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H1N1 And The NHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It isn’t clear how badly the H1N1 flu will affect North America as we enter the traditional winter flu season.  Nobody knows how many people will be affected.  There is a precedent in hockey for flu causing disruption.  In 1919, there was no Stanley Cup winner as both finalists - the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans - were hit hard by the flu and the finals were cancelled.  At a time, the entire Montreal Canadiens team was hospitalized and defenceman Joe Hall died of the flu.  This was the famous Spanish influenza epidemic.  Returning soldiers from World War I brought back a new strain of the flu and it killed an estimated 50 million people (about 3% of the world’s population).  This was the second wave of the Spanish Flu, as World War I had ended in 1918.

Hopefully medicine is better equipped to deal with a major flu pandemic today than it was in 1919, but we never can know for sure. However, with the invention of vaccination, there is a new weapon to fight a flu pandemic.

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Saying Sorry Isn’t Enough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“It was a freaky play.” - Jarome Iginla.

“Obviously, I didn’t mean to hurt him.” - Mike Richards.

“Oh my God.” - Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur.

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The former two players I know to be good guys and honest players. I don’t know MacArthur, but people I trust say he is a solid, decent guy.

All of which means nothing to their victims. Because let’s face it: a concussion is a concussion, whether it comes one of the best people in the game in Iginla, or from Jordin Tootoo or Sean Avery.

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Losing Miller No Big Loss For Bolts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Let’s start by saying this: the loss of wing Drew Miller to the Detroit Red Wings through waivers is not going to change anything about how the Tampa Bay Lightning does this season. Miller, good defensively, was pretty much invisible offensively with zero points in 14 games. Certainly, Paul Szczechura, called up from AHL Norfolk, can do just as much, and I bet will do more.

But we should also note that all that is left of the trade of Evgeny Artyukhin to the Ducks in exchange for Miller is now a 2010 third-round draft pick. We will wait and see how that pays off.

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Samueli Back In The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 12, 2009)—National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today reinstated Henry Samueli as owner of the Anaheim Ducks. Samueli had been suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the Ducks and the NHL on June 24, 2008.

  Mrs. Susan Samueli also returned to active status as co-owner of the Ducks. In support of her husband, and to avoid any possible improper appearance, she had abided by the terms of Henry Samueli’s suspension.

  “We welcome Henry and Susan Samueli back as fully reinstated owners and members of the NHL community,” Commissioner Bettman said.

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Hordichuk Suspended One Game & Vigneault Fined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (November 12, 2009) – The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #245 between the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues, November 10.

        Vancouver Canucks forward Darcy Hordichuk has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach Alain Vigneault has been fined $10,000. Hordichuk was assessed an instigator penalty at 15:04 of the third period. He will miss tonight’s game at Detroit.

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  Tags: alain+vigneault, darcy+hordichuk

KK- Email Server Upgrade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sometime today/tonight, KK is being upgraded to a new email server.  This should not cause any issues on KK but I will not be able to respond to any emails sent my way until the upgrade is completed and I have made the changes to Outlook and my Droid settings.

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All Those Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

James Mirtle of From The Rink breaks-down the numbers from the Forbes report that came out yesterday….

The average NHL team has increased its revenues by $20-million since 2003-04, but those on the low end of the scale have only marginally improved their bottom lines, getting a $9-million boost on average (including revenue sharing). Toronto, Montreal and the Rangers, meanwhile, have increased their revenues by an average of about $40-million the past five seasons.

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All Marc-Andre Fleury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A quick Q & A from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

On the slumps of Sidney Crosby and the team:

“I let him score a couple in practice to make him feel good. (Laughs). No, he’s very confident. For all of us, it’s a little bit tough. After the start we’ve had its frustrating. But we’ve got to get ourselves together.”

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  Tags: marc-andre+fleury

Stay Connected

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

HNIC now has an app for the iPhone and a KK member recently posted about his app on all things hockey that also works on the iPhone.

Now if we could get some hockey apps for the Droid, I would be happy!

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Top Goaltenders Of The Decade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

The National Hockey League has witnessed some tremendous performances by superstar goaltenders and rising stars. Here’s a look at the decade’s top 10 NHL netminders:

10. Tim Thomas: “The Tank” spent the first half of this decade bouncing between the AHL and Europe but by the end of this decade the Boston Bruins had a late-blooming star in the 35-year-old Thomas. His performance between the pipes played a huge part in the Bruins’ emergence as a playoff team over the past two years.

read on and agree, disagree?

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