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Key to Rebuilding the Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Gordon at the St Louis Post-Dispatch,

The new Blues management team has done many things right while rebuilding this downtrodden team.

Near the top of that list was the decision to send offensive defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Boston Bruins for versatile forward Brad Boyes back on Feb. 27. This was wasn’t a big move, but it was very important.

“One of the best trades I’ve seen,” Blues goaltender Manny Legace said with a chuckle. “He’s been a key part of the team since he got here. I’m glad he’s here.”

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  Tags: brad+boyes, st.+louis+blues

Habs Calling for Rule Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens are calling for an NHL rule change after defenceman Francis Bouillon suffered a shoulder injury from a hit in the dying seconds of overtime.

The Canadiens feel that Pittsburgh defenceman Sergei Gonchar should not have been allowed to take part in a shootout after he was called for boarding with 1.6 seconds left in the five-minute overtime in Montreal’s 4-3 win over the Penguins on Saturday night.

continued…

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  Tags: francis+bouillon, montreal+canadiens, pittsburgh+penguins, sergei+gonchar

Thrashers Fans Get Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom the Atlanta Thrashers,

“How many people can say their Thrasher jersey has traveled from one end of the earth to the other?! My Thrashers jersey has literally traveled around the world from the Middle East to East Asia, traveling thru Europe and the Pacific along the way. In August, my jersey and I took a short deployment to Kuwait. In October, my jersey and I deployed to Qatar. Hockey jerseys were not made with the middle east in mind- the temperature was 115 degrees while taking these photos”

more…

Here’s the really odd thing: Major Daniel Barnes also just randomly runs into another Thrashers’ fan wearing the team jersey, wandering around Amsterdam.  Small world…

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, fans

Money in Hockey Memorabilia

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rich Mueller at the American Chronicle,

This week, Classic’s [auction] sale was highlighted by a circa 1946 Bill Mosienko Chicago Blackhawks game used wool sweater plus socks and shin pads which sold for $25,390. A 1951-52 Chuck Rayner New York Rangers game worn jersey brought $20,938 while a 1974 Phil Esposito Stanley Cup-worn Boston Bruins shirt sold for $14,272.

Among the hundreds of hockey pieces sold were several from the collection of a former Edmonton Oilers’ public relations man. Bill Teule’s 1986-87 Stanley Cup trophy brought 19 serious bidders and closed at $21,000. The Oilers’ next title came the following season and that trophy brought $20,000.

One unique piece from Teule’s collection was a napkin signed multiple times by a young Wayne Gretzky. Teule and Gretzky sat in a restaurant in the early 1980s when the hockey superstar showed his friend the variations of his autograph. Teule kept the napkin, never dreaming it would someday sell for $2,341.

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2 Goal NHL Debut

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pollak at the Mercury News,

The guy hasn’t been around the locker room long enough for the Sharks to agree on his nickname - Coach Ron Wilson calls him Seto, Joe Thornton refers to him as Gooch.

Either way, rookie Devin Setoguchi was the difference-maker Monday night, scoring two third-period goals in his first NHL game to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 comeback victory over the Dallas Stars.

My vote is definitely ‘Seto’. Anyway, just for the heck of it, here’s the video from ESPN showing his career highlights thus far.  Nice way to start.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dallas+stars, devin+setoguchi, san+jose+sharks

Well…What Do YOU Say?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve spoken my mind regarding the fruitcake idea of Peter Forsberg switching sides from evil to pure.  Now I leave it in your hands.  I’ve created yet another poll, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

By the way, nearly 150 of you voted to determine the stance we should take this season regarding the treatment of the 11 Dive fans in Denver.  Result:  a resounding 84 percent (120/143) of you said we should continue to criticize their ignorance at every opportunity.

You have yourselves a deal. Thank you.  New poll below.

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Thrashers & Oilers Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Spector takes a closer look at talk about a deal between Edmonton and Atlanta. Plus more speculation about Forsberg…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, Edmonton Oilers, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, edmonton+oilers, rumors

Crosby’s “Wild Fever”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

When “Sid the Kid” really was a kid, or more accurately a hotshot teenager burning out red goal lights for fun at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., Crosby, like thousands of Minnesotans, got caught up in Wild Fever. It was 2003, and the Wild was in the midst of its Cinderella run to the Western Conference finals. Crosby, a native of Nova Scotia, was 15 years old attending the Minnesota boarding school/hockey haven, and he spent many nights cheering on the Wild down at 7th and Kellogg.

“When Minnesota made the run there, I was lucky enough to see all the playoff games and go to games as a fan,” Crosby said during a telephone interview. “I went to five or 10 games during the year, too, and every game was sold out. Even for a regular-season game, the atmosphere there is pretty amazing.

“But in the playoffs, especially, it was a fun place to be. I remember thinking, ‘Boy, this would be a cool place to play,’ so it’s kind of fun that I’m going to have a chance to finally play there.”

more…

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  Tags: minnesota+wild, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

LaBarbera Sweating Up His Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lisa Dillman at the LA Times,

Hockey players sweat.  So, tell us something we don’t know.

Except not all sweating athletes are created equal, and some perspire more than others. Put Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera squarely in that latter camp, which has created some interesting challenges for this season.

The new Reebok Edge uniform system may be too efficient in repelling sweat from jerseys, so much so that it is wreaking havoc with LaBarbera’s gloves. He said that he probably doesn’t shoot the puck quite as well at the end of the period because of his slippery hands.

“I sweat a lot. I’m kind of known for it,” LaBarbera said recently. “I’ve always been like that. I’ve noticed it more so in my gloves this year than anything. You can feel it dripping into your gloves.”

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  Tags: goalies, jason+labarbera, los+angeles+kings

Ottawa Playing to Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allen Panzeri at the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators coach John Paddock never would have predicted that his team would zip through the first 10 games with a 9-1 record.

He won’t predict the pattern is going to continue, either. The Senators are not going to finish 72-10. The National Hockey League is just too good for any team to do that.  However, if it did, if it continued to play at this opening level for the next 72 regular-season games, Paddock would be a happy man. After all, that’s the goal of any hockey team: to win every game it plays.

“If you’re not trying to be 82-0. “you’re not trying,” Paddock said yesterday.  “Dany Heatley’s paid to score goals, yes, but, really, he’s paid to win, and so are all the players. That’s their job.”

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  Tags: ottawa+senators

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