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Boogaard Knocked Out by Practice Puck

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,

Derek Boogaard is listed as day to day after taking a puck to the head during Friday morning’s practice at United Center. It opened a gash that required about 20 stitches and left a wound not disimilar to the one Boris Karloff wore in “Frankenstein.”

Asked what hurts worse, a fist or a puck, Boogaard didn’t have to think.

“They both hurt,” he said.

Ask a stupid question, get an honest answer.

continued…

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  Tags: derek+boogaard, injuries, minnesota+wild

The Top 50

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

Crosby has already transcended the sport with appearances on Jay Leno and award shows, and he has become a ubiquitous product endorser in Canada, not to mention the creator of a clothing line. His profile in the U.S. is not quite as high, although it is starting to grow. It doesn’t hurt that he is on a great young team, one that has the potential to develop quickly into a dynasty.

Crosby is the biggest reason for that and an easy choice for us as the league’s top player. Here’s the rest of the list. Let the arguments begin.

1. Sidney Crosby, C: How many pro athletes do you know who actually managed to exceed the kind of hype Crosby has had for years right off the bat? The scary thing is that he just turned 20.

2. Alexander Ovechkin, LW: He “slumped” last season with 46 goals and 92 points when opponents always keyed on his one-man show. This season, there will be supporting talent in Washington.

read on for 48 more rankings…

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Ted Leonsis- In His Own “Shoes”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fox Sports,

His Capitals have lost tens of millions of dollars, he acknowledges, but the team is worth more than twice the $85 million he paid for it in 1999. The value will only increase if the team, which Leonsis has slowly rebuilt after initially overspending for players, returns to the playoffs this season for the first time since 2003.

“I have to laugh,” Leonsis said, “because we get slammed by newspapers or frankly even some new media properties, and I go, ‘Our salary cap has grown from $39 million to $50 million in two years.’ Whose shoes would you rather be in?”

more on Ted…

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  Tags: ted+leonsis, washington+capitals

Huet Settling In As #1 Goalie For Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

Having four NHL-ready goaltenders is a nice problem for the Canadiens, but it doesn’t bode well for the immediate future of Carey Price. For the second year in a row, Price, the team’s top prospect, has been the best player—not the best goalie, the best player—in camp, but that won’t be enough to spare him a ticket to Hamilton.

Cristobal Huet has been anointed as Montreal’s starter, and reasonably so, given what he’s proven in this league over the past two seasons. He’s further reinforced his claim on the job with a spotless preseason mark and clearly is the best short-term option.

continued plus numerous NHL notes…

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  Tags: goalies, montreal+canadiens

“Jiggs” Still Going Strong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Simcoe.com,

From the moment he walked into the dressing room at the North Bay Memorial Gardens on Sept. 17, Ken ‘Jiggs’ McDonald felt like he was right at home.

The Georgian Bay area resident, NHL broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee made the trip north to do a little pre-planning.

“It gets the juices going and makes you wish they would get the puck dropped for real and I could get back to the booth,” said McDonald, while watching the Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers battle it out in front of 4,100 fans.

continued

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  Tags: new+york+islanders

2006-07 Top Plays

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

ESPN has provided a video collection of the greatest plays of last season, with some pretty nice image quality.  Three videos are available below: the goals, the saves and the hits.

Top Goals

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  Tags: media, video

Working Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via AdWeek,

The NHL and the New York Post have hired the New York office of Young & Rubicam to handle creative assignments on their respective brands, the agency said today. For the NHL, the WPP shop, with its Toronto office, is producing a campaign that will include TV spots, print, digital marketing and cinema ads.

The bulk of the work will break around the start of the league’s season on Oct. 3.

Does this mean Larry Brooks will be the new NHL spokesperson?

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Burke Talks Hockey With The BBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the BBC,

A week before the new NHL ice hockey season begins in the US, Extratime talks to one of the most outspoken managers in the competition.

In June 2007 Brian Burke led the once-unfancied Anaheim Ducks to win ice hockey’s greatest prize, the Stanley Cup.

Burke makes no apologies for his team’s combative style and says he looks for “pugnacity, truculence, belligerence, hostility and testosterone” in his players.

read on with video (real player)

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  Tags: brian+burke

No Matter What, Grigorenko Staying Stateside…I Think

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gotta give your boy George Malik credit.  When Wing news hits those pulsing Russian news wires, he’s on it like….(insert Bubba line here.  I’ve exhausted all mine.)

Today?  Igor Grigorenko tells some Russian writer for some Russian paper that he’s done with the mother country come Detroit or Grand Rapids.

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  Tags: babcock, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko

Cloutier On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

TSN has learned that the Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers Friday.

added 3:41pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Don’t read too much into the Los Angeles Kings’ decision put goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers today, other than he’ll almost certainly start the season in the minors this season. Considering the NHL’s goalie glut (and the two years left on Cloutier’s contract at $3.1 million per season), there is virtually no chance that anyone would put in a claim for his rights at that price, at this time of year.

continued

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  Tags: dan+cloutier, goalies, los+angeles+kings

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