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Canucks Need To Get On A Roll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Province,

The Canucks are 10th in the Western Conference with 59 points, but just five points back of division-leading Minnesota. They are also just two points up on Columbus and four ahead of St. Louis and Edmonton.

What does this all mean?

If you calculate that it’s going to take 95 points to secure a playoff position, then the Canucks will need to go on an 18-10 run the rest of the way. Daunting, but doable, according to captain Markus Naslund.

read on

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His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

On the day Bruce Boudreau finally became an NHL coach, he wondered if that was what it was like to win the lottery.

After coaching for more than 15 years in places like Muskegon, Miss., Fort Wayne and Lowell, Boudreau’s numbers finally came in at 6:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

“He kept saying, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!’ But he was smiling,” Boudreau’s wife, Crystal, said.

Within 30 minutes, Boudreau was out the door and headed toward Washington.

continued

Update: Boudreau did a live question & answer session on the Washington Post website earlier today. [Transcript]

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Potential Tragedy of Concussions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Adam Proteau at The Hockey News reflects on CBC’s Fifth Estate program which aired last night. The program investigated wrestler Chris Benoit’s life in an attempt to explain the tragedy of last summer.

From Proteau:

Yet, instead of focusing on steroid abuse as a possible explanation for the wrestler’s actions, the Fifth Estate spoke with two doctors at the University of North Carolina who examined Benoit’s brain after the murders and came up with an entirely different theory on what caused an otherwise doting father to snap so violently.

Shockingly, the UNC doctors diagnosed Benoit as having the brain of an 80- or 90-year-old person suffering from dementia.

Furthermore, they revealed the results of a study completed on the after-effects of concussions on 3,000 former NFL players. The study demonstrated that, in addition to serious mental and cognitive problems, the ex-football players had to deal with depression – depression that at times led to suicide attempts, or successful suicides – that may be a direct result of repeated concussions.

more from Proteau on this issue and what it means to hockey.  And you can watch the complete program yourself online here.

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  Tags: chris+benoit, concussions, depression

From Hockey to Baseball and Back Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Atlanta Braves,

When Tom Glavine elected to sign with the Braves out of high school rather than with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, he didn’t lose his interest in hockey. That fact has never been more obvious than this offseason, when the 303-game winner spent a good deal of his time coaching youth hockey in a big way.

Glavine didn’t just coach a team, or even two. He helped coach four teams.

“I love watching these guys play,” said a smiling Glavine after a December game. “They enjoy playing so much, and they have the same passion I had when I was kid.”

more…

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  Tags: atlanta+braves, mlb, tom+glavine

Rivaling the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,

Fetisov, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was quoted on the Russiatoday website endorsing what will be called the Continental Hockey League and include teams outside of Russia.

“At the moment, the top players will continue playing in the NHL because they believe it’s the best league in the word,” Fetisov said. “But if our league gains the same status as our North American counterparts, the new Ovechkins, Kovalchuks and Datsyuks will stay here because they’ll be playing in a very competitive and financially competitive league.”

Fetisov said the new league will also stage a draft like the NHL.

“If we’re able to draft players from the various European leagues, Canadians added to our talent in Russia, we’ll definitely be a serious contender to the NHL.

more…

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, continental+hockey+league, russia, slava+fetisov, vladislav+tretiak

Winning the Draft Lottery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

The good thing about the NHL draft lottery is that even the last-place team has a less than 50-50 chance of securing the first overall pick, thereby dissuading the temptation for a team to tank it late in the season.

The bad thing about the NHL draft lottery is that there is such a big odds difference between finishing last and finishing second last that it behooves a non-playoff team to tank it discreetly.

continued

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Talking Hockey With Risto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

imageI had the chance to speak with Risto Pakarinen, a fellow NHL.com blogger and freelance writer. 

We discussed hockey of course, and the view of the NHL from the European standpoint as well as a few other topics.


Kukla’s Korner.com

Risto has released a fine little book, Off The Post, which can be purchased here.

 

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  Tags: interview, off+the+post, paul+kukla, risto+pakarinen

Ron MacLean on the NHL Hour Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.

The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

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  Tags: cbc, gary+bettman, hnic, media, nhl+hour, ron+maclean

All Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

The NHL’s most explosive scorer has Capitals fans thinking playoff hockey.

In this week’s Facing Off, Alexander Ovechkin tells us why The Great One’s single-season record of 92 goals may be tough to break, how he compares to Sidney Crosby and what it’s like to be the NHL’s first $100 million man….

Q: Who is the best player in the league right now?

A: There are so many good players, that’s hard to say. [Pause] I think maybe the best player is Roberto Luongo. He is really tough to beat.

Q: Really? Luongo? What about you?

A: I’m a good player, too [laughs].

Q:The single-season NHL record is 92 goals. Is 93 possible?

A: It’s hard because times have changed. The goalies have changed, and if you see how goalies played in the 1970s and 1980s, it was pretty funny actually [laughs].

more

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

It Could Happen Again Next Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fan590 radio in Toronto had a reporter/friend of Forsberg’s on yesterday.  He said Forsberg wants to play in a city that he feels he is comfortable in and sign only for this season.  He would basically showcase himself to other teams for next year, showing he is in playing shape.

Of course, he could do exactly what he is doing now, wait until next February to play, unless the NHL steps in with some type of ruling.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

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