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Nashville Responds To Columnist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nashville Predators,

On Wednesday, the Nashville Predators responded to a column published in Wednesday’s Vancouver Province entitled “Preds offend the league, not just Modano.” The article, written by columnist Tony Gallagher, contends that Dallas Stars president Jim Lites didn’t go far enough when criticizing the Predators organization in the media earlier this week….
Gerry Helper, the Predators’ senior vice president of communications and development responded to Gallagher’s column in a letter to the editor sent to The Province on Monday. Here is the text of that letter:
Dear editor:
Tony Gallagher’s column “Preds offend the league, not just Modano” in Wednesday’s Vancouver Province is so littered with inaccuracies, half-truths and outright lies that it appears as if lazy reporting and the author’s personal agenda have gotten the better of providing an accurate analysis.

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Are The Right People Watching

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

A conspiracy theorist, presented with the NHL’s struggles to find an audience, with the pro-fighting sentiments that came out of the last general managers meetings, with a February in which fighting was way up and a March in which it will be the same, would put it all together and deduce there must be some master plan at work — that the league’s brain trust has actively or tacitly amped up the violence in a desperate attempt to get face time.
Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt: probably not.
But still, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and company have a decision to make right now. They’ve reached a watershed point.

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The Double Screen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Holmstrom & Bertuzzi trying to perfect the double screen tonight.

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The Best Of USA Hockey Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here is USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen’s list of top American-born and American trained NHL players:
5. Pat LaFontaine (Hall of fame center): He scored 40 or more goals seven times in his career, with a high of 54 for the New York Islanders in 1989-90. His career was cut short by post-concussion syndrome.

read on for the Top 4…

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Dose Of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Courtesy of WDFN, here is your Thursday Dose of Cheli. Lots of Beruzzi along with some wisdom regarding our northern neighbors’ deep diggers. Click here for the entire interview.

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Time To Ask The Question

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Slam,

It’s time to look at the issue of fighting in the NHL, says the league’s disciplinarian.
“I think it’s time to ask the question,” Colin Campbell told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “I think you have to ask the question because of what’s happening out there. It’s incumbent on me, because of my position, to ask the question.”

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Sidney Crosby Scares Me

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

All the fuss during the trade deadline about getting Sidney Crosby some protection from the NHL’s “thugs”, you’d never imagine that the Upper Deck hockey collectibles company would conceive this action figure for their newest collection. 

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Nice shoulders. Is it Crosby or the Incredible Hulk? Makes me wonder why the Penguins bothered picking up Georges Laraque...

 

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The Habs Chances

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

So nobody, it’s fair to say, feels bad just yet for the Canadiens. If another 30 years go by, well, then we’ll see about sympathy.
But here’s what’s interesting.
This season has been such a trying experience for the Canadiens, with such a wide variety of on-ice and off-ice problems, that, lo and behold, this franchise just doesn’t feel that special any more.
Combined with the long wait since the last Cup, it seems ordinary, really.
More just like any number of other teams in the rapidly changing culture of a league in which teams like Carolina, Tampa Bay, Dallas and Colorado—teams that weren’t even in existence when Patrick Roy led the Habs to the ‘86 Cup—have made it to the mountaintop.

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The Goalie Pads

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sharkspage,

A year and a half ago equipment manufacturer Eagle Hockey launched an equipment design contest, spurring an avalanche of concept pad designs from goalies around the world.
Chris Le submitted 4 designs following a similar theme. The designs were titled Eagle Head, Eagle Wings, Eagle Talons, and my personal favorite Eagle Phoenix….
After a lengthy selection process, Chris was selected as the winner and flown to the Eagle hockey factory in London, Ontario for a tour of the facilities, and to meet the staff.

read on... great story…

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Breaking Down The Shootout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Raimondi at NHL.com,

The dynamics of the penalty shot have come a long way since the inception of the rule.
“I believe the penalty shot is going to be very spectacular,” legendary Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Conn Smythe said in October, 1934.
Later that year, when Montreal Canadiens star Armand Mondou became the first player to take a penalty shot, Mondou stood in a circle 38 feet in front of the goal and was stopped by legendary Maple Leafs goaltender George Hainsworth. No fakes, no ‘spin-a-rama,’ just a standing-still shot from the circle.
In today’s NHL, there is no telling when the next dazzling shootout move will be displayed. Smythe’s words, spoken more than 70 years ago, were prophetic, indeed.

read on... great article with video and stats…

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