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The End of Junior ‘B’?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Hicks at The Record,

For local junior B hockey teams, it may as well be the end of the world.  It’s the Super Midget League.

And it could arrive as early as next season to suck the finest 16-year-old players off the roster of such storied local franchises as the Elmira Sugar Kings, Waterloo Siskins, Cambridge Winter Hawks, Kitchener Dutchmen and Stratford Cullitons.

“The super midget league will be the final nail in the Jr. B coffin,” said long-time observer Bob Turow, who runs central scouting for the junior United States Hockey League and serves as the eyes and ears of U.S. college hockey recruiters north of the border.  Plans are in the works.

The Super League, as orchestrated by the Ontario Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey Federation, seems sure to become reality in Ontario.  Maybe even by fall of 2008.

continued… (*story implies a notable trickle-down effect on NHL and college scouting)

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Here Manny Goes Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,

Yes, this is the same Manny Fernandez who ranks dead last among NHL goalies in goals-against average (5.00) and save percentage (.796), and once again is splitting time with another goaltender.

Fernandez is 1-1 in two starts. In three starts, partner/backup Tim Thomas ranks second in the NHL with a 1.34 GAA and .957 save percentage, right behind the Wild’s Nik Backstrom (1.00, .959) - the guy who pushed Fernandez out of Minnesota after seven seasons.

So, for Fernandez, it has been a case of here we go again.

“We’re splitting time for now,” he said. “You know, it’s the same questions and the same answers as it’s always been. We don’t make the rules, and we don’t make the decisions.”

more…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, manny+fernandez

Uglier By The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

There has long been speculation that a group of players, the majority of whom are Meehan clients, sidestepped Goodenow’s no-cap position in an attempt to end the lockout.

If that happened, it’s possible a decertification case could be built against Meehan. A player agent has to be certified by the NHLPA before he or she can represent NHL players.

Meehan could not be reached for comment, but has gone on record expressing his contempt for anyone who would question his character and business reputation.

much more

Filed in: NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhlpa

Pock Wants To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

Asked Tuesday about the situation, Rangers coach Tom Renney repeated his mantra of patience. He said again that he wants to get every defenseman into a game before long, and was aware of Pock’s plight.

“That sounds good,” Pock said. “I’m looking forward to playing. I didn’t practice my whole life to make it to the NHL so I could sit in the press box. Every player wants to be out there. At some point, something’s going to happen, I guess. I don’t think he’s going to keep me here all year and have me sit on the back burner. Who knows? Maybe they will.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: new+york+rangers, thomas+pock

Change Is Good In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Daily-Herald,

It’s the question most Hawks fans are asking: Is the team going to be run differently with Rocky Wirtz in the big chair?

The answer is… it sure seems that way.

The fact that Rocky Wirtz recognized Pulford’s presence in the United Center gave the perception to the outside world that he was still making all the decisions was a critical moment in the recent history of the franchise.

According to a source close to Rocky Wirtz, physically removing Pulford from the building and moving his office across town was a symbolic move made to show Hawks fans that change is coming.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, rocky+wirtz

2 Man Advantage

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From 2 Man Advantage, more fun with the NY Islanders. Here’s their video from the pre-season episode shot in Moncton, NB during training camp.  Get some workout tips from Drew Fata…

*here is the complete 2 Man Advantage selection on YouTube

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: new+york+islanders

Players Back Recent NHL Suspensions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

Players around the league have roundly applauded hefty suspensions to Philadelphia Flyers forwards Steve Downie and Jesse Boulerice this season. The message is clear: hits to the head will no longer be tolerated.

“That kind of stuff is crazy,” said veteran winger Mark Recchi. “That’s stuff that doesn’t belong in the game. We’re a sport that allows fighting and you can vent your frustration by a fight if you want, but it’s a clean, hard game and that stuff doesn’t belong.

“I think (NHL disciplinarian) Colin Campbell has done the right thing.”

read on for the reaction from other NHL players…

Filed in: NHL Talk, Cheap Hits, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: suspensions

The Dollar Value of Bell Centre

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

George Gillett, the owner of the team and the Bell Centre they call home, is challenging the city’s tax assessment for the downtown hockey building.

The city evaluates the Bell Centre at $225 million but Gillett insists it’s worth only $75 million and now both parties are headed to Quebec’s administrative tribunal on Nov. 12 for a ruling.

The city has hired a battery of lawyers and experts to fight the case.

Gillett also wants a tax refund, which could go as high as $32 million, saying he’s been overtaxed.

more…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: montreal+canadiens

Lecavalier Delivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bolts Report,

Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier and his philanthropic corporate partners have committed $3 million over the next eight years toward the construction of the new All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The money will be earmarked for a 26,500-sq. ft. pediatric cancer facility which will bear Lecavalier’s name.

continued

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tampa+bay+lightning, vinny+lecavalier

Additional Information On The Therma Blade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

“The NHL is very interested in confirming the data provided by Therma Blade Inc. to establish the safety and reliability of the blade under NHL game conditions and we have agreed to allow a small group of players to test these blades in practices over the next few weeks,’’ says Kris King, the NHL’s senior manager of hockey operations.

Six to 10 players will try them first. If there are no glitches, the blades then would begin appearing in NHL games.

King says once he receives from the company a list of players who want to participate, he and Stu Grimson of the NHL Players’ Association will review it and decide who’ll be asked to wear the blades.

more

added 5:52pm, You can check out their website too, it has some video on it, but the site is loading very slowly for me.

Filed in: Hockey Equipment, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

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