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No To 84 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

The league’s board of governors has rejected the idea of expanding the season by two games a team because of complications and timing, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

“It’s accurate that we are no longer considering an 84-game schedule for the 2008-09 season, but that it remains a possibility for the 2009-10 season,” Daly said in an e-mail yesterday.

“I think it was a combination of it becoming too late in the scheduling process for next season to effectuate a change, as well as the fact that we weren’t agreeable with the union’s condition that it be changed on a one-year, trial basis only.”

read on

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Evaluating The Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Even though the LA Kings failed to reach the playoffs, Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings has been keeping busy.

It is not an easy job to continue blogging when the team you cover is done for the season, but Rich has been giving daily updates on the Kings and his player evaluations have been great.

Stop by and check them out if you have a chance.

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Ovechkin Wants To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Gelston of the AP via USA TODAY,

Is he frustrated by his lack of production? Nope

Is the Flyers physical play affecting him? Nah.

Would a possible line change help? Hope so.

About the only thing Ovechkin would admit after Wednesday’s practice is that he’s had enough of the losing. Philadelphia owns a 2-1 series lead over the Capitals and Washington, which entered the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the league, has lost consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 23-24 entering Thursday night’s Game 4.

“I’m frustrated we’re losing,” Ovechkin said. “It’s not about scoring, it’s about winning.”

read on

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Talking About An Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Did former Boston Bruins general manager Harry Sinden break a golden rule in hockey when he revealed that Boston captain Zdeno Chara has been playing with sore ribs in an interview with the Boston Globe in today’s edition?

Sinden was asked for his opinion on a variety of subjects and players, and when queried for his thoughts on Chara, the former Bruins president stated, “We’ve got a hell of a leader in Chara, but I think he’s hurting right now. This rib injury. He’s playing OK, but he’s not as aggressive.”

continued

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  Tags: harry+sinden

Ryan Miller Blogs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Over at Maxim, Ryan Miller is blogging the playoffs in a weekly report.  From today’s entry, he’s got a few thoughts to share on watching Avery the other night:

The NHL weighed in and will now interpret any actions like that as interference. Ya think? It is like when a kid is trying to annoy someone by getting as close as they can without actually touching them…the whole time yelling “I’m not touching you…I’m not touching you!” The best part is that it almost looks like Chris Drury skates over during the play to tell him to get in position. Haha.

more... *plus Miller is also doing a weekly appearance on Maxim Radio—Sirius Satellite Radio.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+miller

Devils/Rangers Series Got More Interesting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Marek at CBC,

So, how many more people will be watching and paying attention to the Devil/ Rangers game four tonight at Madison Square Garden now that Sean Avery has acted like a one-man ticket booth?

What will he do tonight? Will he be nasty or a saint?

Will he stand in front of Martin Brodeur face-to-face? How will the Devils react?

By turning around to face Brodeur and distract him the way he did Sean Avery single handedly made this a much more interesting series.

continued…

Update 4:59pm ET: Steve notes that NHL Network Online is having it’s inaugural Cisco All-Access pre-game show, featuring Don LaGreca and E.J. Hradek, airing at 5:55pm ET tonight. Join them and a special guest as they break down Game 4 of the Rangers-Devils series from every angle.

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  Tags: sean+avery

Taking a Time Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Calgary Flames assistant coach Rich Preston and Flames captain Jarome Iginla got into a very heated argument during a video session this morning.

The argument was based on a disagreement between coach and captain over coverage in game four last night.

Flames coach Mike Keenan acknowledges the argument took place and admits it was heated but says Iginla later apologized and the two were put into a room together to settle their differences.  ‘‘All brothers scrap,’’ Keenan joked.  ‘‘However, that doesn’t mean then don’t care for each other, in fact it’ the opposite,’’ he told TSN.ca.

They “care for each other”?  This mellow, ‘kinder, gentler’ version of Iron Mike is hard to get used to…

Update 5:33pm ET: More on Flames frustrations from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, mike+keenan, rich+preston

Beating Bubba: Keys To Game 4

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes. I know. Tardy today.  How about some early afternoon intrigue for you?  Lebda in. Lilja out.  Saw that coming, did you?  Yeah, you probably did.  Gramps is all fired up. He’s been Lilja’s greatest defender for two years so that’s no surprise.  But Uncle Mike’s throwing another wrench in the works.  All the Diggers are united in saying Darren Helm’s got a chance at suiting up tonite.

For who(m)?

No clue.  But we can guess, eh?

Continue Reading »

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Samsonov Signs 3 Years with Canes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year, $7.6 million contract.

Samsonov will receive $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.

continued…

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  Tags: nhl+contracts, sergei+samsonov

Kipper’s Shadow

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via The Pensblog, we stumbled across this video today.  Miikka Kiprusoff’s got himself a fan… or a future stalker.


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  Tags: miikka+kirprusoff

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