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An Interview With Team Italy Head Coach Rick Cornacchia

Hi Rick,

First off, thanks for taking the time to speak with Kuklaskorner.

1. As a player, you suited up for HC Alleghe of the Italian A League from 1974-1976. How did your experience playing in Italy prepare you for coaching the National Team?

The playing experience allowed me to learn the following: Italian hockey mentality, get to know the people running the league (some of the same people are still involved), become familiar with the areas where hockey is played in Italy and re-learn Italian.
 
2. In 1989-90, you won the Memorial Cup, while coaching the Oshawa Generals. What was the road to the championship like?
It was a great “ride” looking back on it. When you are immersed in the playoffs there is very little time to enjoy the experience. The coaching staff is too busy preparing for the next game, the next series, keeping the players focused & prepared, dealing with injuries and distractions. We had a great group of players that were committed to winning. The leadership on the team was outstanding Ian Frazer was a great captain he had a support group that was exceptional Grieve, Busillo, O’Hagan, Armstrong, Banika, Skalde, Donaldson, Lindros that all had been are became captains. This group made the difference and allowed the team to win the Memorial Cup. 

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Kariya Will Not Play This Season Due To Post-Concussion Syndrome

WINNIPEG (August 27, 2010) –Statement from Certified Agent Don Baizley regarding Paul Kariya’s playing future:

“Paul Kariya will not play hockey during the 2010/11 season. After being examined by concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell, Paul is not able to play hockey due to post-concussion syndrome.”

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Decision For The Ducks And Kariya

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Kariya, Selanne, why not?

Yet Kariya remains in the same place Selanne was in deciding whether he even wants to play.

The 35-year-old Kariya, who had 18 goals in 75 games for the Blues last season, is working out as though he will return to the NHL but he and veteran agent Don Baizley have not gone knocking on doors looking for work.

In the next few weeks Kariya will determine which door he will pass through; the one Selanne passed through Monday that leads to another NHL season and a chance to prove that those rare skills have not eroded, that he can still play with the best; or the door that all great players choose at some point, the one that leads away from the game.

Here’s hoping whether it’s a return to Anaheim or somewhere else, Kariya’s choice leads him back to an NHL rink.

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Would Paul Kariya Be A Fit In Anaheim?

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register, I

t is not a slam-dunk by any means, though, because there were similar rumors in the summer of 2003, shortly after the Ducks’ improbable first run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Back then, all indications were that Selanne would leave San Jose as a free agent to return to Anaheim to rejoin Kariya, his former linemate and longtime friend.

Instead, the Ducks failed to make Kariya a qualifying offer that summer, upsetting their longtime captain and essentially making him an instant free agent. Then Kariya talked Selanne into jumping to the Colorado Avalanche as part of a package deal.

At the time, then-Ducks GM Bryan Murray said he felt misled, and Ducks fans felt so betrayed that they have booed Kariya ever since.

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Morning Line

“It was more important that we got the two points.  We’re in a battle here, and it was great to get the win here in New York. To get to 400 is a nice thing to happen, but I’ve been fortunate in my career to play with a lot of great players and received a lot of great passes. Terrific play.”

-Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues after scoring his 400th goal.  Via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Wrong Hand Henrik

via Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues were victimized last night. A 2-2 game, midway through the third period at Vancouver. Paul Kariya was sent off for two minutes for “slashing” Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin. There were only two problems with the call: (A) in an attempt to con the officials with an acting job, Sedin dramatically shook his left hand. Except that Kariya had actually “slashed” Sedin’s right hand. Still, it was very impressive the way Sedin thrashed that left hand around. He was in so much pain that he skated away from the puck — just abandoned the thing — during live action. Sedin was so good in conveying his near-death experience.

I wonder if the ref will have a pre-game chat with Henrik when the meet up again?  On the other hand, I doubt it…

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Does Kariya Still Have His Game?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray has made a point during training camp of describing how good the Blues played last season without Paul Kariya.

Now, the question Kariya, Murray and the rest of the Blues are waiting to have answered is just how good they can be with the skilled winger back after missing almost all of last season to injury.

There was a time in the mid-to-late 1990s when you could scarcely have a conversation about the game’s elite players without referencing Kariya. Twice eclipsing 100 points, three times a 40-plus goal scorer and once a 50-goal scorer, Kariya’s ability to handle the puck and create offense was nothing short of magical.

Now, at 34, there are ample signs that the magic remains and he can be the kind of difference-maker the Blues will need to take another step forward after storming into the playoffs last season despite injuries to key players, including Kariya.

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Kariya On The Road To Recovery

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have been cautious in the early going with Kariya, who is getting his body used to a lengthier skating stride. But the fact that he played in back-to-back preseason games Tuesday and Friday shows that progress is being made.

“I feel better every day,” said Kariya, who missed the opening day of training camp as a precaution. “When I started, my groin and hip-flexor was a little tight. But they’ve loosened up and the hips themselves, the joints feel great.

“The practices are so demanding, it’s tough to get an indication of where your legs are, but I’ve felt like I had good jump in the games. To get a couple games under my belt and have no repercussions ... the body’s feeling good.”

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Morning Line

“There’s no better place to be in the league right now.  I think we’ve got the best group of young hockey players in the NHL, and I’m very excited to be a part of it and see where we can take it.”

-Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues.  More on Paul from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Let’s Say Kariya Is A Game Time Decision

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

When he came off the ice (after the morning skate), Kariya was asked if he’d be in the lineup to help the Blues who had only one goal in the first two games, said, “We’ll see.”

Not, “No way.” Not, “Maybe.”

So a question was posed to St. Louis coach Andy Murray: What does it say to you if Paul Kariya says, “We’ll see.”

The coach got a big smile on his face and didn’t hesitate in saying, “If Paul tells me he can play ... he’s in.”

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Afternoon Line

“He’s going to see the doctor and go through a couple of days of testing.  If he’s good, and we expect good things, we’ll see ... if he needs another two weeks, he needs another two weeks.”

“I don’t think there’s any risk.  He won’t play if there’s any risk. Paul is a smart guy. As long as the doctors say he can play ... if the doctors said that Erik Johnson could play, we’d look at that too, but he can’t. If the doctors say he’s ready and he says he’s ready, he’ll be ready.”

-Blues President John Davidson on Paul Kariya.  More on the Blues from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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More Hip Surgery For Kariya

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Paul Kariya will have surgery on his right hip on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Marc Philippon in Colorado.  Dr. Philippon performed surgery on Kariya’s left hip on Jan. 5.

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Surgery For Kariya

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Paul Kariya’s left hip will require surgery and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

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Kariya Working Out But Not Skating

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Kariya’s hip, however, remained sore and he missed five games before he tried to skate again. The Blues were planning for him to return Nov. 21 against Anaheim, but in the days leading up to that game, Kariya experienced more pain than expected while testing his hip on the ice before the Blues’ practice.

Kariya underwent an additional MRI, sources have told the Post-Dispatch, which showed the injury to be “hip-related” but more complicated than a typical hip-flexor. The definition of a hip-flexor is a strain on the group of muscles that “pull the knee upward.”

Kariya hasn’t skated since testing the injury two weeks ago and he doesn’t appear to be closer to lacing up his skates. The Blues don’t have a timetable for when Kariya will play again, or even return to practice. The doctors and specialists that Kariya and the team have spoken with have stressed the need for rest.

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Kariya Gives the Blues Respectability

From John Glennon at the Tennessean,

When Paul Kariya signed with the Predators two summers ago, general manager David Poile called it a groundbreaking moment for the franchise.  Sure enough, Kariya boosted the team’s ticket sales, led the Predators twice in a row in scoring and helped guide Nashville to two straight regular seasons of more than 100 points.

But largely because of the uncertainty involving the Predators ownership situation, Kariya has taken his talents a few hours away, where he’s already made an impact on a St. Louis organization seeking to regain respectability on the ice and in the community.

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Chemistry Developing In St. Louis

from the St. Louis Post-Disptach,

Tkachuk was ecstatic when the Kariya deal fell in place July 1. In six seasons with the Blues, he has had only Pavol Demitra and Bill Guerin as scoring threats on his line.

“All I’ve got to do is get (Kariya) the puck and he’ll make me a better player,” Tkachuk said. “I compare him to a Pavol Demitra ... a give-and-go kind of style, which I like. He’s got unbelievable speed, unbelievable hands. Doing those 2-on-1s, he’s always moving. He’ll definitely help me.”

Kariya, who has one goal and four assists in the preseason, said the duo is developing chemistry “right away. Keith is an unbelievable hockey player. He does so many things well. He loves to play that give-and-go style of game, and that’s a game I love to play, too, so I think it’s going to be pretty quick in terms of the chemistry.”

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