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Watching Iron Mike

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP,

The Iron Mike watch is underway in Calgary.

Will new head coach Mike Keenan alienate his players? Or will he give a club that underachieved last season the edge it needs to be a Stanley Cup contender?

Eyebrows disappeared into hairlines when Flames general manager Darryl Sutter brought Keenan on board in June, partly because Jim Playfair, handpicked by Sutter to replace himself as head coach prior to the 2006-07 season, agreed to stay on as associate coach to Keenan.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan

Players To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Hockey News,

Of course, everyone will be watching 20-year-old Sidney Crosby as he tries to duplicate his scoring title and MVP award for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But here’s a look at 10 players who should also be at the centre of the action in the 2007-08 NHL season:

10. Todd Bertuzzi, Anaheim Ducks - The controversial power winger inked an $8-million, two-year contract with the Stanley Cup champions after going to Detroit in a late-season trade from Florida last season. Injuries restricted him to 15 regular-season games in 2006-07, when he had three goals and eight assists. The Ducks are gambling that fallout from the 2004 Steve Moore attack and his one-year suspension will abate and he can become an offensive force again.

read on

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Here’s A First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Red Wings,

The Red Wings will host an open practice on Saturday, September 29 at Joe Louis Arena.

This unique inside look at a Red Wings’ game day practice is free to the public and includes Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland addressing the crowd following the skate.

continued... open and free are the key words…

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Uncharted European Territory

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Daily Mail,

The NHL will enter uncharted territory and return to its outdoor roots during a new season that begins on Saturday with the Anaheim Ducks starting their Stanley Cup defence on European ice.

The Ducks and Los Angeles Kings travel to London to play the first NHL regular season game in Europe as the NHL bids to gain a foothold in a market which has also attracted serious attention from the NFL and NBA.

“We’ve got to look at extending our brand outside of North America, whenever we can,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. “We think that to take regular season games to Europe is a milestone for our league. Is it ideal from a preparation standpoint? No. But I think when the league asks you to go, you go.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, london, los+angeles+kings

Modano is Chasing History

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With 507 goals, 719 assists and 1,226 career regular-season points in 17 seasons, Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars enters the 2007-08 season just seven points from establishing a record for NHL points by a U.S.-born player.

Modano is attempting to become just the sixth player in history to hold the U.S. mark; Phil Housley has been the all-time leader since March 13, 1999.

Below is a Mike Modano tribute video, produced by the NHL as the Dallas Star enters his 18th NHL season.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: dallas+stars, mike+modano

Following The Young Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Physically, personality-wise, and in their backgrounds, the two could not be more diverse.

Toews is a solid, quiet, Canadian boy from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who played on the backyard rink until he was too cold to go on. He honed his skills at the University of North Dakota and was selected with the third overall pick in 2006. Although he just turned 19 in April, there is nothing about Toews that says “boy.”

Kane is not quite scrawny, but definitely slight. Later, he’ll describe with a grin how he “bulked up” over the summer, jumping from 163 pounds in July to 170 at the start of camp.

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

Winning Is The Only Option

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve entered us into a fantasy hockey league.  I say “us” because, like so many other things, it takes a village to win…or at least that’s how I feel.  Here’s the deal.  We’re all going to manage the team. Any one of you who wants to help out, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and I’ll forward on the username/password, etc. 

Yes, this will take some coordination and maybe we’ll come up with a daily schedule of managers for each night.  Whatever.  We’re all going to do this and we’re going to win. 

Oh, and Bruce MacLeod agrees with me.  It’s Hockeytown or the Mother Country for Grigorenko.

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Creative Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Check out the themed videos submitted for the “Back To Blueland” contest.

Both are great!!!

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NHL 2K8 Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Bernhardt at CanWest News,

NHL 2K8 will demand the best of your mathematical skills. Not because of the number of goals you’ll score, but because you’ll need to calculate how many hours of sleep you can subtract in order to add more game-play and multiply your fun.

Long after you’ve finished a game, you’ll be dividing the hours until you can get back to it.

Entertainment and arithmetic, isn’t that really what gaming is all about? For 2K Sports sake, let’s hope so, because the company seems unaware it has the ugliest hockey game.

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Goaltending #1 Concern For Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of Sportsnet,

The Los Angeles Kings will definitely be the forgotten team here in London this week as the Anaheim Ducks parade the Stanley Cup around the English capital.

The question is whether they’re on the right track to one day duplicating Anaheim’s Cup triumph. It’s Year 2 of GM Dean Lombardi’s rebuilding job and what a massive facelift it’s been.

continued

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  Tags: goalies, los+angeles+kings

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