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Advice for Glen Sather

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stan Fischler at Game On,

If I’m Glen Sather, I tell Jaromir [Jagr] that he will be paid something in the range of a 20-25-goal scorer; what the going rate will be for that. Thus, the captain will have to demonstrate that he REALLY wants to stay in New York and is willing to accept a diminished role suitable to his age; otherwise he will not be a good fit on the club. If Jagr is not willing to accept this, then it may be a case of au revoir, old buddy.

And, guess what, it would not be the end of the world for the Blueshirts.

more… plus thoughts on Sean Avery

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, sean+avery, the+maven

Life After Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Rhode at Nanaimo’s Daily News,

The life of a professional hockey player is pretty routine. Sure, there’s the notoriety of playing at the top level of your sport, and it takes plenty of hard work and determination to get to the level they play at.

But aside from the so-called stardom it’s just a lot of repetition. Their days—from autumn to late spring—usually begin and end at the rink. Their summer months, save for a few weeks away from the rink, are usually spent training, at the gym and on ice, for their next season.

Vancouver Canucks’ forward Trevor Linden’s retirement announcement brings into focus the realization of life after hockey. After going to the rink on a regular basis for more than 20 years of professional and junior hockey, come September he’ll have to try and find something constructive to occupy his time.

continued… with words from a few ex-players

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  Tags: retirement, trevor+linden

Osgood’s Secret

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageSlow news day for the moment as the NHL’s mainstream press enjoys their 3-martini lunches in Toronto before tonight’s fun

Meanwhile, The Onion takes over:

LOS ANGELES—Sources within the Red Wings organization confirm that goalie Chris Osgood, who is currently engaged in accompanying the Stanley Cup on a victory tour of talk shows and publicity events, has repeatedly and insistently claimed to have gotten as far as third base with hockey’s championship trophy during the past week.

continued…

*thanks to Jennifer for dropping us the link earlier!

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  Tags: chris+osgood, satire

Hollywood Meets Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom Thomas LaRocca at NHL.com,

Comedian Mike Myers and superstar Justin Timberlake were two of the many stars that helped light up the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and delighted hundreds of screaming fans at the premiere of the new comedy The Love Guru.

Oh yeah, they even let in a few hockey players too, since Myers would not have it any other way.

more here

Photo on this post is Justin Timberlake—and that George-Parros-wannabe thing he has going on somehow improves his credibility with me, oddly enough. (For today, anyway.)  Meanwhile, if you want to find out more on the event, check out Puck Daddy.

Update 4:32pm ET: A photogallery from NHL.com.

*thanks for the note, Jeff!

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  Tags: justin+timberlake, mike+myers, the+love+guru

Sharks Made the Right Choice

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News,

Todd McLellan may not be a household name, but he has been successful at every level he has coached and was in charge of a Detroit power play that has terrorized shorthanded opponents for the past three seasons.

Known as an offense-minded boss, McLellan should bring out the best in a San Jose team rife with snipers and playmakers aching to break out and establish themselves as stars of the second season.

read on

Update 1:47pm ET: More editorializing on this hire from both Mark Purdy and David Pollak of the Mercury News.  (*And a hat-tip for the Purdy link to Terry Frei at his Denver Post blog, who apparently had a thing for McLellan in Colorado back when Granato was hired).

Update 2:36pm ET: The Sharks make it official. More at TSN.

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  Tags: todd+mclellan

NHL Awards Gala Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom CBC:

The best performers in the NHL this past season will be honoured at the league’s annual awards show Thursday night in Toronto, with host Ron MacLean also announcing the 2009 location for the ninth annual presentation of Hockey Day in Canada.

The show will feature a performance by Canadian folk legend and hockey lover Stompin’ Tom Connors, and presenters will include Hockey Hall of Fame members Mike Bossy, Bob Gainey, Billy Smith and Red Kelly.

The event will be broadcast by CBC and Versus.  There may be a live feed available online of the red carpet interviews, in which case that will be posted on KK.  Also, Bill and the 19 will be liveblogging their way through the evening, and I’ll be adding updates here on the main hockey page of KK.

Out of curiosity, how popular is the NHL’s big award show with hockey fans?

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  Tags: cbc, media, nhl+awards, versus

Chara Facing Three More Months Rehab

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Conroy at the Boston Herald,

Coming off left shoulder surgery six weeks ago to repair a torn labrum, Chara finally shed his sling a week ago and started his rehabilitation.

He’s doing daily range-of-motion exercises, and it’s estimated that he faces three more months of rehab, which would take him into September and the start of training camp. He couldn’t guarantee that he’d be ready from the get-go, but it shouldn’t be too long after that if he isn’t.

“We’ll have to see how the rehab goes, but it should be right for the start of training camp,” Chara said. “But we’ll see”

read on for more news on the Norris Trophy candidate

In other Bruins news, team owner Jeremy Jacobs and his wife gave a substantial charitable gift to the University of Buffalo this week: $10 million.

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  Tags: jeremy+jacobs, zdeno+chara

Streit to Rangers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

Streit’s 34 points on the power play tied Streit with Nicklas Lidstrom for second among NHL defenceman, behind Sergei Gonchar’s 46. Streit’s salary was $600,000. Lidstrom’s was $7.6 million. Gonchar made $5.5 million.

Citing the $1.875 million Francis Bouillon will make this season and $1.75 for Mathieu Dandenault,  [Journal du Montréal beat man Marc de Foy] says $2.5 million would not be unreasonable for Mark Streit.

Streit’s agent,  Pat Brisson, says there are no negotiations underway with the Canadiens.

Another factor: Streit prefers playing defence. There are rumours in New York that the Rangers will pursue Streit and promise him a spot on D.

more

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  Tags: mark+streit

New Generation of Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

I buy into the argument that the Hart should go to the player adjudged most valuable [to] his team. If you want a flat-out best player in a single season award, call it the Wayne Gretzky and we’ll move on, but whatever criteria you use to determine this thing the guard has clearly been changed. The new generation of NHL stars has arrived and, for now at least, Ovechkin and Crosby or Crosby and Ovechkin are likely to lead the way.

That doesn’t augur well for stellar stay-at-home defencemen or 2.00 and lower Goals Against Average goalies, but so be it.

read on

Update 11:28am ET:  More thoughts on the Hart from Jeff Z. Klein at Slap Shot in the New York Times.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+ovechkin, hart+trophy, sidney+crosby

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