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Don’t Fear Kovalev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,

Alex Kovalev said yesterday there’s no reason his younger linemates should feel intimidated.

“I’ve told them to play their games and not to worry about me,” said Kovalev, who will be playing with Andrei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski when the Canadiens face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.

Last season, Tomas Plekanec said he was uncomfortable playing between Kovalev and Sergei Samsonov. But Kovalev said yesterday that he is heeding general manager Bob Gainey’s advice and helping the youngsters.

continued

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Wife Of Emile Francis Found Safe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun-Sentinel,

The wife of NHL Hall of Famer and former New York Rangers coach and general manager Emile “The Cat” Francis has been found unharmed at a hotel after he reported she was missing.

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Hockey All Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you can catch ESPN Classic today, you have some great games to watch.

All times are ET.

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Easy Decision For MacTavish

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

“When Doug Weight left I asked him who he thought should replace him as captain and he said Jason Smith,” said Oilers’ coach Craig MacTavish.

“I asked Jason, when he left, and he said Ethan Moreau.”

While MacTavish threw out some teasers about maybe having rotating captains and suggesting he was going to be very open-minded about the whole deal, he knew who his captain was going to be.

“It was a little bit of a no-brainer.”

more

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Questions For Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of Philly News,

John Stevens had as grim a task as any Philadelphia coach in recent memory, taking over a doomed team after the stunning dismissal of Hitchcock. Stevens handled himself well, establishing his expectations for players and making sure there were consequences when those expectations weren’t met.

But do we know Stevens is a championship-caliber NHL coach? It is no insult to him to answer no to that question. Hitchcock had a pedigree of success and couldn’t get it done with the talent at hand here. Stevens might be the right man for this job. No one knows, including Stevens, Holmgren and the players.

In theory, Biron settles down the goaltender spot. He has a fine career goals against average of 2.55, but that shot up to 3.02 playing behind the Flyers at the end of last season. Niittymaki’s average was 3.38 last year - so the apples-to-apples comparison doesn’t tell us much.

read on

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Brashear Builds Homes With His Bare Hands

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from D.C. Sports Bog,

Brashear’s father had been in real estate, and he always wanted to get involved in that industry, and he’s already thinking about what he’ll do post-hockey. And so he and his buddies formed the company and built two houses-a one-level home and a cottage—this summer in Quebec City. And yes, Brashear was out at the sites, using nail guns and making cuts with electric saws and doing some roofing and lifting trusses and putting in hardwood floors and working on ceramic tiles. You know, the usual offseason stuff.

“It’s my company; I want to show the guys that I can be out there and working,” he told me.

more

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  Tags: donald+brashear, washington+capitals

NHL.com Facelift

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NHL.com went through a bit of a facelift.

Check it out- looking good.

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Looking At Barry Trotz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Barry Trotz has a new look. After years of coloring his ever-maturing locks, the Predators coach has traded his bottled brown for au natural.

The look suits the tenured coach, but even now, with his gray shining through, blue is the color that really defines him.

The son of a railroad mechanic and a restaurant employee, Trotz and his blue-collar work ethic have followed an untraditional path to the upper levels of the National Hockey League.

continued

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  Tags: barry+trotz, nashville+predators

The Good & Bad NHL Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

And then there’s the number that backs everything up: According to Dolan, 93 per cent of the NHL overall revenue (up from 91 per cent before the lockout) is generated by the teams, with only 7 per cent generated by the league.

That’s why the Toronto Maple Leafs are extremely well off, and the Predators are gasping for air. And that’s why, if the local Nashville deal falls through, it’s no real solution to move the team to another non-hockey market such as Kansas City — because it will have to sink or swim right there.

Even in the darkest days in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa — and Winnipeg and Quebec City — at least that was never an issue.

more

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Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner,

Now the same people who had to turn people away at the ticket window have to figure a way to draw people in.
The franchise has been slow to react, but this game’s not over. It’ll be fun to watch the Red Wings try to become more fan friendly over the next few years.

more on the Wings ticket problems…

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