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On the Air from Kosovo

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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From Blackantehm Military News,

“My mom and dad in Michigan are watching,” said Army Spc. Graham Besonen. “It’s important for them to see me and know I’m safe. I’m really a Red Wings fan, but I came to enjoy a hockey game and for my family to see me.”

Most of the pictures were sent to Versus at least a week prior to the game. However, the network wanted to make sure all of the troops were recognized. Just prior to the start of the game, a group photo was taken and e-mailed to Baker. During the third period, the picture was shown on TV.

“I was really impressed with Versus and the NHL putting our pictures on during the game,” said Army Sgt. Rich Allen. “I’ve always been a hockey fan, and to be deployed and see myself on television during a game was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

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  Tags: military, versus

Numminen Participates In Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Teppo Numminen returned to the ice with his Buffalo Sabres teammates today, and if things progress as expected, he could rejoin them in a game in a matter of weeks.

The defenseman surprisingly took part in today’s practice in HSBC Arena, less than three months after having open-heart surgery to correct a faulty valve. He took part in skating, passing and shooting drills.

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  Tags: teppo+numminen

Calm & Cool Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Go Inside the NHL with Nick Lidstrom.

Watch the video…

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

Heated Debate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Evidently frictional drag from skates is a huge problem in the NHL, which makes me look at Wade Belak totally different now (not slow, just heat-deprived). Warming tiny strips of metal surely seems like a semi-rational answer, although I likely would have suggested a telethon to raise public awareness as a better first option.

And the technology is so involved and precarious it raises as many questions as it does provide answers….

What if one of the blades goes all haywire and starts melting ice at a brisker pace? Would the dude just go around in circles?

And will the technology become so advantageous that not having it will render a player virtually useless? Little Jimmy hasn’t seen a minute of overtime cause he’s recharging.

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  Tags: thermablades

Melrose & Hradek Give Props To Roberts & Savard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The young Penguins can learn from Roberts, and Savard continues to lead the Bruins.

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  Tags: gary+roberts, marc+savard

Take The Leap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Dwyer at the New Canaan News-Review,

I face off against an icy conundrum. Hockey is a sport that fascinates me, but also one I doubt I will ever follow as religiously as I do baseball, college basketball and football….

I don’t know why I never started to follow hockey when I was younger. The more and more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it sounded when I analyzed all the other activities that preoccupied my childhood.

I learned to ice skate where the New York Rangers practiced, though I never felt the need to attend a Rangers practice.

One of my favorite toys was a mini stick which I used in endless games of basement hockey. When above ground, I spent entire afternoons with that stick (which bears the Rangers’ logo), a baseball glove and some ridiculous type of mask while defending my friend’s bookshelf.

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Mike Richards Agrees To Contract Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Centre Mike Richards, who has emerged as one of the league’s top two-way forwards this season, has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers, sources tell TSN.

Updated 4:49pm ET:
TSN’s story has been updated with this information,

TSN has learned it is a 12-year extension for $69 million that averages out at $5.75 million per year for the cap hit.

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  Tags: mike+richards

Time To Talk Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced Thursday that its member associations and leagues will exercise the option to re-open the player transfer agreement with the National Hockey League.

According to a statement released by the Federation, representatives from the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland made the decision unanimous.

The NHL informed the IIHF on Tuesday that the league decided to exercise the same right. Sources tell TSN a meeting has been scheduled in New York for Jan. 16 with the IIHF and its members. NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Paul Kelly will also be in attendance.

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Stevens Shoots Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Philly Burbs,

Coach John Stevens was still somewhat annoyed by Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien’s post-game comments suggesting the Flyers ran up the score (by using their first power play unit) and resorted to rough-house tactics.

It should be noted the Penguins scored eight goals twice against the Flyers last season and finished 8-0-0 against them.

“When you [Pittsburgh] take running head shots at guys, breaking sticks [over bodies] away from the play and running your goalie ... I would be disrespectful if I didn’t put those guys out there,” Stevens said. “I have a lot of respect for the Penguins, but not for what he had his players do. If you’re going to take those kinds of penalties against us, why wouldn’t we try to score?”

more on the Flyers…

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  Tags: john+stevens

Khabibulin Is The Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

This is not to suggest Khabibulin should be traded. That is the business of Hawks general manager Dale Tallon, who has given no indication of being either eager or willing to do it. Tallon wants to make the playoffs and likely realizes the best chance for that to happen is with Khabibulin in goal.

But what if Khabibulin’s game stays where it’s at? What if Tampa Bay comes calling offering either Martin St. Louis or Brad Richards in a deal? There has been an ownership change in Tampa, and there probably isn’t another team in the league that needs better goaltending than the Lightning.

At this point, the assumption has to be made that the Hawks are going to keep Khabibulin and let him play into next season, the last on his contract. Coach Denis Savard never misses an opportunity to back his No. 1 goalie to anyone questioning the quality of play the Hawks are getting out of the position, which is fine.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

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