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Bryzgalov Has Moved On

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Don McGowan at CanWest News,

The 27-year-old Russian, who had played his entire NHL_career with the Ducks, was touched when the Anaheim crowd applauded him as his career highlights were displayed on the Honda Center video screen.

“The crowd stood up and gave me cheering,” said Bryzgalov, who was named Tuesday as the NHL’s No. 2 star of the week ending Nov. 25. “This was a great moment. I started a bit of crying because I don’t expect 17,000 people to stand up and start cheering. It was a great moment.”

That’s where the sentimentality ended.  Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots and two more in overtime as the Coyotes beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 4-3.

“We are all professionals,” Bryzgalov said. “We came to (Anaheim) to win this game. Right now, I play for the Coyotes, so no friends on the ice. We have to beat this team. We need the points. No sharing.”

more… *highlights from Bryzgalov’s NHL press conference call today

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  Tags: anaehim+ducks, ilya+bryzgalov, phoenix+coyotes

The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Listen to the debut of the NHL Hour on XM from 4-5p ET today.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media

Two Games For Hartnell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been suspended two games by the NHL for a blatant, dangerous head shot to Boston defenseman Andrew Alberts during Monday’s 6-3 Bruins rout at the Wachovia Center.

continued

If you missed the video, you can see it here.

added 4:29pm, from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,

But there is clearly a mandate in Philadelphia to drill guys first and worry about the repercussions, or concussions, later. They figure that makes them “tough to play against,” and earlier this season GM Paul Holmgren intimated that the Flyers are a better team because they’re making their mark physically on their opponents.

Of course that’s why they’re better. It has nothing to do with acquiring one of the most talented offensive players in the league in Daniel Briere, rebuilding their defense corps and getting a goalie who can actually stop the puck on occasion.

more

added 4:41pm, from Colin Campbell,

“It appears that Mr. Hartnell was attempting to let up on delivering a check to an opponent that was in a vulnerable position,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “However, at the point of contact, he did deliver a blow to the head of Mr. Alberts that resulted in an injury.”

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  Tags: andrew+alberts, boston+bruins, philadelphia+flyers, scott+hartnell, suspension

BOG Agenda

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The NHL owners have a busy agenda as they gather this week in picturesque Pebble Beach, Calif., but they’ll still find time to squeeze in a little golf.

The annual two-day board of governors meeting, the most important of the year, goes Thursday and Friday and should finally bring about a new format for the NHL schedule. It means that every team will play one another starting next season.

“There’s quite a large sentiment for change,” said Edmonton Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge.

read on for the main agenda…

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  Tags: nhl+board+of+governors

Bettman In The Media

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters,

“I believe that under the current system that all our markets can support their clubs. Contraction isn’t something we have any interest in,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said at the Reuters Media Summit in New York. He also said the league was not in any kind of expansion process.

more

added 12:58pm, from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League (NHL) and XM Satellite Radio today announced a new weekly live satellite radio show titled NHL Hour which will be hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and a rotation of League executives. The show will debut Tuesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204) and NHL.com. On December 6, NHL Hour will begin airing every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Gary Bettman was also on Fox Business News yesterday- Watch the video…

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media

Lucic’s Blog At THN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Milan Lucic at the Hockey News,

Growing up in British Columbia, I remember always watching Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays with my friends and family.

We would plan our nights around watching the games – whatever we did, we’d always try and make sure we’d be in front of the television when HNIC started.

continued

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  Tags: blogging, boston+bruins, milan+lucic

Not A Clear Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from College Hockey News,

Something was noticeably absent from Saturday’s sold-out, nationally-televised college hockey game at Madison Square Garden….

In particular, the game Saturday was televised, but was done so using the in-house MSG video feed. The regular broadcasters, Matt McConnell and Dave Starman, were not at the event, but rather called the game off video monitors from CSTV’s studios about a half-mile away from the Garden.

Clearly, budgetary concerns are at play. Advertising revenue has not been there for CSTV. And when CBS bought the network almost two years ago, it was unwilling to continue absorbing those losses. As a result, hockey has gone from the network’s signature sport, to a somewhat lesser role.

more

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  Tags: college+hockey, television

By The Numbers:  19

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

He will always be remembered for the number 19 on his back and the Detroit Red Wing on his chest, which he wore from start to finish in his career

But once upon a time a young Steve Yzerman wore a different famous number.

“When I was a little, little kid, I was number four for Bobby Orr,” he said.

continued....

If interested in the book, you can purchase at Amazon.com

thanks to a KK member for the pointer!.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, steve+yzerman

Oh Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A rough translation of this story from iDNES.cz,

Q: Writer Larry Brooks wrote in NY Post that Rangers shouldnt start next season in Prague but is not sure you will play for the team. Do you know it?
A: I dont solve this. I dont mind it.

You know, Nylander has left during summer. Straka was out for 15 games. That is not funny. I dont wanna complain, but with players, who Rangers bought in summer, i havent found clue, i didnt know how to play with them. Rangers invested big money into centers but i finished playing with boy from minors.

Q: You are captain, the biggest star on team. Rangers was Jagrs team. Is it stil Jagrs team?
A: I dont think so. Not now. If I dont play good, I am losing my position. But that is normal.

If you want to take a shot at more of the translation, feel free to post in the comments…

added 11:17am, You can find a better translation at HFBoards.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, new+york+rangers

Malik’s Showing Off Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Check out Snapshots this morning for a comprehensive rundown on everything Wing related, particularly views on tonite’s Flame game and several takes on the goalie

controversy

situation.

Look hard enough and you’ll even see a few subtle rebuttals to a certain blogger who feels a Czech “implosion” is imminent.

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