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Ducks Sign Calder

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Kyle Calder to a one-year contract. Calder was subsequently assigned to Bakersfield, Anaheim’s development affiliate in the ECHL. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

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50 Years Behind The Mask

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You can watch the show on November 1st at 7:00pm ET on the NHL Network.

added 1:02pm, from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Today, goalie masks are part of the fabric of professional hockey, designed to not only protect the wearer from injury, but also as an artistic vehicle to express the goalie’s creativity and entertain millions of hockey fans.

But there was a time—not so long ago—when such protective measures were seen as not only unnecessary, but as an affront to the game.

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Penner Finding His ‘A’ Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Whatever the reason, he’s a different player on the ice. He gets from A to Z so much quicker these days. The puck seems to follow him.

“I do feel faster,” said Penner. “I’ve watched some of my shifts on tape.”

Perhaps he’s simply had his eureka moment. The 27-year-old would be following in the long line of power wingers that have taken a bit longer to figure it out. From Cam Neely to John LeClair to Todd Bertuzzi to Johan Franzen, they all took two or three NHL seasons to find their “A” game.

“Anticipating is a huge part of it because I’m already moving my feet because I know where the puck is going to go and I’m confident I want to get it,” Penner said of his new mindset. “Before, it was like, ‘Geez, if I touch the puck now, I could screw up and I’ll just compound a problem that’s already there.’ So when you’re tentative, you tend to look lethargic and slow.”

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Another Case Of H1N1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

The Washington Capitals say forward Quintin Laing has the swine flu, making him at least the third NHL player to be diagnosed with the illness this week.

Capitals spokesman Nate Ewell tells The Associated Press that Laing is being treated for H1N1 and is being kept away from the rest of the team.

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Theo Fleury & Sheldon Kennedy Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

An ESPN video & I suggest watching.

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And Lightfoot Saved Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Because that’s what Gordon does and then he asks for so precious little in return.  Just a thought now and again for the poor bastards who rode the E. Fitzgerald until her keel split in two like a frigging twig, and maybe a cheap beer if you see him at some non-descript UP watering hole.

And we owe him. Oh yes we frigging do.

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Colorado In First Place

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I would never have predicted that twelve games into the 2009/10 season, the Colorado Avalanche would be in first place in the NHL.  I picked the Avs to finish second last in the West Conference and my prediction was not out of line with most common opinions.

Colorado has a 9-3 record (with 2 losses counted as overtime ties).  That is a very good record, but it is the overtime ties that propel Colorado into first.  Without them, they would be near the top, but below Pittsburgh in the standings.

For the most part, Colorado has been outshot pretty badly while winning.  They average 26.6 shots per game and allow 33.2.  This almost seven shot per game deficit is more typical of a weaker team (for example Anaheim has three wins in ten games and has an eight shot per game deficit).  Colorado has won largely due to goaltending.  Craig Anderson has been outstanding.

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Plays Of The Week - TSN Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Former Lightning Player John Tucker Beating Cancer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

They did seek the counsel of Charles Slonim, a Tampa opthalmologist and friend, who has been a team physician for the Lightning since its inception. He also is a survivor, having beaten lymph node cancer in 1988.

“He explained it all to us when we had no clue,” Lynn said. “He held our hands and said everything was going to be okay.”

“John is a rock,” Slonim said. “He’s not a complainer. If you’re a complainer, the first thing you do is tell everybody and try to get people to feel sorry for you. That’s not John.”

In fact, Tucker said he plans to get involved with those fighting the disease, whether they be patients or caregivers, whom Tucker called “angels on earth.”

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Last Year’s Oilers Show Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Last night they looked like the Oilers who were booed out of their building again and again and again last year and conspired to get Craig MacTavish fired as they missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

They were back to being a pushover to play in their own building and unable to score a goal for the second game in a row as they recorded their third straight loss of the season, 3-0 to the Colorado Avalanche.

They reeked.

“Obviously it’s embarrassing getting shutout two games in a row,” said Sam Gagner. “Tonight we didn’t even show up in the first period.”

It was the worst first period the Oilers played this year.

It started with the $7 million dollar man, Shawn Horcoff, losing the opening face-off and then turning the puck over as the Avalanche took a 1-0 lead only 25 seconds into the game.

read on

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