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Ovechkin Discusses A Few Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“I feel the same way [as he did a year ago],” Ovechkin said, “but it’s four years until Sochi. Let’s wait and let’s don’t think about it right now. You never know what’s going to happen. Right now, they say one thing. After four years, [maybe] they’re going to say different thing. Let’s just wait and see.”

Fair enough. Ovechkin has been around long enough that he’s learning to use all the key hockey clichés. The Caps, according to their captain, will be working harder this year, and trying to play better defence without undermining their go-for-broke offensive style, which is what turned Washington into that most unlikely of hockey towns.

“When you lose, you have to forget the bad things and remember the good things,” Ovechkin pronounced. “When you lose, it’s always bad, but that’s life. This year, I hope we’re going to play better playoff hockey.

“We have to realize it’s time to move forward.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Report- Patrick O’Sullivan Close To Signing With Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

UFA winger Patrick O’Sullivan is on verge of signing one year, two-way contract with Carolina Hurricanes.

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  Tags: patrick+o'sullivan

2010 European Trophy Championships

Blog: KK Hockey By Phil Davies

The hockey season is here again!

Free agent signings are almost complete, as NHL teams finalize their rosters for training camp. The rookie training camps are currently underway, with players such as Taylor Hall and Nazem Khadri lighting it up for their respective teams, curious fans and diligent poolies who are looking for a jump on their competition. Hockey is also in full swing in Europe, where Germany’s DEL league team; Eisbaren Berlin, upset some rival powerhouse European clubs to win the inaugural European Trophy Championship. Previously called the Nordic Trophy (featuring teams from Sweden and Finland only), the eighteen team tournament has been expanded to include other European domestic leagues, with Russia’s KHL being the notable exception. The breakdown of teams by country is as follows:

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A Look At George McPhee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post,

“He has the respect of his peers, there’s no question,” said New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, one of McPhee’s mentors.

There is also a complexity to McPhee that goes beyond having a job and doing it well. He has deep roots in his sport, a passion that belies his normally staid countenance: clenched jaw, uneasy smiles, all-business-all-the-time attitude. In his 52 years, McPhee has been a scorer, a student, a brawler, a builder. He might be tight as a sailor’s knot on game nights now, but only because he knows that once the puck drops he can no longer affect the outcome.

That tension has only increased this year. The Capitals had the best regular season record in the NHL last season, only to be ousted in the first round of the playoffs. With the team again among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, the pressure on McPhee and the team he has assembled to deliver a championship is enormous.

How McPhee got to this point is a product not only of who he is, but of how he got there, a series of hockey experiences that might have broken other men.

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  Tags: george+mcphee

Gordie’s Star Gets A Makeover

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hewitt of the CP at Yahoo,

Damaged stars belonging to Mr. Hockey and Captain James T. Kirk on Canada’s Walk of Fame will be replaced.

And that’s making Gordie Howe’s family happy….

Marty Howe told The Canadian Press earlier this week he was sure his father didn’t know his plaque, installed in 2000, had been damaged.

“I’m sure he and the rest of the Howe family would like to see the plaque fixed,” the younger Howe said.

On Friday afternoon, he was pleased to hear the plaque will be switched.

“That is great. I will let Gordie know the good news. Shows you the power of the media. Thanks for letting me know,” he said in an email to The Canadian Press.

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  Tags: gordie+howe

The Health Of Pat Burns Takes A Turn For The Worse

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,

Former NHL coach Pat Burns has taken a turn for the worse, according to news reports.

The 58-year-old Montreal native has been fighting a battle with terminal lung cancer for a number of years. That battle, it appears, could end in the next few days.

Burns, who spends most of his time in Florida, has apparently returned to his home in the Quebec town of Magog and is surrounded by family.

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  Tags: pat+burns

Stars Sign Two RFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dallas Stars tweets,

The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms with both James Neal and Matt Niskanen, each on two-year contracts

Neal’s contract is 2-years: 1st year, $2.25 mil; 2nd year, $3.5 mil. Niskanen is 2-years: 1st year, $1.25 mil; 2nd year, $1.75 mil.

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Anaheim Signs Paul Mara

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Paul Mara to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Mara, 31 (9/7/79), appeared in 42 games for the Montreal Canadiens last season, collecting 0-8=8 points with 48 penalty minutes (PIM). He suffered a shoulder injury on Jan. 22 at New Jersey and subsequently missed the final 30 games of the regular season. In 2008-09 with the New York Rangers, Mara recorded 5-16=21 points in 76 contests, ranking fourth among club defensemen in points. He appeared in his 600th career NHL contest on Dec. 23, 2008 vs. the Washington Capitals.

added 7:11pm, From a Ducks press release…

Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman experienced an acute episode of double vision last week. Lydman has since undergone a battery of tests, which have ruled out most major medical concerns but have not identified the cause of the problem. Lydman is still experiencing some slight residual symptoms and will not be able to train/skate until the problem is diagnosed and his series of medical tests are complete. 

“Our top priority is Toni’s health,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Toni is feeling much better this week and we are encouraged by the results of his recent tests. However, we will proceed with caution until we can identify the source of the problem.”

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  Tags: paul+mara

What Oiler Is Worthy Of The ‘C’?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Who will get the “C”? With the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp set to open Friday with fitness and medical testing, that’s one of the more intriguing questions yet to be answered.

Choosing the next team captain is a decision that will likely fall to head coach Tom Renney, in concert with his assistants. That’s the way the succession system works in the NHL….

Shawn Horcoff would seem the most obvious, not to mention probably the best choice, never mind the fans who keep howling about his salary cap hit of $5.5 million, especially after last year’s major offensive struggle when he had just 36 points in 77 games and was minus 29. He’s the longest-serving Oiler, with 637 games, which almost puts him in the top 10 in team history.

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No Tryout For Theodore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Sporting News,

Unrestricted free agent goalie Jose Theodore is still without a contract but according to his agent Don Meehan, Theodore won’t be joining the growing group of players accepting veteran tryout invitations around the league.

“No, I don’t think he has to try out for anybody,” Meehan told Sporting News.

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  Tags: jose+theodore

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