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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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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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

More Penguins Interviews

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Yesterday we posted transcripts of interviews with Ryan Malone and Michel Therrien.  Today, a few more words out of Pittsburgh, this time from Sidney Crosby and the coach.

Complete transcripts of both Q&A’s are below.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: michel+therrien, sidney+crosby

Wings/Stars Morning Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Turco’s Stars’ teammate, Steve Ott, is from Windsor, Ont. and naturally, grew up as a Red Wings’ fan. Ott, an agitator along the lines of Sean Avery, another ex-Detroiter, but it wasn’t him, or the Grind Liners that he followed. It was Steve Yzerman.

“Being so close to Detroit and especially in their heyday, when they won three Cups there and became a very successful team, I was a huge fan,” said Ott. “All my friends are still Detroit Red Wings fans to this day, so it’s quite the controversy. My buddies are cheering for us and them at the same time. They were just such a fun team to watch.”

more on the Wings and Stars…

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Immortalizing Chris Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A note from Greg Wyshynski, the NHL Blog Editor at Yahoo! Sports:

The following should be fairly straightforward, but here’s the short form: I purchased the Chris Pronger page on Hockey-Reference.com and I’m offering one lucky fan the chance to write the message that appears on the page.

The current page reads: “Chris Pronger: A suspension waiting to happen” and Greg thinks hockey fans can do much better. 

Go to Yahoo! Sports to read more about it and submit your best effort at ‘honoring’ Pronger.

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  Tags: chris+pronger, hockey+fans

No HD For ECF Game 1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just got off the phone with Versus and game 1 of the ECF will not be broadcast in HD.  They have a commitment to show the golf show from the TPC.

So the Pens/Flyers game will only be in SD, so set your DVRs properly if recording.

added 9:36pm, As a few KK readers pointed out, the Flyers have a schedule up Friday’s game that lists both Versus and MOJO HD.  That will help some folks out, others will not be so lucky.

When I spoke to Versus today, they told me no other channels would be broadcasting the game in HD in the US.

Update 2:18pm ET May 9th: Good news update… HD for the game!

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