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Recall On Reebok-CCM Helmets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A KK reader brought this to my attention:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Hockey Helmets

Units: About 1,000

Distributor: Reebok-CCM Hockey U.S. Inc., of Montpelier, Vt.

Hazard: The helmet’s chinstrap can unexpectedly disengage while in use. If this happens, the helmet can fall off, posing a head and neck injury risk to consumers.

more with model numbers…

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Rushing Back From An Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers said yesterday that high-scoing center Danny Briere will miss four or five weeks because of a “significant” groin strain.

They also said the injury had nothing to do with rushing him back to action.

Maybe. But something sure looks fishy.

Earlier this season, Briere had abdominal surgery and missed six games. He then returned to the lineup much quicker than expected, played two games and suffered a groin strain. Originally, the club said the groin injury was not related to the abdominal problem.

Yesterday, Briere said doctors told him the injuries WERE related.

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Devils Getting Healthier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

Devils coach Brent Sutter said after Wednesday’s practice that he’s “assuming” Rolston will play tonight. Rolston said he’s anxious after a seven-week layoff.

“It has been a long time, but that’s the only thing that really heals ankles,” he said. “If I would have broken it, you know in four to six [weeks], you’re ready to go. With ankle [sprains], it’s not that simple. I’ve been patient and the team has been patient with me so I feel 100 percent.

“I’m not used to sitting out.”

Center John Madden also will play tonight after missing the last four games with a bruised left ankle.

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All Carrie Milbank

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben H. Rome at WeLoveDC,

You’ve had a few chances to interview Caps players and coaches - any favorites? Best quotes?

Carrie: My favorite two Caps interviews were Bruce Boudreau and Alex Ovechkin. I asked Bruce what it was like to coach what could be the greatest player right now and he said, “It’s great for me, bad for everyone else.”

Hockey is still dominated with male fans. With your experience, do you see more women becoming fans of hockey, and what can the NHL do to increase that fan base?

Carrie: I’ve seen hockey fans in all shapes and sizes, male and female, young and old, you name it. That’s a good start at least but what we do on The Hockey Show is give fans an all-access pass to everything NHL. We take fans behind the scenes and bring to life the “entertainment” side, all while paying respect to the sport itself….

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Canadians Watching Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.

At the CBC, the Hockey Night in Canada viewership has grown in all time slots, with the pregame show making the largest gain. It’s averaging 527,000 viewers, for an increase of 56 per cent over last year.

The Game 1 audience is 1.348 million, up 13 per cent.

Game 2’s 763,000 is 19 per cent higher than last year.

TSN’s NHL telecasts have an average audience of 496,000 viewers, up 21 per cent from last year.

read on

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Phoenix Weathering Through Economic Tough Times

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Gretzky acknowledged that selling hockey in sunshine states – a “challenge” at the best of times – is even more difficult with the sudden, sharp recession that has struck North America.

“Since I came to the United States in 1988, this is as bad economic times as I’ve ever seen,” said Gretzky, whose team faces the Leafs here tonight. “It’s affecting everybody. A lot of people are unemployed. It’s not a good time.”...

“It only makes economic sense that teams can’t continue to lose money so they have to look for other options,” said Gretzky. “Could another team in Toronto survive? Sure. You could probably put two more teams there. We all know that. But that’s a decision the commissioner’s office and players’ association have to make.”

But Gretzky and Coyotes president Douglas Moss believe the Coyotes can weather this economic storm, which in Arizona hit the housing market first and hardest.

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Rangers Target Key Penguins

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers sure played with Pittsburgh. There wasn’t a player who turned away from the opportunity to get a piece of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, with Colton Orr, Marc Staal, Blair Betts, Paul Mara and Ryan Callahan most notable. Crosby whined on the ice after Orr caught him legally in the first, then whined in the locker room.

“I don’t know if that’s what [Orr] needed to do to prove his toughness - to come after me,” Crosby said expressing a thought so preposterous that he might face suspension by the NHL language police.

Uh, no, Orr did not need to prove his toughness, but the Rangers believed that they needed to prove their worth against an elite opponent.

more on the Rangers win over the Penguins last night.

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Time To Move Kovalchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

We all expect Ilya Kovalchuk to leave when his contract expires after the 2010 season, but there’s no need for Don Waddell to wait. The general manager should clear the air that befogs his last-place team. He should trade Kovalchuk now.

Kovalchuk has flashed past the point of diminishing returns. He has averaged 42 goals over his first six seasons; he’s on pace to score 24. He has averaged 3.7 shots per game over those six seasons; he’s averaging 2.8 shots now. He’s playing like a man who wants to be elsewhere.

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Sticking Up For A Teammate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Drew Rememda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

You people in the chatrooms make me laugh. Not like you’re a clown, here to amuse me.. but I’m just saying…All I did last night (Tuesday) was opine that the NHL culture of defending a teammate that has been dropped by a perfectly clean bodycheck, 100% within the rules of the game is curious even ridiculous. The incident that was my jumping off point was Luke Schenn hammering Tomas Plihall right at the end of the game with a perfectly clean hit. A hit that Tomas called “great”. Marcel Goc rushed to confront Schenn and a small pushing and shoving match ensued. I questioned the legitimacy of Goc’s reaction.

I had the debate with Jeremy Roenick this morning at Sharks Ice. Just a note we didn’t yell, insult or question each others manhood. My basic question. Do you need to confront or fight every player who delivers a clean hit to a teammate?

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Your Boy Guralnick

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dave Guralnick of the Detroit News has no real idea that he’s the official A2Y photographer. That’s ok.  We’re going to keep stealing his stuff anyway.

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