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The Pressure Starts Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All from NHL.com,

In a matter of hours, the most international of the North American professional sports leagues will open its 90th anniversary season in the sparkling, sold-out setting of the 02 Arena in London, England.

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NHL Primer...

from Shawn P. Roarke,

Like you, I don’t know what will happen during the 2007-08 season, but I like to dream about it. Here are some of the things—82 to be exact (just like a regular-season schedule)—I am looking forward to as we finish preparations for Saturday’s opening-day game. Whether they happen or not remains to be seen, but just thinking about the possibilities will make the wait for Saturday a little more palatable.

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I even participated today…

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  Tags: london

Colaiacovo’s MRI Results Not Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Toronto Sun,

Don’t expect healing defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo to be in the lineup for the Maple Leafs’ final two exhibition games against the Detroit Red Wings.  Barring a last minute change of heart, the Leafs will keep Colaiacovo on the shelf in order to allow his surgically repaired knee to strengthen.

The decision casts even more doubt concerning Colaiacovo’s availability for the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

continued…

And from Sportsnet.ca news alerts: “Carlo Colaiacovo had an MRI on his knee. The results were negative.”

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  Tags: injuries

September 28, 1972

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today represents the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit series. From the CP,

Henderson will mark the anniversary giving motivational speeches at a leadership conference at an inn north of Toronto.
Canadians who watched the live Summit Series broadcasts will never forget the drama that unfolded.

more…

And Joe Pelletier has put together some selected works, if you’d like to blast back to the past:

Updated 12:41pm ET:

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  Tags: hockey+history

It Will Continue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

As long as there are large, angry and well-paid men flying around at crushing speeds, there will be stupid acts, scary collisions and scrambled cerebellum. You could throw a lifetime ban at Downie and someone, soon, would be there to wear the villain’s mask. Marty McSorley begat Donald Brashear. Donald Brashear begat Chris Simon. Curly begat Moe.

And at that point, there will be another body lying motionless on the ice, Cuckoo over Cocoa Puffs, and the rafters will ring once again with the experts’ call to arms.

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  Tags: injuries, suspensions

Gary Bettman In London

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: Let me add my voice in welcoming you to the 02. It is an incredibly impressive facility, arena. All the other aspects of this facility, surrounding it, are really state-of-the-art, really cutting edge. It’s a delight for us to be here.

I’ve had a little bit of time to interact with fans. I’ve met a number of people from Los Angeles and from Orange County. I’ve seen fans from other places in Europe. Met some fans from Finland and Sweden.

For us, this was an opportunity to dip our toe in the water in Europe, take what we believe is the most international of the North American sports, and bring it to the other side of the Atlantic. And while, obviously, London and England may not be the strongest hockey markets in the world, it puts us in closer proximity to markets and people have traveled here.

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Center Ice Online Information

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (September 28, 2007) - The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced NHL Center Ice Online, the League’s out-of-market online subscription package, is now accepting registrations for the 2007-08 season on NHL.com. NHL Center Ice Online provides fans the opportunity to watch more than 1,000 NHL live games throughout the regular-season, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs through a broadband connection on a personal computer or laptop (all games subject to local blackout). The NHL has partnered with NeuLion, Inc. to create a new and improved multimedia player for NHL.com and all of the 30 club sites which will stream NHL Center Ice Online.

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  Tags: center+ice, media

Flyers Need Time - Will Make The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

In goal, Biron will team with returning stopper Antero Niittymaki. After spending the last several seasons as a backup in Buffalo, Biron relishes the opportunity to be the No. 1 guy in Philly. He’s a solid, competitive goaltender, and his likeable nature should help the day-to-day dealings in the dressing room.

Holmgren clearly improved this team during the offseason. But, with so many new faces, it’s hard to know just how much better the Flyers can be. I figure they’ll be battling for a playoff spot. If I’m pressed to make a pick, I say they find their way into the second season.

more

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers

All Mike Cvik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canada.com,

CanWest sports reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, NHL linesman Mike Cvik - all six foot nine of him - gets cornered.

CanWest: Describe a time when you got caught in the crossfire of a hockey fight.

Cvik: Well, Shawn Cronin jumped Ron Stern in Calgary and broke my nose.

I was trying to protect Stern. Cronin threw a punch across my shoulder and hit me. . . . I looked up and (former Calgary Flames trainer) Bearcat Murray was standing beside me. There was blood on my sweater. I looked at Stern and he wasn’t bleeding. Bearcat goes: “C’mon, kid. Your nose is broken. Let’s get out of here.”

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  Tags: fighting, mike+cvik

Don’t Write That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sports Media Watch,

ESPN has edited a column by SportsCenter anchor and hockey writer John Buccigross to no longer include a reference to a potential reunion between the network and the National Hockey League.

Buccigross, writing the season debut of his weekly hockey column, speculated that ESPN would gain the rights to air National Hockey League games for the first time since 2004.

“NHL players want it, the NHL wants it and ESPN wants it,” Buccigross wrote, “NBC and Versus somewhat holds the cards however, so we will have to wait and see; but my guess is yes. ESPN will have a piece of the pie.”

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

added 10:13am, via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

If something is close between the NHL and ESPN (with consent from Versus), it’s perhaps understandable that ESPN would keep a lid on speculation from within.

It’s not good journalism, but it might be good for business.

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  Tags: media

Chicago Dealing With Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Martin Havlat, their leading scorer last season, felt pain in his groin in the first period of Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Florida Panthers and skated off the ice. He didn’t return in that game and didn’t take the ice when the Hawks resumed training camp Wednesday in Bensenville.

‘‘He’s day-to-day,’’ Savard said. ‘‘I’d like to have him play Sunday in the last exhibition game [at Minnesota]. I’d like the whole team to be available then.’‘

That won’t likely happen. Rookie center Jonathan Toews, who broke an index finger in the second preseason game Sept. 19, remains doubtful for the Oct. 4 opener at Minnesota, and Tuomo Ruutu, also listed as day-to-day, is nursing a sore knee.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

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