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Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Always fun to see familiar faces among the Montreal press corps. Several were camped out at the Bruins’ hotel, waiting to speak with ex-Canadien Michael Ryder.

“How was Ryder?” I asked one of them.

“All smiles,” cracked one of the reporters. “He signed for $12 million after scoring 14 goals. He should be all smiles.”

—Fluto Shinzawa at Bruins Blog in the Boston Globe

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  Tags: media, michael+ryder

Coaching Trends

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

“I think what happens is, we’re a very trendy game,” said Hockey Night in Canada analyst and longtime coach Marc Crawford. “The trend this summer seems to be to go to minor league coaches and junior coaches who have had to good stints and give them an opportunity.”

The other trend this season is coaches returning for another kick at the can several years after their last NHL coaching job. Barry Melrose is the most intriguing, taking over in Tampa Bay after a dozen years spent mostly as a high-profile television commentator. Craig Hartsburg (Ottawa) and Terry Murray (Los Angeles) each last coached an NHL club more than eight years ago, while Tony Granato’s previous experience ended just before the 2004-05 lockout.

All four figure to survive longer than the last example of a coach returning to the league after a lengthy absence. John Paddock was let go just 64 games into his second NHL stint last season, with Ottawa.

read on

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  Tags: marc+crawford

Big Year for Ryan Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN,

“I had so many awful injuries,” Smyth told ESPN.com. “Once I got here last year, I just tried to get my feet wet and see where I fit in and adjust that way. I started feeling good, and all of a sudden, I started to get injured. Every time I felt like I was getting going again, I got injured and never really recuperated from it.”

(Smyth was out six weeks with a broken ankle and later missed more time when he suffered a concussion and minor shoulder separation from a Jack Johnson hit on March 1.)

And how does he feel now? “Awesome.”

read on

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Zednik Making a Comeback

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday

No one could say for sure Zednik, the former Islander, would survive the horrifying, gruesome, freakish injury he sustained in Buffalo that night when teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate accidentally slashed Zednik in the throat and cut his carotid artery. Zednik lost five pints of blood.

“Every time I think about it, I get chills,” teammate Jason Cullimore told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, recalling having helped Zednik off the ice.

Surgeons spent an hour reconnecting the artery. The operation left a long scar but saved Zednik’s life and restored his career.

continued… And more on Zednik in yesterday’s Sun-Sentinel

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  Tags: richard+zednik

First Team To Face Adversity

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The pre-season is barely underway, but one team already has a significant issue they will have to overcome at the start of the season.  The Pittsburgh Penguins will open the 2008/09 season without the services of their two top defencemen.  Ryan Whitney had surgery on his left foot in August and should be out three to five month and Sergei Gonchar suffered a separated should in Saturday’s pre-season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning and should miss a few weeks.  This is a significant blow to the Penguins.  Likely, it will slow them out of the gate when the season opens.  You cannot overcome two big defensive injuries like that with any ease.

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Burke On Schneider

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Burke was on Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204.

Burke discussed the Schneider situation.

Listen below or download the mp3.  Thanks to the boys at NHL Home Ice for the audio.

Note: I am having a few issues with the WMP audio player, so it may not show up for you below.  Again, you can always download the mp3 to listen to it.

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  Tags: brian+burke, mathieu+schneider

Islanders On YouTube

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have launched their first ever official YouTube team page!

The page will be the home to hours of video clips, features and music videos and a can’t miss destination for Islanders fans all over the world.

continued and here is their YouTube page.

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Avalanche Think Speed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The mystery is whether they’ll be able to pull it off in the wake of Tony Granato’s re-elevation to the head coaching position. So far, they’ve talked a good show — or about putting on a good show — and Sakic is part of it.

“It’s speed,” he said. “It’s forechecking, attack with two guys and go hard to get it instead of sitting back on the trap. Use your speed to try to create a good forecheck. . . . Up-tempo is continuing to move your feet. You’re not posting up. You’re always moving your feet and skating. We have a lot of speed here. If you have a lot of speed, you can play that way.”

But is it enough speed? I don’t pretend to know the answer, but I wonder. The few changes the Avalanche made at forward, plus the accompanying willingness to stand pat, at times seemed to contradict that “up- tempo” mandate

read on

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Always Prepared

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

When the fastest game in sports comes to a halt because a hockey player is down on the ice or heads to the bench trailing blood, it’s time for the Columbus Blue Jackets medical team to kick into gear.

Athletic trainers and three doctors are at every game, as well as a paramedic crew from the Columbus Division of Fire.

Head team trainer Mike Vogt is the first person to head onto the ice to assess players who need medical attention. He tells the medical staff what he’s learned with one of two hand signals: If he points to the bench, he needs a doctor. If he raises a fist, everyone—assistant trainers, team doctors and medics—is to respond.

continued

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Get Your Hockey Fix In China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Financial News USA,

XFMedia, a leading media group in China, announced that it has invested US$ 2 million for a 15.5% stake in All Sports Network (“ASN”). ASN is scheduled to be launched by Hong Kong based Yes TV in September 2008. XFMedia has exclusive distribution rights via mobile, television, internet and radio, to ASN’s content in China. ASN will offer exclusive coverage of North America’s biggest sports leagues in HDTV (high definition television), including the NHL (National Hockey League), the NFL (National Football League), NCAA basketball and football, March Madness and the Final Four.

continued

I know we have a loyal bunch of readers who live in China, hopefully this is good news for you.

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