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Kovalchuck Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski aka Puck Daddy,

Just so we’re clear: Dmitry Chesnokov has translated this interview from Igor Arkhipov of Sovetsky Sport, but did not conduct it.

Questions and comments from Sovetsky Sport are in bold; Kovalchuk’s translated answers follow. We edited out a few clunkers and Russian-specific questions.

What if players in the NHL start speak critically about each other, what will happen in the NHL?

“Semin didn’t just start talking about Crosby. He was asked a question by one of your reporters…  You know, players here are frequently asked about who is better Gretzky or Lemieux. It is virtually in every interview. One can make a big deal out of this too. Let’s say you pick Lemieux. And what’s next? Will you be blamed for not liking Gretzky?

read on

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Khabibulin Red Flags Removed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the post-lockout NHL, the trading game usually grinds to a halt between the second week of the season and the middle of February, but the one player that may legitimately get moved is the Blackhawks’ Nikolai Khabibulin, who inches closer to free agency every day; sees the dollars click off that $6.25-million (all currency U.S.) annual salary – and continues to play great. Khabibulin was sensational in last week’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Apart from the money, performance and attitude were the two red flag for teams pondering a move on Khabibulin had to consider. It doesn’t seem as if either is an issue at the moment.

many more hockey notes plus Burke made for Toronto…

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Criminal Investigation Continues in Cherepanov’s Death

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The KHL’s Vice-President of Hockey Operations Vladimir Shalaeva and others addressed the media at a press conference today in Moscow, with updates surrounding the investigation into Cherepanov’s death. 

“Today November 14, 2008, there was a move to close the criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Aleksei Cherepanov, however the prosecutor ordered that the criminal investigation continue.

“A comprehensive forensic study, conducted by additional medical specialists is underway to more deeply and thoroughly analyze the case. We will not be able to share the cause of death of Alexei Cherepanov until this examination is completed in full.”

—Vladimir Shalaeva

Shalaeva also noted that the New York Rangers have provided their own medical records on Cherepanov to the KHL.

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  Tags: alex+cherepanov, khl, vladimir+shalaeva

What Could Have Been

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

The NHL schedule maker must have a cruel streak where Islanders fans are concerned. As if to cut through the scar tissue from the Mike Milbury era and re-open old wounds, the league scheduled back-to-back Coliseum visits for Ottawa forwards Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza Saturday night and Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo Monday night.

At a time when the franchise basically is starting over from scratch with a rebuilding program, that trio of NHL All-Stars represents the core of the Islanders team that could have been.

continued

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The New NHL Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ulf Samuelsson at the Hockey News,

I never played in the new NHL, but I think nowadays you need pure skating skills if you’re a defenseman. You can’t get by with grit and hard-nosed play. You need to be able to dance with the forwards or you won’t be able to stay in the league. Simply, you need to be an exceptional skater in today’s NHL.

Of course, you have to be able to play the game; that’s No. 1 and that’s going to be No. 1 no matter what the rules are. You have to be able to see the game, process quickly and execute the right play on the ice.

more

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Blues Recall Jeff Woywitka

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has recalled defenseman Jeff Woywitka from their Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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  Tags: jeff+woywitka

Pock Facing Hearing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN & the CP,

Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock will have a hearing with the National Hockey League this afternoon at 2pm et to determine supplemental discipline following his hit on Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.

Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Shannon in the head.

continued and view the video at the 1:15 mark into the highlights…

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  Tags: thomas+pock

Fatherly Advice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Doug Harrison at CBC Sports,

As Edmonton Oilers fans anxiously await the return of the “real” Sam Gagner, his father, Dave, sits two time zones away in his London, Ont., home confident that better days are ahead for the promising forward….

“I don’t think there’s a player that’s ever gone through stretches where things didn’t go the way they wanted,” Dave Gagner told CBCSports.ca. “As long as [Sam] continues to play the right way, things will eventually turn for him. I think he’s handling it fairly well.”

Through Nov. 13, young Sam had two assists and one goal in 16 games this season after finishing fifth in rookie scoring last year with 49 points as an 18-year-old.

read on

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  Tags: sam+gagner

The Good & Bad Zherdev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

Zherdev’s 16 points in his first 19 games projects to 67 for the season, which, barring a spectacular postseason, probably would make it his only one in a Ranger uniform. His contract is up and so likely would be the organization’s patience if someone this talented remains so invisible on so many nights.

“Alexei Kovalev,” Chris Drury offered as a Zherdev comparison after a game earlier this season. Both high and faint praise considering how unfulfilling became Kovalev’s tours of duty, particularly the second, in New York.

more

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  Tags: nikolai+zherdev

Bruins Handle Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

Lucic might not have had much to say about the bout, but he certainly reacted on the ice with unbridled emotion - waving his arms in triumph and pounding the glass as the crowd went nuts.

“It’s just excitement,” said Lucic, downplaying the display. “When the fans are screaming and they’re pumped up, it gets you more pumped up. That’s just the adrenaline going through me.”

more

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  Tags: mike+komisarek, milan+lucic

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