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Oilers Doing It The Red Wings Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,

By design or not, the Oilers front-office begins to resemble the gold standard, that of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

In Detroit, single owner Mike Ilitch has an all-star hockey department, led by GM Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill, vice-president and GM-in-training Steve Yzerman, with longtime hockey man Jim Devellano in the mix as senior vice-president.

Ilitch also has a shelf full of recent Stanley Cups.

In urging Lowe to beef up the hockey operations side, Katz is demonstrating he will do what is required to try to make that happen in Edmonton again.


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Thinking July, 2009

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With the depth of talent in the NHL’s 2008 unrestricted free agent pool pretty much tapped, now seems as good a time as any for a look ahead at key players currently eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.

This article will analyze the key UFA players of 15 NHL teams (ranked alphabetically). We’ll look at the other 15 clubs in the next article.

Anaheim Ducks

D Francois Beauchemin, C Brendan Morrison, D Scott Niedermayer, C Samuel Pahlsson, D Mathieu Schneider

Schneider is expected to be traded, perhaps prior to the start of the upcoming season and Niedermayer could retire next summer.


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Late Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“When he got to Detroit, we had a lot of talented players,” said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. “He took us from being a talented team to being a championship team. He got (Slava) Fetisov and (Igor) Larionov to come here and he put The Russian Five (Sergei Fedorov, Larionov, Slava Kozlov, Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov) together. He’s the one who transformed Steve Yzerman from a great offensive player to a great two-way player.”

more on Bowman from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News...

One of my favorite Scotty moments while with the Wings.

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  Tags: ken+holland, scotty+bowman

Debunking Some NHL Myths

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News:

Here are a few generalizations I take exception to and write off as storytelling myth.

1. The Detroit Red Wings win with the neutral zone trap

Bogus. There is a rather large difference between the trap and a puck possession style of game, but it’s really easy to explain: For one you don’t have the puck; the other, you do.

read on for more myth-busting from Boylen

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Farewell Scotty

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Will Scotty Bowman help the Hawks?  Absolutely.  How could he not?  Will Chicago pose more of a threat due to his knowledge of the Wings?  Maybe.

Does it matter, in the grand scheme of things?

Not when you consider that it would appear he took the job for a pretty damn good reason. 

Good luck Scotty. Thanks for ending 42 years of frustration.  And thanks for doing it again.  And again.  Oh, and again.


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Important Announcement from the Oilers Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Edmonton Oilers:

Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe will be announcing important changes to the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Operations Department at 11:30 p.m. MDT. Follow the link below to listen to the press conference LIVE via 630 CHED and check back for reaction, including audio, video and exclusive interviews.

The press conference can be heard live at this link at 1:30pm ET.

Update 1:36pm ET:  From the Oilers’ announcement—

  • Kevin Lowe will be the new President of Hockey Operations.

  • New General Manager,  Steve Tambellini

  • New Assistant General Manager, Kevin Prendergast

More at the Oilers website.

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  Tags: media, press+conference

Babcock With The Cup- Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch Mike Babcock as he hosts the Stanley Cup and in case you missed part 1, it can be viewed here.

View part 2 below…

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Nedved Trying Out for Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes in Newsday:

Thirty-six-year old Czech center Petr Nedved, who played 478 games with the Rangers in three stints between 1992-93 and 2003-04, is coming to training camp to try to land a job.

“He has spoken with Tom and Glen and passed up some other offers in Europe, wanting to come to camp with the opportunity to earn a job here,” a Rangers spokesman confirmed a few moments ago. “There is no commitment on our end.”


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  Tags: petr+nedved

Jail Time for Post-Game Hockey Brawl, Being Appealed

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

A 23-year-old Calgary man sentenced to 30 days in jail Wednesday for assaulting a hockey linesman in 2006 will be filing an appeal, his lawyer says.

Robert Joseph Simard, who was convicted of kicking Rory McCuaig in face and knocking him unconscious in an off-ice brawl after a game, will serve his time on weekends beginning in August.

Simard’s lawyer, Alain Hepner, said the family is disappointed with the sentence, believing it is far too harsh, especially when compared to other hockey assault cases.


Is it just me, or does a 30 day jail sentence already seem like a pretty good deal for kicking a hockey official in the face and knocking him unconscious AFTER a game, and off the ice?

Seems like it could have been much harsher.

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Jonathan Roy Charged with Assault

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Les Perreaux in the Globe & Mail,

The son of hockey legend Patrick Roy has been charged with assault for his part in an infamous hockey brawl last season.

Saguenay, Que., police confirmed a single charge of assault was laid against Jonathan Roy this morning in Quebec court.

The younger Roy, a goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, is the only player or coach charged in the incident March 22 when he stormed across the ice to pound on the opposing goaltender, Bobby Nadeau.


Well, at least he’s still got that music career…

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  Tags: criminal+charges, jonathan+roy, patrick+roy, qmjhl

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