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Paul Kelly on the NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The NHLPA’s Paul Kelly will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.

The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

*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.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, nhlpa, paul+kelly

Line Of The Day, Well Actually Yesterday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darryl Sutter in the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

“Next week,” predicted Sutter, “they’ll go back to, ‘Geez, they haven’t signed Dion [Phaneuf] and there’s going to be an offer sheet.’ That’s where it was [earlier this month] and then it went to Tanguay and then it went [Daymond] Langkow and [Kristian] Huselius. It’s flavour of the week.

“There’s very few educated guesses [in the media]. I’d say it’s leaning more towards ignorance.”

read on about the Flames not being sellers…

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  Tags: darryl+sutter

The Perfect Man For The Leafs Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

My target: Ken Holland, the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. There are others and some of the unencumbered mentioned above have their appeal, but if you want the best man in hockey today, it’s Holland. Getting him won’t be easy or cheap, but it’s not exactly mission impossible either.

Start with a subtle overture. Sources have told me that Holland isn’t put off by the challenge of rescuing the most poorly run rich franchise in the National Hockey League. He’s not afraid of the demands of the legion of long-suffering fans or the oft-times hostile and over-abundant media.

read on

A few nights ago, Fan590 radio in Toronto reported that the Leafs did contact Ilitch about 6 weeks ago for approval to talk with Holland and Jim Nill, their request was turned down.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ken+holland

Russia’s Hockey Alternative

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Moscow News Weekly,

Russia’s hockey tradition is long and exceptional. I remember the first wave of Russian players who took the NHL by storm in the 1980s, and the steady stream of players that followed. And while it is certainly still just the second-best league in the world, the Superliga offers many things the NHL can’t. For starters, the fact that teams are based in unglamorous places like Khabarovsk and Novokuznetsk appeals strongly to my sense of fairness.

And unlike the NHL, the Superliga has a bright future. Last summer, thanks to some changes in Russian contract law, a flood of Russian players came home. Russian pro hockey is also set for a major reorganization this year, and it appears that big com-panies like Gazprom, VTB and Ros­oboronexport are ready to step up their investment. And though billionaire Roman Abramovich’s football loyalties are tied up with Chelsea, his hockey interest rests solely with Avangard Omsk.

more from a former Bruins fan

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  Tags: russian+hockey

Malik Status With Rangers In Question

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Blue Notes at Newsday,

Defenseman Marek Malik’s equipment was not in his practice locker and could be on the move.

“Right now it’s just an internal matter,” said Tom Renney. Asked if Malik would be at tonight’s game, Renney responded:.“That’s to be determined.” Asked if he was suspended, Renney declined to answer. Asked if he was still on the team, the answer was: “He’s a Ranger.”

For how long, who knows?

Renney wouldn’t confirm that the 6-foot-6 Malik, 32, an unrestricted free agent who has played just and the target of Garden boo-birds all season, was being traded. Malik was scratched for four of the last nine games.

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  Tags: marek+malik

NHL Opening Games In Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The plans to open the 2008-09 NHL regular season on two European fronts are now finalized.

The league is apparently ready to formally announce this weekend at the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta that, as expected, the Ottawa Senators will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Stockholm and the New York Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Prague.

continued

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Turris On Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Turris has enlisted Denver-based player agent Kurt Overhardt as a “family advisor” and said he hears “from a couple of guys in the organization quite a bit—text messages and that sort of thing. We’ve kept in contact and they’re letting me have a good time.”

But for how long?

Coyotes GM Don Maloney said last week that Turris “is right on schedule. He’s played well for Wisconsin, and it’s been a great experience for him playing against more mature players. He was one of the go-to players with Team Canada, the top center on the top line, so we’re really pleased with what he’s done to date.”

more

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  Tags: kyle+turris

Trick Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK - TORONTO—Six of the NHL’s most prolific and creative scorers will showcase their best moves in quest of a ‘perfect 10’ when they square off against All-Star goaltenders in the inaugural Breakaway Challenge, the signature event in Saturday’s Dodge NHL SuperSkills Competition at the 2008 All-Star Weekend in Atlanta (7 p.m., ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS), the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today.

Three shooters from the Eastern and Western Conference will have two attempts to perform a highlight-reel trick while attempting to score. Shooters can start their routine from anywhere in the offensive zone and have full access to the offensive zone, including behind the net. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply

continued

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Boring Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

On a couple of levels — stylistic and strategic — the Avalanche at least temporarily has become what the organization used to belittle.

Conservative. Boring.

With Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny on the injured list, this is the way the Avalanche probably has to play to remain afloat.

The Avs are not only playing Columbus and Minnesota, they’re becoming Columbus and Minnesota.

continued

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Phaneuf Near Norris-Like Status

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Even before Dion Phaneuf slipped on a Calgary Flames sweater, the predictions were made.

Without even skating in an NHL game, belief was the talented defenceman had a future that included one or more Norris Trophy accolades.

Now, in the midst of his third season, is that a fair belief? Does Phaneuf’s destiny include being the NHL’s best defenceman?

“Oh yeah,” said Flames centre Craig Conroy without flinching. “You look at the guys who are the top defencemen in the league—(Nicklas) Lidstrom, (Chris) Pronger, (Scott) Niedermayer, (Brian) Rafalski, even, is up there. How many are young guys? How many young, young guys can you say that about?

continued

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

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