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Chimera Feels Belanger Should Be Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Jason Chimera does not care that Eric Belanger’s rap sheet had been clean before Friday night’s hit from behind that sent the Blue Jackets winger off the ice on a stretcher.

He believes Belanger’s check was dirty and that it merits a suspension.

Chimera returned to Columbus on Saturday after he was held overnight in a St. Paul. Minn., hospital for observation. Belanger, a Wild center, rammed Chimera from behind—driving his face into the glass—as Chimera was trying to help teammates clear the puck from the defensive zone. Chimera’s face was driven into the ga

Chimera, who’s seen a replay, attached a graphic analogy to the hit and Belanger’s reputation as a clean player.

“It was a cheap hit, it was a dirty play,” Chimera said.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: eric+belanger, jason+chimera

Try Negotiating

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here’s an idea Versus, why don’t you get a deal worked out with Directv instead of telling us what to do.

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, d, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: directv

Groin Issues In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Henrik Zetterberg, Dan Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi and Jason Williams are dealing with nagging groin injuries, nothing serious. Zetterberg and Cleary stayed off the ice and hope to skate and play later this week. Bertuzzi and Williams practiced Monday but aren’t ready to play.

“Maybe it’s 2-3 percent better today than Friday, so it’s going the right way,’’ Zetterberg said. “Going to have a new evaluation tomorrow and we’ll see what that will bring.’’

He is hoping to make his preseason debut Friday at home against Toronto.

Cleary said he hurt his groin in practice Saturday. He said no tests were needed.

“I think we caught it at a good time,’’ Cleary said. “Get some games in this weekend and be ready to go.’’


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NHL Live Returns Next Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ken Schott of the Daily Gazette,

“NHL Live,” the midday talkshow about the NHL, returns to Sirius XM radio and the NHL Network Sept. 28 at noon.

Show producer Gregg Baldinger told me that there would be a rotation of show hosts (Rob Simpson, Deb Placey, Sam Rosen and Don La Greca) and analysts (EJ Hradek, Billy Jaffe, Joe Micheletti, Dave Maloney and former Albany River Rat Jim Dowd.

NBC NHL analyst Mike Milbury will join the show this year as a weekly spot on Thursdays. Milbury joins an insider linup with TSN hockey analyst Bob MckNezie, NBC abd Versus analyst Eddie Olczyk, USA Today hockey writer Kevin Allen and former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster.

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Bouillon Signs With Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Unrestricted free agent defenceman Francis Bouillon is once a again a Nashville Predator.

According to TSN.ca’s french languauge sister site, RDS.ca, the 33-year old has signed a one-year, $750,000 contract.

Bouillon, who has spent the majority of his nine NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, did play four games for the Predators back in October of 2002, after he was claimed by the team during the waiver draft.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: francis+bouillon

All Malkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,

What do you think about Ovechkin’s comments about him leaving the NHL to play in Sochi (2014 Winter Olympics)? Will you join him?

There is nothing to add to what he said. I completely agree with Alex. I have exactly the same opinion. We even spoke to each other about it on one occasion. That’s why I agree. This is my dream [to play in Sochi]. Especially because this is going to take place in Russia. There is a buzz over there already. And if I am in good form, if I am a candidate for a roster spot, and if I am invited, there is no way I will refuse.

What if the NHL tells you that you can’t go? What if there will be some sanctions?

I would rather pay fines and still go. If there is something serious like a disqualification for a couple of years in the NHL, if there is something like this I will probably still go because I can even leave to Russia to play. It is very difficult to say right now. But I can give you 100% that I will go [to Sochi].


Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: evgeni+malkin

Crosby Protected From An Early Age

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Tonight the Stanley Cup Champeens are in town for the last of a brutal five-games-in-five-nights stretch, and looks like Sidney Crosby will play against his childhood favourites.

It would be interesting if Jacques Martin decides to throw Eric Neilson into the fray. Fredericton’s Fists of Fury seems to have self-detaching gloves, which leaped off his hands three times against the Sens last Friday, and again in Saturday’s rematch.

But there’s another story-within-the-story involving Neilson.

According to our friends at Radio-Canada, who have a good memory for such things, Neilson and a then-15-year-old Crosby were billeted together in Rimouski during their junior days. Neilson’s listed position on that Oceanic team, you’ll have guessed, was guy-who-makes-sure-nothing-bad-happens-to-Sid.

The Semenko to his Gretzky, if you will.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Two Teams With The Same Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

On the ice, the Detroit Red Wings and Farjestads BK, a Swedish Elite League sensation, are worlds apart. One has world-class talent; the other has players who admire that world-class talent.

That much will probably show on Sept. 30 when the Red Wings visit Karlstad, Sweden to play an exhibition game against FBK.

“Some people can’t even believe we’re able to bring them here to Karlstad,” FBK’s President, former NHLer Hakan Loob, told NHL.com.

It actually fits that the Wings and FBK will play an exhibition game. At least off the ice it’s as if these two organizations were separated at birth. They have each experienced wild success by following business philosophies that are strikingly similar.

“I think there is a comparison to be made,” Loob admitted.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: farjestads+bk

Fantasy Hockey, Anyone?

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

This will be the 8th year of my commissionership in a Yahoo fantasy league, and like most years, the end of the labor day weekend marks the always unexpected beginning to a phrenetic 3-week period of feverish research to get ready for the draft before the beginning of the season.  One thing I see as missing in most online blogs is some good in-depth fantasy hockey analysis and subjective commentary. I’m sort of somewhere between a math geek, a schizophrenic, and a compulsive gambler when it comes to fantasy hockey, and I think I could have something real to contribute to the topic.

Paul’s been kind enough to give me a shot at constructing a forum on Kukla’s Korner about fantasy hock, and I hope to entertain, inform, and inspire some good dialogue on the art of fantasy hockey management throughout the season. 

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Filed in: Fantasy Hockey and Gaming, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Can Kessel Get Along With His Coach?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

Kessel, says Chiarelli, demanded a trade and wouldn’t negotiate a contract, so that was that. Indications are that was indeed the situation, and Kessel’s statement that he “never once” demanded a trade was really just semantics. Whether his agent made the demand or whether his unwillingness to talk contract was a passive aggressive strategy, it really doesn’t matter now.

Clearly, Julien’s coaching style was part of the issue, and so the most fascinating part of Kessel’s career as a Leaf when it begins in two months or so will be how he and Ron Wilson are able to forge a working relationship. Wilson’s a demanding coach, and he can be caustic and pointed in his public and private remarks when he feels it is warranted. San Jose officials make no bones about the fact they believe Wilson’s riding of Patrick Marleau retarded Marleau’s development.

Understand this. While Wilson and Burke are friends from years back, Burke now has more personal prestige invested in Kessel being successful than in Wilson, a coach Burke didn’t hire. The Leaf GM will hope Wilson and Kessel get along very well, but it’s a great deal more difficult to find top six forwards than head coaches.


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  Tags: phil+kessel

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