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Bettman Recovering From Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Yahoo,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman showed up at Thursday night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning with a cast on his left arm. Asked whether he had dropped the gloves against one of the league’s enforcers, Bettman said he actually had tendon surgery on Monday.

He then joked, “It’s a result of reporters asking (stupid) questions.”

continued... a little outlook of the NHL…

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Pre-Game Info

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m still recovering from exactly 120 minutes of sleep after the Anaheim game but should be good to go for this evening. Live blog will commence for the matchup with The Team We Used To Not Speak Of at 2145.

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Causing A Stir In Sabre Land

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Check out the video at Sportsnet, then go to Sabres Edge for the story…

Update 4:33pm ET:

In case you’re having problems viewing the video at Sportsnet, the YouTube version is now included below:

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, media

Last Night’s Game Recaps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you need a recap of the on-ice action from last night, catch NHL Rewind…

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Breaking Records in the Modern Era

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Terry Frei at ESPN,

I’m a whole-hearted subscriber to the cliché: You have to judge players against their own eras. In any sport. Equipment. Travel. The degree of eliteness of the major-league talent pool and opposition. Rules. Style of play. In some sports, the potential chemical enhancements. It’s all different, changing, fluctuating and sliding over the years. Haven’t we all recognized that blind adherence to numbers as the measuring standard across time, in any sport, is an absurdity?

Maybe this isn’t fair, but black-and-white footage and scratch voice tracks on the old and accompanying play-by-play descriptions still seem to add credibility, whether it’s when comparing Frank Mahovlich’s 533 goals to Mike Gartner’s 708, or any other careers.

Some people mistake that kind of sentiment for a belittlement of the modern era, and those who unreasonably don blinkers and refuse to consider the overall picture are just as silly as the isolated few who refuse to acknowledge the greatness in the past.

more…

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Top Milestones

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

A perfect time for “10 Degrees” to count down, in reverse order, the Top 10 all-time NHL milestones and records.

10. Martin Brodeur: 11 consecutive 30-plus-win seasons

After breaking the single-season wins record with 48 victories in 2006-07, Martin Brodeur should extend his NHL record of 11 straight 30-plus win seasons in 2007-08. Brodeur, just like Patrick Roy, wants to leave the NHL as the game’s winningest goalie, and he will.

continued

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Worst Trades in NHL History

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

When asked recently during a radio interview if the Roberto Luongo trade to Vancouver prior to the 2006-07 season was the worst in the history of the sport, Florida Panthers coach and general manager Jacques Martin answered “True.”

Maybe this is a stretch. After all, the Montreal Canadiens handed Colorado what amounted to three Stanley Cups when they traded goalie Patrick Roy to the Avalanche in December 1995.

continued… *a look at a few other “worst ever” trades around the NHL, plus a closer look at what’s happened in Florida

 

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  Tags: florida+panthers

The Stick Gets its Own Website

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom Easton Hockey,

Easton Hockey, the manufacturer of the No. 1 stick in the NHL, has announced the launch of Easton Hockey S17, a micro-site completely dedicated to the all-new technologically advanced Stealth S17 hockey stick.  Complete with video, detailed graphics, technology descriptions, a variety of action photos, and a co-marketed Hollywood Records soundtrack, the micro-site is being launched to coincide with the highly anticipated introduction of the Stealth S17 stick, according to Kyle Horn, director of marketing for Easton Hockey.

Easton S17 website - showcases videos featuring Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik, Zach Parise and Ryan Getzlaf

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Applications for Thrashers’ Coaching Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott J. Powers at the Daily Herald,

John Anderson has been waiting his entire coaching career for a shot at the NHL.  With the firing of Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley on Wednesday, that shot may arrive for the 10-year Chicago Wolves coach.

“I would hope so,” said the 50-year-old Anderson. “It’s not a good thing that someone gets fired, but someone has to pick up the pieces. If I don’t, someone else will. If there’s an opportunity in Atlanta, I’d like a whack at it. I think I could fill the job.”

Anderson has done everything else. He starred in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1970s and ‘80s. As a coach, he has succeeded at nearly every minor-league level. Since becoming the Wolves coach in 1997, he has won two Turner Cups and one Calder Cup, and he made the playoffs eight times and has had a winning record every year.

“If I’m not ready now, I’ll never be,” he said. “I’ve coached teams that have won championships. I’ve played in the National (Hockey) League. I’ve played on Team Canada. I’m ready. I’m ready for that job.”

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*Previous ‘applicant’ today, Pat Quinn

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, john+anderson

Kovalev Says Media Twisted Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Following Tuesday’s loss to the Panthers, the Canadiens associate captain voiced his frustration with the tactics that were used in the dying moments that allowed Florida to tie the game.

“In the last two minutes, we knew they were going to put a lot of pressure on us,” Kovalev told the TEAM 990 in Montreal. “It was just my idea that we could have taken a timeout, get organized and get the right people on the ice. Maybe it could have been better. That’s what I saw from the bench.”...

On Thursday, Kovalev was critical of the media for creating a story where there was none.

“Everybody knows nothing is going on and everything is good between me and Carbo,” Kovalev told reporters. “It’s just you guys try to have a competition between each other and try to twist words, who twisted words better.”

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  Tags: alex+kovalev, media, montreal+canadiens

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