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Hurricanes are for Real

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pagnotta at MSNBC,

This piece is about the Hurricanes and their eye for the Cup.

Four games into the 2007-08 campaign and these guys are for real. They’re quick, offensive-minded and steady in their own zone. And if the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Cam Ward, can stay atop his game for most of the season, the Hurricanes will be in business.

“Last year was a disappointing season, but you do the best that you can to take the positives away from that,” Ward said. “One of the positives was that we got a lengthy summer where we were able to recharge the batteries and get guys healthy. We saw that once we came into training camp, guys were serious, they were a lot hungrier and it’s starting to show.

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Kobasew Focussing on a Better Year in Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,

Like most of the Bruins, Kobasew had a season to forget in 2006-07. On Jan. 4, he suffered a concussion that knocked him out for eight games. Then he cracked his elbow Jan. 26. Finally, Kobasew (5-14 -19 in 50 total games with Calgary and Boston) missed the final seven games.

“I’m not even thinking about it,” the 25-year-old said. “Just focusing on this year.”

In the first two games of 2007-08, a healthy Kobasew has shown why the Flames signed him for $1.2 million per season.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, chuck+kobasew

Vokoun’s Game Has Changed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Palm Beach Post,

Former Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck and Terry Crisp, a former player and coach who’s now the Predators’ TV analyst, have noticed a slip in the enormous confidence that helped make Vokoun one of the league’s top 10 goalies.

“He’s had a lot of things happen the last couple years: the blood disorder, the thumb injury,” said Vanbiesbrouck, now a national broadcaster who worked Tuesday night’s Toronto-Carolina game for Versus. “Talking to him after all that, I thought everything was fine. Then I started focusing on him and saw he was a lot further back in the net than he had been.

“Before, he had been personified as a real rock - a guy who would challenge shooters and was hard to score on in the third period. Now he gives up four goals (to the Rangers) in the third his first game out.”

read on

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  Tags: florida+panthers, goalies, tomas+vokoun

Fitness Counts In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Barry Brennan is the Jackets’ strength and conditioning coach. He laid out offseason regimens for each player. The regimens were detailed. All a player had to do was check the date, read the requirement—and do it.

“We needed to think a little bit outside the box and really apply ourselves,” Brennan said. “To play the style Hitch wants us to play, and to sustain it, we needed to be bigger and stronger. Hitch told the players that we need to be the fittest team in the league. It made things easier for me. I had a little more of a hammer.”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, training

Looking At Gump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The late Red Storey liked to tell the story about the day he met Worsley in a bar in the morning of an afternoon game.

“Mind if I join you?” he asked.

“Sit,” the goaltender said.

They chatted for a few minutes, whereupon Storey said to Worsley: “It’s none of my business, Gump, but don’t you have a game this afternoon?”

“You’re right,” Worsley grunted, “it’s none of your business.”

more on Worsley…

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  Tags: goalies, gump+worsley

Meyer Hoping For New Beginning With Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

Defenseman Freddy Meyer joined the Coyotes for their practice Tuesday before the team left on a two-game road trip.

“It’s good be here,” said Meyer, who was claimed off waivers Monday from the New York Islanders. “I’m excited for a new beginning for myself. It’s a nice, young team here, high energy, and I’m looking forward to playing.

“It was a little setback (to be put on waivers), but when I first found out I was on waivers, I knew for a week or so that something was gonna happen, wasn’t sure what. It was a little downer at first, but I was lucky enough to get picked up by Phoenix.”

continued

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  Tags: freddy+meyer, phoenix+coyotes

Oilers Aware Of Boogaard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Minnesota Wild winger Derek Boogaard is out to inflict some pain, which is exactly what the six-foot-seven, 260-pounder did last year when he scored a hat-trick of sorts—knocking Oilers’ Ales Hemsky, Ladislav Smid and Marty Reasoner out of action for a spell.

All three were staggered by Boogaard hits—the Oilers would say with some malicious intent in the case of Hemsky—although Boogaard claims he was only out only to create mayhem and Hemsky got caught in his train tracks.

“Speaks to his effectiveness that we’re speaking about him right now,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “He hasn’t fought, either. You don’t want to play to his strengths, obviously. He’s a helluva fighter….”

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  Tags: derek+boogaard, edmonton+oilers, fighting, minnesota+wild

Insurance Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Even if he (Blake) misses the next four seasons, his contract would surely be honoured, even though he’s not suffered a broken bone, concussion or other hockey-specific injury.

Yet far too few of hockey’s young stars take time to consider their mortality. What if instead of Blake it had been Alex Steen or Kris Newbury – who don’t have long-term security – tearfully disclosing they had leukemia?

Fact is, the NHL Players’ Association has long been worried that not enough of hockey’s less established players buy long-term disability insurance, even as the league minimum salary approaches $500,000 a year. (A million-dollar policy would cost a player in his early 20s about $10,000.)

Consider the cases of Milos Holan and Yanick Dupre, onetime teammates with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.

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  Tags: injuries

“Z” Gear

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Be like Zetterberg!  Get your gear.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, henrik+zetterberg

Toews Makes NHL Debut Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

The future begins tonight, when Toews plays his first NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center.

Hawks coach Denis Savard sees unlimited possibilities for Toews, 19 and only a season removed from college hockey at North Dakota.

‘‘He’ll play in every situation—power play, penalty kill, four-on-four—and he’ll be good at it,’’ Savard said. ‘‘He is our future. He’s going to make a difference. I’m not concerned about that.’‘

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, jonathan+toews

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