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Sunday With Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Which NHL head coach subjected his players to room-by-room, curfew bed-checks conducted by his assistants in the team’s hotel two nights before the season opener on the road?

• A well-placed source reports that Doug MacLean’s Absolute Hockey Enterprises group that apparently had reached an agreement to buy the Lightning, is having ongoing issues meeting the financial requirements necessary to complete the deal and is seeking additional investors.

more NHL talk plus a look at Downie type hits…

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HNIC Debut Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

It was pretty, but, at times, it was pretty boring, too.

We’re talking about Hockey Night In Canada’s Saturday night debut with its new look and programming changes.  The new studio, consisting of leather chairs and a mahogany coffee table in front of a large screen, looks clubby. Visually, it was elegant and also a little staid.

When the conversation is also staid, that’s a problem. It’s a hockey telecast, after all, not Masterpiece Theatre.

continued…

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  Tags: hnic, media

An Insider’s Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Evan Grossman of NHL.com is live blogging from the NHL “War Room” in Toronto.  Let’s see what he is up too…

Just had our first goal review. Nashville’s David Legwand got credit for the Preds’ first goal of the game, a ruling that came from the same desk I’m sitting at. Caught it all on video, which was pretty amazing. On the TV in front of me, the referee waited at center ice, like we’ve seen a thousand times. The phone here rings. Murphy speaks with the officials at the arena, saying the goal was a good one. The voice on the other end of the phone concurs. It counts. And the Preds lead, 1-0.

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  Tags: officiating

As Expected, Islanders Try To Move Freddy Meyer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat,

Because Meyer is in the final season of a deal that pays him $540,000, it’s possible he might be claimed by another team in need of defensive depth. The cost and term of Meyer’s deal would make him a bargain investment.

Once Meyer clears or is claimed off the Islanders’ roster, there’s a good chance free-agent defenseman Bryan Berard would be signed. It’s uncertain how quickly he would find his way into the lineup. The Isles scored on three of four power-play opportunities in their season-opening win Friday night in Buffalo.

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  Tags: freddy+meyer, new+york+islanders

Ducks Send Ryan To Portland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks assigned Bobby Ryan, the second overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft behind Sidney Crosby, to their AHL affiliate Portland on Saturday.

They also recalled right-winger Jason King and left-winger Drew Miller from the Pirates.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, bobby+ryan

Bruce MacLeod: Hero To The Masses

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bruce MacLeod has a blog. And he’s a beat writer who updates it frequently and uses it for its intended purpose: to give us up-to-the-minute information rather than making us wait until tomorrow morning.  For instance, today:

He gives us a few quotes from Brent Sopel regarding his abrupt departure from Detroit.

“There was a lot of miscommunication, a lot of missed phone calls, a lot of things that happened that obviously I didn’t want to happen,” said Sopel. “It was one of those circumstances. After we landed in Toronto, we tried to get ahold of Kenny Holland to discuss the situation that was going on. Couldn’t get ahold of him for a long time. Finally when we did, it was just before game time.”

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  Tags: deep+diggers, lang, sopel

Havlat Status Undetermined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Red Wings Corner,

Chicago coach Denis Savard said that Martin Havlat, who is out of tonight’s game against the Red Wings with an injured shoulder, isn’t skating, isn’t lifting weights. His only workout right now is the bicycle. Havlat’s status won’t be determined for another week.

I have also heard he is getting a 2nd opinion on his shoulder injury, and yes, it is the same shoulder he injured last season.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

Flags Find Buyer For Their Bus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

A 15-bed bus once used to transport the now-defunct Port Huron Flags minor league hockey team has been sold to an Arkansas couple with 17 children.

When the team folded in May, Fred Minnie posted an ad trying to sell the bus in an auto magazine. He was contacted by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose 17th child Jennifer Danielle was born Aug. 2.

‘‘There’s not too many of those buses with 15 beds in it,’’ Minnie said.

The family’s 7,000-square-foot home is in the northwest Arkansas town of Tontitown, and Jim Bob Duggar said the family hopes to travel to visit relatives in Ohio.

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Easton Hockey - October Contest!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageEaston Hockey has partnered with Kukla’s Korner to give away hockey equipment to a lucky KK reader.

October Contest: Send us your best photo, showing your love of hockey or team spirit.  Be as creative as you like - whatever shows your enthusiasm for your favorite team, the NHL or the game of hockey in general. 

Entries must be received by October 24th (all contest entry information is below) and the winner will be decided by a panel of judges and announced October 26th. Winning photo and others will be displayed on KK. 

October’s prize is a pair of Easton Stealth S11 hockey gloves, valued at $169.00 - more info below.

 

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  Tags: contest

Saturday Issues

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First a few congratulations are in order.  Gramps is back.  Grampa Pinhead, who has served as the A2Y logic czar since our inception a few years ago, has brought back his own blog: HockeytownTodd.  If you’re familiar with Gramps’ comments at our site, you know he’s traditional, cranky and caustic.  Great reading and always a source for stats you won’t find anywhere else.

Secondly, Behind The Jersey has been selected hockey’s tenth best blog by Sports Business Daily.  Visit BTJ to see which other hockey bloggers made the cut.  I’ll let you know when Cracked comes out with their rankings. I’m sure I’ll be in there somewhere.

Oh, and back to Gramps for a second…

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  Tags: babcock, datsyuk, downey, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko, hasek, lang, transvestite+avalanche+fans, zetterberg

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