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More to Come from Parise

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,

Parise’s story has been well-documented. The son of former NHL player J.P. Parise, he was bypassed by his father’s old team, the Islanders, in the 2003 entry draft. The Devils picked him 17th overall, and both the Islanders and their fans have agonized over the decision ever since.

After leading the Devils with 31 goals last season, his sophomore season in the NHL, Parise is regarded as one of the league’s rising young stars. This past summer the Devils signed him to a four-year, $12.5 million contract and it figures to be a bargain if he does what everyone believes he will do.

“He can be one of the best players in the league,” right winger Brian Gionta said. “He’s a young guy still (23). He broke out last year, but there is still a lot to be seen from Zach. He has a lot of skill, he works hard and he has a nose for the net.”

more…

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  Tags: new+jersey+devils, zach+parise

Vanbiesbrouck Inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via Sports Illustrated,

John Vanbiesbrouck entered the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday night as the NHL’s winningest American-born goalie.

“One statistic you don’t know is that I had almost an equal number of losses,’’ the former Rangers star said. “That meant for a lot of cold, dark rides in New York City. It’s in those times that you grow, gain courage and ask the deepest questions.’‘

Vanbiesbrouck retired in 2002 with a 374-346-119 record. He won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie in 1986.

continued…

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  Tags: goalies, john+vanbiesbrouck

7 Rookies Off to Hot Starts

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the AJC,

This season’s crop of rookies may the deepest since the lockout. There’s not another Crosby, but then again, when will there ever be? But there’s a young goalie in Montreal who people are already comparing to Patrick Roy and the Blackhawks have a player providing hope for a bright future. In honor of Thrashers rookie defenseman Mark Popovic, who wears No. 7, here are the top seven rookies already making an impact:

1. NICKLAS BACKSTROM, Forward, Capitals

more…

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  Tags: prospects

Talking Toughness

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

JV Digger George Sipple posted a few paragraphs about Aaron Downey obtaining his work visa today.  Personally, I have no idea how an NHL player waits this long to get something like that done. Does it have to be renewed every year?  How come it’s always the fringe guys who have visa problems?  Anyway, the blog post led to some good conversation in the comment section that I’ll point out to you now.  The topic?  The relevance of the tough guy on a Wing roster.

AZJEFF

TEAM TOUGHNESS, not an enforcer is what we need most. Team toughness is backed by having an enforcer that can step in if needed. No team can afford a goon. Drake and Downey have other skills too just like Probert. He still holds a DRW record for most points in a playoff year. Guess who he topped to get that one??? Number 9

 

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Bettman Covers All The Bases

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Evan Weiner at MCN Sports,

The National Hockey League’s regular season is just two weeks old and it is far too early to analyze any trends such as attendance and TV ratings, there have been a few interesting developments so far. The National Hockey League will have a hockey channel available to a good number of cable TV subscribers in the United States and it appears that the league’s venture into London, staging two regular season games between the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, was a success.

There is also some talk that the league could open the 2008-09 season in Prague, The Czech Republic.

continued and the topics are many.  Wings fans, Bettman even questions Jimmy D. and his statement about Las Vegas and the Wings moving to the East…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman

Grand Opening in Manhattan

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageThe new NHL—Powered by Reebok store had its official grand opening today.

The grand opening of the first-ever NHL-themed store in New York brought thousands of fans to the new facility, as well as some hockey legends like Glenn Anderson, Bruce Driver, Ken Daneyko, Rick Middleton, Eric Cairns, Butch Goring, former referee Paul Stewart, and of course, the biggest star of them all, the Stanley Cup.

Photo gallery has some great shots here.

 

 

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  Tags: merchandising

Take The Suspensions A Step Further

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...There are, however, signs, that the NHL is trying to change that mindset, one suspension at a time — the Boulerice suspension ties with Chris Simon for the longest in history, relating to an on-ice incident.

But the league could fast-track the process by extending the discipline to the respective teams as well. Fines to the club, suspensions for the coach - those sorts of penalties might encourage teams to think twice about employing players who haven’t yet figured out that the culture of head-hunting is going the way of the dodo.

The simplest solution might even be the least complicated — simply prevent a team from replacing a suspended player in the line-up.

more and other NHL bits too in Eric’s weekly NHL roundup…

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  Tags: suspensions

Moms Travel With Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the West Central Tribune,

The mothers of 17 Wild players proudly accompanied their sons as the group left Minnesota on Friday for three games on the West Coast. Last season, the team invited the fathers on a trip.

“She’s very excited. Last year, when the dads got to go, she was very jealous right from the get-go,” said right wing Mark Parrish of his mom, Barb.

The mothers gathered for photos at the arena in the morning before the plane left for Phoenix, where the Wild face the Coyotes on Saturday night.

read on

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  Tags: minnesota+wild

Balsillie Thinking Nashville Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from 570News,

Jim Balsillie is back in the running to buy the Nashville Predators.

The Research In Motion co-CEO is the owner of a group that has approached the NHL team with an offer to buy it if the deal with the current bidders fails.

According to a letter sent to Nashville’s Metro Sports Authority, Balsillie is now committed to keeping the team in Nashville and winning a Stanley Cup there.

a little more...

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  Tags: jim+balsillie, nashville+predators

Boulerice Gets 25 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Philadelphia forward Jesse Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the NHL on Friday for cross-checking Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler across the face, the second Flyer in three weeks to receive a ban of at least 20 games.

continued

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  Tags: jesse+boulerice, philadelphia+flyers, suspensions

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