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Luc Shares His Luck

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

This week, Luc Robitaille of the LA Kings will be hosting a Celebrity Shoot-Out—a charity event in Utah to raise money for a spinal care center there. 

This is just one of the many ways Robitaille involves himself in charitable causes; not only just throwing money onto a collection plate, but getting involved in a very personal, hands-on way.  From Mike G. Morreale at NHL.com,

”Following Hurricane Katrina (in 2005), my wife and I started our own foundation (Shelter for Serenity) and actually went to New Orleans, picked up a bunch of families and brought them back to live in our house in Utah,’’ Robitaille told NHL.com. “We wanted to provide them a chance to restart their lives. But during this process, we realized that the people most affected and in need of help were the children. The kids were the ones at risk since they came mostly from poor families.’’

continued with much more about Robitaille’s various personal and team commitments to good causes.

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  Tags: charity, los+angeles+kings, luc+robitaille

Bobby Orr Selected To World Sports HOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CP,

Legendary defenceman Bobby Orr was among five athletes elected to the World Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Jesse Owens, Arnold Palmer, Katarina Witt and Johnny Weissmuller were also named. “In each case, it’s clear to see the individual had a profound and positive effect on his or her chosen sport,” Irv Kochman, Chairman of the Selection Committee, said in a statement. “These are names that provoke remarkable memories and get hearts pounding simply at the mention of them.”

The World Sports Hall of Fame was created a few years ago and will celebrate its inaugural dinner and induction ceremonies this spring.

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Reality Sets In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,

The scores are no longer important. The standings mean even less.

For too long we have been lost in the day-to-day travails of the Lightning. Hoping, wishing and praying in something we probably understood was a lie. It is time, finally, to face the truth.

The Lightning is great no more. It is not even particularly good. And until the organization recognizes that and starts adjusting accordingly, this devotion to mediocrity will continue.

continued

Update 12:29pm ET: From Erik Erlendsson at TBO.com,

Here’s a quick thought on my part - I know it’s not a great shock considering the way things have gone this year, but it’s time to bag the season, look to sell off and find some draft picks/prospects to get back in return for some players. I don’t mean any of the big three because I just don’t see that happening at this point, but there are certainly players that could provide a boost for a playoff team - such as Vinny Prospal, Filip Kuba and possibly even Dan Boyle should he return to form since he is in a contract year.

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Some Oilers Didn’t Show Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

How do you explain why a half dozen professional hockey players can show up without their helmets screwed on straight for a game like last night?

How can a team like the Edmonton Oilers not have everybody going from the get-go for a game against the worst team in the NHL—especially while riding a four-game winning streak at home?

continued

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The Missing Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

“I should have had 30 last year. They stole one,” Alfredsson said—at least pretending (we’re never quite sure with him anymore) that the injustice of it all may have cost him a night’s sleep—following yet another standout individual performance at a morning skate. “The last game of the year, they didn’t give me the 30th, but I tipped it. I think they gave it to (Jason) Spezza or (Christoph Schubert).”

Did you go to anyone? Did you voice a complaint and try to correct the injustice?

“Yeah, but I guess because the game wasn’t in HD, they couldn’t tell,” said Alfredsson. “I never got it.”

read on and more on the Sens…

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Risk Comes With Signings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Seven of the old (age-wise) NHL free agent signings are either doing great or are at least meeting or exceeding expectations. Two are doing OK, but not living up to expectations and their big contracts. Four have had big injury problems, but otherwise played OK.

All this comes in the first years of their deals, when you would expect them to be still closest to their peaks.

read on

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Sabres Still Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres will again be without Jaroslav Spacek (back), Maxim Afinogenov (groin), Tim Connolly (groin) and Derek Roy (shoulder) tonight. Ruff said Spacek will probably take today’s morning skate in New York and could play Friday against Atlanta.

Afinogenov regressed during Tuesday’s practice.

“Max doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Ruff said. “He’s gotten to a point where he’s frustrated. We thought today would be a better day for him. It wasn’t. It turned out we got him off the ice early.”

more on the Sabres…

addede 8:26am, from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

Brian Campbell’s latest stance on his contract talks — Don’t call me, I’ll call you — is just what the Buffalo Sabres deserve given their infuriating dysfunction.

They’ve bungled negotiations with another marquee player. They’ve further angered their fan base. And they’ve re-established their ignorance on the issue of team chemistry. There you have it. The season’s first hat trick.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did it crumble in a day. But apparently that’s only because Tom Golisano wasn’t around to undermine the empire.

continued

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Get Tough Renney

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

Tom Renney talked yesterday about the need for the Rangers to be personally accountable to themselves and their teammates, and so too did Sean Avery, who’s likely to return from his third stay on IR for tonight’s Garden match against the Sabres.

That’s all well and good, but the responsibility to both demand and then enforce accountability begins with the head coach.

And for reasons known only to himself, Renney has spent the first 46 games of this disappointing season coddling and cajoling his players rather than disciplining them for repeated mental errors.

continued

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Steve Sullivan Likely Done For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Predators forward Steve Sullivan, barring a medical miracle, will miss the remainder of this season as he continues to rehabilitate from a pair of offseason back surgeries.

Sullivan recently returned from visiting a Seattle specialist, who told him that further rest and rehabilitation was the only cure for the fragmented disc in his back.

The doctor told Sullivan it normally takes six months to a year to recover from the operations, which means Sullivan most likely has several months before he would regain his health.

more

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No More Fat & Happy Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Caldwell at the New York Times,

Through Monday’s games, eight N.H.L. goaltenders had played more than 2,200 minutes, including all three of the New York-area goalies: the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (2,384) was third, the Devils’ Martin Brodeur fifth (2,342) and the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro seventh (2,264).

At a similar point last season, five goaltenders (including Brodeur, but not Lundqvist or DiPietro) had played in 2,200 minutes, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. At the same point in the 2005-6 season, only three goalies had played 2,200 minutes.

“Maybe 10 years ago, that may have been a problem,” said Garth Snow, a former N.H.L. goaltender who is now the Islanders’ general manager, “but goaltenders are some of the best-conditioned athletes on the team. Athletes, in general, are taking care of themselves 12 months a year, and the old way of thinking was, a fat goalie is a happy goalie.”

more…

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  Tags: goalies

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