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Yzerman Meets New Challenges

from the CP,

Now 43 and busier than ever, Yzerman paradoxically looks younger and fresher than he did during the final injury-filled seasons of his career with the Detroit Red Wings. The intensity that made him one of the greatest NHLers in history is still there, but there’s also a renewed vibrancy that has come with new challenges.

Perhaps that’s why it seemed just a little strange to see him among the inductees to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Yzerman is a little more than two years removed from announcing his retirement, but his contributions to the game continue as a vice-president with the Red Wings and the executive director of Canada’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

What Else Could They Do

from Brian Hamacher of NHL Blog at the NY Post,

I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out a way to be unhappy with the way the NHL is handling ticket sales for the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year’s Day. As much as I generally disagree with much if not most of what Gary Bettman and his NHL crew do, I hate to say it but they got it right this time.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: winter+classic

Upgrade In Goal Would Help Avalanche

from Terry Frei of All Things Colorado Sports at the Denver Post,

Do I think the Avalanche should be considering taking measures to upgrade in goal? Absolutely. And they should be considering that possibility, whether it’s the drastic step of using all the available cap space (and a little more) to land Khabibulin or anything else. (Budaj to Chicago as Huet’s backup to clear the cap room and give Chicago a No. 2? Well, that would make sense except for the fact that Budaj would be playing for Joel Quenneville, which raises all sorts of issues.)

But for now, Budaj’s far from the only problem.

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Jack Johnson Could Return Ahead Of Schedule

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Jack Johnson was expected to be out until after the all-star break, as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder, but Johnson’s recovery is going faster than expected and he might return a month ahead of schedule. That could put him in line for a late-December return, but that depends on his continued progress.

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  Tags: jack+johnson

Together Again

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

It’s hard to believe it was 16 years ago that Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne and St. Louis Blues center Keith Tkachuk were part of a tremendous rookie class with the former Winnipeg Jets….

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to go through that first season with him,” Tkachuk said. “It was one of the most phenomenal things I’ve ever seen. He was outstanding. No one knew anything about him. He just came in and dominated. No one could keep up with his speed, and everything he touched, everything he shot, went in.”

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk, teemu+selanne

The State of Sports Journalism

With credit to Matt at the Battle of Alberta, we came across a couple of interesting articles published in recent days that I don’t believe we linked on KK, both looking at sports journalism (though not just hockey media).  They are:

 

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: journalism, media

KHL Invites Media to Observe Medical Testing

The KHL recently dealt with the fallout from Alexei Cherepanov’s death by adopting a list of resolutions in hopes of avoiding such tragedies in the future. 

Today they’ve issued another press release related to those issues, this one inviting members of the media to observe their medical evaluation process.  Presumably this openness is meant to reassure current and prospective players of the KHL’s commitment to their welfare.

Full text of the press release is available below.

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  Tags: alexei+cherepanov, khl

The Gretzky Of Officials

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

To hear Ray Scapinello tell it, his path to this week’s induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

To hear his fellow NHL officials, coaches and players tell it, “Scampy’ was always in the right place at the right time.

Scapinello, 62, is being honored because he set all the records for NHL linesmen: 33 seasons, 2,500 consecutive games and 426 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was chosen for the playoffs in only his second season, 1972, and continued every year until he retired in 2004. He never missed an assignment in his career.

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One of my first interviews on KK was with Ray, a little over two years ago.  What a great guy and I am so glad to see him go into the HHOF.

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ray+scapinello

Ducks Talk—Sundin and More

Brian Kamenetzky at SportsHubLA has a new podcast out:

To gain more insight into the Ducks, I spoke with Hall of Fame hockey writer Helene Elliott of the LA Times.  Among other topics, we talked about Anaheim’s lack of a reliable fourth defenseman behind Pronger, Niedermayer, and Francois Beauchamin, their future under GM Brian Burke, and the possibility of bringing in Mats Sundin.

Check it out here. Notable is Elliott’s contention that she doesn’t feel Sundin is the guy to put the Ducks over the top this season. Sundin talk starts at about the 9 minute mark.

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  Tags: helene+elliott, mats+sundin

A Long Time Without A Playoff Appearance

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

There is a rather delicious irony in the fact the Phoenix Coyotes are scheduled to host the Florida Panthers Saturday night.

Barring an injury, Olli Jokinen of the Coyotes will play his 735th career game that night against his former team. That appearance will eclipse the all-time dubious NHL record, currently held by former Panthers assistant coach Guy Charron, for most NHL career games played without appearing in a playoff game.

Charron wasn’t aware of the impending history when contacted by The Hockey News Wednesday morning and it’s clear it’s an aspect of his playing career he has grown weary of discussing.

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  Tags: guy+charron, olli+jokinen

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