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What Do You Expect On Friday The 13th?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

It was nearly a devastating doozy, but breathe easy Chicago fans and Buffalonians because the first malfunction of Patrick Kane’s day with the Cup has been rectified.

Kane and the Cup were stuck about three stories up in the bucket of a fire engine for about 20 minutes because the motor that controls the ladder had stopped working. After calling in the technicians, the firemen finally got their ladder working and Kane was returned successfully down to earth.

As he stepped off the ladder he was visibly shaking.

“It was a little scary, but anything with this (the Cup) is unexpected,” a clearly relieved Kane said after making his way down. “I’m just happy to be out.”

You can read more from Dan on Kane’s day with the Cup.

Also, a video is posted below with Kane stuck in the bucket, but the music is bad and all you see is some people in the bucket…

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  Tags: patrick+kane

Kaberle Could Fit In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Given Tampa Bay’s needs on defense, it is naive to believe general manager Steve Yzerman hasn’t at least inquired about getting Kaberle into a Lightning uniform.

Is Kaberle a good fit for the Lightning? Seems like it on the surface. Kaberle, 32, is a sturdy, efficient puck-moving defenseman who had seven goals and 49 points in 82 games last season for Toronto. He averaged 22:21 of ice time. Yes, he was minus-16 on a bad team. But he had three goals and 25 points on the power play.

Kaberle also has one year left on a contract that will pay $4.25 million next season. Even without the expected salary going to other way in a trade, Kaberle fits under the $59.4 million salary cap as Tampa Bay has about a $10 million cushion. It also means the Lightning is not locked into anything long term. That fits perfectly with Yzerman’s idea of evaluating his roster over the next season or two as he reshapes and rebuilds the organization.

more including why he may not fit…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Time Running Out On Forsberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

It appears as though Peter Forsberg’s numerous injuries may finally have got the best of him.

In an interview with Swedish television station TV6 following an exhibition game in his home country, the two-time Stanley Cup champion was not optimistic about his chances of continuing to play professional hockey.

“It’s no good,” Forsberg told TV6.  “I have no balance skating.  If it continues to be as it is today, I will not continue playing.”


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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Probert Book Upcoming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CP at the Globe and Mail,

The family of Bob Probert has decided to go ahead with a memoir the longtime NHL enforcer was working prior to his death.

“Tough Guy,” due to be published Oct. 26, will recount his career with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks when he was one of the most feared players in the game, and also delve into his off-ice troubles.

Porbert was co-writing the book with Kirstie McLellan Day before he suffered a heart attack and died last month.

“He was really excited and happy about the opportunity to tell it like it really was — behind the headlines,” Dani Probert, his widow, said in a statement released by publisher HarperCollinsCanada. “After much deliberation, my family and I have decided to fulfil Bob’s dream and publish the book.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bob+probert

Up & Down Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News dives into his mailbag…

Hey Adam, I was wondering whether you had any thoughts on who could be a surprise team this coming year and which team may disappoint with their production?

I really believe the Carolina Hurricanes will shock some folks. The team’s history is littered with up and down years and when you consider they only won five of their first 27 games last year and still missed the playoffs by just eight points, they weren’t all that bad in 2009-10. They have offense, a goalie who could potentially win a Vezina and an underrated defense, so everything about them points to “surprise team” to me.

As for a disappointment, I fear for Montreal fans. After a Cinderella run to the Eastern Conference final, excitement in the city is high, so it’s easy to forget just how close the team came to missing out on the post-season altogether.

more on this question and additional questions and answers…

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Age Doesn’t Matter When It Comes To A Big Season

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Landmark achievements like seasons with 50 goals and 100 points, or winning the Norris or Vezina Trophy, usually belong to younger players. But players who have reached their 35th birthday have made some history of their own.

Here’s a look at some of the best seasons by the NHL’s 35-and-over crowd:



Gordie Howe, 1968-69 (age 41)
Johnny Bucyk, 1970-71 (age 35)
Wayne Gretzky, 1995-96 (age 35)
Joe Sakic, 2006-07 (age 37)

read on

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All Garth Snow

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Chances of a significant turnaround in the Isles’ near future:

There’s an excellent chance of that. Looking at the players we’ve drafted such as Tavares, Kyle Okposo (and) Josh Bailey and in developing those players, we’ve also restocked the shelves of our prospect pool, whether that’s in Bridgeport (AHL), NCAA colleges or Europe.

We’ve had success with Mark Streit and Matt Moulson from free agency, and right on down the line there’s a great feeling of where we’re going and how we’re getting there. We’re going to stick to our plan that we’ve implemented. We’ve made tremendous strides from just two seasons ago to last year, where we jumped 18 points in the standings — and with a younger team.

To make the next step, it’s up to us to get better this summer, to improve through strength and conditioning, good nutrition, sleeping habits and skill development. We feel really good about where we’re headed.


Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: garth+snow

It’s A Slow News Friday Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nada, nothing, no news, unless you are interested in Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup getting a police escort to Niagara Falls.

Oh, this just in…

Brian Burke was on Fan590 this morning and said he is looking for a forward with size and scoring ability (note he did not say Top 6 forward) or a package of a high pick and good young player when talking Kaberle trade.

You can listen to the interview here.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink

How’s This Sound For An Arena?

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from Kelly Grant of the Globe and Mail,

Ever since a group of distinguished Toronto architects threatened to abandon the waterfront over an ugly hockey rink, their supporters have suggested you can’t put a price on great design near the lake.

As it turns out the city can, and in the case of the world’s first stacked four-pad arena, the price is $88-million – $17-million more than a standard complex and $54-million more than the city has available for the new Port Lands Sports Complex….

The revised design, unveiled last month, features four NHL-sized ice pads stacked in a tower, a Zamboni for each level, three high-speed elevators with high ceilings to accommodate hockey sticks, an indoor running track, pro shop, community rooms and small restaurant.


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Shean Donovan Waiting For Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Only 49 games shy of reaching the 1,000 milestone in his NHL career, the 35-year-old winger, a Carleton Place native who has suited up the past three years for the Senators, would like play one more year.

But with time ticking away toward the opening of training camps and with more than 40-50 unrestricted free agents still looking for work, Donovan isn’t sure he’ll get that one last opportunity.

“I just want the chance to play. That’s the most important thing to me,” said Donovan Thursday.

While Donovan’s lawyer Larry Kelly has talked to a couple of NHL teams that might be looking for help, there haven’t been any solid offers.

While Donovan has been delaying a decision, there are two good offers from teams in Europe. He’d like to wait a little longer to see what happens on the NHL front.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: shean+donovan

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