of forwards that were pretty much all the same size and the same skill set.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (November 30, 2009) —Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Niklas Hagman have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 29.

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The Games May Have Started Early

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

Last week on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown, Bob and I had the chance to talk to Vladislav Tretiak. I have met the great goalie a couple of times over the years when he was the goalie coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, but this was the first time I had talked to him since he had been named head of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, and recently the general manager of the Russian Olympic Team.

He has an interesting dilemma when it comes to the Olympics. Does he field a team of NHLers, KHLers or a little bit of both leagues? He told Bob and I that it would be a mix of the two leagues. And frankly from his perspective, it has to be. Even if there were 23 NHL players fit for the ice in Vancouver, Tretiak has no choice but to pick some talent from the Kontinental League. In order to give the Russian-based league any level of credibility throughout Europe, there has to be some of its players on the ice at the soon-to-be-renamed GM Place.

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Edmonton R.I.P?

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Many Edmonton Oiler fans appear ready to throw in the towel on the 2009/10 season now that Ales Hemsky is out for the season recovering from shoulder surgery.  Hemsky has been the top scorer on the Oilers in every season since the lockout (he tied for the lead in 2006/07).  Offensively he is very important to the Oilers.  The Oilers currently have 10 wins in 27 games and sit in 14th place in the West Conference.  Is the season effectively over?

While the Oilers look unlikely to make the playoffs, I think they will probably stay in the race until late in the season.  They are a team with some talent.  Dustin Penner is among the top 10 scorers in the NHL so far this year.  They have some other offensive talent in Shawn Horcoff, Sam Gagner, Patrick O`Sullivan and Gilbert Brule.  Most of those players are young enough that it is reasonable to expect they take a significant step forward in the remainder of the season.

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Flyers Need Results

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vis Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Stevens is a classy man who is one of the NHL’s most dedicated coaches, but if the Flyers (13-10-1) are around .500 a month from now,  I don’t think he will still be here.

    Asked to evaluate Stevens’ job this season, GM Paul Holmgren, who is a staunch supporter of his coach, didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement Sunday.

  “We’re ninth in the conference and I’d like to be in a better position,” he said, “but the coaches are working hard.”

    He paused.

  “But it goes back to what I was saying about the players. The results need to be more positive.”

    If they’re not, if this team doesn’t show marked improvement in the next month, you’ll probably see a new man behind the bench.

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Wild Competing

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Examine Saturday’s victory at Colorado, and it might be impossible to come up with another game in which the Wild has spent more time in the opponent’s zone. The Wild probably spent three-quarters of the game forechecking the rubber off the puck.

Now, it’s safe to say the Wild is starting to get it. There’s a reason why the team has earned points in 10 of the past 13 games (7-3-3) and in each of the past four (3-0-1).

As coach Todd Richards loves to say, the Wild’s level of “compete” these days is off the charts. It has a lot to do with General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s ability to add motivated newcomers, such as Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Guillaume Latendresse.

But it also has to do with a bunch of veterans setting the tone.

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Winning Culture In New Jersey

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

The more players they lose through injury, the better Lou Lamoriello’s team plays.

Jimmy Devellano, the Red Wings executive vice-president, was on the phone.

“How do they ever do it?” asks Jimmy D.

What can I tell him after watching this over-achieving hockey club since opening night?

An easy answer comes by way of Hockey Night Live analyst Butch Goring.

“It’s the culture developed by Lou (Lamoriello) and his winning teams over the years,” says Butch.

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Milbury On Goodenow

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

For a moment during Hockey Night In Canada, Mike Milbury seemed ready to pull off his shoe and use it on Ian Pulver. The big guy was sputtering over Pulver’s rules-are-rules attitude to a suggested solution for an NHL problem.

Pulver, a Bob Goodenow acolyte and now a player agent, defended during the Hotstove segment the regime of Goodenow, the former NHL Players’ Association executive, to which Milbury, face red, said, “That was the most untrusting guy in the goddamned world.”

  The expletive wasn’t needed, but Milbury had it right about Goodenow.

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