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Can understand the Bruins buying out unproductive Glen Murray. Can’t understand why they waited for late July to do so.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun

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Islanders Should Think Trottier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...Which reminds us. We’d pay to be in the room for a hypothetical meeting between Wang and Tortorella in which the owner suggests Doug Weight be given more time on the power play. We bet it would be play out much like the exchange between Tortorella and me that’s been on YouTube for more than a year.

Bryan Trottier, meanwhile, in the organization and compatible with ownership, would be an outstanding choice at this time to coach this team. So would Butch Goring. And then there’s Ulf Samuelsson, an assistant in Phoenix, who may or may not be ready for his first head-coaching gig, but sure is ready for an interview.

Even as Trottier was overwhelmed by the job on Broadway, and even if he had no clue how to communicate with people like Eric Lindros and Pavel Bure - sure, let’s play Ronald Petrovicky on the first power play to teach Bure a lesson; why not? - the Great No. 19 was terrific with the kids on the Rangers’ roster.

more

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KK- Power Supply

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

To make a long story short, lost power last night.  This morning computer would not turn on.

Off to the computer store, purchased a new power supply, and that was the problem.  I should be back in the swing of things in about twenty minutes.

Sorry for the delay and yes, I bought a battery backup unit too, no more power hits for me.

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Retirement is a Tough Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ted Wyman at the Winnipeg Sun,

[Brett Favre is] certainly not the first professional athlete to feel pangs of regret after leaving the sport they love behind. And he’s certainly not the first to start thinking about a comeback before his retirement even becomes official.

Many more athletes have proven that the fire still burns strong after a bit of time heals the wounds of the game.

Here’s a look at the top-10 unretirements in sports.

continued… with a brief look at three NHLers who had a tough time hanging up the skates

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  Tags: athletes, retirement

Hockey History

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom Greg Caggiano at the Bleacher Report:

I was browsing a forum and saw a thread titled “Swastika’s On Ice” and I said to myself, “Oh no! Do I even want to open up this thread? What on earth could it possibly be about?”

I opened it and found a black and white photograph of eight women in ice skates holding hockey sticks.

It turns out that the picture is one of the earliest known photographs of a women’s ice hockey team that played in Edmonton. And their name? Yes, you guessed it: the Swastikas.

continued…

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Tortorella’s Big Ticket

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Boston Herald,

The big ticket on the carousel of coaching candidates that Garth Snow is running this summer belongs to former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, who is scheduled to meet with the New York Islanders general manager today.

Because he stands to collect $1.3 million for the remaining year of his Lightning contract, Tortorella can well afford to be choosy about his next job. That salary is slightly more than twice as much as former Isles coach Ted Nolan was believed to be making, but that’s what a 2004 Stanley Cup victory will get you. The Lightning’s obligation to Tortorella would be offset by whatever salary he makes in a new job this season.

continued… plus notes on the Bruins

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A Look At NHL HDQ.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Claire Wilson of the New York Times (Sunday edition), ...

Three years later, the N.H.L.’s new space is near completion: 133,000 square feet at 1185 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan. The interior is a montage of materials and wintry colors that reflect the game of hockey, including the stainless steel of skate blades and the white of ice, said Frederic M. Strauss, principal in TPG Architecture of New York, the designers of the new offices.

Patterned glass evokes the bumpy pond ice that many players learn on; smooth transparent partitions suggest sleek professional rinks; hockey sticks decorate another partition; and frost generated from moisture in the air runs along the center of a brushed-steel beverage bar.

read on

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Repeat After Me, Score 40

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brendan Savage of the Flint Journal,

With all the distractions of daily life — especially for an athlete who has a spouse and kids — it isn’t difficult to get sidetracked during a long season and lose focus on the task at hand. 

With that in mind, the Flint Generals have hired Flint’s John Tomlinson as their hypnotherapist in an effort to gain an advantage on the other five teams in the International Hockey League.

Continue Reading »

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Caps Sign Morrisonn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Shaone Morrisonn to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Morrisonn, 25, played his third full season with the Capitals in 2007-08, recording 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 76 games. He had a +4 plus/minus rating, including a +14 mark in the 55 games under head coach Bruce Boudreau. Morrisonn finished fourth on the team with an average of 20:16 of ice time per game. Morrisonn played in all seven Capitals playoff games, despite suffering a broken jaw, and recorded one assist.

added 3:44pm,  via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The arbitration case for Washington Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn has been ruled and he was awarded $1.975 million, for a one-year deal.

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Murray Bought Out As Expected

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins announced on Saturday that they have bought out the final year of right winger Glen Murray’s contract.

Following the buyout, Murray becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any other NHL team.

I say his asking price is $2M for the year.

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