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Lindros Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

[This post is temporarily ‘sticky’ to top of KK - updates in the comments]

From the CP via The Hockey News,

The 33-year-old Lindros, a free agent who has not played this season, is expected to announce his retirement in his hometown of London, Ont., on Thursday. 

The Big E made it through 13 seasons despite eight concussions - injuries that eroded his impact later in his career.  But he remains one of the most compelling impact players to skate in the NHL, and he wore Canada’s colours with distinction in earning gold and silver Olympic medals.

Bobby Clarke argues that Lindros should make it to the HHOF, but there’s likely to be a lot of debate. (updates: more articles on Lindros and his career will be added to the comments of this post)

Update 12:50pm ET: ESPN video discussing Lindros’ legacy is below.

Poll Question: Should Eric Lindros Make it into the Hall of Fame?

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  Tags: eric+lindros, hockey+hall+of+fame, retirement

Modano Gets it Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Dallas centre Mike Modano broke Phil Housley’s NHL record for career points by an American-born player with two quick goals in the opening minutes of the Stars’ game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Modano’s two goals in the first 4:24 gave him 1,233 points in 1,253 regular-season games _ 242 games fewer than Housley played.

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added 6:50am, Watch the record breaking goal…

 

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  Tags: dallas+stars, mike+modano, phil+housley

Players Aren’t Prepared To Be Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Pond,

Torts even used Denis Potvin as an example in his pregame press conference, saying the league has gone soft. He says in Denis’ day, players expected to be hit and how a player took a hit was a big part of how the game was played. Now, he says, players don’t expect to be hit.

more and you can see today’s pre-game press conference below…

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  Tags: denis+potvin, john+tortorella, tampa+bay+lightning

Higgins Shooting For 40

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

With Higgins’ combination of speed, skill and willingness to battle for pucks, the only question now is how much of an impact player he will become.

He had 23 goals as a rookie in 2005-06 and 22 last season, despite missing 21 games either sick or injured. The No. 40 was suggested and the six-foot-200-pound Higgins nodded.

“I definitely think I’m capable of reaching 40 goals,” he said. “That’s a good marker for me.

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  Tags: chris+higgins, montreal+canadiens

Leafs Need Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

“In a perfect world, we’ll take this team as an offensive-minded team and teach it to make the right decisions defensively,” said Maurice. “It’ll be a painful process for them.

“But then you have the chance to be a very, very good team.”

The Maple Leafs should also get better with the return of Tucker and defenceman Bryan McCabe, who has missed six games with a groin problem. Both would like to play Friday night in Buffalo or Saturday night at home against the New York Rangers.

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*Leafs currently have the highest goals-against in the NHL with 62, but are 2nd in the league for goals scored, with 53.

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe, darcy+tucker, toronto+maple+leafs

Scott Stevens Interview and Video Highlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Scott Stevens is another player being inducted into the HHOF on November 12th. From the NHL:

During his 22 years, Scott played in 1,635 regular season games, fifth most in the league’s history, scored 196 goals and added 721 assists for 980 points.  Won Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000, and 2003 with the Devils, and was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP in 2000.  He also appeared in 13 NHL All-Star games.

Today he participated in a press conference with the media, and the transcript is below, as is a video compilation of his career highlights.

 

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  Tags: hockey+hall+of+fame, interview, scott+stevens

Kovalchuk Wakes Up With A Stiff Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Ilya Kovalchuk was scheduled for a precautionary MRI Wednesday afternoon, the results of which probably won’t be known until Thursday.

Thrashers interim coach and general manager Don Waddell said Wednesday it was too soon to know if the back spasms that forced Kovalchuk out of Tuesday night’s win over Washington would cost him the Florida game Friday as well.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, ilya+kovalchuk, injuries

Mark Messier Interview and Video Highlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Mark Messier participated in a media conference call today, answering questions as he prepares to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, November 12th.

In 25 NHL seasons Mark played in 1756 regular season games, the second highest total ever, trailing only Gordie Howe. He recorded 694 goals which is seventh all-time, and 1,193 assists, third all-time. His total of 1887 career points places him second all-time behind only former teammate Wayne Gretzky.
   
He won the Stanley Cup six times, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1984, the Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s most valuable player in 1990 and ‘92, and he appeared in 15 NHL All-Star Games.

Below is a transcript of today’s interview, plus a video selection of his career highlights, provided by NHL.com.

 

 

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  Tags: hockey+hall+of+fame, interview, mark+messier

The Nice Mike

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Keenan watchers in these parts have been waiting for the inevitable eruption, any sign that the legendary Iron Mike was ready to lose it on his up-and-down Flames’ squad. So far, there’s been none of that — and what passes for frustration has been mild compared to what coach Craig MacTavish may be saying about his Oilers or Alain Vigneault about his Vancouver Canucks.

It isn’t clear if this is a kinder, gentler Keenan or simply a craftier version, someone who knows that all eyes will be on him when things go wrong — and he refuses to take the bait and go bananas in public.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan

Looks Like Nashville Is Staying

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Nashville Predators won’t be packing their equipment bags for a move to Kansas City or anywhere else, at least not for the next three years.

Multiple sources have confirmed to THN.com a deal has been reached between the city of Nashville and a prospective local ownership group to rework the team’s lease at the Sommet Center that will guarantee the Predators remain in Nashville until at least through the 2010-11 season.

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added 3:32pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

No more minimum attendance numbers that lock them in for another 10 years. No specific break-even point. Nada. Now, it’s simply a question of whether the team is financially solvent – a vague term to say the least – that decides whether the team stays or goes.

So let me get this straight: Craig Leipold couldn’t make the business side work after a decade’s worth of attempts, but a more convoluted ownership collective is going to be successful in just a third of that span? And at a time in NHL history when the salary cap is expected to rise to above $60 million in the next couple seasons, bringing the salary cap minimum level up with it?

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Update 11:45pm ET (alanah):

 

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