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Quenneville Facing DUI

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Former Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville is due in court next month on a drunken driving charge.

Police in the Denver suburb of Lone Tree say Quenneville was stopped around 8 p.m. Friday for driving without his headlights on. After further investigation, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and failure to use headlights.

Sgt. Dan Seaman says Quenneville’s license was confiscated after he refused to take a chemical test.

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New Opportunity For Montoya

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Word gets around the NHL quickly on which teams provide ample opportunities, and when goalie Al Montoya was traded to the Coyotes last year, he embraced it wholeheartedly.

“I was excited,” said Montoya, who was part of the Fredrik Sjostrom trade to the New York Rangers that also brought Marcel Hossa to Phoenix. “It was my first trade, so coming here to an organization where they look to prospects to come up and do things, I felt ready to play in the NHL and ready to make that move.

“This is a good opportunity. They told me that to come out and do what I can, and they’re going to give me a shot. So it’s encouraging, but at the same time you’ve got to do what you have to do. New York was a great place, but I wanted to be playing, and this is a great place to play.”

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The Rangers Say Goodbye to another J.D.

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

As was reported here on Kukla’s Korner, Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report, Steve Zipay’s Blue Notes, Andrew Gross’s Ranger Rants and his own blog of course, John Dellapina is leaving the New York Rangers beat to go work for the National Hockey League.

He will certainly be missed by many of the beat writers on this team, especially Sam Weinman of The Journal News’ Steve Zipay of Newsday, who not only remember Dellapina for his hockey knowledge, but his knowledge on the game of life.

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  Tags: andrew+gross, john+dellapina, sam+weinman, steve+zipay

Get In Shape Wellwood

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Canucks Nation Blog at the Vancouver Province,

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault didn’t say Kyle Wellwood is a lost cause but he did leave some tread marks on the waiver-wire pickup after he drove the bus over him.

AV took direct aim at Wellwood’s fitness level after the two-day training camp in Whislter.

“His commitment to conditioning and being a professional athlete probably wasn’t where it needed to be for him to have success,” said Vigneault. “His test results showed from early July [to training camp] significant improvements. That being said, it’s still not NHL calibre.”
Ouch. And that wasn’t the only shot that Wellwood absorbed.

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added 9:17pm, More on this from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun…

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McCabe Did Not Want To Leave Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I signed to play there. I wanted to win there. But circumstances change.

“We didn’t make the playoffs for three years, they bought Darcy out, they bought Razor [Raycroft] out. Who knew if Mats was going to come back or not? When we looked at it, we thought it was time for a fresh start.”

McCabe told Fletcher the Panthers were his top choice. He said the acquisition of defencemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes, plus the presence of Jay Bouwmeester, meant he would be joining an up-and-coming defence corps.

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Chris Drury: New Leader of the Red, White and Blue?

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

The Jaromir Jagr era is over on Broadway which leaves a very valuable and respected position open in the organization: the team captaincy.

For the past three seasons,  Jagr did everything he could to make the Blueshirts a better hockey team better. He scored a lot of points (290), played well in the Stanley Cup playoffs (27 points in 23 games), and he said all the right things about the team to reporters whether they won or lost. However, the time has come for a new player to step up and lead this team to hockey’s promised land and that guy should be Chris Drury.

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  Tags: chris+drury, glen+sather, scott+gomez, tom+renney

Sharks Lose Mitchell For 8 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the San Jose Sharks,

Sharks center Torrey Mitchell sustained a complete non-displaced Tibia/Fibula fracture (two lower leg bones) in a practice session this morning according to Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. The injury is commonly known as a Tib-Fib or Boot Top fracture.

The time frame for Mitchell’s return to the ice is approximately eight weeks

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Cut The Pre-season Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

There are 111 NHL pre-season games this year, an average of 7.4 per team. That’s 4,440 man games. Is that really necessary to get a player prepared for the regular season?

The whole idea behind pre-season games in the first place was to get the players in shape and sort out a half-dozen roster spots per team. Well, those reasons are gone.

Players are long since in shape for training camp and the dawn of the salary cap era means rosters are pretty much determined, save for two or three openings, by August.

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Problems with Zherdev Already

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

I know that the regular season hasn’t even started yet but it’s a little bit disheartening to read negative reports coming out of training camp on new Rangers’ acquisition Nikolai Zherdev.

Sam Weinman of The Journal News reported that a Zherdev giveaway at Friday’s practice led to an opposing team goal and that he pretty much comes as advertised: a talented forward who is trying to do too much.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev, eric+lindros, nikolai+zherdev, pavel+brendl

Blues 3rd Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Blues,

The jersey features navy blue as its base color behind a new logo incorporating the time-honored BlueNote and the Gateway Arch.

“I think it mixes both the past and the future, but at the same time, it’s not as if we’re messing with (a good thing) too much,” said Boyes, who modeled the jersey for a top-secret photo shoot earlier this weekend. “We’re leaning more on something different, but at the same time, we’re not changing the whole thing.”

more with additional pictures…

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