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Views From A Fourth-Line Grinder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Bissonnette at The Hockey News,

A lot of attention has been drawn to my Twitter account. Why would a hulking NHL fighter start a Twitter account? I’ll tell you why.

It really started when Scottie Upshall told me I should do it. I thought, “yeah right, that’s pretty lame,” but he would say, “you need to make it fun and it will be.” So I put my own little twist on things. I don’t want to write about the everyday stuff like ‘Oh, I just had lunch’ because everyone does that and who cares?

I have no filter and I like it when I get a rise out of people; that makes it fun. I like to think outside the box and make it fun because that’s my personality. Like Sunday night we were at Jovo’s house and I knew people would wonder, “What’s his kitchen look like?” So I wrote, “Jovo’s kitchen’s bigger than my apartment. More granite.” You think I’m exaggerating? I tell it how it is.

I think fans from all over have followed it and not just those from Phoenix. I’m not getting any more autograph requests or being noticed on the street more than I used to partly because I don’t really post many pictures of myself on Twitter and partly because I’m a fourth-line grinder.


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the World Of Alexander Mogilny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Pollina of Sabres.com,

When the Buffalo Sabres General Manager took a chance on drafting Alexander Mogilny in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, he faced some skepticism from his peers – and a political impasse from the Soviet Union.

At the time, the Cold War was not yet resolved, and tension between Mogilny’s homeland and the United States were still high.

Making the situation more implausible was the fact that Mogilny was currently playing for the Soviet national team – the Central Red Army.


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2010/2011: European Players to Watch out for in North America

Blog: KK Hockey By Phil Davies

Help me welcome Phil Davies to the stable of KK bloggers.  Phil will be covering the international hockey scene for us.

Make sure to click his name in the byline to find out his background.  As with all the KK bloggers, Phil will have his own blog sometime this month. - Paul

Although there are a number of European Players expected to make an impact in the NHL this year, I will be focusing on players, who, previous to their success in the 2010 Olympics and/or the 2010 World Championships, were flying under the radar as elite level prospects. However, for every Henrik Zetterberg, who first impressed North American hockey fans with his stellar play in the 2002 Olympics, there is a Fabian Brunnstrom, who has yet to pan out for the Dallas Stars.

Roman Wick

This 2004 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, has an outside chance of securing a roster spot at some point this year. Although Wick is a smallish forward, who will probably spend the majority of his time with the Binghampton Senators, he does have a good set of hands, as evidenced by his five points in five games at the 2010 Olympics. However, Wick will need to play a more physical game if he hopes to land in the NHL long term.

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Canadiens summer in review - any moves left? NHL News and Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

In retrospect, the Montreal Canadiens off-season largely consisted of four events: 1) Halak for Eller, 2) Carey Price re-signed, 3) Sergei Kostitsyn shipped to Nashville, and 4) uh, the signing of Alexandre Picard. Not the most thrilling free agency period for Habs fans, but it wasn’t for most teams. The Ilya Kovalchuk contract debacle seemed to put many free agents in a holding pattern, as teams were hesitant to commit without knowing the full scope of the market. Regardless, the important question is: are you happy with the Montreal Canadiens moves this summer? Do you think the Canadiens can compete in 2010-11? The core of the team remains the same, yet important cogs such as Dominic Moore and Glen Metropolit are gone (interesting Metropolit footnote: he flourished on the power play last year, leading the Canadiens in PP goals. Now he’s playing in Switzerland. That’s the “new” NHL for you). Furthermore, the man between the pipes has changed, as playoff hero Jaroslav Halak was jettisoned in favour of the promise within Carey Price…or something like that.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you lost 18% of your income would you be happy? I can honestly say that I am more stressed about money now then when I was in college.

I can’t explain it and I never thought it would be the case but it is true. $ in no way makes u more happy or makes life much easier.

If you don’t make a lot of money I don’t expect u to understand in the same way I could never understand what it is like to risk my life daily as a fire fighter or police officer…especially not a soldier. There r pros and cons to every profession. U r kidding yourself if u think money makes things any easier.

-Dan Ellis of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Twitter.

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Ottawa Fans- Your New TV Analyst Is Denis Potvin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a Jeff Rimer tweet,

Congrats to my old #Fla broadcast partner Denis Potvin the NEW #Sens TV ANALYST!

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Schneider Prepares For Back-Up Role In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Stacey of The Salem News,

(Cory) Schneider arrived in Vancouver on Friday to get ready for the start of the Canucks’ training camp that begins next week. The 24-year-old is ready to stick with the National Hockey League organization that drafted him the first round (26th overall) six years ago.

“It’s my fourth year (at training camp); no surprises or excuses now,” said Schneider, who is expected to make Vancouver’s roster and serve as the backup goaltender to all-star Roberto Luongo for the 2010-11 season.

“I know what I’m up against and what I have to do: Lock that spot down and don’t leave any doubt.”

There is security for Schneider that he hasn’t had in the past in the form of a one-way contract, meaning he can’t be sent down to the Canucks’ AHL franchise in Manitoba if he doesn’t make the big-league team. (In that unlikely scenario, Vancouver would have to place Schneider on waivers and risk losing him to another NHL team while getting nothing in return.)


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One Of The World’s Greatest Ice Hockey Teams Visits Belfast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Irish Emigrant,

The Boston Bruins will drop the puck far away from home on October 2 next when they take on the Belfast Giants Select team in Belfast, it was announced last week.

The Bruins need no introduction on this side of the pond but are described in Irish and UK hockey circles as “one of the most famous ice hockey franchises in history, and are one of the ‘Original Six’ teams officially formed in 1924. They have one of the largest fan bases of any ice hockey team”

The Bruins will bring their full squad to Belfast – allowing the Irish public to see some of the best hockey players in the world. This represents an historic night for Irish hockey fans as it is the first time the NHL team has played outside North America.

A game of this magnitude has never been brought to the UK or Ireland before. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest ice hockey teams, play against the Giants who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of playing at the iconic Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

more, including VIP tickets are going for $230US…

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“I Choose NHL & I Want To Win The Cup There”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So says Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Kesler’s Defensive Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I listed top 20 forwards by defensive goals versus threshold, one player who is conspicuous by his absence from the list is Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks.  Kesler has been a nominee for the Selke Trophy in each of the last two seasons.  He is considered one of the top defensive forwards in the NHL.  Why didn’t the goals versus threshold system find him?

Ryan Kesler scored 75 points with the Vancouver Canucks last year.  That made him their third highest scorer (behind the Sedins), but his +/- rating (which is an important number in the defensive portion of the goals versus threshold system) was only a +1.  This was tenth highest among the Vancouver Canuck forwards and well behind team leaders Daniel Sedin and Christian Ehrhoff, who were +36’s.

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