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Sharks are the Best, IF…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Purdy at the Mercury News,

This should be the best Sharks season ever. Starting tonight.

If they keep remembering Detroit.

The Sharks have the size to intimidate other teams. They have a top goaltender to frustrate opposing scorers. Their young players should only keep getting better as the relentless 82-game schedule progresses.

If they keep remembering Detroit.

continued… (*and more on the SJ Sharks here)

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, san+jose+sharks

Evgeni’s Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via the Tribune-Review,

There’s no hiding Evgeni Malkin any longer.

Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 21-year-old Russian star, was forced to sneak away from his homeland pro team and make his way clandestinely to the United States last year to play in the NHL.

Once he finally arrived in Pittsburgh, it was evident very quickly what the Penguins had: A young scorer who not only complemented league MVP Sidney Crosby but often made him better. Malkin had 33 goals and 52 assists for 85 points, one of the best seasons for a first-year player in NHL history.

continued…

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, pittsburgh+penguins

What’s Up in Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Cass at the Tennessean,

The lease deal being negotiated between the city and a group buying the Nashville Predators calls for taxpayers to fund $7 million of improvements such as new “Fun Zones” at Sommet Center.

The capital projects would be in addition to the $4.2 million of tax money and seat fees per year that would be used for operations of the hockey team. 

The group purchasing the team in an effort to keep it in Nashville says the city would get the money back over time because of increased activity at Sommet Center and downtown.

continued…

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  Tags: nashville+predators

And We All Stayed Home

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It won’t be just a local story this time.  Nope.  The Wing win last night, as fun as it was to see, will be secondary to the echo chamber they played in.  As Mike Emrich and Ed Olczyk did their pre-game deal on camera, the results of Red Wing apathy jumped out at us on Versus.  A thousand empty seats just minutes before faceoff.

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So prepare yourselves because that’s going to be the story today.  When Detroit can’t fill the Joe on opening night against a team that barely beat us in the conference final…well, just stand by.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: attendance, datsyuk, drake, hasek, zetterberg

Hockey is Fun to Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Daily Cardinal,

Hockey season is upon us; get out your sweaters and goalie sticks, it’s time to spend some time in the penalty box!

While I love football, and all sports on campus equally (sort of the company line), I do keep a special place in my heart for hockey. Maybe it’s because I was never able to play hockey as a child, and in fact, still have never tried to ice skate in my life (hold for astonished gasps and bits of laughter).

Maybe it’s because I like to see grown men skating around with only half of their teeth and two black eyes. But I digress: hockey is just plain fun to watch.

more…

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Shanny Still Has His Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

Entering his 20th season, the 38-year-old Shanahan appears very much his old self. That goal against the Islanders last weekend was vintage Shanahan.

First, he was open. Finding free ice in front of the goal is a skill of its own. When he took the pass, he had already looked at the goalie and knew where he was going to shoot. And the key, he said, was taking the shot before the goalie could adjust to him. The puck flew past the goalie’s glove hand and inside his left post.

“There’s two types of accuracy: there’s high and low, and left and right,” Shanahan said. “The left and right part of the accuracy was good, but the height was poor. It was kind of in the middle, and you either want it down low or up high. But you get away with that stuff if you get the puck away quickly.

read on

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, new+york+rangers

Bertuzzi Hasn’t Put it Behind Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob Duff at Duffer’s Dabbles,

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Sheldon Kennedy looks at Todd Bertuzzi and sees himself in Bertuzzi’s eyes and facial expressions. Kennedy thought when he went public in 1996 with details of how he was sexually abused by Graham James, his junior hockey coach, it would set him free, but it took years of dealing with the issue and confronting how it had impacted his life before Kennedy could move beyond the pain.

Though’s he not spoken to Bertuzzi, the ex-Wing who comes to Joe Louis Arena Wednesday with the Anaheim Ducks, Kennedy believes that Bertuzzi is still battling his inner demons over the hit he put on Windsor’s Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche in a 2004 game, a sucker punch from behind that to date has shelved Moore’s NHL career.

continued…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, todd+bertuzzi

Looks Like Heatley Has A Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Dany Heatley has agreed to a 6-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators. Sources tell TSN that the salary averages $7.5 million per year.

Although details of the structure remain confidential, sources say it’s similar to the contract Daniel Briere signed in Philadelphia in terms of a heavily weighted salary at the front of the contract that ratchets downward, making the cap hit the team will absorb more attractive.

more

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  Tags: dany+heatley, ottawa+senators

Bettman Addresses Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Moments after helping Scotiabank announce that it is now the official bank of the league, Bettman was besieged with a wide-ranging series of questions on Wednesday.

He talked about the proposed sale of the Nashville Predators and potential expansion. He spoke about the league’s foray into Europe and touched briefly on Rick Tocchet’s suspension, the rising Canadian dollar, the NHLPA’s search for an executive director and the New York Rangers lawsuit against the league.

Even with so much on his plate, Bettman was looking forward to the puck dropping in North America on the 90th NHL season. He was to attend the Maple Leafs-Ottawa Senators later in the evening.

read on

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Get ‘Em While You Can

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,

Teams starting off 2007-08 ought to take a quick look back at last season’s standings. Tight playoff races in both conferences should add a little spring to their respective steps to start padding their points totals in October.

The Leafs don’t need to be reminded they fell one point short of a playoff berth, the Canadiens two points. The Hurricanes, Stanley Cup winners in 2006, didn’t defend their title, missing the postseason by four points.

read on

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