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Little Gary:  “They Love Me In Hockeytown”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Or something like that.  The emperor posted a MacLean’s interview with Rosby’s Daddy today and one portion of it stuck out even more than the rest.  Don’t get me wrong, every answer is filled with lies and ineptitude.  But this one hits home for many of us.

Q: You were booed when you presented the Stanley Cup—and that was in the United States.

A: I was booed presenting the Stanley Cup in Detroit to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Had I been presenting it in Pittsburgh I probably wouldn’t have been booed.

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Shanahan Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Brendan Shanahan, who scored big on and off the ice during his 21 NHL seasons, Tuesday announced his retirement.

Shanahan leaves the game with 656 goals and 1,354 points in 1,524 games. He’s 11th all-time in goals and 23rd in points. He’s also the only player in NHL history with at least 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.

He won three Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal and played in eight NHL All-Star Games, but Shanahan’s ultimate legacy will be how he helped lead the game coming out of the labor stoppage that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season.


added 3:28pm, This just added to the same story as above…

“I would like to thank my family and all of the friends who have helped me achieve and maintain my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League,” Shanahan said. “I am enormously grateful to all of my coaches and teammates I’ve had the privilege of learning from and playing along side of, throughout my career. While I always dreamed of playing in the NHL, I can’t honestly say that I would have ever imagined that I’d be this fortunate and blessed. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me fulfill this dream.”

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Signing Of Three Key Blackhawks May Be Premature

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It’s no secret the Blackhawks want to keep Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith around for a long time, but—despite recent published reports—none are signed for next year yet.

“I guess there’s a little bit of a rumor out there,” Kane said after practice on Tuesday, “but it’s between my agent and Stan (Hawks’ general manager Stan Bowman) and the Blackhawks’ organization.”

Because the NHL’s salary cap might drop for next season Bowman could be facing a big challenge in keeping the nucleus of his promising, young team together. Signing all three stars might be difficult, and the reports of an imminent signing of any of them could be premature.


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Sharks Get A Double Dose Of Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Actual news today: Both Brad Staubitz and Devin Setoguchi will be out of the lineup tonight.

For Staubitz, it’s because of an injury during a very lightly attended practice yesterday as a puck struck him hard on the right side of the face below the eye. It happened as he was trying to screen goalie Thomas Greiss when defenseman Jason Demers took a shot….

For Setoguchi, the problem is a recurrence of the same leg injury that caused him to miss seven games from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7.

Todd McLellan said Setoguchi would be day-to-day and it was too soon to know the extent of Staubitz’s injury; he remained here with the team and will be examined back in San Jose tomorrow.

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Hockey Fights Cancer Month A Big Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK / TORONTO (November 17, 2009) – The National Hockey League® (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) together raised more than $650,000 in support of Hockey Fights Cancer and other cancer-related organizations during October’s Awareness Month.

  More than half-a-million fans attended Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Nights that were hosted by each NHL club, helping to raise funds for local charities.  Broadcasters also participated in the awareness nights through extensive coverage of the initiative.  More than 11 million viewers tuned in and watched these telecasts through national and local television coverage, and streaming online via NHL GameCenter Live.

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LeBrun Responds To Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun answers some email…

I am a Rangers Fan and have big problems with what’s happened the past year with their team. First of all, Glen Sather has been here for long enough, that he no longer gets any passes in my book….

They have the two most hated players in the game in Avery and Brashear, and Avery looks lost in this system. They have no center to play with Gaborik. Basically, this team is getting worse year to year, and I am sick of it.


LeBrun:  My, my, haven’t we become a little greedy in Manhattan? Have we already forgotten that this franchise rode a seven-year, non-playoff streak entering the lockout? Since then, four straight appearances in the postseason….

I do agree, this team is not championship caliber at this point. The majority of Cup champions are built down the middle, and the fact is, the Rangers don’t have a bonafide No. 1 center….

more answers from Pierre…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We all know about Forsberg’s long and distinguished career, but at this point in time, the last thing the Rangers need is a washed-up Swede trying to make a big buck with one last swing around the NHL.

-Stan Fischler at Game On.

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Filatov On Loan To KHL Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have loaned forward Nikita Filatov to CSKA (pronounced CHESH-ka) of the Kontinental Hockey League for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov has appeared in 13 games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring two goals and adding eight penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating.  He has tallied 6-0-6 and eight penalty minutes in 21 NHL games over the past two seasons.

“Nikita is a top prospect in our organization and we believe it is in the best interest of his development to play more and in all situations in the KHL,” said Howson.  “We have agreed to his request to be assigned to CSKA and this should afford him the opportunity to continue to work and develop his game in his hometown of Moscow.”

added 2:37pm, Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy talks to Filatov,

What are the main reasons of your decision?

There is only one reason. I think this is better for my development to go back and play in Russia. There are more opportunities there to develop as a player and to really compete. At least at this time. CSKA can give me more right now than Columbus, to whom I am thankful. And all I need is to get playing time.


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All Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

An in-depth interview with Gary Bettman from MACLEANS,

Q: It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for you, at least publicly. Do you still enjoy your job?

A: I love the job. I’m passionate about the game, and the people around the game, the way we as a sport connect with our fans. Every job has challenges, things that make the job interesting. I’m not exactly sure, by the way, that I buy into your characterization of tumultuous. That seems to be a little dramatic, perhaps media-centric, as opposed to the reality. But every business has day-to-day challenges, and that’s part of what gets those of us who work going every day.

Q: We want to give you a chance to respond to the broad perception here in Canada that you feel the future of the game lies in the United States—and that the real reason the NHL was in court this summer was to keep Canada from getting more teams.

A: I’ve got to ask you a question about your question. Where does that perception come from? What is it based on? Give me any factual basis and I’ll answer the question.


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Worst Player So Far This Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I try to track the player who is the worst player who is playing a regular shift in the NHL.  It is interesting to see what kind of player will continue to be played despite playing poorly.  Early in the season it is usually a better known player, who was expected to produce and is failing.  Earlier this season I picked Vesa Toskala as the worst player in the league.  At that point he had a horrid 5.56 GAA and an .812 saves percentage.  Those numbers are clearly well below NHL calibre.  From that point, Toskala has not played much.  He suffered a knee injury and gave up the Toronto goaltending job to rookie Jonas Gustavsson.  Gustavsson has done a pretty solid job with a .903 saves percentage and a 3.06 GAA, though he was pulled very early in a poor outing versus Calgary in his last game.  Toskala has had three further appearances since I picked him as the worst player in the league and he is doing better.  Toskala’s season numbers are still bad, but they are significantly improved to a .853 saves percentage and a 4.44 GAA.  That drops him from the worst player position because he is not playing as regularly and because he is playing better.

My current selection for the worst regular in the NHL is Brad Richardson of the Los Angeles Kings.

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