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Unwrapping The Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times:

Patrick Ewing stands at one corner of the Verizon Center floor and waits for his son, one of the newest members of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team. A few people move past Mr. Ewing toward the center of the arena, giving the former Hoyas and New York Knicks great a quick glance of recognition as they pass. Most of the fans already have filed out of the building after the Hoyas' victory over Hartford on this Saturday afternoon. A group of workers, meanwhile, gathers on the floor of the arena, their job just about to begin. The clock shows a few minutes after 2, and the Washington Capitals are scheduled to play a hockey game against the New York Rangers in little less than five hours on the very spot that is a basketball floor now.
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“Nazzy’s” Back

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Vancouver Province:

In his most complete game of the season, maybe in a couple of years, Naslund combined with the Sedin twins to produce an unworldly 19 shots. Naslund had a mountainous, coach-counted eight scoring chances and potted two goals, including a wicked wrister that looked like it popped out of a time capsule stamped "Circa 2002-03." But the Naslund play that left head coach Alain Vigneault most impressed, the one he was still buzzing about a day after the game, came in the dying seconds when Naslund gave up his body with the game essentially iced. "I mean going down to block a shot at the end there for me was as important as him scoring any goal even though we had a two goal lead," Vigneault said after Saturday's practice. "There was pressure for us to win that game and pressure for our top guys to put the puck in the net. And he handled that pressure very well."
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Burke Trades In His Fridge

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: After Todd "The Fridge" Fedoruk suffered his second "blowout" orbital bone fracture during a fight with Wild goon Derek Boogard, likely ending his days as a fighter, Brian Burke brought in George Parros from Colorado to give the Ducks a go-to enforcer. He also dumped Fedoruk, and dumped him fast:

"Fedoruk was a 20-point player for us. Everybody loved him. I don't see Parros being a three- to four-minute a night guy with us," said Burke, who has a number of smaller guys (Andy McDonald, Ryan Shannon, Chris Kunitz, Todd Marchant) and highly skilled, but not overly aggressive, stars like Scott Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne and sophomore Getzlaf. In his mind, they need to feel free to do their thing, unmolested. It's old-school, but that's Burke. Who can argue his success? "I know there's people who say if you have a tough guy, it's like having 11 forwards because they don't play much. I also know, with shootouts, some teams think maybe you should dress an offensive guy on your fourth line. But how often do you go past six forwards in a shootout anyway?" said Burke. He'll live with dressing the six-foot-five Parros on the fourth line instead of a small forward.
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Hartley: Replay Against Rules

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said the team will call the NHL to complain about a play that was reviewed in the first period Saturday night. Replay officials looked at whether a shot by Montreal's Sergei Samsonov went over the goal line. Reviews cannot occur once play resumes, and after the whistle following Samsonov's shot, officials dropped the puck for a faceoff and eight seconds ticked off the clock. Hartley said the phone wasn't working from the replay officials' booth to the on-ice officials to inform them not to begin play, so someone sounded a horn to get their attention. "I never thought it would happen at the Bell Centre," Hartley said. "They said the phone was not working."
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Bettman Sticks Fingers In Johnston-Sens Dispute

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Ottawa Sun:

Sheldon Plener and Daryl Boyce, the lawyers for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, were trying to help settle the case between former GM Marshall Johnston and club president Roy Mlakar. League sources confirmed to the Sun that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a mediation session at the league's headquarters Friday to try to arbitrate a settlement for the $275,000 lawsuit launched by Johnston on April 14, 2005. No agreement was reached, but indications are this was to try to keep the case -- which also named former Senators VP of finance Mark Goudie -- from going to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa next month.
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Charming Chaps Visit UK

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Basingstoke Gazette:

OLD-TIME hockey came to Basingstoke for one night only last Wednesday, as the Hanson brothers, from the cult ice hockey film Slapshot, were in town. The trio of ice hockey bad boys, played by Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson and Dave Hanson, sporting their trademark thick-rimmed glasses, put on a very entertaining show for the sell-out crowd watching Team Canada Chiefs play a Bison side.
The brothers were amazed by the reception on their first visit to England. Steve Carlson said: "It was a great night and the British fans certainly came out in their numbers to support us. We were not sure what the support would be like, but the whole experience has been fantastic." From Basingstoke, the Hanson brothers were off to Germany. However, due to the success of their first visit to British soil, a return has not been ruled out.
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Football Jerseys Coming To The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From Steve Zipay of Newsday:

When the announcement arrived last week that the NHL and Reebok were partnering to open a flagship retail store on Sixth Avenue and 47th Street in Manhattan next fall, the signal was unmistakable. New, sleeker jerseys designed by Reebok are coming - as will the uproar from hockey traditionalists. The snug sweaters that would be tucked into uniform pants could be unveiled at the All-Star Game in Dallas, we hear, and depending on the reaction, could be worn by all clubs as soon as the start of the 2007-08 season. Officials originally wanted to launch the post-lockout league with a tighter, stretchy fabric that hugs equipment, like the NFL, but held off to preserve some visual attachment to the pre-lockout game.

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Sabres’ Lydman Has Neck Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Buffalo News:

Sabres defenseman Toni Lydman saw another specialist Friday. Ruff said the theory is that Lydman may have sprained a neck ligament. Lydman missed his fifth game with his mysterious neck injury that also has caused migraines. Lydman is not rehabbing as if he has a concussion. He has been working out in earnest off the ice. "I don't know if you can ever rule [a concussion] out, but it's not being treated as that," Ruff said. "He's gone through full-blown workouts - wind sprints, the whole exercise, day in and day out."
In addition to battling the lack of knowledge about concussions, the NHL's been flummoxed by players who exhibit concussion-like symptoms from head and neck injuries, migraines, inner-ear disorders, and even sinus problems... continued

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A League For Everyone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

No checking. No fighting. You call that hockey? It is to tens of thousands of American adults who make up a fast-growing segment of the hockey-playing population. And if people like Elizabeth Larkin of Brookline have their way, this nonviolent version of the sport will keep on growing. "Even if people don't know how to skate, we'll take them from that point forward," said Larkin, director of Boston community outreach for Hockey North America, which has teams for adults in 15 US and Canadian cities.
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Rol’d Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A note on game recaps: I'm in the process of moving from Bubba to Cap territory. Until I settle in DC, I'll be without Center Ice. So, games I have to listen to six inches away from my computer screen like a pathetic gamer will feature recaps a little skimpier than those I watch on tv (Versus!) or through Yahoo streaming. Bear with me until mid-December when the hockey package is once again the primary ingredient to my successful marriage. ------ Oh, the fond memories Dwayne Roloson provides the Wing faithful. Oiler fans will have to give us some insight on a question I have, and how they respond will make you feel better, worse or both...if that's possible. I think we deserve to know whether Roloson plays this well against everyone or if he saves these kind of performances just for us. Let's just get it out of the way. If you passed out in the fetal position after another sporting event yesterday and perhaps slept through the Wing game, well, here's the game for you right here. Wasn't that fun?

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