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Grapes Tosses Barbs With Pens’ PR Director

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

Don Cherry was confronted by an angry Pittsburgh Penguins official on Saturday night after he blasted the club for threatening to withhold Sidney Crosby from an interview.
“He knocked on the door of the studio to get at me,” Cherry said yesterday. “That doesn’t bother me. I’m not worried about a
Cherry, during his Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada, charged that the Penguins had refused to make Crosby available for a pregame interview because of criticism directed at him by CBC commentators in the past.
Cherry described Frank Buonomo, the Penguins’ director of team services, as “some dummy back in Pittsburgh” whose reluctance to co-operate with the CBC reflected poorly on Crosby and hurt the club’s image.

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Suitcase Sillinger Jump-Started His Sojurn

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the windsor Star’s Bob Duff:

“I asked to be traded from Detroit,” Sillinger said. “I remember it to this day.
I was a young guy playing behind (Steve) Yzerman, (Sergei) Fedorov, (Dino) Ciccarelli, (Ray) Sheppard, (Paul) Ysebaert, (Jimmy) Carson—the list goes on.
“I feel very fortunate to have played with so many classy players, so many all-stars. They broke in the young kid the right way and it’s something I’ve tried to pass on.”
From Detroit, his odyssey took him to Anaheim, then Vancouver, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida, Ottawa, Columbus, Phoenix, St. Louis and Nashville before coming to the Isles as a free agent last summer.

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Preds Look To Add Third-Line Centre In Forsberg

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Tennessean:

The Predators made one important trade acquisition over the weekend when they picked up physical defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski to bolster their blueline.
But it’s what may lie ahead that has plenty of local hockey fans excited.

“We’re in the thick of it in terms of talking to everybody who’s available,’’ Poile said. “I’ve been on the phone with a lot of general managers in the past week or so. That’s how we traded Josef Vasicek, how we found out Atlanta was interested in a center iceman and how we wound up with Vishnevski. That’s how it works.’‘

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Trading Stories With The Chief

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe:

The last half-century skipped by at a pretty good clip, John Bucyk will tell you, and from a hockey perspective, he has his plaque in the Hall of Fame and his name etched on the Stanley Cup twice (1970, ‘72) as the engraved, undeniable proof of the good times, the best times.
The Bruins owned the city in his heyday, and the stocky, granite-hipped Bucyk was always the quiet, hard-working, kind-hearted mayor who maintained a balance in the dressing room. A link then to the club’s hard-luck days of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, he delivered his points—and his devastating hip checks—with a coal miner’s demeanor and discipline. When the good times finally arrived, he helped to manage the egos within, and likewise helped deliver a common touch to a city enthralled with, if not delirious over, what was perhaps Boston’s most endearing team of the 20th century.
“We had a lot of bleak years from 1960 to 1967,” the Chief recalled Saturday, reminiscing inside the Bruins Alumni suite on the ninth floor of the Garden, prior to the club’s faceoff against the Islanders. “We never even made the playoffs. Then after Bobby [Orr] came, you could see the wheel turn a little bit, and Milt [Schmidt] made the trade, picking up Espo [Phil Esposito], [Ken] Hodge, and [Fred] Stanfield. You could see it turning a little more, and eventually, it did—and then the fun came back.”

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Questions For Chicago

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from the Chicago Tribune,

It has been nothing short of a black hole for the Blackhawks in recent years. Every time they believe they’ve solved their issues at center, they face them once again by the end of the season.
This summer will be no different. A lengthy list of questions must be answered. Such as:
Will the Hawks re-sign injured Michal Handzus?
Can they get a bona fide No. 1 center in the off-season in free agency or a trade?

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If It Walks Like A Duck…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Eric McErlain at Off Wing Opinion points out a certain blogger we all know has something in common with a Los Angeles Times columnist.
Too bad the blogger we know doesn’t report to anyone, but the people associated with him should take note.

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Just Move Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The latest assault upon our sensibilities came last week with the announcement that if attendance doesn’t skyrocket by 25% for the rest of the season, owner Craig Leipold will be in a position to demand a further $2 million from beleaguered Nashville taxpayers and lay the groundwork to move elsewhere.
To this, we say: Please do move elsewhere. Like into oblivion, for instance.
Leipold won’t comment upon this suddenly unearthed clause in his agreement with the city, but the timing of its emergence seems awfully convenient. It’s just the latest in a long litany of whines, demands and implied threats that have emanated from this team since its inception.

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#2 Star Of The Week Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Martin Havlat took part in a tele-conference today. Q. The goal you scored last night, could you just take us through that. A pretty spectacular goal against Columbus. I wanted to know where it ranks as far as the prettier goals you’ve scored in your career.

MARTIN HAVLAT: It was one of the pretty ones for sure, but still counts like the ugly ones, so it’s the same thing. I think it started with a great play on our blueline from Peter Bondra. If he wouldn’t have chipped the puck out of the zone, I wouldn’t even get that chance. Then I just was—I have a couple lucky bounces there on the redline battling with Klesla. After that, I was there all alone. He tried to hook me. I was kind of waiting for the first penalty shot ever. I never had a penalty shot. The puck was still there. Just trying to put it in. I was lucky at the end it was in.

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Fleury Proving His Worth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Well, in a season in which the Penguins have taken the league by storm, Fleury, just 22 years old now, is silencing any doubters one shooter at a time.
Fleury is melding his physical gifts with the mental focus required to play consistently at the top level. I saw him play as an 18-year old and I thought at the time that he had the quickest legs I’d ever seen. His lightning-quick reactions on pad saves while in his butterfly position were eye-catching. Yet, for all the acrobatics and scintillating saves, he had a tendency to over-commit, give up juicy rebounds and lose positioning for second shot situations.

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Gretzky On Nagy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

“We weren’t winning,” Coach Wayne Gretzky replied when asked about trading Nagy, who leads the team with 41 points but who scored only eight goals. “I know he’s a good player but sometimes a player needs a different view, and we didn’t want an asset to just walk out the door (after the season).”
Nagy practiced with the Coyotes on Monday morning. While he was doing so, the Coyotes were completing the deal.
Two other teams also were willing to part with a first-round pick, but Phoenix opted for Dallas.

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