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Dipping Into The Email Bag

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Emails answered at my NHL.com blog today.

Still trying to find out who sent the last one listed there!

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They Had Idols Too

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

For Saku Koivu, it was Jari Kurri. For Chris Pronger, Mike Bossy. Plenty of current NHL stars had heroes growing up, especially when it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

continued

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Morning Line - Part 2

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Gordie Howe from a Q & A in the Detroit Free Press,

“I always said I believed in religious hockey, and that it is better to give than to receive. I remember one guy said he tried to hit me all game but all he saw was tape. When I was playing, a coach might say, “You don’t like so and so?” And I’d say, “I don’t like any of them out there. When the game’s over, I like a lot of them, but on the ice is not a place to be liking people.”

more

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Phaneuf Is A Punk

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Phaneuf is a punk, by the way. And some day he’s going to get his, and it’s not going to be pretty for him. He’s going to hit one backside of a player too many, and somebody is going to rip that shield off his face and hand him his teeth….

This is a 22-year-old guy, at the top of his physical powers and who really has a lot of talent. But he doesn’t play an honorable game.
He hits you when your back is turned. Then, when you get mad about it and try to hit him back, he backs away and hides behind his shield, mouthing off. He’s got a lot of Bill Laimbeer in him.

read on

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Morning Line

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Talk is veteran referee Mick McGeough is retiring at the end of the season and might have worked his last game in Montreal last night. You see the size of the bucket he wears? That thing could hold 12 of his favourite beverage. Pull up an easy chair and enjoy retirement, Mick.

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More NHLPA Email Talk

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

On the eve of a player agent meeting in Toronto tomorrow, the NHL Players’ Association has given to at least one veteran player copies of dozens of emails exchanged between disgraced former union executive director Ted Saskin and Don Meehan, hockey’s pre-eminent player agent.

Player agent Neil Sheehy and several other agents rebuffed in repeated attempts over the past months to obtain the emails from the union are scrambling to obtain the Meehan-Saskin emails hoping that they’ll reveal whether Meehan played an undisclosed role either in helping Saskin maintain his grip on his job, or in helping Saskin oust his predecessor, Bob Goodenow.

continued

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Blues Respond To Savard Comments

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

On Monday, as the Blues were preparing for tonight’s game against Detroit, some took exception to Savard’s comments.

“Deni Savard trying to question our toughness or question our methods is beyond me,” Jackman said. “He played in a day and age when there was a fight every whistle and gloves in faces. If he’s got a problem with it, then he’s just not looking at what he played through.

“Those are their two best players. If they want to play in this league a long time, it’s going to be a situation where they’re going to have to face some adversity and that’s having to play through things. Kane had his stick on our goalie every whistle and Toews was standing in front of the net. If they want to go to the net, it’s a physical game. Sorry that we hurt their feelings.”

more

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The Game Has Changed

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Back when Adam Graves arrived in the National Hockey League in the mid-1980s, the heyday of Wayne Gretzky, hockey was played like an icy hybrid of the National Basketball Association….

Today, the sport often resembles Saturday afternoon in the English Premiership.

“It’s gone from a game of high scoring, to almost a soccer style, where you look for your break, get it, then go right back into your system,” Graves said.

read on

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And The Winners Are…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageThe Alexander Ovechkin Challenge closed rather quickly (given his determination to blow that 60 goal target we set right out of the water last week.  Very nicely done, AO…)

And so, our official winners are:

  • The Alexander Ovechkin Jersey goes to blueleafss who guessed closest to the correct time of the 60th goal.
  • The Alexander Ovechkin Special Edition DVD goes to jsginsocal, who won it by a random draw from all the entries.


Both winners will be contacted by email in the next 48 hours.  Thanks for playing, everyone.


Watch for the next Kukla’s Korner Challenge coming on April 2nd… we’ll have more fun stuff to give away to KK members (‘cause unfortunately, Paul won’t let me keep the swag for myself)!
smile

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Cleary Back

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from Red Wings Corner,

Dan Cleary had surgery to remove wires from his jaw this morning and remarkably was at practice and made it through every drill. He’ll be in the lineup tomorrow night.
Cleary revealed the the front of his jaw is numb and could remain that way for a long, long time. Had he chosen the other procedure—where his jaw would have been wired shut for six weeks instead of two and he would have missed the rest of the season—he wouldn’t have that numbness. That’s a pretty big sacrifice to return to the ice.

more on the Wings, not good news…

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  Tags: dan+cleary

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