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All Shea Weber

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynksi of Yahoo,

Shea Weber has never missed playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

That’s either an indication of the all-star defenseman’s relative inexperience at the NHL level, or a reminder that the Nashville Predators’ consistency as a franchise is vastly underappreciated.

“Each year is a like an experience you can draw from, and I think everyone’s comfortable about the position we’re in,” said Weber, one day after his team rallied for an emotional 4-3 win at the Detroit Red Wings, moving into seventh place in the Western Conference with 84 points.

“The fate is really in our hands. As long as we do our job, we’re going to get into the playoffs.”

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Sean Avery’s New Venture

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

Hockey player, super pest, fashionista and now … bar owner?

New York Rangers forward and former Vogue intern Sean Avery is once again expanding the skills section of his resume, this time by venturing into sharing ownership duties at a new nightspot in Tribeca, a neighbourhood in lower Manhattan.

Reports indicate the most “hated man in hockey” and Rangers fan favourite will partner with club owner Matt Abramcyk and Chris Miller, a former art dealer, to open Warren 77, a bar and restaurant at 77 Warren St.

Abramcyk has described the new nightspot as a “sports bar meets country club” with a vintage sports theme.

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Warren 77 seems like a serviceable name… but it’s got nothing on Puckface.

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The Best Division In Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Copycat ideals in sports are nothing new. If one team is having success doing things in a certain manner, others are quick to adopt those practices. Well, I don’t think cloning is the issue in the Central Division right now, but it certainly makes a strong case for competition breeding excellence.

With two weeks to go before the playoffs, all five Central teams are in the Western Conference’s top eight. I’m not sure all five will ultimately end up in the postseason, but for the moment let’s consider the transformation that is taking place.

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Sharks Sign Nick Petrecki

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Nick Petrecki, the team’s first round (28th overall) selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, to an NHL contract.  In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Petrecki has spent the last two seasons playing at Boston College.  This season, the Schenectady, NY native has posted seven assists in 35 games.  The sturdy defenseman also registered 161 penalty minutes, which ranked first on the team.

Petrecki played a significant role on Boston College’s 2008 National Championship team. The six-foot-three, 220-pound defenseman played in 42 games for the Eagles, registering 12 points (five goals, seven assists) while amassing 102 penalty minutes.

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Composite Testing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matt McKay of The Varsity,

A revolutionary new ice hockey stick test machine looks primed and ready to shoot down its competition.

It just needs to be built.

Unsatisfied with the current principal method used to test stick durability, University of Waterloo engineering prof John McPhee set out to design a new system.

Primarily, he wanted to build a machine that would help improve the reliability of one-piece composite hockey sticks.

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2008-09 Prime Cuts Squad

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Angus at Dobber’s Hockey, a 5 part series featuring his “prime cuts” of the 2008-09 season.

[The] Prime Cuts squad is chalk-full of intangibles such as heart, determination, hockey IQ, two-way play, grit, and clutch scoring ability. Most of the players on this squad are also under appreciated (in both fantasy and real hockey circles). There are obviously some big stars on this team – the usual suspects – but there are also some under-the-radar players who you may not have noticed this season for whatever reason

Part 1 and Part 2

Remaining parts to be published at Dobber’s over the coming days.

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Exciting Time In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

With the Blue Jackets’ first playoff appearance in sight, must be exciting times in Columbus, no?

Well, dropping back-to-back games to Central Division rival St. Louis won’t do much for the angst factor in Columbus, but even with the twin setbacks the Blue Jackets begin the week in sixth place in the Western Conference and season-ticket holders are getting their first chance to buy postseason tickets since the team’s first inaugural season in 2000-2001. About 93 percent of season-ticket holders have anted up for the playoffs, Larry Hoepfner, the team’s senior vice president of business operations, told ESPN.com late last week. That number is expected to inflate to about 96 percent before tickets are made available to the general public next Saturday.

more plus Coyotes, Bruins, CuJo and Gaborik talk…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK—St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 29.

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Ott On Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bob McKenzie of TSN was just on NHL Live and didn’t like the hit Steve Ott delivered on Gregory Campbell this past Saturday.  Nothing from the NHL yet on the hit.

What do you think?

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Wings & Blues Take Part NHL Premier Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The 2009-2010 NHL season will begin just as it did last year in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Ericsson Globe Arena when the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues face off October 2-3. Tickets to both games, about 26,000 total, have sold out.

The Blues and Red Wings will begin their visit to Sweden with exhibition games as part of the NHL Premiere Challenge. St. Louis will face Linköping Hockey Club on September 29 and Detroit will play Färjestad BK on September 30. Tickets for both games will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31.

There are Swedish players on both teams. Patrik Berglund (Västerås) and Alexander Steen (Frölunda) play for St. Louis, and Jonas Junlund, a prospect currently playing for Linköping, could be skating for the Blues by the start of the 2009-10 season. Henrik Zetterberg (Timrå), Nicklas Lidström (Västerås) and Niklas Kronwall (Djurgården) are amongst the Swedes that skate for Detroit.

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