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Hockey The Way It Was Meant To Be Played

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rackers,

Conversely, when I watch a game like tonight’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Red Wings, I wonder why hockey isn’t the most popular sport in our country. If this was your first game, you’re coming back Wednesday when they host Florida. You’re considering an apartment in the Arena District, picking out a jersey in the gift shop, firing up Cannon Fodder ...

Why do we watch sports? To see people do things that we can’t. That’s what I’ve always believed, anyway. Last night, that sort of jaw-dropping talent was on full display. You can appreciate it more if you’re in the building, especially in hockey.

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, detroit+red+wings

Pascal Leclaire Goes To School

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Lantern,

“Goaltenders by reputation are quirky, to say the least,” Sharrock said. “Pazzy (Leclaire) is the most down-to-earth, I don’t want to say normal, but I will, he’s probably the most normal goaltender that I’ve ever been around.”

Ohio State students in a French 104 class will have the opportunity to see how “normal” Leclaire really is when he visits today from 2-3 p.m. in Hagerty Hall 145.

Leclaire, a native of Repentigny, Quebec, grew up in the French-speaking Canadian province. The visit is an opportunity for the class to get a personal perspective on the people, language and culture of Quebec, one of the French-speaking areas the class is studying.

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, goalies, pascal+leclaire

Riksman Quits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Peoria Journal Star,

Juuso Riksman is gone again. And this time, without permission.

The veteran Peoria Rivermen goaltender abruptly quit the AHL team late Saturday night after Peoria’s loss to San Antonio, saying he wants to head back to Europe….

“Juuso Riksman told us last week he wanted to come back and play for Peoria, so we dropped Jason Bacashihua to No. 3 on the depth chart and traded him to Colorado,” St. Louis Blues director of pro scouting and Rivermen general manager Kevin McDonald said Sunday. “Then last night he told us he was going home. We want guys on this team who want to be here. Riksman will be suspended.

“I don’t know where he’s going to play. Jokerit (the Finnish team Riksman played for in 2006-07) holds his rights in Europe and does not need a goaltender. And we retain his NHL rights and control of him here.”

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  Tags: ahl, europe, goalies, juuso+riksman

Chara Points Finger At Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Chara said the Canadiens started all the nonsense on the ice, but were unwilling to finish it, and that what goes around, comes around, etc.

(The two teams meet next on Dec. 6 in Boston.)

Carbonneau was buying none of that, with these illustrations:

Ten minutes into the third period, Bruins’ Jeremy Reich, who’d played not enough this game to work up a sweat, ran Canadiens goalie Carey Price;

Less than a minute later, Bruins defenceman Mark Stuart pummelled a why-me? Andrei Kostitsyn.

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn, boston+bruins, carey+price, fighting, jeremy+reich, mark+stuart, montreal+canadiens, zdeno+chara

Go To Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But it still is no less incredible that Dan Girardi, emerging as a go-to, first-pair defenseman at the age of 23, could have gone through both the 2002 and 2003 entry drafts without one of the 30 teams calling his name; no less incredible that 583 players were selected in those two drafts and Girardi was not one of them.

“We were just talking about that this morning,” Tom Renney, then part of the Rangers’ personnel evaluation staff and now the coach who will send Girardi onto the ice with partner Fedor Tyutin against the Islanders’ most dangerous line tonight at the Garden, said on Friday.

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  Tags: dan+girardi, new+york+rangers, tom+renney

Out With The Old

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,

But the feelings of veterans shouldn’t matter when a team is based on youth. Unless the Penguins arrive a bit early, Recchi, Roberts and Sydor will almost certainly not be around when the team wins its next Stanley Cup. So who cares how they feel? Respect them. But don’t placate them. Don’t treat them with kid gloves when they play badly.

If anybody feels Roberts is still worth anything, Shero should trade him. Try calling north of the border, Ray. If his misguided raging-bull style on the ice is any indication, Roberts is not handling his decline well.

Recchi and Sydor can still help in lesser roles. Just make sure they have lesser roles.

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  Tags: darryl+sydor, gary+roberts, mark+recchi, pittsburgh+penguins, ray+shero

Inside The Locker Room

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

A couple of you have asked about the amount of access I get to players and coaches. Here’s a snapshot of the way things are set up.

As soon as the first player leaves the ice at practice, the room is considered open. Reporters (and, yes, I’m the only beat writer covering the team this season, but AP does show up now and then as do columnists and other bloggers) can go into the room where players take off their skates and uniforms. I’m free to approach anyone I want at that point.

Most of the interviews are very informal, one-on-one, though in some cases – say the buildup to Jeremy Roenick’s 500th goal — there might be two or three people talking with him at once,

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  Tags: media, san+jose+sharks

Oh Good…Welcome Back

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So you may recall that I’d opted for the NHL Center Ice Online Guaranteed To Please You plan, rather than the tried and true DirecTV.  No problems, until I leave town and all goes to hell. 

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Four Games For Ohlund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund has been suspended for four games, without pay, as a result of a slashing incident during NHL game #277 against the Minnesota Wild, Nov. 16.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ohlund will forfeit $74,866.32. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 16:06 of the third period when Ohlund struck Minnesota player Mikko Koivu with a slash. He was assessed a slashing major and game misconduct. Koivu suffered a broken bone in his left leg on the play.

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund, suspension, vancouver+canucks

Rene Bourque Out With Broken Thumb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque suffered a broken thumb in last night’s 5-3 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. He is expected to be out of the Blackhawks lineup anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

Bourque suffered the injury while blocking a shot last night in the third period. Bourque scored two goals in last night’s game, both of the shorthanded variety, and added an assist before injuring his thumb. Bourque has scored three goals this season, all shorthanded, while adding five assists for eight points in 16 games.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, rene+bourque

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