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Strong Preseason Doesn’t Mean Much

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pollack at the Mercury News,

But before anyone gets too excited about how San Jose’s 5-0-2 record should translate into regular-season success, consider: The Sharks went 7-0-0 in the 2005 preseason only to stumble badly once the games counted. So badly that during a 10-game losing streak in November, General Manager Doug Wilson broke up his core group of players in the trade that brought Joe Thornton to San Jose.

OK, maybe that wasn’t so terrible after all.

Still, it’s not about wins and losses in the exhibition season.

more…

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  Tags: san+jose+sharks

There’s Only One Team for Kolzig

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Solomon at the Washington Post,

Kolzig might not be Cal Ripken—he missed 13 games last season with a knee injury—but his numbers are impressive. Nine seasons as the Caps’ regular goaltender, 702 games in goal overall. A regular season winning percentage of slightly better than .500, and just as important, two major NHL awards for community service.

“It’s rare an athlete plays his entire career with one team, but Washington gave me my opportunity and stuck with me when I was coming up and not what they call a top-end prospect,” Kolzig said. “Playing with one team my whole career, that’s something I’d like to hang my hat on.”

more… (*and go here for more on Kolzig’s backup, Brent Johnson)

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, olie+kolzig, washington+capitals

Dallas Stands on Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Heika at the Dallas Morning News,

Armstrong said he still wants the Stars team that will open the season on Wednesday at Colorado to be creative offensively. He still wants the coaching staff to squeeze out every goal. He still wants players to reach their goal-scoring potential. But they won’t do that at the expense of a strong team commitment to defense.

“I just am not going to apologize for being one of the best defensive teams in the league,” Armstrong said. “I am not going to apologize for having one of the best regular-season records in the league. We will always strive to improve in every department, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a strong identity.”

more…

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  Tags: dallas+stars

Yzerman Looking to 2010

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,

Sitting neatly on a bookshelf in the library of Steve Yzerman’s suburban home are a number of his favourite shiny shinny keepsakes from on and off the ice.

Sprinkled between some of his daughters’ soccer trophies are several sparkling baubles that would make the eyes of any rabid hockey fan bulge.

Three Stanley Cup trophies. A 2002 Olympic gold medal. Another gold medal, this one from the 2007 World Championship in Moscow.  Of course, there always is room for more. Yzerman will make room if need be.

Especially if the prize is Olympic gold from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

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  Tags: olympics, steve+yzerman

Bruins Trying to Pull it Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,

Is this team ready for the start of the regular season Friday in Dallas? Well, it sure hasn’t looked that way, with training camp injuries to key defenseman Zdeno Chara and physical leader Shawn Thornton partially hampering the search for a team identity.

But the beauty of the whole training camp/regular season thing is that with a win in Dallas, whatever has happened before is forgotten. Ready or not, the B’s will try to get everything pulled together in time.

more…

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  Tags: boston+bruins

Florida Has New Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at the Miami Herald,

Martin has solidified his standing as the leader of the franchise after being handed the keys last summer when Mike Keenan was fired.

Serving as coach and general manager, Martin has complete say over every aspect of Florida’s hockey operations.

Some might say Martin doesn’t deserve such power, but it’s hard to argue with what he has done so far with the Panthers.

more…

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  Tags: florida+panthers

Canucks/Oilers: Coaches Disagree About Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

It wasn’t the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 pre-season victory over the Edmonton Oilers that will be remembered, but rather a scary third period hit.

And perhaps the coaches reaction to it.

The game itself was overshadowed by a wince-inducing incident five minutes into the third as Canuck Rick Rypien slammed Oiler defenceman Mathieu Roy into the boards behind the Edmonton net. Roy was briefly knocked unconscious and taken away on a stretcher, but does have movement in his extremities. Rypien was assessed a five minute major for charging.

continued…

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, injuries, vancouver+canucks

The Edmonton Fishbowl

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Staples at the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe and head coach Craig MacTavish, now in their eighth season running the team, say that when the volume rises in the ever-increasing media coverage of the Oilers, they tune out.

“If we’re in a six-game losing streak, I don’t need to listen to the call-in shows to know what’s going on with the hockey team,” Lowe says.

If Edmonton Oilers hockey is a fishbowl, it’s never had more fighting fish in it, with far more sports coverage than ever on radio, TV and in print, not to mention the blogosphere, where every wannabe Oilers general manager can have his or her say.

continued…

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers

The Right Time for Stastny

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Chambers at the Denver Post,

In the past year, Avalanche center Paul Stastny has gone from a longshot to make the team to an emerging NHL star. Credit his genes, or the opportunity he was given because of injuries, but good luck finding anyone who thinks Stastny made a mistake by forgoing his final two years at the University of Denver.

In hindsight, even Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky believes Stastny, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, made the right move turning pro in July 2006.

continued…

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, paul+stastny

Barry Beck Talks Hong Kong Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Hong Kong News,

While ice hockey is hugely popular in North America and Europe, only now, with the advent of indoor rinks, is it catching on in Hong Kong. And the arrival of former NHL star Barry Beck through the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is sure to write a new page in local ice hockey history.

He believes Hong Kong could compete in the Winter Olympics by strengthening its youth hockey training scheme.

“[There are] many intelligent players. They can learn quickly, so we are able to compete well. We have to continue to work on our youth programme. We might be able to get into the Winter Olympics,” he said.

continued

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  Tags: barry+beck, hong+kong

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