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Pisani Back On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Fernando Pisani is planning on playing for the Edmonton Oilers this season.

The 30-year-old skated on Monday with some injured teammates to try and get himself back into game shape. Pisani has been out all season while battling ulcerative colitis.

“Just being out there with the guys is a lot of fun and now it’s time to get back to work and hopefully get out there soon,” said Pisani

continued

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Line Of The Day

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Even more unexpected was the unveiling of a brand new XM satellite radio show hosted by – wait for it – Gary B. Bettman!

Even if it winds up being the hockey equivalent of The Chevy Chase Show, I sincerely hope Bettman’s program lasts long enough so he can get Ron MacLean as one of his guests; and I really sincerely hope he holds the Hockey Night In Canada host hostage live on air until MacLean agrees with Bettman’s philosophies on the game. Payback’s a bitch.

-Adam Proteau of the Hockey News

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, xm+radio

It Is All Mental For Panthers

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from the Palm Beach-Post,

It’s not like these guys are a bunch of losers. Jokinen and linemate Ville Peltonen won silver medals with Finland at the 2006 Olympics. Mike Van Ryn won a national championship at the University of Michigan. Ruslan Salei, Radek Dvorak and Steve Montador have all come within one win of a Stanley Cup. Nathan Horton won gold with Canada in the World Under-18 championships.

But collectively, there’s some mental bridge that has been impossible to cross. Not that there’s any shortage of thoughts on the subject.

“We just have to have the mental preparation and focus, even if it needs to be 30 seconds at a time,” Peltonen said. “Create that as a habit, do it as well as you can every time out there, and the result will come.”

more

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Guerin Out

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from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Captain Bill Guerin did not accompany the Islanders to Philadelphia for their game against the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers tonight at Wachovia Center. Guerin was hit in the eye by a puck in Saturday’s home win over the Devils and is suffering from a condition known as hyphema, which is bleeding in the anterior chamber of the eye.

When Guerin was hit by the puck, it caused a blood vessel to burst and essentially turned the eye red and made it difficult to see when he took two brief shifts at the start of the third period. The Islanders described Guerin’s condition as day-to-day while he waits for the swelling around the eye to subside and for his vision to clear.

continued

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Have We Seen The Last Of the “Old” Elias?

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Can Elias recover the skills that once elevated him to the upper echelon of forwards? One would like to think so; for his and the Devils’ sake. However, if he doesn’t emerge from his slough of scoring despond, Sutter’s fail-safe hope has to be Langenbrunner, champing at the bit to return.

Now wouldn’t it be something if Elias and Langenbrunner simultaneously began flashing the red light, along with Gionta, Zubrus, et. al.

Or is that as dreamy as a white Christmas?

more

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  Tags: jamie+langenbrunner.+new+jersey+devils, patrik+elias

Stars Of The Week

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier, Phoenix Coyotes forward Steven Reinprecht and San Jose Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 11.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, steven+reinprecht, vincent+lecavalier

Floundering Flames

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

As much as the lazy Sunday away from the horror house known as the Saddledome was a chance for the beleaguered players to clear their minds, rest assured there was plenty of introspection going on.

Certainly, there are plenty of reasons for the Flames, with their under-achieving 6-8-3 record, to consider.

They’ve frittered away a home-heavy schedule that had 11 of those 17 games at the ‘Dome, in which they’ve won only four times. They’ve frittered away half of an eight-game intra-division run.

They’re floundering like Brittany Spears’ career.

read on

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Into The Hall Tonight

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Numerous stories on all of the HHOF inductees are on the web today.

I will point to a few and as always, feel free to link to a story in the comments that you feel would be of interest to KK readers

The Hockey Hall of Fame has the complete story on all of the inductees.

NHL.com has more, plus a look at the recent classes of the past…

The New York Times has a look at Mark Messier.

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

The Commish On The Air

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Hockey League (NHL) and XM Satellite Radio today announced a new weekly live satellite radio show titled NHL Hour which will be hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and a rotation of League executives. The show will debut Tuesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204) and NHL.com. On December 6, NHL Hour will begin airing every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, xm+radio

Hockey Bloggers Remember

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from Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends,

Meanwhile, last week I issued a Greatest Hockey Legends.com Challenge around the blogosphere. In an attempt to spread hockey history around the blogs, I challenged hockey bloggers to post memories of their favorite retired NHLers…

read on plus all the information you need to know about the HHOF inductions…

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