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Game Alert- One Day Early

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks may start a three-game road trip in Edmonton tonight, but the focus is already on what’s shaping up as a grudge match Wednesday in Minnesota.

That would be the second half of a home-and-home series with the Wild, whom the Canucks drubbed 6-2 Friday at GM Place in a game that got very ugly. After a variety of elbows and chops, Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund two-handed Wild centre Mikko Koivu on the ankle, cracking a bone and earning himself a four-game suspension.

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Blues Believe In Perron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News-Democrat,

Fast forward to Monday, and Perron began the day as one of the NHL’s hottest scorers with four goals and five points in his last five games. He has goals in four of his last seven contests and pumped some much-welcomed offensive life into a Blues team that followed up a three-game losing streak with four consecutive one-goal victories.

“He’s something special,” Blues President John Davidson said. “He’s got a great passion for the game; he’s a rink rat. There’s no question he’s got the ability to score goals and pass the pucks, plus he has no fear of going into any area on the ice.”

read on

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Crosby Always Working

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

At 9:03 yesterday morning, with the players’ parking area at Mellon Arena nearly empty and his teammates possibly still home in bed, Sidney Crosby walked into the West Igloo Lounge and greeted about a dozen people.

He was sized up by two clothes stylists and shown some black duds hung on a rack and placed on tables.

This was no indulgent personal shopping spree for the popular Penguins captain. Crosby arrived for work early to devote more than an hour to ESPN The Magazine, which is doing photo shoots with several top-caliber athletes across the country in advance—well in advance—of its 10th anniversary issue in March.

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Chicago Will Name New President Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks will name their new president today at a press conference at 12:00pm CT today.

I have been out of the loop for the last 18 hours due to a loss of internet access, so I haven’t heard much about this.  Any ideas?

update 11:25am, via the AP,

Chicago Cubs president John McDonough resigned Tuesday after a little more than a year on the job and is expected to take a similar position with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks called an afternoon news conference to introduce their new team president.

 

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The Booing Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Post,

Hanlon became the target of a group of disgruntled fans, who late in the second period began booing and chanting, “Fire Hanlon.” Hanlon has been behind the bench since December 2003 and presided over some lean times for the franchise.

But this season was supposed to be different after an offseason spending spree added three veterans to a core that already included Kolzig, Alex Ovechkin and Semin, raising expectations.

But nearly a quarter of the way in, the Capitals find themselves with 13 points in 20 games, dead last in the league standings.

more (reg. req.)

The Caps still have some time to turn things around, but they better get it into gear quickly, or it could turn very ugly.

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Becoming A Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“We are very together,” center Sergei Fedorov said earlier this month. “We know each other, we like each other, and we’re playing for each other, and that is not a small, little thing.

“Before you can do anything else in this league, first, you have to be a team.”

Now 20 games into the season, a pretty clear picture of the Blue Jackets has emerged.

more including Columbus could use more scoring…

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, sergei+fedorov

Protecting His Assets

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Mere weeks after he broke Steve Moore’s neck and ended his career in a vicious on-ice attack, NHL star Todd Bertuzzi transferred the ownership of his million-dollar home in Kitchener to his wife Julie, a move Moore’s lawyers say in court documents was designed to “make Bertuzzi creditor-proof to the greatest extent possible.”

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BOG Meeting And Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

The NHL’s Board of Governors will gather in Pebble Beach next week to ponder a new schedule format and pass judgment on the sale of the Nashville Predators to an investment group with strong Silicon Valley ties.

But don’t be surprised if conversations on the golf courses or in wood-paneled bars turn to trade talk.

“A lot of the G.M.s come out here, too,” Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said Monday. “Everybody seems to have the opportunity after 20 games to talk and revisit where they’re at.”...

The NHL rumor mill continues to link San Jose with other teams in potential trades. This week, there was a report in Ottawa that had Calgary General Manager Darryl Sutter trying to pry center Patrick Marleau away, but a source in the Sharks’ front office shot that down Monday, saying no one from the Flames had even inquired about the Sharks captain.

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Gonchar Plays Like an All Star, but…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Gonchar is not listed on its All-Star ballot.  According to a league spokesperson, the hockey operations department has the final decision on the All-Star ballot, which was finalized at the end of October and based on performance from previous seasons.

Gonchar ranked second, eighth, first and second (tied) in scoring by defensemen after each of the past four seasons.

“And I would still definitely say he is underrated,” defenseman Ryan Whitney said. “But players know how good he is, and that is what is important to him.”

Gonchar is the only current defenseman to record at least 50 points in each of the past seven seasons.  He has scored more goals (104) than any defenseman dating to 2000, and his 385 points during that span are second to only Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, who has 391.

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Rossi also notes that Gonchar currently has 19 points through 20 games this season—tied for first among all NHL defensemen.

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  Tags: all+star+game, pittsburgh+penguins, sergei+gonchar

Sean Avery’s Fine Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

There is no neutral zone on the subject of Sean Avery, former boyfriend to actress Elisha Cuthbert, suitor to Paris Hilton (he was shut out), member of People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” contingent, provocateur in Toronto Nov. 10 in a pregame dustup that left Avery denying a rumor that he had ragged Jason Blake for having leukemia. Avery later said that that’s over the line.

For someone like him, everything is a fine line. It’s part of NHL strategy for a team to have someone who challenges players physically and tries to intimidate them verbally. Euphemisms refer to them as “pests” or “agitators.” They are different from “tough guys” or “enforcers,” who are known for using their fists, not their vocabularies.

This protocol is one of hockey’s quirks that non-fans find hard to understand. Maybe the sport would be more popular if more people took the time to love or hate the likes of Avery.

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A friend of mine (not a Rangers fan) argues that—love him or hate him—Sean Avery is good for hockey in many ways.  I’m not always sure, myself… but he certainly does does know how to draw a spotlight.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, sean+avery

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