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Embarrassing Moments in the Spotlight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Schwartz at NHL.com,

Some of the best players in the NHL have suffered an embarrassing miscue. For instance, when Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall shot the puck into his own net in last season’s Stanley Cup Final. Yep, he’d like to have that one back.

Like Kronwall, Steven Stamkos, picked No. 1 at the 2008 Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, has a story of televised misfortune.

read on for tales from Stamkos and other NHLers

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  Tags: shoot-outs, steven+stamkos

Jonas Brothers Declare Blues Fans As Official “BFFs”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning. Hello.  Spent the last eight days in the mountains of North Carolina and I appear before you a dumber man today than I was the last time we spoke.

Now…hold on.  Has my brain slowed due to more than a week of exposure to the good folk of NC?  It’s logical that you may think so.

But that’s not it.

Continue Reading »

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Canes Lose A Season Ticket Holder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It wasn’t Erik Cole’s unique combination of speed, size and skill that reminded Deborah Halaby of the son she lost so long ago, although that certainly helped make her a fan of the former Carolina Hurricanes forward.

There was more to it than that, something harder to define about the unspoken braggadocio embodied in Cole’s bull-rushes past flat-footed defensemen and his occasional petulance with the officials that stirred her emotions—and her memories.

“The arrogance—his whole stance,” Halaby says. “Something just clicked. Every time I saw him, it was just Michael. When Erik got hurt and they’d show him on the Jumbotron, my seatmates would look over at me and I’d be crying.”

continued

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Challenge The Shooter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Winnipeg Sun,

Hockey player, coach and enthusiast Bob Unger can now add successful inventor to his list of credentials.

The Winnipegger has been generating attention and gaining big-name support for his Goalie Band, an original tool that prevents goalies from sinking back into their nets.

continued

Visit the GoalieBand site…

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Pens Will Miss Whitney’s Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

How much will the Penguins miss Ryan Whitney as he recuperates from his foot injury? You be the judge. Take a look at the top point totals by defenseman the past two seasons:

9. Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings   GP 151 G 26 A 73 PTS 99
9. Ryan Whitney   GP 157 G 26 A 73 PTS 99
11. Kimmo Timonen, Predators/Flyers   GP 160 G 21 A 78 PTS 99

read on

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  Tags: ryan+whitney

Sundin’s Agent Says Report Not True

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Mats Sundin’s agent is denying a report in the New York Post that says his client wants to join the Rangers.

When contacted by TSN, Barry denied there have been any increased discussions with the Rangers. He told TSN that he has spoken to both the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers but also has had long discussions with Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher and Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. Barry said there are six teams interested in Sundin’s services for next season.

Barry also said his client has not made a decision on playing this coming season.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mats+sundin

A Bad Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bad head gear worn by Leafs throughout their history.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Soderberg Staying In Sweden

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins were hopeful that Carl Soderberg, whom they obtained in last summer’s swap with St. Louis for Hannu Toivonen, also would be part of the forward mix. But the 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound center notified Chiarelli some 10 days ago that he has opted to remain in Sweden for one more season. A few months earlier, Soderberg said he would be here in September, and was willing to assume the risk that he could be assigned to Providence.

“It’s disappointing, but we had a good talk,” said Chiarelli. “At least he was persuasive in what he said - he doesn’t want to come to North America and be a marginal player. ‘When I get there, I want to contribute,’ is what he told me.

“And, hey, the fact is, he is only 22 - the age of maybe a college senior - and it wasn’t until the playoffs over there last year that he really had his game going. He wants that one more year over there.”

more hockey notes…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: carl+soderberg

Can Oilers Answer The Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

As usual, there are more questions than answers before training camp, even more so this fall because head coach Craig MacTavish has a healthy lineup and only so many roster spots.

Here are 11 scenarios to ponder:

Q: Will left winger Dustin Penner be shuttled off the No. 1 line with the arrival of Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenceman Joni Pitkanen?

A: Possibly. Penner led the Oilers with 23 goals last year, but only 10 came even-strength, which has to improve. Cole, who turns 30 in November, has more of a pedigree as a scorer and is faster, plus he can be a nasty piece of business when he wants to go to the net. Penner was much better as the season wore on at a lighter weight than the 245 pounds he brought into camp last year. But he still might wind up on the third line.

read on

Also from Matheson,

Sources say former Edmonton Oilers tough guy Marty McSorley is in the running to replace Ray Ferraro on the team’s SportsNet broadcasts.

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Sundin Likes New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Free-agent center Mats Sundin has declared his interest in playing for the Rangers this season, well-connected sources have told The Post.

J.P. Barry, who represents the elite, 37-year-old former Toronto pivot, has been in constant communication with Rangers front-office personnel this week, The Post has learned, though the conversations have not reached the stage of a contract negotiation.

There have been no numbers exchanged between Sundin and the Rangers, who have approximately $2 million of cap space to spend on the 2008-09 roster.

continued

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  Tags: mats+sundin

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