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Wha Am I?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’m an 18 year old kid, and I think a lot of people get stuck with the idea that I’m some freak of nature that lives and breathes hockey and eats pucks all day or something, but I just like to have fun and do normal teenager stuff like play video games and hang out.

I just have a bit of a different lifestyle, but other than that I like to think I’m pretty normal. Even when I play video games I’m more into war games. I don’t even play NHL09 any more because I scratched the disk. I’m more into Call of Duty and games like that. No SOCOM though. The guys on the team that play that are losers. They all have their PSPs with their headsets and they all talk to each other. What a bunch of dorks. I don’t even have a PSP.

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Sabres Sign Travis Tuenbull

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (April 6, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed free agent forward Travis Turnbull to a two-year entry level contract. Turnbull, the son of former NHL’er Perry Turnbull, recently completed his senior season at the University of Michigan.

Turnbull will finish this season with the Portland Pirates on an AHL ATO, and his NHL contract will begin next season.

Turnbull (7/7/1986, 6’, 193 lbs.) posted career highs in points (28) and penalty minutes (74) this season, as Michigan advanced to the NCAA East Regionals. Turnbull never missed a game in his college career, and set the Michigan record for consecutive games played with 166. The native of Chesterfield, MO, finished with 90 points (40+50) and 241 PIMs in 166 career games with the Wolverines.

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Habs Now Really Hurting On Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The defence corps for the Montreal Canadiens took a major hit Monday, as TSN learned that the Habs will be without leading scorer Andrei Markov for three weeks and Mathieu Schneider’s season is over.

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While In Vegas, You May As Well Play Poker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Condor of NHL.com,

The National Hockey League took its first shift Monday in this sun-drenched city during a press conference to highlight its move of the 2009 NHL Awards here June 18. While explaining this year’s event will feature more players, celebrities, business partners and fans than ever before, the League also announced it will be staging an all-day celebrity/pro athlete charity poker tournament June 17.

“For years there has been a charitable component to the Awards program,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the Ghost Bar outdoor patio in the Palms Hotel Las Vegas high above the famed strip of hotels and casinos. “I am pleased to announce today that the NHL will team with Pokerstars.net and the NHL Players’ Association to present [the poker tournament] in connection with the 2009 NHL Awards.”

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Rangers Fans Deserve Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Soldwedel of the Blue Seats at the NY Post,

Even if they squeak into the playoffs this year, does anyone—even the most starry-eyed idealist among the Garden Faithful—believe the Rangers can compete for the Stanley Cup? Measuring them against potential opponents that have put on far better performances, and against rivals of equal quality like the Panthers, to favor the Blueshirts in any series is either great hope or boundless delusion.

Negative critiques are often met with the harshest criticism, but it’s about time the fans lobbed some harsh criticism of their own at the Rangers franchise. Put pride and loyalty aside for a moment to see how people like James Dolan and Glen Sather have hoodwinked the fans, proving P.T. Barnum right year after year. The only reason the Rangers continue to be a poor performer is because the fans enable it. So long as fans continue to shell out money and throw their support behind a disappointing team, the people counting the cash will have no reason to change their tactics.

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9 Hours Later?  I Still Want Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I read your arguments most of the day.  The travel. The abuse.  The potential for sadness at the hands of a hot goalie.  I read about the joy affiliated with knocking the bitter bitches out in the first round. All of that made plenty of sense.  Plenty of it.

But you know what?  I still think Anaheim’s our best bet for a first-rounder.  If the Wings are lacking venom heading into an opening series, the first ten minutes against scum like Chris Pronger and Corey Perry should solve it.  A bucket of cold water over your head around noon on the day following an all-nighter that featured a class brand of whiskey like Ten High.  That’s what the Ducks will be and that’s why I just dig that matchup.

Tonite?

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Fans Ask, Duhatschek Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail answered emails from hockey fans-

Hi Eric, enjoying your work this season, as always. Is it safe to assume that San Jose and the Red Wings will meet in the Western Conference final?

Eric Duhatschek replies: Is it logical to assume that? Yes. Is it safe? No. I saw both the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks play live in Calgary on back-to-back Mondays and those two teams perfectly illustrate why everybody loves the NHL playoffs and especially why everybody loves the first round. They are both excellent teams, and at different times can be wildly entertaining, but each has a potential Achilles heel; in Detroit, it’s goaltending; and in San Jose, it is the weight of heavy expectation.

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Ducks Were Mugged Last Night

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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Referees Dan O’Rourke and Chris Lee, the guys wearing the decorative orange armbands Sunday night, apparently had a plane to catch.

Or maybe they had to be escorted to a local hospital for emergency surgery to have small metal objects removed from their digestive systems.

What other reason could there be for the refs ignoring the muggings outside the San Jose goal crease in the closing seconds of the Ducks’ 3-2 loss to the Sharks at sold-out Honda Center?

They must have swallowed their whistles.

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added 9:55pm, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

No supplementary discipline has been imposed against the Ducks or San Jose Sharks for their misdeeds at the end of the Sharks’ 3-2 victory Sunday at the Honda Center, and it’s likely no suspensions or fines will be imposed at all.

A league executive who requested anonymity because he didn’t want either team to view him as biased in one direction or another said he didn’t see anything that crossed the line that most concerns the NHL now: injuries to the head. The final say will come from Colin Campbell, if there’s anything to say, which there might not be.

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Canes Now Playing For Home Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

There’s a very real chance the Canes can climb up to fourth place and play their first two playoff games at the RBC Center, but they would need a little help. Even if they win all three of their remaining games, they would need Philadelphia to lose one of their remaining four contests. In that scenario, the teams would be tied on points but Carolina would have the total wins tiebreaker.

Given the way the team is playing at in their own building, home ice should be something to strive for at this point, even if Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, who the Canes would be likely to play in that scenario, would represent two of the tougher potential match-ups.

“We’re trying to win as many games as we possibly can and stay on our roll,” said Coach Paul Maurice. “We want to do everything that we can to climb as high as we possibly can. Clearly we would like to have home ice advantage, but if that doesn’t happen we’re still charged with the same task to win in the first round.”

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 6, 2009)—Montreal Canadiens right wing Alex Kovalev, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and St. Louis Blues center David Backes have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Apr. 5.

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