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Terrible News- Brian Burke’s Son Killed In Car Accident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a tweet from Damien Cox,

Oh my goodness, what awful news. Brian Burke’s son, Brendan, was killed in a car accident today in Indiana. Huge prayers to the family.

Prayers go out to his family.

added 10:05pm, from the Palladium-Item,

Heavy accumulations of snowfall on Friday rendered area roads treacherous and claimed the lives of two people, injuring others and sparking a string of slideoffs and fender benders.

Brendan Burke, 21, Canton, Mass., and Mark A. Reedy, 18, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 35 north of Economy. The accident was reported at 2:50 p.m.

Investigators said Burke was driving eastbound on U.S. 35 in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee when, according to witnesses, the vehicle slid sideways into an oncoming 1997 Ford Truck driven by 24-year-old Michael Moreland of Lynn. Moreland was not hurt.


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Let Them Have Their Tatar Sauce

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Hey 19, I wanted to pass along a couple of must-see stories.  Some great stuff to keep you busy in my absence.

First, Winging it in Motown, serious journalists that they are, have an outstanding interview with Tomas Tatar.

WIM: How do you feel you feel this season is going?
TATAR: I feel great here. It’s a man’s league here, I think it’s pretty good. It’s a perfect experience for my hockey life. I feel the league is really good, and I like it here.

WIM: How has it been adjusting to the AHL from Slovakia?
TATAR: This league is so much more physical and faster. The big difference here is age. The Slovak league plays with older guys. They are smart, but they don’t skate like everyone does over here. Everyone here wants to play in the NHL, so everyone’s fighting for their place. I think there is a big difference with the speed in the league, and the physical play, like in the corners.

Check out the rest of the interview at Winging it in Motown.  A stick tap for the fine work, boys.

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Kronwall Won’t Play Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) did not skate and will not play Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings (4 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit). Kronwall, injured during the first period of Tuesday’s 4-2 win in San Jose when he was slew-footed by Jed Ortmeyer, said he wants to give the knee a rest. He expects to skate Monday and be ready for Tuesday’s game in St. Louis.

“It feels better than it did right after the San Jose game,’’ Kronwall said. “Take it day by day, hopefully two more days can make it even better. I think this will do me good in the long run.’’

As for the play by Ortmeyer, Kronwall said, “I think stuff like that happens pretty much every game. I don’t think he meant to do it on purpose whatsoever. I just happened to be here. I got all my body weight on the left side and he kind of came in underneath me.’’


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Kovalchuk Gave His All In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,

Kovalchuk flew to New Jersey from Washington late last night to join his new team. After a busy morning, I caught up with him to chat about the trade and his future, for at least a few months, with the Devils….

Don Waddell said you weren’t concerned about the future of the franchise in your decision: “I don’t think so. If we would have paid him the max amount, he would have signed the contract.”

[With a sigh] Everyone has their own opinion. I can only say that I always thought of fans. That’s why I was trying my best, I was giving my best at every practice, every game, every shift. It’s silly to talk about it.

A lot of fans talk about your interviews in the past when you stated your desire to stay with Atlanta. Maybe there is something you want to tell them?

What can I say other than to thank them?  I want to thank them for treating me really well. I tried to repay by showing my best hockey in every game. I really did give that 100 percent, 110 percent. That’s why I can honestly look them in their eyes. I think they should also realize that life doesn’t stand still, that the Thrashers have a lot of good, talented guys, who, God willing, will take the team to the playoffs and will compete for the Stanley Cup.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Do You Want Hitchcock As Your Coach?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James O’Brien of Cycle Like The Sedins,

I think Hitchcock was the easy scapegoat as is often the case in the NHL. Horrible GMs such as Glen Sather and Don Waddell keep polluting the on-ice product while competent coaches get canned. However I feel about the decision, the plain truth is that both Hitch and I have one thing in common at the moment: unemployment.

With that in mind, these are the teams that I believe would benefit greatly (and could realistically make a move) to add Hitchcock.


The Oilers are another team that is an absolute mess. Still, there are traces of talent here and there; players like Ales Hemsky, Lubomir Visnovsky and (who would have thought?) Dustin Penner can play.

Edmonton might bring in Hitch, however, to do an about-face. Bland, defense-first hockey might not leave people engaged but it is the best way to win in small markets.

Some might say that the Oilers lack the appropriate roster to maximize Hitch’s coaching abilities, but let’s face it: bad teams tend to lack the appropriate talent for anyone. That’s why they dwell in cellars.

more teams…

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

On The Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss a few players who are likely to moved before the trade deadline…

Burnside: I wonder whether teams like Los Angeles or maybe even Colorado will be looking at Torres, given his playoff experience. I spoke with Colorado GM Greg Sherman this week, and the Avs will be pretty cautious about moving their young assets. Still, Torres might be a nice fit with a gritty, young Avs team that remains in the hunt for the Northwest Division title and home-ice advantage through the first round of the playoffs….

LeBrun: I think ownership will put some level of pressure on Lombardi to do something because it will have known he was on the final short list to land Kovalchuk. Whitney, at age 37, can’t expect a three-year extension, not with the 35-and-older rule that says a player’s average salary counts against a team’s cap each year of the contract, even if he retires. The Kings would be willing to do a one-year extension; I have to think cooler heads will prevail there. But we’ll see. The Penguins, I’m sure, are hoping the Kings miss out on him. From what I was told Thursday, the Penguins haven’t called Carolina yet because they simply can’t afford him right now.


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Cody Hodgson Won’t Be Training With Canucks Director Of Player Development

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

Cody Hodgson is back to playing hockey again, but he won’t be working with Vancouver Canucks director of player development Dave Gagner.

In a conference call, Hodgson — who assisted on two goals in his Brampton Battalion junior club’s 4-2 win over Erie on Thursday — said he felt great to be back after an emotional four months away from the game while he rehabbed an injured back.

But Hodgson, in his first public statements since the highly touted Canucks prospect was returned to junior on Sept. 28, said the Vancouver organization has had no input into the treatment of his ailing back since he was sent down. He added that he won’t be working further with Gagner, in whose training facility in London, Ont., Hodgson originally hurt his back last July.

While Hodgson said he didn’t want to dwell on the past, it confirms what many have suspected — that Hodgson and his camp were not happy with the Canucks and Gagner after the injury occurred.


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  Tags: cody+hodgson

Predators Extend Tootoo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (February 5, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal will pay him $1.15 million in 2010-11 and $1.35 million in 2011-12.

“We look forward to watching Jordin’s continued development over the next two seasons,” Poile said. “Since we drafted Jordin in 2001, we have not only seen him develop into a more complete player on the ice, but also an impactful member of the community on a year-round basis.”

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  Tags: jordin+tootoo

Hockey For Haiti

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from IceJerseys.com,

Show your support for Haiti while also helping IceJerseys direct funds towards the Haitian relief effort. When you purchase a *Hockey For Haiti* product, IceJerseys.com will donate all profits from the sale of that item to the Haiti Project, which teams up veteran NHL player Georges Laraque (whose family is from Haiti), the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund and World Vision Canada to help strengthen Haiti’s ability to provide critical healthcare for the earthquake’s survivors and affected communities.

I will do the same, donating any affiliate profit made on the sale of any of the “Hockey For Haiti” apparel purchased using this link.


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  Tags: hockey+for+haiti

The Hockey Talk Slows Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Now that Kovalchuck has been moved to the Devils, what do you folks think.  Will we see any trades before the Olympic trade freeze goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 or, because of the tight playoff races, will teams wait unitil after the Games before they make a move?

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