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Fernandez Hopes To Play 65-70 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Herald,

“It’s easier to play a lot of games than a few,” Fernandez said. “It’s a little tougher to get prepared mentally for one (game) every five or one every three. Once you get on a roll, you want to keep going. It’s easier to feel out the team, too, and have the team knowing exactly what to do.”

Ultimately, it will depend on the two goaltenders whether their roles sort themselves out comfortably - or whether a good, old-fashioned goalie controversy develops.

Fernandez hopes it is not the latter.

read on

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, manny+fernandez

Nike May Sell NikeBauer Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from PR Newswire via CNN:

[Nike] also announced today its intent to explore the sale of Nike Bauer Hockey. Following a strategic review of the company’s affiliate brands portfolio, Nike determined that despite the strength of the business, Nike Bauer Hockey does not align with the Company’s long-term growth priorities and exploring a sale is the best strategic alternative. The Company expects the exploration process and any potential sale that maximizes Nike Bauer Hockey’s value to Nike will be completed within the current fiscal year.

Commenting on the anticipated sale, Parker said: “We are focused on investing our resources where we will achieve the greatest returns, both within the Nike brand and within a strong portfolio of complementary affiliate brands. We’re confident it’s the right choice for our Company as we maximize our opportunities and drive toward our long-term growth targets. Given Nike Bauer’s market leading position, we believe we will be able to effectively execute this transaction.”

continued... NikeBauer is one of hockey’s heaviest hitters, so this is going to get more and more interesting as time goes on.

added 12:16pm, The Hockey News has more on this, stating it could be sold by May 31, 2008.

 

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They’ve Battled Before

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Training camp is all about introductions, as new players join an established bunch. Cam Ward didn’t need any introduction to Michael Leighton when the Carolina Hurricanes’ new goalie arrived in town. At least, not to Leighton’s fists.

The two squared off in one of the more memorable fights in recent memory, a brawl during a 2004 minor-league game that spilled onto the benches and beyond. Now, after a draft-weekend trade that brought Leighton to Carolina from the Montreal Canadiens, they are teammates..

continued

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, fighting, goalies

Changes for Eric Brewer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at STLtoday.com,

Early in the Blues’ 2006-07 season, the facial expressions worn by defenseman Eric Brewer were as unhappy as those watching him from the arena seats and on TV.

Brewer was by labeled as “the worst player on the ice” by media and fans, and even some in the organization questioned which direction his career was headed.

continued…

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  Tags: eric+brewer, st+louis+blues

Toskala’s Bad Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,

You have to go back to Ed Belfour in 2002 to find a Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender who had a worse debut than Vesa Toskala.

Eddie the Eagle coughed up a goal on the first shot of the Blue-and-White intrasquad game, which drew some boos from the fans at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. A few nights later, in his first real game, Belfour — the replacement for the sainted Curtis Joseph — did it again.  Belfour gave up a goal on the first shot by the hated Ottawa Senators in the Leafs’ first exhibition game, then gave up two more before leaving partway through what turned out to be a 7-1 drubbing by the Senators.

Toskala, who managed to survive his Blue-White debut without too much embarrassment last Sunday, was channelling Belfour last night against the Phoenix Coyotes in his preseason debut.

continued…

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  Tags: goalies, toronto+maple+leafs

Penguins Sign a Lease

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed a lease Thursday, committing the NHL team to its yet-to-be built US$290 million arena until 2040.
The lease terms were in accordance with a March memorandum between the team and government officials, Gov. Ed Rendell said Thursday.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins

Draft May Be An Issue With NHL Teams In Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Chris Pronger is going to start his season in Europe this month, but he wouldn’t want to start his career across the pond.

The Anaheim Ducks defenceman believes NHL expansion to Europe wouldn’t work because some North American-raised players would be unwilling to report to European teams.

“How are you going to run the draft?” Pronger asked during a conference call Thursday. “Are you going to take a Canadian kid and ship him off to Europe?”

continued...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chris+pronger

Lindros Not Worth The Risk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

frm Terry Frei at ESPN,

A year later, with Lindros not on a preseason roster and spending much of his time on NHL Players’ Association business, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario under which any NHL team would give him another chance this season in the wake of his largely unsuccessful stints with Toronto (2005-06) and Dallas (last season).

Lindros isn’t worth the risk, the faith, or the money—especially since he isn’t old enough for an incentive- and condition-laden deal.

Even that seems jarring. After all he’s been through, as long as he’s been around, as he goes through a limbo both similar and dissimilar to (appropriately enough) Peter Forsberg’s, Lindros still is only 34.

more

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  Tags: eric+lindros

Behind The Scenes- Easton Gear Photo Shoot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The promotional photo shoot of NHL players using the new Easton gear was videotaped.

Some players are using the new Easton Stealth S17 stick.

Filed in: Hockey Equipment, Easton, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,... John Tortorella on training camp soreness & injuries…

“...I’m not going to wait because of a name or because of someone projected. I’m not too interested in projections. I’m interested in getting people on the ice and getting their work done. I’m not coming down on any body here, I just want define it. Everybody is sore. Everybody is nicked up once you start camp. That’s what we go by here….”

more

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  Tags: injuries, john+tortorella, tampa+bay+lightning

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