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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.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: aaron+ward, boston+bruins, francis+boullion

Crawford With Flat Hair

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The Montreal Gazette has a Q & A with Tom Kostopoulos…

What is the craziest prank you have seen?

“In Los Angeles, I used to switch the gel and the shampoo, and one day Marc Crawford went to gel his hair and used the shampoo. And the way he likes his hair perfect, it was pretty funny when he came out and it was all flat and he was pretty fired up about it. Marc Bergevin, when I was in Pittsburgh, he was crazy. He used to dress up like the other team’s mascot before the games, wear wigs or dress up like a 1970s dancer and dance for everyone. He was probably the funniest prankster and craziest guy I have met.”

more with Tom…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: los+angeles+kings, marc+bergevin, marc+crawford, tom+kostopoulos

Ftorek Still Coaching

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from the Erie Time-News,

Robbie Ftorek huddled in a corner with his players as the Zamboni rolled onto the ice.

Practice was over, but Ftorek wasn’t done teaching. Even as a teenager, there always was time to teach.

Four decades ago, he was a budding hockey star from Needham, Mass., dreaming of scoring big goals and winning big games in Boston Garden. Coaching wasn’t on his mind. But the college coach running that clinic knew better.

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, Minor League, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: robbie+ftorek

Free Advice Offered

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via Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Here’s some free advice to Bergeron: Never go into the corner not expecting to be hit; and never bend over to expose your head and neck when you do.

I wonder if Panaccio would be handing out free advice like this if Patrice Bergeron was a Flyer and Randy Jones was a Bruin?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: boston+bruins, patrice+bergeron, philadelphia+flyers, randy+jones

Ruff Has Seen Enough Turnovers

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from the Buffalo News,

Maxim Afinogenov has just three goals on the season, none in the last five games. He keeps giving away the puck, as his team-worst minus-9 rating shows.

When yet another giveaway led to the Boston Bruins’ first goal Saturday night, Afinogenov found a seat on the bench for most of the third period of the Buffalo Sabres’ 2-1 loss at TD Banknorth Garden.

continued

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, lindy+ruff, maxim+afinogenov

What Chicago Fans Have Missed

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from the Daily Southtown,

While there have been games televised locally from Chicago Stadium and the United Center in the past, tonight’s game against Detroit, to be screened in high-definition by Comcast SportsNet, is the first time it’s been the Hawks’ idea to open the electronic door since TVs had round 7-inch screens and long-gone Channel 4 was the outlet.

With that in mind, here’s a baker’s dozen’s worth of games that a generation of Hawks fans should have seen on local TV, either broadcast or cable, but didn’t - even though in many cases, the rest of the U.S. and Canada could view every second.

March 12, 1966: Goaltender Cesare Maniago is the victim when Bobby Hull’s booming 55-foot slap shot rockets into the back of the New York net. It’s Hull’s 51st of the season, breaking Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s single-season record. There’s bedlam in the Stadium for eight minutes.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, media

Mid-November Rumors

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If Scott Niedermayer does decide to return, what does Burke do? He signed D Mathieu Schneider to a two-year, $11.5-million deal. Several teams—including Vancouver, Edmonton, Colorado and Atlanta—are looking for help on the blueline and would be interested in Schneider.

the rumor talk continues...

added 10:58am, Spector breaks down all of this rumor talk…

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: trade+rumors

What A Comeback

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Normally I don’t do game recaps, but last night the Kings were down 4-0 going into the 3rd period and came back to win 6-5 in OT…

from the AP via NHL.com,

Marty Turco didn’t seem too rattled after Dustin Brown spoiled his shutout bid with 7:14 left in the third period. After all, the Dallas Stars still had a three-goal lead, so what could possibly spoil it?

How about five goals on six shots?...

“The whole third period was brutal,” Turco said. “Other than embarrassing, it’s a total lack of respect for each other. You can’t just sit back and wait for it to go your way. You’ve got to make things happen. And we haven’t been making enough happen. We were just lucky to get a point out of all that.”

read on...

Watch the comeback…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dallas+stars, dustin+brown, los+angeles+kings, marty+turco

Cherry Talks Hockey

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Don Cherry did a phone interview with Stan Fischler and Al Trautwig, talking about numerous NHL topics.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: al+trautwig, don+cherry, stan+fischler

Flames Hope To Avoid Offer Sheet For Phaneuf

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from the Calgary Sun,

Hot on the heels of a six-year extension for goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, there’s talk in Calgary the Flames might be a small step closer to signing Dion Phaneuf to a long-term contract.

The 22-year-old defenceman’s agent, Don Meehan, was in town last week, and it’s believed he spent time meeting with Flames general manager Darryl Sutter about a possible extension.

Sources say talks were informal and could help lead to a deal but no dollars were discussed.

Phaneuf’s entry-level contract expires at the end of this season, and as a restricted free agent, he’d be a prime candidate for an offer sheet from another team.

continued

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  Tags: calgary+flames, dion+phaneuf, don+meehan

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