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It’s Not Just Crosby & Ovechkin Playing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy:

Q. I know that you get really tired of this question. But this series thus far is exactly what the NHL wanted: Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

OVECHKIN: I am tired of this…  This is a game. Two teams are playing, and not just two players. What must not be forgotten are those chances that our teams create for us. Yes, we score goals. Yes, our names are announced as stars of the game. But if it weren’t for our teammates, the guys who create those chances, we wouldn’t be anywhere.

much more from Ovechkin, plus Sergei Gonchar, and Simeon Varlamov

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Dirtiest Guys in the NHL According to Other Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Chris Pronger and Steve Ott are the dirtiest players in the National Hockey League, according to a survey of their fellow players.

A Sports Illustrated poll of 324 players that is to appear in this week’s issue has Anaheim Ducks defenceman Pronger and Dallas Stars forward Ott in a tie, each chosen by 13 per cent of their peers.

Jarkko Ruutu of the Ottawa Senators was third at 12 per cent, with Sean Avery of the New York Rangers fourth at 10 per cent, followed by Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers at five per cent.

continued…

Update 3:11pm ET: From the Detroit Free Press, Chris Pronger responds—

Told of the survey results this morning, Pronger laughed and said he disagreed.

“That’s their prerogative,” he said, adding that it didn’t surprise him he won. “There’s always a lot of whining out on the ice,” he said.

Pronger said it was possibly based more on his past than his present (he has only six penalty minutes in the 2009 playoffs, for example – none of them against Detroit).

more

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  Tags: chris+pronger, steve+ott

Who’s This Mandingo Guy?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Trying to go all high-class and scholarly on us. 

And absolutely drilling the Canadien(an) MSM. 

But watching, for instance, the rest of the Hockey Night in Canada crew’s reaction to the Mike Brown hit on Jiri Hudler—and their barely contained joy that he was left bloodied and dazed on the ice by a guy four inches taller and 30 pounds heavier—you almost get the sense that for them the hit was the realization of some deep-seated revenge fantasy. That Mike Brown is an American doesn’t really matter. He’s not European, and that’s good enough. Whatever your opinion of the Mike Brown hit—I personally think a good argument can be made that it wasn’t suspension-worthy—it’s hard not to be a little disturbed by the way some in the Canadian media seemed to take a perverse joy in it.

More over at the KK Member’s Blog.

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Anti-European Sentiment in the Canadian Hockey Media Is Getting Out of Hand

Blog: KK Members Blog By Mandingo

Every major sport in North America has stubborn traditionalists in its media ranks. ESPN’s Joe Morgan seems to honestly believe that the Golden Age of Baseball ended the day he retired, and much of what has come since is an insult to the game or “not the way the game is supposed to be played.” In both his MLB and NFL coverage, Joe Buck often engages in embarrassing, maudlin displays of orthodoxy, most famously his ridiculous overreaction to the Randy Moss touchdown celebration against the Green Bay Packers in the 2005 playoffs.

While these traditionalists can be infuriating, you never get the sense that they are indicting a specific group of people, but rather the natural (or, in their eyes, unnatural) progression of the sport. In other words, Joe Morgan doesn’t think baseball has become tarnished due to, say, the influx of Latin and Asian players; he’s just an egotistical jerk who thinks his generation was the greatest and will not accept otherwise. Joe Buck’s issue with the Randy Moss touchdown dance wasn’t that Moss represents the black, urban “gansterization” of football; he’s just an easily offended prude who probably gets uncomfortable around nude sculptures in art museums.

But much of the traditionalism, if you can call it that, emanating from the Canadian hockey media lately carries with it a not-so-subtle implication—that Europeans are not only what’s wrong with the sport, but they are, by nature of their place of birth, inferior to Canadians.

What’s truly shocking is not so much that this undercurrent of xenophobia exists in the Canadian media—because it has for a long time now—but that so many people seem to think it’s a legitimate, defensible position or, at the very least, chalk it up to simply being a lovable quirk of Canadian culture or a byproduct of their passion for the game.

I suppose it would be even more troubling if it wasn’t so pathetically transparent. One need only look at the top five scoring leaders or the three Hart finalists this year to understand the root of this growing anti-European sentiment. Since gaining a foothold in the league, there’s a reason the treatment of European players in Canada has gone from leery non-acceptance to near outright hostility. And it doesn’t have anything to do with “heart” or “toughness” or whatever easily leveled, stereotypical charge you can throw at them. Anyone who understands the psychology of fear can see those charges for the red herrings they are.

The real reason behind this growing hostility, of course, is that Canadians can see their death grip on worldwide hockey dominance slipping away. In truth, it might be already gone. If you look at the probable rosters for Vancouver in 2010…well…let’s just say Canada likely won’t be the favorite on paper.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: media

Will Jerry Reinsdorf Save The Yotes?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

Whispers on the wind: Jerry Reinsdorf may be interested in purchasing or investing in the Coyotes.

This is interesting.

Reinsdorf has a home in Paradise Valley. He has connections with the city of Glendale, having brokered a deal to move his baseball team out of Tucson and into the new Camelback Ranch facility. One of his attorneys, John Kaites, is an Arizona lobbyist who has done business with Glendale city manager Ed Beasley….

Reinsdorf has won six championship with the Bulls, courtesy of Michael Jordan, and also won a World Series title with the White Sox.

more

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No Suspension For Kunitz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin was hoping for more, but Pittsburgh Penguins wing Chris Kunitz will not be suspended by the NHL for his late-game hit to the neck area of Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov seconds before Sidney Crosby scored his third goal of Game 2 with 30.4 seconds left in the third period.

League officials confirmed that the tape has been reviewed.

Tuesday morning Ovechkin called the play “dirty” and said, “I think the League has to do something about it. It’s a cheap shot and it’s not good for hockey.”

continued and if you missed the incident, watch it here...

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Dealing With Bad Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

When a team loses, just like most anything else, the immediate urge is to point the finger and pass off the blame to a party without recourse. The refs are an entity that hold ultimate power over each game and are an easy and wide open target for mudslinging, character assassination and even physical challenges. Unfortunately it’s an ugly part of this game and it’s here to stay in some way, shape, or form, but like all the other intangibles within hockey, one can grow up and take a lesson away from the rink.

Being the natural and organic game it is, human error can play a decisive role in any given hockey game. Slashes, trips and interferences go undetected or overly detected, livening up the atmosphere of a game by getting people up in arms and into the action. But what’s done is done; name-callings and death stares will linger, but regardless of what anyone else thinks, someone is going on the power play when the ref makes a call.

more

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La Greca Gone From NHL Live

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Schott of the Daily Gazette,

NHL Live” has lost its host.

Don La Greca, who has hosted the two-hour hockey talkshow from noon-2 p.m. on Sirius XM Radio and the NHL Network, is off because of what he calls “a scheduling conflict.”

continued and thanks to Puck The Media for the pointer…

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  Tags: don+la+greca

Playoffs Create New Hockey Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Now is the perfect time to turn your non-hockey friends into a hockey fan. Invite them over for a viewing party, organize a get together at a local watering hole or just call them at game time and tell them to watch and keep watching.

I guarantee you the vast majority of the people you contact will want to watch another game. But you have to start the ball rolling by getting them to view a playoff matchup.

It is hard to believe this, but there are people out there that do not know anything about the game we love. By informing these people about NHL playoff hockey, you are really doing them a favor by telling them to watch a game that means something, a game built on determination and grit, style and skill too.

They may ask you what lies ahead, what team is bound to end up in the Stanley Cup Final? Your response is critical and this is what makes our game different than all the other playoffs.

more

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Hossa’s Time?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,

So this is it. This is where we see just how Marian Hossa’s $72 million gamble turns out. The Red Wings winger famously spurned that many millions (and long-term security with the Edmonton Oilers) for a one-and-out shot at winning the Stanley Cup with Detroit. When have you seen a free agent do that?

continued

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  Tags: marian+hossa

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