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Your NHLPA Investigation Committee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Sources say the NHLPA has completed its vote and has passed the implementation of a four member review committee to investigate the unions internal operations.

Veterans Chris Chelios, Mark Recchi, Rob Blake and Nicklas Lidstrom will handle the review which is expected to include interviews with current PA employees, discussions with former PA executives Paul Kelly and Glenn Healy, plus the possibility of an extensive look at email correspondence over the past several months.

Sources say the final vote was 25-5 in favor of this review.

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Frolov After Practice Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Question: What were your feelings about being sat out like that? Obviously it’s not a pleasant experience…

FROLOV: “No, obviously not. Nobody likes to be scratched and be in the locker room and see guys play. It’s pretty frustrating. I didn’t have such an experience for a long, long time. I guess, as I said before, it’s the head coach’s decision and you have to respect it.”

Question: He has said that when he talks to you, he doesn’t really get a response from you. Is that accurate? Do you feel like when he asked you questions, you responded appropriately?

FROLOV: “Well, I don’t know. I mean, everyone has different personalities. I don’t know. It’s hard to tell. Maybe, but no matter what happened, it’s not pleasant. You have to move on. I’m back in the lineup and I’m going to do my best and try as hard as I can.”


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  Tags: alexander+frolov

Top 10 Sports Cities In The U.S.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Monte Burke of Forbes,

Boston was once a sports city of lovable losers. Now? Maybe calling them non-lovable winners is best.

The city’s pro sports teams have shed their underdog label, which has led to another phenomenon: Boston sports fans. Sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has called them “the loudest, most obnoxious, most ornery fans in America.” Look up “Boston sports fans” on urbandictionary.com, and this is what you’ll find: “The most annoying fanbase in the country.”


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Boyle Still Has Memories Of Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Kind of a fun day at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon with the Tampa Bay Lightning skating on one ice sheet and the San Jose Sharks, who play Tampa Bay on Thursday, skating on the other.

Sharks defenseman, and former Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle took a few minutes to chat after practice and said how much he is enjoying San Jose and how good an organization it is. But Boyle said he never will overlook the years he spent with the Lightning, with which he won the 2004 Stanley Cup came into his own as a blue-liner under then-coach John Tortorella.

“There always will be a place in my heart for Tampa,” Boyle said pounding his chest.


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  Tags: dan+boyle

Sergei Kostistyn AWOL & Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens forward Sergei Kostistyn has again been suspended by the team after apparently bolting from its AHL affiliate in Hamilton.

The younger of the Habs’ two Kostitsyn brothers had a brief holdout - for which he was suspended - after being sent to the minors at the end of training camp.

According to various media reports in Montreal, the 22-year-old Belarusian forward packed his gear and personal belongings after the Hamilton Bulldogs’ game on Tuesday and decamped.

There were also unconfirmed sightings at Montreal’s Trudeau airport - several Russian-language websites have reported in recent days that Kostitsyn had given the Habs an ultimatum to either call him up or he would accept one of three offers from the Russian Kontinental Hockey League.

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  Tags: sergei+kostistyn

Nylander On Conditioning Stint In Grand Rapids

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned center Michael Nylander to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning stint, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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  Tags: michael+nylander

The Outlook For Pens & B’s Without Gonchar & Savard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

And just like that, the picture changed for a pair of Eastern Conference contenders Wednesday with the news the Pittsburgh Penguins had lost their top minute man and the Boston Bruins their top offensive weapon.

But just how badly will the injuries to Pens defenseman Sergei Gonchar (broken wrist) and Bruins center Marc Savard (broken foot), both out four to six weeks, affect each club?

Let’s start with the Penguins. After all, they are the Stanley Cup champions.

Yes, we all know how badly they missed Gonchar last season when the All-Star blueliner missed the first 56 games of the season. They were basically a .500 team and on the playoff bubble. He later returned and the Penguins went on a tear all the way to the Promised Land.

I’m not discounting what the 35-year-old defenseman brings to this team. He’s their best defenseman, their top puck-mover, the key to their transition game, their best defensive shut-down guy, and, of course, their power-play quarterback. But I believe Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski are better equipped to handle some of that load than they were when Gonchar went down in September 2008.


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  Tags: marc+savard, sergei+gonchar

Officer Pavelski

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: joe+pavelski

Esche Wants To Play For Team USA

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson is trying his best to put himself on the radar for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. A guy in Russia is hoping to do the same.

Robert Esche is off to a flying start with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL, sporting an 8-3-2 record with a .932 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against average, gaudy numbers to say the least.

“I’ve been healthy the last three years here in Russia, which I wasn’t my last few years in the NHL,” Esche told ESPN.com on Tuesday from Moscow, where the team plays Wednesday. “I am hoping I can go to the Olympics, that’s my goal to make that team. But if it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world.


Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: khl, robert+esche, team+usa

Something Tells Me People Will Have Opinions About This

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Check this out…

The team surrendered nearly three goals a game during the regular season last year, an unheard of number in Detroit. Osgood was largely to blame for that, and he wouldn’t argue. But the Red Wings came within a whisker of winning another Cup.

Why? Because Osgood raised his game several notches, and was a genuine Conn Smythe candidate until the Penguins captured Game Seven.

This is going to draw more venom, but I’m telling you that Chris Osgood is the greatest money goalie I’ve ever seen in Detroit. Bar none, even Hasek.

That’s Greg Eno.  You know what? I agree with him.  If I had to choose between Chris Osgood of ‘08 and ‘09 and Dominik Hasek of ‘02? I"d take #30. 

But guess what else Eno thinks?  You better choose a side.


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