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US Players Galore Playing For Michigan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Brandon Sun,

The boom in American hockey talent is strikingly apparent with a quick glance at the University of Michigan men’s roster.

There are only three Canadians skating for coach Red Berenson’s No. 1-ranked Wolverines. “I’ve seen it really change in the last 10 years,” Berenson says over the phone line from his Ann Arbor office.

Berenson wants to make it clear that Michigan hasn’t stopped recruiting Canadians. It’s just that there are way more Americans capable of making his team these days.

continued

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Dallas Fires GM Doug Armstrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars Chairman of the Board and Owner Thomas O. Hicks announced today that he has relieved Doug Armstrong from his duties as General Manager of the hockey club.

“As an owner I have to be responsible for one person in Hockey Operations and that is the General Manager of the team,” said Hicks. “I thought that the team needed a change in direction. I know that change can be healthy and it was my determination that this move needed to be made.  I want the Dallas Stars to return to being one of the elite teams in the league.

continued…

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  Tags: dallas+stars, doug+armstrong

AHL on the NHL Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press Release via TSN,

NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to American Hockey League (AHL) games.  The broadcast package provides NHL Network, in both Canada and the U.S., with 20 ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups, airing Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET throughout the remainder of the regular season. [...]

The 20-game package marks the most AHL games ever televised on NHL Network, which aired 12 AHL match-ups last season.  NHL Network has been televising AHL games since the 2004/05 season.

continued… with complete AHL broadcast schedule.

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  Tags: ahl, media, nhl+network

Get It Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

Following Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Keenan had been asked about his boys coughing up another two power-play goals.

The coach figuratively shoved his goalie to front and centre on a first-period tally by Robert Nilsson. His statement included the line: “It’s pretty difficult to criticize the people on the penalty-killing situation when your goaltender is not part of the solution.”

Damning stuff. Which Iron Mike took measures to clarify Monday.

“Well, first of all, the media has misconstrued the comments,” started Keenan.

more

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan

Frustrated Caps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Post,

After dropping five of the past six games and dropping into last place, there are lots of frustrated players in the Washington Capitals’ locker room. No one, though, is more unhappy than defenseman Steve Eminger, who isn’t playing and isn’t sure why.

“It’s past frustrating,” he said following yesterday’s practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “It’s just a matter of them putting me in the lineup, and putting me in there for more than one game, or moving me to somewhere I’m going to play. Because clearly I’m not in their plans.”

continued

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  Tags: steve+eminger, washington+capitals

Ducks/Kings Battle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Daily News,

During tonight’s Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, the announcer at Honda Center will unveil the new name for Southern California’s hockey rivalry.

The finalists, as voted upon by fans on the Internet, are “Ice-5 Series,” “Freeway Face-Off,” “Freezeway Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”

continued

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, los+angeles+kings

Weight Trying To Break Out Of Scoring Slump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News-Democrat,

With the St. Louis Blues on a three-game losing streak and struggling to find offense, center Doug Weight is more than willing to help.

But with no goals and three assists in the first 14 games, Weight is pressing to find a way to do it.

“I’ve had these points in my career before, where you go 10 or 12 games and you can’t buy anything,” said Weight, who has two assists in his last 11 games. “This is frustrating because the team needs it and we’ve lost some games where I could have helped.”

continued

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  Tags: doug+weight, st.+louis+blues

Emery Tweaks His Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Ray Emery has been thrown another curveball in his attempt to earn more ice time in the Ottawa Senators’ net.

Emery, already in coach John Paddock’s doghouse for questionable work habits during practice, left the ice early yesterday because of back spasms that he said originated when he was playing baseball during an off-day on Sunday.

Emery says something happened when he bent over to throw pop-ups.

continued

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  Tags: goalies, ottawa+senators, ray+emery

You Be The Judge

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Versus has an ad promoting today’s If-you-don’t-have-our-channel-it-sucks-to-be-you game between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, and the picture is, to say the least, one of those images that would make a “We didn’t land on the moon” conspiracy theorist giddy as a schoolgirl:

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Paul sent this one to me with a simple question—is this really Chris Chelios?—and when he suggested that it looked more like Brendan Shanahan, save the 06-07 Easton gloves, I agreed.  As a hockey picture hound, however, I went to town on the image, looking for inconsistencies…

 

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  Tags: marketing, media, versus

The Latendresse Brothers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

The Latendresse brothers, Guillaume and Olivier, remain an inseparable pair, even though they live 3,500 kilometres apart on opposite ends of the professional hockey spectrum….

Guillaume is living out a dream playing for his beloved Canadiens, a media darling who has been portrayed as a saviour to a public starving for a French-Canadian star to carry the Tricolore. Olivier, meanwhile, is toiling in the Central Hockey League with the Arizona Sundogs, unable to make any headway in the Phoenix Coyotes organization after signing a three-year contract in 2004 as an undrafted free agent.

read on

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  Tags: chl, guillaume+latendresse, oliver+latendresse, phoenix+coyotes

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