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Talk Is Satan Will Be Signing With The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you read between the lines from the Twitter of NHL Player Agent Allan Walsh, it sure sounds like his client Miroslav Satan is going to sign with the Bruins.

added 12/02/09 10:48am, Bob McKenzie tweets Satan has signed with the Bruins.

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Lemaire Returns To Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

First things first, Lemaire held Devils practice in Mendota Heights this afternoon, and afterward came back to the X with the Devils to change back into his street clothes. Lemaire got misty-eyed a bit about his return, and when I pointed that out to him, he actually had to walk off with his eyes clearly welled. Lemaire’s always a class act, and it was a pleasure covering him.

I’ve covered a ton of coaches in this league (I covered Florida), and no offense to the others, but I learned the most about the sport from Lemaire. Our working relationship took awhile to develop as he clearly tried to feel me out at the start and didn’t always appreciate my interrogations and second-guessing, but there was a lot of mutual respect by the end. Lemaire’s got all the time in the world for people who 1) know the game; and 2) have a passion for the game.

And as a quote, nobody was better. Just a funny, funny quote.

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Next Stop - The Real World

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Christy at Winging It In Motown,

For me, this announcement feels like an end of an era in my life. Sadly, I will no longer blog about the Wings as a fan—not just here at WIM but anywhere else. I graduated from college two weeks ago and with the hopes of finding a job in sports PR, I needed to stop blogging about sports. It’s probably what gave me my start early in college and provided me with a ton of valuable experience, but sadly it has to come to an end.

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Pay-Up Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The owner of an upscale Calgary restaurant is furious, claiming that Edmonton Oilers players refused to cover the full cost of a nearly $18,000 tab during a recent night out for team members.

Players were dining at Osteria De Medici, an upscale restaurant in northwest Calgary after their game against the Calgary Flames Thursday night.

Maurizio Terrigno, owner of the eatery, says the team was partying with a group of 45 people and ran up a huge bill, which included a bar tab worth close to $8,000.

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added 6:55pm, from 630CHED,

After last night’s game in Calgary, the entire Oilers team went out for a pre-planned meal with their wives and girlfriends at the upscale, downtown eatery Osteria De Medici.

At the end of the night the players were presented with a bill for close to $19,000, a figure that struck them as being grossly inflated for what they consumed over their roughly 90 minute stay. The players, while still waiting at the restaurant, asked for the bill to be re-calculated at which point they were presented with a revised cheque for $12,381. The team paid for the bill with a credit card, and left.

a bit more...

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Team USA- The New Generation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Brian Burke wasn’t kidding.

Burke, Team USA’s General Manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics, had been forthright about his plans for the American roster, saying that it was time Team USA moved to a younger lineup and away from some of the players, now NHL greybeards, who won the 1996 World Cup and the silver medal at the 2002 Games.

Friday, he did just that, unveiling a roster that did not include past Olympians Mike Modano, Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk, Scott Gomez, Brian Rolston and Doug Weight.

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Team USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team

Forwards (13)
David Backes
Dustin Brown
Ryan Callahan
Chris Drury
Patrick Kane
Ryan Kesler
Phil Kessel
Jamie Langenbrunner
Ryan Malone
Zach Parise
Joe Pavelski
Bobby Ryan
Paul Stastny

Defensemen (7)
Erik Johnson
Jack Johnson
Mike Komisarek
Paul Martin
Brooks Orpik
Brian Rafalski
Ryan Suter

Goaltenders (3)
Ryan Miller
Jonathan Quick
Tim Thomas

more at USA Hockey…

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The Future Of The Winter Classic

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

“We could do lots of these,” Bettman said. “But nobody is suggesting that is the right answer at this point.”

The NHL is planning to continue the tradition for now, and will begin next week to reviewing bids for next year’s game. The league is also looking at the possibility of a second game between two Canadian teams.

“But that’s not even a done deal yet,” Bettman said.

Here is a list of some of the American venues that USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen would like to see given the opportunity to host Winter Classics.

Yankee Stadium: Baseball stadiums seem to provide a more picturesque setting and there are multiple matchup possibilities. With John Tavares now on Long Island, a New York Rangers vs. Islanders matchup has appeal, as does Rangers vs. any Original Six team or Rangers vs. Flyers.

Michigan Stadium: Whenever the NHL wants to pack more than 100,000 into an arena for an outdoor game, they just have to announce the Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Red Wings in the Big House. There will be as many Maple Leafs fans as Red Wings fans. They will sell 110,000-plus tickets.

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World Junior Championships Preliminary Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The preliminary round is complete in the 2010 World Junior Championships which are being held in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan.  The teams are divided into two five team divisions.  The top three teams in each division qualify for the the medal round.

Group A

1. Canada  Canada had 35 goals scored and only allowed six in the preliminary round.  Their only challenge came against USA, who they defeated in a shootout 5-4 (meaning they had a 30-2 goal differential in heir other three games).  Canada’s deep offence was led by Jordan Eberle (Edmonton prospect) who had 10 points, Gabriel Bourque (Nashville prospect) with eight points and Taylor Hall (2010 Draft Eligible) and Brandon Kozun (Los Angeles prospect) with seven points each.  The defence was led by Alex Pietrangelo (St Louis prospect) who had nine points and Ryan Ellis (Nashville prospect) with six.  Canada’s top goalie was Jake Allen (St Louis prospect) who played in three games sporting a 1.30 GAA and a .925 saves percentage.

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It’s A Winter Classic Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Late to the party, as usual.  Really had no intention to live blog this deal but I’ve seen a few comments recommending it and I stopped thinking for myself a long time ago. 

Remember last year, Pavel was “wind aided”? 

Well, before you get to Live Blogging today’s game, here’s a goal aided only by raw speed and the angst of Dive fans.

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Now It Is Just A Hockey Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All the hype is over, now the puck drops between the Flyers and Bruins.

Enjoy the game!

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  Tags: winter+classic

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