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Kiprusoff Will Sign Extension With Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Calgary Flames have called a news conference tonight and sources tell TSN it is to announce a long-term contract extension for Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

Sources add that the deal is worth approximately $35 million for six years, or an average annual cap hit for the Flames of about $5.8 million per year beyond this season.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

Looking at the Toronto Media

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stan Fischler via hockeyjournal.com,

John Ferguson deserves better than the relentless attacks from such human verbal howitzers as Steve (Toronto Sun) Simmons and Hockey Night in Canada’s Scott Morrison. As long as we can remember, Steve – otherwise a friend of ours – has been trying to pull the plug on Fergie. The Simmons fixation is troubling and it must pain the dear boy that Toronto has climbed above .500 (5-4-3). Meanwhile Morrison has the unmitigated gall to suggest that existing GMs, such as Jimmy Rutherford, up and leave their jobs to displace colleague Ferguson. How ridiculous can you get? Just for the sake of common decency, it would be neat if Ferguson’s Leafs ran off a six-game winning streak. That would shut these jackals up – for about a week.

read on… for Stan’s take on the NHLPA and other NHL news

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  Tags: media, toronto+maple+leafs

Ted Lindsay Flashback

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Joe Pelletier on the Legends of Hockey network,

No man on skates was ever too big or too tough for Ted Lindsay to challenge. At 5’8” and 160lbs he used his big stick and his fists to cut down some of the biggest meanest men in National Hockey League history.

He was known as Scarface or Terrible Ted. The scars on his rugged face represented his courage in his many on ice battles. How many scars he can’t tell you, because he lost count after 400 stitches.

continued…(*a look at Lindsay’s career and his role in forming the NHLPA)

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  Tags: ted+lindsay

Blackhawks Confirm First Televised Home Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks and Comcast SportsNet have announced that Comcast SportsNet will televise their first home game of the season on Sunday, November 11 when the Blackhawks play host to the archrival Detroit Red Wings at 6:00 p.m.

The November 11 game will be the first in a series of home games to be broadcast live and in high-definition on Comcast SportsNet. The full schedule will be released next week with additional home games airing throughout the remainder of the 2007-2008 season.

“It’s time to share the energy and excitement of the Blackhawks with all of our fans,” said Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz. “We are entering a new era and putting home games back on TV is the first step to supporting our great players and fans.”

*Previously mentioned last week, but only confirmed by the ‘Hawks today

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, media, rocky+wirtz

Yes He Is, But For How Long?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Eric Duhatschek of The Globe and Mail asks, “Is Zetterberg The NHL’s Best?”

The answer after 12 games is a clear “yes.”  But the true test remains, and it’s inevitable.  What happens when Monty Babcock’s Flying Circus of Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Holmstrom is broken up in favor of balance across four units?

“For us here, unfortunately, both Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen got hurt,” said Zetterberg, in a telephone interview prior to the start of their three-game Western Canada road swing that continues Tuesday night in Edmonton. “That’s why they put me and Pav and Homer back together and ever since then, we’ve been working good together. It’s going to be fun to see, now that Sammy’s back and the Mule (Franzen) is coming back too, what coach Babcock does.”

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Jones Suspended for Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

[Updated 4:50pm ET: Jones & Holmgren’s reaction to suspension is below]

From the NHL,

TORONTO (October 29, 2007)—Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Randy Jones has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #146 against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 27, the National Hockey League announced today.

“While it is my determination that Jones did not intend to injure his opponent, he did deliver a hard check to a player who was in a vulnerable position,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “There have been suggestions by some that this hit was comparable to incidents earlier this season where players received significant game suspensions for blows to the head. These comparisons and suggestions are wrong,” Campbell added.


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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, randy+jones, suspensions

USA Hockey Milestones in Reach Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,

Tonight could be a memorable night for USA Hockey.

Stars center Mike Modano sits two points shy of tying Phil Housley for the most points by an American-born player. San Jose forward Jeremy Roenick is two goals shy of becoming only the third American-born player to record 500 goals in his career. Roenick said he’d like to see both milestones attained on the same night.

“It would be nice, because Mike would be in the building,” said Roenick, who contemplated retirement in the off-season. “He’s one of the guys who told me, ‘Hey, you’ve got to stick around,’ which meant the world to me.”

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  Tags: dallas+stars, jeremy+roenick, mike+modano, san+jose+sharks

3 Stars of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com

NEW YORK—Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Carolina Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 28.

 

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, jason+labarbera, rob+brind'amour

What’s Up with Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

If the NHL responds as if this were just another hockey hit and penalizes Jones lightly or lets him off altogether, all the league’s statements that it is serious about eliminating dangerous play would be rendered moot.

For all the praise being heaped on Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and coach John Stevens for turning around a Philadelphia franchise that finished dead last in 2006-07, these incidents suggest this franchise has no real control over its players.

What else are we to conclude from the fact that three players scouted and signed by the Flyers have engaged in behavior that could have ended players’ careers?

more…

*Also in the Philadelphia Inquirer today, Joe Logan asks “Are the Bullies Back?”

Update 3:03pm ET: CBC’s Jeff Marek says Bergeron “a victim of coaching tactics.”

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  Tags: injuries, philadelphia+flyers, suspensions

Avery Close to Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Zipay at ‘On the Rangers Beat’,

Sean Avery (separated shoulder) has been cleared for contact, and briefly skated with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez this morning in what was not an optional practice. All healthy players were on the ice.

Rangers coach Tom Renney said Avery “probably has Thursday’s game circled on his calendar,” but that Saturday—-four weeks since the injury—-was more likely.

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  Tags: injuries, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

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