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How Do The Fans Feel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daniel Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Gregory Parker waits for his wife outside the ladies room, wearing a John LeClair jersey and a don’t-ask expression.
He’s 49, with silver hair slicked back and dark, narrow eyes. He drives a truck at the Wawa plant, and goes back with the Flyers to the ‘70s, when his grandfather rented out his place in Wallingford to goaltender Rick St. Croix.
“What’s the mood?” he asks, repeating the question in a way that suggests he’d rather be shooting pucks at you. But then he surprises, answering with a good humor that goes with having nothing at stake.
“It’s been like watching our son’s high school team. We’re in the development stage, but I’m a Philadelphian, so I’ve learned to accept it. We’re . . . “

read on for the mood of the Flyer fans…

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30,000 Feet And Looking At June

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look, I'm not saying I'm some kind of hockey genius. I'm very, very smart and have a child-like charm that keeps all 12 of you coming back. But a hockey genius? Certainly not. Just a Red Wing fan who happened to see into the future on a cross country flight while a fat men slept just a few inches to my left. Yes, I write this on the way to Sailortown, USA also known as San Diego. And I write after having just watched an NBC inflight mini-doc on Sidney Crosby. Midway through I saw the end of May, and with it came the re-birth of hockey in the U.S. Good God!, you're saying. He's having, as Shooter said in "Hoosiers", strange visions. I most certainly am. What are they you ask? Thank you for asking. Thank you kindly. I see Crosby in the Finals. I see a city that almost lost its team ride a euphoric Crosby-led wave right to the cusp of glory. And, yes, there he will meet... ...your Detroit Red Wings. You must believe me when I tell you that I saw this unfold so very clearly. The Kid against The Rejuvenated Dynasty. I see seven games. I see shutouts and offensive explosions. I see double overtimes and I see players dealing with pain and playing through it....inflamed discs or not. I see a mainstream media frenzy, their hands forced because the story is just too good to ignore. I see a hockey fan base formerly split in their feelings about Chris Chelios come together as one, pitchforks and torches at the ready, as they watch Cheli abuse The Kid. And I see heartbreak that will light a fire for redemption. I see Steve Yzerman visiting a crestfallen Crosby in a somber Pen room, consoling him as the Conn Smythe sits lonely in the corner. The fat guy is nodding and drooling and I'm considering poking him in the neck with my coffee straw. My vision is fading, but I believe it. I see it and will make my playoff guarantee now. Wings over Pens in 7.

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According to The Maven…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at The Maven,

• If Ryan Smyth bolts from the Islanders at season’s end - and there’s no guarantee that he will - the ex-Oiler won’t return to Edmonton. If Smyth goes west, Calgary will be his destination. However, we’d rather see him back on the Island.
• No expansion is being planned by the NHL - at least not at this moment - but Las Vegas keeps coming up in conversations with hockey people. One apocryphal tale has Sin City so desperate for a big-league hockey team that big-time casinos would combine to ensure sellouts for every single game.
• With all the fuss about Ted Saskin, one fact that most have overlooked is that the union’s leader is innocent until proved otherwise although frequent sinbin-sinner, Chris Chelios would have the world think otherwise.


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The Hockey Bloggers Report

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It looks like good news for Caps fans at Japer’s Rink…

it looks as if Caps’ uber-prospect Nick Backstrom is ready to begin his NHL career next fall.

read on

Tyler at NHL Digest asks for your help…

I have just been informed that one of my photos has been named a finalist for the Oilers Fan Photo competition.
I am asking for people to help me out by voting for my photo at the Oilers website.

get more details at this thread in the KK Forums…

Bethany wants to know…

I’m just curious…I want some reasons here…it’s pretty common for everyone to hate the Leafs…aside from the Leafs fans. Anyway throw some reasons my way!

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More Needs To Be Done With Head Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

“It’s not that fast,” Iginla said yesterday, when confronted with the most over-used defence of those who dish out dangerous hits.
“It’s not that fast. Guys know what they’re doing on 90-plus per cent of the hits.”
On almost every one of those hits, the player throwing the check recognizes that an opponent is in a dangerous spot. Many will take their foot off the gas.
“Not everybody does. I’ll be honest,” Iginla said. “Some guys, if you’re leaned over, your head’s sticking out there, a lot of guys will pass that hit up. There are some guys though, who will take that [hit].”


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Feels Like Home On The Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Not only will the Penguins players have their names over their stalls, but the coaches’ room will have a label on it with a Penguins logo, as will the training room and the video room.
Heinze also hangs signs bearing the slogans that are prominent around Mellon Arena; sayings such as “Attention to detail,” “Pride,” “Respect,” “Commitment,” and “Together Everyone Achieves More.”
“When we go on the road, I try to make their experience as comfortable as possible,” Heinze said. “I want them to walk in and see the Penguins logos everywhere. It really does dress up all the visiting locker rooms and I like it. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it.”

read on

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Hasek Flops

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Call this one a gift from one of the greats.
The Calgary Flames can thank Dominik Hasek’s tribute to Keanu Reeves last night for helping the hosts out of a tailspin that threatened their playoff chances….
While Hasek tried to defend his juvenile actions after the game by suggesting he was walloped by someone’s elbow as two players fought for goalmouth position, a furious coach Mike Babcock would have none of it.
“It wasn’t interference at all—our goalie tried to draw the penalty and he dove and they shot it in the net,” spat Babcock, who said he’s warned Hasek of such well-known hijinks in the past.


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It’s Good To Be Hated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Tennessean,

The Predators have certainly seen their share of controversy over the past few days, with forward Jordin Tootoo getting suspended and Dallas president Jim Lites firing a broadside of criticism at the organization.
That’s okay with Trotz, who figures a team has to have achieved a certain status if it’s begun to irritate opponents.
“When you’re not a threat to anybody, people let you be,’’ Trotz said. “Now when you’re a threat to people, that’s where you start getting the rivalries. It’s good to be hated. You’ve got to be doing something right.’‘

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4th Line For Yashin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Newsday,

Yashin lost track of Vincent Lecavalier just before the NHL’s leading goal scorer netted his 49th of the season to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead at 1:50 of the second period. Yashin had only 12 shifts and 9:22 of ice time. “Whether it’s our captain or not, you have to perform,” Nolan said. “At this time of the year, there’s no excuses.
“He’s been back now for [six] games. Losing a guy on the second goal, that’s inexcusable at this time of year. You can lose certain people, but we have to play with a certain urgency, with some grit, and whoever doesn’t won’t get too much ice time.”

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Ducks Win - Still Lose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

The Ducks are in the red, despite sponsorships and suite and club seating at the highest levels since the team’s inaugural season in 1993-94, a 44 percent increase in season-ticket sales since July 2005 (from 7,000 to 12,500) and a rise in average attendance from 15,026 at this point last season to 16,323 now.
“With all of that said, with all the arena revenue and all the revenue from the team, even if we go deep into the playoffs, we’ll lose several million dollars,” Ryan said.
While the club declined to reveal specific figures, the sense is that the losses will be less than last season and markedly less than in the final years of Disney’s ownership. The challenging bottom line is a surprise to no one involved.


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