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Shawn Matthias Skating With Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Pond,

NEWARK - It appears the future is here. On the ice in Newark right now, highly-touted junior Shawn Matthias.

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added 2:29pm, from the Florida Panthers,

“I got the call late last night from the Panthers telling me that I was called up,” said Matthias, who skated Friday morning with the Panthers. “There was a lot of yelling in the house when I told my folks.

“I am just really excited and can’t wait for the game tonight. It is something that I waited for all my life and it is going to be a great experience.”

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  Tags: shawn+matthias

Chances In The East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

a table that shows the odds that a given team will be in a certain position in the NHL. The chart is built using all the point rules (tie breakers) and also with the divisional champion rules (as you can see by the funny gap at the 3rd spot, due to the terrible South East). The table is coded to be darker for higher probabilities and thus it is extremely readable. It is sorted by expected points.

view the table, for Eastern Conference teams only.

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New & Improved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I will point you to the homepage of the new-look Spector’s Hockey.  From there, you can look around and catch up on the latest rumors.

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Luongo Finds His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

Somewhere among those 49 Detroit shots he found his game.

“I think it was something that I needed,” Luongo said regarding the shot barrage. “I’m happy that I got so many shots. It brought my confidence back up a little bit. I started to feel like myself there.

“They were throwing everything at the net and it got me in the game early and I established a pretty good comfort zone right off the bat.

“I was getting in a pretty good groove there.”...

“He was standing on his head, spinning around, stopping everything,” Sami Salo said. “I don’t even know the word for it. I don’t know if there is a word for it. It was more than unbelievable….”

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Last Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The offer was snatched back before a thirsty hockey fan could spell Budweiser.

Shortly before lunchtime Thursday, the St. Louis Blues sent an e-mail to fans announcing “Tuesdays on Tap,” a promotion offering unlimited free beverages, including beer, for certain tickets to five upcoming home games.

At 4 p.m., Blues executive Peter McLoughlin told the Post-Dispatch, “This one is not happening.”

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At Home With Ted Leonsis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from USA TODAY,

A few years ago, when Ted Leonsis and his wife, Lynn, stumbled onto a designer show house that was on the market just outside Washington, D.C., they fell in love with it.

Well, sort of. Kind of. OK, not really.

But they bought it, gutted it, added on and rearranged. They bought the neighbor’s house, too, then tore it down.

When the sawdust had finally settled, there stood a 22,000-square-foot brick mansion on 5.5 acres, complete with pond, pool, tennis court, guesthouse and five-car garage.

continued with pictures…

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

Bauer, Reebok-CCM On The Firing Line

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Nike’s venerable hockey division, Bauer, is poised to be sold off to a non-sports company for the first time in the company’s long history….

As the Bauer auction winds to a close, speculation has percolated in recent weeks that rival sports apparel and equipment maker adidas may follow suit and put hockey division CCM on the block.

ReebokCCM has re-designed CCM’s logo, given the brand its own booth at a high-profile upcoming Las Vegas trade show, and signed hockey phenom John Tavares to an endorsement contract.

“adidas bought Reebok to enhance its pro-sports position in North America,” said Jim Rennie, who for years published a trade letter about the hockey industry. “Sadly, hockey is now a secondary pro sport in the U.S., and adidas has other priorities. Hockey doesn’t figure in its strategic vision. Hockey won’t help it catch up to Nike – hence they likely exit.”

more... And there are also rumours circulating that TPS Hockey, which has “offshored” almost everything of late, is going out of business…

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Brodeur Leaves Competition Committee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NY Post,

Martin Brodeur has turned over his spot as the goalies’ voice to the players’ competition committee to Dallas’ Marty Turco. Brodeur said his input was not as effective as he’d want, and that the committee was not goalie-oriented.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: martin+brodeur

Wilson & Marleau Must Work It Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

Ron Wilson has not been hesitant to criticize Marleau - usually indirectly in postgame remarks about his line or vague “players” who weren’t sharp. Marleau has kept his mouth shut publicly about that. But he has to be gurgling inside after some of those remarks.

Here’s the truth: Marleau and Ron Wilson are the Lennon and McCartney of the Sharks. If this team is going to make sweet postseason music, it needs them to collaborate. Otherwise, our beloved Los Tiburones are going to drop off the charts faster than Vanilla Ice did. Right now, Doug Wilson seems inclined to let Marleau and his coach work out their issues as mature adults should. Keep an eye on that. If their relationship doesn’t lose its obvious sour taste, there could be a new recipe. With new ingredients.

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Chelios States Rob Blake Would Love To Play For Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Snapshots,

Chelios also talks trade possibilities, saying that he thinks a defenseman would help the team most. His defenseman of choice? Rob Blake of the Los Angeles Kings. “He’s in a situation there where there’s just no end at the light of the tunnel and he’s lost his drive right now,” Chelios says of Blake. “I’ve been there. I talked to him last time we played him, and he would love to come here.”

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  Tags: chris+chelios, rob+blake

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