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Russia An Adventure For Barry Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Slap Shot at the New York Times,

Here are more excerpts from the interview SKA St. Petersburg coach Barry Smith gave the Russian TV network Sportelekanal.

Q: If we recognize that the Superliga lags considerably behind the NHL, then is it right to say that your coming to Russia is a step backward?

A: No. If this was true, then I never would have come. Russia is a test, an adventure. Before coming to SKA I worked in Phoenix with Wayne Gretzky. And I will not say that it was the best time in my career. We didn’t have a good roster of players, and the organization was not at the proper level. And it was time-consuming just getting everything with the club into synch.

more from Barry…

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Injuries Pile Up For Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via TSN,

Centre Bryan Smolinski will be out for six weeks with a sprained right knee suffered Dec. 6 against Boston, the Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday.

Winger Steve Begin, who suffered a separated left shoulder in the same game, will miss two to three weeks.

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Stanley Cup Will Be In The 2008 Rose Parade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. - (December 11, 2007) – In celebration of one of Anaheim’s many momentous 2007 events, the City of Anaheim will present the Stanley Cup on the City’s 2008 Rose Parade® float, titled “Anaheim, the World’s Celebration Destination!” on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. This will be the first time in the 119-year history of the Rose Parade that the coveted trophy will appear in the parade, coinciding with the first time that a California hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks, has won the Stanley Cup. 

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Tampa Sale Back on Track?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

There is still much work to be done, but it looks as though the sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning is on its way to being resurrected.

Sources say NHL commissioner Gary Bettman yesterday mediated a resolution of the dispute, and lawsuit, between proposed partners Jeff Sherrin and Oren Koules, who hand intended to work together to purchase the Lightning franchise from the Detroit-based Palace Sports and Entertainment.

The net result is apparently that Sherrin and Koules have reached a settlement on their issues, the lawsuit has been avoided, and Hollywood producer Koules, of Saw (I,II,III and IV) fame, now has the green light to resume negotiations with the Lightning’s existing ownership. Koules is a former minor league hockey player.

continued…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, tampa+bay+lightning

Follow The Heat Trail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Stevens of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Heated skate blades that are supposed to enhance performance are being used by four anonymous NHL players.

The four teams they play for asked that their names be kept secret so the Thermablades on their feet didn’t draw media attention and their use become a distraction, says Kris King, the NHL’s Toronto-based senior manager of hockey operations.

continued

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  Tags: thermablades

Buccigross: Put Uncle Mike At The Helm

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We tend to pick on Mike Babcock here a bit more than we give him credit for the Wings’ success.  A bit more?  A lot more.  But, that doesn’t mean we don’t respect the way he’s put this team together and molded it to fit his style.  John Buccigross agrees, and recommends a world-wide stage.

So far this season, the Detroit Red Wings are the best team. They are by far the best-coached club. Mike Babcock is hands down the best coach in the NHL. He has to be Canada’s coach at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and Steve Yzerman should pick the team. Synergy, people.

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Patrick Kane Conference Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today’s NHL teleconference call was with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.

Patrick leads Chicago and all National Hockey League rookies in scoring with 28 points on 7 goals and 21 assists, playing in each of the Blackhawks 29 games so far this season. In some ways, his journey to the NHL will come full circle this Saturday when he will play his first professional game in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, when the Blackhawks visit the Sabres at the HSBC Arena.

Q.    Are you even a little surprised how well things have gone for you this year?

PATRICK KANE: You know, I think coming into the season, probably the biggest thing for me was to try to make the team. Once that kind of happened, things started coming in. I seemed to get a little more ice team here and there, some more opportunities to play with better players and I had a good start. Before you know it, we’re playing—myself and Jonathan, we’re playing against the top checking lines. I guess you don’t expect things to happen that quick.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, interview, patrick+kane

The Silent Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

He’s never won a Norris Trophy. Actually, he’s never even been runner-up. He’s third in career points among active defencemen. His passing game is among the very best in the league. He’s routinely among the leading offensive defencemen in the league. Right now he actually leads all NHL defencemen in scoring.

So why is it Dallas Stars veteran Sergei Zubov doesn’t get the same kind of attention as perennial Norris Trophy candidates Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer?

continued

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  Tags: sergei+zubov

Souray Back Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sportsnet.ca,

Sheldon Souray will be back in the Edmonton Oilers lineup Tuesday night vs. the St. Louis Blues after missing 25 games with a separated left shoulder.

Souray injured himself on October 13 vs. the Canucks and has been out ever since.

continued…

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, sheldon+souray

Expecting A Trade Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ducks Blog,

Moving on, it wouldn’t be a full day if we didn’t have something to say about Scotty. We’ve just gotten word that he definitely will NOT play Wednesday night, and that it’s either going to be Friday against Minny or Sunday against San Jo….

We’re expecting word on a trade later today, but who knows if it will happen. Keep checking back on the home page to see what might have gone down.

added 7:07pm, The official status of Scott Niedermayer is “doubtful”. for tomorrow.

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