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Bad Spin, Ms. Hill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jemele Hill at ESPN Page 2,

Over the last year, we’ve seen the Hook Up perverted in so many ways. So many athletes attained the Hook Up, meaning they could do no wrong in the public’s eyes and even if they did, they’d be forgiven faster than you can say “Britney Spears is the white Whitney Houston.”...

Wayne Gretzky: Best player of all time, but coaching and part-owning the Phoenix Coyotes has yielded little for that franchise. The NHL didn’t even lift an eyebrow when the Great One was implicated in a gambling ring which his wife, Janet Jones, and former Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett. Nope, not a bad idea at all to have a guy associated with a gambling ring coaching and owning a professional hockey team.

Filed in: NHL Teams, d, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: wayne+gretzky

McCrimmon Ready To Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

McCrimmon has every intention of being an NHL head coach — in Atlanta or somewhere else.

“I just know I can do it,” he said simply. “I’ve known it for awhile.”

General manager and current head coach Don Waddell has made his intentions clear. He’d prefer to return upstairs to focus on his general managing duties.

He’s also said McCrimmon is the front-runner to replace him behind the bench, but any edge McCrimmon has right now, is loaded with ifs.

If the Thrashers finish the season strong. If they continue to show improvement after a slow start. If Scotty Bowman doesn’t show up on Waddell’s doorstep.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brad+mccrimmon

NHL Embracing HD Technology

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Perhaps the biggest update for this season is a new video system used to review whether a goal was scored. The overhead cameras aimed at the nets now have the sharp images of high definition and are on a closed circuit to the video judge’s booth and to the NHL’s review officials in Toronto.

The original system, installed in the early 1990s, used standard definition and was routed through a production truck. The result was a picture that wasn’t crystal clear and a system with a greater chance for breakdowns.

If you’ve noticed incredible detail this season on replays when a puck was near the goal line, that’s the work of the high-definition setup.

more…

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goal+judges, hdtv, media

Hossa Shows Wings His Stuff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

When Atlanta Thrashers Marian Hossa scored three goals in the first 22 minutes against the Detroit Red Wings, he might have been making a sales pitch to Detroit general manager Ken Holland as well as helping his team.

Although the Thrashers would still like to re-sign Hossa, the consensus around the NHL is that Hossa wants a change of venue. Maybe he wants to come to Detroit.

It sure looked that way to me as I watched Hossa play his best game of the season.

Update 1:24pm ET: From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

Marian Hossa is going to market.

That is the message the Atlanta Thrasher forward has delivered in no uncertain terms to general manager Don Waddell.

note: original post-time was 8:31am ET

added 7:07pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN clarifies his earlier blog on Hossa.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marian+hossa

Comparing Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Marek at CBC,

As much as it’s been a slow year for trades building buzz for the NHL, you can’t say the same for contracts.

As the CBA and the salary cap have made swapping players challenging if not impossible at times Edmonton general manager Kevin Lowe’s offer-sheet summer made all 29 other GMs in the league snap to attention and make sure their young talent is locked up long term.

continued… Marek takes a comparison look at contracts yet to be signed. Players like Dion Phaneuf, Shea Weber, Andrei Meszaros and Brent Burns, and what their values might be.

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: contracts, free+agents

Line of the Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

In the Boston Herald, Milan Lucic comments:

“In three years of junior we had only one guy break his nose, and he said it was the most painful thing he ever had,” he said. ‘I was like, ‘Aw, how bad can it be?’

“Well, after going through it, you know how bad it really is. It was probably the most painful thing I’ve been through. The fixing it hurt more than hitting the boards.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Devils Without Madden

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,

John Madden said it is very unlikely he will be in the lineup tonight at the Prudential Center because of the risk involved with the skate cut on his right ankle.

“It’s just in a bad spot,” Madden said yesterday after missing a second straight day of practice. “There would definitely be contact with my ankle. Where the cut is, it keeps rubbing. Who knows what could happen?”

If the cut is reopened and with sweat inside his skate boot, Madden’s ankle could become infected and he would be lost for a much longer period of time. That’s a risk the Devils would rather not take.

...and more on the race in the Atlantic Division.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: atlantic+division, injuries, john+madden

Hart Thinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

While the NHL was battling through the first 30 games of its schedule, both Scott Niedermayer and Ty Conklin were mostly sitting around.

Niedermayer was trying to figure out whether at age 34 he’d had enough of pro hockey and needed to look elsewhere for new challenges.

Conklin, meanwhile, was the third-string goalie of the Pittsburgh Penguins, probably wondering whether at age 31 he was ever going to get a serious NHL chance again.

Yet, here we are now in mid-January, and the impact these two players have had on this season in the past month is remarkable.

Hart-like, really.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: scott+niedermayer, ty+conklin

Luc Shares His Luck

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

This week, Luc Robitaille of the LA Kings will be hosting a Celebrity Shoot-Out—a charity event in Utah to raise money for a spinal care center there. 

This is just one of the many ways Robitaille involves himself in charitable causes; not only just throwing money onto a collection plate, but getting involved in a very personal, hands-on way.  From Mike G. Morreale at NHL.com,

”Following Hurricane Katrina (in 2005), my wife and I started our own foundation (Shelter for Serenity) and actually went to New Orleans, picked up a bunch of families and brought them back to live in our house in Utah,’’ Robitaille told NHL.com. “We wanted to provide them a chance to restart their lives. But during this process, we realized that the people most affected and in need of help were the children. The kids were the ones at risk since they came mostly from poor families.’’

continued with much more about Robitaille’s various personal and team commitments to good causes.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: charity, los+angeles+kings, luc+robitaille

Bobby Orr Selected To World Sports HOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CP,

Legendary defenceman Bobby Orr was among five athletes elected to the World Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Jesse Owens, Arnold Palmer, Katarina Witt and Johnny Weissmuller were also named. “In each case, it’s clear to see the individual had a profound and positive effect on his or her chosen sport,” Irv Kochman, Chairman of the Selection Committee, said in a statement. “These are names that provoke remarkable memories and get hearts pounding simply at the mention of them.”

The World Sports Hall of Fame was created a few years ago and will celebrate its inaugural dinner and induction ceremonies this spring.

Filed in: NHL Talk, Old School, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bobby+orr

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