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Record Breaking Weekend For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

      NEW YORK (October 15, 2010) – The National Hockey League, coming off its best business year ever, launched the 2010-11 season with record TV audiences in the U.S. and Canada and continued hypergrowth on its digital distribution platforms – further evidence of the strong worldwide demand for NHL content, the League’s global reach and distribution, and the digital disposition of NHL fans. 

      “Our fans worldwide have proven again and again that they have a voracious appetite for NHL content. The record numbers for the start of the season, on the heels of last year’s success, are a strong indication that we have a compelling product and that we are super serving our audience through a variety of different platforms,” said NHL COO John Collins. “Whether it’s on TV, online, on mobile devices or through these new partnerships, we are reaching our audience in new and exciting ways.”

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Enough Of Osgood

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from Rob Otto of Mlive,

At some point, no matter what is happening in front of him, a goalie needs to make an unbelievable save to keep his team in the game. It happens every night in the National Hockey League.

If the only way Chris Osgood can win games is if his team plays perfectly in front of him, then he should not be on the ice.

If I had told you going into the game that Detroit’s defense would hold the Stars to just 15 total shots, I think you would have been very happy about that. Not with good old Ozzie between the pipes. What more can the blue-liners do than keep a team below 20 shots?

Osgood has to make tough saves sometimes. It is what good goalies do. He seems incapable of doing that on a regular basis.


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Gary Roberts Hired As Stars Player Development Consultant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has hired former NHL player Gary Roberts as a player development consultant.

Roberts, 44, has trained several young players during the past few off-seasons near his home in Ontario, including the Stars’ James Neal, Florida’s Stephen Weiss and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, among others.

“We’re very pleased to officially add Gary Roberts as a player development consultant for our hockey club,” said Nieuwendyk. “Obviously I know Gary well and what he’s all about. He’s a first-class person and I think our young players will benefit from his years of experience.”


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Foligno Hit On Dwyer Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Damien Cox tweet,

Foligno not penalized for head shot last night against Carolina’s Dwyer, but league will fine or discipline him today under new rules.

added 1:11pm,

TORONTO (October 15, 2010) – Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno has been fined $2,500 (the maximum permitted under the Collective Bargaining Agreement) as a result of an illegal check to the head on Patrick Dwyer of the Carolina Hurricanes in NHL game #43, October 14, the National Hockey League announced today.


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Blood Test Can Identify Brain Trauma

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gregg Zoroya of USA TODAY,

The Army says it has discovered a simple blood test that can diagnose mild traumatic brain damage or concussion, a hard-to-detect injury that can affect young athletes, infants with “shaken baby syndrome” and combat troops.
“This is huge,” said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff.

Army Col. Dallas Hack, who has oversight of the research, says recent data show the blood test, which looks for unique proteins that spill into the blood stream from damaged brain cells, accurately diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury in 34 patients.

Doctors can miss these injuries because the damage does not show up on imaging scans, and symptoms such as headaches or dizziness are ignored or downplayed by the victims.


thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Are The Leafs A Playoff Team?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

In the tight Eastern Conference, there’s no way Toronto could recover from another start like last season, when it took 15 games to win three times. So 3-0 looks huge.

And the fast start has caught the attention of Toronto’s rivals.

“Realistically, they’re a playoff team,” an Eastern Conference scout told Sporting News. “This is a team that hasn’t been in the playoffs for a while, but I think they’re capable of moving up a few notches. They have guys there that know how to win and that rubs off on other players.”

Not that he’s happy about it.

“Believe me, I hope they go in the tank,” he said.

In his rebuild-on-the-fly approach, GM Brian Burke focused on acquiring players with character. Players with a history of winning.


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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/15/10, Plus a Look Around the Southeast this Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:

***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.

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Get Your Points When You Can

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Marek of CBC,

How’s this for some stats Jim Hughson dropped on the radio show yesterday: Since 1967 only three teams have won the Stanley Cup that didn’t earn ten points in their first ten games of the season.  Maybe that’s why we’ve already seen coaches blow up at practice, closed-door team meetings and it’s only the first week of the season. Remember the days when we used to talk about the season being a marathon, not a sprint? Well, you can throw that out of the window as its crucial teams pick up points wherever they can get ‘em or you rink falling back and out of the playoff picture even after the first month.

more hockey notes…

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Blue Jackets Game Plan- Spirit & Goaltending

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

General manager Scott Howson, coming off a 32-victory season, attacked his team’s deficiencies by plucking 35-year-old Ethan Moreau off the waiver wire. Yowza.

To be fair, there was at least a concerted effort to change the culture. The back of the bench was swept clean, a new coaching staff was hired and a new style of play was publicly affirmed. A young, confident coach, Scott Arniel, believes he can play an up-tempo, pressure game and get results. The general thinking is that everything that went awry last season - the list is too long for this space - simply cannot be replicated. And the personnel has to be better. It has to.

Yesterday, Howson took some time to explain how this is supposed to work. In a phrase, it’s spirit and goaltending.

Howson’s core feeling is that the Jackets will be improved if only because their collective spirit, so damaged over the course of last season, is on the rise. What is more, goaltender Steve Mason - second in the Vezina Trophy voting as a rookie and second from the bottom of the league as a sophomore - is showing telling signs that he has matured and returned to good form.

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Give The Flyers Fans A Hand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Philadelphia fans, as you know, gets a bad national rap.

But Flyers fans should be nationally praised (we doubt it’ll happen) for the appreciative treatment they gave Tampa Bay left winger Simon Gagne Thursday.

Ditto the Flyers organization, who put together a stirring video tribute of Gagne’s 11-year career that was shown in the first period against the visiting Lightning.

The fans stood and gave Gagne a two-minute standing ovation. They had also roared when he came onto the ice for the pregame warmup.

“The fans were awesome,” said Gagne, still fighting tears after the game.


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