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AO Meets King James

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

I was getting ready to go into the Wizards locker room when I was told Alex Ovechkin would meet LeBron James in the other direction, and so I switched directions too. Because the Wizards will win more games and have more feel-good moments, but it’s a pretty rare thing to watch two of the greatest athletes in the world meet for the first time.

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added 12:21pm, Watch video of the meeting below…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, lebron+james

Tampa’s 4th Round Pick

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There are two CBA related controversies which the NHL has merged into one that are creating some odd precedents for the league.  Both involve the Tampa Bay Lightning’s fourth round pick in 2009.  Last summer, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jonas Frogren.  Frogren’s signing created a bit of a CBA mess.  The CBA problems a bit complex, but the biggest thing that bothered the NHL is that Frogren was paying a buyout to his previous Swedish team (Farjestads BK Karlstad) with an increased first year salary.  The NHL had forbidden teams to negotiate transfers of players individually (it would drive up transfer costs).  Technically, the Leafs did not negotiate Frogren’s transfer.  Jonas Frogren did it himself.  The Leafs paid him enough money to do it himself.  It was a creative solution to a problem that probably should not have existed in the first place.

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Johan Franzen Highlight Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Johan Franzen with a great goal tonight against the Blues.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: johan+franzen

‘The China Clipper’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roger Knox of the Vernon Morning Star,

Playing hockey was his job, and he took his skills east to play with the New York Rangers’ farm team, the New York Rovers, of the Eastern Hockey League in 1946-47. He played in 47 games, scoring 19 goals and 37 points.

The following year, (Larry) Kwong would make hockey history, becoming the first Asian-Canadian to play in the NHL, when the Rangers suited him up for a game in Montreal against Rocket Richard and the Canadiens at the old Forum.

Kwong, a left winger, waited for two periods before Rangers coach Frank Boucher finally tapped him on the shoulder in the third period.

On March 13, 1948, Kwong hopped over the Forum boards, along with the Rangers’ top two scorers, Buddy O’Connor and Edgar Laprade, and into the record books.

His shift lasted one minute. He didn’t score and it was back to the bench, never again to play in the NHL.

more & his page at Legends of Hockey...

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  Tags: larry+kwong

Chris Chelios & His Long Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chris reflects on his career, mentions some of the great players he has played with and will remember the respect other players have given him.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chris+chelios

Keith Primeau Talks Brain Donation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (April 2, 2009) – After a career cut short by concussions, former NHLer Keith Primeau speaks exclusively to Rogers Sportsnet about his decision to donate his brain to science after he dies.

Hockeycentral Leafs Edition will air the riveting interview between Connected reporter Arash Madani and the 37-year-old Primeau Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. (ET).  Primeau discusses his decision to donate his brain to the Sports Legacy Institute in Massachusetts and how he got to this point.

“I think the beginning of my demise goes back to the playoff situation back in 2000,” said Primeau, who was with the Philadelphia Flyers at the time. “I got laid out at centre ice and got carried off on a stretcher. I stayed overnight in a Pittsburgh hospital, only to return two nights later against New Jersey. And that was ultimately the beginning of my demise.”

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  Tags: keith+primeau

Game 76 Is Against The Blues…Oh, The Drama

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just when you thought Blues fans at Game Time couldn’t get anymore Rikki Lake-like?  Just when you thought the drama had to end sometime soon?  Well, there’s this....

I’m sick and tired of hearin’ about what a great hockey team the Red Wings have. I don’t want to hear another damned thing about Zetterberg or Datsyuk or any of their other players or them winning the Cup last season.

Screw ‘em!

This is your time!!

Now go out there and take it!

If that’s not enough to get you laughing, don’t fret…there are literally three more posts all devoted to the Wings over there.  Outstanding.

 

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Feeling Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NESN Instigators, Mike Milbury, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley were asked this question.

Which NHL team is the best feel good team of the season?

Milbury resonds,

My feel good story as a Bruins fan and as a member of Bruins Nation is Montreal because they have really screwed it up. In their 100th anniversary of their franchise, what could go wrong? Their celebrations were all wonderful and dandy but their goaltender of the future, the new Ken Dryden is confused — there are all sorts of issues as to what he does with his free time, along with the rest of the young guys who are on whatever internet spaces they can find themselves on.

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Jacques Lemaire Back To Montreal?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement of NBC Sports,

The Wild missing out on the postseason would likely lead Lemaire to strongly consider moving on. He’s the only coach in Minnesota franchise history, but it may be time for a change.

If he does leave the Wild, what’s next for him? Well, it may be a return to Montreal, where he starred as a player, and also coached the Canadiens for two seasons in the mid 1980s. He followed that by moving to the Montreal front office for seven seasons, during which the Canadiens won two Stanley Cups (1986 and 1993).

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jacques+lemaire

Awards Presented

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Sportsnet experts, Mike Brophy, Mark Spector and Jim Kelley hand out some NHL hardware.

Mike Green is the unanimous choice for the Norrris and read on for the rest.

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