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Biron Legitimate #1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PhillyBurbs,

Team goals aside, Martin Biron entered this season with a personal objective: prove to himself and the world that he’s a legitimate No. 1 goaltender in the NHL.

The days of backing up Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller in Buffalo are over. At 30, Biron is making a name for himself with the rejuvenated Flyers.

He admits there’s one thing that would hasten his validation as a high-level netminder — getting voted onto the Eastern Conference roster for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.

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  Tags: goalies, martin+biron, philadelphia+flyers

Can Sabres Adapt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Is the Sabres personnel that was so successful in the wideopen NHL still suitable in a league that features tighter games?

“We ask ourselves that question,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said Tuesday. “I think it is.

“We can [adapt]. That doesn’t mean we don’t learn as we go and maybe make some minor personnel changes down the road or stay the way we are, but yeah, we can be all right. We’re heading in the right direction now. We’re not getting the results, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

read on

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, darcy+regier

Bring Back Wood Sticks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Once again this season, scoring is down in the National Hockey League.

There are many reasons, but one of the most important can be traced to the usual lack of foresight from the league’s head office.

Without the slightest thought or consideration, the league allowed composite sticks to be introduced, just as years ago, also without any thought or consideration; it allowed aluminum sticks to be introduced.

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  Tags: hockey+equipment

Bad Decision Jiri

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jiri Tlusty made a bad decision, deciding to send some “racy” pics to a girl he met online.  Canucks & Beyond has the write-up and yes, we did see the pics last week and no, they won’t be posted on KK.

What he did was make a mistake in judgment and we will not add fuel to the fire on this topic.  So the email requests for the pics can stop now.

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  Tags: jiri+tlusty

Wings Plane Slides Off Runway

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

News is breaking this morning in Detroit and I just caught bits and pieces… Not sure if this happened on take-off or landing, but the Wings plane slid off the runway and reports are everyone is ok.

I will update as more information becomes available.

update 7:35am, Now Fox2 in Detroit reports the pilot took a wide turn on the runway in St. Louis last night and the plane got stuck in mud.  The team spent the night in St. Louis and will travel this morning.

The first report of sliding off the runway was made by Channel 4 in Detroit.

picture added 8:26am...

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, travel

Columbus Needs To “Bring It” Every Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets, despite years of picking high in the draft, have fewer dynamic players than just about any other club in the Western Conference, save Phoenix.

The Blue Jackets can’t beat clubs on autopilot. The only way they can be successful is when they play a high-octane, borderline reckless brand of hockey.

“It’s not enough for us to match the energy of our opponents,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We have to bring more energy than they have. We have to outplay them in that aspect of the game, or we’re going to struggle.”

read on

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, ken+hitchcock

Useless Trip To Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But the language Avery slung at Darcy Tucker that provoked a skirmish on the ice prior to Saturday’s match in Toronto, was most certainly not worthy of supplementary discipline, even in the increasingly antiseptic NHL.

It is beyond belief that VP Colin Campbell would have summoned Avery to his office for a disciplinary hearing here yesterday, even if the winger was merely fined for “unprofessional conduct” and not suspended at the end of the day.

more

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  Tags: colin+campbell, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

The $2 Billion Question

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Far be it from me to tell anyone how to spend their $2 billion. So don’t look here for a quick yea or nay on the sweeping plan to completely redo Nassau Coliseum and develop the 77 acres around it.

What we can help with is to see the question behind the question, which is a biggie: Is Long Island the right place for a major-league sports team?

That is the $2-billion stumper we have to answer because a project such as the village proposed by Islanders owner Charles Wang and Scott Rechler is the cost of doing business in the big leagues these days.

continued…

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  Tags: charles+wang, nassau+coliseum, new+york+islanders

It’s the Freeway Face-Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press Release from the Los Angeles Kings,

Southern California hockey fans have spoken and selected a name for the local NHL rivalry.  Following a seven-week online contest, “Freeway Face-Off” has become the name by which all future competitions between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will be called.  “Freeway Face-Off” received over 4,800 votes, besting three other finalists:  “Freezeway Series”, “Ice-5 Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”

Also, I’m told the Kings/Ducks game tonight is an unusual broadcast being done—at least in part—with no announcers commenting during the action, and some unique camera angles.

Is anyone watching this? Any thoughts?

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, freeway+face-off, los+angeles+kings

The River Never Done Let Me Down

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Despondent, I swung down around Civic Center Drive, taking the waterfront route, and, through the columns that support Cobo Hall’s soft underbelly of service entrances and anonymous back doors that I could have and should have taken advantage of, I caught the top of the stack of a thousand-footer, slowly steaming upbound, just having cleared the Ambassador Bridge.  I spun the car around, parked behind anonymous Chevy Corsica, and bolted for the Riverwalk, bidding a Sunday morning, “Hello” to the officers taking an end-to-end patrol, and watched the Century—it seems almost wrong to not note that it was once Oglebay Norton’s Columbia Star—gracefully, almost soundlessly churn its way toward Duluth for one more load of coal. 

As I looked up toward Belle Isle, and down toward the flames slipping from the gas flares at the refineries and steel mills of Zug and the Rouge, I thought to myself, “At least the River, she never lets me down,” and headed back to the car.

 

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  Tags: hockey+equipment, onegoal, trade+show

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