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The Unknown Factor Of The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

The icemaker is worried. The trainers are worried. The equipment managers are worried.

This business of playing hockey outdoors in the cold piles worry on top of worry for the people behind the scenes, whose job it is to make Tuesday’s Buffalo-Pittsburgh game at Ralph Wilson Stadium seem seamlessly magical.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Chris Stewart, the Penguins’ head trainer.

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Moreau Plans To Make An Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

...Moreau will slip into his jersey tonight, the one with the pristine C on the chest, and lead his team into a game against the Minnesota Wild.

He will no longer be captain in name only.

“It will be a special moment in my career. It will be the first time I’ve worn it, and I don’t take it lightly,” Moreau said before the team departed. “I just can’t wait. I’ll play the same way I always have, but I’ll be excited. ... I know I can make an immediate impact.”

read on

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  Tags: ethan+moreau

The “Sorta” Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I received a “SORTA MSM BLOGS” award from Greg Wyshynski at the Fourth Period. 

I would like to “Sorta” thank Greg for the mention.

Make sure the read the full article, some good stuff in there!!!  Even a mention of The Entertainer, Dwayne Klessel. 

On that subject, the more people that ask me about him, the more I learn about Dwayne.  How he continues to lie and deceive is just a shame, but one day, it will catch up with him.

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No “Panic” Trade For Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of Sportsnet,

A panic trade is not in the cards for the Colorado Avalanche after losing veteran star centre Joe Sakic for eight-to-12 weeks following his hernia surgery.

“Anytime you lose a good player it’s a blow but every team goes through that,” Avalanche GM Francois Giguere told Sportsnet.ca on Friday. `“You never expect to go through an entire season without losing good players to injury. This gives other players on our team a chance to step up and show what they can do.

“So as far as making a move from the outside (a trade), we’re always looking to improve our team. But this is going to be a good chance for our youngers players to show what they have.”

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  Tags: joe+sakic

You Can’t Do That Off The Ice David

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from KTVT,

A hockey player has been arrested after being accused of assaulting a flight attendant, exposing himself and head-butting a passenger on an American Airlines flight into DFW Airport. He is now facing federal charges.

An FBI agent greeted the plane at the international terminal on Thursday night and took the minor league player into custody.

According to court records, the pilot declared an on-board emergency when the flight attendants had difficulty restraining the player.

David Cornacchia, the arrested hockey player, was soft-spoken on Friday afternoon as he left the federal courthouse in Dallas

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  Tags: david+cornacchia

Trading Emery May Be Difficult

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Ray Emery’s days with the Senators could be coming to an end.

One of the players hung a necktie in Emery’s place in the empty net where the backup goalie was supposed to be yesterday during practice at Scotiabank Place….

Murray would probably like to use Emery to acquire a top-six forward, but with Emery’s struggles on the ice and his actions off it, his value may have never been lower.

“I really don’t think they could trade Ray Emery in his current state,” an NHL executive said yesterday. “Nobody is going to want the baggage that goes with him right now.”

Two players told the Sun yesterday that the Senators are having a difficult time with Emery constantly leaving morning skates early or not going on the ice for optional practices.

read on

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  Tags: ray+emery

Watching The Pre-Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

The NHL will not break policy and place referees on the ice for the pre-game warmup leading into tonight’s game between the Maple Leafs and Rangers.

But the league will be watching in case there is a repeat of a potentially ugly incident that occurred the last time New York came to town. Before that game, Rangers super-pest Sean Avery almost came to blows with Toronto’s Darcy Tucker as the two exchanged insults at the centre line.

A referee, however, will be standing in one of the corridors watching the warmups and the league has asked TV crews to film the skate, a practice that has become common across the league since early in the season.

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Keenan Vs. Kipper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

...All is not daisies and buttercups between Iron Mike and the none-too-chipper Kipper.

The strain, hinted at on a few occasions already as the the halfway point of the NHL season approaches, is showing.

Keenan obviously wants more, and more consistently, from this franchise’s meal-ticket goaltender, who has, it must be said, been sub-par by his own towering standards for much of this season. Kiprusoff, just as obviously, isn’t over the moon about playing monkey to Keenan’s organ grinder - Pinocchio puppet to Iron Mike’s wicked Stromboli.

more

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff, mike+keenan

Canadians Questioned About Drug Use In the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

A new poll suggests that about half of Canadians believe performance-enhancing drugs are used by “many” or a “fair number” of National Hockey League players.

The Canadian Press Harris/Decima survey also indicated Canadians want to see drug cheats caught and punished, although they are split on what the sanctions should be.

The poll suggested that 17 per cent of Canadians believed many NHL players use performance-enhancing drugs while 36 per cent said a fair number used them.

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NHL Preview Show Of The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Check out the live NHL Preview Show…

Watch now!

update 3:26pm, Show over, looked great though, nice job by the NHL on the streaming aspect.

update 5:49pm, The NHL has archived the show so you can see the video if you missed the live presentation…

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: winter+classic

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