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Dallas Stars Spread Prospects Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via NHL.com,

Dallas is in the unique and undesirable position this season of being the only NHL team without a primary affiliate. It’s a one-year fix while waiting for the Texas Stars to make their American Hockey League debut in the Austin area next fall.

Neal made it back to the NHL after two weeks with the Moose, but at the all-star break the Stars still had 11 prospects spread out among seven AHL teams. They were playing different systems, with players from rival organizations and sometimes even facing each other.

“It’s not an ideal situation,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “I look forward to next year. Austin is going to be a great setup, a strong, strong situation for us.”

Dallas announced plans last February for an AHL franchise closer to home. Iowa responded by ending a three-year affiliation with the Stars after last season and became the Chops - with a vicious boar’s head for a logo. They are now the Anaheim Ducks’ primary farm team.

The Stars were left scrambling this season for a way to continue developing their minor-leaguers closest to playing in the NHL.

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Dick Duff On Fighting Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

“I flip off the TV whenever there is a fight,” he says. “The guys that fight now, they are guys that can’t play. They are only there for that reason, and I am not interested in watching it. And I am not interested in some Sluggo, on television, telling me that this sort of stuff was always part of hockey. Yeah, right: it was always in hockey. But the Sluggos, they do not know the other part of it.”

By Sluggos, Duff is referring to the in-studio experts, like Mad Mike Milbury, who does not want to “see hockey ‘pansy-fied’ and given to the granola people.” There are other experts, who never even played the damn game. There are owners, whose only interest is selling tickets and watching a crowd get to its feet when the fists fly, and the blood begins to flow. And there are the general managers—who draft that kid who is 6-foot-5 and can barely skate—and coaches that, a few years later, have that same kid sitting on the end of their bench for one reason only.

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  Tags: dick+duff

The Intensity Of The ‘Rocket’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher at NHL.com,

He was the most intense athlete the game has seen.

He was everything that personified greatness. Richard’s eye-snapping career numbers don’t begin to describe what he meant to hockey in general and the Canadiens in particular. Winning at any cost was what he was all about. He was prepared to pay the price for every goal he scored, and no price was too high.

Richard scored important goals, lifting spectators out of their seats everywhere in the six-team NHL, because he was as much The Rocket on the road as he was in Montreal. At any moment, anywhere, he could erupt with another big goal.

“I first saw him in 1942,” Ken Reardon, a former teammate who went on to become a Canadiens vice-president, told an interviewer. “I was playing for an army team. I see this guy skating at me with wild, bloody hair the way he had it then, eyes just outside the nut house. ‘I’ll take this guy,’ I said to myself. He went around me like a hoop around a barrel.”

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  Tags: maurice+richard

Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

It’s time for the weekly edition of the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll.  Here’s a note from Murph, for anyone in Montreal today:

This week we are live from Montreal and the 2009 NHL All Star celebration! We will be broadcasting from the XM stand under the “All Star Jamboree Tent” across from the Bell Centre and we will be joined by numerous NHL stars in person. So if you’re in Montreal this Saturday, do drop by the “Jamboree” tent to say hello and listen to some good hockey talk.

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, inside+hockey, media

Comrie Continues To Train In The Caribbean

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“This year has been the best year since I’ve been there, in a lot of ways. There seems to be more stability there now and there really wasn’t for a few years. Those are the things you think about. But right now there’s not really a lot going on and we haven’t been talking a whole lot, I don’t think. I haven’t ruled anything out. Money isn’t always everything. I haven’t played in the playoffs and that’s obviously No. 1. Where that is, whether it’s Florida or not, who knows?”

-Jay Bouwmeester at the All-Star festivities yesterday.  More ASG topics from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News.

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

It Is A Religion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

In the good old days before cable and glitzy television production, French-language radio broadcasts of the Montreal Canadiens were preceded not by pregame analysis, advertisements and anthems, but by a priest reciting the rosary.

Families would crowd together at the hearths and parlours of Quebec to join in, and it was only after the prayers were finished - usually near the end of the first period - that the airwaves were turned over to hockey.

But as French-speaking Quebec’s attachment to Catholicism has waned since the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, a new breed of secular saints has emerged: the Habs have taken over as Quebec’s unofficial religion.

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Flyers Need To Stay Away From Forsberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

It is difficult to gauge how much a healthy Forsberg would command on the open market, but since the Colorado Avalanche paid him $1.1 million last season for 42 days, it’s a safe bet the Flyers could get him for about the same price.

Which begs these three questions: Why? Why? Why?

In his prime, Forsberg was an absolute force capable of winning playoff series by himself. But that was 10 years ago, before he signed with the Flyers in 2005 and began a three-year injury odyssey that included abbreviated stops in Nashville and Colorado, along with countless trips to foot surgeons and skate manufacturers.

Since having his foot surgically reconstructed in the summer of 2006, Forsberg has played in 66 NHL games in 2 1/2 seasons. After signing with the Avalanche late last season, he played in only nine of their 18 games and missed three more playoff games….

But does anyone really believe Forsberg will be anything more than a distraction on a team that has its best chemistry in years?

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Is There A Need For A ‘High Hit’ Rule?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Moore at the Toronto Star,

The reason why the NHL and its players are resisting a simple ban on all hits to the head is this: Bodychecking is part of hockey, and it isn’t just for show or intimidation. Defending in hockey depends on playing the body. Playing the puck is too risky, because skilled players can move it around and leave you chasing air. You defend by stopping the puck-carrier with body contact as far from your net as possible….

However, I believe there are ways to eliminate the problem of hits to the head. Here is my proposal, fully explained:

1. Create a rule banning “high hits” the way we ban high sticks. A high hit could be defined as:

a) Any time a player leaves his feet to make a check;

b) Any part of the checker’s arm being extended above his own shoulder prior to or at the moment of impact;

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Money Being Returned

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Zach Parise is 24 years old, one of the brightest young stars in the NHL and a pro athlete pulling down millions of dollars in annual pay.

Yet as of yesterday, Parise seemed unaware he was already out almost $170,000 in salary for this season, with another $310,000 or more still to lose.

The New Jersey Devils forward, a participant in tomorrow’s NHL All-Star Game, is one of hundreds of NHL players who are about to be struck by the bombshell that the deteriorating North American economy is about to take enormous bites out of their paycheques.

According to the projections of NHL Players’ Association boss Paul Kelly, his members will collectively return about $217 million back to the league this season as NHL revenues plummet.

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