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‘Best’ Early Season ‘Lines’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

The world of quotes. Yes, indeed, they do make the world go ‘round, even the NHL, which isn’t exactly the sassiest of pro sports leagues when it comes to lipping off….

“Every single day, you ask the same questions. You know the amazing thing? You’ve never asked me once about what we’re doing in practice. ‘What was that drill?’ No one’s ever asked that. It’s always, ‘What’s Jason Blake going to do tomorrow? Where’s Brian Burke having dinner tonight?’ You don’t really talk about the actual X’s and O’s of the game. I find that kind of strange. So, then I wonder, maybe you don’t ask those questions because maybe you don’t understand.”

—Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson sparring with the media

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Sounds Familiar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Japers’ Rink,

To recap - these were not her questions and there’s no disclosure anywhere that the Q&A was a conference call via the NHL. This is no different than if a political reporter published portions of a Presidential press conference under her byline with the headline “A quick chat with George W. Bush.”

And the PHWA is worried about bloggers lowering journalistic standards?

read on to see what the issue is…

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Bring Back The Old Twine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

Here to suggest the NHL reconsider the goal nets they currently utilize in the great frozen game.

Simmer down goalies, I’m not pushing for larger dimensions. What I want is a return to the less taut, more cascading netting of yesteryear. A return to that once upon a time when goals were accentuated by the billowing of diamond shaped nylon as the vulcanized rubber disk sailed agonizingly past the guardian of the twine, and dramatically popped the netting from its lifeless, drape-like state. (I tried to catch the flavor of the memory)

Nowadays, like most things in society, we want it over with as soon as possible so we can move on to the next “moment”, so they’ve created a scenario where the puck trampolines out of the net like a tennis ball off a racket.

read on

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Patrick Roy Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

On Saturday night, prior to their game with the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens will honor Patrick Roy by retiring his No. 33 at the Bell Centre.  The following is the transcript from the Q&A session Roy had with the NHL media today.

Q&A

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        Q. Can you just talk about what it means to you, and did you think this day would come given your departure from Montreal?

        PATRICK ROY: Well, you have no control on if they will retire my jersey or not, but I surely hope that that would happen one day. I knew they had a lot of guys to do before me. You know, the Canadiens haven’t done that for a long time, and I felt that the Savards, the Robinsons, Gainey, Dryden, they’ve been a big part of the history of the Canadiens, and I think they deserve that.

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Weakening Dollar A Sign Of Trouble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin fears that the sagging loonie could send Canadian NHL teams spiralling back into the dark economic days that preceded the lockout.

Boivin says the league’s six Canadian clubs are thriving at the gate and bring in more than a third of the total revenue for the 30-team NHL.

But he identified the tumbling dollar as one of three threats to the continued viability of Canadian clubs.

continued

added 6:01pm, from Frederic Tomesco at Bloomberg,

More declines in the Canadian currency would recreate the situation that existed before the lockout, when most Canadian clubs were unprofitable, Boivin said. The Canadiens paid out $18 million last season to other NHL clubs as part of the revenue- sharing system, he said.

more if you are interested in the business side of the NHL…

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Top 10 Duos in the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

John Grigg at The Hockey News lists out his top-10 favorite NHL duos he enjoys watching play:

10. Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley
•  These guys aren’t having the best start to the year, but there’s few purer snipers in the league than Heatley and even fewer set-up men as slick as Spezza.

9. Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen
•  This is a relatively new duo, especially with ‘The Mule’ having been hurt most of the year. But Zetterberg is magic with the puck and Franzen is a bull with hands. Together the two are dangerous whenever they’re on the ice.

read on

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Name Those Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Will Smith met up with some Dallas Stars at the premiere of his movie Seven Pounds

Can you name all the Dallas Stars in this photo off the top of your head? To be honest, we—and a few other hockey people we asked—actually struggled for a few minutes trying to identify one of the guys in this picture.  (But we’re betting you’re sharper than we are…)

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Why Not Lidstrom For SI Sportsman of the Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,

In a parity-stricken league, Lidstrom has ensured that the Red Wings remain in a class of one, and in June he crossed into hockey’s final frontier when he became the first European captain in NHL history to hoist the Stanley Cup. “I’m very proud to be the first,” he said, and in the next breath, “I’m very proud of the whole team too.”

What makes Lidstrom so Sportsman-like is, well, his sportsmanship: his humility, his professionalism. He is intuitive on the ice and equally so in the locker room. Earlier this year Babcock told me that he had never coached player this good. “In what way?” I asked. Replied Babcock: “In any way you can think of.”

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Senators Lose Fisher & Neil

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators centre Mike Fisher is expected to miss two weeks with strained right knee ligaments, it was announced after practice this morning.

The news is worse on Chris Neil.

The rugged right winger will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. It’s not yet known how long Neil will be out of the lineup.

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  Tags: chris+neil, mike+fisher

Early Selke Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to pick award leaders as the season is progressing in order to see who the current leaders are and when the leader may change.  Today I will look at the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward.  I think the leader is Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild.  Mikko Koivu has been turned into a top checking centre in Jacques Lemaire’s defensive system in Minnesota.  Koivu leads the Wild forwards in ice time with almost 22 minutes played per game and leads the team in scoring with 16 points.  Koivu plays against one of the toughest qualities of opposition.  In fact, only five forwards with considerable ice time (defined here as at least 10 games played and an average of 10 minutes per game of ice time at even strength) have faced a tougher quality of opposition than Koivu.

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