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Keep An Eye On Berglund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Andy Murray thinks 19-year-old center Patrik Berglund has a chance to make the NHL roster. Berglund believes it, too. So will he be with the team when it opens the season Oct. 4 in Phoenix?

“He just has to be above one centerman we have in our lineup right now,” Blues coach Andy Murray said….

“I’m very happy about it,” said Berglund, the 25th pick in the 2006 NHL draft. “They show a lot of interest in me and they give me a chance to play with the best players in the world and that means a lot to me.”

read on

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  Tags: prospects, st.+louis+blues

Deep Diggers Unite In Attempt To Actually Lower Standards

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Exhibition season opens tonite in The State of Hockey and with it Mike Babcock heads into his third year of playing “Mess with the Diggers’ Heads.”  If there’s a bigger lying liar than Babcock, prove it.  He’s spent his first two years shaking his head in amazement as the Wing beat writers take everything he says as actual fact. 

April 2006, according to my notes.
Babcock: “It may look like Hank’s back is hurting but it’s really a migraine thing that makes him walk funny, which isn’t funny, but it still isn’t a back, which would be bad because backs are a bitch.” 
Khan(!): “Word for word Mike?”
Babcock: “Word for word. Every last b-word Ansar. Every one of them, all in a row just like the pretty maids on Hotel California.”
Khan(!): “Done.”

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  Tags: babcock, cleary, deep+diggers, downey, filppula, hasek

Chasing Foppa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Alfredsson said he’s not sure if he pulls more weight than Leafs captain and countryman Mats Sundin, but indicated if Forsberg wants a realistic chance to win a championship then Ottawa would be a better choice than Toronto.

“I don’t know, but I think our situation should be able to catch (Forsberg’s) eye,” Alfredsson said yesterday. “Looking at the team we have and the opportunity we have here, I’m sure he’ll realize how close we were last year and he could be the one who could add that little bit of extra confidence for us.”

Senators GM Bryan Murray, who is trying to add a top-six forward, has spoken with Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley, three times and has also asked Alfredsson to phone Forsberg and talk up Ottawa.


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  Tags: ottawa+senators, peter+forsberg

Backup Fight In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

Dimitri Patzold and Thomas Greiss were standing side by side outside the Sharks locker room, talking about their friendly competition for the backup goalie position. Both put the emphasis on the “friendly” part of their battle.

“We’re not fighting,” Patzold said, smiling. “It’s not like boxing.”

Greiss agreed. “We’re buddies.”

They even often go out to dinner together. “But,” Greiss added, “we split the bill.”...

Deciding which one will open the year as Evgeni Nabokov’s No. 2 is the biggest question facing the Sharks.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, san+jose+sharks

RBK Jersey Quality is Questioned

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,

Enforcer Cam Janssen might have injured his shoulder tonight because of the league’s new Reebok Edge sweaters. His sweater ripped during his two first period fights with Philadelphia’s Jesse Boulerice. That might have helped Boulerice pull Janssen’s jersey over his head in both altercations and win both decisively. Arron Asham also had his sweater tear during his fight with Riley Cote.

“These new jerseys are supposed to make you faster, but what good are they if they tear that easily,” Mike Rupp said.


*Hat tip to hockeyfights.com for passing on the story

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Hockey Equipment, RBK, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fighting, new+jersey+devils, philadelphia+flyers, rbk

Brian Rolston is No Dinosaur

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

In the real world, Brian Rolston is a young man at age 34. In the hockey world, he’s a dinosaur.
“But I feel young, which is all that matters. If I was on the Red Wings, I’d be really young,” a laughing Rolston joked.

Plus, if you’ve paid attention to his first two years in Minnesota (or Sunday’s scrimmage in White Bear Lake), you realize Rolston, despite a few gray hairs, isn’t some breaking-down, old veteran.


(Gotta love a Red Wings joke at the end of the day…)

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, minnesota+wild

Red and White Game Recap

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you’re looking for contest results, check here.

According to Bruce MacLeod, tonite’s Red/White game featured lots of defense, great goaltending and another largely listless effort from Igor Grigorenko.

Although Hasek didn’t allow a goal, Howard was the best goalie in the game. Howard made several sparkling saves, including stuffing Evan McGrath on a 2-on-1 blast and on the next sequence making the best save of the game, stopping Johan Franzen from a sprawled position.

Igor Grigorenko was silent most of the game, then had a great final shift in regulation, creating three scoring opportunities on one shift.

More from MacLeod.

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  Tags: grigorenko

Grassroots Movement Begins Tonite: “Fire On Ice” Must Die

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just as the voting had to end, so must begin the campaign to take the winner to the masses.  You have selected the graphic that should have been and I’ll unveil it to you in less than twenty seconds, or however long it takes you to read the next two paragraphs.  Bubba, you have six hours.

In the end, it was art over wit, talent over cynicism.  For our purposes, pushing our graphic to the general public, the right choice was made.

But, man…I had my sights set on BJ’s for everyone.  Now without further delay, I give you the winner of the “replace the Fire On Ice graphic because it truly resembles the work of a fourth grade girl experimenting with pastels and cute little hockey icons” contest.

Your winner….

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  Tags: genius+a2y+readers

Who Should Backup Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

My equation goes like this.

Pencil Lundqvist in for 66 games and allow the remaining 16 for Stevie.

Should, Valiquette fail, Glen Sather has an option or three: 1) Curtis Joseph; 2. Robert Esche; 3. Make a deal for Scott Clemmensen.

* CONCLUSION: Valiquette will do the job, and not because he’s my friend. I like Montoya, too, but more than anything, Al needs experience more than my friendship.


Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, new+york+rangers

Yotes Face Uphill Climb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There likely isn’t enough of an upgrade for the Coyotes to challenge for a playoff spot, and in some forecasts they are rated as contenders for 30th place overall. Gretzky is realistic about his team’s chances.

“Obviously, we’ve got an uphill climb,” Gretzky said. “We’re in a tough situation here. We’re an organization that’s gone the young route and we’re going to stay that course for now and see what happens.”

In the new NHL, you almost need a perfect storm in order to succeed — that your kids mature at a time when your veterans still have something left in the tank.

“Pittsburgh is a special case because they have the best player in [Sidney] Crosby, but look at Buffalo,” Gretzky said. “Buffalo turned around their franchise in three years. Because of the salary cap and salary structure, [a turnaround] can happen like that,” Gretzky said, snapping his fingers.


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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, wayne+gretzky

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