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Who Wins - Who Loses

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Is it just me, or is ESPN giving more coverage to the NHL this year? Can there be an unknown motive behind this? Team by team previews...

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Sometimes Challenges Chase Us

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from the Hingham Journal,

Travis Roy may not have been a familiar figure to the Mites, Squirts and Pee Wees - who were too young to remember the BU player at the Pilgrim Skating Arena on Saturday - but soon he became someone they would never forget.... Today Roy, who as a youth hockey player dreamt about playing the sport in college and even the pros, is an author, hockey sports analyst, and motivational speaker with a foundation that supports research and one-on-one assistance to those with spinal cord injuries. "I woke up that morning and it was the best day of my life," Roy recalled about Oct. 20, 1995. "I sat in the locker room that had just been redone and the walls were covered with pictures of past BU players who had moved on to the NHL." "I thought someday my picture might be on that wall."
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Malakhov Won’t Return to Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Newark Star-Ledger:

General manager Lou Lamoriello said he hoped Malakhov would be in camp, but the 38-year-old skater insists he was never asked. "That's news to me," Malakhov told Igor Larin of Sport Express. "In any case, I have not received anything, and nobody from the team has called me in a long, long time. Everyone is looking for me on the ice in New Jersey, but in reality I am playing tennis in Miami at the present moment. The theory of my disappearance was conjured up by American journalists or by someone from the Devils."
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Many Of Us Feel Like Mary

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I asked hockey fans to respond in one of my recent NHL.com blog submissions and today Mary responded. I think many of us feel the same way as Mary does. Thanks Mary, and maybe Don will give you a thumbs up!

When I come home from work on the 4th I will immediatly turn on the station for NHL Center Ice and will do my hockey happy dance. Dinner will be in front of the TV and anticipating who will replace JD on OLN. The next night it is off to the Wild home opener against the Avs. Then the real fun starts, on Saturday it is always "Hockey Night in Canada"!! Is it possible to miss Don Cherry?? I think I do. Then it will be a classic Habs (my eastern confernce team) vs da Leafs. Go Habs Go! At my age (I remember in detail the 60's & 70"s) I know I should not wish my life away, next week can not come soon enough for me! Hope everyone else is looking forward to hockey as much as I am. Mary P.S. Some people call it a sickness or obsession, I call it Heaven!

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Edmonton- What To Expect

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Edmonton is different on one important level. Minus Chris Pronger, Michael Peca and a handful of the other experienced hands actively involved in that breakthrough playoff, just about everybody outside of the Oilers' locker room is taking a wait-and-see attitude about their chances. On paper, the Oilers look good — young and with enough speed throughout the line-up needed to keep up in the new NHL. It's just that they've looked this way in the past too and either missed the playoffs by a nose - or squeezed into them, before getting batted aside by a more experienced club.
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What Teams To Watch

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from the CP via Metronews,

Few people thought the Carolina Hurricanes would make the playoffs last season, let alone finish second in the Eastern Conference or win the Stanley Cup. Ditto for the Edmonton Oilers, who slipped into the post-season by finishing eighth in the West before falling one win short of the NHL championship. There's a growing feeling around the league that almost any team can come out of the pack and rise to the top. A list of teams to watch this year must first start with the Hurricanes and Oilers, but there are plenty of others worth a look.
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The #1 Goalie

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Given the understudy heroics we were treated to last spring, and the fact that there's more depth at the position than ever before, an intriguing question is who owns the title of best starting goaltender in the NHL right now? It's not as easy a call as it used to be. The netminding hierarchy is going through a seismic transitional period, with Patrick Roy's skates already up on a peg, Dominik Hasek and Ed Belfour on their last legs, and more elite caliber youngsters stepping between the pipes than at any time in history.
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Greeks Play On

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from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,

"We're hockey players. We want to keep the sport alive," says Team Greece captain Dimitris Kalyvas. "We live in a country that hosted the 2004 Olympics. I just can't and won't accept the idea we can't have an ice rink. For the past three years I've done everything I can to make the rink a reality. I won't stop until we succeed. The obstacles on the road only make the goal even bigger. We deserve a rink and I promise that one day all Greeks will be able to skate on a rink in Greek soil."
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You Are Throwing Like A Girl

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from the blog of Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post,

Ovechkin's throwing the opening pitch at the Nats game in about two hours. (He throws lefty, btw). Here's what Jose Vidro said when Ovie started warming up. "You throw like a girl. [Bleep Bleep]. C'mon. You've got to be [bleeping] me." So there's that. "He's got a little work cut out for him," captain Chris Clark acknowledged. "We've got three hours. I think we can work out the kinks." Jamie Heward then took AO aside, and several other players started giving him advice, and things seem to be looking up.
continued...and make sure to check out Dan's D.C Sports Blog, it does cover all sports and hockey has been a daily inclusion...

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CCHA Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CSTV,

When Miami captured the CCHA's regular season championship last winter, the RedHawks became the first team outside the state of Michigan to win that title since 1987, when Bowling Green finished first. According to the league's preseason media and coaches' polls, 2006-07 will see a return to business as usual. The release of the polls during CCHA Media Day at Joe Louis Arena saw a rare disagreement between the coaches and the media as to which team will finish first in the CCHA this season. However, it will, by all accounts, be a close call between two Michigan-based teams.
continued...including some rule changes...

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