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Canadiens GM Bob Gainey Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP, via Slam,

Bob Gainey is back at work.
The Montreal Canadiens executive vice-president and general manager returned to his Bell Centre office in recent days after a leave to grieve the loss of his daugher Laura in an accident at sea, team spokesman Donald Beauchamp said Tuesday. Gainey was not available for comment.
Laura Gainey was swept off the tall ship Picton Castle about 700 kilometres off the U.S. Atlantic coast by a large wave during a storm on Dec. 8. Air and sea crews were unable to find her after a three-day search.

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Wednesday Morning Hockey Fun

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The World Junior Championships’ semi-finals are being played today in Sweden. Team Canada vs Team USA are up and the game is starting at 10:00 a.m. ET.  You can get the broadcast online by TSN Broadband. Or, if you’re having trouble connecting to the game due to your location, Sharkspage has some ideas for alternate internet broadcasts.

Of course, you can always just fake an illness, leave work, and enjoy the game the old-fashioned way: NHL Center Ice and TSN are both televising the game live.

Other games being played today:
10:00 am ET Germany vs Belarus
1:30 pm ET Russia vs Sweden

1:00 pm ET Post-Game Update:
If you didn’t watch this one, you missed out. The US scored first and held the lead till Canada tied it up in the 3rd. An overtime penalty against Canada gave the USA an excellent chance to end it, but they couldn’t convert. Ultimately the game went to a shootout, and 8 rounds later, Canada walked away the winner with a ticket to the gold medal game.

And by the way, despite the 8-round shootout scoring frenzy, there was some fantastic goaltending by both teams.  Games like this are exactly why the World Junior Championships are must-see hockey.

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Bolts Might Take Training Camp to Prince Edward Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,

The Lightning are looking to take training camp to a whole new state. Or province, to be exact.
Tampa Bay officials have held meetings with members of the government of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to discuss the possibility of the Lightning moving a portion of training camp to the island province in September.
“The city is in discussions with the Tampa Bay organization with a view to having them host their training camp here in the city of Charlottetown,” Charlottetown mayor Clifford Lee told CBC national television.

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KK- Delay Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have a few meetings to attend today and won’t be able to update until early afternoon.
The pressure now falls on Alanah, who happens to be up at 6am, PT.

See you in about four hours or so.

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How Cold Is It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

How cold are hockey games in Alaska, where high school teams still play the sport outdoors, even in the dead of winter?
Cold enough to break a puck into pieces when it hits the pipe.
With mid-game temperatures sometimes dipping below minus-30 degrees, rinks in Alaska come equipped with warming huts as well as penalty boxes, for players to ward off frostbite. Rules prohibit plastic face masks once temperatures drop below zero.

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2nd Chance For Nedved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

Regrets? Nedved has a few. So it goes, as he begins an encore here knowing he never should have left.
“Being at the right place at the right time is a key thing,” said Nedved, who has managed neither since he left. “I had it when I was in New York and I had it in Edmonton.
Three seasons later
“I enjoyed Phoenix, too, but made a personal decision to go back east. I thought it was the right one. Yes, it’s been very frustrating. I’m glad I can put that behind me and go forward. That’s what I have to do now.”

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Wolski Coming Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Rocky Mountain News,

After spending four seasons enduring long bus rides and on-the-go meals synonymous with major-junior hockey, Wojtek Wolski refers to the lavish perks of the NHL as “miraculous.”
Early in his rookie season with the Avalanche, those charter flights and five-star hotels might have made Wolski a tad too comfortable.

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Gomez & The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

On a night when the Blueshirts converted four of their eight shootout opportunities against Martin Brodeur to defeat the Devils 3-2 at the Meadowlands, one could envision just how much more dangerous the Rangers would be with impending free agent Gomez in their lineup, leading the rush next season and maybe for four or five following that.
Make no mistake. It is irrefutable that the healing Rangers will need Gomez far more than New Jersey’s first-line center will need them when he hits the open market on July 1.

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Move Over Gordie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sun Media via the Ottawa Sun,

Nobody will ever replace Gordie Howe as the most legendary figure in Detroit Red Wings history.
But even Mr. Hockey knew the day would come when he would make some elbow room atop the Motown hockey throne for The Boy Wonder, Steve Yzerman, the former Nepean minor hockey star, 22-year Red Wing great and longest-serving captain in NHL history.

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Some Showed, Others Didn’t

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The plight of a Red Wing blogger.  While most of you sat back with lukewarm, reasonably-priced, yet still satisfying beverages of pilsneric heritage and enjoyed one of the most memorable nights of your hockey-loving lives, I suffered.

You watched The Inevitable occur last night and you enjoyed it.  You’ll nitpick it, because that’s what we do here…but you found it satisfying, appropriate and just.  Me?  I stressed.

Why?  Because I’m a hockey blogger and all I could think about was how bad Christy at Behind the Jersey was going to kick my ass on this one.  Oh, and she did. No one covers Yzerman like Christy.  And you just knew she’d pull out all the stops on this one.  Premium seats at the Joe.  Video coverage.  Minute-by-minute description of events.  Don Cherry chance meetings.  Still coverage.  It’s almost unfair, and I’m more than a little bitter today. 

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