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Cam Ward Just Sitting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

More than a few eyebrows were raised around the NHL over the past week with John Grahame making three straight starts in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes while Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward sat on the bench. The question is, will it be four straight when the Montreal Canadiens visit on Thursday night? Only Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette knows for sure and he didn't deviate from his long-standing policy Wednesday of divulging his starting goalie to the media.
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DC Bound

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

image Alright troopers. I'm headed east. I'll be traveling for much of the next two days and hope to update again prior to Friday's game. At the very pessimistically least I expect to be fully back up and blogerational no later than Monday. As you can see, the Chief-Jeep will be traveling directly through the heart of Bubbaville. No, I won't be stopping at the Gay.

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New “Look” Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters via the Guardian,

The NHL will break with long-standing tradition next season by ushering in a new streamlined outfit that blends fashion with functionality, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday. Bettman said the new-look uniforms, designed over the last two years, will be unveiled at the All-Star game in January. In an interview with Reuters at the National Hockey League headquarters in New York City, Bettman said the players who have tested it so far "have been thrilled". While the new tapered uniforms are fashionable, Bettman said they were designed with the players in mind. "The new uniform takes advantage of developments in new fabrics," he said. "But the change was done not for the stylistic. It was done for performance and safety. It was time. Our basic uniforms haven't changed in 40 years."
continued plus some attendance talk from Bettman...

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Flyers Extend Knuble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6’3”, 230-pound right wing Mike Knuble to a two-year contract extension, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed. “We are extremely excited,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “We are happy with Mike's play since he joined us. We think that he's got more to give to us in the future. He is not only a good player, he's a good person and a guy that we want in our organization moving forward."
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A Battle Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from AgapePress via WDC Media,

A pro-family leader is wondering who's minding the net for the National Hockey League, given its support for a homosexual movie that features an 11-year-old drag queen.... Bob Knight, director of the Culture and Media Institute at the Virginia-based Media Research Center, believes NHL officials are unlikely to win any more fans for the League by endorsing this homosexual-themed movie. "They're going to alienate many, many people who take their kids to hockey games," he says. "The NHL has had enough problems in recent years packing their arenas, and this is not going to help them at all."
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Wings’ PR Staff Lacks Common Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George Malik: I just don't get it. The Red Wings just installed a beautiful set of LED displays on their scoreboard, finally updating the video system after using big-screen TVs for almost fifteen years. You'd think that the organization would utilize that scoreboard to at least show some replays, or maybe tap into the rink's Center Ice package to show some highlights from around the league. It can't be that difficult to call down to the Fox Sports truck and ask, "Hey, can we see that last play on the board?" Right? Wrong. The scoreboard rarely shows replays. In the instances of controversial calls, reviewable goals, and even hard hits, fans attending games may as well bring an AM/FM radio with them, because the in-game production crew spends its time telling its rink-side camera crew to do crowd shots. Little kids dancing? You bet. Uncomfortable shots of fans who are told to "make some noise" but are unenthusiastic? Yes, indeedy. Awkward pauses, with the cameras pointed at an empty rink? Of course! It can't be that hard to splice into the Fox Sports feed to show replays on a regular basis. Yes, when we're talking about controversial hits, borderline penalties, or reviewed goals, showing those replays might get the crowd incensed, which steps on the NHL's toes ever so slightly, but isn't getting the crowd worked up the entire point of having that big video screen?

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Over-Divisional Snoozers

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail:

All those Eastern Conference owners and general managers who shot down the idea of introducing greater variety in the National Hockey League schedule should be forced to watch the past four games played between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. This 19-day period, which thankfully ended Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre, featured some of the most eye-glazing hockey since the league was trapping its fans into comas before the lockout cost the NHL its 2004-05 season. So this is the kind of hockey that promotes divisional rivalries, with teams playing their division mates eight times a season? Please. The only thing getting promoted Tuesday night was No-Doz in a 4-1 Bruins win. Even the players looked bored, and this was the best game of the series since the first one on Nov. 9, when the Leafs won 6-4 after the Bruins unaccountably failed to play their neutral-zone trap game. The Bruins, no doubt after much railing by their coaches and heavy fines for the players, ran true to form for the rest of the series.
Any Wings fan can tell you that games 7 and 8 vs. Chicago are like watching paint dry, too... continued

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Bondra Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have had a few emails from readers wondering what Peter Bondra is doing. I found this via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from November 22nd,

Marian Hossa said he spoke with former teammate and fellow Slovak Peter Bondra twice in recent days. He said Bondra is working out on his own but has not received an offer he has wished to pursue.
I know a team that could use a sniper like Bondra, especially on the power play.

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Esche Out 2-4 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled goaltender Martin Houle from the Phantoms. Robert Esche had successful surgery today on his adductor muscle and will be out of action for two-to-four weeks.

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Do They Think The Same Way Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

David Amber at ESPN interviews the Sedin twins,

Q: It sounds like a friendly sibling rivalry, but what happened in 1999 when Daniel was selected one pick ahead of you Henrik? Henrik: Well "D" comes before "H" in the alphabet, so that's what happened. Daniel: I think they made the right choice [laughs]. Q: So, which pair of twins is more famous in Sweden, you two or Elin Nordegren [Tiger Wood's wife] and her sister? Henrik: I know who's more beautiful, and that's not us [laughs]. We've never met them before. It would be nice to meet Tiger, too.
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