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No “Panic” Trade For Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of Sportsnet,

A panic trade is not in the cards for the Colorado Avalanche after losing veteran star centre Joe Sakic for eight-to-12 weeks following his hernia surgery.

“Anytime you lose a good player it’s a blow but every team goes through that,” Avalanche GM Francois Giguere told Sportsnet.ca on Friday. `“You never expect to go through an entire season without losing good players to injury. This gives other players on our team a chance to step up and show what they can do.

“So as far as making a move from the outside (a trade), we’re always looking to improve our team. But this is going to be a good chance for our youngers players to show what they have.”

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  Tags: joe+sakic

You Can’t Do That Off The Ice David

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from KTVT,

A hockey player has been arrested after being accused of assaulting a flight attendant, exposing himself and head-butting a passenger on an American Airlines flight into DFW Airport. He is now facing federal charges.

An FBI agent greeted the plane at the international terminal on Thursday night and took the minor league player into custody.

According to court records, the pilot declared an on-board emergency when the flight attendants had difficulty restraining the player.

David Cornacchia, the arrested hockey player, was soft-spoken on Friday afternoon as he left the federal courthouse in Dallas

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  Tags: david+cornacchia

Trading Emery May Be Difficult

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Ray Emery’s days with the Senators could be coming to an end.

One of the players hung a necktie in Emery’s place in the empty net where the backup goalie was supposed to be yesterday during practice at Scotiabank Place….

Murray would probably like to use Emery to acquire a top-six forward, but with Emery’s struggles on the ice and his actions off it, his value may have never been lower.

“I really don’t think they could trade Ray Emery in his current state,” an NHL executive said yesterday. “Nobody is going to want the baggage that goes with him right now.”

Two players told the Sun yesterday that the Senators are having a difficult time with Emery constantly leaving morning skates early or not going on the ice for optional practices.

read on

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  Tags: ray+emery

Watching The Pre-Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

The NHL will not break policy and place referees on the ice for the pre-game warmup leading into tonight’s game between the Maple Leafs and Rangers.

But the league will be watching in case there is a repeat of a potentially ugly incident that occurred the last time New York came to town. Before that game, Rangers super-pest Sean Avery almost came to blows with Toronto’s Darcy Tucker as the two exchanged insults at the centre line.

A referee, however, will be standing in one of the corridors watching the warmups and the league has asked TV crews to film the skate, a practice that has become common across the league since early in the season.

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Keenan Vs. Kipper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

...All is not daisies and buttercups between Iron Mike and the none-too-chipper Kipper.

The strain, hinted at on a few occasions already as the the halfway point of the NHL season approaches, is showing.

Keenan obviously wants more, and more consistently, from this franchise’s meal-ticket goaltender, who has, it must be said, been sub-par by his own towering standards for much of this season. Kiprusoff, just as obviously, isn’t over the moon about playing monkey to Keenan’s organ grinder - Pinocchio puppet to Iron Mike’s wicked Stromboli.

more

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff, mike+keenan

Canadians Questioned About Drug Use In the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

A new poll suggests that about half of Canadians believe performance-enhancing drugs are used by “many” or a “fair number” of National Hockey League players.

The Canadian Press Harris/Decima survey also indicated Canadians want to see drug cheats caught and punished, although they are split on what the sanctions should be.

The poll suggested that 17 per cent of Canadians believed many NHL players use performance-enhancing drugs while 36 per cent said a fair number used them.

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NHL Preview Show Of The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Check out the live NHL Preview Show…

Watch now!

update 3:26pm, Show over, looked great though, nice job by the NHL on the streaming aspect.

update 5:49pm, The NHL has archived the show so you can see the video if you missed the live presentation…

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  Tags: winter+classic

Sidney Crosby Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

On Tuesday, January 1st, at 1 p.m. ET, Sidney will lead the Penguins onto the ice at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, where they will take on the hometown Sabres in the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic.

Sidney leads the Penguins and is tied for second in overall NHL scoring with 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points in 37 games played. The Penguins will host the Sabres at Mellon Arena tomorrow in the first of the back-to-back encounters that will culminate with Tuesday’s outdoor game.

Q. How often have you actually skated outdoors when you were growing up in Nova Scotia?

SIDNEY CROSBY: A lot. I mean, probably not as much as other kids in Ontario and Quebec. Our weather wasn’t always consistently cold. But I’ve certainly done it enough. Always had fun doing it. Certainly looking forward to this time.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby, winter+classic

Spezza: NHL Star

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A Q&A with Jason Spezza by David Amber at ESPN,

Q: If you didn’t play in Ottawa, where do you think you would have the best time being Jason Spezza, NHL star?

A: Well Jason Spezza, “The NHL star,” would have to be somewhere else in Canada, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, just because you get recognized. But I think I would like to play in New York. It’s a city I really like, there is so much going on, there are so many places to hide and do your own thing. Sometimes, the celebrity aspect is nice, but a lot of times it’s nice to hide, too.

more…

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  Tags: jason+spezza

Streaming Alert- Winter Classic Preview Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL Digital Studio officially launches into original programming today with the airing of the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic Preview Show at 3 p.m., ET, on NHL.com. The program, hosted from the XM Digital Studio in the Reebok NHL Store in New York, will feature a flashback profile of the Heritage Classic in Edmonton, interviews with NHL Senior Executive VP Business & Media John Collins and Senior VP Events & Entertainment Don Renzulli, and game insight from hosts E.J. Hradek, Don LaGreca and guest Billy Jaffe.

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  Tags: winter+classic

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