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Brisebois Back on the Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pat Hickey at CanWest (tomorrow’s Montreal Gazette),

Two weeks ago, Patrice Brisebois wasn’t able to skate.

A week ago, he stepped gingerly on the ice and hoped he wouldn’t feel a pull in his groin.

Tonight [Wednesday], the 36-year-old will be one of the Montreal Canadiens’ top four defencemen when they play their NHL season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Downie Gets A Month Suspension In The AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

AHL President and CEO David Andrews announced Tuesday that Steve Downie has been ruled ineligible to play in the AHL for one month from the start of the 2007-08 season.

“The American Hockey League has established a strict disciplinary standard over the last several seasons relative to deliberate hits to the head,” said Andrews in a statement. “We strongly support the National Hockey League’s recent directives on these dangerous hits, and we want to send a clear message that actions such as Mr. Downie’s are unacceptable in our game.”

continued

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, steve+downie, suspensions

Mind-Boggling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

The foreign invasion keeps taking over leadership of NHL teams like never before….

The Detroit Red Wings nearly have an all-import captaincy. Nicklas Lidstrom from Sweden wears the ‘C’, with Swedes Henrik Zetterberg and newly-appointed Russian Pavel Datsyuk as alternates. Kris Draper, a Canadian, is the other alternate captain.

Some of the choices for these positions of importance are mind-boggling, considering most import NHL players are not year-round residents in their adopted hockey communities.

a little more...

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Hamrlik’s Milestone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Defenceman Roman Hamrlik’s first game as a Montreal Canadien will be also be his 1,000th in the National Hockey League. The milestone will be reached when the Canadiens open the regular season on Wednesday night in Carolina.

Hamrlik, a 15-year veteran, had played 999 NHL games when he signed a $22 million, four-year contract as an unrestricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Calgary Flames.

“I’m very excited,” said the 33-year-old, who played his first game on Oct. 7, 1992 for the Tampa Bay Lightning. “It’s a special day for me — my first game with the Habs and the 1,000th game for me.

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First Coach Fired…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Look, I love The Hockey News and not just because I tend to agree with their thinking and they tend to agree (within reason) with my preseason picks.

But if there’s one area we tend to differ regarding the upcoming season, it’s who will be the first coach fired.

The consensus in the latest edition of “The Bible,” is that the first coach whacked will be Tampa Bay’s John Tortorella. The magazine came to that conclusion by polling their 30 correspondents, six “colleagues” from the Globe and Mail and some senior staff members….

Add it all up and I’d argue that Tortorella has a better shot at keeping his job longer than Atlanta’s Bob Hartley, Washington’s Glen Hanlon, Montreal’s Guy Carbonneau, Edmonton’s Craig MacTavish, Dallas’ Dave Tippett or even Phoenix’s Wayne Gretzky.

read on plus more hockey talk…

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Toronto Media - You Missed Scotty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

Will the rumors ever stop about you leaving the Wings to run the Maple Leafs?

(Bowman) They’ve been finished. I went to Toronto (last Friday), and nobody bothered me. I’ve been with the Wings for 14 years. I basically was not interested in leaving. I like the people I work with. No reason I’d want to change.

more from Bowman, including his team “favorites” for the season…

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, scotty+bowman, toronto+maple+leafs

No Captain For Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fire & Ice,

Sutter said he would make a decision on whether to have a captain and who it will be after Jamie Langenbrunner returns from sports hernia surgery (probably near the end of November).

“There won’t be a decision on the captaincy until Langenbrunner is healthy,” Sutter said.

more

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  Tags: jamie+langenbrunner, new+jersey+devils

JSG Practices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Red Wings Corner reports Jean-Sebastien Giguere went through a full practice at the Joe today.

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Hockey Fights Cancer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com

The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, together with Getty Images and Greystone Books have published Reflections on a Hockey Season: The 2007 NHL Year in Photographs. [...]  The first of an annual visual celebration, the book chronicles the highlights and candid, behind-the-scenes images from the 2006-2007 NHL season.

Photos and more descriptive info below:

 

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  Tags: hockey+fights+cancer, nhlpa

Islanders Roster Almost Set

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat,

Free agent defenseman Bryan Berard remains unsigned, but that might change later today. It’s possible GM Garth Snow might be trying to trade Meyer to make room for the possible signing of Berard. It’s also still possible Gervais could be sent down to Bridgeport.

more on the opening day roster…

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