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So-So Fedor Fedorov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When I asked Brent Sutter today if he’s liked Fedor Fedorov’s effort in the two preseason games he’s played in so far, the Devils coach paused for a few seconds and looked up. That long pause was a clue to the answer that followed.

“At times, he’s been good. At times, he hasn’t,” Sutter said. “It’s been kind of a hit-and-miss thing. I mentioned this the other day. He’s got to learn things in his game. You have to play a certain way over here and, hopefully, he’ll pick it up as the games go on. I thought there were different times in both games there were shifts where he was fine and there were shifts that he wasn’t very good. I’m just being honest.

“It’s up to him how he wants to do it. He can do it the way it needs to be done and he can give himself a chance. Hopefully, he’s smart enough to pick that up as far as knowing what has to be done to give himself a chance to make the team.”

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Developing Tootoo’s Skill Set

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark McGee at the Nashville Daily News:

Predators coach Barry Trotz is giving [Jordin] Tootoo the chance to work on two of the top lines in training camp. He has been teamed with Jason Arnott and J.P Dumont and with David Legwand and Martin Erat.

“If you are going to be a top-six forward then you have to play with top players,” Trotz said. “I want to give him more time with the higher end offensive players and with the hard-working two way players like Scott Nichol and Vern Fiddler.

“He’s getting there. We know he can shoot. And he gets on the fore check hard. But he is a lot more poised with the puck. He has a lot of ability. We are just trying to reinforce that with him.”

read on

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Problems With New Icing Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,

And now this new rule will only put the refs under an even more magnified microscope lens.

“Any contact between opposing players while pursuing the puck on an icing must be for the sole purpose of playing the puck and not for eliminating the opponent from playing the puck. Unnecessary or dangerous contact could result in penalties being assessed to the offending player.”

This is how the league’s new rule reads. It sounds simple enough, but if two guys are skating beside one another towards the end boards, are the officials really going to call it if the players’ skate blades nick? Or what if the players’ shoulders nudge, while they are frantically trying to pick up speed?  They haven’t got to the puck yet, so technically they aren’t playing it yet.

These are the types of calls that will get blurred together.  One ref might call it one night, while another sees it as too ticky-tack (and rightfully so) the next.

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As a KK reader suggested in a blog from David Lee of Red and Black Hockey, maybe we should do a poll.  So we are… Do you like the new icing rule?  Vote below…

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Hey, Another KK

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kelli, the Panthers Ice Dancers Captain,

The girls and I had our annual initiation dinner a few weeks ago giving us the chance to take a break from all the hard work put in and really get to mingle with each other and get to know one another a little bit better.

read more from Kelli’s Korner and some pictures too.

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NHLPA Tries To Rebuild Itself

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHLPA has a checkered history.  Most recently, they were broken by the NHL owners in the 2004/05 lockout where a salary cap and cost certainty were instituted.  Paul Kelly has taken over the union and wants to build its power back.  Ideally, the NHLPA has to be a strong unified group that is willing to fight for the players when needed and the players have to believe that joining in the fight is beneficial to them.  In order to do this he has created an NHLPA Advisory Board.  It has eight members who include some high profile people.  Its initial membership will be Buzz Hargrove, George Cohen, Ken Baumgartner, Steve Larmer, Ron Lloyd, Dan O’Neill, Ron Pink and Ian Troop.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“From an ownership level we look at the long term,” we want to be absolutely competitive, super competitive each and every year.

“If you asked us if you were to pay for a Stanley Cup team this year, but you were to be lousy for the next five years, would you do it? The answer from the ownership point of view, absolutely not.

-Leafs co-owner Larry Tanenbaum.  More by Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.

added 2:13pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Tanenbaum said Yzerman, a vice-president of the Red Wings who is learning the hockey business under general manager Ken Holland, need not apply. He said the Leafs will not be hiring a second consecutive rookie GM, given the team’s decline under John Ferguson, who was fired last January.

“Steve needs to be a general manager some place (else),” said Tanenbaum, who stopped by the Leafs’ practice on Thursday. “We don’t want a rookie.”

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Feel Lucky? Head To NYC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The NHL Powered By Reebok store in New York City will celebrate its first anniversary and the start of the 2008-09 NHL season by hosting a free NHL Face-Off 2008 Fan Festival on Friday, October 10 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  As part of the celebration, Honda will give away a 2009 Honda Fit Sport automobile to one lucky fan on-site at the event, and the NHL will award a trip for two to the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago through an online contest.

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The ‘Hot’ Team In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

I’m a basketball fan who hasn’t watched a whole lot of hockey, but I better brush up on power plays and such. As a professional bandwagon hopper, it looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time with the Stars this winter.

That certainly doesn’t mean I’ll voluntarily stay out of the Mavericks’ locker room, but I sense a shifting of the local bandwagon fans from NBA to NHL.

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Broken Nose For Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The AP via Mlive reports Nick Lidstrom suffered a broken nose last night.

Update 2:44pm ET: Via TSN:

Nicklas Lidstrom suffered a broken nose on Wednesday night and the Red Wings expect him miss at least three games, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Head coach Mike Babcock spoke to the newspaper on Thursday morning regarding the injury to his captain.

“He’s got a broken nose, but everything’s fine,” Babcock told the Free Press. “I mean, he got hit in the head with a puck, and so he’s not feeling good today - he didn’t even come to the rink today; he’ll be back here tomorrow and then he’ll be rolling in no time.”

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A New Season For Jason Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Murphy at NHL.com,

After a tumultuous first season in Toronto both on and off the ice, Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake has found a new lease on life and his career. Blake took time recently to discuss his up-and-down season, what he learned from the experience and how he plans on using these lessons both as a hockey player and a person.

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