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Modano On The Signing Of Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Gross of Camwest News Service via the National Post,

Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano believes the Sean Avery saga could have been handled differently.

Speaking with the media on Wednesday afternoon, Modano said the entire headache - that became the talk of the National Hockey League for the better part of December and early parts of January - could have been avoided with a bit of advance research by the Stars.

“I think we would have analyzed (the signing) a little bit more over the summer before you go into the free-agent market. Do a little more homework and detailed analysis (and get the opinions) of players who have played with him, or how guys feel about it,” said Wednesday the 19-year veteran during a conference call.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I always give big hits, so if I have a chance to hit him, why not? We both play in [the] Russian national team, so it’s not a rivalry. We’re not friends [but] we can still talk to one another.”

-Alexander Ovechkin talking about Evgeni Malkin.  Much more at Capitals Insider as the Penguins and Capitals prepare to meet tonight…

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Torrey Mitchell On Conditioning Assignment

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that forward Torrey Mitchell has been sent on a conditioning assignment to the Worcester Sharks, San Jose’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

        Mitchell has missed the entire 2008-09 season thus far recovering from a leg injury.

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Messing with Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A fairly shocking story in Macleans today, where Charlie Gillis details the behind-the-scenes relationship between Howe and his business managers:

Still, the court filings afford a view of Gordie Howe’s world in recent years that will dismay his adoring fans. With his wife and former business guru Colleen immobilized by dementia, hockey’s avuncular senior statesman found his affairs in the hands of men she’d trained to run his life. Reddy and Howard described the relationship as “more like family than business.” But behind the scenes, the Howes alleged, Del Reddy had become a domineering, at times volatile figure who on more than one occasion physically assaulted Gordie by shoving him—the last time being during their argument over pay.

read on…

Thanks to George James Malik at Snapshots for the pointer.

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50? No Worries.  Pronger?  Punk Ass.  Taking Live Blogs To A Whole New Level…Starting Tonite.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Heard this before?  I think you have.

Detroit has not suffered the fabled Stanley Cup Finals hangover that struck the Ducks last year and apparently is hampering the Penguins this year. One reason is that their best player didn’t spend half the season wondering if he still wanted to play.

Nice. And unique considering it came from an OC Register writer.

 

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No To Spezza

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from a Q & A with fans/writers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Q. there are a lot of questions in the hopper asking about this player or that player as possibly coming to Columbus in a trade. Rather than me posting each one, why don’t you tell us any rumors you’ve heard that might have a good chance of happening.

[Aaron Portzline] Spezza is not going to happen. Too much money. I can see a goaltender coming if Leclaire is not continuing to improve as the week goes on. The first target for Columbus is a center, not a defenseman. They like their back end right now. They want a center but they will not mortgage the future to do it ... not right now. Doug Weight is out two to four weeks, so scrap that. If the asking price for Vermette or Antropov or Stajan goes down, they could make a move.

more of the Q & A…

Hmm, the same answer I gave to about ten emailers from earlier today.

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Here You Go Rumbear

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Our pal Rumbear, an original member of the 19, just left a sobbing comment on the now two-day old live blog…something about Marty’s “V” hurting readers’ eyes.

I understand and I’m working on a post as we speak.  Patience grasshopper.

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Reaching The African American Fan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pamela Holley-Bright of Carolina Peacemaker,

When it comes to hockey, many feel like it’s a White man’s sport. But not Willie O’Ree. O’Ree who started his NHL career in 1958 as a winger for the Boston Bruins, has been dubbed as the Jackie Robinson of ice hockey….

“I feel that the NHL isn’t doing enough to reach out to us,” said Larry Ervin, a High Point resident. Look at motorsports. They have programs at Winston-Salem State and at A&T. That sport has reached out to us. And if we had more African American players in the hockey league, African Americans could find someone who they could relate to,” Ervin said.

Eighteen-year-old Christopher Thorpe agreed that the NHL isn’t doing enough to reach out to Blacks.

“Our Black youth are not exposed to the game, so our interest in it seems to be very low. The only Blacks who get a chance to experience hockey are the ones who are raised in northern states and in Canada….

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Sanford On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Curtis Sanford appears to be the odd man out among Vancouver’s goaltenders, as the Canucks placed him on waivers Wednesday.

CKNW in Vancouver reports that Sanford, who shared the goaltending duties with Jason Labarbera and Cory Schneider with Roberto Luongo on the shelf, will be sent to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL and the Canucks will try to accomodate a trade for him if he goes unclaimed.

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Winter Classic Destinations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Buteau at Bloomberg,

The Las Vegas Strip, Yankee Stadium and California’s Rose Bowl are on the list of potential sites for the National Hockey League’s annual outdoor game, NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins said.

The league is evaluating potential locations of future outdoor games two weeks after this season’s edition, between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, drew the highest television ratings for the NHL in 34 years.

“This is really kind of becoming a destination event for hockey fans, but also sports fans,” Collins said in a telephone interview. We want to “open it up to the masses.”

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