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2008-09 Prime Cuts Squad

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Angus at Dobber’s Hockey, a 5 part series featuring his “prime cuts” of the 2008-09 season.

[The] Prime Cuts squad is chalk-full of intangibles such as heart, determination, hockey IQ, two-way play, grit, and clutch scoring ability. Most of the players on this squad are also under appreciated (in both fantasy and real hockey circles). There are obviously some big stars on this team – the usual suspects – but there are also some under-the-radar players who you may not have noticed this season for whatever reason

Part 1 and Part 2

Remaining parts to be published at Dobber’s over the coming days.

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Exciting Time In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

With the Blue Jackets’ first playoff appearance in sight, must be exciting times in Columbus, no?

Well, dropping back-to-back games to Central Division rival St. Louis won’t do much for the angst factor in Columbus, but even with the twin setbacks the Blue Jackets begin the week in sixth place in the Western Conference and season-ticket holders are getting their first chance to buy postseason tickets since the team’s first inaugural season in 2000-2001. About 93 percent of season-ticket holders have anted up for the playoffs, Larry Hoepfner, the team’s senior vice president of business operations, told ESPN.com late last week. That number is expected to inflate to about 96 percent before tickets are made available to the general public next Saturday.

more plus Coyotes, Bruins, CuJo and Gaborik talk…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK—St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 29.

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Ott On Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bob McKenzie of TSN was just on NHL Live and didn’t like the hit Steve Ott delivered on Gregory Campbell this past Saturday.  Nothing from the NHL yet on the hit.

What do you think?

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  Tags: gregory+campbell, steve+ott

Wings & Blues Take Part NHL Premier Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The 2009-2010 NHL season will begin just as it did last year in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Ericsson Globe Arena when the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues face off October 2-3. Tickets to both games, about 26,000 total, have sold out.

The Blues and Red Wings will begin their visit to Sweden with exhibition games as part of the NHL Premiere Challenge. St. Louis will face Linköping Hockey Club on September 29 and Detroit will play Färjestad BK on September 30. Tickets for both games will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31.

There are Swedish players on both teams. Patrik Berglund (Västerås) and Alexander Steen (Frölunda) play for St. Louis, and Jonas Junlund, a prospect currently playing for Linköping, could be skating for the Blues by the start of the 2009-10 season. Henrik Zetterberg (Timrå), Nicklas Lidström (Västerås) and Niklas Kronwall (Djurgården) are amongst the Swedes that skate for Detroit.

continued

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Problems Start At The Very Top For Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

Think of a shark in a Santa Claus outfit and you are probably closer to the real Mr. Gillett - because this is a team imploding from the top down, a team whose troubles are tied directly to an overextended owner and his reeling business empire.

There is nothing that can destabilize a team quite like like carrying nearly a dozen free agents, at least some of whom will definitely be playing elsewhere next year. Nothing tells your players you have given up like the failure to come up with significant help for the playoff run.

And nothing undercuts your team like having the news that the club is on the block break just as you are hanging onto a playoff spot by your fingernails.

Remember what Carbonneau said at his post-firing press conference? “It will all become clear with time.”

more

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You almost can’t lose any games. I saw the standings up there when they showed it. I saw Nashville and St. Louis won. I knew it was even tighter than before tonight. We know we have to win as many games as possible. It’s still the same thing. We just have to play it game-by-game and see the standings at the end. We know there is a lot of pressure, but I think the team is ready.”

-Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller.  More on the Ducks from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog.

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Andy Murray Actually Smiles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Andy Murray talks about the Blues victory of the Blue Jackets last night and Puck Daddy (watch the video of another Oshie hit on Nash) has this to say…

The Blues currently own the No. 8 seed in the West, thanks in no small part to the play of T.J. Oshie, who had a goal, an assist and his second bad-ass play involving Rick Nash in the span of 24 hours:

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  Tags: andy+murray

No Place In Hockey For This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

Anyhow, you can’t keep a good artist down, and hence, the creativity of Pummeler still roams the Internet. Their latest piece of work: “Crosby Sucks.” If you haven’t listened to it yet, please do, immediately. Sample lyrics:

  Canadian sensation, well at least on certain stations;
  A poster child for Francophiles who dance to Zombie Nation.
  All his fans are morons who defend his every stunt;
  And the “C” that’s on his chest, well it really stands for…

Haha, you get the idea. Despite the guaranteed receipt of at least three e-mails from native Pennsylvanians telling me this is why newspapers are dying and/or canceling their Post subscriptions, here’s a fairly amazing Q&A with the gents behind the music. I think you’ll like it. Unless you’re one of the aforementioned native Pennsylvanians.

read on and I am serious with the headline.  Call me old-fashioned, call me a prude, but I just don’t understand what those lyrics have to do with hockey.

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A Shot At Cox, Then A Shot Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Got blasted by Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner on Saturday night for having an “agenda” to get fighting out of hockey.

Guilty. If they put that on my tombstone, I’ll be okay with that.

Don’t get me wrong. Grapes may not like me, but I like him fine. Have suggested several times he belongs in the broadcaster’s wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, so I think I’m on the record as having respect for his accomplishments as a broadcaster. As a junior coach, not so much.

All I can say is I haven’t made a dime off pushing the notion that fighting has no place in hockey.

more, including a youtube of Coach’s Corner and additional hockey topics discussed, one which is the Brian Burke parody Twitter.

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  Tags: brian+burke, don+cherry

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