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Fans Of Playoff Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Playoff seedings are beginning to take shape and Wings fans have chimed in with what team they would like or not like to meet in the first round.

How about fans of other teams, any team you want to match-up with, how about a team you just don’t want to face in the first round of the playoffs?

Let your feelings be known, it may be good therapy for you!

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Saskin Settles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN with information from the AP,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association has reached a financial settlement with former executive director Ted Saskin, The Globe and Mail of Toronto reported.

Saskin, who was fired last May after allegedly accessing players’ e-mail accounts, will be paid about $400,000 in a settlement reached with the NHLPA executive board, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources.

Current NHLPA executive Paul Kelly said a settlement had been “consummated” but did not comment on the amount, according to report.

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added 9:29am, Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail has more on this…

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  Tags: ted+saskin

The Answer Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

There’s just something about Jason Pominville that draws fans near. Whether it’s his personality, his last name or his innocent look, people just feel they can ask him anything. Then they do.

Do you think Britney Spears is crazy? How come you’re French Canadian but don’t have an accent? Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

Most players would say, “Come on, seriously?” Then again, most players wouldn’t get those questions. There’s just something about the Buffalo Sabres captain that makes everybody treat him like the guy next door.

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  Tags: jason+pominville

Chara Returns & Chases The Spin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

Chara looked the same. He used his reach to fish loose pucks out of trouble spots and leaned on opponents with his big frame. He was even booed by the large Montreal contingent in attendance.

For the most part, his return went as planned. Until Alex Kovalev hopped over the boards.

The Montreal dynamo ruined Chara’s return - and the Bruins’ night - with two goals and an assist, all against the tandem of Chara and Wideman.

more...

Watch the spin move Kovalev put on Chara…

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexei+kovalev, zdeno+chara

Bertuzzi In A Perfect Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

If he were still in Vancouver or playing in another hockey-first market, Bertuzzi’s lack of output would be a major topic of discussion. Yet the offensive struggles barely register in Anaheim as he’s merely been one of many contributors of a veteran-laden team that’s on the verge of clinching a playoff spot for the third consecutive season.

After seven-plus polarizing seasons with the Canucks, Bertuzzi is glad to not be the center of attention.

“You’ve got a lot of real good guys in this room,” Bertuzzi said. “It makes coming down to the rink pretty enjoyable when you’ve got an atmosphere like that. A pretty easy team to fit into and find your niche.

“At this time of my career, it’s a perfect situation for me to be in. Right now, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Tennessean,

“We’re in a playoff hunt right now,’’ Trotz said. “We need good goaltending. It’s so disheartening on the bench when we let bad goals happen.’‘

“We’re up 1-0 to start the second period and I think we’re feeling pretty good,’’ Trotz said. “We come out of the locker room with confidence and then a feeble wrist shot from the blueline goes in. We need that save.’‘

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  Tags: barry+trotz

Play To The End

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from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Nolan may have been more upset with his team this week than he has been all season. He issued a rare public rebuke after a desultory 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, then was displeased with them after a deliberately hard workout Wednesday.

“I told the players, ‘I don’t know how some of us can sleep at night - not doing what you do to the best of your capabilities.’ We’re compensated quite well, and the people who watch us pay quite heavily for us to do that,” he said after yesterday’s practice, which left him more encouraged.

“This isn’t Sunday lunch-hour hockey. We’re playing in the National Hockey League, the best league in the world,” he said. “For anybody to take that for granted and not to perform ...”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ted+nolan

Put An End To The Chant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Slap Shot at the NY Times,

During the final 10 minutes of many Rangers home games, the spotlights focus on Section 407 as Larry Goodman, the season-ticket holder known as Dancin’ Larry, pumps up the crowd with a frenetic dance in the aisle.

As Goodman’s routine is broadcast on the giant monitors above the ice, a familiar chant picks up momentum. “Ho-mo Lar-ry!” the crowd shouts.

The chant is one example of what several gay hockey fans describe as a toxic atmosphere during Rangers games. They say that Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, is not doing nearly enough to address their concerns.

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West Loaded With Dmen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

“They’re all out here - by a country mile,” Wilson said. “The West has depleted the East of the great ones.”

The Sharks’ acquisition of Buffalo’s Brian Campbell last month was the latest example of how cornering the market on top-echelon defensemen has helped tilt the NHL’s balance of power toward the Wild, Wild West.

The list is impressive. Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski. Dallas’ Sergei Zubov, Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf and Chicago’s Duncan Keith.

And now Campbell.

“Either through free agency or trades, guys are finding their way to the West,” Campbell said.

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Roenick Glad He Came Back To The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Nine months later Roenick is thankful that he went to see his former Blackhawks teammate (Doug) Wilson and grateful to Wilson for giving me “a chance to hold my head high again.”

Roenick said he was “blown away” by the respect that Wilson showed him that day.

“He told me that he didn’t want me to retire the way that it was going,” Roenick said, still touched by that meeting. “That meant the world to me because respect is huge to me.”

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

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