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from Anthony Colton at the Denver Post,
No matter the sport, one of the biggest goals for any professional athlete is to leave the game on his terms. More often than not though, things don't work out that way. Such was the case with Steve Konowalchuk. A 13-year NHL veteran, the forward was hoping to make a big comeback after losing most of the 2005-06 season to a wrist injury. However, just before the start of training camp, a physical revealed the presence of long QT syndrome, a disease that can lead to irregular heart rhythms. Immediately afterward, Konowalchuk announced his retirement. Recently, the 33-year-old chatted about what happens next. Anthony Cotton: Long QT syndrome - had you ever heard of it before? Steve Konowalchuk: Yeah, a little bit. Someone in my family had had it in the past, so I had a little bit of an idea of what it was.continued
In a bid to draw in sports-mad Atlanta residents, AirTran Airways has launched its new series of advertisements featuring star Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk. A legend among fans of the Georgia-based NHL team, Kovalchuk will now also be a star on billboards and radio slots across the city as he endorses the airline, whose principal hub is Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International. AirTran has a history of using well-known sporting names to push its product, including football stars Warrick Dunn and Michael Vick. Kovalchuk features along with captions like "He shoots. He scores. He flies with us" and also the carrier's own "Go. There's nothing stopping you" line, which the hockey star delivers in both English and his mother tongue, Russian.continued
[T]hanks to the miracle of modern Web-ology, the [Islanders organization] can reach beyond the coverage it gets from FSNY (limited, other than the games themselves) and Newsday. It's called Islanders TV, and its target is the insanely dedicated fans who stayed awake until the end of Thursday's dismal opener in Phoenix, wondering why throwback announcer Jiggs McDonald didn't bring Billy Smith and Mike Bossy with him. The Islanders believe it is the most extensive, ambitious Internet-based TV service ever offered by an American sports team.continued
KK member Spector is the random winner of the "It's Here" contest. Thanks to everyone for participating and look for the next "KK Contest" in the very near future, which will be open to any KK member. By the way, Mr. Spector decided on this beauty.
from the Ottawa Citizen via Canada.com,
Both Daniel Briere and Chris Drury will be looking for new contracts. Briere is making $5 million U.S. this year, Drury $3.07 million U.S. Whether the Sabres can afford to pay both is the question, and the speculation has begun that, if Briere has a good year and becomes too expensive -- say, in the $6 million U.S. range -- the Sabres will wave goodbye. Briere wants to stay in Buffalo, though, and that could influence negotiations, even to the point of Briere accepting a pay cut.many more NHL tidbits...
from the NY Post,
When injury or ineptitude strikes, Lamoriello will have to make a move, and will be tipping the cap again. Lamoriello will be looking for some flexibility soon, and the way to that is by trading a high-paid player. Unlike other teams, however, the Devils have no overpaid slugs, so subtraction would be costly. The first place to look would seem to be Scott Gomez, who won a $5 million deal in arbitration from Lamoriello, and can turn unrestricted next summer. It will be a surprise if he re-signs with the team and goes to Newark, and that uncertainty, combined with his salary, makes him seem the most likely to be dealt.read on
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
Curtis Brown went through a season last year that was terrible on the ice and tragic off of it. Everything began with such promise. Signed to a big-money, multiyear deal by the Blackhawks before the NHL lockout, Brown was eager to impress as his wife and their three young children prepared for a new life in Chicago. Then, during training camp, something awful happened. Brown and his wife, Ami, put their 4-month-old daughter, Aubri, in her crib to sleep. She never awoke, a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.continued
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have some issues, no doubt about it: Top scorers such as Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Schaefer, Mike Fisher and Patrick Eaves aren’t putting the puck in the net on a consistent basis. Defencemen Wade Redden, Chris Phillips, Anton Volchenkov, Tom Preissing, Andrej Meszaros and Christoph Schubert are making mistakes that are turning into goals. It would also help if goaltender Martin Gerber, who signed a three-year, $11-million contract in the off season, was more consistent and came up with a big save or two ... quick.more
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Canadian KK members and guests. Is it true the reason the 2nd Monday of October was chosen to celebrate this holiday is that it once coincided with the opening of the NHL season?
from the News & Observer,
Kevyn Adams suffered a cut over his left eye in a fight with teammate Bret Hedican midway through an hour-long skating session as the tension of a winless season overflowed on the RecZone ice. On what had been a scheduled off day, the Hurricanes went through an unscheduled rough day as Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette attempted to take corrective action after only three games to prevent things from getting worse in the next 79. "We have to start playing the game the right way," Laviolette said. "The biggest thing that I can take from exhibition season and the first three games of the year is that we're not paying a price to be successful. If we're not going to do it in games, we have to do it in practice."read on
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