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The Flyers Must Be Stopped

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bud Barth of the Worcester-Telegram & Gazette,

The Philly hierarchy obviously is condoning, if not encouraging, this caveman mentality that goes far beyond the NHL toughness standard and enters the barbaric sphere of intent to injure — and injure badly.

Downie’s incident could have been excused as an isolated case. After Boulerice’s hit, it smacked of team policy. Now, with Jones’ infraction being perhaps the ugliest of all, how can you not consider conspiracy?

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, suspensions

Burke Trying To Kick-Start Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Brian Burke is trying to promote movement in the NHL.

Three executives told Sun Media yesterday that the Ducks president and GM has asked NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to study a proposal that would allow teams to pick up a portion of a player’s contract to help facilitate trades.

While Burke tried a similar move last year with a per-transaction cap of $2 million (all terms US) and a per-team cap of $4 million, it didn’t fly. It’s believed he has lowered the amount this year to $500,000 per transaction and several GMs are on board.

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  Tags: briane+burke, trades

Why The Delay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In his 40 days and nights as general man ager of the Islanders during the summer of 2006, Neil Smith ran the team’s Entry Draft, selecting Minnesota Golden Gopher right winger Kyle Okposo seventh overall, and he signed free agents Mike Sillinger, Brendan Witt, Chris Simon, Andy Hilbert and Tom Poti, the first four of whom remain with the club.

For his trouble, Smith, who unaccountably never signed the three-year, $2.1M contract to which he and owner Charles Wang verbally agreed before reporting for duty, has yet to be paid a nickel by the franchise as he waits for Gary Bettman’s ruling on the grievance he brought against the Islanders more than a year ago . . . and waits . . . and waits . . . and waits.

continued plus more NHL talk…

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: neil+smith, new+york+islanders

Avery Stirs It Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fire & Ice,

Avery called Clarkson “a bonehead minor leaguer” after the game and called Brodeur, “Marty the diver”, a reference to the goaltender’s first period diving penalty. “I don’t even know who this guy is, why am I talking to him,” Avery said of Clarkson. “We’re not friends. It’s not an (expletive) secret. We’re getting ready for a game and we go to war.”

When asked if Brodeur said anything back to him, Avery said, “I can’t understand a word he says with his accent.”

more...

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: martin+brodeur, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

Kiprusoff is a Funny Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

To the ticket-buying public, he’s the saviour. The biggest reason why the Calgary Flames can stake a legitimate (some days more than others) claim to being a Stanley Cup contender.

But behind the mask? Under all those pads? Who is he?

Well, he’s a funny guy. Really. Teammates say so. Coaches say so…

“Miikka,” begins Sportsnet interviewer Jamie Thomas, following Kiprusoff’s brilliant performance against Nashville on Tuesday night, “when we talked in training camp, you said you didn’t want to talk about your contract until it was done. Now that it is, what can you say?”

“Well,” deadpans Kiprusoff, “now that it’s done, I don’t want to talk about it.”.

read on

 

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  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

Chicago Calls Up Dustin Byfuglien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not something I would usually note here on KK, but what a story…

from HamptonRoads.com,

Raised by a single mother battling unpaid bills and factory work, Byfuglien (pronounced BUFF-lin) all but grew up in Memorial Arena. If the ice wasn’t available or he couldn’t talk his way into the play, he’d sit in the stands for hours, watching alone….

“I think he knew hockey was his salvation,’’ said Dale Smedsmo, a former Roseau High standout and pro player who has dated Byfuglien’s mother for three years. “School wasn’t easy for him, and he knew he had to make it in hockey. When he signed that contract, it was a personal victory because he’s worked very hard.’’

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, dustin+byfuglien

The “Fighting Twinkies”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Hockey Adventure,

...While your typical NHL enforcer wouldn’t take kindly to being dubbed a Twinkie, what he offers with his fisticuffs is a cheap, junk food-like substitute for the satisfaction of skill-based hockey.

Is fighting popular? Does it sell? Sure. Just like 500 million Twinkies are sold each year. So what? That doesn’t mean it’s good for the consumer.

If the hockey you dish up is of high enough quality in the first place, nobody cares if there’s no fighting.

read on

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fighting

McKenzie Responds To Chiarelli

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

...If Chiarelli or anyone else want to skew that view to suggest I said Bergeron is “guilty” of something, well, that’s just not right.

I rarely, if ever, buy into the victim as the guilty party mentality that pervades society, not just the NHL. The victim is the victim. The perpetrator is the perpetrator.

My only point is that in the pantheon of NHL indiscretions, Jones’ act – not necessarily the consequences of it – falls into the middle of the road. Can you separate the two – the act and the consequences?

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  Tags: boston+bruins

Uncle Mike Adams?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It must have been pretty frigging cool to be 18 in the summer of 1976 and hear Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” for the first time.  I’ve decided that, despite hearing it more than 1000 times, it’s the greatest rock and roll song ever made.

Speaking of which, Eric Duhatschek feels our Uncle Mike is deserving of a little more credit.

The tendency for the players is to ask, who does this (newcomer) guy think he is anyway? Sometimes, that manifests itself in a player revolt — and a revolving door in the coaching office. Instead, the Red Wings’ players bought into what Babcock was selling.

I’m guessing Eric and Andy Strickland don’t communicate frequently. 

Thanks to A2Y reader W2J2 for the tip.

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Radio Guy Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today, around 3:00pm ET, I will be on The Inside Radio Hockey Show

I am looking forward to the interview and I have been promised I will be off-the-air by 3:30pm in order to watch the Michigan/ Michigan State football game.  Hockey takes a break today while the battle is on.

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