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Kasparaitis On The Comeback Trail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

Last March, Kasparaitis hit what he called rock bottom. At midseason, he had been banished to the Rangers’ top farm team, the Hartford WolfPack. He had arrived for training camp out of shape after off-season operations and was replaced on the Rangers’ roster by younger players. A 14-year N.H.L. defenseman, Kasparaitis was also going through a painful divorce and said he felt as if he were losing everything.

After a practice in Hartford, he had what he now describes as a panic attack. It alarmed team doctors enough that he was rushed by ambulance to a hospital, where doctors found nothing physically wrong.

“It was emotional, the divorce and injuries and I don’t know, I was just tired from all the pressure in life,” he said. “Then I had the panic attack in Hartford after the practice.”

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  Tags: darius+kasparaitis, injuries, new+york+rangers

Wrong Move By Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Larry Brooks on the Teppo Numminen suspension,

There were, as well, no considerations of human decency involved here either, and the whole world now knows that. It’s quite the partnership this owner has his with players, this owner who may or not believe that charity begins at home but most assuredly does not believe that charity begins with the home team.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, teppo+numminen, tom+golisano

Just Like His Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Rookie Patrick Kane did nothing in his first scrimmages with the Blackhawks to hurt his chances of making the team. The 18-year-old No. 1 pick in June’s NHL draft scored two nifty goals in leading his Black squad to two wins Saturday at the United Center.

Kane’s second goal was especially eye-catching—a spin-o-rama move against three defenders, just like coach Denis Savard was noted for in his Hall of Fame playing days, before scoring top shelf.

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also from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane haven’t played an NHL game. Still, the rookie forwards are already being used to promote ticket sales on the team’s Web site and model the new sweaters the Hawks will wear this season. Realistic or not, general manager Dale Tallon predicted Toews and Kane would become ‘‘the cornerstone of our franchise’’ before they had even completed a day of training camp.

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

DiPietro Takes On Leadership Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

As he approaches his 26th birthday Wednesday, DiPietro acknowledged he’s also trying to do more to control his impulsiveness in the locker room in an effort to demonstrate more leadership.

“I definitely want to become someone the guys can rely on and count on for support,” DiPietro said. “I’m a competitive person, and I have a tendency to have a short fuse with guys sometimes. That’s something, as a leader, that you just can’t do….”

more on Rick…

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: rick+dipietro

VERSUS TV Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you haven’t noticed, VERSUS has their NHL schedule up.  I see game 2 in London will be televised beginning at 12 noon ET.

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  Tags: media

Report- Ticket Price Range For Outdoor Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WNYMedia,

WNYMedia has learned exclusively that ticket prices for the big event have been set from $10 for the first few rows of the 100 level seating bowl, which are labeled as obstructed view, to $203 for those heated club seats under the overhang.

We obtained a copy of the pricing chart through an unnamed contact, but were unable to reach Sabres PR spokesman Mike Gilbert this afternoon for verification or further comment.

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  Tags: tickets

Wild Move Tickets Fast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that three regular season home games sold-out in 10 minutes as more than 500 fans lined up at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office to purchase single-game tickets when they went on sale at 9:00 a.m. this morning.  The Wild’s home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 4, the Oct. 30 match against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Jan. 18 contest versus the Anaheim Ducks are all sold-out.

In all, fans purchased more than 27,400 regular season single-game tickets through the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and Ticketmaster locations this week.  St. Paul’s Pat Vos was the first in line, setting up camp Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

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  Tags: tickets

“Datsyuk Looked Brilliant”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Those are the words of anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod in his blogged recap of the second scrimmage from TC.  He also notes that Hasek and Sopel looked very good.

Grigorenko? Invisible.

It was hard to notice Igor Grigorenko, who skated with Mark Hartigan and Aaron Downey. Grigorenko even missed the net on his shootout, going with a deke, but tapping the puck wide.

Scrimmage recap from MacLeod is here.  Another very good piece on why Aaron Downey may make the team here.

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  Tags: datsyuk, deep+diggers, downey, grigorenko, hasek, prospects, sopel

Fantasy Tips

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My time is limited so I have sworn off running a fantasy team this year, but you if need some fantasy advice, I suggest you take a look at Dobber Hockey.

Tons of information there and I have always heard good things about his site.

And yes, this is a non-paid endorsement.

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Could Aaron Downey Make The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Red Wings Corner,

Babcock has been bringing an edge to the Red Wings, wanting to make his team more difficult to play against. That means better defense, tighter checking and more hitting. It’s also difficult to play against a team with an enforcer.

Bringing in a fighter—and one like Downey, who probably won’t cost much more than $500,000—wouldn’t make the Red Wings a tough team, but it would push them slightly towards mediocre on the toughness scale.

Downey’s play in camp has been adequate. On Saturday, he was irritable (challenging Tomas Kopecky after one whistle and Brad Ference after another) and that’s what the Red Wings want.

Downey’s roster competition comes from his training camp linemate, Russian Igor Grigorenko, who won’t fight, but is supposed to be able to put the puck in the net. The problem is Grigorenko hasn’t shown offensive flash in training camp.

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  Tags: aaron+downey

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