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Brodeur Talks After Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Here’s how Brodeur’s informal meeting with the media went today.

Were you nervous for your first practice with the full team?

“No, not really. I knew was not going to get as much work in practice time. They said we were going to practice only for 20 minutes, so I said, ‘All right. I’m going ot have to some work after.’ So, I wasn’t really nervous. I was anxious to get going and see the speed of the shots, speed of the guys. It’s totally different than just making drills when guys are coming at a high pace. That’s why I need to practice, just to get used to that. It was good.”

Through the process of your recovery have you had any setbacks?

This one time—I don’t think I was on the ice yet—doing some of my rehab, I tweaked it pretty hard. It was the first time that broke scar tissue, so that panic. I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ And that was catching a lacrosse ball. We stopped right away and put ice (on it). I talked to (the doctor) and (he) was like, ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s going to happen.

much more

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Gretzky The Highest Paid Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Phoenix Coyotes are among the poorest teams in the NHL, but head coach Wayne Gretzky makes far more than any other coach in the league.

Gretzky earns between $7-million and $8-million (all currency U.S.) per year on a five-year contract, or more than seven times the average annual salary for an NHL head coach, according to several sources. The contract is so generous that even though Gretzky was said by one source to have agreed to defer up to half his salary this season, he would still be the best-paid bench boss in the league.

The huge compensation came based on the notion that Gretzky would help sell tickets at the Jobing.com Arena in suburban Glendale. But now, in Gretzky’s fourth season behind the bench, that does not appear to be the case.

continued

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Foote Ready To Join Avs Lineup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Stancher of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

Defenseman Adam Foote will accompany his teammates on their trip to Detroit and could be available for Sunday’s game against the Red Wings. Following Saturday’s practice at Family Sports Center, Foote proclaimed himself, “ready to go.”

“It’s been awhile,” said Foote, who also mentioned the level of frustration that comes with being sidelined. “There always is when you’re injured, whether your team is winning or going through a lull. That will never change.

“The last couple of games we played with a lot of energy and we deserved better. We didn’t get the two points, but we have to stick with that same game plan.”

more on the Avs…

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are:  Asst. GM and NHL Hall of Famer Michel Goulet; Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics and author of “Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica”; Michael Whalen of TSN; Pat Kelleher of USA Hockey to discuss “Hockey Weekend In America” taking place this weekend; Bob Snow of NHL.com who will give us the Campus Buzz, presented by Suffolk University’s Department of Communications and Journalism; and former NHLer Jim Cummins.


The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, , on TEAM 990 and also now on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Not A Way To Celebrate 100 Years Of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Fire the coach. Send the kid goalie to the minors. Trade the Russians. The panic button has truly been punched among fans of the Montreal Canadiens.

Like the song says, love hurts, and the anguish of heartbreak is palpable among the spurned legions of Habsland.

Their beloved NHL team is suddenly catastrophically bad and seems to have forgotten how to play, losing nine of 11 games going into last night’s match against the Colorado Avalanche - which the Habs won 4-2.

“Don’t they understand what this is doing to us? I’m embarrassed to leave the house,” wailed a caller named Stephane, one of hundreds of disconcerted fans to phone the city’s pre-eminent hockey open-line show in recent days on CKAC, the Habs’ French-language radio broadcaster.

continued

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The Blue Jackets Strength Starts In Goal

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from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hitchcock, like Holland, would begin his ideal team with a goaltender. In Dallas, he saw the before/after effect of Ed Balfour, whose work in net helped the Stars win the 1998-99 Stanley Cup.

“You don’t realize how important a goalie is until you have one,” he said. Which is why the Blue Jackets are so better positioned for a deep run into the playoffs, once they finally get there, than many teams.

Would Mason, who appears fully recovered from mononucleosis that kept him out of the previous three games, be able to hold up under playoff pressure? Impossible to know for sure, but the best goaltenders—the ones left standing, as Hitchcock likes to say—are the most competitive ones. And Mason burns with a bristly passion to win.

“There couldn’t have been a better team to come back against,” he said.

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Not A Thing Wrong With Iginla

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Scoreless in his last six outings and the author of just two goals his last 18 outings, Iginla will be asked 14 different ways to account for his pause in production. Never mind the fact he has 14 points during his “slump” to remain amongst league scoring leaders—everyone wants to know “what’s wrong with Iggy?”

Given the character of the game’s ultimate captain, No. 12 will undoubtedly answer by suggesting he’d like to be scoring more and is expecting more of himself as the team’s leader.

However, the answer he should give is simple: Nothing.

read on

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Every Game Counts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

It’s like being stuck on an over-crowded elevator. With people you don’t like. For two months.

The Western Conference stretch drive is no place for the claustrophobic.

With six points separating fifth and 13th place heading into last night’s games, you’ve got nine teams trying to cram into four spots like fat clowns in a Volkswagen.

Every game is do or die. Every road trip is the biggest road trip of the year.

Lose two in a row, it’s the end of the world. Win two in a row and you’re flying Jaromir Jagr over from Russia.

So, as the Oilers open the… wait for it… biggest road trip of the year—four games in six days in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Dallas—they’re quite prepared for the emotional volatility that will be tracking them every step of the way.

continued

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Neil May Be Moved If Extension Talks Fail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray told Sun Media yesterday that he’s held talks with Neil’s agent, Todd Reynolds, about a contract extension, but the sides aren’t close to a deal and that could mean Murray will trade the 29-year-old Neil rather than risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

“For both of our sakes I think it’s fair that we have an answer (by the trade deadline),” Murray said. “I mean, if we’re not close in dollars, then obviously we don’t want to lose players for nothing if we can help it.”

Neil, who is making $1.25 million (all terms US) this season, would not only be a valuable commodity on the open market, he’ll also be a huge asset at the deadline. It’s believed the Senators’ asking price will be at least a second-round draft pick and possibly a prospect.

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Green Goes For Eight In A Row

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Mike Green said if he thought about the history he could make tonight, the game itself might not be as fun.

And, really, Green said, isn’t fun what playing in the NHL is all about?

“I just want to go out and play and do what I’m doing right now,” the Capitals defenseman said. “Whatever comes from it is great. I’m just enjoying myself.”

And scoring goals.

A tally against the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum and Green, 23, from Calgary, becomes the first NHL blueliner to score goals in eight consecutive games.

continued and a little note stating Lightning employees must now pay $30 per month for parking.

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  Tags: mike+green

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