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Can You ‘C’ It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

He can’t wear a ‘C’ on his jersey, but Roberto Luongo doesn’t see how the league could stop him from putting one on his mask.

League rules prohibit a goalie from being a captain, and during games the NHL will not recognize Luongo, the first netminder to captain a team since 1948, in the role.

Because of the rule, the NHL also does not permit a goalie to wear a ‘C’ on his jersey. But Luongo said he has given some thought to painting one on his mask

“It could mean anything, it could be C for Canucks,” Luongo said..

continued

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Fighting Just To Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie of The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

I believe there is a place (allbeit a small one) for fighting in hockey.  But the amount of fisticuffs in the pre-season is just plain silly.  Toronto’s Ryan Hollweg was in three scraps last night against St. Louis.  Fist-trick! If you are trying to send a message to your opponent, or impress your coach, wouldn’t one or two suffice?

more hockey bits…

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Theo Fleury - Author

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Theo Fleury fans - and you still see some Avs fans with his jersey at games - might be interested in a coming book he “wrote.”

“I think that people need to understand why. What it was that made me do what I did. I knew I was crazy insane and so did everyone else,” Fleury writes. “I didn’t hang out on the surface. I would go five, six, seven, eight levels below the streets of New York and party with people I didn’t know. Freaks, transvestites, all kinds of shady people….”

read on

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Cherry Likes Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Asked to pick a Stanley Cup winner, Cherry sees no reason why the Red Wings can’t repeat as champions.

“I don’t see anything tripping them up along the way,” he said. “I see no weaknesses in them at all. If you are betting, you have to bet on Detroit again this year.”

Cherry considers Luongo the best goaltender in the world, but still found the Canucks naming him as captain a head-scratching move.

“Making the goaltender a captain is silly,” he snorted. “If he is the leader, he doesn’t need the captain.”

Milbury agreed.

much more

Update 6pm ET: Conference call transcript posted at MLive.

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Kovalchuk Enjoying Life In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

He insists a trade request has never creeped into his head?

“No, not really. I like everything here,” Kovalchuk said. “It’s a great city, my family loves it here. I feel very comfortable in the locker room and with management, trainers, everybody. I don’t have any problems. If we’re going to play well, I want to stay here. I want to win the Cup and bring it here because I was drafted by this team.”

It’s a different situation, he explains, than that of former teammate Hossa, who made headlines when he passed on huge money to join the Detroit Red Wings for one season so he can try to win the Stanley Cup.

more

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Beta Over- The New NHL.com Goes Live

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

You’re witnessing a watershed moment in hockey history.

The new NHL.com represents the culmination of a massive effort to merge the NHL’s strongest assets – video, audio, editorial, photography and fan voice – into one complete package.

What you have here is a more dynamic site that brings home imagery capturing the power and essence of what makes hockey the greatest sport in the world.

continued

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Predictions:  Northwest Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With the season almost upon us, it is time to start posting my predictions for the 2008/09 season.  Today, I am starting in the Northwest Division.  Conventional wisdom is that this division will be weaker this season than it was in the past as it lost more talent then it gained in the off-season, but I am not sure that conventional wisdom is right.  There are some solid teams in the division and none that I think should be among the bottom feeders in the conference.  I think this division will not be the weakest in the West Conference

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Fantasy Talk From Duhatschek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Durability is one of – if not - the most important criteria in determining where to put a player on your draft list. Take Martin Havlat for example – and the surprise is that so many choose to do so, even if Havlat has proven to be shockingly injury prone throughout his career. Two years ago, he produced 57 points in 56 games and was the dynamic offensive force the Chicago Blackhawks felt they needed to get their organization turned around.

more ‘fantasy’ talk from Eric…

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Adding Up Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Alex Ovechkin was modeling for the cover of ESPN Magazine a few days ago.  In the aftermath, ESPN came up with a simple equation…

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continued…

 

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Ready for Anything

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com—

I am so ready!

Center Ice ordered along with NHL GameCenter Live. All cables and inputs checked and tightened on the back of the HDTV. The recliner is exactly 9 feet away from the 55 inch screen. Picture-in-picture x4 checked, which allows me to follow 8 games at a time. Climbed onto the roof, sprayed the satellite dish with anti-stick cooking spray (prevents ice and snow build-up).

Sound system has been checked…

continued… as Paul reminds me of all the ways that some of us are NOT ready! smile

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