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Video- The Senators With Their Heritage Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Visit the Ottawa dressing room as the players put on their heritage sweaters and gear.

Heck, I am just trying to figure out all the new faces and names.

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MacArthur Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (OCTOBER 1, 2011) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and two regular-season games, without pay, for an illegal hit to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader during a preseason game on September 30, National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, MacArthur will forfeit $35,135.14. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at the end of the third period and no penalty was assessed on the play.

MacArthur will miss a preseason game tonight vs. Detroit and regular season games Oct. 6 vs. Montreal and Oct. 8 vs. Ottawa. He is eligible to return Oct. 15 vs. Calgary.

A full explanation of Shanahan’s decision, complete with video, will be available on NHL.com later today.

Watch the hit if you missed it last night.

added 12:29am 10/2/11, Shanahan video added below…

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  Tags: clarke+macarthur

The Watch List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at The Hockey News,

No one is pumping Roberto Luongo’s tires now.

The Vancouver Canucks goalie was the most talked about player during a Stanley Cup final that ended in disappointment when he fell flat against the Boston Bruins.

Four months later, Luongo finds himself back in the spotlight—will he be the player who earned Vezina Trophy consideration during the regular season or the one who endured some struggles in the playoffs?

With the 2011-12 season getting underway, he tops our list of 10 players to watch this year:

1. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks: Adding intrigue to Luongo’s situation is the fact he has arguably the most capable backup in the league. Many believe Cory Schneider is good enough to be a No. 1 man elsewhere and the Canucks intend to give him more than the 25 appearances he received last year. If Luongo struggles, it could end up being a lot more.

2. Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins: With all of the focus on Crosby’s long absence from the Penguins lineup, it’s often forgotten that Malkin missed almost half of last year as well. They’ll both be worth keeping a close eye on, particularly if they can return to top form, which would instantly elevate Pittsburgh back to a serious Stanley Cup contender.

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Another Night Of Hockey And Questionable Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

That’s really swift justice.

Before he even plays his first official NHL game, Islanders first-rounder Ryan Strome faces a potential suspension from NHL VP Brendan (Robespierre) Shanahan, who has been handing out lengthy punishments like candy at Halloween.

Strome was ejected for boarding Devils forward Stephen Gionta with 3:14 left in the Devils’ 1-0 exhibition triumph last night in Newark.

Strome, taken fifth overall in June, one slot behind Devils’ pick Adam Larsson, voiced remorse, insisting that’s not his style, but expecting to hear from Shanahan.

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Also, Nick Kypreos reported this morning Clarke MacArthur may be meeting with Shanahan too…

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  Tags: ryan+strome

A quick thank you to KK readers

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

A quick thank you to all KK readers for their support in my quest to raise $2,000 for this year’s Run for the Cure. With your help, I have raised almost $2,300, and my team has surpassed $4,500. That’s all going to breast cancer research, a cause very close to my heart as multiple family members have courageously battled it over the past five years.

There is still time to donate if you are interested, at the link below:

http://www.runforthecure.com/goto/ccwg

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot, and your contributions and comments have really made a difference.

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Remember It’s Only Pre-Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

You would find no chill in the air, spoken or in body language, when you walked toward how’s-it-goin’? Canadiens goalie Carey Price on Friday in Brossard.

You need not have told Price that his statistics are entirely pedestrian in the waning days of training camp – three losses against no wins, a save percentage of .868 and a swollen goals-against average of 4.00.

“It’s not a switch that you can turn on,” the 24-year-old said of regaining midseason sharpness. “I still have a week of preparation. I’ve put in the work this week and we’ll let the preparation take care of it.”

Canadiens fans have been fretting – now there’s a surprise – about the exhibition performance of Price.

And they’ve been gravely concerned about his new backup, Peter Budaj, who in three appearances has been tagged with two losses against no wins, showing a save percentage of .872 and an average of 4.80.

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Luck of the Oilers Reaches All New Low

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Oilers Beat Wild 4-3 in Shootout
The Edmonton Oilers have one game remaining in their pre-season schedule, but are already running out of players due to injury. This was no easy battle for the Oilers, behind 3-1 thanks to two Wild power play goals in the third, but managed to find the back of the net twice in time to tie the game before the end of regulation time. The extra five minutes would solve nothing, and neither team would accumulate many shots on net; both goaltenders had their work cut out for them. Through the shootout, it was a sweet Swede who made the day for the Oilers.

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Video- Will Shanahan Review The MacArthur Hit On Abdelkader?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MacArthur received two for high sticking, Abdelkader two for cross checking.

added 8:51am 10/1/11, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

#Leafs told MacArthur faces further supplementary discipline for head hit on #Redwings Abdelkader late in gm. 12 pm #NHL hearing today.

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  Tags: clarke+macarthur, justin+abdelkader

Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ray Emery (I didn’t realize he attended the Hasek School of stickhandling) turns it over to Matt Cooke.

The rest is history, Pens 4, Hawks 2.

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  Tags: matt+cooke, ray+emery

Retired From Hockey, Now What?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Yvonne Zacharias of the Vancouver Sun,

For many NHL players, it’s over so quickly.

The cheering fades, the fat pay cheques stop coming and the last poker game is played on the back of the bus. So many nights on the road become a faded memory of a glory time when they were hockey heroes and super stars.

Now, they are just ordinary Joes, trying to figure out how to survive in a world that is foreign to them. After being coddled and cajoled for so many years, suddenly they are on their own. The fairy tale has come to a crashing halt.

For Tyson Nash, who spent most of his professional hockey-playing career with the St. Louis Blues and the Phoenix Coyotes, retirement from the game he loved was the hardest thing he ever had to deal with.

And he was one of the lucky ones. He had a hockey-related job waiting in the wings for him as a colour commentator for the Coyotes.

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