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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The truth? Lemaire doesn’t play Boogaard because of a lack of confidence, not in Boogaard but in referees. Lemaire feels some refs have branded Boogaard a dirty player and focus only on the 6-7 giant when he’s on the ice….
“It’s frustrating. It’s been following me ever since I’ve been junior, you know?” Boogaard said. “I’m trying to play. ... I’m not out there to hurt people or try to start stuff.
“I can talk ‘til I’m blue in the face. It’s not changing. It’s too bad. They don’t want bigger, physical players in the league.”
Asked how this could change, he said: “I guess I have to get 50 goals a year. ... Maybe they want me to snap and go rip someone’s head off, I don’t know.”
Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher says he discovered through friends that someone on Facebook — a website where people set up profiles and exchange messages and photos — was posing as him.
“You know, they were e-mailing people, saying they were me and it wasn’t,” Fisher said….
A number of other NHL players have also complained that people are subbing for them on Facebook. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has several sites as do other players including Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla and Flames forward Alex Tanguay..
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
For the eighth straight year, visor use by NHL players has risen from the previous season – and now stands at a full 50 per cent of the league – according to a new survey compiled by The Hockey News….
When The Hockey News first began tracking visor usage during the NHL’s 1998-99 campaign, only 15 per cent of players shielded their eyes. By 2001-02, that number had increased to 28 per cent (191 players), and by 2005-06, 38 per cent (244 players) were wearing visors.
from the OC Register,
So what is likely to happen if Burke and Lowe cross paths Sunday in the press box?
“I assume we will,” Burke said. “His booth is right next to mine. I sit down. He sits down. And the puck drops.”
By his account, Burke “always” stops by the visiting general manager’s quarters to at least exchange pleasantries.
“Not a chance,” he said.
From TSN’s Darren Dreger,
Vincent Lecavalier is making a case that he’s the NHL’s new version of the “total package.”
On Wednesday, the 2006-07 Rocket Richard Trophy winner was riled by an elbow to the head from Washington’s Shaone Morrisonn.
Lecavalier pursued Morrisonn into the corner and initiated a fight, something Maurice Richard had absolutely no problem doing back in his day as well.
We have had a busy week here at KK and have decided to get a little R & R tonight.
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From Neil Stevens at CP,
Hockey was in Brian Conacher’s blood, still is, and always will be.
At age 66, he weaves a fascinating tale of his life in and around the sport in his new book, “As The Puck Turns.”
“The story is not as much about me as it is my journey,” he said during an interview. “I always felt hockey played out as a soap opera.
“I had the title well in advance of ever putting pen to paper.”
from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
For those asking about Sandis Ozolinsh . . . The veteran defenseman did play in two games with Worcester on a professional tryout contract and did get one assist. That stint is completed and Ozolinsh has returned to San Jose where he’ll pracitce this weekend under Mike Ricci’s watchful eye, then resume skating with the Sharks next week. Asst. GM Wayne Thomas, who’s in Detroit with the team, said the process is playing itself out and advised trying not to read too much into Ozolinsh’s return to San Jose at this point.
more on the Sharks…
from the Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,
Stuck in the minors with virtually no chance of being recalled because of his contract and how it fits under the salary cap, Kasparaitis has agreed to play the rest of the season for SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Elite League. He told the Daily News that he’ll join the Russian club next week.
Technically, heading to Europe will be a violation of Kasparaitis’ contract. However, as the NHL has no transfer agreement in place with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the Rangers would have to sue SKA St. Petersburg to prevent the move.
Several weeks ago, readers were invited to submit a photo which they felt best illustrated the spirit of hockey coming into a new season, and now we have a winner: KK member “The Freak” will be receiving a new, $169 pair of Easton Hockey Stealth S11 hockey gloves for his great entry.
We also decided to give out an unplanned second prize to “Jdunc”. His submission titled “Game Face” was taken while dressed up to watch a hockey game at home on the couch, so we’ve thrown in a $25 gift certificate just for fun, to Ice Jerseys.com.
Both winners will be contacted next week, and you can see their submissions below. Our thanks to Easton Hockey for the prize, and we’ll look forward to another contest in a couple weeks.
And of course, thanks to everyone who participated!
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