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Oilers Replace AHL Coach

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have appointed Rob Daum as head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, replacing Jeff Truitt for the remainder of the 2008-09 season.

Daum, who was serving as a pro scout with the Oilers this season, will assume his role immediately with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate and will be behind the bench for the Falcons game at Manchester on Wednesday, February 11th. It is the first game of a four game road trip for Springfield.

Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini says, “The Oilers organization would like to thank Jeff for his commitment and effort.  Jeff’s an outstanding individual who worked hard everyday to improve his hockey club.”

Daum is currently in his second season as a member of the Oilers’ organization after serving as an assistant coach with Craig MacTavish’s staff in 2007-08.

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Could Balsillie Buy The Coyotes?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cassie Campbell of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

So, the big question: could Balsillie be the new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes?

He has the money and he definitely has the passion for the game of hockey. With that combination shouldn’t the NHL want him on board? I believe so.

It all will depend on the NHL’s flexibility to allow a new owner to help the franchise as it is in Phoenix, BUT if the team continues to struggle financially, there should be a clause in the contract that after a certain number of years, the team can move to a more suitable market.

I completely understand why the NHL doesn’t want to give up on a franchise in Phoenix - they don’t want to disappoint fans or make it seem that when a franchise struggles the quick solution is movement. But when all is said and done, and the city of Glendale continues to be unable to support a hockey franchise, new options are inevitable.

NHLPA boss, Paul Kelly, supports moving a franchise from a struggling U.S. market back to Canada, which therefore means the players do, too.


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  Tags: jim+balsillie

Wings Of The Past Get A Surprise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

As he worked his way through the packaging, Marcel Pronovost couldn’t remember being this curious about a gift since he was a child.

When he reached the bottom and opened another tiny box, he felt like a kid again too.

Staring back at him was a glittering version of the 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup ring with his name on one side with four extra diamonds symbolizing the quartet of cups he won with Detroit in the 1950s.

“My reaction was instantly to flashback to those teams,” said the 78-year-old Pronovost, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978 after a 21-year playing career and five cups with the Wings and Toronto.

Pronovost was one of 20 to 30 retired Red Wings to receive a gift last week.


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Malkin Talking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck Daddy,

...We caught up with Malkin after Sunday’s game to discuss his growth as a player and a leader; the Pittsburgh Penguins’ playoff hopes; his $1,000 bounty for a victory; the brutality of Flyers fans; his reconciliation and all-star prop comedy with Alex Ovechkin; and, perhaps most interestingly, why he doesn’t understand why teammate Sidney Crosby is labeled as “some kind of ‘mama’s boy.’”

PD: We’re doing this interview in Russian, which must be a nice change from your English-language interviews after games that some fans find amusing. How is your English coming along, and do you feel any pressure to learn it quickly?

MALKIN: To be honest with you, I don’t feel any pressure. And the team is trying to help me out and try not to schedule too many [English language] interviews with me. I myself try to be on the sidelines and try to give interviews without being stressed and just trying to be comfortable. And once again, thanks to the team, they are helping me a lot. And it’s not like there are 100 TV cameras in the locker room after the game surrounding me. I am taking it slow, but there is still visible progress.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: evgeni+malkin

Rangers Need Energizing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Let’s face it, SOMEBODY must energize the New York sextet, which not only appears as forgetful about scoring as it does about winning hockey games.

In the wake of New Jersey’s 3-0 win (third goal an open-netter) at The Rock on Monday night, the Rangers now are attracting scrutiny beyond the Metropolitan Area and the reviews are indubitably harsh ... but on target.

Versus analysts Keith Jones and Brian Engblom were surgically precise and exquisitely succinct in their harsh reviews of the Seventh Avenue sextet.

“The Rangers,” says Jones, “are in trouble.”

To a certain extent, that is true. Their record stands 29-20-5. That’s better than at the same time last year, but frankly, The Maven is tired of using that comparison because if the Rangers continue the current trend, they’ll be on a treadmill to NHL oblivion.


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Avery & Sather Statements

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NY Rangers,

On Tuesday, the Dallas Stars assigned forward Sean Avery to the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. The following are statemtents from Avery and Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather:

“I would like to thank Glen Sather and the Rangers organization for giving me the chance to resume my hockey career by affording me this opportunity with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  I am looking forward to getting back on the ice,  working my way back to the NHL and playing the game I love.  While I appreciate the many interview requests, at this point in time, I would like to focus on hockey and will not be making any further statements while with the Wolf Pack.”

“Sean and the Dallas Stars approached me looking for an American Hockey League team for him to resume playing, and I am happy to provide him with the opportunity to continue his career.  Sean was a good player for the Rangers during his time here and has worked extremely hard off the ice over the last two months.  He remains under contract to and property of the Stars, therefore, any further comment would be inappropriate.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: glenn+sather, sean+avery

Wild Fan Gets Involved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Stensaas of the Star Tribune,

Spit at by Chris Pronger. Challenged to a fight by Chris Simon. Talked contract negotiations with Olli Jokinen.

These aren’t exactly your everyday situations for the casual Wild fan. But for Ben Fagerlie, so it goes….

He has no inside connections, nor does he loiter at visiting team’s hotels to gain a rapport. Rather, for the past six seasons, Fagerlie has watched Wild games from Section 104, Row 2, Seat 8—where only a half-inch-thick piece of tempered glass separates him from opponents in the penalty box.

Two minutes or 10, Fagerlie chirps at players whether they’re interested in what he has to say or not. And he never backs down, withstanding everything from saliva to threats from the millionaires who, for a time, occupy the seat directly to his right.

read on

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Ice Still An Issue In Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times,

The ice was disgusting,” Poti said after the game. “Every game here, it is an embarrassment. That’s why so many guys get hurt with groins. It’s a shame, to be honest with you.”

And while coach Bruce Boudreau and defenseman Mike Green said the ice wasn’t particularly worse than other games, the subject of ice conditions was a touchy subject Monday at practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Poti said he wasn’t going to talk about the ice anymore since he “said his piece” about the subject already. Sergei Fedorov said he didn’t feel comfortable talking about the playing conditions because he and his teammates were told not to discuss it.

“We just had a meeting. We’re not really allowed to comment… because we don’t wanna say something that will cause a problem,” he said. “We know for sure people who work and try to make ice better are working very, very hard, so let’s keep it that way.”


added 7:41am, On Frozen Blog has more on the ice conditions…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Flyers May Look For Defensive Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

With Marty Biron ($3.5 million) and Niittymaki ($1.225 million) scheduled to become free agents this summer, there is very little chance both will be back next season.

Neither would render much of a return in a trade. The market for goalies is relatively thin this winter, but there are a handful who will become unrestricted after this season, including Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin, Colorado’s Andrew Raycroft, Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson and even prodigal son Brian Boucher.

The Flyers might be better off letting Biron and Niittymaki duke it out and direct their attention to a hard-edged defenseman.

With Ossi Vaananen currently in Stevens’ doghouse (less than 5 minutes of ice time the past two games) and Braydon Coburn not as dominant as expected, the Flyers could use a no-nonsense 25-minute-a-night defenseman to pair with Kimmo Timonen.

The top defensemen on the market are Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester and Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

A Somber Anniversary In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Feb 10 is the 20th anniversary of Blues announcer Dan Kelly’s death. Below is Kevin Horrigan’s obituary for Mr. Kelly that ran Feb 11, 1989.

A voice that once was called the ‘‘purest, most knowledgeable, most accurate’’ in hockey was stilled Friday morning. St. Louis Blues broadcaster Dan Kelly, 52, died at his home in Chesterfield after a five-month struggle with cancer….

‘‘In sports, we talk a lot about ‘franchise’ players,’’ said Michael F. Shanahan, chairman of the board of the Blues. ‘‘Dan Kelly could easily be said to have been a franchise broadcaster. There were times in the last 20 years he was this franchise to the hockey fans.  ‘‘He did what he wanted to do, and nobody ever did it better. How many of us get to say that?’‘

read on and watch Dan Kelly’s call of a famous Bobby Orr goal below…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dan+kelly

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