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The Life Story of Glen Metropolit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,

But not even Hollywood would need to embellish the life story of Bruins center Glen Metropolit, and the immense disadvantages and obstacles he overcame on his way to being an NHL player. If you think his story would also make a good movie, you’re not alone: The 33-year-old Metropolit has already been approached by filmmakers.

“It’s a firm out here somewhere, and they’re very serious about doing it,” said Metropolit. “I think it may happen, but I told them, ‘You know what? The story’s not done yet. I’m not done yet. Let’s wait ’til the story’s over.’ ”

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  Tags: boston+bruins, glen+metropolit

Jose Theodore’s Knee Ready for NHL Duty

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,

“The rest is up to the coach. I’m just waiting for my start, my chance. There’s no pain - everything is feeling really good. I feel as strong as ever. It was hot in the building, too, so I could test my conditioning. I wanted to make sure that, when I play here, I was ready.”

Theodore skated for about a week before training camp when he felt pain in his knee. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a tear under the kneecap, and he underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 29.

It was an unexpected setback for Theodore, coming off a 13-15-1 season and begins 2007-08 as Peter Budaj’s backup with plenty to prove in the final year of a contract that pays him $6 million.

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, goalies, jose+theodore

Kariya Gives the Blues Respectability

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Glennon at the Tennessean,

When Paul Kariya signed with the Predators two summers ago, general manager David Poile called it a groundbreaking moment for the franchise.  Sure enough, Kariya boosted the team’s ticket sales, led the Predators twice in a row in scoring and helped guide Nashville to two straight regular seasons of more than 100 points.

But largely because of the uncertainty involving the Predators ownership situation, Kariya has taken his talents a few hours away, where he’s already made an impact on a St. Louis organization seeking to regain respectability on the ice and in the community.

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  Tags: nashville+predators, paul+kariya, st+louis+blues

Hurricanes are for Real

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pagnotta at MSNBC,

This piece is about the Hurricanes and their eye for the Cup.

Four games into the 2007-08 campaign and these guys are for real. They’re quick, offensive-minded and steady in their own zone. And if the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Cam Ward, can stay atop his game for most of the season, the Hurricanes will be in business.

“Last year was a disappointing season, but you do the best that you can to take the positives away from that,” Ward said. “One of the positives was that we got a lengthy summer where we were able to recharge the batteries and get guys healthy. We saw that once we came into training camp, guys were serious, they were a lot hungrier and it’s starting to show.

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes

Kobasew Focussing on a Better Year in Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,

Like most of the Bruins, Kobasew had a season to forget in 2006-07. On Jan. 4, he suffered a concussion that knocked him out for eight games. Then he cracked his elbow Jan. 26. Finally, Kobasew (5-14 -19 in 50 total games with Calgary and Boston) missed the final seven games.

“I’m not even thinking about it,” the 25-year-old said. “Just focusing on this year.”

In the first two games of 2007-08, a healthy Kobasew has shown why the Flames signed him for $1.2 million per season.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, chuck+kobasew

Vokoun’s Game Has Changed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Palm Beach Post,

Former Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck and Terry Crisp, a former player and coach who’s now the Predators’ TV analyst, have noticed a slip in the enormous confidence that helped make Vokoun one of the league’s top 10 goalies.

“He’s had a lot of things happen the last couple years: the blood disorder, the thumb injury,” said Vanbiesbrouck, now a national broadcaster who worked Tuesday night’s Toronto-Carolina game for Versus. “Talking to him after all that, I thought everything was fine. Then I started focusing on him and saw he was a lot further back in the net than he had been.

“Before, he had been personified as a real rock - a guy who would challenge shooters and was hard to score on in the third period. Now he gives up four goals (to the Rangers) in the third his first game out.”

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  Tags: florida+panthers, goalies, tomas+vokoun

Fitness Counts In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Barry Brennan is the Jackets’ strength and conditioning coach. He laid out offseason regimens for each player. The regimens were detailed. All a player had to do was check the date, read the requirement—and do it.

“We needed to think a little bit outside the box and really apply ourselves,” Brennan said. “To play the style Hitch wants us to play, and to sustain it, we needed to be bigger and stronger. Hitch told the players that we need to be the fittest team in the league. It made things easier for me. I had a little more of a hammer.”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, training

Looking At Gump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The late Red Storey liked to tell the story about the day he met Worsley in a bar in the morning of an afternoon game.

“Mind if I join you?” he asked.

“Sit,” the goaltender said.

They chatted for a few minutes, whereupon Storey said to Worsley: “It’s none of my business, Gump, but don’t you have a game this afternoon?”

“You’re right,” Worsley grunted, “it’s none of your business.”

more on Worsley…

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  Tags: goalies, gump+worsley

Meyer Hoping For New Beginning With Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

Defenseman Freddy Meyer joined the Coyotes for their practice Tuesday before the team left on a two-game road trip.

“It’s good be here,” said Meyer, who was claimed off waivers Monday from the New York Islanders. “I’m excited for a new beginning for myself. It’s a nice, young team here, high energy, and I’m looking forward to playing.

“It was a little setback (to be put on waivers), but when I first found out I was on waivers, I knew for a week or so that something was gonna happen, wasn’t sure what. It was a little downer at first, but I was lucky enough to get picked up by Phoenix.”

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  Tags: freddy+meyer, phoenix+coyotes

Oilers Aware Of Boogaard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Minnesota Wild winger Derek Boogaard is out to inflict some pain, which is exactly what the six-foot-seven, 260-pounder did last year when he scored a hat-trick of sorts—knocking Oilers’ Ales Hemsky, Ladislav Smid and Marty Reasoner out of action for a spell.

All three were staggered by Boogaard hits—the Oilers would say with some malicious intent in the case of Hemsky—although Boogaard claims he was only out only to create mayhem and Hemsky got caught in his train tracks.

“Speaks to his effectiveness that we’re speaking about him right now,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “He hasn’t fought, either. You don’t want to play to his strengths, obviously. He’s a helluva fighter….”

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  Tags: derek+boogaard, edmonton+oilers, fighting, minnesota+wild

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