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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Kiprusoff, whose big contract and big early-season goals-against-average had all kinds of critics questioning his abilities, continues to be a key cog in the club’s winning spree.

While the offensive heroes keep changing, he continues to be the constant, shining between the pipes night after night.

During Calgary’s winning streak, Kiprusoff has posted a sparkling 1.40 goals-against-average and .952 save percentage.


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Watch College Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York, NY / Toronto, ON (October 31, 2008) – NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to games from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC Hockey).

The broadcast package provides NHL Network with 19 ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups that will air Friday nights through the remainder of the season. The deal also includes the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and Final.

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Sharks Playing Their Game

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from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Somebody somewhere presumably believes this blood-and-guts stuff sells. It’s 2008 and hockey is still writhing over the value of fighting in the sport. That says it all.

The Detroit Red Wings, needless to say, proved there was another way last season, riding skill, speed and Tre Kronor power to an impressive Stanley Cup title. The Wings hardly fought at all, didn’t carry an enforcer and roared through the postseason.

That left the San Jose Sharks, to name one team, in a bit of a conundrum.

Follow the Ducks or follow the Wings?

Simply being the Sharks, after all, wouldn’t do.

read on

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Happy Halloween

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse put this latest NHL promotional spot up on YouTube today, asking the trivia question: “Can you name all the goalies featured in the video?”

Unfortunately, I can’t, not all of them—someone else take a shot.

The photo below is a flashback to last year’s Halloween day episode of Pardon the Interruption, which featured Michael Wilbon dressed in a couple NHL jerseys—something that qualifies as scary on ESPN. smile 


Update 12:38pm ET: The Habs ask their players about their best Halloween memories—

Tom Kostopoulos: “My best costumes were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I wore a different one from that show three years in a row.  First, I was Raphael, then Donatello and then Shredder.  It was great!”

Mike Komisarek: “When I was a kid, my best costume was when I was dressed up as a hockey player.  At least, that’s the only one I can share…for a bunch of reasons.”

More at the Montreal Canadiens site.

Update 1:39pm ET: And from the LA Kings, favorite costumes—

Dustin Brown: Anze Kopitar. A couple years ago I was the Big Bad Wolf which was pretty good.

Anze Kopitar: I bought a Brown jersey so that’s what I am going to be.

Update 1:52pm ET: More team mentions of Halloween and related events from the Devils, the Bruins, the Blues, the Sabres... etc.  The NHL site also has a feature up on horror-themed hockey masks.  And over at Going Five Hole Sean Leahy has some costume suggestions for NHL players.

Last but not least, go here if you feel like taking a light quiz.

Update 2:07pm ET: Reminded by Lady Stanley in the comments, I’d be remiss not pointing to the S.J. Sharkie video we posted yesterday. smile

Update 3:13 pm ET: Not exactly hockey related, but when Bruce Springsteen releases a spooky new tune on Halloween called “A Night With the Jersey Devil” we gotta include it, right? Check it out.

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Blues Recall Holt

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has recalled goaltender Chris Holt from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.  Holt was signed to an NHL contract by the Blues on Oct. 31, 2008.  In addition, the club has assigned goaltender Marek Schwarz to Peoria.

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A Good Time To Buy

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from Ted Jackovics of the Tampa Tribune,

• Prices sold through RazorGator for NHL home openers this month averaged $96, 25 percent higher than last year.

• The highest average opening-game purchase was $301 for the Vancouver Canucks and $33 for the Phoenix Coyotes.

• The Tampa Bay Lightning average ticket purchase for the Oct. 11 home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes was $78, compared with $59 a year ago.

• But this week, the average Lightning ticket purchase was $55, down from $78 a year ago. Some Lightning tickets were sold for $13.

more on ticket prices through brokers…

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Hurricanes Sign Mike Ryan

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Michael Ryan to a one-year contract. Ryan will be paid $475,000 at the NHL level or $75,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of at least $100,000.

“Michael is an experienced forward who will add depth to our organization,” said Rutherford. “He will be assigned to Albany at this time, but is capable of contributing on the NHL level.”

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Capitals Send Sloan Down

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va., – The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Tyler Sloan to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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NHLPA Talking Head Hits With Players

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Glenn Healy talks with Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today on the subject of head hits which is the hot topic these days.

Will softer shoulder pads be part of the answer?

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Morning Line

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“I thought we had Andy McDonald and T.J. Oshie ... (and) I would say Jay McClement, Danny Hinote, Cam Janssen had effective games.  Five forwards out of 12 is not enough.”

“Some of our skilled players tried to play with their hands, rather than their legs.  If you don’t play with your legs in this game, it’s difficult to play the game.”

“It was like watching a Halloween movie tonight, a horror story.”

-Blues coach Andy Murray after a 1-0 loss to Carolina last night.  More on the game from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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