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Klee Claimed By Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed defenseman Ken Klee from Anaheim on re-entry waivers. That means Anaheim will have to pay half of what Klee has remaining on his $1.250 million salary.

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  Tags: ken+klee

A Look At The Backup Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Victoria Matiash at ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,

Backup goaltenders are funny ducks when it comes to fantasy value. Some provide a positive, if occassional, boost as a third goalie. A few ascend to starter’s status during the season and become those precious fantasy commodities we all strive to find. And others are just downright wretched. A handful, with varying degrees of value, were in action Monday night.

continued with more hockey notes…

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Good News If You Have FiOS

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

NEW YORK (October 28, 2008) – For die-hard hockey fans there is no such thing as watching too much hockey. Verizon is helping these fans get even more hockey programming by adding NHL Center Ice to the FiOS TV lineup. Also, Verizon will launch the NHL Network in the coming days.

NHL Center Ice is a subscription sports package that includes up to 40 out-of-market NHL games per week and select games from the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As an added bonus, Verizon will broadcast select NHL Center Ice games in high definition (HD). The price is $169 for the entire season.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Media, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink
  Tags: fios

Lucic At Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province,

Milan Lucic isn’t getting caught up in how much he seems to be catching on in the hockey world.

The burly Boston Bruins winger is hot off a hat trick Saturday. His glass-shattering check on Mike Van Ryn from Thursday is still on the minds of many, evidenced by the fact that, as of Monday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube.

And Lucic, 20, who leads the Bruins against the Canucks tonight in his first NHL game at GM Place, has marquee sportscasters and columnists stating that he’s the next big thing in Beantown.

continued and if you missed the hit on Van Ryan, you can see it here...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: milan+lucic

Scratch Yzerman Off Your GM List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We bring this matter to your attention, fellow puckheads, because if Bryan Murray’s GM job should ever come under fire with the Senators, and we certainly hope not, I guarantee you Yzerman’s name would be at the forefront of the Ottawa media’s wish list. Given that Yzerman is an Ottawa native, a GM in waiting and, not to mention, one of the game’s greatest players ever.

But, for now, all other NHL teams will have to take a rain check.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me with the Olympic program,” said Yzerman, an Olympic gold medalist in 2002. “For me, if I were to go into another [NHL] situation as a first-time [GM], there’s a lot going on, and I know it’s not the right thing to do.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steve+yzerman

Filatov Back To AHL Team

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Nikita Filatov to the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov, 18, recorded one goal and had a plus/minus rating of +1 in four games with the Blue Jackets this season. He became only the fourth player in franchise history to score a goal in his NHL debut when he lit the lamp against Nashville on October 17. He also has tallied 2-0-2 and is +1 in two games with the Crunch.

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  Tags: nikita+filatov

Small Crowd In Columbus

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The announced attendance in Columbus last night was 10,494. 

Are fans taking a wait and see attitude with the Blue Jackets?

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All Robert Lang

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Mio of the Montreal Gazette,

When you walked into this famous dressing room for the first time, what were your thoughts?

“It’s fun. Like I mentioned Detroit, and it is very similar to that. It’s an old arena and you have the old pictures, the same as here. You have the old players with the current ones, so it’s a good blend.”

The Canadiens are the fourth Original Six team you have played for, after Boston, Detroit and Chicago. How does this compare with the others?

“Detroit was very good, as far as the history there and all that stuff.

Chicago was a little bit different, but it was a really young team, so it was just a little different feel on the team. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was just a lot of young guys and a rebuilding process. And then here, obviously, you have history on every corner and then it’s the centennial year on top of that, so it’s very exciting.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: robert+lang

Handle With Care

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Early-season struggles put immediate pressure on ex-ESPN analyst Barry Melrose to put some wins together after being the hand-picked, surprise coaching choice of owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, and, not surprisingly, Melrose chose to lean on veteran players early, leaving Stamkos with as little as 6:05 of ice time.

Stamkos, along with the rest of the team, hasn’t produced much offence, and through seven games the 18-year-old has yet to record his first NHL point.

Sending him back to the Sarnia Sting of the OHL is out of the question after all the pre-season fanfare. Giving him more and more playing time is now the plan.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steven+stamkos

No More Head Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“The league has to do something,” Carbonneau said after practice yesterday. “This makes no sense to me. Blows to the head shouldn’t be part of hockey.”...

But whether the hits were clean according to the rulebook isn’t the issue for Carbonneau; the risk of serious injury is.

“People said [Sutter] had his head down, but he didn’t have the puck,” Carbonneau said. “I think there’s a lack of respect out there.

“I’ve held a gun in my hands before, but I’ve never used it to shoot anyone. It’s the same thing on the ice.”

read on

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