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Habs Fan Rasing Money By Riding Through South America

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Marks of SportsFanLive,

Montreal Canadiens fan Ryan Stotland, 22, is bringing his Le Tricolore (3 Colors) jersey and his bike to South America on a 12,000 kilometre (7.5 thousand mile) journey to raise awareness and funds for two causes—climate change and skin cancer.

His four-month, seven-country expedition, which has already raised over $110,000 and is currently rolling through Ecuador, has been recognized by the Habs in a video message endorsing his charitable efforts.

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Ready, Set, Vomit:  Rafalski’s Got A Back Thing Going On

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Awww. Cute.  Go ahead. The tile on the bathroom floor is cool against your skin and you haven’t puked yet, so the smell isn’t crawling up your nostrils. But it’s gonna.  Oh…yes, it will. The dry heaves have started, of course, and those are fun.  But the actual fluid ejection hasn’t begun and you’re really looking forward to that.  All I’m going to do is give you a little momentum. I’m just gonna siphon it a little and then gravity will just kind of take over.  Ready?

St. James

Brian Rafalski left today’s practice early after experiencing tightness in his back, and may have to miss Thursday’s game against Edmonton.  If Rafalski can’t go, coach Mike Babcock said the Wings will call up Jakub Kindl from Grand Rapids. Kindl would be in the lineup, as the Wings already have defenseman Niklas Kronwall dealing with a knee injury and are completely out of healthy defensemen.

 

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I saw it on tape, and it looks awful. The sad part is people see this, little kids see it, and they think maybe that’s the way professional guys act. It’s not something I’ve ever done, and it’s not something I’ll do again. I’m terribly sorry.”

-Keith Ballard of the Florida Panthers on the Vokoun incident.  More from Keith by Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel.

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Brodeur vs. Luongo Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Oh, sure, it’s just a game, and nothing that happens Wednesday night when Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo square off in New Jersey will have much bearing on the Olympic jobs handed out in February.

But just so everyone knows, Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman will indeed be watching the Canucks-Devils game.

“I’m going to TiVo it and watch it later,” Yzerman told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I’m going to be at another game [Tampa at Boston], but when I saw this game [Canucks-Devils] on the schedule, I wanted to make sure I watched it.”

So there ... it’s not just the media making a big deal out of it, OK?

“To be honest with you, it’s exciting to play against Marty, period,” Luongo told us Tuesday. “Just because we’re from the same hometown and he’s one of the greatest of all time. That’s really the only reason for me. I don’t think one game is going to decide anything with regards to the Olympics.”

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Caps Owner Has A Sit-Down With Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We had a short and direct conversation.

Alex isn’t trying to hurt anyone. He has an honest respect for the game and for all players in the league. Alex is trying to “get the puck. I just want what they have and that is the puck.” It is a simple logic. He plays the game the way it was designed. He is just bigger and faster than anyone. Can you name a player in NHL history that has this mix of size, skill, power and speed? I can’t.

Alex does play fast and hard. It is why he is beloved. It is why he is the two-time and reigning MVP of the league.

I believe if he changes and becomes a player that is managed by the media or fans or anyone else, he will put himself at risk. ” To thine own self be true.” That is the right motto to live by. That is what I have advised Alex. Be authentic and be respectful. Play the game with passion. Lean in, don’t lean back. Love the game. Have fun. Win.

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Ryan Miller Getting Noticed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Miller leads the NHL with a 1.84 goals-against average and an eye-popping .937 save percentage. Oddly enough, that’s the exact figure of Hasek’s NHL record set during the Sabres’ 1998-99 season that ended in the Stanley Cup finals. Miller has 15 wins, one off the league lead.

Just past the first quarter of the season, Miller would be a heavy favorite for the Vezina Trophy given to the league’s best goalie. And he’d be in the small circle of discussion for the Hart Trophy, given to the league’s most valuable player.

Best in the world?

“That’s nice of them to say but there’s a lot of great goalies in the league,” Miller said after Tuesday’s optional practice in HSBC Arena. “We’re playing a game that really fits our style. Our system and the way we’re playing benefits the way I read plays and how I go out and play every night. The coaching staff took that into account.

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The Team Of The Decade Will Bring Us Together In Harmony And Joy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In the spirit of Christmas, that holy holiday invented by Santa and loaned out to various religions around the world…we must come together as a hockey family and do what is right for our sport.  And as an example that this can, and must, be done? 

The world’s most prolific search engine extended an olive branch this morning, which I’ve accepted; for the most glorious of all causes.

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Does Junior Seau Know Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Next Wednesday (on Versus) is the episode featuring Seau as an equipment manager for the Washington Capitals. He spoke with us recently about working that sports job, gauging the toughness of hockey players and the impression Alex Ovechkin(notes) made on him. That, along with talk about his three days as a reporter for Sports Illustrated, concussions in the NFL and NHL and attempting to be a TV star after football. Oh, and a strange moment involving man-on-man tickling. Enjoy.

On a player to player basis, who has more equipment: Football or hockey?

Oh, definitely a hockey player. There’s so much more going on. They wear leotards underneath those pads.

What’s that one stud’s name?

Ovechkin?

Yeah, Alex. Watching him, you’d think that he would be a prima donna. That guy is a jokester. He lightens it up. The reason why the Capitals are doing so well is basically because the guy puts it in perspective. He’s not bigger than anybody on that team, and he cares for the players in that locker room, which I got to see firsthand.

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The Most One-Sided Trade This Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Brian Burke is one of the more active general managers in the NHL.  When he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs, it was clear that he wanted to make some trades to put his stamp on the team.  This was not so easy to accomplish under the current NHL CBA.  Trades are rare except around the NHL trade deadline (where players with expiring contracts are usually moved) and during the summer (when a team has not set its roster yet and thus has some flexibility).  This scarcity of trade opportunities has frustrated Burke.  He has suggested that the CBA be amended to allow trades where a team trades a portion of a salary cap hit.  This idea is a non-starter without CBA amendment (which is not trivial) and it is not clear how it improves things for the fan (do a lack of trades have anything to do with the quality of hockey games? I don’t see how.). 

Nevertheless, Burke has pushed (often unsuccessfully) to make trades.  One of his priorities has been to make his team tougher.  In order to do this he has been willing to trade a more talented player to get more toughness.  When a GM gets desperate to push a trade through and is willing to give up the most talented player in a deal, they are ready to be taken advantage of and this is what happened to Brian Burke.

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Kyle Chipchura Traded To Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you missed this earlier on the KK Twitter...

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have traded Kyle Chipchura to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round draft pick.

added 10:47am,

“Kyle Chipchura is a heart-and-soul player,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “A team leader in both his professional and amateur career, Chipchura will be a valuable addition to the Anaheim Ducks.”

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