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Ruutu Calls Tucker To Apologize For The Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu said today that he has called Darcy Tucker of the Colorado Avalanche and apologized for the hit from behind that left Tucker with a concussion.

Ruutu was suspended for three games by the NHL for the hit in Friday’s game in Denver.

“It was a bad hit by me,” Ruutu said. “I wasn’t really worried about the suspension. I was worried about the guy.

“It looked pretty bad. It just happened. I think he’s doing better. I’m so sorry about what happened but everything happened so quickly.

“I wish I could get it back but I can’t.”

continued

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, tuomo+ruutu

A Michigan Man Attends USC Football Practice

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Jack Johnson of the LA Kings visits USC for football practice.

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  Tags: jack+johnson

Strong Words From Ian Penny

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Speaking of the NHLPA, the irony is just too rich. Former executive director Paul Kelly was dismissed in August by the NHLPA’s 30 player reps in large part due to a fishy staff review spearheaded by general counsel Ian Penny, who assumed Kelly’s role on an interim basis.

Now, those player reps have decided they need to get straight how all of this nastiness unfolded and formed a four-person committee that includes Chris Chelios, Rob Blake, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mark Recchi. Now, it’s Penny complaining about the “poisonous” atmosphere around the NHLPA offices.

In a memo to the league’s 30 player reps, Penny accused Chelios, a supporter of Kelly who tried to stop the middle-of-the-night vote to oust Kelly, of using union staffers to spy on other union officials.

Penny wrote: “This completely inappropriate conduct has created a hostile, fractured and distrustful work environment. It is the type of environment that exists in repressive, totalitarian regimes—not work places.”

read on & more topics included such as head shots, Toronto, Atlanta and Pat Quinn…

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  Tags: ian+penny

Sharks Look Good Again

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Coming off an impressive 4-1 win at Philadelphia that concluded a 4-2 Eastern road trip, one has to wonder just how good is this year’s edition of the San Jose Sharks? Certainly, the great expectations are there—both within and outside the organization. But once again the question is: can they live up to them?

Although the cloud of consistent postseason failure hangs over San Jose, on so many other levels the Sharks might just be one of the true success stories in the NHL. They are a perennial top team, always in the discussion of the league’s elite.

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NHL Looking Strong

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NEW YORK (October 26, 2009) – The National Hockey League’s® strong business momentum from last season’s record-setting year continued through the first 100 games of the 2009-10 NHL® regular season. Fans are experiencing the NHL across League platforms in impressive numbers, with the League on-pace to set records in a number of areas.

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Gainey May Have Been Right

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The jury’s still out on Bob Gainey’s wholesale makeover in Montreal, but a look at the former Habs and their performance almost one month into the NHL season perhaps shows some prescience in the Canadiens GM’s offseason decisions.

Christopher Higgins is in John Tortorella’s dog house in New York; Saku Koivu has struggled to get it going in Anaheim; Alexei Kovalev has been so-so for Ottawa except for his one game against the Habs; Alex Tanguay has been dumped from the top line in Tampa Bay, and Mike Komisarek leads Toronto & in minor penalties.

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Where’s Sid?

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Have you taken a peak at the NHL’s scoring leaders today? Where’s Sidney Crosby?

He’s not leading the league in scoring…not even in the top 10. Or top 20, for that matter.

Whoops, there he is… down, down, down. No. 23 squeezed between sophomore centre Steven Stamkos at No. 22 and Dallas Stars winger Loui Eriksson.

This is just not right.

continued and additional hockey topics too…

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

NHL Live Adds Graphics To TV Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I noticed a bunch of stats & graphics being tossed my way while watching NHL Live today.

Watch below and what do you think?  Show runs until 2:00pm ET today.

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Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+live

Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (October 26, 2009)—Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, Montreal Canadiens left wing Mike Cammalleri and San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 25.

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Injuries Hit The Devils

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via Tom Gulitti’s Twitter,

Pandolfo, Martin both out 4-6 weeks. Martin: non-displaced fracture of lower left arm above the wrist. Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out.

added 11:16am, Tom has more on the injuries at his Fire & Ice blog.

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  Tags: jay+panfolfo, paul+martin

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