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Oilers Waive Souray & Gerber

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Numerous tweets state the Oilers have put Sheldon Souray and Martin Gerber on waivers.

Any chance a team decides to put a claim in for either one of them?

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  Tags: martin+gerber, sheldon+souray

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What I have a problem with the game coming to a screeching halt so two guys on their one shift of the night can slug it out for 30 seconds, and then the game can resume where it left off. That’s the role of fighting in the NHL today.

-Luke DeCock of the News & Observer.  More from Luke on this topic.

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The Booing Of Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra at the Ottawa Citizen,

Why does Bettman insist on putting himself through the humiliation of hearing the catcalls? He heard them on the biggest stage when he presented the Chicago Blackhawks with the Stanley Cup in June. Tuesday he heard them at the 1,200-seat venue, which was full of children.

We understand why Bettman needed to be in the building on both occasions.

Obviously, he needs to be in the house when the league’s champions are crowned.

In the Dundas instance, he wanted to show he believes in the grassroots of hockey. We get that. Not to be overly cynical about it, it was also an opportunity for TV time.

Yet in hindsight, does it really help the image of the NHL — and the future of the NHL — when the guy running the league is being booed in front of several hundred children? Why bring on the hatred by taking centre stage at centre ice?

read on

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Nylander to the AHL… again.

Blog: KK Hockey By Twig

As Paul has already mentioned, Michael Nylander has been loaned to the Rochester Americans, the top affiliate of the Florida Panthers. I won’t go into details about the deal because that’s been covered already and that kind of talk bores me to tears.

I wanted to talk about what I noticed last year when Nylander played for the Griffins. I was at a game between the Griffins and Aeros and was pretty excited to see what Nylander could do against minor league opponents. He was great. No one on Houston could touch him. On one power play, he got the puck along the boards and had two defenders try to trap him. He never lost control of the puck, but the Griffins never even came close to scoring.

Why?

Because no one moved around to get open. The two remaining Houston defenders cut off the passing lanes and the other four Grand Rapids players stood in place watching Nylander. I’m all for having former NHL caliber players in the minors if they still want to play (though Nylander isn’t exactly there by choice), but when the rest of the team just stops playing hockey because they expect him to win games for them, it hurts everyone. That kind of “effort” won’t fly at the NHL level, either.

Rochester had a good team last year. Not a great team, but a good team. I’m going to keep a close eye on them to see if adding a former NHL star player will help or hurt them. Predictions?

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  Tags: ahl, michael+nylander, rochest+americans

Modano Catching Up With Wings Tempo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Modano was asked if Wings coach Mike Babcock’s training camp regime is all that different from what’s he experienced in Dallas.

The Livonia native was surprisingly blunt in his comparisons to Stars’camps run the past three seasons by former coach Dave Tippett and current Dallas bench boss Marc Crawford.

“The last two or three years there’s been a real big difference,” Modano said.

“I think the pace and tempo is night and day from what we’re used to. Very similar to what Hitch (Ken Hitchcock) was doing in the last 90s early 2000, similar style.

“You needed to be in shape. You needed to skate hard to be effective.

“That’s kind of my situation now is to play a little catchup and try to refer back to those days how we played.”

more

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  Tags: mike+modano

Redden Arrives In Hartford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant,

So you weren’t surprised by being waived? Not at all, he said.

“Statistically or whatever, I wasn’t doing what a lot of people thought I should have,” Redden said. “I always try to play the same game. Sometimes it doesn’t fit into what teams are looking for. I guess I have to accept that and just move on. It didn’t work out, especially with the salary cap. I wasn’t in their plans. I have to live with that.

“Anything can happen, but certainly [a return to the Rangers] is down on the list of expectations. To be honest, it didn’t go well there. I’ve got to come here and play as well as I can. Obviously, I want to get back to the NHL, but I can’t look down the road. This is the first step. I’m coming here with a fresh slate.”

more

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  Tags: wade+redden

Help Find Mio’s Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ClickonDetroit,

A former Red Wings goalie was hit hard off the ice after his bag full of expensive gear disappeared.

Eddie Mio plays on the Red Wings alumni team and his prized possessions went missing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

One week ago, Mio was on his was to a Red Wings alumni charity game in Colorado. He checked his big Red Wings bag with Delta Airlines and later discovered his bag was missing. A Delta representative told Mio that they believe the bag never left the airport, but it cannot be located.

The bag was loaded with goalie equipment, including his treasured NHL goalie mask. “It’s been with me since the first year of the NHL in 1978,” said Mio. “It’s been through a lot. It’s not a hall of fame mask, but it’s a hall of shame mask and it’s only dear to me.”

continued

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  Tags: eddie+mio

Leino Starting Season On A High Note

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

For Ville Leino, earning the trust of coaches in the NHL was a lengthy process.

He never had it in Detroit. He didn’t get it right away in Philadelphia after the Flyers acquired him prior to the Olympic break last season in exchange for Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

And if it wasn’t for twin foot injuries to Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter early in last season’s playoffs, there’s a good chance Leino still might not have been noticed.

For 19 games last spring, Leino did just that. Partnered with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell to complete the most dynamic line in the playoffs, Leino finished with 21 points in the postseason, an NHL record for rookies. Considering he had a hard time even getting on the ice for the Flyers prior to the postseason, that’s a pretty remarkable figure.

Now, Leino is set to be a fixture on a deep Flyers team with plans of going one step further than it did last season. He will start the season with Hartnell and Briere on what amounts to the Flyers’ second line, and he is being counted on to provide a good chunk of offense for the first time since his days playing in the Finnish Elite League.

read on

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  Tags: ville+leino

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When you play in the Western Conference, the connectivity with the fans is very minimal compared to other places. I thought it would be a good way to connect and build … We just don’t get the fans. It’s not to say the sport isn’t big, don’t get me wrong, but we don’t get the fans that they get in the Eastern Conference. It’s never quite taken off the way is has on the East Coast. I thought this would be a way for people to connect with us.

-Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks on how he is using Twitter.  More from a Q & A Ryan did with the OC Register.

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  Tags: bobby+ryan

Did Peca Go Against The Code By Ripping Bouwmeester?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

This is a familiar script. Former coach Mike Keenan took similar umbrage with panelist Matthew Barnaby 18 months back when he called Olli Jokinen a cancer in the locker-room.

“We’re not going to let Jay Bouwmeester or any player on the league be talked about in that manner by a colleague or a peer without challenging it,” King said. “That’s just inappropriate….

“I think he ridiculed him. I think he laughed at him….You bet I’m sticking up for and defending our guy.”

King’s major beef, it seems, is that Peca is a former player, and he’s violating the code by ripping a a one-time opponent.

more

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester, michael+peca

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