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AHL Player Garrett Klotz Injured In Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

An American Hockey League player was taken off the ice on a stretcher Friday night following a brutal fight at the beginning of a game between the Philadelphia Phantoms and Manchester Monarchs.

After the opening faceoff, Phantoms forward Garrett Klotz engaged Monarchs forward Kevin Westgarth in a tussle that left Klotz bloodied and dazed.

The two skaters fought with their helmets off in the lengthy battle.

According the The Sports Network, Klotz was hit with an uppercut that caught him off guard and Westgarth continued with a pair of pin-point rights, the latter sending Klotz to the ice.

Klotz — on his way down to the ice — appeared to land awkwardly on the boards. The Sports Network reports that Klotz’s knees were shaking uncontrollably and his eyes rolled to the back of his head as the stretcher quickly made its way toward the injured player.

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added 1/24/09, TSN has video.  Also, one of those types of fights that I feel need to be banned.  A fight for the sake of fighting, right after the puck was dropped.

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Why Does This Sentence Matter?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pens/Devils.  29 January 2008.

In the first game for both teams following the All-Star break, the Penguins defeated the Devils for the fifth straight time in New Jersey.

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NBC Ratings On The Rise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Puck The Media,

We’ll this is unexpected.  Check out this news from SBD via Sports Media Watch:

  Rangers/Penguins, NBC’s first Sunday afternoon NHL telecast of the season, drew a 1.0/2 final rating, up 25% from a 0.8/2 for the comparable Bruins/Rangers game last year. Excluding the two Winter Classics, the 1.0 is the highest rating for a regular season NHL telecast on NBC since regional coverage drew a 1.2 in March 2007.

  Last season, none of NBC’s post-Winter Classic NHL telecasts drew a 1.0 rating.

  So far this season, NBC is averaging a 1.8 rating for two NHL telecasts, up 20% from a 1.5 through two games last year.

Good news for NBC, who will likely see another ratings jump from Detroit-Pittsburgh in a couple weeks, which will blow Rangers-Montreal from last year out of the water.  The NHL keeps trending up on TV.

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Now They Must Really Work Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Friday’s announcement that the National Hockey League’s players would extend the collective-bargaining agreement at least through the fall of 2011 may be seen by some as a kind of achievement, an end piece.

It’s not. It is a beginning.

And unless both the NHL and its players use the intervening time to continue to work at deficiencies in the current agreement and ensure labor peace well beyond the life of the CBA, then the announcement will be pointless.

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The Latest

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As expected, you have several options.  You want venom and bluster, some juvenilicious reaction?  Here’s probably your spot.

You want cold, hard facts with some analysis thrown in from George himself?  Then Malik’s your man.  I would expect that the rest of the Wing bloggers are going to be chiming in as well.  They can be found on the starboard side under, “Head to Hockeytown.”

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Lecavalier From The ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Transcript courtesy of the NHL

Q.  Can you describe exactly how the discussions about a possible trade, whether to Montreal or anywhere else, have unfolded for you?  Who told you, how those conversations have gone, and what your thoughts are about that?

VINCENT LECAVALIER: I can’t remember those three, four days.  I remember we were in California.  It was a pretty hectic couple of days.  Usually there’s rumors, but this one seemed that it had a lot of legs on that one.

So, no, I was just getting a lot of calls from parents, from family and friends.  But it was just all rumors until obviously talking a little bit about it with the team and everybody knows here.  And what the League came up with was obviously that if something was to happen, they would come to me and ask me or come up with a list or something like that.

It’s basically what you guys know.

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Transcript of Q&A with Sidney Crosby in Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Transcript courtesy of the NHL.

Q. Just, I guess, a comment from you on your decision to come here this weekend. There’s been some talk that perhaps if you didn’t come, you wouldn’t be eligible to play in the Penguins’ next game.

        SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, my plan was to come here from the moment that I decided that I wasn’t going to be able to play due to injury. I’d had a talk with Gary Bettman as to the capacity of me being here, what it was going to be.

        I obviously wanted to be here, but still want the focus to be on the guys that are here, too, and not the fact that I’m coming.

        I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m probably not here playing like I would like to be, but it’s the second-best thing and I’m happy to be here anyway.

        Q. Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Lidstrom will be kept out of their next game on Tuesday evening. How do you feel about that? And did you and Gary discuss that if you didn’t come and take part in some of the events, that that would be the issue for you? And I think you play Wednesday next week.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, interview, sidney+crosby, transcript

Phoenix Chariman Resigns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, Ariz.—- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that Jeff Shumway has resigned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the club.  Shumway has relinquished his duties in order to focus solely on managing the other business ventures of team owner Jerry Moyes as president of Deer Valley Capital.  Shumway had served as CEO of the Coyotes since joining the organization on April 13, 2006. 

Moyes will now serve as the Coyotes’ Governor on the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors.  Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss and Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Maloney will now report directly to Moyes.

Commenting on these changes, Jerry Moyes stated, “Jeff has done a great job in managing the team for me but right now I need him to focus on some of my other projects. Doug Moss and Don Maloney have the team moving in the right direction and I will work closely with them as we move forward.”

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If You Need A Hockey Fix Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Ryan of the Globe and Mail,

Canonized by hockey purists, reviled by fans of opposing teams, the Canadiens are a professional sports institution, here and abroad. Travel anywhere in the world and you’ll find someone wearing the red, white and blue of Les Habs.

Hockey’s most storied team receives the tribute treatment in The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years, 100 Stars (tonight, CBC at 9 p.m.). A TV appetizer to this weekend’s NHL All-Star programming, the documentary parallels the timeline of the Canadiens with the history of Montreal itself. Neither the team nor the city could ever be accused of being boring.

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Surgery Performed On Huskins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via AnaheimDucks.com,

Ducks defenseman Kent Huskins had a CT scan on Thursday which revealed his fractured right foot was not healing up to the doctor’s expectations. Earlier today, Huskins had surgery to stabilize the fracture by inserting two screws into the ankle. The surgery was performed by Dr. Ken Jung at the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles. Huskins will be out an additional 4-6 weeks.

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