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A Comeback?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Simmons at ESPN Page 2,

Look, sometimes a sport can just evolve in the wrong direction. It happened to tennis, it happened to pro wrestling and it definitely happened to hockey. This was a sport that thrived on rivalries and feuds—Montreal and Boston, the Rangers and Islanders, Philly and Washington, Montreal and Toronto, Montreal and Quebec, Montreal and everybody—so by moving key franchises and adding too many other ones, fundamentally, they were killing the one thing that made the sport so great. As a Boston fan, how am I supposed to get fired up during the regular season for a steady stream of Nashville, Columbus, Carolina and Anaheim? It’s insane. It’s illogical. Hockey should never have more than 22 teams, and half those teams should be playing in Canada, where it’s the national sport and the citizens truly care about the game.

before you come to a conclusion, keep reading...

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Scott Niedermayer Might Get His $500,000 Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

The Anaheim Ducks star defenceman already lost about US$2 million in wages from his $6.75-million salary for missing the first two months of the season. He was suspended without pay until he returned in mid-December. But in addition, as revealed by the New York Post over the weekend, Niedermayer’s salary was also reduced by $500,000 for missing all of training camp, as mandated by a clause in the collective bargaining agreement.

However, multiple sources told The Canadian Press on Monday that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are working towards a resolution that would see Niedermayer recoup most, if not all, of the $500,000 and also clarify what implications this has on the Ducks’ salary cap.


Note: Larry Brooks New York Post story yesterday, linked previously on KK

Update 9:00pm ET: Bob McKenzie at TSN says that everyone has the story wrong:

As the New York Post reported on Sunday, Niedermayer has indeed been fined $500,000 because he missed training camp, but the fine was levied not by the NHL but the Ducks themselves. And according to the CBA, it is the Ducks who are mandated to fine Niedermayer for his decision to temporarily retire and miss training camp.

Confused?  Continue reading for a complete understanding of the CBA issues at play

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  Tags: cba, scott+niedermayer

Game 7s Memorable

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

Game 7s were a hot topic this week, and a player who was in a truly memorable do-or-die contest was Boston Bruins backup goaltender Alex Auld.

Auld played for a very good Vancouver Canucks team that lost to Calgary in overtime in Game 7 of their first-round NHL playoff series in 2004. The Flames went on to lose the Stanley Cup final in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

continued… with more tales of guys back for another shot at game #7s

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  Tags: playoffs

The New Competition Committee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced that Brian Campbell of the San Jose Sharks, Jeff Halpern of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Mathieu Schneider of the Anaheim Ducks and Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators have been selected by the Executive Board as the NHLPA’s new representatives on the Competition Committee.


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Jagr Expects Booing Anywhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

Jaromir Jagr said a little while ago that it doesn’t matter much to him, even though he’s sure to be booed lustily in Pittsburgh, where he played his first 11 NHL seasons, or in Washington, where he played the following two and change.

“I get booed everywhere,” he said, flashing that squinty-eyed, devilish grin he puts on when it’s time to have a laugh with his questioners. “Heck, maybe I get booed at home too.”

more on the Rangers…

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

Today in Playoffs History—April 21

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageApril 21, 1951 • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bill Barilko scored the Cup-winning goal at 2:53 of overtime to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Game Five of the 1951 Final. It was the only Stanley Cup series in which every game had ended in overtime.  Toronto’s Sid Smith, Ted Kennedy, Harry Watson, Barilko and Montreal’s Maurice “Rocket” Richard each netted overtime winners during the five-game matchup.

Barilko died in an off-season plane crash in the summer of 1951, though his remains would not be discovered until 1962.

*information courtesy of NHL media
*Photo found at mikeboon.com, where he also provides a tribute to Barilko

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

It’s All Great

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

The Stanley Cup playoffs are great because no one needs prompting from an oversized video board to “make noise.”

The Stanley Cup playoffs are great because the sight and sound of 19,000 fans belting out “O Canada” in unison never gets old.

The Stanley Cup playoffs are great because there’s no such thing as an insignificant goal.

The Stanley Cup playoffs are great because there may be as many as three Game 7s in the first round, and no fewer than two.


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Ten Years Later

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Can you believe it’s been a decade since Chris Osgood let in the MacInnis goal, followed by the Langenbrunner bomb?  He was 25 years old and heading into Game 6 against Dallas, in Dallas, the Stress Train was rockin’.  A 2-0 shutout shut a lot of people up.  Mike Heika remembers.

Does he have the potential for greatness, the ability to win a game by himself the way the eccentric Czech does? Of course not. But the Wings don’t need that. They need a guy who is not going to lose them games.

Chris Osgood can do that. He has won a Stanley Cup. He’s 35. He led the NHL in goals against average this season at 2.09.

Ask the Stars if he’s good enough to win the Cup.

They know he is.




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The NHL’s Dream Postseason

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

For the most part, the teams that remain alive are the ones the league can seriously promote on television, and in the process, draw fans to the sport. The Rangers, of course, are the best of that group.

They bring in the huge New York market. They boast established stars like Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan. Just as important, they have home-grown American stars like Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. And of course, they have Sean Avery who, like him or hate him, does get noticed. For the NHL, it doesn’t get much better than that.

As of this writing, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington are all alive. The first two command attention, just by the reputation of their cities. And Washington has Alexander Ovechkin.

Again, this is a pure treat for the NHL.

more… on the potential matchups in the 2nd round

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  Tags: playoffs

All Eyes on Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

All eyes will be focused on rookie Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and how he deals with the pressure cooker of a game seven in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Price has been coddled by the Canadiens since he gave up five more goals in Montreal’s wild 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins in game six on Saturday evening. He wasn’t made available for interviews yesterday and again this morning after the Canadiens skate.

Did this maneuvre to shield him only add to the anxiety he’s already experiencing in the hours leading up to tonight’s elimination game?


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  Tags: carey+price

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