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Thoughts on the Game Day Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune,

Morning skates on game days are a part of NHL tradition. But [Andy Murray] Murray isn’t a big fan, calling them one of the most overrated things in hockey. Murray rarely makes the skates mandatory. In St. Louis they’re called “necessary skates,” in that players who think it’s necessary will skate.

Turns out Wild coach Jacques Lemaire doesn’t entirely disagree.

“Myself, the morning skate is for the player that doesn’t play a lot,” Lemaire said. “Or the player that wants to shoot a couple pucks, players that want to feel their legs. That’s it.”

Lemaire runs a quick morning skate, and makes more of them optional as the season wears on. The players have varied views of them. Brian Rolston isn’t a big fan; Pavol Demitra loves to get in his morning skate.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: minnesota+wild, st.+louis+blues, training

Panthers’ Booth Leaves Game on Stretcher

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Sports Network,

Florida Panthers left wing David Booth was removed from the ice on a stretcher during the second period of a game against the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.

Booth was in the offensive left corner when he was checked from behind by Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov with 15:12 left in the period. Booth’s head went flush into the boards and he remained on his back until medical personnel assisted him to the stretcher.

Volchenkov was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.


Update 10:45pm ET - George Richards at On Frozen Pond

Booth has been taken to the Ottawa Civic Hospital, said to be alert and moving around. The Panthers are optimistic doctors at the hospital will release him and he’ll be able to make the charter flight home. [...]

The hit by Volchenkov may have been in retaliation for a similar hit just moments earlier. There, Florida defenseman Branislav Mezei sent Nick Foligno into the boards. Foligno had to be helped off the ice…

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: anton+volchenkov, david+booth, florida+panthers, injuries, ottawa+senators

Connecting Pat Quinn to the Thrashers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Quinn, who last coached in the NHL in 2006 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, spent the last five seasons of his playing career with the Atlanta Flames as a defenseman. He still keeps in touch with the players from those teams who live in Atlanta, such as Tim Ecclestone and Eric Vail.  His daughter was a swimmer at the University of Georgia. Recently, he went pheasant hunting in Montana with former Falcons great Tommy Nobis.

So when Bob Hartley was fired and word spread that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell was looking for a new coach, why wouldn’t Quinn be interested?

“I think after a year away, I wasn’t quite ready to be in retirement,” said Quinn, when reached on his cellphone while visiting Winnipeg, Manitoba. “I still feel healthy and have a passion to be involved.”

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, pat+quinn

Martin Straka Breaks Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

New York Rangers veteran forward Martin Straka broke a finger on his right hand in a game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Towards the end of the first period, Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara cranked a slap shot from the point that hit Straka in the right hand in front of the net.

Straka, who has two goals and one assist this season, is not expected to return.

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

If the Predators Leave, What Happens to the Arena?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Tennessean,

If the Nashville Predators left town, they would leave behind a gaping hole in Sommet Center’s calendar that would be tough for the city to fill, some experts said.

But other observers said losing the Predators eventually could be turned into a positive for the arena and Metro taxpayers. [...]

By not having to block off at least 41 dates a year for hockey, Brown said, an arena might be able to draw concerts and other events that previously may not have stopped in the city because the arena was already booked.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: arenas, nashville+predators

Schneider Loses the Ball & Chain

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

Mathieu Schneider felt so good about having the protective boot removed from his left foot that he found a way to celebrate the occasion.

“I feel like I’ve lost my ball-and-chain,” Schneider said, beaming. “I’m going to run over it with my car. Maybe I’ll have my kids do it.”

It has been a mostly solitary existence for Schneider thus far with the Ducks.

The 38-year-old defenseman broke a bone in his ankle in his first appearance with his new team—during in an exhibition game against the Kings on Sept. 15.

continued… (*Schneider expects to return to the ice by late next week)

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: los+angeles+kings, mathieu+schneider

A2Y Poll: Name That Line

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now we’re going to get all scientific.  I’ve given you several to choose from.  If you want to add more, or if there are some I’ve neglected to add, put them in the comments and I’ll place them on the poll.

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Ovechkin Seems To Be Tiring Of Crosby Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Times,

Did you run into Crosby at any point this summer?

“Yeah, I call him every day,” he said before rolling his eyes. “He’s Crosby, I’m Ovechkin. I am here. He’s over there. Why I have to call him in the summer and say, ‘Hey, what’s up buddy? What are you doing?’ “

Ovechkin’s smugness about the subject underscored the general theme from members of the Washington Capitals organization at practice yesterday

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, washington+capitals

Columbus Trying To Play Sabres Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

“We’re learning the lessons with our team that Buffalo learned five or six years ago,” Hitchcock said. “This team (the Sabres) never gets the credit for the work they put in. Yeah, they can finish (their chances), but it’s not like the other team gives them the puck and says, ‘Have a go at it.’

“They win all the races to the puck and do something with it. That’s why it looks like you get overwhelmed with their speed.

“That’s the kind of game we are learning how to play.”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets

Hope For Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For those who understand what the Cubs mean to baseball, what the Bears mean to the NFL and what the Bulls came to mean to the NBA, it’s not too hard to comprehend that the disappearance of the Blackhawks as a successful team and popular drawing card at the same time the world of media has expanded and diversified has been a major, major problem for the NHL.

These days, there’s a least hope that change is on the way.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks

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