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Penner Gets His Ring

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Edmonton Sun,

Ducks owner Henry Samueli, his wife Susan, and general manager Brian Burke presented the ring to Penner after the game.

“I shook Burke’s hand, he said ‘Good luck’ and that was it,” Penner said. “I really didn’t know what to expect because it was a unique situation. But I’m done with this one and now I’m moving on to the next one.”

Continued...with more on a silent night between Burke and Lowe.

 

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  Tags: dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers, los+angeles+kings

KK Website Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Paul Kukla will be unavailable for personal reasons for a couple days, and won’t be posting or able to respond to emails during that time.

Kukla’s Korner will be updated as normal, but for tips or anything urgent during Paul’s absence, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email instead.

Paul expects to be back by Wednesday, October 31, at the latest.

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Scary Scratch for Cogliano

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Derek Van Diest at the Edmonton Sun,

“I don’t remember much, I just remember falling back,” Cogliano said. “My visor was up obviously and I think he was just jumping over me and his skate came up and caught me.  It was pretty scary I didn’t want to open my eye, I just wanted to hold my hand over it.”

Cogliano was sporting a pair of small cuts on his cheekbone.

[Rob] Blake was stepping over Cogliano when his back skate came up and caught him just under the eye. Cogliano was back in the lineup yesterday against the Anaheim Ducks.

“There wasn’t a lot of blood, but for the most part it was a pretty scary incident,” Cogliano said. “My head was tilted backwards and that’s why his skate was able to get under my visor.”

more…

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  Tags: andrew+cogliano, edmonton+oilers, injuries

Doubting the Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,

Those lucky enough to attend the Devils’ first game in the Prudential Center agreed that the $375 million structure has everything.

They were fairly certain the same cannot be said for the Devils, who seem to be lacking something 10 games into the season. Whether it is a goal-scorer to kick-start the offense or an experienced defenseman to solidify a shaky defense corps (did someone suggest Richard Matvichuk?), the Devils are very much aware that if they do not start winning on this three-game homestand the whispers about a shakeup will become a roar.

continued…

 

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  Tags: arena, new+jersey+devils

Extra Security For Feuding GMs Not Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

The juicy subplot to Sunday’s game between the Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers seemed certain to come to a head.

But there was no shouting match or chance public encounter between the Ducks’ Brian Burke and the Oilers’ Kevin Lowe, the teams’ bickering general managers who avoided each other even as the NHL dispatched extra security because of the tension between the two.

And the subject of the controversial offer sheet at the heart of that tension, Dustin Penner, did little in his first appearance at Honda Center since he skated around the ice with the Stanley Cup in June.

continued…

(*the NHL sent extra security for those guys?! Wow)

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers, kevin+lowe

Linden vs Chelios

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Iain Macintyre at the Vancouver Sun,

Eleven years ago, when the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime, Trevor Linden got into Chris Chelios’s face after the winning goal and the pair tussled.

Chelios threw the first punch and, after the players were separated, accused Linden of covering up and refusing to fight. And that was the high point of their relationship. It has devolved the last two years as Chelios leads his crusade for justice within a National Hockey League Players’ Association that Linden, as the union’s former president, led through a labour war that scuttled the 2004-05 season.

Sunday, Linden seemed ready for the fight.

“It’s easy to pile on,” Linden said before facing Chelios and the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night at GM Place. “I will say this: I’m extremely proud of the decisions the [NHLPA] executive committee made. I think we made, in very difficult times, good decisions for the players.”

continued…

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  Tags: chris+chelios, detroit+red+wings, nhlpa, trevor+linden, vancouver+canucks

Former Oilers Owner Pocklington’s Business Troubles

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brent Jang at the Globe & Mail (Report on Business),

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington, who turned his hand to U.S. golf ventures after his Canadian business empire crumbled, is liquidating the company he once hoped to turn into a leading supplier of high-end clubs.

Mr. Pocklington, chairman and co-owner of GolfGear International Inc., made the voluntary filing in bankruptcy court earlier this month in Nevada, where the company is incorporated.  As a result of the filing, a lawsuit against Mr. Pocklington and other defendants has been temporarily placed on hold in the Superior Court of California, Orange County.

continued…

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NHL Might Not Have Time to Approve Preds Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Glennon at The Tennessean,

Even if the city and a mainly local group of investors seeking to buy the Predators agreed on a new arena lease as early as today, it may be too late for the NHL to approve a change of ownership by Wednesday.

That’s when the period of exclusive negotiations between the local group and Predators owner Craig Leipold expires. 

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he was “not sure” if the league would have enough time to approve an ownership change by Wednesday.

“But everyone’s primary focus should be getting a deal done there, and then we’ll deal with approval,’’ Daly said.

continued…

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Yes Gary…I’m Still Awake

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You know, it takes a certain brand of ignorance to blame Gary Lenore Bettman every time I have to stay up late.  If we were in the Eastern Conference, as baby Jesus intended, there would still be at least one trip to the Provinces each year.  But this one’s easy.  Twice in a span of three weeks?  Yeah, I’m awake.  But I’m pissed about it.  Your Far West live blog starts now.

Actual news…Nik Kronwall’s injured…again.  It’s a groin thing.  Derek Meech makes his season debut tonite.

Continue Reading »

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Players Need to Take Responsibility

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,

“Bruins’ defenceman [Andrew Ference] spoke about the bigger issue: How players need to know they’re carrying the fate of others in their hands.“It’s not Philadelphia,” he said. “I don’t think Philly is a team of goons and no coach is telling his players to go out and paralyze someone. It’s up to the guys on the ice to be responsible, and if they’re not, then they have to pay the price.

“There’s always talk about a lack of respect [among NHL players],” Ference added, “but the biggest question is if guys understand how much trust is involved in playing hockey – trust between you and your opponent. You’re trusting players coming down won’t do that to you and you won’t do that to them. That’s how it’s supposed to be.”

more…

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  Tags: andrew+ference, boston+bruins

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