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Do The Capitals Have The Defense Needed To Make A Cup Run?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of CSN Washington,

A portion of the fan base has been clamoring for a physical, defense-first defenseman for much of Boudreau’s tenure and that’s probably not likely to cease regardless of how many points this team racks up this season.

The elevation of Carlson and Alzner into full-time, top-five roles should make this unit better than it was a season ago. Green and Schultz are also young enough to continue to make improvements so it is possible the top six could be a lot better than last year.

Could the Capitals use another veteran defenseman for an extended postseason run? Absolutely – and general manager George McPhee will almost certainly be in the market for one in the spring. For now there is more than enough talent to get through the first two-thirds of the regular season without one.

read on plus a breakdown of the defensemen in the organization…

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Wrong Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Given that Liambas has no noticeable offensive skills, isn’t renowned for his defensive play and isn’t about to make any roster let alone an all-star team as a skilled player, it’s fair to say that all he’s shown to be capable of is hitting people, hurting people and fighting with people.

I have already expressed some strong opinion on this subject earlier this week on the FAN 590’s PrimeTime Sports with Bob McCown and I don’t back away from any of them. I think this signing smacks of a publicity stunt, not uncommon for a franchise that annually misses the playoffs and is under scrutiny for what’s been essentially a do-nothing offseason.

I’m also bothered by the fact that this offer comes from Burke, a man who argues, sometimes vehemently, that thuggery (my word, not Burke’s) and “truculent play” (his words not mine) are essential to the game.

I’m bothered even more by the fact that this is a huge part of Burke’s vision of the game.


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  Tags: michael+liambas

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I love the game.  I say all the time that if it wasn’t for hockey, I wouldn’t have anything in my life. I’m very grateful for it. Right now, I just enjoy watching the games as a fan. The players seem to be getting better every year. The game is great. It’s more exciting every year.”

-Wayne Gretzky.  More on Wayne from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Columbus Signs 2010 First Round Pick

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Ryan Johansen to a standard three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Johansen, 18, was the Blue Jackets’ first pick, fourth overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft held June 25-26 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. He scored 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points, had 53 penalty minutes and was +17 in 71 games with Portland of the Western Hockey League during the 2009-10 season. He ranked second among WHL rookies in points. He added 6-12-18 and 18 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games to lead all WHL rookies in playoff scoring.

“We are pleased to have Ryan signed prior to the opening of training camp,” Howson said. “He is a big part of our future and we look forward to getting his Blue Jackets career started this weekend at the annual Prospects Tournament in Traverse City.”

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  Tags: ryan+johansen

No Words Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Welcome Mike…

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  Tags: mike+modano

Ever Hear Of Glenn Hall?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Canale of The Fifth Down at the New York Times,

Finally, we come to Favre’s most amazing record — perhaps the most amazing record in sports history. Heading into his 20th season, his consecutive-games streak had reached 286, or 310 if you count playoffs….

With all due respect to the estimable iron-man records of A.C. Green (1,192 straight N.B.A. games between 1986 and 2001), Doug Jarvis (964 straight N.H.L. games between 1975 and 1987), and even Cal Ripken (2,632 straight baseball games between 1982 and 1998), Favre’s mark is one that we’ll probably never see in sports again. Football is simply too violent a game for one man to last 20 years without missing a start.


Not so fast Larry Canale, how about 502 consecutive starts for a goalie, held by HHOF Glenn Hall?

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  Tags: brett+favre, glenn+hall

All About Nick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

First off, the kid who grew up idolizing Borje Salming and Anders Eldebrink sounded pumped for this season. At 40, the six-time Norris Trophy winner and nine-time first-team all-star is still one of the league’s best - many will tell you he got jobbed out of another Norris nomination last year - but understands that with age things come a little harder, even for first-ballot Hall of Famers.

“I think if you don’t have that motivation it’s hard,” said Lidstrom of keeping things going during the summer. “It’s tough to go through the off-season workouts everyone is doing to get ready for a long year; it takes its toll on your body. You have to be motivated to be ready to go through that and to be ready to play.

“And once you start in September it’s every day; you have to show up every day and you have to be motivated to be able to do that, too. I’m still motivated. I’m still looking forward to the season. And when August comes around, you want to get back on the ice again - I still have that hunger and I still have the desire to play.”


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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

The Affiliate

Blog: KK Hockey By Twig

Hello friends. My name is not really Twig, but it’s what I go by. I’ll be covering all forms of Minor League and European League Hockey for Kukla’s Korner. The blog will be called ‘The Affiliate’. I thought that was a fitting name considering the content of the blog and it didn’t appear to be taken by anyone else.

A little about me: I’m from Grand Haven, Michigan and would never have left but I joined the Army in 2003. After getting out in 2007, I decided I would have an easier time finding work in Seattle. I was wrong, so I moved to Houston. I’m currently enrolled at Sam Houston State as an English Major and I stay pretty busy writing essays about Japanese Quinces and stolen Pies, but I will find time to blog about hockey. My sanity depends on it.

What I would like The Affiliate to provide is a way for you to know more about what’s happening in the world of hockey. I hope that someday down the road, when you’re buying the jersey of your teams new rising star, you can look back and remember reading about him here.

And thank you, Paul for the opportunity to blog on your site.

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink

The KHL Is Making Progress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So says KHL President Aleksandr Medvedev.

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  Tags: aleksandr+medvedev+khl

What Will Lou Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Rumors abound since the Devils must shed some $3-5 million in salary cap liability by season’s start. The latest strong word, though, is that GM Lou Lamoriello does not want to deal Bryce Salvador, thought to be one of the obvious sacrificial lambs.

Together with Dainius Zubrus, Salvador would be a leading candidate for cap room-making because he lacks a no-trade clause, has a significant ($2.9 million, $3.4 million for Zubrus) cap hit, and is among the elder Devils.

One new name in the hopper is defenseman Matt Corrente, a former first-rounder. Travis Zajac’s name continues being mentioned, despite his major role.


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