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Perron Understands The NHL Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Pinkert of StLouisBlues.com,

(David) Perron admits that having limited playing time as a rookie was hard. He says he wanted to play every game, but insists that learning to deal with adversity is a big part of becoming a pro.

“You just let the coaches make the decision and when you’re on the ice, you play hockey and do your best,” he said. “That’s how I managed to play better in the last part of the season.”

Perron is using the summer to improve his game in hopes of contributing more this upcoming season. As he continued to autograph team posters, he said he’d like to improve his all-around skill, have a quicker shot and a better one timer. He wants to get stronger without losing his agility, and of course, he’d like to score more goals.

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  Tags: david+perron

Barry Melrose vs Tampa Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

SN: What was the reaction in Tampa from fans when you were hired?

Melrose: A lot of people there were still mad at me for 2004. Supposedly, I made derogatory remarks about Tampa Bay. If people remember you saying it, it doesn’t matter if you said it. That was fun. [...]

SN: So what did you supposedly say in 2004 that has fans in Tampa so riled up?

Melrose: That Tampa didn’t have a chance (in the Stanley Cup final), not nearly as good as Calgary. That was nuts—I picked Tampa Bay. I don’t know what was going on. If they think you said it, you said it.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: barry+melrose, espn, hockey+fans, media

Hockey Fans Can Be Scary

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Adam Proteau talks to Carrie Milbank of The Hockey Show and asks what it was like starting her new job.

“Honestly, I was so scared at first,” said Milbank, who has been working in broadcasting since 2003. “I really wanted The Hockey Show job, and when I got it, I was like, ‘uh-oh, what am I going to do?’ Because not only was I scared of the players, I was scared of the fans, because they’re so intense.

“So I bought the book Hockey For Dummies. I bought The Smart Girl’s Guide To Sports to help me prepare. But talking to the guys and being around the game really helps you get to know what hockey’s all about.

More at The Hockey News
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*more on Carrie Milbank here

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, NHL Network, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: carrie+milbank, media, nhl+network+online

No Love for Glen

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Japers’ Rink points out an interview with Sergei Kostitsyn, where he takes a shot at Glen Hanlon today:

Q. Why do you have a special knack against Washington, scoring every third of your goals in the regular season?

A. I don’t know, it just happens. Although it’s a pity that [Glen Hanlon] left Washington. I would have scored not three but six against them. Let him see who is “too young for the national team.”

JP’s response: “Total pwnage.”  The rest of the interview is here—Kostitsyn is irrepressible throughout.

Q: Do you remember the most original question American journalists have asked you?

A. You should not expect originality from them. Every other time they ask the same: “How do you like to play with your brother?”

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: glen+hanlon, sergei+kostitsyn

Bruins Go To Work…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

... as groundskeepers at Fenway.

Watch the funny video below… and the story at Bruins.com.

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Roenick The Actor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roger Ross at San Jose Sharks.com,

Roenick already had done some on-camera work, listing previous appearances with “Hack” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and this week he will begin shooting a scene in “Leverage”, a new TNT production.

So how does a full-time NHLer plan on being a future full-time actor?

“I’m good friends with producer-director Paul Bernard and he wants to turn me into an actor when I’m done with hockey,” Roenick said. “He and his brother Tom are big producers in Los Angeles.”

read on

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

Bad Sports Cities In America

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,

Lining up behind Miami for the booby prize are San Diego ($300 a game for a family of four; .425 combined winning percentage for the Chargers and Padres), Indianapolis (a lower-income market with middle-of-the-road ticket prices) and New York (second-highest prices in the country for teams that lose just over half their games, the Super Bowl champion Giants not withstanding).

The best deals? You’ll find those in Detroit (only No. 17 in costs for a .612 winning percentage for its four teams, including the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings), Houston (third-cheapest prices for a .565 winning percentage), and the Bay Area (so-so teams, but a high-income market with the ninth-lowest costs).

more

thanks to a KK member for the pointer.

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Carey Price Looking Forward To Training Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sage Birchwater at the bclocalnews,

Carey’s looking forward to the coming season with one year of NHL experience under his belt. He’s glad the Canadiens signed 31-year-old goaltender Marc Denis in the off-season.

“I think we need a little veteran presence. There’s just me and Yaro, 21 and 23 years old, that was it. There was just us two young guys and I think Bob (Gainey) figured to bring in somebody a little bit older to have around the room.”

He says that was the best part about having Huet on the club.

‘He was an unbelievable guy. I don’t think I could have had the year I had without him there. I wish him the best in whatever he does. I couldn’t have had a better guy there in my first year.”

Carey says the immediate challenge right now is to work hard until camp.

“You’ve got to show up in camp in the best shape possible. I’m starting to feel pretty good now, but you’ve got to keep pushing yourself all the way to camp.”

much more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: carey+price

Big Frigging Kid Wants To Be A Wing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve got line combinations running through my head, but I can’t make sense of them yet.  I have a post about Darren McCarty, and if he’d actually bring value to the Wings this season, bouncing around up there too.

I know Aaron Downey was offered a two-way deal for 565K…if he sticks in Detroit.  About 1/6th of that if he goes down to GR.  But that story bores me.

So here’s something.  The biggest baby in the history of Weld County started Kindergarten this week.

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Beware Of The Big Headed Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joanne of the Laucius Ottawa Citizen via the Leader-Post,

Fatheaded hockey players are more aggressive than their slimmer-faced counterparts, a St. Catharines, Ont., study has found.

Results of the study published Wednesday in the prestigious Proceedings of the Royal Society, concluded of the six Canadian-based NHL teams, the faces of the Ottawa Senators are dead giveaways when it comes to predicting how much time players spend in the penalty box.

“We’re not saying that Ottawa is more aggressive than any other team. But each individual player’s face predicts how much time he had in the box,” said Brock University neuroscience researcher Justin Carre.

continued

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