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petshark: talking stick

Blog: KK Hockey By petshark

I’d like to introduce petshark as our San Jose Sharks blogger.

Even though she is not well-known within the hockey blogging community, I have a feeling she will be in few short months.

-Paul


I want to thank Kukla’s Korner for letting me through the door.  I’m very grateful.  I’m also a little terrified and excited and confused and hopeful.

I’m female, living in the Northern California wine country.  I’ve been blogging, mostly about hockey, for a little over a year, but my blog got very little traffic. That was comfortable and familiar.  Am I ready to be here?  I dunno, but if you wait until you’re ready you never are. Just in case, I’ll hang on to my talking stick, my pen name.

 

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Flames Blog Episode #1

Blog: KK Hockey By Scooter Kelly

This should be fun…

Our new Calgary Flames blogger at Kukla’s Korner.

-Paul


Dear Flaming C Elite:

Welcome to All Things Flaming C! This may be the greatest thing to grace your eyeballs since Jarome Iginla’s movie star smile. Let me introduce myself. My name is Scooter. I have merit as a Flames aficionado being that my family has been Flame’s season ticket holders since the fellas were lacing them up in the 7000 seat Stampede Corral. I have caught one game puck in those 31 years. Rule of thumb regarding being a true fan- you either A) Oscillate and cool off your mobile home, or B) Stand behind your team through thick and thin. I appreciate both said fans, but will concentrate on the latter. I never wavered in my confidence with D-Sutter, and still consider Gary Leeman a 40 goal scorer. Perhaps my love is visually impairing.

 

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Is Marchand A $3 Million Dollar Player?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• Restricted free agent Brad Marchand remains without a new deal with the Bruins. He is without arbitration rights, which gives him less leverage in the financial taffy pull. Tampa Bay’s Teddy Purcell, a playoff force similar to Marchand, had arbitration rights and settled on a new restricted free agent deal last week that will pay him an average $2.36 million over the next two years. That’s a realistic figure for Marchand. Or possibly a three-year deal for around $9 million total.

• Great news for NBC/Versus viewers last week with word that both Mike Emrick and Dave Strader have signed on for full-time play-by-play duty. Note to NBC execs: time to do the same with analysts Mike Milbury and Andy Brickley, both of whom have their abundant talents muted by good-times-nothing-but-good-times NESN.

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Who Is This?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Greatest Sports Moment: “Definitely ‘92 Olympics. We won the gold medal (in Albertville, France) as a Unified Team. That was the best moment of my career.”

Toughest Competitors Encountered: “To play against? It’s so many of them. I think Dany Heatley. Martin St-Louis. They are tough guys to play against. And of course Jari Jagr.”

read on to find out who this former NHL player is….

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GMs Had A Shot To Make Their Team Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

What would it have taken for the Maple Leafs to make an offer of consequence on Steven Stamkos?

One year and $12 million? Ten years and $100 million?

The bottom line is: No one, including the Leafs, will ever know. Because no team in hockey made an offer on the restricted free-agent sniper, other than the Tampa team he re-signed with.

Some will call it collusion. Some will say the restricted free-agent business is bad for hockey. But this much is certain: Rarely are players with the talent and age of Stamkos and Drew Doughty available, and it’s not the job of hockey general managers to act as the conscience of the game. It’s their job to make their teams better.

There were no offers made on Stamkos: Worse, there haven’t been exploratory phone calls on Doughty, who may be the more complete of the kids.

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Red Wings overnight report: Chris Osgood’s Hall of Fame candiacy, the flavor of the month

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x with more Osgood interviews at 10:45 AM: I guess that if there’s one thing you can say for certain about Chris Osgood, he won more often than his competence was questioned, which is pretty good given that people questioned whether he was good enough to do the job from the moment he was called up from Adirondack way back in 1994. Now that he’s retired, the questions of the week involve Osgood’s lasting legacy and whether 401 wins and 3 Stanley Cups are Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy numbers for a goalie who was very, very good but never really considered among the greats of his generation.

Some very positive and incredibly negative arguments for and against Osgood’s candidacy have rolled in over the past three or four days, and two ever-present Sunday columnists weigh in this morning with varying degrees of subtlety. The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons suggests that the arguments against Osgood’s candidacy aren’t personal…

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Subtle retaliation? Pleiness’s seven reasons why Chris Osgoods’s a Hall-of-Famer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Let’s just say that it’s entirely possible that the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness surveyed the interweb and felt it necessary to offer both teammate/general manager testimonials and seven very specific reasons why Pleiness believes that Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood is a very legitimate Hockey Hall of Fame candidate:

1. There are 32 players currently enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame who played exclusively as a goaltender in the NHL or its fore-runners (PCHL or NHA). Only seven of those 32 (Patrick Roy, Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall, Ed Belfour and Grant Fuhr) have won more games than Osgood.

2. Osgood currently has 50 regular-season shutouts to his credit. Only 15 of those HOF goalies have more.

3. Osgood had just one regular season in which he finished with a record below .500. That was 2009-10, when he posted a 7-9-4 record. Of those goalies in the HOF, only three can make that claim (Ken Dryden, Bill Durnan and Roy).

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Coyotes Show Increase In Season Ticket Sales

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lisa Halverstadt of the Arizona Republic,

Phoenix Coyotes season ticket sales have increased this year despite continued uncertainty about the team’s future in Glendale.

“There are a lot of people behind the scenes here that haven’t given up and are working hard every day,” said Mike Nealy, the team’s chief operating officer.

As of July 1, the team sold more than 1,000 new season tickets, putting them in the top five in the National Hockey League, Nealy said.

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Liles Better Suited To Be The Leafs’ Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Greg Thomson

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For a player coming to a new organization after spending almost a decade with another team, the adjustment period can last quite a while. Even if the player performs well on the ice right from the get-go, there can be a slow transition off of it.

I’ll admit, I have neither seen nor heard much of John-Michael Liles in interviews, but I am thoroughly impressed with his charismatic and contagious personality. As I began watching his interview at the Toronto Sick Kids hospital, I was taken aback by his poise and professionalism. He speaks confidently in front of the sometimes-suffocating Toronto media, answers questions thoughtfully, and embraces the opportunity to play for the Maple Leafs.

Despite growing up in Indianapolis, playing college hockey and spending the last eight seasons in the Western Conference, Liles understands the magnitude and responsibility that comes with playing for this team. He acknowledges the rich history that has proceeded before him and arrives with a firm mandate not to alter with it.

 

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Red Wings mid-day meander: on Datsyuk’s hockey school, revisited topics and prospects

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to the Hockey News’s Rory Boylen, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk’s hockey school in Ekaterinburg, Russia wrapped up with an NHL-style game for its prospects to participate in, with the much attention paid to the details that can help youngsters feel like they’re professional hockey players, if only for a day or two…

Friday was all about NHL simulation. From being shown how to properly set up their equipment in the dressing room to the pep talk before the game, it was about as authentic as it could get for the kids. Just like in the NHL, the pucks were stacked and the kids stormed the ice to “Thunderstruck.” After a brief warmup, player introductions were carried over the loudspeaker. The parents lining the railing along the top concourse were amped up just as much as the youngsters who were suited up; there was even a “Torpedoes” sign posted on one end of the platform.

An air of excitement wafted through the Kurganovo Ice Complex and after the Russian National Anthem played, it was go time. In both games The Torpedoes jumped out to dominating leads: 5-0 in one, 3-0 in the other. Their faces awash with emotion, the kids showed this was one of the biggest games they’d play all year.

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