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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Joe Sakic’s number went up to the rafters of the Ass Can last night, along with long-time teammate Ray Bourque and the dignified Patrick Roy. I didn’t watch it.  VH1 was doing a three-hour long examination of one-hit wonders and the similarities between the Penguins and A-ha were too striking to click away from. 

So I missed out on The Other 19’s night.  And in doing so I missed these revelations:  Joe Sakic never played for Quebec.  The Dive franchise didn’t start out in Quebec.  Sakic’s career, just like modern hockey, actually began in 1995 instead of what his bio says...1989.


Stay classy Denver.


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Does Kariya Still Have His Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray has made a point during training camp of describing how good the Blues played last season without Paul Kariya.

Now, the question Kariya, Murray and the rest of the Blues are waiting to have answered is just how good they can be with the skilled winger back after missing almost all of last season to injury.

There was a time in the mid-to-late 1990s when you could scarcely have a conversation about the game’s elite players without referencing Kariya. Twice eclipsing 100 points, three times a 40-plus goal scorer and once a 50-goal scorer, Kariya’s ability to handle the puck and create offense was nothing short of magical.

Now, at 34, there are ample signs that the magic remains and he can be the kind of difference-maker the Blues will need to take another step forward after storming into the playoffs last season despite injuries to key players, including Kariya.


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  Tags: paul+kariya

NHL Recommendations Coming For Social Networking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Keating of Reuters,

Following the lead of the NFL and NBA, the NHL said it was close to making recommendations that will prohibit players from using communicational devices for social media activity—including Twitter and Facebook—30 minutes before and after games, practices, meetings and media access periods.

The ban would extend to coaches, trainers and all game-related personnel.

“I looked at what the NBA was doing and what the NFL was doing and used those as a basis for my own recommendations,” NHL director of social media marketing Mike Dilorenzo told Reuters on Thursday.

read on

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What?  The Caps Aren’t Better Than Jesus?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Please. We are humble. I never said that. The headline writer did that. It is why I blog and talk directly to people. It is better to not have a filter so that people hear directly from you - no editor, no headline writers - like in these two articles.

Geesh. We haven’t won anything yet. We are hungry. We want to win for our fans.

John Lennon? Wow.

We did look pretty good though last night, didn’t we?

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Injury To Markov May Be Serious

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out,

According to RDS, the injury to Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov could be serious. The sports network reports via Twitter that Markov spent the night in a Toronto hospital.

Sportsnet is reporting that Markov may require surgery and could have suffered tendon damage, which would be horrible news for the Canadiens if it is true.

Markov was cut on the ankle by Carey Price’s skate as the goaltender scrambled to get back into position seconds before the Maple Leafs scored their third goal of the game in the third period.

added 10:57am, via the Twitter of Dave Stubbs,

Various reports: Markov had surgery, is gone 2-3 months

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  Tags: andrei+markov

Not All Teams Can Be ‘Healthy’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

The Colorado Avalanche had the best running start of any newly located franchise ever. They already possessed Sakic and Peter Forsberg when they got to Denver and, shortly after they arrived, added Patrick Roy. Put those greats in Phoenix, mix in two Stanley Cups and the story would be dramatically altered.

At any given moment, whether there are six teams in the league, 12, 21 or 30, there will be perennial losers who struggle. There’s only a very small handful of markets that can sustain long periods of failure and not be hurt financially.

Throw in a CBA that, despite promises, is flawed, and there’s no way we can have 30 healthy franchises – not all at the same time. Just ask the good people of Colorado.


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King Expected To Be In The Playoff Hunt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

No matter how Lombardi elects to paint it, there will be some pressure on the Kings to take the next step this year. Los Angeles finished 14th in the Western Conference last season 12 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. As bad as that sounds, this is a young hockey team and its core players are just learning what it takes to be successful at the NHL level and they have shown signs of improvement.

For the most part Lombardi has resisted the temptation of chasing a quick fix, preferring instead to construct his team slowly and purposefully through the draft. This summer, however, he made two noteworthy additions in bringing to town veteran winger Ryan Smyth and defenceman Rob Scuderi who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup last season.

“Scuderi is perfect for Jack Johnston and Smyth is perfect for Anze Kopitar,” Lombardi reckons.


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Randy Sexton About To Be Named Panthers GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Randy Sexton has accepted the job of general manager of the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers are expected to announce Sexton’s official role before today’s game in Finland.

A native of Brockville, Ontario, Sexton is being promoted from his current role of Assistant General Manager with Florida. He was appointed to that role in early 2007.

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Reminder- We Have Early Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


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Why Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Since some of us are experiencing the Versus/Directv fiasco, why can’t the NHL tell Versus they are going to put their games on the NHL Network too?

I understand Versus has exclusivity to the broadcast, but if you can’t watch it, how exclusive is it?

While on the broadcasting topic, Center Ice needs to pick-up the HD feed of CBC.  If the game is broadcast in HD, CI should have it too.

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, d, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: center+ice

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