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What’s On Your Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well we can’t get much worse in the delivering of hockey news over the last few days.

GM’s are golfing, fishing or just plain out of site.  Players are getting the skates sharpened and have started their off-ice conditioning.

Anything on your mind these days?  Or are you just taking early August off to prepare for the upcoming season too?

Feel free to leave a comment, question or just tell us how your summer has been going.  On a side note, KK has been receiving a few hits from Beijing, China in the last week or so.  Probably some media types trying to keep their finger on the hockey world.

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All Paul Coffey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the King Township Sentinel,

If you could meet and talk to three people who would they be?

Elvis Presley and I’d just listen to him. I’m a listener. Bobby Orr and Bruce Springsteen would also be on my list, but I’ve already had the chance to meet them.

What are your views as a NHL fan?

I have a soft spot for the Oilers, but I think we’re all Toronto Maple Leafs fans living in the GTA. Hopefully they can turn things around, but it’s not going to happen over night. We (as fans) just want some consistency and with Cliff Fletcher (General Manager) at the helm and the new Head Coach Ron Wilson, maybe that will happen.

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Early Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Only two players in the history of the sport have been more productive than Crosby before turning 21. Perhaps you’ve heard of them.

Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are the only players with at least the equivalent of a full NHL season under their belt to record more points per game than Crosby before they turned 21.

Here’s a list of every player who averaged more than a point per game in more than 78 games before they turned 21.

read on for a list of players and some may surprise you…

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Don Protective Gear!!

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can’t confirm this, but I’d say PTI on ESPN is a pretty good source.  And I have no imagery, except those you’ll see below (oddly enough they have little to do with the subject).

Apparently, terrified for the lives of their lungs and their critical supplies of stamina, the USA men’s cycling team walked through the terminal at the Beijing airport today wearing those cool surgical masks.

Because of the air quality…outside the airport.

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Kilger Not Playing, Zednik Looks Good To Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Spoke to JM today, and he says he does not expect Chad Kilger to play for the Panthers this season….

“He’s still dealing with some personal issues, and at this point, I don’t think he’ll be playing,’’ Martin said. “We still hold his rights. He’s indicated to me that if he were to play, he’d want to play for us. We’re not the issue.’’

On a more positive note, JM says he’s spoken to both Richard Zednik and trainer David Zenobi and the reports are Zednik is doing a lot of physical work and is expected to be in good shape when training camp kicks off.

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Future of the NY Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,

So was there a glimmer of hope today for New York Rangers fans tired of their ownership situation? Cablevision said it was “considering several options to boost its stock price including spinning off some of its diverse holdings,” according to the Associated Press. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist with Smith College, told the AP that if the contracts between the two teams, cable television and MSG could be sussed out, the Knicks would be worth about $500 million and the Rangers $300.

Are the Rangers a “spinoff” candidate? The Dolans aren’t saying. John Moag, chairman of the sports investment bank Moag & Co., tells Bloomberg that the Dolans’ sports teams and MSG itself could bring in almost $2 billion if Cablevision does decide to sell.

continued…

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Predicting the Overachievers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News,

Here are a few teams who I think could achieve more than is expected of them this season:

Florida Panthers: I’ve ripped on them in this space before – and until the front office does something smart, I’m sure I’ll do it again – but the potential is still there for the Panthers to rise.

You’ve got to think that, one of these years, Nathan Horton will meet the expectations of being a No. 3 overall draft pick. While he has not impressed and actually stalled his point production at 62 points last season, Horton could be ready for a 70- to 75-point campaign. If he can meet this goal and if incoming offensive catalyst Cory Stillman can kick-start Stephen Weiss, the Panthers could generate more than the pathetic 216 goals they scored last season.

read on for more on the Panthers, plus two other picks for overachievers this coming season

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Bikini Weather Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

110 degrees outside? Why not play hockey?

imagePacific Ice is a California company located in San Jose, specializing in the production of outdoor synthetic ice hockey rinks. With our leading edge technology, we have designed and built the largest outdoor synthetic ice hockey rink in the world with NHL style (dasher) boards. We have made it possible to play ice hockey or ice skate all year round on large outdoor synthetic ice rinks, regardless of the temperature or location. You can now play ice hockey in coastal areas, the sunbelt, the mountains, the desert, the plains/prairies, the tropics, just about anywhere.

Click here or on the image to enlarge—it’s not every day you find palm trees growing up against the boards.  And check out the Pacific Ice website to see video of kids skating on this stuff.

 

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Hockey Blogging Went Mainstream

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last week we mentioned this story in USA Hockey Magazine that was already on newsstands, but not yet on the internet.  Now it’s available online.

From Ricki Dugdale at USA Hockey Magazine:

Today’s bloggers are gaining acceptance among mainstream media, in part because professional journalists have learned that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The rising popularity of blogs has forced mainstream media to re-evaluate which direction coverage is heading in the near future as fingers stay glued to the keyboard and eyes stay fixed on a computer screen.

“I think [blogging] sort of changed how we approached coverage of events,” said Kevin Allen, president of the Professional Writer’s Association and USA Today’s hockey writer. “Instead of just reporting what happened in the news we are interpreting it quickly, and we have been forced to do it by the amateur bloggers.”

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Sometimes?  Well Sometimes It’s Good To Be Dumb

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dude.  I just read something that reminded me of a great piece of advice I received at a young age.

I was 22, a young Sailor doing what young Sailors do in the Philippines.  I happened to wander into a nifty dive called the Irish Rose out in The Barrio, where a few old Chiefs were sitting around doing what old Chiefs did.

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