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The Best Ever From The Central

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

My look at the best players in each franchise’s history takes me to the Central Division…

ST. LOUIS BLUES
Best forward: Brett Hull. You can make a case for Bernie Federko, but I’m not buying. Hull was just too good.

Best defenseman: Al MacInnis. He was just as good in St. Louis as he was in Calgary. Yes, he gets my nod over Chris Pronger.

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Sports Provide Community

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

Intellectual Noam Chomsky is famous for derailing pro games as a means of controlling the minds of the masses, throwing them off the “real issues” of the day.

The funny thing is, sometimes it’s the masses who truly need what sports provides; pride and community.

I mean, if you’re an affluent Chicago Cubs fan, or a Bay St. lawyer at a Maple Leafs game, you can live and die with your team on a superficial level and then go home to a nice, safe environment.

But for the same reason it was so important for the New Orleans Saints to play after Hurricane Katrina, hockey teams in many American towns right now are playing a key role in giving a lot of folks just a little daylight during some dark days.

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Who Could Or Not Be Interested In Meszaros

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance’s Blog,

Since the Andrej Meszaros camp isn’t being real helpful in identifying the team that has made a reported offer sheet to the young defenseman, I’m trying to figure it out the old-fashioned way: The process of elimination. Sure, it’s not real efficient but on a Friday afternoon when there’s not a ton of hockey news to chase down it’s entertaining….

I’ve got a confirmed no on a signed offer sheet from the GM’s of three teams I thought might be possibilities: Atlanta, Phoenix and Columbus.

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  Tags: andrej+meszaros

Report- Habs Will Retire Roy’s Number

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

La Presse reports the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy’s jersey number in November.

The club would not confirm the story. Columnist Richard Labbé was told the team plans to announce its centennial activities on Sept. 24.

Roy’s number 33 already has been retired by the Colorado Avalanche.

If the story is true, at least one pundit won’t be happy. In March, Red Fisher wrote:...

In my view, Roy abdicated his rights to that honour with his capitulation to irrationalism on Dec. 2, 1995, when a stunned Forum crowd saw him allow nine goals on 26 shots in an 11-1 meltdown to the Detroit Red Wings.

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  Tags: patrick+roy

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I want to act as a leader and make sure that the team achieve its goals. The pressure does not at all frighten me and I know that expectations are very high.”

“We have accomplished a lot last year and worked so hard to get there. We now know what we are capable and we believe we can beat all teams.”

-Alexei Kovalev, translated from an RDS story today.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev

Autograph Seeker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ace Burpee of the Winnipeg Sun,

It’s been a while since I’ve been dead-set on approaching someone for an autograph, but this past Wednesday I was in the same room as Bobby Hull for the first time in my life. I was actually nervous, which hasn’t happened since I first met Bob Irving.

A five-pack on meeting Bobby Hull:...

3. How charitable is Bobby Hull? He signed two autographs for me ... one “To Ace, All the Best, Bobby Hull” ... the other dedicated to nobody in case I wanted to sell it on eBay. That’s not my thing, but I do now possess a 20-dollar bill signed by Bobby should the right charity angle come along.

1. If I had scored over 900 goals between the NHL and WHA, I’d wear a rug too. He’s earned the right.

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Equipment Stories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

StarPhoenix reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, Chicago Blackhawks equipment manager Troy Parchman gets cornered….

The SP: OK, imagine this. The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final at Chicago’s United Center. Sidney Crosby’s skate loses an edge in the third overtime and the Penguins’ skate sharpener seizes up at the most inopportune time. Do you help him?

Parchman: We would. In the old days, there were stories—especially in the playoffs—of one team trying to screw the other. But nowadays, you’d give (the other team) your portable. It would still take them probably 15 or 20 minutes to get that portable and get it set up. I don’t think I’d let them into my room to use my machine, but I’d lend them the portable.

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Message Is Clear In Ottawa - Team Trust

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray said yesterday that he’s talked with several teams about potential trades, but doesn’t plan to make any roster changes prior to the start of training camp on Sept. 17.

“Right now, we’re planning to go with what we have,” said Murray. “We have a good hockey team. We’ve brought in some people that we believe in critical situations will perform for us….”

“The message to our team is: You can trust each other and you can trust us to want this team to have the proper reputation in the community. We certainly want to be strong together in the room and I don’t know where I could have found more stronger character people to put in the room.”

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Chicago Has A Few Options With Khabibulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Khabibulin has informed the Blackhawks he wants to play 60 games this season.

With newly signed Cristobal Huet soon to make his debut, that’s unlikely to happen.

Also unlikely is a team willing to give up more than a draft pick or a prospect for Khabibulin who has one year left at 6.75 million dollars.

Tallon isn’t desperate to move Khabibulin, but he is eager, and will patiently wait to see if an injury pops up around the league that may heighten interest….

If no deal surfaces, Chicago who will soon have cap issues of their own and may have to place the former Stanley Cup champ on waivers.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Love The Wild?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from HockeyJobs.NHL.com,

Summary: Represent the Minnesota Wild as the new team mascot at community relations, corporate, and marketing events and appearances

Responsibilities:

* Maintain appearance schedule working with community relations, corporate and marketing contacts with the Minnesota Wild organization
* Represent Minnesota Wild in mascot costume attending all scheduled appearances, events or programs

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