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Working The Right Muscles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sun Media,

During the off-season , it used to be that hockey players bulked up in the gym hell bent on gaining imposing size and power for the coming season.

Times have changed.

It’s not so much about developing big muscles so much as it’s important to develop the right muscles to excel at Canada’s favourite winter sport

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Kings Looking For #1 Goalie At Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

” . . . What we do have is a number of goalies who are here to prove themselves and a team also trying to prove itself.”

The group that will compete for the Kings’ top spot in net has changed some from last season.

Garon, Burke, Brust and Fukufuji are gone but Cloutier, who signed a lucrative two-year extension worth $6.2 million before the start of last season but struggled, is back. But he’s far from a lock to start.

That’s because Cloutier is joined by minor league standout Jason LaBarbera, who competed for the job in training camp last year, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, a veteran free agent signed during the off-season, and a couple of young prospects led by Jonathan Bernier, who was impressive playing for the Canadian junior team against Russia in the recently completed Super Series.

more (reg. req.)

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It’s Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

The Summit Series of 1972 it wasn’t because this event was decided in five games, not eight. Nevertheless, it had a lasting impression on the likes of Sam Gagner, the 18-year-old centreman with a flair for brilliance.

Gagner was one of many teenagers who proved to be every bit as talented as their Russian counterparts, especially when Canada won the first six games of the midsummer night’s dream matchup.

“The entire experience lived up to expectations,” Gagner said last night before accepting the most valuable player award for the tournament. “We had a lot of fun, and for me to play again for my country was something special.”

read on

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Austria Attracting Hockey Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

VIENNA—The rink organist doesn’t dress like Mozart in a powdered wig, but club hockey in Austria is still something special.

Inside the naturally lit Albert Schultz Eishalle, near the Danube River, a slap shot from the centre of Europe’s “most livable city” is the best of both worlds.

The appeal of Viennese culture is obvious, but so is the rapidly improving 10-team Erstebank Liga, which has caught the attention of many on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Do The Ducks Know Niedermayer Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Either Scott Niedermayer is planning on pulling a Roger Clemens by showing up after Christmas, or we need to re-evaluate the notion he’s one of the game’s great leaders.

The Ducks captain couldn’t possibly let his teammates and team management twist in the wind as it appears.

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  Tags: scott+niedermayer

Hull’s Role Not Yet Defined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas News,

“I’m here to help the organization any way I can,” said Hull, who served as assistant to president Jim Lites last season.

When asked if that’s something he can seriously do, Hull responded confidently: “I don’t see why not. ... I’ve got a boatload of knowledge, and everyone has to figure out how to tap into it.”

Hull has a few ideas. He would love to simply open up a brain that has soaked up hockey since he was a kid watching his father, Bobby, and his uncle Dennis, and let the contents spill out. He would love to try the Jackson Pollock philosophy of pouring his paint onto a blank canvas to see what kind of masterpiece would appear.

But he’s smart enough to know better.

read on

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  Tags: brett+hull

Picking Up The Pace

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jeremy Bonderman’s hurt.  The Lions have begun their trek to glory.  Tiger Woods won again and I’m sure a redneck drove pretty fast before taking his sister out for a romantic dinner.  So finding Wing news today may be tough.

But not as tough as it was a month ago.  Thankfully.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: attendance, kronwall, lebda, lilja, maltby, meech, sopel

Patience Hard To Come By For Kindl

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Great stuff from Bruce MacLeod tonite on Wing prospective blue liner, Jakub Kindl.

“About a week before we did send him to juniors, we said that we were going to send him out,” said Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill. “Then we played him a (preseason) game and he played very well. We said that we’d give him one more and then let him go back to juniors and he played better. He wound up playing about five games.”

With seven NHL-experienced defenseman on the team at training camp last fall, there was little chance that Kindl would wind up in Detroit.

Different circumstances will keep Kindl down in GR this year, or at least prompt the Wings to start him there.  A stacked blue line, plus zero flexibility with Derek Meech spell a season with the Griffs for the young Czech.

More from MacLeod.

 

 

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  Tags: deep+diggers, fellow+bloggers, prospects

Not ALL Southern Teams, Just One

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s the great thing about blogging.  One guy (the emperor) points to an article about the Wings offering some 9 buck tickets, then a few other guys scoff or applaud the move.  Then a reader who happens to be a fellow blogger drops a few bombs in the comment section until she’s formed her argument to the extent she’s ready to post it on her own site.  At that point, I read it, agree or disagree, and point you right back to both, throwing in my own elitist views for good measure.

And away we go.

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  Tags: attendance, fellow+bloggers

Questions For The Bolts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Peterburg Times,

What are the biggest concerns? Here are 10 burning questions…

What’s with the goalies?

Marc Denis and Johan Holmqvist were really bad at times last season, and statistically they were among the worst. Karri Ramo played 70 minutes, but it was Denis and Holmqvist who were most responsible for the team’s .884 save percentage, last in the league, and a 3.11 goals-against average that was 24th. Holmqvist, with 27 regular-season victories, showed promise, though he couldn’t carry the team in the playoffs. Denis is the bigger concern. If Tampa Bay could have dealt him over the summer it would have, but his $2.8-million salary wiped out any market value. Now it hopes he resurrects his career.

read on

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