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Open Up The Five-Hole

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,

Turco’s job is to keep pucks out. But he also cares deeply about the game, and believes the league needs more pucks going in. Unlike many keepers who shriek in terror at the thought of more equipment shrinkage, Turco is open to the idea…As long as it is in the right places. And for him, that means those darn kneepads and flaps.

“The problem is a lot of the guys wear a pad under their socks, and then another one over their socks. So when they go down, they are several inches higher. Then you have these flaps which are like putting a board in front of the five-hole.”

He told the NHL’s Competition Committee in the summer that all this extra knee “protection” was excessive. Nothing came of it.

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  Tags: marty+turco

Legwand Signed to 6 Year, $27 Million Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Nashville Predators,

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward David Legwand to a six-year, $27 million contract extension.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: contract, david+legwand, david+poile, nashville+predators

Canucks Issue Public Statement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Throughout this matter, the Canucks and their counsel have refrained from public comment, preferring to have this matter dealt with in the courts.  The Canucks organization feels compelled at this time to respond to some of the inaccuracies in the media stories relating to court documents and the allegations made in the proposed Claim.

- Contrary to impressions made by some reports these allegations are not yet formally before a court and will require a court order before they are permitted to be made.  The Ontario Superior Court will be considering whether to allow these amendments on January 21, 2008.

- We believe that many of the proposed allegations now being advanced on behalf of Mr. Moore against the Vancouver Canucks are inaccurate or speculative. The Vancouver Canucks believe they are intended to inflame the public and create further media interest in the case.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: lawsuit, steve+moore, todd+bertuzz, vancouver+canucks

Can Kovalchuk Score 70?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at Thrashers Blog,

As we sit here right now, Ilya Kovalchuk is on pace for 70 goals. It’s been quite awhile since that’s been done (since 92-93 season) but do you think he can do it? I asked around the Thrashers lockerroom this morning, if players thought it was going to happen. My new favorite corner is the Eric Boulton - Eric Perrin and Chris Thorburn corner of the room, so I presented it to them. I asked Perrin, and Boulton piped in, saying basically ‘good luck answering that. If you say yes you jinx him, if you say no, you’re saying no.’ So Perrin thought about it a moment and said “If anybody can do it, it’s Kovy.” Thorburn refused to talk about it altogether. So what would you put the odds at — How about this, I’ll set the over/under at 64 goals. You going over or under?

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, ilya+kovalchuk

Toivonen: Past & Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“He’s a young guy, and he’s big,” Blues President John Davidson said. “He has good work habits, and he’s a good person. We expect him to be a really good goalkeeper, and he is. He’s a pup, but there’s a future there.”

It was less than eight years ago that Toivonen chose hockey over soccer, a difficult decision that changed his life for good.

“I was like 15 or 16, and there were two camps at the same time,” Toivonen said. “There was a soccer camp, the top select camp in my area, and there was a (Finnish) national team camp for hockey.

“The hockey guys basically laid it out to me. They said, ‘If you go to soccer, catch you later.’ I just decided to go to hockey. I thought I had a better chance making it as a hockey player where I was from ... because of the money and support that was being put into hockey. I don’t think I ever played a soccer game after that.”

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  Tags: hannu+toivonen, john+davidson, st.+louis+blues

MacTavish Sending a Message to His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Hoping to send a message to his team, head coach Craig MacTavish will have a new look to his lineup tonight then the Edmonton Oilers host the St. Louis Blues.

Forwards Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres will be watching the game from the press box, while Liam Reddox will be penciled in for his first career NHL game.

continued…

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, edmonton+oilers, jarret+stoll, raffi+torres

Larionov Mixes Hockey & Wine

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Oakland Press,

After his retirement, the player known as “the Professor” turned his hobby into a business, naming his import company after his game-winning goal in the third overtime of Game 3 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. He is partnered with Mike Davis in distributing wines from Australia and California in Michigan as well as both Switzerland and Russia.

Of course, hockey is not far from Larionov’s business, as names of his wines include, “Hat Trick,” “Slapshot,” or Triple Overtime Chardonnay, Cabernet and Enela—which is the name of his wife spelled backwards, according to a release by his company.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, igor+larionov

Avs Have Been Up & Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Some days, they’re in a playoff spot. Some days, they’re out of it, period.

“I think we’re a ways away from finding out how good we are,” Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said this week. “I don’t think we’ve had any consistency at the top of our game to clarify that identity and find out how good we can be. We’ve had some stretches where we’ve been good and sporadic games where we’ve been at our best. It’s still a motivation to be able to capture that at a consistent level.”

Some of the Avalanche’s problems, but not all of them, can be laid at the crease of goalies Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj, who have been so-so at best and often worse.

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  Tags: joel+quenneville, jose+theodore, peter+budaj

Penner A Work In Progress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Penner has six goals and eight assists for 14 points so far this season, including goals in back-to-back games on the road trip.

Linemate and interim captain Shawn Horcoff says he’s good with Penner.

“He’s a little bit of a work in progress,” he said. “It’s not easy to play like he did in L.A. every night. That’s real tough to do. But he has potential to do that. You have to remember he’s essentially in his second year in the league. You have to be patient.

“I think he’s going to be there. This year? Maybe not. But by the second half of next year ...”

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  Tags: dustin+penner, shawn+horcoff

The Old NHL Creeping Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Crosby, it seems, has already provided some enduring moments in his short career, but when you watch the highlights these days, it’s other images which stand out. He’s trying to stickhandle through four defenders on the way to the net. Or he’s carrying a couple of backcheckers to the goalie. Or he’s operating in spaces tighter and more congested than the Tokyo subway during rush hour.

True, he still produces numbers. But the new NHL promised a game in which Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin and so many others could flourish.

Right now their going back on their word and that’s a problem because there’s a lot more than Crosby’s point totals at stake here

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

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