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Pure Class

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Drew Remenda at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

As Kurtis Foster was laying on a opererating table getting his leg repaired, the Minnesota Wild had quickly made arrangements to get his fiance to the San Jose. Chris Snow the Wild’s Director of Hockey Operations stayed behind to make sure Kurtis Foster was getting the best possible care by keeeping the communication going between the Wild and Sharks Medical Staff. One of Kurtis’ first visitors at the hospital was Greg Jamison. The Sharks President and CEO brought by a gift basket and showed some kindness to the injured Wild Defenseman. Shortly after GM Doug Wilson dropped by.


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  Tags: kurtis+foster

Crushed Hopes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

Hollywood movies and human nature have conditioned most of us to hope, if not outright expect, our stories to have happy endings.

However, as a few NHL franchises just learned, reality doesn’t grant nearly that many wishes. More often than not, it specializes in the cruelest of lessons, crushed hopes and dashed dreams.

That was the unfortunate result for the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers, which all saw their Stanley Cup aspirations coldly cast into the proverbial latrine after losing must-win games this week. And soon, playoff bubble teams such as the Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators – or perhaps the fast-sliding Vancouver Canucks – will set up shop with them on lottery lane.


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  Tags: playoffs

The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe, will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on XM Satellite Radio.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, gordie+howe, interview, nhl+media

Signs The Playoffs Are Near

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am starting to get some sure-fire signals the playoffs are approaching.

Check out my blog at Hockey.com today to read all about it.

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Call The Optometrist: More Wing Groin Issues

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A2Y Legal Counsel, Jeff the Okie, checked in with a pointer to Khan(!) who tells us yet another Wing is suffering from a groin injury.

Mikael Samuelsson left practice early with a groin problem that’s been bothering him for a week or so and Babcock listed him as questionable. Valtteri Filppula (sore knee, groin) said he’s ready to play. Dallas Drake (bruised sternum) said he’s ready to play, too, but Babcock wasn’t sure about Drake.



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Building The Perfect NHLer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at ESPN,

But the perfect NHLer?

Create your own, definitive of the era. A mix-and-match superstar. A potent cocktail of unbeatable characteristics.

The idea is to play Mary (no relation to Jody) Shelley and stitch together your very own frozen-water Frankenstein, compiling the best bits from the most compelling players in the game today.

Hey, if sticks can be composites, why can’t players? And if such a creation were possible, the assembled product could do worse than look like this:

All-around skill set

• Alexander Ovechkin

read on

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Kobasew Out With Broken Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Chuck Kobasew has been diagnosed with a fractured left tibia. Kobasew, who is on crutches, will be out a minimum of four weeks and could miss up to eight weeks.

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  Tags: chuck+kobasew

We Have Issues

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Buckets, Homer, Hasek.  Dater, Roy, Samuelsson.  All that plus Bitter Blues fans.

So, yes, we have issues to discuss.

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Ovechkin Needed in ‘08 Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Dupont at NBC Sports,

The ‘08 playoffs without A.O. would not be O.K.

Just as big-time scoring has dried up around the league, so has the sport’s big-time entertainment factor. Ovechkin not only knows how to score (and there is an intelligence to getting those four ounces of rubber in that 24-square-foot net), but he knows how to entertain, too. His trademark, stamped on nearly every goal, is that running leap he takes into the glass that rings the boards, which sometimes leaves fans in the lower loges thinking that he is about to leave one of those Wile E. Coyote silhouettes carved in the glass as he makes his way through the stands and toward the pizza stand.

Showboating? Perhaps. But so what. If anyone has a right to crow a little, or a lot, it’s Ovechkin, who obviously delights in doing what he is supposed to do. He likes to score. He really likes to score.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Prove It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The New Jersey Devils are about to find out whether the adage “finders keepers, losers weepers” applies in the billion-dollar sports business.

French investment bank Société Générale is suing the Devils for more than $500,000 after it mistakenly transferred $125,635.13 (all figures U.S.) to the NHL club on Sept.6, 2006, according to court documents.

Since that transfer, Devils team executives have repeatedly refused to return the money “motivated, in whole or in part, by spite and ill will,” the bank says in court papers filed in U.S. District Court


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