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Hockey is a Small World

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

Hockey circles sure are small. They’re small in countries like Finland and Sweden, or the Czech Republic, and they’re small in the wide world of the NHL. All you have to do is take a look at the front offices in the NHL organizations to see how the pieces go together.

That’s just the way the world seems to be working regardless of the industry.

I was thinking about this today, after an event organized by the Swedish Elite League…

continued…

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The Franchise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

Burke calls him the “big dog” and expects him to one day succeed Chris Pronger as captain. Many players have taken to calling Getzlaf, “The Franchise.”

There are those who believe that Getzlaf, with his size and vast array of skills, can join Crosby and Ovechkin in the ranks of superstardom. Both Burke and coach Randy Carlyle have said that Getzlaf “can be as good as he wants to be.”

“In the NHL, the challenge is to be able to play to that level day in and day out,” Carlyle said. “To practice to that high level day in and day out.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked. We’ve had very, very few valleys with Ryan Getzlaf. We’ve had some peaks and maybe he’s taken a step back every once in a while. All in all, you’ve got to be very satisfied and very happy with his progress.”

more

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Wins & Losses

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

...with doors of training camp almost open and with hockey telecasts starting next week (the prospects tournament), it is worth noting that so much happens in the NHL offseason that you can keep score. So here goes:

Wins: In Markus Naslund, the Rangers have a good player in his prime. Although Wade Redden is neither a kid nor a future Hall of Famer, he is the kind of solid, skilled defenseman the team has craved. Hey, the Rangers didn’t have to trade anybody to get him.

Loss: The Maple Leafs have been in limbo all summer and they’re still over a barrel over Mats Sundin, who hasn’t made up his mind whether he is going to play with them, with the Rangers, with the Flyers or not play at all.

read on

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All John Forslund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canes Country,

As everyone knows, Forslund is the television play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes and has been with the franchise for 17 years now. He’s done such an outstanding job for the Canes that he has also been called upon to work for Versus and ESPN.

Q. According to Multichannel.com, you have signed on to work for Versus again next year. I was wondering how that agreement with Versus coincides with your commitment to the Hurricanes and FSN?

...This season I’m looking at doing 17 regular season games for them, starting with the October 5th game between Tampa Bay and the Rangers in the Czech Republic, although we will be calling the game from stateside

much more

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Chicago Fans Pumped Up For Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Sandberg of ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

After fans had a chance to meet current and former Blackhawks players during the Blackhawks Night festivities at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday, one thing was abundantly clear: anticipation and excitement for the upcoming season has reached a fever pitch.

More than 1,000 season ticketholders came out in support for the event, the first of its kind for the team and professional sports in Chicago….

When Steve from Lisle, Ill., was asked to answer his ‘One Goal’ for the upcoming season, the life-long Hawks fan was quick with his response.

“It’s an easy answer… to bring home the Stanley Cup. I think we have the parts in place to definitely get to the Stanley Cup final, and though we have a lot of younger players on the team I feel they are extremely mature and ready for the challenge.”

more

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Wings Have It All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The Wings have everything. From well-organized management—replete with the best scouting and money appropriation—to outstanding coaching, although the loss of Mike Babcock’s assistant Todd McLellan to the head coaching job of the Sharks might be the only area where the team may have suffered over the summer.

The Wings are loaded even before you get to the ice, where the parade of stars just never seems to quit.

And while there is no point going through the Wings roster because it’s so much better than virtually every other team in the league, it’s the way they do it which makes everyone so envious

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Gaming Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

Roenick was in Burnaby along with five other NHL players to go through some moves for Electronic Arts, in part to mark its launch of the 2009 version of the popular NHL video game franchise. Although he’s 38 and has logged lots of miles over 19 NHL seasons, Roenick was the most entertaining character on and off the ice.

“I get more people asking about my [NHL 94 for Sega],” laughed Roenick of his legendary status in that version of the game. “I’m holding onto that.”

In fact, Roenick makes most top-five lists for top athlete in video-game history, but he said his 11-year-old son Brett will be more pumped about his being in the 2009 game.

“I’m not a big gamer, but my son is a huge gamer,” said Roenick. “My son thinks this is the coolest thing about me being a professional athlete.”

more

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Pominville Hopeful Regarding New Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The captain remained hopeful he will have a new contract before the official start of camp. His agent and the Sabres have been talking long-term extensions.

“You never know with that,” Pominville said. “It’s going well until the deal’s done. We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully it’ll be done before. I’m just leaving [my agent] to do his thing.”

Although the sides would like to reach an agreement, there is no urgency. Pominville is under contract for this season and then becomes a restricted free agent.

more on the Sabres as they prepare for training camp…

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The Door Is Open For Shanahan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“The door is open,” Sather reported in an e-mail response to the Post’s inquiry regarding the status of the still-unsigned Brendan Shanahan. “However there are complications that need to be worked out.”

Now merely six days away from Rangers training camp medicals, it’s unclear what those complications might include beyond a contract negotiation that either hasn’t begun in earnest or is not going well.

read on

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One Happy Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cathy Boyd at the Londoner,

The enduring myth of the overnight success is as old as sport itself. Although a fortunate few have managed to thwart the odds, for most athletes – and more specifically young players trying to make the National Hockey League – the road to stardom is long and unusually arduous.

No one knows this better than London’s own Drew Doughty, a defenceman who was second pick overall in the 2008 NHL draft and the newest member of the Los Angeles Kings organization….

Only coffee beans could be more grounded than Drew and he has his family to thank for that. Drew’s parents, Connie and Paul, two of the most self-effacing people you would ever want to meet, are at the forefront of this success story.

The NHL draft is often viewed as a celebration of sorts, not just the players but their families too – a reminder of all the sacrifices made along the way, the tournament travel, the hotel stays, the expenses.

read on

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