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Enough Travelling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said he wasn’t the only one surprised when TV and radio analyst Jim Lorentz decided to retire Tuesday.

“It sounds like he was, too,” Quinn said Tuesday night from New York City. “It happens to a lot of athletes before the start of a season. You look in the mirror and say, ‘I can’t go anymore.’ It happened to Jim. I don’t think Jim knew really until it was time to get on a plane back to Buffalo.”

Quinn said he believed Lorentz remains at his summer home in Newfoundland, where he enjoys fishing after the season ends. Quinn added that Lorentz telephoned before the preseason games began to say he wouldn’t be there at the start. He called again Monday to say he was retiring because he had enough of the traveling after 43 years as a player and broadcaster.

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Preds Head To Fort Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

They’re headed for Fort Campbell, Ky., where the Predators will spend the day doing team-building exercises with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

“It will be very enlightening to our players,’’ Coach Barry Trotz said. “They’ll be challenged in a lot of different ways that are a little out of their element. It’s a combination of physical and mental things.’‘

more on the Preds…

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Rafalski Enjoying Offensive Freedom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

Though he hasn’t been the point producer Schneider has been in his career, Rafalski has been a steady 50-point man on a New Jersey team that wasn’t noted as an offensive juggernaut.

“It’s a big difference,” Rafalski said. “You have more freedom to jump up, join the plays. I like it.

“It’s like going back to how I played in Europe. It’s going to take me a while to get back in that mode.”

more on the Wings…

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Columbus Searching For #1 Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Asked yesterday if he were any closer to finding one, he shrugged his shoulders and shook his head.

“We are still looking at things right now,” Hitchcock said.

Eight days from the season opener against the Stanley Cup-champion Anaheim Ducks, Hitchcock remains uncertain who will play between wingers Rick Nash and David Vyborny.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Electric Blade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Gretzky is plugging a new, battery-warmed skate blade that melts ice to give its wearer — so the endorsements contend — more speed with less work and overall, a better hockey experience.

Hey, is it too late for the Leafs to place an order?

The Thermablade inventor, Calgarian Tory Weber, says the steamy steel is not a novelty item, like Cooperalls, nasal strips or pyramid power. The 43-year-old, who spent more than $5 million over five years to bring his idea to market, believes the “fairly simple physics” behind the electronic blade will revolutionize hockey for competitive players.

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Downie Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from 640am in Toronto,

The NHL has suspended Flyers rookie Steve Downie following a vicious hit on Senators forward Dean McAmmond last night.

Downie was handed a match penalty for attempt to injure. He is now indefinitely suspended by the NHL, pending a review of the hit by the league. Downie was the victim of a clean hit from Christoph Schubert before he immediately got up and sought revenge on McAmmond in the Flyers zone.

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See the hit in this post...

added 6:54am, from the Ottawa Sun,

“There’s no place in the game for that stuff,” a seething McGrattan said after the game. “That was a dirty hit and he’s a dirty player. He’s known for that and he’ll get what’s coming to him next time we play him, for sure.

“You don’t want to see stuff like that. We’re not out there to kill each other. At this level, he’ll get what’s coming to him.”

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Update September 27, 7:40pm ET:
Just a note that Downie contacted McAmmond to offer an apology.  From The Star,

A phone call of apology from Steve Downie has earned the Philadelphia Flyers prospect some understanding from Dean McAmmond but not from the rest of the Ottawa Senators.

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  Tags: dean+mcammond, injuries, ottawa+senators, philadelphia+flyers, steve+downie, suspensions

William Wirtz Dies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

It is with deep sorrow that the Chicago Blackhawks announce that team President, Mr. William W. Wirtz, 77, passed away early Wednesday morning at Evanston Hospital after a recent battle with cancer.

Mr. Wirtz is survived by his wife, Alice, five children, Rocky, Gail, Karey, Peter and Alyson, and seven grandchildren.

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added 8:31am, from Chicago Business,

Wirtz often said his goal was for the team to win another Stanley Cup, but he was not known to spend lavishly on the team.

His steadfast refusal to get into bidding wars to acquire the services of the game’s best players earned Wirtz the nickname “Dollar Bill.” That image changed somewhat when the club signed goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to a four-year, $27 million contract in 2005.

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Flames Not Worried

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

Halfway through training camp and the Calgary Flames have yet to win a game and no one seems unduly concerned — and why should they be? They are a mostly veteran bunch, led by a coach, Mike Keenan, who has been around forever and understands how ultimately meaningless exhibition play can be.

The goal, all along, has been for the Flames to hit the ground running for their home opener on Oct. 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the meantime, Keenan has been installing a new system while trying to get a cursory look at a handful of the organization’s prospects, few of whom will be around when the puck drops for keeps.

continued…

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McAmmond Suffers Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond left the pre-season game against the Philadelphia Flyers on a stretcher in the second period after a vicious hit to the head by Flyers forward Steve Downie.

McAmmond had just passed the puck and was skating behind the Flyers net when Downie leveled him with a shoulder to the head. Downie, who was hit into the boards earlier in the shift by Christoph Schubert was given a match penalty - which means he is suspended indefinitely pending a review.

McAmmond has been diagnosed with a concussion, but he is moving his extremities and has been sent to a hospital for further examination.

Update 12:35am ET:
From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,

Dirty. Cheap. Needless. Despicable. Those words don’t just describe Tuesday night’s hit on Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond. They describe the man who delivered it – Steve Downie of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Update 1:08am ET:
Thanks to a reader in the comments of this post, here is the video of the hit on McAmmond:

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  Tags: dean+mcammond, injuries, ottawa+senators, philadelphia+flyers, suspensions

Previewing The Wings Part 2

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Defending the republic can be hard work. Hard, stressful work that I sometimes interrupt to entertain you bastards with my prose and seemingly endless wealth of hockey knowledge.  Consequently, I tend to find amusement in things that other people don’t, well, get.  Oh, I’m not talking about the simple stuff like Transvestite Dive Fans or Dive Fans Who Rip The Heads off Defenseless Duckies.  Don’t get me wrong…those situations do make me laugh. 

But I’m going to give you some insight you haven’t had before.  And this is some sophisticated, high-brow stuff. If you’re drunk, you may want to stop reading now because this may just fly right over your heads.  Today, on the phone, taking down an email address:

Me: “What’s your address?”
Caller: “somethingsomething at cox dot net.”
Me: “Ok…is that C-O-X”?

That made me laugh for frigging hours.

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