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Oh Those Rumors!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

I typically dislike commenting on rumors, because anyone can start them without naming sources and 99 percent of published rumors turn out to be exaggerated or just simply B.S. I don’t know the gentleman who wrote the FoxSports.com piece about Lombardi being on the hot seat, and I’m certainly not going to question his motives or sources. And given where the Kings stand—that would be last place in the conference—I suppose it’s fair to question whether Dean Lombardi SHOULD be on the hot seat. Any GM whose team is at the bottom of the conference is going to come under some scrutiny.

I would be completely stunned if Lombardi got fired this year, even if the Kings finished in last place.

continued... and the gentleman at FoxSports is Al Strachan...

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  Tags: dean+lombardi, hockey+rumors, los+angeles+kings

Chico Resch- Author

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Examiner,

Resch, who resides in Lyndhurst during the hockey season, signed copies of his new book, “Chico Resch’s Tales from the Devils Ice,” which he penned with Holmdel-native Michael Kerwick….

Donna Stralkus, a Devils fan from East Brunswick, said she is eager to read Resch’s book.

“I’m interested in the locker room stories and the stuff you don’t catch on the sports pages,” she said.

Kerwick said that the book is an inside look at the Devils team from the perspective of a former player who was with the team during its first four years in the Garden State.

“It’s a collection of stories from Chico’s time with the Devils to his times announcing Devils games, and all of the games in between,” he said.

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If you are interested in the book, “Chico Resch’s Tales from the Devils Ice,” it is available at Amazon.

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  Tags: chico+resch

Big Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s a suggestion for the governors to chew over before the Pittsburgh Penguins get too far along in their plans for a new building or before the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames complete their construction plans.

Why not allow clubs with new buildings on the horizon to adopt a slightly larger ice surface than the current 200-by-85-foot sheet that is standard in the NHL? The idea of expanding the width by as little as five feet makes sense in an era when players are bigger, stronger and faster. Almost every time someone mentions making the game better, that’s a talking point, that you need to go not necessarily to the international width (100 feet, too wide by some standards), but to 90 feet, just so it isn’t so crowded out there.

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This topic was brought up on the NHL Hour yesteday, and there was no mention of altering the ice surface for new buildings.  Bettman did say changing the ice surface in current rinks would also change the site lines for the fans in the seats, so no to changing the ice dimensions in current rinks.

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Took A Wrong Turn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I think The Sailor took a wrong turn with his boat.

He found water, frozen water!

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Players Run Ducks Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

After a few skating drills at the end, Carlyle called everyone together for a lengthy on-ice discussion.

“It was their practice,” Carlyle said. “My speech was more about how they’re going to be judged on how we perform tomorrow. We can’t change what we did last night. It wasn’t enough. We understand that. Now we’re moving to prepare for tomorrow. We felt giving them ownership of practice today was one of the methods that can lighten the day because we’re pretty down in the mouth about what happened last night.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, randy+carlyle

Live from the Verizon Center

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Ilitch won’t let me in the Joe.  As a paying customer? Sure.  As a blogger? Not a chance. 

Ted Leonsis?  Now that’s a different story.  Yep. Live blogging from the home of the Caps who are down already to future Wing Olli Jokinen and the Panthers.  More to come.  Wings news at intermission.

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Wild Shuffling with Demitra Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,

Pavol Demitra is definitely playing. Matt Foy is coming out for him. Second straight time he’s been scratched after a two-point game. Foster skated today and hopes to practice tomorrow. Nummelin and Harding skated but won’t play.

Demitra has officially been activated for tonight’s game. Harding has been placed on injured reserve to make room for him. This is becoming a shuffling game.

Leading my notebook with the bad luck the Wild has had with facial injuries. Three guys wore full cages today. I said to Jacques it looks like college, and he said, “like a kennel.”

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  Tags: injuries, matt+foy, minnesota+wild, pavol+demitra

Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pavel Datsyuk had the goal of the night last night.

Actually, he had two nice goals, but the first one was selected over the second one…

Watch the video…

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, pavel+datsyuk

HDNet Schedule For December / January

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL and HDNet today announced their high definition game schedule for December and January, featuring the hottest games and marquee match-ups from around the league. HDNet will maintain a flexible schedule over the remainder of the season, announcing a new schedule approximately every sixty days.

View the schedule…

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  Tags: hdnet, nhl+schedule

Wings Injuries - Draper Out for 10 Days+

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily,

Kris Draper’s knee sprain will keep him out of the lineup for 10 days to two weeks. Today, he could just ice the knee and sit in the sauna.

Kirk Maltby (shoulder) didn’t practice. His status is unknown for Thursday.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, injuries, kirk+maltby, kris+draper

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