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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It came to the point that I could stick around and probably get a one-year deal here, but what for? ... I’m leaving the NHL as a Montreal Canadien. What more can I say? I’ve been blessed with all the teams I’ve played for and all the people I’ve met.”

-Glen Metropolit who signed with EV Zug in Switzerland.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

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Tick Tock, Helmer and Our Boy JJ

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Things are happening round here and they’re happening fast.  Helmer signed today for 800 and change, and then for another year at a cool million.  Darren Helm for a million, you say?  Yes, I said it and you bet your ass it’s a steal.  I may have mentioned this before: he’s a life-long Wing, a future captain, a Canadian(en) Olympian to be and the face of this franchise for the next decade.

So, yeah, a million bucks seems safe.  One year from now, we’ll be chalking it up in the “Kenny wins again” column.  Watch.

This is a pretty good line. Ready?

I get as happy as Hudler at a 2-for-1 asstravaganza sale.

Juvenilicious. Redolent.  JJ from Kansas.

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Hell Yea

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Take away the hockey players in Canada, and the figure probably drops…

from CTV,

Well I’ll be damned: Canadians drop more “f-bombs” and other curse words than folks in both the U.S. and Britain, a new study suggests.

While Canada prides itself on being a polite, reserved society, 56 per cent of Canadians admit they use foul language regularly while talking with friends.

In Britain, a country known for its proper manners, 51 per cent of those surveyed said they frequently or occasionally used swears words.

Meanwhile, though Americans are often stereotyped as being loud and outspoken, only 46 per cent surveyed said they regularly curse during informal conversations.


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Heritage Classic Sweaters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So, what do you think?

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Mayers Happy To Be In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sharks.com,

The Sharks front office is happy with getting a player like forward Jamal Mayers to fit into the roster. On the other hand, Mayers is just as happy to be coming to San Jose.

“It’s certainly very exciting news,” said Mayers from his St. Louis home. “I’m glad we were able to come to an agreement and get something done. I’m really excited about fitting in with the group and being part of something special. I’ve just been here in St. Louis in the offseason training and getting prepared for the season and waiting to get the call that a team like San Jose was interested.”

For Mayers, there’s no doubt, a team like the Sharks was at the forefront of his desired locations.


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  Tags: jamal+mayers

The NHL’s Best Fans…According to Forbes

Blog: KK Members Blog By @TheDailyBites

Forbes has recently put out a list of the best fans for the four major sports leagues in North America (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL).  The list includes the top four teams from each of the leagues.  The NHL is represented by the following teams:

3. Detroit Red Wings
6. Pittsburgh Penguins
11. Montreal Canadiens
16. Chicago Blackhawks

This excerpt from the Forbes article explains how the list was comprised:

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  Tags: attendance, fans, forbes, nhl

Soon The Kaberle Talk Will Be Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Ulmer of MapleLeafs.com,

This will be the second-last blog I write on Tomas Kaberle.

The final one will come when he is traded, or by some miracle, re-signed by the Maple Leafs.

Trade rumours concerning Tomas Kaberle started on simmer at the beginning of the season. They bubbled nicely before taking off around the March 3 trading deadline. Now they have until August 15 to be rendered into something real.

You read more on Tomas Kaberle than any other Leaf this season. He has had more names connected to him than Madonna. The year before he was supposed to have vetoed a deal that would have brought him to Philadelphia for Jeff Carter and a first rounder. Now the names are less grand but still tantalizing, Drew Stafford in Buffalo, Devin Setoguchi in San Jose, Ryan Malone in Tampa. Feel free to pencil in your own candidate. Everyone else has.

A scan of your Czech\English dictionary will reveal that Kaberle actually means ‘one who moves in rumour and not in fact.’


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From Ref To Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Dodd of Simcoe.com,

Mere months ago, Dan Marouelli was a veteran referee enforcing the rules in the National Hockey League, trying to keep the league’s elite players in line.

Now, the Edmonton native and Orillia resident finds himself back in the game he loves – this time in a coaching capacity.

Late last week, the Penetang Kings of the Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League announced the 55-year-old Marouelli has accepted an invitation to join the team as an assistant coach.


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  Tags: dan+marouelli

Talking Heritage Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

Eight years after it hosted the first outdoor game in NHL history, Canada will finally get a second crack at it.

The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames—the last two Canadian teams to win the Stanley Cup—will take part in the 2011 Heritage Classic on Feb. 20 at McMahon Stadium, home to the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders. The League will make it official Wednesday afternoon during a press conference to take place on the field that will play host to the NHL’s sixth-ever outdoor game.

continued and you can watch the press conference at 5:00pm ET on NHL.com or the NHL Network.

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  Tags: heritage+classic

Helm Signs For Two Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Helm 2 year ext with Det. $825,000 and $1 mil.

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