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Battles About To Begin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Training camps are about to begin and John Grigg of The Hockey News takes a look at the Top 10 battles within the camps…

1. Jose Theodore vs. Semyon Varlamov, Washington

Whoever wins this battle of the netminders will have a great team to play behind and should approach 40 wins. As in Anaheim, you have to give the more expensive Theodore the upper hand to begin, but Varlamov showed talent and mettle in the playoffs. Theodore also has traditionally not done well under pressure and a summer of personal tragedy will surely add another distraction. The safe money is on Theodore to begin the year as the starter and for Varlamov to finish it. But we’d put everything on Varlamov.


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Ebbett Hopes To Stay In Anaheim Long-Term

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from Kevin Mitchell of the Vernon Morning Star,

Flip-flops, T-shirt and shorts is the season-long regular practice-day attire for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

After four years in much colder Michigan, and two seasons in the just-as-cold minors, Vernon’s Andrew Ebbett soaked up the sun in 48 games with Anaheim last year. Even got a regular shift in 13 playoff games.

Now, he wants a steady diet of Southern California hockey.

“I have a year left on my contract so hopefully we can get a long-term deal done in October and November,” said Ebbett…


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  Tags: andrew+ebbett

Hudler’s Transfer Approved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

An IIHF investigation revealed that although Hudler’s agent had filed for salary arbitration with Detroit on his client’s behalf, Hudler never actually signed the filing notice himself.

This made the filing invalid, the IIHF ruled, allowing Hudler to sign with Dynamo Moscow.

The governing body also ruled that USA Hockey did not submit its appeal “within the formal deadlines provided by the IIHF.” USA Hockey now has seven days to appeal Wednesday’s decision.


Maybe Hudler was just to darned busy to sign the filing notice…

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  Tags: jiri+hudler

Who Would You Want On Your Team- Heatley Or Kessel?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Two snipers, one question: Dany Heatley or Phil Kessel?

Who would you take?

With NHL training camps inching closer by the day, there are, by my math, roughly 90-plus goals worth of uncertainty still floating around out there in the unhappy Senator and unsigned RFA Bruin.

Will one or both be wearing new uniforms when the season starts? Probably not. It seems more certain with each day that Heatley will begin the year in Ottawa and, despite some draft pick shuffling in Toronto, Kessel remains a valued commodity in Boston.


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  Tags: dany+heatley, phil+kessel

Ovechkin Says Yes To 2014 Olympics, No Matter What

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

More than four years removed from the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014, the battle lines have already been drawn by one of the NHL’s biggest stars regarding NHL participation.

Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin told ESPN.com during an interview here Wednesday that he will risk suspension and play for his country regardless of whether the NHL is formally involved or not.

“Nobody can say to me you can’t play for your country in the Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said.


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  Tags: winter+olympics

80 & Over League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via CTV (BC),

For a group of hockey players who gathered in British Columbia to try and set a world record, breaking a stick was no big deal—it was breaking a hip they were really worried about.

Two teams made up of players more than 80 years old squared off at a Burnaby ice rink Tuesday and are now hoping the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes the achievement of the octogenarians.

“There’s never been a tournament for an 80-and-over group,” said game organizer Denny Beaudin.

“We have applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to indicate it’s the first world tournament for players 80 and over, so it’s something we’re hoping we can establish.”


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Blast Away: Kronwall’s An “Elite” Hitter

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Note to Paul: you should be receiving more emails soon, you know the kind.

October’s just a shot-gunned PBR away and I’m starting to feel it a bit.  A prime indicator? 


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Highlighting The Rookies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Top 10 rookie highlights from last season.

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Breaking 40.  39 More Cup-less Tuesdays.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In the unlikely event you’d forgotten?  We’re looking at 39 Tuesdays until the Cup comes back to Hockeytown, where it belongs, where it’s appreciated.  39 more Tuesdays until Pens fans can stop pretending they know how to be happy about something they realize their team didn’t really earn. 

Now hold on Penguins fans. Don’t get angry. It’s not my intent to get you all worked up. You have a nice team that played a very good half-season last year then took advantage of some good fortune in the Finals. And you get to keep awkwardly celebrating it for just under forty more weeks.  Awesome.

But…when the one-trick Tuesdays come to an end? It’s back to Detroit, where providence says the Cup belongs.  Why?

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Carey Price Needs To Earn The #1 Goalie Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens made the playoffs last year because Halak was 6-3-0 when Price was injured and had a 15-9-0 record from Dec. 18 until the end of the season.

At the very least, they deserve to go into camp as equals, two guys battling for a job.

If Price starts the season, it will be to everyone’s benefit if he has the job because he earned it.


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  Tags: carey+price

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