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Minnesota Twins Justin Morneau Makes NHL2K8

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Star Tribune,

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau thought it was pretty cool getting picked for the cover of a baseball video game, but now things have reached a whole new level.

Morneau is featured as a goaltender in 2K Sports’ latest release, “NHL2K8.”

Morneau, a New Westminster, British Columbia, native who played junior hockey in Canada before signing with the Twins, is wearing blue and green Vancouver Canucks gear in the hockey game, though he’s listed as a free agent.  “My buddies at home are going to be more excited about that than being on the cover of the baseball game,” said Morneau, who is pictured in his Twins uniform swinging a bat for 2K Sports’ “The Bigs.”

continued…

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The QMJHL’s 10 Best of All Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Willy Palov at The Chronicle Herald,

During its first 37 years, the QMJHL has produced countless stars.
With the 2007-08 season just under way, here’s a look at the 10 best players ever to play in the league.

1. Mario Lemieux, C, (Laval Voisins, 1981-82) — Scored an incredible 282 points in 70 games to set a league record that is likely never to be broken.

continued… (*check out the entire list at the link)

Filed in: NHL Talk, Non-NHL Hockey, Minor League, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Reading Between The Lines Of A Snooze-Fest

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I didn’t see a single thing that impressed me.  Through 61 minutes I didn’t see one hit, one shot, one save or one shift that made me sit up and take notice.  My memory of the game is blank and that’s only natural because I didn’t watch the frigging thing.  I do have impressions though, and I’d like to share them with you so that we can—as a community—discuss them at length.  We established that norm when we started this blog in 1977 and I’d like to kind of keep it going this morning.

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Paying To Watch The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

Since it’s too expensive to bring the whole family, Perreault said, he tries to bring each of his four children to a game. “It’s impossible to come with the family,” he said. “It would cost me $500.” For many families, professional hockey has long been out of their financial reach. In a hockey-mad city like Montreal, the only way many fans can afford to see the bleu-blanc-rouge is on the Réseau des Sports television network.

The elusive seats in the lower level red sections, range from $82.40 to $139.05 before taxes and service charges.

To be fair, for those that don’t mind watching the game from the highest reaches of the Bell Centre, the Canadiens offer $10 seats to children under 16 in the family zone section. Adults pay $23.69 before taxes and service charges for most games.

much more

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, tickets

Savard Keeping His Promise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

The obvious reason Blackhawks coach Denis Savard has taken Patrick Kane under his wing is to groom the 18-year-old into the marquee player the franchise craves. But the NHL Hall of Famer has a personal reason as well.

“I’m going to keep my promise — I told his dad I would take care of him,” Savard said. “He’s a great kid.”

continued

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, prospects

Rangers React To New Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Journal,

Wearing the practice version of the new style of jerseys they debuted last night at the Garden, each reacted as if they were looking at a different person.

“If people had heard I didn’t wear shoulder pads beforehand, now they know I don’t,” said a slightly less-imposing Brendan Shanahan, who for the record, wears slight pads on his shoulders.

“Man, I look tiny,” Sean Avery said.

Only Darius Kasparaitis, newly chiseled after shedding 20 pounds over the summer, seemed impressed.

“I look sexy,” he said.

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, rbk

Penner Making The Adjustment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

Penner will turn 25 next week and has only one full NHL season under his belt. Last season, he played on Anaheim’s No. 2 line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Now, he’s a first-liner in Edmonton.

“I’m working every day to jell with the guys and get some chemistry going,” the 245-pound Penner said. “I need to use my body more effectively and pick up my speed and quickness.

“I love being back in Canada. I already know I have great teammates after being here three weeks. You get support from the fans, the organization and the city. You can feel the intensity [in Edmonton] already.”

more

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  Tags: dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers

A Shot Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Empty Netters takes a shot at Chelios…

The Penguins lost 1-0 in overtime in Detroit last night. Granted, a number of talented players such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play in this game, but when a 92-year-old man like Chris Chelios is the only player to score a goal, things are wrong, preseason or not.

My question is… Shouldn’t you be pointing the finger to the Penguins for allowing Chelios to score?

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings

Leafs Goaltending Still Unproven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Leafs believe they are set in goal and that, by having Toskala and Raycroft combine forces, have strengthened themselves considerably.

It’s just that there’s no concrete evidence, really, upon which to base such a belief.

Indeed, when you looked at the goaltending depth chart of the lowly Phoenix Coyotes this week and saw David Aebischer, Alex Auld and Mikael Tellqvist, could you honestly say that group is significantly inferior to that of the Leafs?...

So if the weak Desert Dogs have questions in net to be answered, well, the Leafs are in exactly the same position.

It’s just that the Leaf goaltending questions will be asked much more loudly. Every day. Over and over. Under a white hot light of scrutiny powered by 40 years of Cup-less play.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, toronto+maple+leafs

Sens Would Like To Sign All Their UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As a matter of fact, Murray said he has already had contract discussions with Redden’s agent, Don Meehan.

“I don’t know (where the Redden stuff comes from),” said Murray. “(Reporters) ask me about trying to sign Heatley and Spezza and then the conclusion (from reporters) is always nothing about those two at all, it’s always about eliminating another player. That’s not what we’re trying to do here. We’re going to try to do as well as we can with the people that we have and, obviously, keep them here.

“But there are a lot of factors involved here: The total dollars, the cap system and can we keep everybody? Will everybody give us an opportunity to sign them or will it be impossible because of the numbers?”

more

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  Tags: ottawa+senators, wade+redden

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