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Checking Out Finnish Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shawn Roarke at NHL.com

The fun in Helsinki started with our arrival at Hartwall Arena, where our two-bus caravan was met by a small horde of diehard fans, so happy and eager to see the Pittsburgh Penguins in the flesh. It reminds you just how lucky, as a North American, that the NHL game is so accessible to most of us.

Shortly after I settled into the press room, on of the NHL PR people asked if I had ever seen the practice rink here. I’ve seen hundreds of practice rinks in my day, so I almost passed on the offer to take in this one. I am glad I didn’t.

As I think I mentioned in my last post, Hartwall Arena is cut out of the surrounding bedrock and there are rock outcroppings along the corridors on the event level. Well, the practice rink is three floors below the event level and is carved entirely out of rock! 

That’s right, the Jokerit practice facility is a cave with an ice surface. Amazing!

read on for more from Europe

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Drury Named Rangers Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As expected…

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers will open the season in Prague tomorrow against the Lightning with Chris Drury wearing the captain’s “C” and current linemates Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund wearing the associate captains’ “A,” The Post has learned.

continued

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  Tags: chris+drury

Ducks Send Ryan Down & Lindstrom Claimed By Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has made the following roster move:

Assigned to Iowa Chops (AHL) Training Camp:  Bobby Ryan – Right Wing

In addition, the Ducks announced that left wing Joakim Lindstrom has been claimed on waivers by Chicago.

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  Tags: bobby+ryan, joakim+lindstrom

Tallon Talks about Khabibulin’s Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Nick Kypreos and Daren Millard at the Fan 590 spoke with Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon this morning.

The GM of the Hawks joins Hockeycentral at Noon to discuss the progress of the Khabibulin situation, whether the team would consider sending him to the AHL, and how soon we could expect another development with the goalie.

Tallon expects the situation will be resolved before the start of his team’s NHL season.  Listen to the complete interview.

Update 2:28pm ET: At Sportsnet.ca another interview cited from Fan590 which featured these comments from Jay Grossman, Khabibulin’s agent:

“There are several teams that have expressed interest, with our permission being given by Chicago to talk to those teams.  At the same time, Chicago is aware of a number of options they have by virtue of trade, whether it be now or whether it be down the road.  We assume that at least as far as the start of the season is concerned that (Khabibulin’s status) would be determined well before then.”

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  Tags: dale+tallon, nikolai+khabibulin

Big News For NHL Network in the U.S.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have given KK readers a few hints about this, now it is official!

NEW YORK (October 3, 2008) –

With more live game coverage than ever before, NHL Network today unveiled its U.S. broadcast schedule for the 2008-09 regular season. It includes 75 regular-season games, all in HD.

Highlighting the schedule is the inclusion of CBC’s award-winning Hockey Night In Canada, now available to U.S. fans through NHL Network for the first time. Every Saturday night, NHL Network will not only broadcast the live Hockey Night In Canada double-header, but also the CBC pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight and post-game show After Hours.

More details and complete broadcast schedule below.

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Any Difference?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Watched any exhibition games? Seen any difference in the goalie equipment that would lead you to believe scoring will be up this season? No? And no? Well, you’re not alone and it isn’t your eyes deceiving you either.

more and a huge amount of NHL bits too plus some Avery talk…

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Season Over - Same Results

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

The Stanley Cup is staying put in Hockeytown, according to a simulation of the 2009-08 season by Electronic Arts using its “NHL 09 video” game.

The simulation shows the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Montreal Canadiens four games to two in the Stanley Cup final, with Pavel Datysuk capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy.

continued

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The Leader Of The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

At an age when most of his contemporaries are trying to crack their first NHL lineups, Crosby needs only six points to crack the 300-point plateau.

Perhaps the best way to underline what he’s accomplished so far is to compare him to fellow star centers Vincent Lecavalier and Joe Thornton, both in the prime of Hall of Fame careers. And both, like Crosby, were 18-year-old rookies with huge expectations after being taken first overall in the draft. Thornton put up seven points in his rookie year, albeit in limited ice time; Lecavalier had 28. But Crosby was the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 100-point plateau.

Overall, Thornton put up 108 points in his first three seasons; Lecavalier 146. Crosby carries 294 into his fourth season.

more

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Carbonneau Gets New Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Habs Inside/Out,

In his state of the team session with media this morning, Bob Gainey said Guy Carbonneau has signed a new contract.

Old Velcro Lips would not disclose duration of the deal and, God knows, did not reveal any $$$ figures.

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  Tags: guy+carbonneau

Predictions: West Conference

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have make predictions of the three West Conference divisions: the Northwest Division, the Pacific Division and the Central Division.  Now I will that together to give a predicting ranking from one to fifteen within the conference.  This will just be a listing of teams.  For a bit of a detailed write-up look at the divisional predictions.

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