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Quincey Will Have Back Surgery Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Kyle Quincey is expected to have back surgery tomorrow, to repair his herniated disc, and (obviously) will miss the rest of the season.

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Great Shootout Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This video has made the rounds on the web today, so maybe you have seen it already but Linus Omark, and Edmonton Oilers prospect, makes a nice move on a shootout goal.

I do have a couple of questions- I wonder how an NHL goalie would feel about the goal and is the announcer trying to imitate Jack Edwards (ha, ha, ha)?

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Report- Mike Danton Could Be A Free Man Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

TSN has learned that former NHL player Mike Danton, who has been serving time in a Federal prison in the United States, is back in Canada and could be a free man very shortly.

The Brampton, Ontario native pled guilty to “murder-for-hire” charges in November of 2004.  He has served over four years of his seven and a half year sentence in a Minnesota prison.  After petitioning to be moved to a Canadian prison, Danton finally got his wish on March 19th as he was transferred to Kingston Penitentiary.

Under Canadian law, Danton is now eligible for full parole.


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  Tags: mike+danton

HHOF Changes Voting Procedure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Hockey Hall of Fame appears ready to open its doors to women.

The hall has changed its voting procedures to make it easier for female candidates to be considered for induction.

Previously, females nominated faced huge odds in overcoming a male bias in voting – the panel was all male and favoured NHL players. The voters had been limited to inducting four players a year.

Now, the board of directors have told voters that it may induct four males and two females each year.


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Message Sent To Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

After a nice, long run as a line mate to Marty St. Louis, rookie Steven Stamkos likely will start tonight’s game with the Bruins on a line with Vinny Prospal and Brandon Bochensky. This isn’t just coach Rick Tocchet switching up lines looking for some jump, though after Sunday’s snoozer against the Senators, Tampa Bay could use it.

No, this is Tocchet sending a message to Stamkos to make sure he continues to compete at a high level. He has not done it the past few games, Tocchet said. The punishment is losing St. Louis as a line mate.

“When you play with Marty, that’s a privilege,” Tocchet said. “The message is, ‘If you’re going to play with Marty, you have to compete like he does.’ “


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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost six minutes of the best goals, saves and hit from the past week in the NHL.

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The All-Name Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Charlie Teljeur of The Hockey News, ‘

Tis the time of year when everyone seems to be naming their all-star selections (no, not that All-Star Game thingy - that was done by three mischievous kids at MIT with a brilliant binary algorithm) so it seems high time for me to name my all-stars.

And by name I mean NAME all-stars. You know, the kid who might not be able to skate or pass and has hands reminiscent of medium-sized boulders, but he has 15 letters in his last name (three of them Xs) and it’s printed diagonally on his jersey. Or he’s from Upper Sloptovia and has a name that rhymes with rutabaga. Yeah, that’s my kind of player….

Goaltender – Antero Niittymaki (Philadelphia) – You know when you get really drunk and you start to sign your name and you write the first part fairly close to perfect, but then you lose concentration and the last part comes out as a big pile of jumbled letters and reads like inane gibberish? Yeah, Niittymaki.

Defense – Fedor Tyutin (Columbus) – The three best names for clowns I’ve ever heard are (1) Bozo the Clown, (2) Mr. Bubbles, and (3) Fedor Tyutin. Next time he skates by, grab his nose and see if it honks.

read on

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KHL Signs 3-Year European Broadcasting Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Kontinental Hockey League Press Release:

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and Viasat are proud to announce a three year agreement for broadcasting rights.

The KHL grants Viasat the legal right to broadcast Kontinental Hockey League games for the 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons, as well the current season’s playoff games.



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  Tags: khl, media

Leafs Sign Christian Hanson

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed free agent centre Christian Hanson to a two-year entry level contract.

“We are excited to have Christian signed to a contract, and look forward to seeing him play for our organization,” said Burke. “He is a very intelligent hockey player who has good size and a solid scoring touch around the net.”

Hanson, a 23-year-old native of Venetia, Pennsylvania, recently completed his four-year career at the University of Notre Dame. This past season, the 6-4, 228 pound forward played in 37 games for the Fighting Irish registering a career-high 31 points on 16 goals and 15 assists, along with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating. He was second on the team in goals (tie) and third in points (tie). He also added five game-winning goals and six powerplay goals.

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The Important Games Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

1. Ducks at Oilers: At game time, the Ducks and Oilers find themselves in the Western Conference’s not-so-coveted ninth and 10th spots, respectively. On home ice with just 36 wins (a key tiebreaker), the Oilers probably need this one a tad more than the Ducks….

2. Predators at Blue Jackets: Remember when the Central Division was the Red Wings and four other clubs? That’s no longer the case. Heading into Tuesday’s games, all five Central teams held down playoff spots. The injury-riddled Preds roll into Columbus off a come-from-behind win in Detroit. If they can beat the Jackets in regulation time, the teams will have identical records….

read on

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