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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.

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(*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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Flyers’ Jones Unlikely to Face Big Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

There are those who are waiting for the NHL to throw the book at Philadelphia’s Randy Jones for his hit on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron.

There are those who are talking about what sanctions the league should impose on the Flyer organization, in the wake of illegal hits by Steve Downie, Jesse Boulerice and now Jones.

And there are those who are likely to be disappointed.

The NHL has yet to rule on Jones, and won’t do or say anything publicly Sunday, but if the reaction around the league from other GMs, coaches and players is any indication, Jones is not likely to be on the receiving end of a monster suspension, if he’s suspended at all.

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, randy+jones, suspensions

Bergeron Out of Hospital

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via TSN,

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was released from hospital Sunday after being held overnight with a concussion and a broken nose.

The team will address Bergeron’s status on Monday.

Bergeron suffered the injury after being knocked unconscious when he was hit from behind into the boards by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones late in the first period of Saturday’s game.

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(*all previous coverage and links regarding Bergeron’s injury are here)

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  Tags: boston+bruins, injuries, patrice+bergeron

Around The League With “Grapes”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner last night talked about the Begeron hit and a few other topics.

Worth the seven minutes it takes to watch it…

Continue Reading »

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The Rumors Continue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

To quote Spector,

This is just getting silly.

What else could be the topic but trade talk...

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