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Alec Martinez Agrees To A Six-Year Contract Extension With The Los Angeles Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


added 6:15pm, added official release from the Kings below...

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Remembering Jean Beliveau

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note- original post was 8:04am 12/3/14, bringing to top of page for all to see.

I will be adding to this post throughout the day... 10:15am, post has been updated numerous times, below the jump... and even more added.. another update at 2:06pm... now 2:23pm... as of 4:35pm, 13 updated to this post...

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Jean Beliveau batted .500 in the most impressive hockey category of all: 10 Stanley Cups in 20 seasons.

But he batted a thousand where it mattered most.

"What a wonderful person," fellow Habs legend and former teammate Dickie Moore told ESPN.com a few years ago. "All these years, he's always thought about everyone else but himself. That's Jean Beliveau."

Beliveau died Tuesday night. He was 83.

No classier human being has ever laced them up in the 97-year history of the NHL. His talent was all-world, but it was his humble demeanor that will forever be remembered.

"He was, in every way, a one-of-a-kind player, matched only by his grace and quality as a human being," wrote the great Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.


A video tribute to Jean Beliveau from Stephen Brunt of Sportsnet,

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Pekka Rinne- The Perfect Goaltending Model

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie McLennan of TSN,

It's no secret, when I've been asked if I had to build a goaltender, what would it look like, the simplest reply I can offer is: Pekka Rinne.

- 6'5"
- unreal flexibility
- elite lateral movement
- great puckhandling
- the Finnish relaxed but intense mental makeup
- durability (can play 70 games in a season)
- structure, but worries about stopping the puck by any means necessary
- elite rebound control because he catches pucks - and this is why I believe Pekka and most Finnish goalies work to give themselves the edge

There are a few reasons I am biased, one being I had the great fortune of playing with one of the most talented goaltenders I've ever come across in Miikka Kiprusoff. Second, I had the opportunity to go to Finland three summers in a row and work with some of their goaltenders and the coaches involved in their development, and watch firsthand the philosophy and thought process behind what they believe to be important in the mechanics of goaltending.


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Video- David Backes And His Wife On Their Trip To Kenya

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via NHL YouTube channel,

St. Louis Blues captain David Backes and wife Kelly visit Nairobi, Kenya with the Starkey Hearing Foundation for a life-changing experience.


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Montreal Canadians Announce Jean Beliveau Tribute Leading Up To His Funeral

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL (December 3, 2014) – In accordance with the wishes of the Béliveau family, the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club today announced the details of events in the days leading up to Mr. Béliveau’s funeral.

The team’s management stresses that, in keeping with the family’s wishes, all activities will reflect the image of the late hockey legend: they will be simple and accessible to the public. Out of respect for the public, which has supported Jean Béliveau over the years, the Béliveau family announced that they had agreed to share their grief with the community. They hope, however, that the media and the public will continue to respect their privacy during this painful time.

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Logan Couture’s Status For The Next Game Is Unclear

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

Logan Couture’s status for the Sharks’ game against Boston on Thursday remains unclear, after the center suffered an apparent head injury against the Flyers on Tuesday night.

Todd McLellan offered a brief update on the center after an optional practice on Wednesday in which Couture did not participate.

“Felt better today,” McLellan said. “There’s still protocol that we need to adhere to. He’ll get through the day. We’ll see how he is in the morning. I can’t even venture to guess which way it will go. We obviously want him in and we know he wants to play, but we have to make sure that he is in a good state and feels good.”


Below, watch how the injury happened...

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Bob McKenzie Spoke With Mark Howe Today Regarding Gordie Howe’s Condition

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Latest update on Gordie Howe, from son Mark: "We're expecting to get Dad home, back in his own bed this aft if all continues to improve...

Mark Howe said his Dad is only taking liquids, speaking is difficult and he hasn't been able to walk for weeks now, but that what was...

...originally thought to be a 2nd major stroke was dehydration. Mark said his Dad and family making best of an obviously difficult situation

Mark Howe also noted the passing of Jean Beliveau: "It is a tremendous loss to all associated to the sport of hockey. A true legend...

...on the ice a definition of class to all that looked up to and admired him. I know Dad held Jean in the highest regard...

...Our condolences to his family from our family." That's Mark Howe on the passing of Jean Beliveau.

added 4:59pm,

via the Detroit Red Wings,

During the afternoon of Monday, December 1, our father appeared to have suffered another severe stroke as he displayed diminished consciousness to his attending caregivers and physical therapy personnel for more than 30 minutes. EMS was called and he was immediately transported to UMC Hospital. An MRI was performed Tuesday afternoon which revealed the great news that he did not in fact have a second severe stoke. It was determined that he was suffering from dehydration and is currently being treated accordingly. He is having difficulty eating solid foods at this time, has slurred speech and has been unable to walk for more than three weeks now. All of these factors are contributing to his overall decline in health. His mental awareness has improved enough in the past 24 hours to where we expect him to be out of the hospital and in his own bed at home before the night is over.

The Howe family is also deeply saddened to hear of the passing of hockey legend Jean Beliveau. The hockey world has lost a man who epitomized professionalism, dignity and class. We extend our condolences and prayers to his family and friends.

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Injuries Hitting The Anaheim Ducks

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Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford Out For 2-3 weeks

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added 12:54pm,

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Girgensons All Star Votes

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Fan balloting for All Star Games has always lead to questionable choices.  Fans stuff the ballot box for hometown players who often do not deserve an All Star berth.  This year is no different.  The top vote getter so far is Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres.  He is a forward with 14 points so far this season.  That places him 121st in scoring in the NHL.  That is hardly All Star calibre numbers.  It may place him second in scoring on the Buffalo Sabres, but they are a weak team.

Girgensons is getting votes because he is from Latvia and his country decided to stuff the ballot box in his name.  So far it is working.  Typically fan voting increases as the voting process carries on.  More people cast votes in the later days of the process.  It will be interesting to see if Latvia can keep up when that occurs or if they will have such a big head start that they cannot be caught. 

Right now it looks like Girgensons is going to be voted into the All Star Game.  He certainly doesn't deserve to be a starter based on his hockey ability, but given the weakness of the Buffalo Sabres, he will probably fulfill the requirements that Sabres send a player to the game.

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