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Ho Hum….Datsyuk’s Goal Is Play of the Night

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m too lazy to look it up, but this is at least the 19th time this year a Datsyuk goal has been the NHL Play of the Night.  Oh, alright. 19 may be pushing it. But it’s been at least twice.

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NHL Stars of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Colorado Avalanche right wing Milan Hejduk, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending December 9.

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  Tags: anze+kopitar, dominik+hasek, milan+hejduk

America’s Next Wave

Blog: KK Hockey By Steve

One of many complaints that casual sports fans have about hockey is that there are too many “foreigners” in our league.  Which, by the way, is utter bunk because they support the NBA’s European and Asian outreach, and the Major Leagues are now making Hispanic players the norm. 

But, they do have a point.  The NFL, a league with 99.9999999% Americans in it, is the man in the United States right now.  The NHL needs some new and talented red, white and blue blood.

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  Tags: dustin+byfuglien, erik+johnson, patrick+kane, phil+kessel, usa+hockey, zach+parise

Islanders Travel With Dad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Last week, the New York Islanders hosted their fathers on a road trip through Atlanta, Florida and Tampa. Team captain Bill Guerin immediately informed the fathers of their curfew—no one was to be in the team hotel until after 1 a.m.

Defenseman Andy Sutton has been in the NHL a decade, but this is the first time he and his father, Nigel, have shared something like this.

“This is a huge thing. My dad is just like a kid in a candy story. He’s just so pumped. It’s a pretty special thing,” Sutton said.

more plus other NHL talk…

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  Tags: andy+sutton, bill+guerin, new+york+islanders

The Talk In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

With the NHL’s Christmas “trade freeze” set to begin on Dec. 19 and mid-season fast approaching, here’s a look at the latest Western Conference rumors….

Nashville Predators: Forget about GM David Poile shopping restricted free agents Shea Weber or Martin Erat, as he’s indicated his intent to re-sign them before next summer.

read on for more Western Conference talk…

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, trades

NHL TV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),

The NHL plans to broadcast its first live, video broadband programs on NHL.com in promotion of the Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic scheduled for Jan. 1 in Buffalo.

The first broadcast will be a Winter Classic preview show aired live from XM’s NHL studio at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 28. The show will focus on past NHL and collegiate outdoor games and why the league is playing outdoors this year.

The second show will air two hours before face-off live from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo

The live programs represent the first step of an ambitious effort to offer more Web-specific programming on NHL.com. Depending on their success, other live shows could follow from events such as the All-Star Game and Stanley Cup playoffs.

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HD Is Growing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four games yesterday and all were available in HD via Directv.  Not sure if that is the same for other satellite and cable companies, but it sure was nice to be able to watch every game in HD.

Now, if could only get HNIC in HD via Directv, life would be good.

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Gagne On His Way Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier Post,

Simon Gagne’s long road back from the worst concussion of his career appears to be just a week away, possibly sooner.

Sidelined for the past 13 games and for 17 of the Flyers’ last 19, Gagne is now skating without headaches, but there remains some pressure in the back of his head and in his neck.

“Physically, on the ice, I felt very good and that’s a great thing,” Gagne said Sunday. “It’s a step forward to where I want to go. Hopefully, I’ll keep going like that for the next couple days.”

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  Tags: simon+gagne

Luongo Hiding

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

It was acknowledged by team staff that Luongo was in the medical room but did not have an injury.

Given that NHL teams regularly play fast and loose with the truth regarding injuries, speculation swirled that Luongo had picked up an injury. Otherwise, why wouldn’t he have been available?

Luongo was seen by a member of the media sometime later as he was leaving GM Place, but he said he didn’t want to talk.

On Sunday, as the Canucks held an optional practice—attended by just five skaters and back-up goaltender Curtis Sanford—Luongo was still not available, but the team continued to maintain there was no injury to their franchise goalie.

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

A Hockey Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Times,

Boudreau’s life in hockey has taken him to places like Biloxi, Miss.; Muskegon, Mich.; and Iserlohn, Germany. He has been a successful coach in a wide variety of leagues but took nearly a two-decade journey before he finally got his chance in the NHL.

“He is a very passionate hockey guy who lives and breathes the game and has a great way of relating to his players,” said St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray, whom Boudreau considers a mentor from their days together in the Los Angeles Kings organization. “Bruce has a neat way about him, and he is a guy people pull for. It was tough to see another friend of mine [Glen Hanlon] lose his job, but I was happy for Bruce as well.”

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added 1:38pm, from Capitals Insider,

My story on interim Coach Bruce Boudreau in today’s Post was relatively short. My interview with him was rather long. Here’s some of the good stuff that didn’t make the paper….

Q: How about your ties and suits? Some folks crack jokes.
A: “I don’t want to be this. I’m trying so hard not to be the Oscar Madison of coaching. But it’s a reputation I’ve had since I was 17 years old. I’ve tried hard to change. But I am who I am. I think I have really nice suits.”

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