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KK: Website Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageJust a quick note:

At the bottom of every post on the website you’ll now find the bright green button featured here. For anyone who might not be familiar with it, it’s simply there to allow you to easily share or bookmark posts by way of email, del.icio.us, Facebook, etc.

We hope you find it convenient.

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Kings On Their Way Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

So let me say this then: the Kings could miss the playoffs and may very well finish last in the West (I think the Islanders have the best shot at finishing last overall), but I’d rather be the Los Angeles Kings than the Toronto Maple Leafs, or the Islanders, or the St. Louis Blues, or the Vancouver Canucks, or the Colorado Avalanche.

The Kings are weak in goal, no question about it. But it’s not all about the guys between the pipes, even though neither Jason LaBarbera nor Erik Ersberg will never be mistaken for Patrick Roy. No, the entire team has to take credit for the Kings 28th-place finish in team defence last season.

read on

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Western Conference Teams With Possible Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

On Monday we looked at the team expected to finish in the top eight positions in the Western Conference standings. Here’s an analysis of the rest of the Western teams.

Calgary Flames. If “Kipper” regains his Vezina-winning form Calgary should be a playoff contender, but another sub-par performance by their top goalie and secondary scorers could douse the Flames.

Colorado Avalanche. The primary area of concern is in goal, where Peter Budaj and Andrew Raycroft attempt to prove once and for all they’re capable NHL starters. If they both struggle and the injury bug starts biting the roster again, the Avalanche postseason hopes could be in jeopardy.



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Kings Name Brown Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Kings,

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown will serve as Kings captain for the 2008-09 season, Kings head coach Terry Murray announced Wednesday. Murray has also named center Anze Kopitar and defenseman Matt Greene as assistant captains.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I come here and act like a child, and I’m going home and I’m telling my kids not to do what I actually did all day — goof around.

“I’m saying, ‘Get in the shower!’ ‘You have to go to bed!’ All I do here is act like they do at home, but that’s what I love about the game. We just act like kids all day long. It’s still fun.”

-Adam Foote of the Colorado Avalanche.  More on Foote from Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

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MB 30

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the New Jersey Devils:

imageThe new “MB30” logo combines Brodeur’s initials with the number he has worn since his first full season in New Jersey, and incorporates the horns and curled tail that are familiar to any Devils fan. The interior is subtly accented by the crisscrossing shape of a goal net.

Brodeur believes it’s a modest revision that some observers might not even pick up on right away.

“It’s going to be hard to notice, I think,” Brodeur said. “It’s the same color scheme. For people facing me, there really won’t be a difference. It’s really more for TV or even for people looking up from top. I don’t think it should be a big difference for people.”

Here’s a gallery of his past masks.  He also has a new website set to debut on October 10th.

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Captain Rivet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

In a surprising choice, defenseman Craig Rivet was named captain of the Buffalo Sabres today, coach Lindy Ruff announced after practice in HSBC Arena.

“I’m obviously a little bit surprised,” Rivet said. “I’m new to the team and organization but .‚.‚. this means a lot to me today. Maybe I’ve been through a little more than most guys. It’s a credit to myself that I’ve persevered through a lot throughout my career. This is a great day. I’m happy to be part of a real strong unit of leadership on this team.”

read on

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One Reason Why The NHL Travels To Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

But when you get e-mails like these, you realize why the league’s presence on the other side of the Atlantic is necessary:

“It’s amazing that they crossed halfway across the world for a couple of games. It was a lifetime experience and I really enjoyed being able to watch my Pens live.”

read on

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Re-Entry Waivers Prediction

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL has had re-entry waivers as part of the CBA since the lockout occurred.  Re-entry waivers are when a player who makes more than $100,000 a year in the AHL (this number goes up over time) is recalled to the NHL.  He must clear waivers before he joins his current NHL team.  If a player is claimed on waivers, his original team gets him for half his remaining salary and half his remaining salary cap hit.  The prevailing wisdom is that if one team thinks a player is worth recalling, so will another team in the league if he is available at half price.  Therefore, you are highly unlikely to get any player through re-entry waivers successfully, so don’t even try.  This led to the Los Angeles Kings leaving Jason LaBarbera in the minors for the entire 2006/07 season, even though he was playing very well and won the Baz Bastien Trophy for top AHL goalie, while the Kings were struggling to find NHL goaltending.  They would up using re-tread Sean Burke and minor league never-will-bes in Barry Brust and Yutaka Fukufuji instead.  I oppose this rule because it is an artificial construct that keeps some NHL talent out of the league.  I have written about this several times in the past including here.

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Top 25 Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Post lists their top 25 NHL players…

23. Henrik Lundqvist

24. Martin St. Louis

25. Miikka Kiprusoff

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