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Stars Need To Show Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,

If the Stars, the team that played with bravado and arrogance in the first two rounds of the playoffs don’t show up in a hurry, the Western Conference finals will end in four games.

No doubt.

You know it. I know it. Even the players know it, though they certainly aren’t going to admit it.

continued

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Bizarre Incident on Tretiak Flight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rhéal Séguin at the Globe & Mail,

Hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak has taken hundreds of flights over his career and witnessed many bizarre incidents on planes, but nothing like last week’s midair altercation that left a drunken Russian passenger dead.

Mr. Tretiak was fast asleep in the first-class section of an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Toronto, on his way to the prestigious international hockey championship in Quebec City, not knowing that one of his diehard fans was determined to talk to him.

“I felt someone shaking me on my shoulder and I woke up. There was this guy standing next to me. He looked like he had been drinking. Before I realized it, somebody else was pulling him away as he screamed, ‘Tretiak, Tretiak.’ And then they just took him away,”

continued… *a strange story, and obviously very upsetting, experience for Tretiak

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: iihf, vladislav+tretiak, world+championships

Kolzig Done In Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Olie Kolzig, the Washington Capitals goaltender through some of the best and worst moments in the team’s history, confirmed yesterday what had been suspected for weeks: He has played his final game for the franchise that drafted him in 1989.

continued (reg. req.)

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: olie+kolzig

Flyers Lose Timonen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was diagnosed with a blood clot in his left ankle today. He will be out for the remainder of the playoffs.

The diagnosis was made at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Timonen said.

“I got hit with a shot in Game 4 against Montreal,” said Timonen, 33. “It’s been getting sorer and sorer every day. We thought we’d get it checked out because it didn’t get better and they found a blood clot.

continued

added 8:35pm, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren answered some questions today from the media regarding Timonen…
added 9:12pm , Kimmo Timonen answers some questions and the answers are below.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: kimmo+timonen

Coaching List Growing In Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Palm Beach Post,

Two promising and qualified candidates for the Panthers’ coaching job emerged this week when former Toronto coach and general manager Pat Quinn and current New York Rangers assistant coach Perry Pearn expressed interest in the job.

Quinn and Pearn both told The Palm Beach Post that they have enjoyed a close working relationship with Panthers GM Jacques Martin and would relish the challenge of ending the team’s eight-year playoff drought.

continued

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  Tags: pat+quinn, perry+pearn

Unlucky Basketball Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

And if you live in New Orleans, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Orlando or Cleveland, you are blissfully unaware of how unlucky you are.

You have the NBA and you never have had the NHL, and so you live under the impression that you’re seeing something urgent and dramatic.

You have no idea that the hockey playoffs are to the basketball playoffs what the William Tell Overture is to Chopsticks.

It’s not that the basketball games lack juice. It’s just that the hockey games overflow with it. Short of war or a home invasion, nothing seems more imperative.

read on

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Avs May Be Searching For A Head Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

I spoke with Giguere the day after the season ended and, except for saying that he’d welcome Joe Sakic back “with open arms,” wouldn’t comment specifically about any player or coach.

Frankly, I didn’t get the feeling that he was too enthusiastic about Quenneville.

No announcements have been made since then, which leads me to believe Quenneville has coached his last game for the Avalanche. His contract expires at the end of June, but I doubt Giguere will wait that long before making an official announcement.

Seems to me, if Giguere wanted Quenneville back, a new deal would already have been struck.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: joel+quenneville

He Is On His Way

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update:  “Sailor” should be capitalized.  Baby steps Paul.

The sailor asked me to let you know he should be online around puck drop time.

Continue Reading »

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Report- Brunnstrom To Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN Fabian Brunnstrom will make his NHL debut next season with the Dallas Stars.

Update 3:56pm ET:More from TSN,

The 23 year old Swedish forward officially made his decision on Thursday with Dallas edging out Montreal, Detroit and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“In the end there was no wrong decision. All of the organizations involved were extremely professional and respectful in their approach and the opportunity was carefully explained. The Dallas option was simply the best one overall for Fabian and he is very comfortable with his decision,” said Brunnstrom’s agent J.P. Barry.

added 7:14pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Ladies and gentlemen, the votes are in and it’s a unanimous decision – this year’s salesman of the year is J.P. Barry. Yes, it’s only May but there is no way anyone can top our man.

That was settled on Thursday when Barry, the Calgary-based agent for Fabian Brunnstrom, announced the Dallas Stars won the bidding war for his client. Barry did such a masterful selling job that at one point, 15 NHL teams were slavering for his services.

continued

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  Tags: fabian+brunnstrom

The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

CBC’s Don Cherry will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.

At show time, you can listen live by going to the NHL Network Online, then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Playoff Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cbc, coach's+corner, don+cherry, gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour

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