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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I come here and act like a child, and I’m going home and I’m telling my kids not to do what I actually did all day — goof around.

“I’m saying, ‘Get in the shower!’ ‘You have to go to bed!’ All I do here is act like they do at home, but that’s what I love about the game. We just act like kids all day long. It’s still fun.”

-Adam Foote of the Colorado Avalanche.  More on Foote from Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

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MB 30

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the New Jersey Devils:

imageThe new “MB30” logo combines Brodeur’s initials with the number he has worn since his first full season in New Jersey, and incorporates the horns and curled tail that are familiar to any Devils fan. The interior is subtly accented by the crisscrossing shape of a goal net.

Brodeur believes it’s a modest revision that some observers might not even pick up on right away.

“It’s going to be hard to notice, I think,” Brodeur said. “It’s the same color scheme. For people facing me, there really won’t be a difference. It’s really more for TV or even for people looking up from top. I don’t think it should be a big difference for people.”

Here’s a gallery of his past masks.  He also has a new website set to debut on October 10th.

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  Tags: goalie+masks, martin+brodeur

Captain Rivet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

In a surprising choice, defenseman Craig Rivet was named captain of the Buffalo Sabres today, coach Lindy Ruff announced after practice in HSBC Arena.

“I’m obviously a little bit surprised,” Rivet said. “I’m new to the team and organization but .‚.‚. this means a lot to me today. Maybe I’ve been through a little more than most guys. It’s a credit to myself that I’ve persevered through a lot throughout my career. This is a great day. I’m happy to be part of a real strong unit of leadership on this team.”

read on

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One Reason Why The NHL Travels To Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

But when you get e-mails like these, you realize why the league’s presence on the other side of the Atlantic is necessary:

“It’s amazing that they crossed halfway across the world for a couple of games. It was a lifetime experience and I really enjoyed being able to watch my Pens live.”

read on

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Re-Entry Waivers Prediction

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL has had re-entry waivers as part of the CBA since the lockout occurred.  Re-entry waivers are when a player who makes more than $100,000 a year in the AHL (this number goes up over time) is recalled to the NHL.  He must clear waivers before he joins his current NHL team.  If a player is claimed on waivers, his original team gets him for half his remaining salary and half his remaining salary cap hit.  The prevailing wisdom is that if one team thinks a player is worth recalling, so will another team in the league if he is available at half price.  Therefore, you are highly unlikely to get any player through re-entry waivers successfully, so don’t even try.  This led to the Los Angeles Kings leaving Jason LaBarbera in the minors for the entire 2006/07 season, even though he was playing very well and won the Baz Bastien Trophy for top AHL goalie, while the Kings were struggling to find NHL goaltending.  They would up using re-tread Sean Burke and minor league never-will-bes in Barry Brust and Yutaka Fukufuji instead.  I oppose this rule because it is an artificial construct that keeps some NHL talent out of the league.  I have written about this several times in the past including here.

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Top 25 Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Post lists their top 25 NHL players…

23. Henrik Lundqvist

24. Martin St. Louis

25. Miikka Kiprusoff

read on

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Shanahan Close to Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

On Leafs Lunch at AM640, Darren Dreger commented a few moments ago that Brendan Shanahan’s re-signing in New York is “imminent”, suggesting it could happen even later today. 

added 1:08pm, from Rangers Report,

According to Rick Curran, Brendan Shanahan’s agent, the right wing’s return to New York is still very much a possibility after speaking with Glen Sather this week.

The possible hold up? You guessed it. The Rangers have virtually no money under the salary cap.

more

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Dwindling Dollar May Force Hockey Fans Into Tough Decisions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

It was fitting that the NHL opened its season with four games overseas last week, because with the U.S. economy being what it is, the league may need every koruna, krona and euro it can get its hands on.

“The big fear is that if the economy continues to fall, fans will simply have to make a choice as to not only how they pay their bills, but which bills actually get paid,” said an NHL insider who spoke to SI.com on the condition of anonymity. “If it gets to that point, entertainment costs—and let’s face it, we’re in the entertainment business—are going to take a hit. A lot of us are going to take a big hit.”

continued

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All John McDonough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bryan Gruley of the Wall Street Journal,

As the NHL season gets underway, Mr. McDonough discussed his plan to get the Blackhawks back on top.

WSJ: Do you have a benchmark in mind? The Detroit Red Wings?

Mr. McDonough: I really don’t want to talk about other elite franchises. At the end of last season, when we missed the playoffs by three points, we gathered the hockey team and the front office together over a luncheon. The message I sent was, we are no longer going to have a hockey operation and a business operation. There is going to be one Chicago Blackhawks. There is going to be a certain type of player that is going to play.

more

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  Tags: john+mcdonough

All Steve Tambellini

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

There was a changing of the guard over the summer, with 50-year-old Steve Tambellini stepping into Kevin Lowe’s shoes as the Edmonton Oilers general manager….

Q: Your last NHL playing days were in Vancouver. How did you get into management?

A: At the time, I was going back and forth between playing in Europe and if I was quitting, I thought I’d end up in private business, because the opportunities in the National Hockey League or pro sport are very limited. But (Canucks GM) Pat Quinn called me and asked if I’d join the club.

read on

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