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Tampa Goalie Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Lightning goaltender Marc Denis turned down an interview request Friday.

No matter, goaltenders coach Jeff Reese picked up the slack, sticking up not only for Denis, who is trying to resurrect his career after a brutal season, but Johan Holmqvist and Karri Ramo, the other contenders for Tampa Bay’s two goalie spots.

“We’re tired of hearing about goaltending,” Reese said. “I know I am, and I can just imagine how they all feel. I think they’ve got a lot to prove, and I think they’d like to silence a lot of people.”

“I’m not going to dodge it. We have some questions there that have to be answered,” Tortorella said. “My mind is wide open as far as that position is concerned.”

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NHL TV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Puckhound61 just posted a link to NHL TV in the KK Forum.

If you are intested in watching the games on your computer this season, I suggest you take a look at it.

I have also embedded the video on the direct page of this post too.

The embed didn’t work very well, so I removed it and will try to make it work.

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Using The Web

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There is no other NHL team that has used the web to their advantage like the Washington Capitals.

I started receiving a daily email from the Caps titled “Caps Today” with all types of great links in it.  It points to audio, links, video and upcoming events.

I would only hope other NHL teams follow the example the Caps are providing us “new media guys”!

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Saturday With The Deep Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There is, apparently, no valid reason to use the word “if” when referring to Dallas Drake’s chances of making the team.  Naturally, intelligent readers like yourselves knew that the minute he signed. 

Your boy Khan(!), already with a contract in hand to write Drake’s memoirs, has found himself a new BFF.

Drake’s experience as the captain in St. Louis will help. Babcock loves his competitiveness.

“Dallas Drake flat-out loves hockey,’’ Babcock said. “And playing for us, he’ll be re-energized and be a huge part of our team, from a leadership standpoint, from a physical standpoint and from just being an all-around good guy.’‘

 

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  Tags: deep+diggers, downey, drake, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko, osgood

Not A “Girlie” Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Times Colonist,

Happy times for Lorna Jackson were evenings spent with her dad in the ‘60s and ‘70s, watching Hockey Night in Canada. With a teenage crush on Boston Bruins bad-boy Derek Sanderson, she followed hockey with a passion.

But life took some sad and confusing turns, and Jackson abandoned the sport for 30 years, before Team Canada and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics changed everything. The result: A book entitled Cold-Cocked on Hockey.

The book, which will be launched on Sept. 24 at Bolen Books, is written from a woman’s perspective, but is not a puff piece. Jackson enforces that slant by using the “f” word in the prologue.

continued

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Numminen Suspension All Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

On Friday, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier defended the suspension, noting it was well within the rules set forth in the collective bargaining agreement.

“There’s a clause explicitly in the contract that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play,” Regier said. “It’s the collective bargaining agreement, and in no way is it personal to Teppo.

“I had the conversation with Teppo. He understands it’s business. It has a lot of implications on the salary side, on the cap side.”

more

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  Tags: teppo+numminen

Schaefer May Find Himself On The Top Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

But there are strong indications that Peter Schaefer, who skated with Marc Savard and Martins Karsums in the first session, might be seeing a lot of time with Savard, the Bruins’ leading scorer last season.

Come Oct. 5, Schaefer could be the club’s No. 1 left wing alongside Savard and Glen Murray when the Bruins open the season against Dallas.

“He’s a good guy along the walls,” Savard said of Schaefer. “He can get pucks out, get them to me, and Muzz can set up shop and shoot it.”

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  Tags: peter+schaefer

Theodore Wants His Status Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Rocky Mountain News,

But the Avalanche’s 31-year- old goalie first needs to recover from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent Aug. 29 after a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a problem.

Theodore called the surgery “a minor thing” and said there’s no specific timetable for when he can play in a preseason game. He’s concentrating on rehabilitation while maintaining his conditioning.

“I’m making good progress,” he said. “I’m anxious to put the equipment on.”

After watching Peter Budaj start 39 of the final 46 games last season, Theodore also is eager to prove he’s capable of being an elite goalie again.

“I’m looking forward to regaining the status I had,” he said.

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  Tags: jose+theodore

48 Hours Remain

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’re going to close the polls Monday at 2100.  The contest that has fascinated Wing nation for a week, the “replace Fire on Ice with a marketing and pr campaign not designed by 16-year old girls wasted on Boone’s Farm” competition, is nearly over and it’s so close that it’s hard for me to type because I’m so nervous.

Your choices are listed below and the standings are beneath them. I believe, thanks to the subtle reminders of our readers, that they are correct.  But—and I know you will anyway—check my math if you must.  According to my calculations, there’s a three-way tie at the top. Remember: how you vote is critical to the collective happiness of us all.  You’re going to have to look at this thing all year long.  Vote in the comment section of this post.

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  Tags: genius+a2y+readers

Want To Play?- Write The Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the blog of Gene Principe at Sportsnet,

You know there are so many ways to get yourself to an NHL camp. You might have been drafted by the team… or traded to them… maybe you signed a contract as a restricted or unrestricted free agent. Adam Huxley was none of the above. He is at Edmonton Oilers camp because he sent them a letter.

Yes a letter… a good old-fashioned pen to paper - or at least fingers to computer way of expressing his wish to go to Oilers camp. He sent it to Kevin Prendergast, the Oilers VP of player personnel, and Prendergast answered the letter with an invite.

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