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Coverage of the NHL’s Media Loses a Veteran

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, as the Globe & Mail‘s William Houston writes a thorough overview of the financial hardships being faced by all-sports radio stations across Canada, he finished his piece with these final words:

THE FINISH LINE

After more than 5,000 bylines in The Globe and Mail over 29 years, this is my last. I’m moving on to new pursuits. I leave with fond memories and good friendships. Thanks for reading.

Best wishes to Mr. Houston, with our thanks for his thoroughly informative coverage, particularly of the NHL media. His absence will surely leave a hole in the media landscape.

*thanks to Steve for pointing us to the story

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: media, william+houston

Battle Hype

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

In the blue and white corner this Saturday is Mikael Grabovski, a five-foot-11, 179-pound non-brawler who was a Habs’ prospect and is currently the most hated man in the Bell Centre.

In the bleu, blanc et rouge corner stands Sergei Kostitsyn, brother of Andrei and, at five-foot-11, 196 pounds, carrying a weight advantage over his Toronto opponent.

The two had to be restrained from fighting by the officials in January as both shoved at linesmen in what was interpreted as an attempt to get at each other.

Grabovski was the more aggressive of the two against a striped shirt, earning himself a three-game suspension. He left the ice to a chorus of boos, plastic cups and foul hand signals.

This week, the pair hyped up their possible battle as best they could.

“I think he is not Belarusian now, he is French, because I never fight with Belarusian guys,” said Grabovski, of Kostitsyn. “I don’t know why he wants to fight with me.

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Update 3:22pm ET (alanah): From Mike Zeisberger via Sun Media

For his part, [Guy] Carbonneau told Montreal reporters this week that he will not shackle Kostitsyn from participating in extracurricular activities in the event they arise during tonight’s Leafs-Habs meeting at the Bell Centre.

“I think it’s just great,” Carbonneau said, flashing a grin when asked about the feud between the two Belarusians. “You need emotion to play. For me and Peter Statsny, it wasn’t love.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mikael+grabovski, sergei+kostitsyn

No More Songs Until We Lose

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s just the way it is. No Seger. No Lightfoot.  Nothing.  Sing to yourselves if you have to.

Continue Reading »

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On Trade Rumors: Consider Your Sources

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings:

Your e-mails and comments are ALWAYS welcomed, but I’m going to end up muttering to myself and wearing a bathrobe if I get any more ``Is there a Jason Spezza trade coming?’’ e-mails.

There’s NOTHING happening on that front right now, at all. Not unless I’m being massively deceived, when in this case I’m fairly certain there’s zero reason for deception. Could it come up in the future? Perhaps, but I seriously, seriously doubt it.

My serious question is, why do people buy this stuff? Is it just sugary fun?

continued…

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

Canes Acquire Jussi Jokinen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

RALEIGH, NC— Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired left wing Jussi Jokinen from Tampa Bay in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and Carolina’s fourth-round draft pick in 2009. Jokinen will be available for the Hurricanes’ game tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.

“Jussi is a skilled, two-positional player that can be used in all situations,” said Rutherford. “He will add depth to our team at an important time of the season.”

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  Tags: jussi+jokinen

Hockey Alive and Well in Germany

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The 2010 Olympics qualification games are underway in Europe, and Germany has now locked up a spot in next year’s big hockey fest in Vancouver. From the IIHF:

Despite the fact that there is still one day left in the Group E qualification tournament, Germany sealed its spot after winning its first two games and earning six points. Austria, Slovenia and Japan all have two points heading into the last day and cannot catch the Germans in the standings.

Germany also found itself in the hockey news recently on another front: they’re seeking to set a world record for attendance at a single hockey game.

The current record is 74,554 fans who attended a college match between Michigan and Michigan State on October 6, 2001, in the American Football stadium of East Lansing, Michigan.

German organizers expect to break that record with the the opening game of the 2010 world hockey championships, with 75,976 tickets available to the public.  The tickets finally went on sale a couple days ago, and reports from Germany (thanks to a KK reader) are that they’ve already sold 35,000 seats—and the game is still 15 months away!

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: iihf, olympics

Avery Officially on Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

The NHL does not make a big deal about this stuff, so he sort of snuck on there this morning.

That means the suspended winger has completed his anger management therapy and is cleared to resume his NHL season. The Stars own his rights, so he has to go back on their roster, where he will take up a roster spot and salary cap space.

However, Avery has already been placed on waivers by the Stars and will clear at 11 a.m. on Monday.

continued

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  Tags: sean+avery

Ryder Out With Facial Fracture

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe:

Michael Ryder will not play today because of a facial fracture and is out indefinitely. Ryder was clipped by an Antoine Vermette high stick on Thursday. Ryder will be re-evaluated on Monday. Claude Julien said there is a possibility Ryder might require surgery, although Julien said the right wing’s eyesight is OK.

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Update 1:38pm ET: From Bruins Insider at the Boston Herald

“It’s a small fracture, so he’s out indefinitely. He’s going to be looked at again on Monday to see if he can play with a shield,” said coach Claude Julien.
The possibility of surgery cannot be ruled out, said Julien.
“It’s a shame,” said Julien. “When I say indefinitely, you hope it’s shorter rather than longer, but we’ll find out more here early in the week.”

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  Tags: antoine+vermette, michael+ryder

Neal Broten Enjoying Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Frank Seravalli at NHL.com:

Since his playing career ended in 1997—after playing for the Devils, Kings, and Stars all in one season—the native son of Minnesota hasn’t stayed very close to the game. He doesn’t often grant interview requests and he doesn’t always have much to say.

Burnout can hit players who spent 19 grueling seasons at the top levels of the game. But it’s not that Broten doesn’t love the game anymore. It just doesn’t play the same day-to-day roles. Broten has since retired to River Falls, Wis., where he helps his wife breed quarter horses on a farm that they run together.

“I just got done cleaning out six horse stalls,” Broten said. “Things are pretty different. But it is peaceful. It is something that I can hang my hat on.”

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  Tags: neil+broten

Ott Coming Into His Own

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Richard Durrett at the Dallas Stars Blog:

Ott bangs the boards, fights for loose pucks, gets in front of the net and has shown a deft scoring touch too. He’s becoming more and more like a Brenden Morrow clone by the game. Ott had a goal and two assists on Friday, extending his career-long point streak to seven games (4 goals, 6 assists). He also has at least one point in nine of the last 11 games.

“If I can be a quarter of the player Brenden is, that’s great,” Ott said. “He’s a great leader and a team guy and I’d love to have him back in this dressing room. I’m just trying to play hard hockey and tha’ts something Brenden brings on a nightly basis and he’s a mentor to me so I want to keep playing that way.”

Ott has said for years that he was more than just a physical player. Now he’s proving it.

read on

Also, Tom Cowlishaw has a piece on the “rejuvenation” of Mike Ribeiro in today’s Dallas News, as well

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+ribeiro, steve+ott

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