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Lemieux & Gretzky Interested In Nike/Bauer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey legends Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky have surfaced as potential partners in groups interested in acquiring Nike Bauer, the world’s leading maker of skates and other hockey equipment….

“There’s a tremendous amount of people going to the next stage,” a person familiar with the process said. “At the end of the day, there are groups that will have [former] players involved. That includes Mario and Wayne.”

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  Tags: mario+lemieux, nike, wayne+gretzky

Blackhawks Lose Kevyn Adams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

The Hawks suffered a big loss when veteran center Kevyn Adams went down with a knee injury with 8 minutes 27 seconds left in the first period. Adams, the leader of the Hawks both on and off the ice, was checked into the boards and his left knee appeared to buckle.

“It looks like the ACL and MCL, and he will be out for quite a while,” Savard said. “We lose a great leader, but it gives somebody a chance to get an opportunity. He has been awesome in the locker room.”

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, kevyn+adams

The Kings Version Of Amazing Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Inside the Kings,

The Kings had a day off Tuesday, at least from hockey. They were told to assemble at the training facility at 7:30 a.m., at which point they were told to hand over their wallets and cell phones. (No, it wasn’t Tim Leiweke collecting them to sell on EBay to pay for L.A. Live.) The players divided up into four teams for an amended version of The Amazing Race, CBS’s Emmy-winning reality show.

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings

A Proud Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

Ever since I began working for the Rangers in 1954, I have felt a need to promote the game. I remember as a kid, writing a letter to the New York Times Sunday Magazine, pointing out that hockey was the best of all sports because it embodied more skill than any other. The letter made print, and I felt so proud, not merely because of seeing my byline, but rather because I said something good about the sport I loved.

Similarly, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Cammi Granato, Brian Leetch and John Halligan was extraordinarily special for me.

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  Tags: media, stan+fischler

Elias Trying To Get His Game In Gear

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Record,

Patrik Elias still had something he wanted to say to Sutter, though. So, as the rest of the team headed for the locker room, they leaned against the boards in front of one of the benches and talked for more than 10 minutes.

“I initiated the talk,” Elias said. “It was just to make sure we’re on the same page, to know what he’s thinking in certain situations and what’s behind some of the things he did. I just want to make sure that I play the best that I can play for this team. I want to help this team and I’m well aware of what I can bring.

“I just want to play better.”

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  Tags: brent+sutter, new+jersey+devils, patrik+elias

Lindros Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

[This post is temporarily ‘sticky’ to top of KK - updates in the comments]

From the CP via The Hockey News,

The 33-year-old Lindros, a free agent who has not played this season, is expected to announce his retirement in his hometown of London, Ont., on Thursday. 

The Big E made it through 13 seasons despite eight concussions - injuries that eroded his impact later in his career.  But he remains one of the most compelling impact players to skate in the NHL, and he wore Canada’s colours with distinction in earning gold and silver Olympic medals.

Bobby Clarke argues that Lindros should make it to the HHOF, but there’s likely to be a lot of debate. (updates: more articles on Lindros and his career will be added to the comments of this post)

Update 12:50pm ET: ESPN video discussing Lindros’ legacy is below.

Poll Question: Should Eric Lindros Make it into the Hall of Fame?

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  Tags: eric+lindros, hockey+hall+of+fame, retirement

Modano Gets it Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Dallas centre Mike Modano broke Phil Housley’s NHL record for career points by an American-born player with two quick goals in the opening minutes of the Stars’ game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Modano’s two goals in the first 4:24 gave him 1,233 points in 1,253 regular-season games _ 242 games fewer than Housley played.

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added 6:50am, Watch the record breaking goal…

 

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  Tags: dallas+stars, mike+modano, phil+housley

Players Aren’t Prepared To Be Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Pond,

Torts even used Denis Potvin as an example in his pregame press conference, saying the league has gone soft. He says in Denis’ day, players expected to be hit and how a player took a hit was a big part of how the game was played. Now, he says, players don’t expect to be hit.

more and you can see today’s pre-game press conference below…

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  Tags: denis+potvin, john+tortorella, tampa+bay+lightning

Higgins Shooting For 40

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

With Higgins’ combination of speed, skill and willingness to battle for pucks, the only question now is how much of an impact player he will become.

He had 23 goals as a rookie in 2005-06 and 22 last season, despite missing 21 games either sick or injured. The No. 40 was suggested and the six-foot-200-pound Higgins nodded.

“I definitely think I’m capable of reaching 40 goals,” he said. “That’s a good marker for me.

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  Tags: chris+higgins, montreal+canadiens

Leafs Need Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

“In a perfect world, we’ll take this team as an offensive-minded team and teach it to make the right decisions defensively,” said Maurice. “It’ll be a painful process for them.

“But then you have the chance to be a very, very good team.”

The Maple Leafs should also get better with the return of Tucker and defenceman Bryan McCabe, who has missed six games with a groin problem. Both would like to play Friday night in Buffalo or Saturday night at home against the New York Rangers.

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*Leafs currently have the highest goals-against in the NHL with 62, but are 2nd in the league for goals scored, with 53.

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe, darcy+tucker, toronto+maple+leafs

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