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The Promotional Tour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the International Herald Tribune,

(Troy) Crowder, whose on-ice scraps with top heavyweight Bob Probert of the Detroit Red Wings became the stuff of legend, made the journey to Bangkok, Thailand — along with some 400 hockey players from around the globe — to contest the “Land of Smiles” international ice hockey tournament.

While ice sport and the balmy Thai climate may seem an unlikely combination, hockey has blossomed in this steamy Southeast Asian nation.

read on

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Tampa Sale Appears to be Ahead of Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eduardo A. Encina at the St. Petersburg Times,

After meeting with him Wednesday in New York, Lightning team president Ron Campbell said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told him the sale of the team appears ahead of schedule.

Campbell attended Wednesday’s game in New Jersey to take in the Devils’ new $375-million arena, the Prudential Center.

Earlier in the day, Campbell met with Bettman at the league offices and received an update on the sale of the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 51/2 acres of adjoining land from Palace Sports & Entertainment to Absolute Hockey Enterprises. Campbell said he still anticipates the deal would be completed by the Dec. 31 deadline.

continued… (*plus other odds & ends on the Lightning)

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  Tags: gary+bettman, tampa+bay+lightning

Flames Turn Offensive

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Previously known for their defensive prowess, the Calgary Flames are winning more by scoring goals than keeping the puck out of their own net. 

Calgary is coming off its best October since the lockout with a 6-3-3 record, which has the Flames chasing Minnesota for the Northwest Division lead. 

The Flames scored 17 more goals than they did last October playing just two more games in that month this year.

continued…

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  Tags: calgary+flames

Up Late On The East Coast?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bethany’s Hockey Rants,

9:41…I love liveblogging!! I’m so excited this is the first one of the year. Some pre-game thoughts. Pascal being in…I have a good feeling a sense of calm. Also, I was reading on Puck-Rakers and apparently the Ducks are going after Boll.

continued and join in on some hockey talk during the Columbus/LAK game…

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Schneider Starts His Season Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

“The only thing I can guarantee is I’m going to get shots on the net,” Schneider said. “I think the key is going to be to really play a simple game, play within the system. For the most part, especially on the power play, when I’m out there, I’m shooting. That’s not going to change, no matter where I am.”

The plan is for Schneider to team with Francois Beauchemin at even strength.

“There’s an adjustment there, without a doubt,” Schneider said. “I told him today, ‘Listen, just play your game.’ I’m probably going to be more conservative than I usually am. I’ll read off him.”

more

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, mathieu+schneider

Jewish Hockey Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Harvey Rosen at the Jewish Ledger,

North American minor-pro hockey leagues and other international circuits are teeming with swift and shifty skaters of diminutive stature. Their size, unfortunately, makes them decided underdogs to reach the pinnacle of the National Hockey League. In time, the cold reality of the ice game sets in and many pack their gear and head home to resume the next stage of their lives.

Los Angeles Kings’ winger Mike Cammalleri, despite being only 5’ 9” and weighing 180, was not to be deterred by mere measurements. The son of a Jewish mother, Adele Gelbard, drafted in 2001 in the second round (49th overall), just kept on producing regardless of the level at which he played.

continued… (*includes a look at numerous accomplished Jewish players in the NHL)

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The “One-Armed Bandit”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

Budd Lynch feels like he’s been the kid peeking through the knothole in the outfield fence watching some of the greatest events and people of the past seven decades unfold.

In his biography, My Life, From Normandy to Hockeytown, Lynch tells a tale that starts with his humble beginnings in Windsor and makes a stop on the beaches of Normandy before touching on his work with bandleader Glenn Miller, broadcaster Mel Allen along with his own broadcasting career with the Detroit Red Wings that earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

continued

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  Tags: budd+lynch

Ryder Seeing Bench Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

“Nothing is happening with him on the ice,” Carbonneau explained. “We felt like we needed to win the game, so I went with the guys I thought could help us do that. I was trying to switch some lines and trying to create something. I was looking for a spark.”

Ryder, who has been the Canadiens’ top goal-scorer in each of the past two seasons with 30, played 11:35 Tuesday night….

“I don’t think it’s time to panic,” said Ryder, who had four goals at this point last season.

“There haven’t been too many games when our line hasn’t created some chances and there are other top scorers who have scored only three or four goals.”

read on

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  Tags: michael+ryder, montreal+canadiens

Oilers Depending On “D” Depth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

...That’s a card the Oilers are going to have to play now as they’ve lost third-year rearguard Matt Greene to a broken left ankle that will keep him out of the line-up as long as three months.

Greene, injured in the second period of a 2-1 loss to Detroit Tuesday, will need surgery. He joins Sheldon Souray, out since Oct. 10 with a sprained left shoulder, and Joni Pitkanen, out another month after surgery to repair damaged knee cartilage, on the shelf….

“These (comments) could come back to haunt me and I don’t normally throw these out there, but I’m not all that worried about the injuries on the back end,” MacTavish said.

“From what I’ve seen, with (who) we have healthy, we’re going to be able to overcome it.”

more

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, injuries, matt+greene

Skate Boys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via NHL.com,

Maurice didn’t say very much to his team Wednesday. The punishing skating drills spoke for themselves.

“On a day like today where it’s a very physically demanding day for the players, there’s not a lot of talking,” he said. “That’s not an easy day for the fittest of athletes so you don’t try to do four or five things all at the same time.

“Today was to get our legs burning and get a conditioning skate in.”

The second-year coach has preached conditioning since taking over the Leafs job but this seemed to be taking that message to another level.

read on

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