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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you are a regular KK reader, you can stop reading now.  If you happened to just find KK, well, read on a bit…

Since we are starting to get busy around here, I just wanted to make sure you understand today’s posts don’t end on the first page.  Do feel free to continue to the 2nd page and depending on how things go, the 3rd and 4th page will include news of the day.

Also, don’t forget to check out and use the KK Members section.  As long as your topic is hockey related, your views and blog posts are encouraged.

Also, make sure to check out all the other hockey blogs on KK by hovering over the ‘Blogs’ at the top of every page on KK.


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How Is It Going Ryan?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adrian Dater of All Things Avs catches up with former Colorado player Ryan Smyth.

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Kings Hire Rich Hammond

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings today announced the appointment of long-time Los Angeles Daily News hockey writer Rich Hammond as beat writer/columnist for LAKings.com, the club’s official website.  Hammond, who will travel with the Kings full-time during the 2009-10 season, will begin providing exclusive content to LAKings.com on October 1.

“In this changing world as it relates to the landscape and consumption of sports news content, we are making an organizational commitment to give our fans one place to go – LAKings.com – to satisfy their appetite for Kings news and information ” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille.  “We feel this is a landmark step for us as Rich will have full editorial control in his new position.  Kings fans deserve the best Kings coverage, and we’re excited that LAKings.com will be the new home for Rich’s insightful, objective and thorough reporting and analysis.”

Hammond will cover all Kings games and practices.  He will also provide feature stories, commentaries, video stories and more on the Kings and on the NHL.

added 5:12pm, Rich explains the hiring and his position.

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Under The Radar: Underrated Fantasy Free Agents

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

Perhaps one of the most valuable bits of knowledge to be armed with going into your fantasy hockey draft is a clear idea of who the talented players will be this year that did not produce last year.  This can be due to season-hampering injury in the prior year, or because a player is a rookie just beginning to ramp up their production.  Knowing who isn’t showing up in your auto-ranked draft list can yield you some great mid to late round steals.

Today we’ll look at 20 of the most promising producers this year who weren’t even on the radar statistics-wise last year due to injury.

Continue Reading »

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What Will The NHL Look Like In The Future?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Given the recent controversies surrounding the futures of the Phoenix Coyotes (Jim Balsillie and the NHL dueling over a bid to buy the team) and the New York Islanders (owner Charles Wang fighting for a new arena on Long Island, or else), we wondered what was the best plan for the NHL moving forward.

Should Phoenix and New York stay in their respective cities? Should other franchises move? More teams? Less teams? European expansion? We put the question to some of our NHL experts and asked them how the league should look.

read on to see what the ESPN experts, LeBrun, Buccigross,, Melrose and Burnside have to say…

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A New Atmosphere In Montreal

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from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

Jacques Martin got on Sergei Kostitsyn today.

“What the f—- are ydou doing over there?” Martin bellowed.

Later in the morning drills, Martin made a chalk-talk point and asked: “You got that, Sergei?”

“This was really my first practice with him,” Martin said in his post-practice press conference, pointing out that Sergei has skated with a split squad to date. The coach said Kostitsyn, like the other players still in camp, have to “develop the habits we want.”

The veterans are saying that the new coach runs a tough training camp. And they like it.

For his part, Martin said team fitness levels need some work.


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Issues In Chicago

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Another huge concern is the team’s goaltending. With Nikolai Khabibulin departed for Edmonton, the starter’s job falls to Cristobal Huet. Yikes! Huet has enjoyed a certain level of success in his five-year NHL career with Los Angeles, Montreal, Washington and now the Blackhawks, but he has done absolutely nothing to suggest he can be the No. 1 goaltender on a winning team.

Finally, the Hawks got more bad news this week when it was announced agitating winger Adam Burish would be lost to the club for six months after blowing out his knee. His loss will most certainly be felt.

There is every chance in the world the Blackhawks will be a very competitive team this season and they could challenge for another berth in the Western Conference final. But it would be foolhardy to ignore an unhealthy number of concerns facing this team.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When will this all end? Who knows, though both sides certainly would want some resolution by the start of the season, to make sure the focus stays where it needs to be, on a team that some analysts around the league say is much improved and, if everything falls right, could squeak into the playoffs.

-Damien Cristodero of Lightning Strikes on the Tampa ownership issues.  More on this topic from Damian…

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Fantasy Hockey, Anyone?

Blog: KK Members Blog By ColdWar

Hey Everybody.
Dunno if this is the spot to post this ... thought there was a forum ... can’t find it.

I’m starting a Fantasy League through ESPN.  It’s a Keeper League, Head to Head, 22 weeks with 4 weeks of playoff.  It’s free, and user friendly.  I wanna live draft, but haven’t set a date.  10 teams, 8 slots open.

Any Takers?
Email me if interested!


Cold War.

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A Question Of Time For Pat Burns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

This time it is incurable lung cancer, which has taken a noticeable toll on the once-robust former cop. Burns has lost 57 pounds, and now weighs 184, his voice is very weak and he has decided to forego any further treatment.
“That’s all done. It wouldn’t do much. It’s not going to help. It’s a question of time, really,” Burns told me from his home in New Hampshire.

“I feel so-so. It’s a struggle. But we knew that. It’s not getting any better. It’s progressing.”

Usually, Burns soon would be heading to his other home in Florida. He remains a Devils special assignment coach and scout, doing most of his work watching games in Tampa and Sunrise, Fla.

But that is in jeopardy because the risk of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus makes it dangerous for Burns to be around crowds.

read on

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