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Blues Struggling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

These are self-examining, soul-searching times for the St. Louis Blues. A strong finish in 2008-09 and a grand beginning to the present campaign have given way to a 10-game stutter step.

Since going to Sweden and sweeping two games against a Stanley Cup finalist from last season — the Detroit Red Wings — a sour Note is 3-6-1 overall and 1-5 in its own building.

To make matters worse, the Blues have gone two games in succession without scoring, six straight periods without seeing a red light. With three more off days before the schedule resumes against Calgary at Scottrade Center on Thursday, there will be extensive appraisal of these figures, in the media and in the team’s practices.


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IMG Signs Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MarketWire,

“We are very pleased to welcome Alex to the global team at IMG,” said David Abrutyn, IMG’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Global Consulting. “He is clearly one of the world’s greatest athletes and one of the NHL’s brightest stars. His electrifying play and charismatic personality will make him one of the most sought after athletes for companies and brands to grow their business. We are looking forward to working with Alex and his family, the Capitals and the NHL to build the Ovechkin brand and the game of hockey around the world.”

“As one of the most exciting players the game of hockey has seen, Alex has captured the imagination of fans around the globe and he is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the world’s great sports icons,” said Brad Pelletier, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Canada. “The excitement and personality he brings to the game is not only great for hockey, but also for his personal brand, which we look forward to working with him to grow around the world.”


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Introducing asapHockey

Blog: KK Members Blog By ryan26

Hey guys!

I am proud to introduce the KK readers to asapHockey, a real time hockey news application that was released for the iPhone last week. We’re looking to get as many hardcore hockey fans trying out the product as possible—which is why I’m here to introduce the app! smile

asapHockey provides hockey news to users in real time by sourcing updates from Twitter, which is fast becoming the best way of getting breaking news updates from fans and media services alike. The app itself acts as a news aggregation service, grabbing updates with some sort of relevance to the team of your choosing. If you’re used to digging through Twitter looking for hockey related information, you’ll realize how many steps asapHockey takes out of that process. Those who are now using the app are calling it a “real time news wire” for hockey news.

asapHockey features 160+ teams to choose from, including all of the minor league teams of the AHL and Canada’s CHL. For you folks without an iPhone, asapHockey will soon be available for the rest of the major mobile platforms such as the Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Android. You can download asapHockey now by searching ‘asaphockey’ in the iTunes app store, or by clicking the link made available on asapHockey.com.

I’d love to hear from any iPhone users who are able to install and use the asapHockey app—please feel free to PM me here at Kuklas Korner or to find my contact info via http://www.charismedia.ca Any f.eedback is good feedback!


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The First Month Of The Flames Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,


If Kiprusoff isn’t the team’s most valuable player for the opening month, it’s Rene Bourque.

Sniping five goals and 15 points over the first dozen games, the Lac La Biche product has easily been the Flames’ most dominant forward so far this season. He’s driving pucks to the net, throwing his weight around, and is a constant threat to score with a man-advantage or while shorthanded….


Iginla and Jokinen were expected to be a dynamic duo in their first full season together on the top line.

Now, they’re not even together.

Split up after failing to find chemistry as a tandem, and struggling to fit into Brent Sutter’s system as individuals, they haven’t shown signs of being the team’s best players.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m skating awesome, but I’m not fast, I’m still on the same speed, everybody’s speed (is) better.

“I feel I’m flying, but it looks like maybe the same.”

-Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Hey, It’s Only A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I don’t begrudge these guys a penny. Yeah, I’ll make fun of how much they make and how much they are stealing money at times, but jealousy over anything they or anybody else makes in life plays zero part in any criticism I have of them professionally. The only thing that weirds me out sometimes is how we all care so much sometimes about what these guys do. It’s a game and these guys are absolutely getting rich playing it, and so are the guys coaching and general managing it.

All because of what some guys on a frozen pond thought up one day a hundred years ago, probably dressed in heavy, sodden woollen pants and socks and living in a tiny hovel heated only by the available chopped-by-their-labor firewood not charred irreparably to that point.


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Always Something Going On In Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

If you put the daily turmoil of the Philadelphia Flyers into the Toronto media market, there might be no resources available to cover other teams in town.

But the Flyers not only make headlines, they win a few games, sitting 6-4-1 heading into tonight’s game after an eventful month:

* A flap about a clique of Flyers who allegedly lived the high life off the ice caused captain Mike Richards to try and organize a media boycott.

* There’s another team medical controversy, this one regarding Simon Gagne’s groin. The Flyers’ doctors have advised him there are two small hernias that need surgery, but Gagne went home to Quebec for a second opinion and found two surgeons who disputed the Philly staff’s recommendation.

Gagne is now scheduled to visit an abdominal specialist today at nearby Hahnemann University Hospital for a final opinion.

“He’ll see Dr. (William) Meyers and we’ll put an end to this,” a frustrated general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters on the weekend.

more plus other hockey topics…

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Ovechkin With Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Capitals post-game show said Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said Alexander Ovechkin has an upper-body injury.

He collided with Raffi Torres in the 2nd period, skated off the ice and did not return.

added 8:15pm, Boudreau now has added AO is day-to-day.

added 8:39pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Asked what happened during the scrum, where it appeared he was originally injured, Ovechkin said: “It was just a moment of the game. Nothing happened. [Jason Chimera] hit me, I hit him. It was a little battle over there but nothing happen. I can’t tell you how I got hurt. It’s day to day, but just in case I didn’t go back on the ice.”

Asked if he thought the injury was serious, Ovechkin said: “I don’t know.”

Ovechkin didn’t want to say much, but he did confirm that the injury is upper body in nature. He also took several drinks from his Gatorade bottle with his right hand, but did seem to be doing much with his left arm, though he was not wearing a sling.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Wild Relax, Start Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

After dropping eight of their 10 previous games, the Wild had a relaxed optional practice Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center followed by a loose-goosy morning skate Friday before going onto the ice and that evening and stopping the New York Rangers for a 3-2 home win.

They followed that up by having the regulars skip their morning skate on Saturday in Pittsburgh before posting a gritty 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

Coach Todd Richards saw the tightness when he looked at his players and when he looked in the mirror. He took steps to change that.

As part of that, the coaching staff showed video that included music and pithy commentary to the team, eliciting smiles and laughs from players who had nearly forgotten how.

read on

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Private union matters should remain in the locker room and PA offices.  Internal disagreements should not be waged through the press.

“Some members of the media may have conflicting interests, leading to biased or inaccurate reporting.”

-Ken Baumgartner who resigned from his advisory board position this weekend.  More from Baumgartner by Tim Wharnsby of CBC.

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  Tags: ken+baumgartner

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