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It Needs To Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patrick White of the Globe and Mail,

Gilles Lupien, a prominent National Hockey League player agent, has never gone public about the disturbing phone calls he received from a young junior hockey player 20 years ago.

But with many in the hockey world treating the lurid allegations coming out of former junior hockey coach David Frost’s sexual exploitation trial as an aberration, the memory has been weighing heavily on his mind.

“The culture of junior hockey has to change,” said the former Montreal Canadiens defenceman, who now represents Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Roberto Luongo, Boston Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez and 13 other NHL players.

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Heavy Work-Load For Phaneuf

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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

Not exactly known for his tittering engagements with the press, Phaneuf is coming off a weekend during which he shouldered an hour’s worth of ice time—64:32, to be exact—in back-to-back matches in Los Angeles (29:55) and Anaheim (34:37).

After offering a few pat answers—“when you’re asked to do a little bit more, you have to be ready for that”—Phaneuf is again encouraged to let the world know how he handled that tremendous workload.

Finally, a chuckle—or, at least, a smirk—from the 23-year-old.

“I feel great,” says Phaneuf, walking out of the dressing room.

“I feel great. Thanks for asking.”

read on

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Under Control

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun via the Ottawa Sun,

As far as comebacks go, Carolina Hurricanes’ Dan LaCouture is pulling a major victory from deep in the jaws of defeat.

And it has little to do with hockey. The 31-year-old is salvaging his life.

Caught in an ugly downward spiral of alcohol and depression the last few years, Lacouture was on his way to losing everything—his career, his wife and newborn daughter and everything he ever held dear.

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LaCouture was placed on waivers yesterday.

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Report Time

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Todd Neilson, the San Fransisco-based trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of William (Boots) Del Biaggio, says the team has not been complying with court requests to forward documents surrounding the team’s economic viability….

Now the trustee is asking Judge Thomas Carlson to order the team to release current and recent audit reports, financial statements, game-by-game paid attendance, documents that refer to individual and packaged and season-ticked sales, and sponsorship agreements.

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I Don’t Like These Numbers

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10,567- Announced attendance for the Buffalo @ New Jersey game last night.

10,184- Ditto for the Columbus @ Islanders game.

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Another Russian On The Way Out

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Last Friday I wrote about the leaky pipeline of Russian talent coming to North America that lost Pavel Valentenko.  There have only been two Russian rookies to play in the NHL so far this season (Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nikita Filatov of the Columbus Blue Jackets) and the NHL is on the verge of losing its second Russian prospect to the KHL.  Alexander Nikulin, an Ottawa Senator prospect, has demanded that Ottawa trade him (with a deadline of tonight) or he will return to Russia. 

UPDATE:  It turns out that Nikulin is not leaving North America yet.  He has been traded to Phoenix for Drew Fata.

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Report- Parrish Signs With Stars

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via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

According to sources, veteran RW Mark Parrish has ended his AHL contract with Bridgeport and has been signed by co-GM Brett Hull to an NHL deal with the Stars. It’s a two-way deal. One year, prorated $500,000 in the NHL. In the minors, $100,000.

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Sundin “Intrigued” By Ducks

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via Helene Elliott and Chris Foster of the LA Times,

The Ducks are $900,000 below the salary cap and would have to make major moves to sign the 37-year-old.“He’s intrigued. They’re a good hockey team, and one of his criteria is that he wants to play for a good team,” said Sundin’s agent, J.P. Barry. “He hasn’t made any decisions at all yet.”

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Shoot The Puck Marty

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from Lightning Strikes,

St. Louis has just one goal and 21 shots in 10 games. And while he readily admits “that’s not enough,” he also said his spot on the point has made him think more about passing than shooting. Melrose said he hopes that will change.

“I hope it increases (St. Louis’ shots) because he has the puck more,” Melrose said. “Marty has to be selfish on the point. He has a great shot that he gets away quick.”

St. Louis had zero shots Saturday against the Senators and missed the net on a shorthanded breakaway. That followed a four-shot, three-post effort Thursday against the Sabres.

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Phoenix Gets Nikulin

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Alexander Nikulin from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Drew Fata.

Nikulin, 23, has scored two goals in five games this season with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL).  Last season, the native of Moscow, Russia recorded 14-36-50 and 34 penalty minutes (PIM) in 71 games for Binghamton.  He also appeared in two NHL games with Ottawa.

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