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Rocky on the Radio

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz will be a guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on XM Satellite Radio.

Broadcast can be heard live online here, but not till the program is on the air.

NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

update 4:07pm, Rocky Wirtz had to re-schedule for next week.  Mark Messier and Stephen Walkom wll be on the show today.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, media, rocky+wirtz

NHLPA Changing its Tune

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

What comes as a shock to long-time observers, however, is that now the NHL Players’ Association wants to get involved, and not necessarily to fight off the suspensions that were handed down by Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations, as well as the perceived threat of additional suspensions that were hinted at by Commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly.

Paul Kelly, who barely has found a chair that fits him as the NHLPA’s new executive director said recently that he’s “concerned” about the number of suspensions the Flyers have been given since the start of the season and that not only should the league take a tougher stance, but that his organization should “have a voice in the process.”

Given that he’s not dead, it would be wrong to say that former NHLPA boss Bob Goodenow is spinning in his grave over that one, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Kelly’s statement made his head turn. Criticism of Goodenow within and outside the PA often centered on how he handled on-ice or player-on-player violence. The perception (Goodenow argued it was unfair) was that the PA was quick to come to the defense of any perpetrator, but did next to nothing to protect the health, safety and long-term welfare of the player who was unduly or unfairly assaulted.


Filed in: NHL Talk, Cheap Hits, NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bill+daly, nhlpa, paul+kelly, suspensions

Better Be Nice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

He’s come bearing gifts.

He can be quite jovial.

He has the initials S.C.

I’ll assume your answer is Santa Claus simply because you’re predictably idealistic and frankly you don’t really try too hard at things like this. I will give you half credit, but no, there will be no bonus round for you.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sidney+crosby

LA Kings on Carson Daly

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Derek Armstrong and Mike Cammalleri were on the Carson Daly show last night, (though it might have been a rerun? I’m not sure).  Anyway, here’s their appearance, including an entertaining revelation about Armstrong at about the 5 minute mark that might keep you from inviting him over for dinner…

Thanks to a KK reader for sending the link…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: derek+armstrong, los+angeles+kings, mike+cammalleri

The Niedermayer Timeline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

So here’s the bottom line - Niedermayer’s suspension will not be lifted until such time that he is a) in game shape; and, b) the Ducks make a trade to free up “tagging” room for next season.

How long all that takes only Burke knows for sure.

What we do know is that this all has to transpire in 21 days or less. Twenty-one days is the amount of time the league will allow Niedermayer to remain in a suspended state where he can practice with the team, work out with the team, but not be on the 23-man roster, not count against the cap or play a game.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, scott+niedermayer

Now This Makes Perfect Sense - NOT!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from FemmeFan.com,

Let’s be honest, outside of a Klan rally you won’t find a worse ratio of whites to blacks. The lack of black players means the NHL does not get the recognition the other sports receive in the hip hop community. You won’t find many hockey jerseys in the latest rap video. You also won’t find the hottest artists in the stands watching a NHL game. This lack of recognition from the artists means a lack of recognition from their fans that follow their lead.

“That’s an awful lot of eyeballs that aren’t interested in hockey as a casual fan and they’ve maybe never had the opportunity to pick up a hockey stick and experience it”, Darren Pang explains.

Unfortunately for the league this will continue to be a problem for the league, as there’s not exactly a big push in the African-American community to send their children to hockey camp.

This brings us to yet another problem.

read on if you wish…. Damn, I don’t think one of my favorite artists, Eric Clapton is a hockey fan, maybe I should stop watching…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Secret Behind Drake’s Return: Shreddies

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bob Duff has broken a big one, that single story every reporter waits for. 

“I’m a big Shreddies guy.”

The move back to Detroit, the team that originally drafted Drake back in 1989, put him within eyesight of the Canadian border and in close proximity to Shreddies.

“It just became a lot easier to get them,” Drake said, joking he’d had a Shreddies clause written into his pact. “That was the only contract bonus I got.”

The rest of the story mentions a few other (former) Wings and the items they’d have imported from home.  I don’t know if Duff had a straight face when he wrote this about Bob Probert.

Probert, who spent his entire 17-season NHL career in the United States playing for the Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, was another player who delighted in care packages of Canadian products.

Yeah…we know.


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  Tags: drake, probert

Pass Of The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Media News,

Maybe the only person unimpressed with the incredible pass that San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton made six minutes into the second period Wednesday night was Thornton himself.

“It was just unbelievable,” said Sharks captain Patrick Marleau, who converted Thornton’s cross-ice feed for the Sharks’ second goal.

“If that’s not the play of the month,” said Sharks coach Ron Wilson. “Man, that was a pass and a half. That was Gretzky and then some.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: joe+thornton, patrick+marleau, san+jose+sharks

If Crosby Is Gretzky, Malkin Is Messier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“I think he does fly under the radar,” said Penguins general manager Ray Shero. “Sid’s the one who has to do all the press conferences. Yeah, we’re pretty fortunate to have two guys like them.”

Malkin is a massive man, just like Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. But he’s faster. He’s also a better shooter, but not as a silky smooth a set-up man as Jumbo Joe, but still very clever.

“Very creative. He could make plays in a phone booth,” said Penguins winger Gary Roberts.

“Gino (Malkin) doesn’t get as much attention as Sid,” said former Oilers forward Petr Sykora, his linemate. “But on any other team he’d be the guy.”


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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, gary+roberts, sidney+crosby

Rangers Say No To Berger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Sun,

The Rangers will not let bygones be bygones, however. The team is refusing to admit FAN 590 reporter Howard Berger into the MSG press box tonight despite the fact Berger issued an on-air apology for reporting that Avery allegedly had verbally chided Blake about his fight with cancer.

“As far as what happened or what was said, it was blown out of proportion,” forward Scott Gomez said. “Talk to Blakey or Tucks about it.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: howard+berger

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