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Filatov Feels He Is Maturing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nikita Filatov is being watched and he knows it.

There are no dossiers being kept, only mental notes. The 20-year-old isn’t some character under suspicion in an Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn novel. He’s a talented left winger trying to make a good second impression with the Blue Jackets….

What time does he get to the rink? How much effort is he putting into his off-ice conditioning? Does he carry himself with an air of entitlement?

“You don’t have to be real smart to know that after I left last year the respect and the relationship would be different,” Filatov said. “I just hope I know the way to get it back. I spoke to (teammate Fedor Tyutin) about how to handle things and my behavior here. It’s probably going to take some time.

“I think I have changed. I get more mature and older. I know there are small moments where I have to pay attention more to being a good teammate.”

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NHL Suspension Policy Remains Messed Up

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the worst things about pre-season hockey is when players get injured in the still meaningless pre-season.  This is especially bad when a player tries to make a name for himself to make a team with a cheapshot on another player.  One of the more outrageous examples of this in the recent past is Steve Downie’s 2007 pre-season boarding of Dean McAmmond, which netted the then-rookie Downie a 20 game suspension. 

Last night we had two suspendable offences.  The worst was a kneeing incident where Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik took out Detroit’s Johan Franzen.  Franzen is expected to be out for at least his next three games.  Orpik was given a game misconduct for the play, but as of yet no suspension.  Kneeing is always a dangerous play and in a pre-season game it is senseless.

Chicago defencemen Nick Boynton made a “throat-slashing” gesture toward Blair Jones of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  For this he got a one game suspension and that one game is a regular season game.  The fight came after Boynton hit Chris Durno knee-on-knee to provoke the fight.

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Yzerman Doing It The Right Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The sunshine and the sea make Tampa a place any free agent would consider. But what of the player who wants to win a Cup?

Yzerman — and his Detroit pedigree — can change all of that in Tampa.

“If we do a good job, treat people properly, we’ll be able to attract good players when we show we’re a good organization. Just because it’s me (in the GM chair)? No,” he said.

Nobody goes to Detroit, because Holland is the GM. Or Pittsburgh for Ray Shero.

They go there because those men have built organizations that can be trusted. Trusted to compete, honour their word, and treat people right.

It will take a while, but assuming Vinik is who Yzerman believes him to be, they’ll be saying those same things about the Tampa Bay Lightning one day.

Likely sooner than you think.


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Want To Watch Some Hockey Tonight?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We have Philadelpia taking on Toronto right now on NHL Network-US from London, Ontario and then the Kings face the Coyotes at 10:00pm ET via streaming which is embedded below.

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Peter Mueller Out With Another Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I just learned some bad news: Peter Mueller is out indefinitely with another concussion. He suffered it late in last night’s game and a diagnosis wasn’t made until today.

I remember Mueller was hit up against the glass in one play, but don’t remember the player from the Kings involved, and I’m not even positive that was how the injury happened. All I know is, he’s out indefinitely.

This is horrible news.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Talent is what wins.

Keep that in mind through training camp and you can see the sporting world in an entirely different light.

-Jim Kelley of Sportsnet where you can read the full story.

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Modano Shooting For 50

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Somewhere in Mike Modano’s new place in Detroit, there is a slip of paper or Post-it note where he’s penciled in what he thinks he’s capable of producing in his new hockey home.

It doesn’t mean anything necessarily, but something to remind him of where he’s at, where he needs to go.

“I think you need to do that. I just need to know, see those things written down, and you wake up every day trying to accomplish them,” Modano said in an interview after the Wings’ workout at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. “If they’re written down and you’re looking at them, I think it’s good for guys.”

So what did the 40-year-old center write down?

“I wrote down 20 and 30—20 goals, 30 assists,” Modano said. “I think with the talent and the possibility of playing a little power play there and whatnot, [it] could be close to that.”

continued and watch the video report below from Burnside as he visited Detroit in his camp tour…

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Interested In Being A Hockey Writer?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

I get a number of inquiries, on a regular basis, from teenagers and 20-somethings interested in becoming hockey journalists. But while it’s terribly nice to know I work in a business so many people want to be a part of, I get the sense few of those folks have any idea about the less-than-glamorous realities of the job.

With that in mind, I’ve designed a brief questionnaire any aspiring hockey writer can take to help them decide whether this might be the right direction for them. So break out your No. 2 pencils and take the “So You Think You Want To Be A Sportswriter” multiple-choice test! (Answers at the bottom.)


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All About The Zamboni

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Fleming of ESPN The Magazine,

They are the sweetest three words any red-blooded hockey knucklehead will ever get to hear. Just as I am exiting the understated Zamboni headquarters in Paramount, Calif., the newest gleaming, hulking, three-ton wonder lumbers out a factory door and stops directly in my path.

The temptation too great, I grab a handle far above my head and climb skyward into the driver’s seat. Below me, company president Richard Zamboni, 78, steps up and protectively pats the rotund chassis of the machine as if it were the soft, furry belly of a giant blue Labrador retriever.


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Fox Sports Detroit to webcast Friday’s Red Wings-Blackhawks game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Take note, fellow Red Wings fans, from Fox Sports Detroit’s Tim Bryant:

Friday’s Red Wings-Blackhawks preseason game from JLA will be webcast live at Foxsportsdetroit.com, along with a live chat with Dana Wakiji.  Audio will be from the Red Wings radio call (Ken Kal, Paul Woods).

The game starts at 7 PM, and you can watch it here at FSD’s web-streaming page, on the Red Wings’ home page, or on the NHL Network. 

Saturday’s game in Chicago (8 PM EDT) airs on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the NHL Network, or for those of us who don’t get NHL Net, most likely Hulu.com or Justin.tv.  Don’t forget that Sunday’s game against the Rangers at 5 PM will air on Fox Sports Detroit, with Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond making their 2010-2011 debuts.

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