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Mesh Pads

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Trevor Leahy’s daydreaming in a high school chemistry class two years might not have done much for his grades, but it’s having a healthy effect on his bank account.

With a sketch pad at hand, Leahy began doodling a design for the new goalie pads he needed.

In process, the 19-year-old reasoned with the era of swollen goalie equipment ending it was time to enter the age of deception.

“My chemistry teacher will kill me, but it wasn’t a particularly intense lecture that day,” said Leahy, now in his second year at the University of New Hampshire.

“I started with white pads and then it dawned on me to put mesh on it. I sketched it on the computer and then I got actual mesh images and it looked even better.”


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Solid Signing For Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Jeff Halpern is a solid signing for the Montreal Canadiens (and, finally, the Canadiens have gotten back at the Tampa Bay Lightning for raiding them this summer…sort of, as Halpern ended the year a King). Over my past few blogs, and just this morning, I’d mentioned three or four names as guys I felt would really help the third and fourth line of the team: Bill Guerin, Owen Nolan, Darcy Tucker and Ryan Johnson. Well, Halpern brings less offence than the first two, less grit than Tucker, and less shot blocking than Johnson, but he’s a poor man’s answer for all four – and with less than $2 million in cap room left, the Habs needed a poor man’s answer.

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Higgins Hockey Fantasy Index

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you are in a fantasy league and need some help, maybe the Higgins Hockey Fantasy Index: 2010-2011 by Rob Higgins could give you that one piece of advice you are searching for. And besides, I have a small blurb in the book.

The book will soon be available at Amazon.com and you can get it in Kindle format too.

I asked Rob “why a fantasy hockey book?”

Rob Higgins: I just wanted to create the book I have always wished existed. An annual hockey book that comes loaded with information that speaks directly to the tracking of player values. With tools that I can actually use. My stat - HFI - is a scouting tool that a hockey fan can utilize to evaluate players for the purpose of a fantasy league and it’s a much more telling and reliable resource than, say, a bunch of dudes predicting the future, with all due respect to the dudes whose job it is to write thousands and thousands of words about what’s GOING to happen.

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Report- Bobby Ryan Reaches Agreement With Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Larry Brooks tweet,

Source: Bobby Ryan has reached agreement with Ducks for contract believed 5 yrs for approximately $5.5M per.

added 6:22pm, Bob McKenzie tweet,

It may be just semantics but I am being told there is, at this moment, no deal in place between Bobby Ryan and the Anaheim Ducks.

I suspect if that’s not the case, it soon will be but for now, I’m told no agreement in place just yet.

added 6:47pm, Another tweet from Larry Brooks,

Don Meehan, Ryan’s agent, rebuts/contradicts our source on Ryan deal, says nothing is done.

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  Tags: bobby+ryan

Facing Travel Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of CSNWashington,

Hockey players traveling back and forth from their homes in Europe at the beginning and end of every season can be taken for granted, but it is safe to assume Tomas Fleischmann won’t be doing so again.

Fleischmann developed a blood clot in his leg after the 2008-09 season came to a close, and his transatlantic flight home played a large role. The clot restricted his ability to prepare for last season and he missed the first 11 games of the campaign.

When last season concluded, Fleischmann altered his travel plans to ensure no such problems would occur, and he intends on sticking to his new routine.

“I started traveling in business class,” Fleischmann said. “I’ve changed so it is more leg room and you can stretch out there. It is better for my health.”

continued with more players mentioned….

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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  Tags: tomas+fleischmann

Halpern To The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL—Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Tuesday the signing of free agent forward Jeff Halpern to a one-year contract (2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Halpern, 34, split the 2009-10 season between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings playing a combined total of 71 games and recording 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists). He also amassed 39 penalty minutes while averaging 14:30 of time on ice. Halpern fired 71 shots on the opposing goal, scored two powerplay goals and tallied one game-winning goal.

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Promotion Time In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the promotions of Stan Bowman to Vice President/General Manager, Jay Blunk to Executive Vice President, Kevin Cheveldayoff to Assistant General Manager/Senior Director of Hockey Operations, Al MacIsaac to Vice President/Assistant to the President and Chris Werner to Vice President of Ticket Operations and Customer Service.

“It is with great pride that the Blackhawks make this announcement today,” Team President John McDonough said. “Stan, Jay, Kevin, Al and Chris have worked hard to build a strong and cohesive operation. They have been instrumental in maintaining a unified relationship between the hockey and business operations of our franchise.”


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Not Good News For James Sheppard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Wild center James Sheppard was in an ATV accident yesterday while training in Vail, Colo., and sustained a serious knee injury. Richards called it an injury to his kneecap. He’s already had surgery and will miss up to four months.

This was to be an integral season for the maligned Sheppard. The fourth-year center was already on the bubble to make the team with last month’s signing of veteran John Madden and the emergence of youngsters Casey Wellman and Cody Almond.

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  Tags: james+sheppard

Michael Liambas Gets Another Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Maple Leafs are giving banished junior Michael Liambas a chance to resume his hockey career.

On Oct. 30, 2009, Liambas was playing for the Erie Otters’ when he drove Kitchener’s Ben Fanelli into the boards, causing a serious head injury. Liambas, now 21, was given a season-long suspension by CHL commissioner David Branch that ended his junior career.

The Leafs invited Liambas to their rookie camp which begins Saturday in London, Ont.

“We’re going to give him a chance at rookie camp,” said Toronto general manager Brian Burke.

“He’s an honours student. Everyone that’s ever played with him raves about his character. (Erie general manager) Sherry Bassin and (coach) Robbie Ftorek told me he’s as good a kid as they’ve ever had.

continued and if you need a refresher on the hit, watch it below…

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  Tags: michael+liambas

Vintage Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First a Wayne Gretzky commercial, then a young Chris Pronger and a younger Bob McKenzie at the end of the video.

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  Tags: bob+mckenzie, chris+pronger, hartford+whalers

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