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Berard Just Wants To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

His eye never will be the same. It always will look somewhat closed, a reminder of having accidentally been hit by the stick of Marian Hossa on March 11, 2000. He had looked done then, less than a week after his 23rd birthday. His mom, Pam, said at the time, “Just say a prayer for my kid.”

Berard never will be the big star he seemed destined to be when he was picked first overall in 1995 by Ottawa, which dealt him to the Islanders. But he is just fine, testimony to drawing straight with crooked lines. His odyssey says that you can get there if you just hang in there.

“I don’t take things for granted now,” he said. “I did have the game taken away from me for about a year and a half with the eye and almost [the same] with the back. I just love to play.”

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  Tags: bryan+berard, new+york+islanders

Pressure On Notre Dame

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the South Bend Tribune,

“You don’t know how important the success of this team is to not just hockey in Indiana, but hockey in the United States,” Yzerman said to a crowd dotted with No. 19 Red Wings jerseys. “With the alumni base and fan base that Notre Dame has across the country, this team could bring a lot of exposure to the sport.”

Then he turned to Jackson and chuckled.

“Not to put any pressure on you, Coach, but it’s true,” said Yzerman. “It’s up to you to save hockey in the United States.”

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  Tags: notre+dame, steve+yzerman

Officer Roloson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Roli the Goalie, a member of the Minnesota Wild from 2001 to 2006, joined the ranks of St. Paul’s finest when he was named “an honorary policeman.” “Extremely honoured to be part of the ceremony ... very nice that they did it,” said Roloson, who got a framed plaque and a badge.

Roloson was saluted along with five other people. Only about 10 people have been honoured by the police, he said, and he is the only athlete.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dwayne+roloson, edmonton+oilers

Keenan No Bowman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

When Bowman was coach and GM in Buffalo, he hired Keenan to coach the Sabres’ AHL farm club in Rochester, N.Y.

“I think that a lot of what I know ... I’ve learned from Scotty Bowman.”

Apparently, though, there are certain things Keenan never gleaned from Bowman’s vast hockey mind.

Such as knowing when to show up.

Bowman owned a knack for arriving to take charge of teams on the brink of success, which he did in Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Lately, Keenan has acted more like a homeless coach, simply happy to have a warm bench to stand behind.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan, scotty+bowman

“Missing” Ducks Still Undecided

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via NHL.com,

Selanne said the Ducks haven’t pushed him to make a decision, and he also offered no timetable.

“If I’m going to come back, it has to come from inside,” he said. “I want to make sure this decision is right.”

What if Niedermayer calls and says he’s coming back?

“I’m going to have second thoughts,” Selanne said, smiling.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, scott+niedermayer, teemu+selanne

Only Two Teams Can Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lightning Strikes,

Despite a report by the Hockey News that the Senators and Penguins will play next season in Prague, the word from NHL officials is the Lightning is still the league’s first choice to play Pittsburgh to open next season and Ottawa is the backup.

*more on the original report here

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  Tags: ottawa+senators, pittsburgh+penguins, prague

Looking At The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

What’s with the Blueshirts?

Perhaps the most telling observation was uttered by Tom Renney BEFORE the match when he talked of “minor anxieties” on his outfit from which so much is being expected.

Forget about “minor anxieties” and today it’s time to ratchet it up a notch to “MINOR anxieties.”

You know what comes after that, don’t you?

read on

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

Devils Will Move Matvichuk Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Lamoriello indicated he’d pursue a deal rather than seek waivers on Matvichuk, who is slated to earn $1.3 million this season. He is in the last year of a contract he signed as an unrestricted free agent July 12, 2004, before the last lockout and before the advent of the “new” NHL.

Lamoriello, asked if Matvichuk was not suited to Sutter’s more aggressive system, said, “I would have to say that, yes.”

Martin Brodeur said, “He proved last year when he stepped in that he could do the job. He’s still a pretty gritty player, blocking shots and being mean. His speed has a lot to do with it.”

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  Tags: new+jersey+devils, richard+matvichuk

JFJ’s Problems in Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

In the most telling moment of a season already in crisis, the highest paid Maple Leaf skated behind his own goal Tuesday night and proceeded to trip over the net.

Maybe Bryan McCabe had done this before. Maybe not. But the symbol was clear and not at all comical.

This is the player John Ferguson has chosen to build his team around. This is his Chris Pronger, his Nick Lidstrom. Ferguson cannot trade McCabe, cannot send him to the minors, cannot place him on waivers, can probably not look at him the wrong way and cannot keep him on his feet.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bryan+mccabe, john+ferguson, toronto+maple+leafs

Flyers’ Boulerice Expects Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via MSNBC,

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice said he expects to be suspended for cross-checking Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler across the face late in an 8-2 rout on Wednesday night.

The hit occurred with 5:41 left and the Flyers leading 7-2. After some pushing and shoving back and forth, Boulerice caught an unsuspecting Ryan Kesler across the face with his stick, leaving the Canucks forward lying motionless on the ice. He eventually got up and skated to the bench on his own.

Boulerice’s coach agreed that a suspension is probably forthcoming.

*Video footage is here

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  Tags: jesse+boulerice, philadelphia+flyers, ryan+kesler, suspensions, vancouver+canucks

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