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A Clearer Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

As Hockey Night’s Elliotte Friedman reported last week, the NHL is beginning to install high-definition overhead cameras in the arenas as well as HDTV video recorders, which help clarify reviews of disputed goals.

The HDTV technology helped make possible the correct calls on two disputed, but difficult-to-see goals in the New Jersey Devils-Ottawa Senators game on Monday.

By the end of the week, 14 arenas will have the HDTV technology. By the end of the month, it will be in all the buildings.

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  Tags: arenas, officiating

Gerber In Relaxed Mode

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from the Ottawa Sun,

“He’s relaxed,” said Senators coach John Paddock. “He got off to a good start in the first exhibition game. Last year he didn’t get off to a good start, then had to face (the media).

“I know they have (one) beat writer in Carolina, so there’s about 20 times the amount of people in here right now and that’s every day. That makes a difference. We struggled and those things mentally were tough (on Gerber).”

Gerber admitted he had a difficult time dealing with the pressure after he arrived with a three-year, $11.1 million US contract.

read on

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  Tags: goalies, martin+gerber, ottawa+senators

Leafs Trying To Find Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

When the coach doesn’t even try to sugarcoat an effort, you know it’s bad. When the best players on the ice are the guy with cancer and the goalie, you know it’s bad.

The Leafs got away from everything they’ve tried to do all year. They tried to skate with the Hurricanes and ended up looking like Perdita Felicien hitting the first hurdle.

“We tried to play someone else’s game,” Maurice said. “We don’t have that kind of speed. (Darcy) Tucker got a penalty for hitting a guy just because there hadn’t been (any hits) before. It just was so much out of place in the game.”

more

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs

Ducks Get Rings and Raise Banner

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom Anaheim Ducks.com

The rings, along with Wednesday night’s raising of the championship banners, are the two final remnants for celebration from last year’s illustrious Ducks team.

“It was good excitement for us to be around everybody again and see the happiness that it brings to the organization and the owners and how proud they are,” said Chris Kunitz. “I think that shows in definitely what the ring looks like, how much thought and process went into it.”

The rings are “made of 14K white gold, with 110 diamonds used to create the whole ring.”  Some photos below. Complete gallery available here.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks

Shark Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Marin Independent Journal,

If all goes well for Sharks fan Ken Conroy of San Rafael, they will eventually play Detroit in the playoffs and he will once again mock a Red Wings playoff tradition by throwing a real ice-cold shark deep onto the San Jose Arena ice. Last May 2, Conroy’s conspiracy plan was launched and it landed with a thud on the rink in front of a sellout crowd, setting off a mayday response from arena security personnel.

Beware: Conroy and Company are prepared to do it again.

read on

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  Tags: san+jose+sharks

More on the NHL Store

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Evan Grossman at NHL.com,

Located on Avenue of the Americas between 46th and 47th streets in the heart of New York City, the new NHL store will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 12. And calling it a store is not quite doing it justice, as this is much more than just a place where you can buy hockey stuff. The NHL store is designed to be a unique experience for visitors that plays on many senses in addition to the impulse to want to buy everything in the store.

This is a hockey cathedral, in many ways, with an ice wall where you can carve your name or initials, a computer where you can custom design a pair of sneakers with the crest and colors of your favorite team, a radio studio upstairs where you can see and hear the daily XM broadcast of NHL Live, or sip on your favorite flavor latte or cappuccino at the hockey-themed Starbucks that’s adjacent to the store.

much more…
*Here’s the store’s site online (*photogallery there)

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Oilers Asst Coach Speaks Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal,

“April 17. At 8:30 in the morning,” said [Rob] Daum, who was hired by the Oilers this summer when Craig Simpson left to work for CBC as a commenator on Hockey Night in Canada.

“I was told to bring two weeks worth of clothes. I was told I’d be working with the farm guys in practice,” said Daum. “I was back on the plane to Houston at 10:30 (a.m.).”

Daum realizes that NHL clubs can hire or fire whomever they want. He was glad for the chance to coach at the pro level after being with one of Canada’s best college teams, but didn’t expect to part company with the Wild the way he was.  It was a shocker.

more…

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers

Wings Players Would Enjoy Playing Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Waddell at Can West,

Many of the Detroit Red Wings wouldn’t mind a little European holiday to start the season, but not all are convinced the NHL is a viable long-term product on the continent.

Certainly, with their heavy Euro content, the Wings would be a very popular draw to open the 2008-09 regular season in Europe, as Los Angeles and Anaheim did this season.

“I think it would be exciting for any team to go and play overseas, whether it’s London, Prague or Stockholm or wherever,” Wings captain Nick Lidstrom said.

continued…

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings

Koivu Reflects on His Own Cancer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shi Davidi of the CP via Yahoo,

Unlike Blake, who will be able to play while treating his chronic myelogenous leukemia, Koivu wasn’t sure he’d survive his treatment, let alone return to play, and the experience still scars him.

“Every time you hear the word cancer or see someone who is going through it, it brings back the memories, it’s part of me right now,” Koivu said Tuesday in Montreal. “There’s some positive things I took from that experience but there’s also a lot of negative things as well.

“It’s there, but it gets easier the more time you get away from the whole thing.”

more…

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  Tags: jason+blake, montreal+canadiens, saku+koivu, toronto+maple+leafs

High Hopes for Price’s Debut

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

There may be those who question the wisdom of the Montreal Canadiens starting netminder Carey Price against Sidney Crosby in his first NHL game on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, but it may turn out to be a fitting debut.

Because in years, when we look back on the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, it may well be that Price is the only prospect from that class who has even a chance to be mentioned in the same breath as Sid the Kid.

Now as good as Bobby Ryan or Jack Johnson or Anze Kopitar or Marc Staal are going to be, Price has a chance to be something special.

continued…

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  Tags: carey+price, goalies, montreal+canadiens

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