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Nashville’s Weber Flies Under the Radar

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Dixon at THN,

Trotz acknowledges Weber and his former world juniors teammate, Dion Phaneuf, share many attributes. But the coach feels there’s another comparison that’s more appropriate when describing Weber’s game.

“He (reminds me) of a young Rob Blake,” Trotz said. “He’s going to be real strong, he can shoot the puck, he can play offensively and he can step up defensively.”

His championship-laden path to the NHL ensured Weber would receive a healthy amount of recognition. But the 49th pick from the stellar 2003 draft class doesn’t mind one bit playing for a team that, despite sporting mustard uniforms, can often fly under the radar.

“That doesn’t matter to me,” Weber said. “My teammates know what I can do, I know what they can do for me. That exposure just is not that big of a deal to me. If someone notices, they do. If not, just keep paying attention to the little things.”

more…

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Odds and Ends from Duhatschek

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

Usually a pointless exercise, in the gridlocked NHL, except in the week of Scott Niedermayer’s return to the Anaheim Ducks, the team he helped to win the 2007 Stanley Cup. Before they can activate Niedermayer, the Ducks need to trade away a player signed to a contract through to the end of the 2008-09 earning around $900,000 to make the salary-cap numbers work. It would be easiest to move defenceman Mathieu Schneider, for a whole lot of reasons: First, Schneider was signed as Niedermayer’s replacement; with Niedermayer returning, the need to have him in the line-up is greatly reduced.

more… NHL talk, including Sid the Kid, Mark Recchi, etc.

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Tagged- You Figure It Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

I’ve been exchanging emails with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly all day and I was on the phone with an NHL executive for one hour, seventeen minutes and 14 seconds and I’m still no closer to deciphering the NHL’s “tagging” rules than I was before the exercise….

Let’s take, for example, Exhibit 50.5 (e) (iv) (C) (2), shall we? It explains part of the tagging rule this way:

“In order for a Club to sign (a player) to a multi-year SPC after Dec. 1 of a season, the Club must have Payroll Room equal to or in excess of the Averaged Amount of the Player Salary and Bonuses for the remainder of such season. If, however,...

read on, but that was enough for me…

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How Not To Make Friends In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

Good afternoon from gloomy Detroit, which from my experience, is usually the way Detroit is.

As I told Kent Youngblood — aka No. 2 — the other day, I must have been asleep at the wheel when I didn’t give Kent this trip.

But fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me (I got that right, right?). No. 2 will be coming to Detroit next month, guaranteed, when it will be cold and gloomy, guaranteed.

continued... at least a little game talk…

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Open Up The Five-Hole

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,

Turco’s job is to keep pucks out. But he also cares deeply about the game, and believes the league needs more pucks going in. Unlike many keepers who shriek in terror at the thought of more equipment shrinkage, Turco is open to the idea…As long as it is in the right places. And for him, that means those darn kneepads and flaps.

“The problem is a lot of the guys wear a pad under their socks, and then another one over their socks. So when they go down, they are several inches higher. Then you have these flaps which are like putting a board in front of the five-hole.”

He told the NHL’s Competition Committee in the summer that all this extra knee “protection” was excessive. Nothing came of it.

read on

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  Tags: marty+turco

Legwand Signed to 6 Year, $27 Million Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Nashville Predators,

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward David Legwand to a six-year, $27 million contract extension.

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  Tags: contract, david+legwand, david+poile, nashville+predators

Canucks Issue Public Statement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Throughout this matter, the Canucks and their counsel have refrained from public comment, preferring to have this matter dealt with in the courts.  The Canucks organization feels compelled at this time to respond to some of the inaccuracies in the media stories relating to court documents and the allegations made in the proposed Claim.

- Contrary to impressions made by some reports these allegations are not yet formally before a court and will require a court order before they are permitted to be made.  The Ontario Superior Court will be considering whether to allow these amendments on January 21, 2008.

- We believe that many of the proposed allegations now being advanced on behalf of Mr. Moore against the Vancouver Canucks are inaccurate or speculative. The Vancouver Canucks believe they are intended to inflame the public and create further media interest in the case.

more

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  Tags: lawsuit, steve+moore, todd+bertuzz, vancouver+canucks

Can Kovalchuk Score 70?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at Thrashers Blog,

As we sit here right now, Ilya Kovalchuk is on pace for 70 goals. It’s been quite awhile since that’s been done (since 92-93 season) but do you think he can do it? I asked around the Thrashers lockerroom this morning, if players thought it was going to happen. My new favorite corner is the Eric Boulton - Eric Perrin and Chris Thorburn corner of the room, so I presented it to them. I asked Perrin, and Boulton piped in, saying basically ‘good luck answering that. If you say yes you jinx him, if you say no, you’re saying no.’ So Perrin thought about it a moment and said “If anybody can do it, it’s Kovy.” Thorburn refused to talk about it altogether. So what would you put the odds at — How about this, I’ll set the over/under at 64 goals. You going over or under?

 

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, ilya+kovalchuk

Toivonen: Past & Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“He’s a young guy, and he’s big,” Blues President John Davidson said. “He has good work habits, and he’s a good person. We expect him to be a really good goalkeeper, and he is. He’s a pup, but there’s a future there.”

It was less than eight years ago that Toivonen chose hockey over soccer, a difficult decision that changed his life for good.

“I was like 15 or 16, and there were two camps at the same time,” Toivonen said. “There was a soccer camp, the top select camp in my area, and there was a (Finnish) national team camp for hockey.

“The hockey guys basically laid it out to me. They said, ‘If you go to soccer, catch you later.’ I just decided to go to hockey. I thought I had a better chance making it as a hockey player where I was from ... because of the money and support that was being put into hockey. I don’t think I ever played a soccer game after that.”

more…

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  Tags: hannu+toivonen, john+davidson, st.+louis+blues

MacTavish Sending a Message to His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Hoping to send a message to his team, head coach Craig MacTavish will have a new look to his lineup tonight then the Edmonton Oilers host the St. Louis Blues.

Forwards Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres will be watching the game from the press box, while Liam Reddox will be penciled in for his first career NHL game.

continued…

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, edmonton+oilers, jarret+stoll, raffi+torres

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