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Twins Don’t Make The Cut

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Canadian Press:

Twin girls who won the legal right to try out for a boys high school hockey team in Winnipeg have failed to make the squad. Amy and Jesse Pasternak, who had played on community boys teams for years, called their school's girls' team a joke. The 17-year-olds won a human rights decision Friday that allowed them to try out for the boys' team at West Kildonan Collegiate. Both girls learned Tuesday that they were cut from the team.
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Heart Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Two thirty-something NHL veterans - Greg Johnson in Detroit and Steven Konowalchuk in Colorado - have yet to step onto the ice because pre-season physicals turned up some cardiac-related irregularities. This is serious stuff and if we needed any reminder of that, we need only go back to last November when Red Wing defenceman Jiri Fischer almost died on the bench because his heart stopped during an NHL regular season game. Fischer's career is over and the same questions are being asked about the 35-year-old Johnson and soon-to-be 34-year-old Konowalchuk. Sources say Johnson may soon have to announce his retirement, but he is seeking secondary medical opinions to be sure. There's no word on when, or if, Konowalchuk will be cleared to skate again.
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Players Thinking Marketing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press (Wed. edition) via the Mercury News,

Schneider would love to see NHL players become more visible and vocal. "We've been accused many times of being boring," Schneider said. "I think the new generation coming up is a much different generation. Just naturally guys are more outgoing, more outspoken. It's more accepted. . . . I think we're to a point now where even us older guys accept the fact that these guys - it's just a different time, a different culture. Kids grow up in a whole different environment. I think that's going to be good for our sport. "I think marketing is the biggest thing that needs to be done. With a new marketing strategy, I think people will really learn to appreciate what the guys are capable of doing on the ice. It's really a graceful sport, and people don't always realize that."
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Webcast Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Flyers and Capitals played against each other tonight and both teams planned to webcast the game... However... from the Phildadelphia Flyers,

The following statements were issued regarding tonight’s planned webcast of the Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals game: “Unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties that hindered our efforts to broadcast our game versus the Washington Capitals on the internet tonight,” said Flyers Vice President of Marketing and Communications Shawn Tilger. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to those that were anticipating watching our game online.” “It is with great disappointment that B2 Networks was not able to broadcast tonight’s Flyers-Capitals game,” said Greg P. Bell, B2 Networks Owner and CEO. “Our company has always stood behind its product and will work harder to improve the science of broadband broadcasting.”
On the Caps home page...
B2 Networks has cancelled the broadcast due to technical issues.
added 9:46pm, During the first period, Ovechkin got into it!

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Niittymaki Suffers Torn Labrum

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki suffered a torn labrum in his left hip during Tuesday's morning practice. "Antero Niittymaki tore the labrum in his left hip today at the morning skate," said Flyers GM Bobby Clarke. "The MRI shows that there is a tear and the MRI will be sent overnight to Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, Tennessee. We won't know if surgery is necessary until tomorrow afternoon. If surgery is necessary, it will be six to eight weeks before he is back playing."

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XM Alert- Future Hall Of Famers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Future Hall of Famer Day on Home Ice XM radio tomorrow. Steve Yzerman scheduled for 8:30am ET on Hockey This Morning and Brett Hull at 2:05pm ET on Power Play. Home Ice can be found on station 204 on your XM radio. On a side note, I would be interested in how many KK members and guests have XM service? Pass on your experience to fellow hockey fans. I am sure the hockey talk is starting to pick up!

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Spector-Man To The Rescue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

As "D-Day" fast approaches for New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to pare down his payroll to get under the $44 million salary cap, some wild speculation is turning up in cyberspace as to his potential moves. Lots involve Vladimir Malakhov getting shopped somewhere since it's quite likely Alexander Mogilny's salary will be written off owing to his injury status. There may be some plausibility in the Malakhov rumors, after all, he doesn't want to play for the Devils, but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't want to return to the NHL. Those aren't the stupid rumors. The stupid one once again involves Scott Gomez and the Calgary Flames, which I shot down several weeks ago. Sadly, that one has once again reared its ugly head, with some rumormongers suggesting Gomez would get traded to the Flames for picks and prospects.
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Laying It On The Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

So, do you have an extra $100 you can part with? Need some advice on who you should bet on to win it all this year? Why ask Mistress Cleo? Our advice is just unreliable and hell of a lot cheaper… 2007 Stanley Cup Odds Detroit Red Wings 6-1 A good bet if: Dominik Hasek can do what Yogi Bear couldn’t; that is, live a whole year without a Boo Boo.
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Sabres Knocking On The Door

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fox Sports,

The Sabres will once again finish a season without one of the top snipers in the league at the conclusion of the 2006-07 campaign, but that doesn't mean this team won't be successful. Like last year, expect this team to have balanced scoring up and down the lineup, with a new hero emerging almost every night.... The health of two key players, Tim Connolly and Teppo Numminen, may also be a concern during the year. Connolly (16 G, 39 A in 63 games) is still not fully recovered from a concussion he suffered last season and Numminen underwent off-season surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat. If either or both of these players can't aren't ready for the 2006-07 season, the Sabres may have to unload Biron to bring back a replacement or replacements. Where they'll finish Division: First Conference: Second
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The Value Of The Backup Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Question: What should be the going rate for a National Hockey League back-up goalie, an experienced hand, with a strong dressing room presence and great leadership ability? Is $1.6 million per season too much in the new NHL? Yes? Then how about $800,000? It is a decision that a handful of NHL teams will need to ponder in the weeks ahead, following the Tampa Bay Lightning's decision to put goaltender Sean Burke on waivers over the weekend.
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