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Franzen Out With Sprained MCL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mlive,

Wings forward Johan Franzen is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a Grade 2 sprain to his right medial collateral ligament, general manager Ken Holland said Sunday. Holland said either Matt Ellis or Aaron Downey will replace Franzen in the lineup. No one will be re-called from Grand Rapids.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, injuries, johan+franzen

Buying into the WHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor have been friends for years.

They became teammates in July. And Wednesday, they will officially become co-owners of a hockey team.

Recchi and Sydor are part of a five-man group that has negotiated the acquisition of their old Western Hockey League club, the Kamloops Blazers, for a reported $7 million.

continued…

*And other notes on the Penguins this week,  including nicknames on their sticks, etc.

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  Tags: darryl+sydor, mark+recchi, pittsburgh+penguins, whl

In the Coach’s Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Edmonton Sun,

Don Cherry thinks Steve Downie got off easy.

The outspoken commentator said Downie should have been suspended 30 games for his preseason hit on Dean McAmmond during Saturday night’s segment of Coach’s Corner on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada.

Cherry called the hit by the Philadelphia Flyers forward on the Senators defenceman a “cheap shot” and added that players shouldn’t hit like that in the preseason.

Video of Cherry’s comments can be viewed on the CBC video player.  There is no direct link, but just click on the “Hockey Night in Canada” link on the left, then the sub-menu will provide a link to the October 6th edition of Coach’s Corner.

note: unfortunately, U.S. viewers may not be able to access the video, unless you have a way of accessing the page using a Canadian proxy IP.

 

Filed in: NHL Talk, Cheap Hits, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cbc, don+cherry, media

Sabres Need To Improve Defense & Play Smarter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres were outworked by the Islanders, just as they were in the postseason last year. New York outshot Buffalo, 34-26. The Sabres were sloppy defensively, which led to goalie Ryan Miller having a tough night. Toni Lydman had no excuse for taking a breather on Mike Comrie’s second goal, but he was hardly alone….

If that continues, it’s going to be a long season. Ruff can address such issues with a dryerase board or a few bag skates. They should be fine, but we’ll see. Quick question: Was “fine” ever acceptable for Chris Drury or Daniel Briere?

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres

Avery Has Sprained Shoulder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Steve Zipay at On the Rangers Beat states Sean Avery has a sprained shoulder…

We don’t know how severe; he’ll be evaluated tomorrow (Sunday).

Check out the video of the hit Neil put on Avery…

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  Tags: injuries, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

Chicago On The Right Track

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Will the Hawks be better? Sure, but marginally. They aren’t playoff-bound just yet.

Will they be more interesting? Absolutely—and by a lot. This is a team worth watching, even if those watchers won’t see enough victories to put it in the playoffs. Optimistically, I see an 82-point season, which is notably up from the 71 of last season, which was up from the 65 of the year before, which was up from the 59 in the last season before the NHL lockout. Progress will be made, however slowly.

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks

Game 2 Impressions: Enigmatic Revenge

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1102 EST: Updated with Digger reaction below.

The subtleties.  It’s the subtleties we forget during the offseason.  The little things that we have to get used to again that make the whole viewing experience unique.  Example? Sure.  I’d forgotten about late night hockey and how to prepare for it.  I’d forgotten that a 2030 start time required the type of moderation I hadn’t been practicing on your standard Saturday.

I’d forgotten that dowsing myself with Heineken (yes, I’ve made the switch from Rolling Rock) for 6 hours prior to game time comes real close to ensuring that by the second period I’d be wondering why Greg Stefan was wearing number 39.

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  Tags: beer, genius+a2y+readers, lang

Alfredsson Off To Fast Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

“It’s like he had a week off instead of three months. He’s continued right from where he left off in the playoffs,” Senators coach John Paddock said of Alfredsson. “I couldn’t come up with enough superlatives to describe the way he’s playing.”

“He has been just unbelievable to start the season. Everything he touches ... he’s skating well, shooting well. He just sees the ice so well,” said Senators centre Mike Fisher of his captain.

Alfredsson stood out on a night when the Senators got a great team effort. The penalty killing was flawless again and is now a perfect 20-for-20 on the season.

more

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, ottawa+senators

Progressive Caps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Blog,

We would have blogged with passion aplenty absent any intervention from the Washington Capitals, but in reflecting on the past year, we’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the team’s communications professionals, its athletes, and that filmmaker fella with the nice perch at Verizon Center. The very first comment left at OFB one year ago today was from Mike Vogel. The second came from Ted Leonsis. The next thing we knew we were being invited into Verizon Center’s press box and players’ rooms. What’s excited us most about that remarkable hospitality is its visionary democracy: the Caps have led the entire professional sports industry in laying out the welcome mat to committed bloggers, and there were times last season when a press box row was populated entirely by bloggers.

more... 

Without a doubt, the Caps are very blogger friendly.  I remember my first interview with Ted Leonsis…Phone rings at my home, “Hi Paul, it’s Ted”...

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  Tags: washington+capitals

Rangers May Have Advantage In Lawsuit Against The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The Rangers, who want the right to control their own website instead of adopting the league’s “homogenized ... cookie cutter” model, argue the addition of Drury and Gomez have “made the Rangers a strong contender ... creating enormous opportunities to increase traffic to the Rangers website, as well as to use the Rangers website to cultivate fan excitement, attract new fans, and enhance the Rangers business.”

The Rangers surely won’t need to draw on their new high-priced forwards in court. It looks like history may be on their side.

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

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