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Khabibulin Deal May Take Some Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Jay Grossman, the agent for Nikolai Khabibulin, told Hockeycentral it might take some time to find a fit for the goaltender with another team. Khabibulin passed through waivers last week and Grossman said he was surprised something didn’t get done with either another NHL team or one in the Continental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia.

Grossman has been granted permission by the Blackhawks to speak with other teams about his client and though he has had talks with several teams, Grossman has been unable to secure a deal. The Blackhawks were hoping Grossman could arrange a loan agreement with a KHL team that would at least alleviate the financial burden.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Dustin Penner’s Prank

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Dan Tencer of 630 CHED is in Jasper this week as the Oilers prepare for the start of the season.  And it sounds like they’re having some fun out there, too…

The regular season hasn’t even started yet and already Dustin Penner has pulled off what will likely be the most successful prank of the season. Last night, as the Oilers players and staff settled into their rooms at Jasper Park Lodge, Penner was busy getting dressed up in the scary mask from the “Saw” horror movie series. He went from room to room knocking on doors and scaring his teammates when they opened up. Ethan Moreau ended up with a choke hold on him and Kyle Brodziak nearly destroyed his own computer while attempting what Penner called “the flying crane” ninja move. Penner told me “this is just the tip of the iceberg”.

Here’s the story on audio, as told by the Oilers themselves. Great stuff. smile

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dustin+penner, ethan+moreau, kyle+brodziak

Eager Gets Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (October 8, 2008) – Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ben Eager has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a match penalty during NHL pre-season game #81 against the Dallas Stars, October 2, the National Hockey League announced today.

At 9:45 of the third period, Eager was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure Dallas player Sean Avery. At the time of the incident, Eager was on the players’ bench and swung his stick in the direction of Avery, who was on the ice.

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  Tags: ben+eager, sean+avery

Ducks Hoping Morrison Adds Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

One of only four teams to have reached the conference finals twice in the past four seasons, the Ducks took a significant step toward addressing last season’s biggest weakness – goal-scoring – with the summer signing of unrestricted free-agent center Brendan Morrison. While he is coming off April knee surgery and eased into training camp, the former Vancouver stalwart looked strong in the final three exhibition games, recording a goal and four assists.

Morrison is being counted on to team on one scoring line with Selanne, who missed most of last season while on his own hockey sabbatical. Selanne looked nothing like his age, 38, during a scintillating exhibition performance in which he put up five goals and six points in four games.

more on the Ducks…

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  Tags: brendan+morrison

KK: Website Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageJust a quick note:

At the bottom of every post on the website you’ll now find the bright green button featured here. For anyone who might not be familiar with it, it’s simply there to allow you to easily share or bookmark posts by way of email, del.icio.us, Facebook, etc.

We hope you find it convenient.

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Kings On Their Way Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

So let me say this then: the Kings could miss the playoffs and may very well finish last in the West (I think the Islanders have the best shot at finishing last overall), but I’d rather be the Los Angeles Kings than the Toronto Maple Leafs, or the Islanders, or the St. Louis Blues, or the Vancouver Canucks, or the Colorado Avalanche.

The Kings are weak in goal, no question about it. But it’s not all about the guys between the pipes, even though neither Jason LaBarbera nor Erik Ersberg will never be mistaken for Patrick Roy. No, the entire team has to take credit for the Kings 28th-place finish in team defence last season.

read on

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Western Conference Teams With Possible Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

On Monday we looked at the team expected to finish in the top eight positions in the Western Conference standings. Here’s an analysis of the rest of the Western teams.

Calgary Flames. If “Kipper” regains his Vezina-winning form Calgary should be a playoff contender, but another sub-par performance by their top goalie and secondary scorers could douse the Flames.

Colorado Avalanche. The primary area of concern is in goal, where Peter Budaj and Andrew Raycroft attempt to prove once and for all they’re capable NHL starters. If they both struggle and the injury bug starts biting the roster again, the Avalanche postseason hopes could be in jeopardy.

more

 

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Kings Name Brown Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Kings,

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown will serve as Kings captain for the 2008-09 season, Kings head coach Terry Murray announced Wednesday. Murray has also named center Anze Kopitar and defenseman Matt Greene as assistant captains.

continued

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  Tags: dustin+brown

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I come here and act like a child, and I’m going home and I’m telling my kids not to do what I actually did all day — goof around.

“I’m saying, ‘Get in the shower!’ ‘You have to go to bed!’ All I do here is act like they do at home, but that’s what I love about the game. We just act like kids all day long. It’s still fun.”

-Adam Foote of the Colorado Avalanche.  More on Foote from Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: adam+foote

MB 30

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the New Jersey Devils:

imageThe new “MB30” logo combines Brodeur’s initials with the number he has worn since his first full season in New Jersey, and incorporates the horns and curled tail that are familiar to any Devils fan. The interior is subtly accented by the crisscrossing shape of a goal net.

Brodeur believes it’s a modest revision that some observers might not even pick up on right away.

“It’s going to be hard to notice, I think,” Brodeur said. “It’s the same color scheme. For people facing me, there really won’t be a difference. It’s really more for TV or even for people looking up from top. I don’t think it should be a big difference for people.”

Here’s a gallery of his past masks.  He also has a new website set to debut on October 10th.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalie+masks, martin+brodeur

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