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Tampa’s Dan Boyle Injured in Freak Accident

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle will undergo surgery on Sunday following a freak accident at the end of Saturday’s 2-1 pre-season loss to the Washington Capitals.

Boyle was injured in the Lightning locker room when distracted while hanging up his skates. A skate slipped off of the hook and hit him in his left wrist, cutting a tendon.

He was to have surgery on Sunday and will be out of action for several weeks.

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Devils Take To The Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Record,

They’ve moved out of Continental Arena and can’t move into Prudential Center until Oct. 27. That’s forcing them to travel for all six of their preseason games and open the regular season with nine consecutive road games.

This might be Brent Sutter’s biggest challenge in his first month as an NHL head coach. A team could dig itself a significant hole while trying to find its identity during those first three weeks of the season.

“It will be a different experience definitely going on the road for the first nine games,” Jay Pandolfo said. “You’ve got to learn to win on the road right away.”

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The Class of ‘89

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just saw an ad for some sort of cheesy melt thing now offered at a big-named Mexican food franchise.  The slow-mo imagery of cheddar cheese inspired me to post instead of continue to flip between MSU/Domers and UM/Penn State. 

Larry Wigge’s written a nifty little diddy on Dallas Drake and mentions the Wing draft class of ‘89: an amazing effort.  Lidstrom, Konstantinov, Fedorov, Bob Boughner, Mike Sillinger and Drake.  Think about that:  if not for Konstantinov’s misfortune in June of 2007, you’d probably be looking at three hall of famers drafted by one team in one year. 

Plenty of good quotes in Wigge’s story from former teammates and opponents.  Makes me wish we’d picked him up three years ago when I started whining about it.

”Players often ask you if you caught the license plate on that truck after you get plastered into the boards,” Foote said. “When you play against Dallas Drake, you have that license plate memorized. You expect to be pounded by him. Not a more fierce and honest competitor in the game.’‘

This guy’s going to win some fans in Detroit..quickly.

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  Tags: drake, fedorov, konstantinov, lidstrom

More On Center Ice Online

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thought I’d log on to the NHL Video Portal, just for fun.  Watched the highlights of the San Jose series, which made me warm.  Then clicked on “Center Ice” to see if the Wings game was going to be offered tonight.  Ran into some problems in that a registration screen popped up. Filled it out, even though I’d done that previously.  Then I got the option of the early bird special for $149 or the free preview.  Selected free preview and got some sort of error code 500, which prevented me from going any further.

Called the customer service and actually spoke with someone who said “eh” and had a decidedly Canadian accent.  The guy told me that they’re having “issues” with the interface right now and that if the problem isn’t solved soon they’re going to do a work-around to make sure all the games scheduled for tonight (including the Wings) will be available.

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  Tags: watching+the+wings

Last Year Out - This Year In?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Instead, let’s take a skate down the path less Zamboni-ed and look at the chances of last year’s also-rans in 2007-08. In other words, which teams that missed the playoffs last year are ready to rise up and make a post-season charge this time around?

Here, in order of their likelihood to rebound, is a look at last season’s non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference:

Carolina

The Hurricanes missed the playoffs in 2007 with virtually the same lineup that won the Stanley Cup in 2006. The Canes also have a history of alternating good seasons and poor seasons.

read on... Bruins fans, don’t read…

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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.”

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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)

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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.

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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.”

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, prospects

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