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Gomez Taking French Lessons

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

On the subject of captains, Scott Gomez starts lessons with a French tutor on Friday. The connection between the language of Voltaire and a letter? Gomez, whose albatross of a seven-year, $51.5 million contract was taken off the New York Rangers’ hands, now is with the captain-less if not quite rudderless Montreal Canadiens.

The former Habs captain, Saku Koivu, was cuffed about in the French-language media for not knowing French. (English and Finnish were not deemed sufficient in the province. This was a perpetual thorn in the side of the classy Koivu, who now has a one-year deal in Anaheim.) Gomez is not the captain type—he says he hasn’t worn a C since youth hockey in Alaska—but then there are no obvious choices in Montreal.

After the departure of 10 unrestricted free agents, including Alex Kovalev and captain timber such as Mike Komisarek, defenseman Andrei Markov remains the best player, but he is hardly the fulcrum of the dressing room. There are no French-speaking players on the team with enough portfolio on the ice to get the letter, and newcomer Brian Gionta, an American, is an unknown there.

more topics discussed, some have already been mentioned on KK.

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  Tags: scott+gomez

Proof Positive

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Today’s signing of Todd Bertuzzi has led to some of the most heated discussion we’ve seen here in a long, long time.  Using three-syllable words to confuse Pens fans is one thing.  Lobbing coherent arguments and points of view at one another within the lifelines of the 19 is another.  Despite our differences, it’s been a great day to be a literate Wing fan.

In my opinion, this is the post of the off-season so far…and that includes any of the manifestos I’ve foisted on you, summer agenda or not.  Shanetx...you are the man.  He’s brought us a frigging essay on why, Big Frigging Bert or not, we have every reason to expect one helluva Tuesday in 43 weeks.

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All Joe Pavelski

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Q: What’s your reaction to the organization’s decision to look for a new captain?

A: If Patty loses his ‘C’, obviously, he’s going to feel it more than anyone. He’s going to be asked more questions about it. [The playoff exit] wasn’t just his fault. I blame myself just as much as anything for something like that. In the game you need a supporting staff. I’m just as responsible for it as he is. We didn’t get the job done this year. I assume there’s going to be change when that happens. This is a new step. The team is going to have to roll with it. There are no captains right now. Someone will be named the captain, but it’s going to be collective. Everybody needs to step up.

read on

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  Tags: joe+pavelski

Kelly Believes Hossa Contract Valid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Paul Kelly, executive director of the NHL Players Association, said he would be surprised if the investigation of Marian Hossa’s contract with the Blackhawks resulted in a ruling against the team.

“Based upon everything that we know, those contracts are perfectly valid and proper under the terms of the (collective bargaining agreement),” Kelly said, speaking Tuesday at the USA Hockey Olympic camp in Woodridge.

conitnued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, NHL Talk, NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marian+hossa, paul+kelly

Reporting Almost Live From Team USA Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun give us an update from day 2.

Good to see both back to work too.

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  Tags: team+usa

Use This One In A Trivia Contest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,

The sale of former National Hockey League goaltender Mike Vernon’s custom-built home has set a record for the highest MLS residential sale price in Calgary.

The Calgary mansion sold for $10.3 million, eclipsing the previous record sale in June 2008 of a six-bedroom home which sold for $7.5 million.

continued

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  Tags: mike+vernon

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

They could give the C to Joe Thornton or Dan Boyle or Joe Pavelski on a permanent or rotating basis (bet on them taking the latter route), but simply stripping it from Marleau is a meaningless gesture. Nothing really changes.

-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated.  More on the Sharks, plus Canucks and Bertuzzi/Wings talk too.

added 3:17pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’re not sure what to think about Todd Bertuzzi this summer.

Our natural inclination is to say we wouldn’t want him on our team. Bertuzzi’s body of work, now at age 34, just has not lived up to his overall deficiencies as a player. He still takes way too many minor penalties, and tends to be a minus-player who doesn’t bring a lot of intangibles to the table.

But if Red Wings GM Ken Holland likes him enough to bring him back to Detroit for next season - as he did Tuesday with a one-year deal - maybe we should be rethinking our opinion of Big Bert. There aren’t any smarter management groups in the NHL than what they have in Detroit.

more and numerous NHL topics discussed as Mark returns from his vacation.

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Chelios Talks Team USA & His Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Also from Team USA Camp, watch Mike Modano and Scott Gomez.

Watch many other Team USA participants here.

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  Tags: chris+chelios, team+usa

Talking Hockey With Those Involved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

I’ve long since lost that sense of awe around NHL players and management, but it’s still a lot of fun and something I feel privileged to be able to do whenever I’m at the rink. It’s neat to see how the players interact with each other in the dressing room after a game and how their demeanor changes when a reporter drops by their stall.

My favorite player that I’ve interviewed so far has been Mike Commodore of the Columbus Blue Jackets. You never know quite what to expect from a player until you start talking to them, but somehow Commodore came across exactly how I thought he might. Obviously a character with his big, red playoff afro and his money picture, Commodore was very inviting, speaking with a well articulated, loud and friendly voice. I spoke with him 1-on-1 on two separate occasions (he recognized me the second time in Columbus, even though it was about two months later) and both times it was just as though I was talking to a good friend.

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Rafalski Talks Team USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: brian+rafalski, team+usa

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