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Ducks’ Schneider Out with Broken Ankle Bone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From AP via NY Post,

New Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider will be out at least four weeks after breaking a bone in the left ankle during his first preseason game with the Stanley Cup champions.

An MRI taken Sunday revealed that Schneider sustained a non-displaced fracture of the ankle Saturday night in Anaheim’s 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.

The 38-year-old Schneider, beginning his 20th NHL season, signed a two-year, $11.25-million deal with Anaheim. The Ducks brought him aboard this summer as insurance in case captain Scott Niedermayer decides to retire.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, injuries, mathieu+schneider

Ryder Has Tough Summer In Newfoundland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

Michael Ryder may be looking for two new homes next summer.

The Montreal Canadiens sniper is on a one-year contract that can make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

And he’s pondering whether to continue spending the off-season at home in Newfoundland after a second summer of vandalism against his home and his car in St. John’s.

The 27-year-old had his car fire-bombed in one incident and pelted with eggs in another over the off-season. His house had been paint-balled and a car in front of his house vandalized the summer before.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: michael+ryder, montreal+canadiens

MacLeod Reports On Third Scrimmage

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1500 ESTMacLeod has the first round of cuts posted here and the training camp scoring leaders here

Updated 1355 EST: MacLeod also reports the first wave of roster cuts will be made today.  Should have details soon.

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Yesterday it was Datsyuk’s brilliance. Today, Bruce MacLeod tells us from TC that Jiri Hudler was turning heads.

Jiri Hudler was flying. He made smart plays and outskated opponents on the backcheck.  Grigorenko was better, but not outstanding.

More from Red Wing Corner.  MacLeod has another brief post up regarding a possible minor injury to Valteri Filppula.

Valtteri Filppula didn’t practice with his group, Sunday, but said that his ailment was minor and that he’d likely be back on the ice tomorrow. No specifics on his injury.

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  Tags: deep+diggers, grigorenko, hudler

Attention Folks Associated With Hockey Blogs & Websites

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of you know we have a pretty detailed list of many of the hockey related sites on the web.

We have now added an area in the KK Forum where you can point out specific details about your blog or website.  Feel free to point to a blog post, but do make sure you do a “soft-sell: too, which will encourage KK readers to click the link!

As always, I also encourage you to point to your blog in the comments here at KK too.  If you have something of interest on a post here, by all means let the KK readers know about it.

note: original post was 9/15/07 at 7:40pm, moved to top of page on Sunday.

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Wayne Wines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Catherines Standard,

The long-anticipated Wayne Gretzky wines are hitting LCBO shelves Monday, just in time for hockey season.

The classy labels bear the No. 99, a number the National Hockey League retired when Gretzky ended his career in April, 1999.

Gretzky admits he doesn’t know a whole lot about wine but “I can tell you if I like the taste of something or if I don’t like the taste of something,” he told Standard reporter Monique Beech in an exclusive interview.

more and visit the Wayne Gretzky Estates too…

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Anson Carter Joins Oilers Training Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Anson Carter is getting another shot with the Edmonton Oilers.

The winger accepted an invitation to the team’s training camp and joined the Oilers on Sunday.

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  Tags: anson+carter, edmonton+oilers

Canes Defense Needs To Stay Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

...But the Canes have only seven NHL defensemen under contract, leaving the margin for error wafer-thin. On a team most assess as a Stanley Cup contender, this is the acknowledged weak spot.

“If our defense can stay healthy, there shouldn’t be any doubt of what we’re capable of doing or how well we’re capable of playing,” Canes forward Erik Cole said.

There’s a little depth in the system—only one defenseman, Wade Brookbank, has played in an NHL game—and no money left in the budget for reinforcements, so the Canes need their five healthy defensemen to stay stay that way and need Kaberle and Bret Hedican to be ready on opening night.

more

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, defense

Watching The Camps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Training camp means something else altogether in several other markets, however, as star players flew here, there and everywhere during the summer, leaving pivotal questions to be answered. Below, the Citizen takes a look at 10 teams to watch during training camp.

Pittsburgh Penguins: From his sensational on-ice play to his non-stop marketing off the ice, the NHL has fast become Sidney Crosby’s league, reason enough to watch Crosby’s every move. And everything around him. The Penguins are on target to become the team of the future—if not the present.

much more

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Always The Communicator

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Bruins coach Claude Julien, originally from outside of Ottawa, grew up speaking both French and English. But he considers his first language to be French, which he utilizes when having one-on-one conversations with the French-first players on his roster, including Patrice Bergeron, Manny Fernandez, and newcomer Pascal Pelletier.

“I see it as a respect thing,” explained Julien. “It’s their first language, and so I speak French. If they were Russian, and I spoke Russian, I’d speak to them in Russian.”

more on the B’s…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: boston+bruins, claude+julien

Is Blake A Fit With Sundin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Welcome to the club, Jason Blake, the Fraternal Squadron of Mats Sundin Wing Men.

Remember Mikael Renberg? Steve Thomas? Alex Mogilny? Gary Roberts? Eric Lindros? Freddie Modin? Lately, everyone from Tie Domi to Darcy Tucker, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov have flanked Sundin, with mutually less than Cup-calibre results.

Now, it’s Blake’s turn, circa training camp ‘07. Is he the one, the missing link in the magic combo?

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jason+blake, mats+sundin, toronto+maple+leafs

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