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The Devils Era Is Over

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This year, the Devils went down with a whimper, shut out over the final 107:36, unable to score an even-strength goal over the final three matches. It wasn’t the match-up, though the Devils beat the Flyers only twice (2-8-1) in 11 games. It was the Devils….

There is something fundamentally wrong here. General manager Lou Lamoriello made the correct move in acquiring Kovalchuk—sorry, Zdeno Chara and Drew Doughty were not available—but it made no difference whatsoever.

The Devils are out. Their era of greatness officially has been put to bed. It was swell while it lasted.


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Ben, Be Like Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

When it comes to Pittsburgh sports superstars, we have learned in the past nine months all that we need to know about Ben Roethlisberger.

Mostly, that he’s no Sidney Crosby.

While the tawdry details of Roethlisberger’s boorish behavior in Milledgeville, Ga., and subsequent six-game suspension handed down from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have been headlining national news this week, Crosby has quietly gone about dominating the Stanley Cup playoffs….

Crosby not only has reinvented his playing style from playmaker to goal-scorer but transformed his reputation from that of a rookie who whined to officials to a fifth-year veteran who is the consummate captain and leader.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ben+roethlisberger, sidney+crosby

Kovalchuk Open To Signing With The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk said he enjoyed his experience playing for the Devils and was “open to anything,” but stopped short of saying he definitely would re-sign with the team following a season-ending 3-0 loss to the Flyers tonight at Prudential Center.

“I love everything here,” Kovalchuk said. “I think it’s a great organization. I appreciate (general manager Lou Lamoriello) giving me a chance to play here. It was a great experience. I played with some great players. I loved it. So, we all know it’s a business. I’m open to anything.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Ian Laperriere Will Start Wearing A Visor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

He blocked another shot with his head tonight that took around 60 stitches to close.

He talks about going to a visor for the rest of his career.

added 8:32am 4/23/10, Watch Lappy block the shot with his face below…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ian+laperriere, ian+laperriere

The Questions Begin For New Jersey

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from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

This was the end of another Devils season tonight at the Rock. It felt like the end of an era, too.

Martin Brodeur has 602 victories, three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies as the best goaltender in the NHL. He might be the most accomplished athlete we have ever seen in New Jersey, and among the classiest, too.

Still, after another night like this, after another first-round exit to a supposedly overmatched team, you can only wonder: Is Brodeur still capable of carrying this franchise?

Are his days as a big-game goalie over?


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It’s Beginning To Read Like A Russian Novel

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The Moscow Dynamo situation gets more intriguing by the day.  Luckily, George Malik is on it…

from Snapshots,

Today, Dynamo Moscow’s website officially announced that the team would cease operations after April 30th, when all signed players’ contracts would expire.

Sovetsky Sport’s Dmitry Ponomarenko asked soon-to-be former Dynamo GM Mikhail Golovkov whether the team’s strange statement regarding its main sponsor, Arch Energy, continuing to partially subsidize the team meant that it has a future as a stand-alone entity, and Golovkov simply states that he’s not sure, but he does believe that Dynamo will fulfill its contractual obligations in terms of actually paying its players for the balance of the month.

read on

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  Tags: moscow+dynamo

Montreal Fan Has Had Enough

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Audio only…

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Knock-Off Sweaters Becoming An Issue

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from David Johnston of the Montreal Gazette,

On chinanhljerseys.com Thursday, you could buy a “replithentic” Montreal Canadiens jersey with Scott Gomez’s name and No. 91 on it for only $86.

That same jersey, minus thecolourful adjective, was selling at the Habs Zone boutique at the Bell Centre Thursday for $239 or $399 – depending on whether you bought the official “replica” Gomez jersey or the more expensive official “authentic” one.

The large gap in prices between illegal knockoffs and the two grades of official sweaters manufactured under National Hockey League licence have become a concern to the NHL – and to the iconic Canadiens in particular.

This week, the Canadiens became the first team in the league to start offering fans rebates on official licensed sweaters if they come into Habs Zone and relinquish their counterfeit jerseys.


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Hockey Players Just Say No

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from Marc Malkin and Dahvi Shira of E Online,

Jaimee Grubbs may have scored a hole-in-one when she allegedly had an affair with Tiger Woods, but the golf pro’s alleged former mistress isn’t having much luck landing other professional athletes….

“Jaimee made a beeline for a table full of [Anaheim] Ducks and [L.A.] Kings NHL hockey players,” an eyewitness tells us. “She walked up, and the guys were just like, ‘Can we help you?’ She said, ‘I’m a model. My name is Jaimee.’ “

When the hockey hunks looked uninterested and a little confused, Grubbs went on to tell them she appeared in Maxim’s February issue. Still unimpressed, we’re told the guys went back to minding their own business.

read on and I would have to question a table of Ducks and Kings players sitting together…


Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jaimee+grubbs

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“(Howard) was kind of in a vulnerable position on his hands and knees and I didn’t want to clip him in the head.  “I tried to avoid him as best I could. I want to hit them all I can, but I don’t want to hit anyone in a vulnerable position.’‘

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes describing how he injured himself by going shoulder first into the boards.  Via Ansar Khan of Mlive.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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  Tags: shane+doan

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