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Getting Ovechkin Signed

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

Where exactly the Washington Capitals are in their negotiations with star Alexander Ovechkin, general manager George McPhee is not saying. He wants to keep contract talks as private as possible to avoid the daily questions and potential distractions. The Caps have enough on their plates on the ice, without any off-ice issues.

Bottom line is McPhee simply has to find a way to sign his star, who potentially could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, but the Caps are not likely to let that happen

more…

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, washington+capitals

Oilers Plan to Rush the Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Edmonton Journal,

Dustin Penner has been setting up shop in front of the net when the Oilers have had the man advantage, but he hasn’t been able to bang one in. He has one goal in his last 10 games.

“We need those to start going in for us,” MacTavish said. “We need that efficiency around the net.”

“It’s a matter of getting more hungry for the pucks, more tenacious,” said Penner. “You just have to have the mentality that the next shot is going in, that you’re due.”

more…

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers

Slight Delay Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sorry for the posting delay today.  We had an issue with a software upgrade but all should be fine now.

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Leafs Still Believe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Yes, the Maple Leafs have lost their last three games.

Yes, the players acknowledge the quotient of fans abandoning all hope is growing exponentially with every loss.

No, the team is not giving up.

“You fight through the adversity you face,” said an impassioned Leafs head coach Paul Maurice.

“You’re going to have to believe during those times when nobody else will, when (critics) will look at the last two months and tie them into the last 41 years and say: `Well, things haven’t changed.’

more

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  Tags: paul+maurice, toronto+maple+leafs

Using Hockey To Teach Those Kids Many Things In Life

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Joe Juneau making a difference….

I recommend watching both videos… 1 then 2

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  Tags: joe+juneau, kids

Numbers Don’t Lie

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam McCaig at THN,

Numbers don’t lie.
1.  Montreal, at 10-4-3, is tied with Colorado for the third-best winning percentage in the league (.676). Not bad for a team The Hockey News predicted would finish 13th in the Eastern Conference this season. The New Jersey Devils, at 7-9-2, were holding down 13th in the East through Nov. 15.

2.  Buffalo, at 6-10-1, is 29th in the league in winning percentage (.382), ahead of only Washington (6-11-1, .361). And have you heard this one about Buffalo? They haven’t scored the first goal in 14 consecutive games;

continued…

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Gerber is #1

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Yzerman at CP via Yahoo,

The confidence of goaltender Martin Gerber is also sky high and, after a difficult first season in Canada’s capital, the 33-year-old has emerged as the surprise No. 1 netminder on the NHL’s hottest club out of the gate.

“I think we’ve had a good thing going since training camp started as a team and kept really building from it. Personally, I got my game back and feel more comfortable in there,” says the 33-year-old native of Burgdorf, Switzerland, who will be in goal Saturday when the Senators visit the Air Canada Centre to face the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET).

With a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, Gerber recorded his league-leading 12th victory of the season against just one defeat.

more… on Gerber’s career rebound

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  Tags: goalies, martin+gerber, ottawa+senators

Mattias Norstrom Placed on IR in Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed defenseman Mattias Norstrom on the injured reserve list retroactive to November 9. The Stars also recalled defenseman Mark Fistric from the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Norstrom, 35, suffered a small fracture to his orbital bone in the Stars’ Nov. 7 contest at San Jose and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

 

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  Tags: dallas+stars, injuries, mark+fistric, mattias+norstrom

Nashville Investors Confirm a Deal is Reached

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Tennessean,

David Freeman, head of the group buying the Nashville Predators hockey team, put out this statement this afternoon:

“We are excited to reach an agreement with the Mayor’s Office on lease changes to keep the Predators in Nashville under local ownership. We are very appreciative of Mayor Dean for getting this done amid the many priorities he has as the new mayor of our city. He obviously has a strong desire for this hockey team to remain in Nashville.”

continued… with the rest of the statement

Updated 5:52pm ET: From the AP via USA Today,

Mayor Karl Dean said the agreement guarantees the team will stay in Nashville for the next five years or the city’s financial investment will be paid back.

The changes for the Sommet Center must be approved by the Metro Sports Authority and city council. The NHL Board of Governors must approve the $193 million sale.

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  Tags: david+freeman, karl+dean, nashville+predators, sommet+center

Doug Armstrong Will Land on his Feet

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre Lebrun, CP via MetroNews,

“It’s just part of the business. I’m viewing this as a great time to teach them how to respond to adversity. I have to be strong at home and go out and get another job and let them know that when you have a setback and you have to stand up and get back on your feet.  That’s what society demands and that’s what we demand of ourselves.”

Armstrong’s deal with the Stars pays him through the 2010-11 season but he doesn’t plan on sitting on the couch. He wants to work.

He’s already been contacted from numerous friends around the league and given his excellent reputation he needn’t worry.

“Someone said when you get let go, because it’s never if but when, just make a list of names of people that called you and that’ll give you a pretty good feeling of what you’ve done,” said Armstrong. “So I’ve got that list and I’m on the third or fourth page now. It means a lot when people around the league reach out to you and show their support.”

more…

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  Tags: dallas+stars, doug+armstrong

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