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All Kinds Of Players Still Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

As the 2010-11 season inches closer to puck-drop, there are still a large group of free agents who are without a contract for the upcoming season. Many proven performers are playing the waiting game, actively pursuing options with their agents, looking to find a club with a roster spot suited for them. A common theme in the past couple of NHL off-seasons has been a late-summer push by clubs to fill roster spots, when general managers are looking for a specific fit in their line-up, and there are some free agents left on the market.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the Players who are still on the open-market and the skills and traits that they can bring to an NHL line-up.

For the younger teams that will be looking for experience and leadership, Bill Guerin and Paul Kariya will draw some interest.


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Washington Post Looking For Caps Bloggers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

In September, The Post will introduce a new reader-driven blog for fans, by fans, focused solely on Washington sports. To fill out our roster of fan bloggers, we’re looking for two of our best, most diehard Capitals fans to weigh in on whatever’s happening in the world of the Caps. While we’ll ask all bloggers to occasionally weigh in on all of Washington’s pro teams, we’re particularly interested in having a pair of established Capitals voices as part of the project.


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I Owe You An Apology For Last Night’s Column:  Here It Is

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

To our readers: I made an assumption in a column last night. It was a bad move. In a column written Tuesday for our Wednesday Shanahan Summit coverage, I assumed that what I had been told by Tim Kennedy and Justin Abdelkader had indeed happened, that they had indeed flown to Shanny’s Jig, and sat in the stands together rooting on the prospects playing in the camp. That was their plan. Both told me so in separate interviews. Because the column had to be filed on Tuesday afternoon, but appeared Wednesday night, I wrote it in the past tense, as if it already had happened.

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Reunion Time For 1996 Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the 1995-96 Stanley Cup Championship team with a special two-day reunion, Oct. 6-7, launching the 2010-11 Avalanche regular season.

Coaches and players from the 1996 Cup-winning team will be on hand for the 15-year reunion, representing Colorado’s first major professional sports championship.  The reunion will culminate with a pre-game ceremony prior to Colorado’s Opening Night matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Pepsi Center. 

“It should be a very unique event, with members of the first Avalanche team reunited along with the 2010-11 edition,” said Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix.  “That 1996 Stanley Cup team created a winning tradition in a very short period of time, setting the standard for everyone who has ever worn the ‘A’ to follow.”

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You don’t want to change the fundamentals of the game,.  Sometimes we beat ourselves up and say there are problems with our game and I don’t think that’s the case. It isn’t a case of the game being broken, but it’s a matter of studying these things, being pro-active. From that standpoint, I think it’s important that whatever we do that the fans don’t perceive it as some radical change.”

-Jay Feaster, Asst. GM of the Calgary Flames, talking from the R & D Camp in Toronto.  Dan Rosen of NHL.com has more on this topic.

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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from a CBC press release-

CBC and the American Hockey League (AHL) today announced a one-year broadcast agreement that will see CBC broadcast 10 games throughout the upcoming 2010-11 season. 

“We’re looking forward to featuring the stars of hockey’s future with the AHL on CBC,” said Scott Moore, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, CBC Media Sales & Marketing. 

“We’re tremendously excited that CBC, with its distinguished excellence in hockey broadcasting, will be helping us celebrate our historic 75th anniversary this season,” said David Andrews, President and CEO of the American Hockey League. “Viewers across Canada will be treated to the skill and excitement of the best young professionals in our sport.”

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  Tags: ahl

Clint Malarchuk Named Atlanta’s Goaltending Consultant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

It’s been a busy day for the Thrashers front office. Just a few hours after signing defenseman Freddy Meyer the team has announced that former Buffalo Sabre Clint Malarchuk has been hired as a goaltending consultant. Malarchuk will spend some of his time in Atlanta working with Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason and will also travel to work with other goalies in the organization whether they’re in the AHL, ECHL, CHL or college (if NCAA rules permit it of course).


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Shanny’s Jig Wraps Up And Clarifying Yellow Lines On The Ice

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Update - 17:15 -Puck Daddy objects to my use of “misconceptions” when linking his article.  While I was referring to misconceptions on the Gore in general, and not his article specifically, I should have been clearer.  That being said, did anyone else other than Greg notice or care in the first place?

Looking around the Gore, I noticed there has been some confusion regarding a rule change experiment I neglected to mention yesterday.

During Wednesday’s second session, the one with the traffic light face-off circles, a second goal line was added.  It was painted yellow, and contrary to some misconceptions, was not a virtual line but a real one painted slightly more than a puck’s width (3”) behind the goal line.

Along with hybrid icing, this may be a change which becomes a rule shortly.  I asked if Jim Nill would push to have it named the “Brad May Goal-line” but he only chuckled and would neither confirm nor deny this.

The idea is that on an overhead replay (which can be obstructed by the crossbar) or a behind the net replay, which has perspective issues with the goal line, if the puck is shown to touch the yellow line, the puck MUST have fully passed over the real goal line.

It makes so much sense, the NHL likely won’t adopt it.  But that’s my tinfoil hat talking.

Updates from today’s session after the jump.

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Name That Sabres Blog

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

As the Buffalo Sabres were preparing for their 1970 entry into the NHL, owners Seymour and Northrup Knox ran a contest for fans to vote for the name of their new team.

In the spirit of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the franchise, we’re doing something along those lines here at KK. 

Come up with a name for the new Sabres blog coming to KK next month.  If your idea is selected you’ll win some modest but cool prizes:

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  Tags: blog+contest, knox+brothers, sabres+blog

Covering The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The hockey information business is a perfect microcosm: it wasn’t very long ago that an NHL reporter’s duties all but vanished during the summertime. If it wasn’t a teacher’s schedule, it was mighty close. There was a truly seasonal feeling to the job. Readers and writers had time to breathe and recharge.

However – and in much the same way that we really don’t have subtle changes in seasons anymore – that’s changed now that the NHL has got with the program and appreciates the economic advantages of keeping your product visible all day, every day. (Look no further than this week’s NHL Research & Development Camp, which had a gaggle of media types in attendance.)

Most of us now see that the media beast’s appetite is nakedly insatiable. Now, only the most stubborn of us would deny that the virtue of The Thinker’s bent elbow and knee-on-chin pensiveness has been chased down and trampled by the restless leg syndrome of our collective mind.


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