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The NHL Hour with Luke Schenn & Drew Doughty

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Rookie sensations Luke Schenn (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) are guests on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* 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 podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: drew+doughty, gary+bettman, luke+schenn

The Panthers Turnaround

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,

Rewind: The Panthers are languishing. They’re 30th, dead last, in the NHL and they’re clearly at the crossroads. One road leads to significance and the long road out of the league basement. The other? Obscurity.

After a dull 4-2 loss Nov. 21 in Boston, the Panthers return to South Florida and coach Peter DeBoer begins his daily press briefing by saying, “Everyone here should be on notice.”

“The status quo isn’t good enough,” he added. “There’s going to be consequences throughout the lineup because of that.”

And that begins three weeks that will change a season.

read on

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Please Stand & Remove Your Hats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A look back at Canadiens legendary anthem singer, Roger Doucet.

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Briere Out At Least 4 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that center Danny Briere underwent a successful surgical procedure on his groin/stomach area, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.

“Danny had successful surgery this morning to repair a nerve entrapment,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “His recovery time will be a minimum of four weeks.”

The procedure was performed today by Dr. William Meyers at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

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The Leonhardt Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Steinberg at DC Sports Blog:

There are at least possible reasons for buying a “Leonhardt 80” Caps jersey. You could, like Eric Boshoven, want to pay touching tribute to one of the craziest NHL stories of the year, the one in which a Web producer went from the cubicle to the bench as a backup NHL goalie.

Or you could be more like Mark Kinnear, a 41-year old season ticket holder from Parkville who also spent about $140 to outfit himself in the answer to a trivia question. Why did he do it?

“I was home one night, probably had a few too many,” Kinnear told me, “and I was like, ‘What the [bleep]?’ “

read on

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Boston Fans Want To Know

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from a Bruins fans Q & A with Boston Globe writer Fluto Shinzawa,

Q: ...I must say, this year team is even more interesting to me than the Orr/Esposito days, in terms of a total team working effort. I think the missing link to the Stanley Cup is another offensive defenseman like Jay Bouwmeester, from the Florida Panthers. My question is, what would it take to get this stud, his skating abilities are amazing, taking one stride to every two or three for other skaters? This would be the final piece of the puzzle as far as I am concerned. What are your thoughts about this?

A: There’s no doubting that Bouwmeester would help this club right now. However, there are two issues. First, what do you give up for him? Second, how do you re-sign him after this season? I think the second issue is more critical than the first. Given Bouwmeester’s pedigree, history, and future performance, the conversation starts at $6 million per season. It would be awful tough for the Bruins to slot in another high-end salary when they have other players to lock up first. Going back to the first issue, Florida would ask for either Blake Wheeler or Milan Lucic, a prospect, and a first-round pick.

many more questions answered regarding the Bruins…

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A Look At Doug Harvey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher at NHL.com,

“Anything wrong with your foot?” I asked him (Doug Harvey) shortly before the game.

“Naw, just a little stiff,” he said.

“Have you had an X-ray?”

“Yup, nothing there,” he replied.

“You’ve got only three defensemen,” he was told. “What are you guys going to do?”

“I guess we’ll play,” he said with a shrug.

Harvey was on the ice for 51 minutes that night. He was in the penalty box for four minutes. The Canadiens won 3-1. Ten days later, X-rays revealed Harvey had been playing with a cracked ankle all that time.

much more

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Pointing Fingers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The official reason for Lidstrom’s absence is a lingering elbow injury. It’s just not one that will keep him out of any meaningful games. Datsyuk left the Red Wings game in the third period Tuesday night with a hip pointer, leaving coach Mike Babcock, an assistant with the Western Conference team, as the only representative from the Red Wings involved in all-star weekend.

But it’s clear Lidstrom could have played in his 10th All-Star Game if he really wanted to. Perhaps he was concerned the league would spell his name “Lindstrom” on the back of his Western Conference sweater.

The NHL, meanwhile, grumbles about these things privately and basically allows this stuff to happen. The reality is if a player essentially doesn’t feel like playing in the All-Star Game or the YoungStars Game, he doesn’t have to do so. In fact, a lot of NHL teams are just as guilty as the players. They have no problem having them in the lineup before and after the All-Star Game, but often put pressure on their best players to skip the event.

more

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  Tags: all-star+game

Watching The Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin of BfloBlog,

Via press release, the Sabres confirmed what their schedule has shown for some time - that the next four Sabres games will not be televised.

  “Out of our 82-game schedule, the MSG Network has broadcast rights to 70, and the Versus Network has rights to a maximum of eight,” said Larry Quinn, Buffalo’s minority owner/managing partner. “As such, we needed to select four games to be radio only. We chose these west coast games due to their late starts.”

Very clever, LQ. It’s MSG’s fault! But you were the one who negotiated the deal with MSG in the first place. You negotiated away the four road games. No city in America draws higher ratings for hockey than Buffalo, but we surely wouldn’t stay up past 10:00 to watch our team, right?

(I’m sure it has nothing to do with cost though…)

But not to fear, we at least get them on the radio, right?

Um, kinda’.

continued

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A Decade Of Hank?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hey. Is this important?  Malik’s trolling the international scene again.  What’d he find?

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