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Who Should Be In The Hall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Well, for starters it’s time for a woman. Past time, really, and hopefully they’ll get this ball rolling next year. Pick one of Shirley Cameron, Geraldine Heaney, Cammi Granato, Angela James, France St. Louis - whoever.

Well, Igor Larionov should be a slam dunk. In fact, he should have been inducted this year. Only Mark Messier, really, had greater credentials, and the way in which the Hall of Fame selection process is still shrouded in complete and impenetrable secrecy makes it difficult to understand how the great Russian wasn’t selected.

Next, in my mind, should be former Edmonton sniper Glenn Anderson, one of the best big-game scorers in NHL history.

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

Watching The HHOF Induction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Instead of televising the induction ceremony, Versus will be all over the critical and compelling match in Florida between the Hurricanes and the Panthers. Well, it’ll be there.

Instead of televising the ceremonies on a delayed basis following the Showdown in Sunrise, Versus will run something called, “WEC Wrekcage.”

Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors must be so proud.

It isn’t, however, only Versus that’s conspiring against both hockey and good sense here. By scheduling five games on a night that should remain dark, the NHL essentially guaranteed that the mundane playing of early-season matches would in large part overshadow a marquee event like the Hall of Fame inductions.

read on and I am surprised Larry didn’t mention the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be televised on the NHL Network from 7:30-9:30pm tonight.

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame, media

He’s a Tough Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

This is a guy who begged to play one game after having his nose turned sideways last season. So Veilleux was taken aback Sunday when asked whether he expected to be out awhile with a broken left cheekbone.

“I mean, I’m not dead,” said Veilleux, whose face looks like he went 12 rounds with Derek Boogaard. “It’s just a broken cheekbone. I’ll be fine.”

Veilleux was nailed by a deflected shot during Saturday’s practice. Officially, the Wild can’t provide a timetable for Veilleux until the swelling subsides.

more…

*Or as the boys from Monty Python would say: “It’s only a flesh wound!”

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  Tags: injuries, minnesota+wild, stephane+veilleux

New Postion For Lindros With The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Board today announced the appointment of Eric Lindros to the newly created Ombudsman position and the promotion of Associate Counsel Ian Penny to the role of General Counsel.

As Ombudsman, a new position created under the recently ratified NHLPA Constitution, Lindros will serve as a non-voting member of the Executive Board and will supervise and coordinate the activities of the Divisional Player Representative program.Lindros will also receive and resolve any complaints by members and/or staff of the Association.He will report directly to the Executive Board.

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  Tags: eric+lindros, nhlpa, ombudsman

Kubina Out With MCL Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Defenceman Pavel Kubina has been knocked out of the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup indefinitely with a medial collateral ligament injury to his right knee.

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  Tags: injuries, pavel+kubina, toronto+maple+leafs

Pens Not Worried About Staal Slump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Several adjustments have played a factor in Staal’s scoring slump. He has worked as a center most of this season after playing on the wing last year. Also, he is no longer skating alongside Evgeni Malkin, who assisted on 11 of Staal’s 22 non-shorthanded goals last season.

Even though he was a minus-6 player with a 3.8 shooting percentage, Staal had the backing of his coach, who sees him “in more of a defensive role.”

“He is a good defensive forward,” Therrien said. “He surprised a lot of people with his offensive numbers. I was not expecting that.

“We would like him to have more goals, but he is working hard. I am not worried about him at all.”

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  Tags: jordan+staal, pittsburgh+penguins

Remember

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tony at Skate 2 Stick....

I would personally like to thank all who have served and those who gave everything so I could be free. To all US and Canadian forces in harms way and serving in foreign countries. I say THANKS to you ALL

I’m right there with you Tony.

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Larionov Not HHOF Worthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Why do so many mainstream hockey people assume Igor Larionov is a slam-dunk Hall of Fame player. He played the final 14 years of his career in the NHL, most of it as a second-, third- or fourth-line centre. Based on those years alone, he shouldn’t even be a candidate. And yes, he was brilliant in Russia before that. But he was no more brilliant than linemate Vladimir Krutov—and no one is arguing Krutov for the Hall. Nor should they.

more hockey talk…

Steve, it is the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the NHL hall of fame!

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame, igor+larionov

Watching Center Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cam Hutchinson at the Montreal Gazette,

Three observations after my first month with the NHL Centre Ice cable-TV package:

1. Broadcasters in U.S. cities are much more entertaining and excitable than those on Canadian networks;

2. Colour commentators for the U.S.-based teams are usually shameless homers;

3. Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret could make a preseason game between Phoenix and Columbus feel like the seventh game of the Stanley Cup.

1. I tend to go the other route, I just want the game described and please cut out all the interviews I have been witnessing while the game is being played.  Save those for the breaks…

2. Most color commentators, not all…

3. Agree!

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, Center Ice, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: center+ice, media

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Boston Globe,

Aaron Ward, who missed his first game last night after suffering a concussion against Montreal, has passed two of the tests that are required for players who have sustained head injuries, and believes he can play on Thursday against Toronto.

Despite his recovery, Ward’s still not happy that defenseman Francis Bouillon, who delivered the hit, was not disciplined.

“In my past dealings with the National Hockey League, I’ve learned to set my expectations low. They met them,” said Ward. “It was a cheap hit. I’ve seen the video. The puck is 140 feet away. It’s not even in the zone. It’s inexplicable. But I’ll deal with it and move on.”

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  Tags: aaron+ward, boston+bruins, francis+boullion

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