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Regier Talks World Hockey Summit And Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier is at the World Hockey Summit and will be involved in a symposium on junior hockey development this afternoon at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

Much of the discussion is expected to revolve around the Canadian Hockey League and the impact of the influx of young players from European countries.  The panel will be moderated by Hockey Night in Canada’s Jim Hughson and will include such heavy hitters as Regier, IIHF Vice President Murray Costello and USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson.

“It’s very important for the hockey community to share best practices, ideas, and concerns that everyone has regarding junior development,” Regier said this morning on Toronto’s FAN 590.  “There are a lot of choices out there for kids and I think it’s critical that they choose hockey over all other sports.”

As Sabres fans are well aware, the value of player development for a budget conscious team like Buffalo is a big issue to Regier.  “We don’t get heavily involved in the unrestricted market, and with players becoming unrestricted at the latest at age 27, it puts tremendous pressure on junior development, and we’re very dependent on it.”

Regier also admitted that the Olympics affected franchise goaltender Ryan Miller as the season wore on.  “I think at the end we did see him maybe not as sharp as he was at the top of the season.  When you have someone playing that many games and with very little rest time it’s going to impact him.”

The Sabres open training camp with “Puck Drop 2010” at HSBC Arena on September 18.

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  Tags: darcy+regier, jim+johannson, murray+costello, puck+drop+2010, ryan+miller, world+hockey+summit

Who Is This Player?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Over the years (current NHL player) has dabbled in the wind chimes, the spoons, the maracas, the triangle, and the tambourine. In the fall of 2004 lead man of Mumford & Sons, Marcus Mumford, saw (him) playing the harp at an open mic night at a bar in Jyvaskyla, Finland, where (he) was playing for an FNL team called JYP during the lock out. He was instantly intrigued by the giant man’s delicate melodies and a union was formed over a bottle of Sambuca at the bar afterwards.

As the band has climbed to international fame it’s been difficult to work around (his) ice hockey schedule. During the NHL season they’ll often have someone fill in for (him) on the multitude of instruments he plays, but are planning a tour that coincides with the (his team) travel schedule in 2010-11.

Get the answer.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer.

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A Look at The Blueshirts With Scotty Hockey

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

With hockey season right around the corner, I figured that now was a good time to reach out to Scotty from Scotty Hockey to see what his thoughts are regarding the off-season for the New York Rangers.

Scotty was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions regarding the Blueshirts and how they’ve done heading into the new season.

PH: Overall, how do you think the Rangers’ did this off-season? Why?
SH: The Rangers did fine this offseason, to date. I qualify that due to Marc Staal still being unsigned at the moment. They didn’t give Ilya Kovalchuk a 17 year deal and they got rid of Donald Brashear. Sure, they outright lied to us by saying that the kids in the system would get a chance to break in to the roster and then went out and added Biron, Frolov, White, Boogaard and Eminger. But they got rid of Donald Brashear. Did I mention that already? Well it was worth mentioning twice. Or three times - they got rid of Donald Brashear. Sure the contract given to the Boogeyman was ludicrous of Reddien proportions but Brashear will never wear a Blueshirt again. Losing Jody Shelley to free agency while adding Boogey could very well hurt the team in the locker room and on the ice but ... you guessed it, no more Brashear. I’m clearly quite pleased with that.

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  Tags: alexander+frolov, marc+staal, new+york+rangers, off-season

Overrated Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

It’s may have something to do with his perceived personality, but Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf certainly isn’t a hit with his peers.

According to a Sports Illustrated Poll scheduled to hit newstands tomorrow (today), Phaneuf is the runaway winner as the NHL’s most overrated player. Of the 272 players asked, 21% listed Phaneuf, who came to the Leafs in a blockbuster deal with Calgary.

Second on the list was Rangers defenceman Scott Gomez (seven percent) floowloed by Canadiens centre Scott Gomez (six per cent) and Rangers pest SEan Avery (five per cent.)

added 7:20am, I have a feeling the above story is old, even though it has a August 23, 2010 date on it.  Sorry.

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

World Hockey Summit - Day One Wrap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Marek of CBC,

Outspoken sports radio host Bob McCown called for stiffer penalties on fighting on Day 1 of the World Hockey Summit in Toronto.

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said parents are the worst judges of talent in all of hockey.

Continental Hockey League (KHL) chairman of the board and former player Slava Fetisov said Russia isn’t as interested in transfer agreements/payments as they are in having a relationship with the NHL that grows the game worldwide.

Hayley Wickenheiser talked about how there are only six rinks in all of Russia where women play hockey.

Steve Yzerman pointed to the lack of arenas in Florida, which has hurt development of the sport in that state.


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It’s Not All Pretty In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I like (Bill) Daly. He has been a good and loyal lieutenant to general Gary Bettman -particularly in difficult situations such as the mess in Phoenix and, most recently, the Ilya Kovalchuk contract circus. It’s Daly’s job to paint pretty pictures -to put Michelangelo strokes to cartoons -and he has been doing it well for a long time.

Today’s bigger, faster and richer players are doing a lot of good things, but Daly lost me with his recent sermon.

Face it: the NHL still has too many franchises in dire straits. The New York Islanders, once-proud winners of four consecutive Stanley Cups, have missed the playoffs 13 times in the last 26 seasons -and counting. Worse, the Isles are in desperate need of a new arena, have pursued it for what seems at least a decade -and still have come up with empty pockets.

Columbus has made the playoffs only once in its nine years of existence. Nashville is struggling. Florida hasn’t been in the postseason for the last nine seasons. Dallas had to be sold. Whether or not the Coyotes remain in Phoenix still is a question mark.


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Canucks Could Have Used Asham

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Halford & Jason Brough of the Vancouver Province,

- The Pittsburgh Penguins signed winger Arron Asham to a one-year, $700,000-US deal on Friday. Pretty good bargain for a tough guy who scored four goals in 23 playoff games for the Flyers last spring. Asham would’ve been a fine fit for the Canucks, who could really use some ferocity on the forecheck, but evidently he wanted to stay in the East.

- Memo to Mike Gillis: Mikael Samuelsson led all Canucks forwards in hits last postseason, which isn’t ideal if you hope to intimidate your opponent. Steve Bernier was second, and his checks can punish, but he’s gone now. After that, it went Alex Burrows, Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen, in that order. Are you shaking in your skates, NHL defence-men? Yeah, didn’t think so. Tanner Glass (7 hits in 4 games) and Rick Rypien (9 hits in 7 games) combined for just five more hits than Kyle Wellwood (11 hits in 12 games) during the playoffs. To be fair, Glass and Rypien barely saw the ice in the postseason. Though they both saw more than Darcy Hordichuk, who didn’t play at all and will earn slightly more than Asham this season.

- On the bright side: Victor Oreskovich, the big winger the Canucks acquired from the Panthers this summer, finished sixth on Florida last season with 99 hits, and he only played 50 games with limited ice time. Then again: Oreskovich finished last on the Panthers with a minus-8 rating.

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  Tags: aaron+asham

Talking KHL At The World Hockey Summit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They gathered, for the first night, at the Hockey Hall of Fame and used that tried-and-true format – the Hot Stove discussion – to launch the world hockey summit. Everybody who was everybody in the world of hockey showed up, or was on their way, including a couple of intriguing guests from Russia – Alexander Medvedev, president of the Continental Hockey League (KHL), and Slava Fetisov, the league’s chairman.

Medvedev’s league is about to enter its third season and despite many growing pains along the way, and the frustration of not being able to repatriate the crème de la crème of Russian players, is becoming a more viable option with every passing season.


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  Tags: khl

Lupul Has Recurrence Of Back Infection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ducks winger Joffrey Lupul will miss the opening of training camp and likely won’t be ready for the start of the regular season due to a reoccurrence of a blood infection in his back.

Lupul said Monday he suffered the setback one month ago and stopped training because of the discomfort. Results from blood tests showed that the infection had returned, according to the team.

Lupul will continue to take antibiotics for another four weeks and cannot do any physical activity during that time. He will be re-evaluated on or around Sept.20, about two or three days after the Ducks open camp….

“It’s really frustrating,” Lupul said. “I haven’t played hockey in a long time. I was hoping to be ready on day one of camp. But now my focus has changed. I want to get rid of this. I’m very confident I can get back playing and playing well.”

read on

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  Tags: joffrey+lupul

Oilers Still Have Issues To Address

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With Edmonton Oilers training camp less than a month away, disgruntled defenceman Sheldon Souray still doesn’t have a change of address while free-agent centres Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano don’t have contracts.

Needless to say, there is a gulf between what the Oilers and best buddies Gagner and Cogliano feel they are worth after three seasons of playing in the NHL.

They would have been signed long ago, but the Souray soap opera is a pricklier situation. It would not be a sound idea to have the veteran blue-liner on the ice at training camp, even if he has two years left with the Oilers at $5.4 million U.S. per season. That’s because he would likely be a major distraction, just as Dany Heatley was last summer with the Senators in Ottawa.

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said there has been no line drawn in the sand with Souray or his agent Paul Theofanous.


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