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Tips for surviving hockey withdrawal

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

I think we know what Canucks and Bruins fans will be up to this weekend. But what about the rest of us, who find ourselves smack dab in the middle of the off season with no parades or Stanley Cup celebrations to partake of? There really should be some NHL collective bargaining agreement rule that dictates Stanley Cup Final Game 7s must be played on a Friday to allow a 48-hour grace period for fans to recover and properly prepare for the off season. Since they do not, we must deal with hockey withdrawal on a weekday, whilst attempting to work, negotiate rush hour traffic and watch the morning news. I was raised to believe that there were better ways to deal with my emotions than to set cars on fire or loot the large department store where my parents used to buy me Garanimals outfits for school. Instead, I offer a few non-violent and legal tips to help fans survive the next few days and weeks with our minds and bodies intact.

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Can We Talk 2012 Odds Yet?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Odds to win the 2012 Stanley Cup

Vancouver Canucks 5/1
Boston Bruins 8/1
Washington Capitals 17/2
Philadelphia Flyers 9/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 9/1

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Future Hall Of Famer Mark Recchi Retires

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One story at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup playoffs is that future Hall of Famer Mark Recchi has retired.  He is retiring fresh on the heels of his third Stanley Cup victory with his third Stanley Cup winning team.  He retires as the highest scoring active NHL player.  Here is the post I wrote when I first considered him a Hall of Famer regardless of the rest of his career.

I like to write a career retrospective for any future Hall of Fame player when they retire.  Here is Mark Recchi.

Recchi was born on February 1st, 1968 in Kamloops, British Columbia.  He grew up playing in the Kamloops minor hockey system.  He was first noticed by hockey scouts when he played with the Langley Eagles in the BCJHL in 1984/85.  He scored 65 points in 51 games and was given a chance to play with the WHL New Westminster Bruins for four games.  The next season he became a permanent member of the Bruins.  He scored 61 points in his first full year.  This is the first year he was eligible for the NHL entry draft but he was viewed as too small and defensively questionable and nobody selected him.  He was traded to his hometown Kamloops Blazers and that is where his junior career really too off.  He scored 76 points in an injury shortened 40 game season. Nevertheless, he remained undrafted.  In his final junior year he made the WHL West First All Star Team.  He played for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships.  He led the league with 93 assists and led the league in the playoffs with 21 assists and 31 points.  At this point he looked too good to be overlooked by the NHL.  At age 20, he was drafted as the Pittsburgh Penguins fourth pick 67th overall in the 1988 draft.

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Red Wings mid-day news: More Jagr talk, a curious ‘roster report’ and Ken Kal outtakes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 4:28 with St. James confirming Jagr interest: The scuttlebutt regarding the Red Wings’ possible interest in signing free agent-to-be Jaromir Jagr boil down to two issues—fit and finances. On the latter front, Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner reports that Jagr might not fit the Wings’ plans:

It’s being reported that Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, has contacted four clubs — Detroit, Pittsburgh, Montreal and the Rangers — about the services of his client. Jagr has played for three teams during his NHL career: the Penguins, Capitals, and Rangers.

Detroit appears to have the inside track because Jagr is salivating at the opportunity to play with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. But reports also suggest that Jagr also is seeking a major payday. If that’s the case, don’t expect Detroit to sign him. The Wings are smarting from the Mike Modano experiment. They’re apprehensive about signing aging veterans who are susceptible to injury and a diminishing skill set.

And on the former front, as Regner suggests, the Wings obviously want to spend most of their capped dollars bolstering their puck-moving blueline:

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Video- The End Of The NHL Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

HNIC does it again, great video…

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Colorado Coaching Moves

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has promoted Adam Deadmarsh to Assistant Coach.  The organization also announced today the hiring of Tim Army as Assistant Coach/Video.

Deadmarsh, 36, joined the Avalanche coaching staff in the summer of 2009 and has spent the last two seasons as Colorado’s Video/Development Coach.  The Trail, B.C., native enjoyed a nine-year stint as a player in the NHL, appearing in 567 career games with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.  He totaled 184 goals and 373 points with 819 penalty minutes.  Deadmarsh was part of the Avalanche’s first Stanley Cup championship team in 1996.

“Adam certainly deserves this opportunity,” said Avalanche Head Coach Joe Sacco.  “With his background, we feel he will be successful in his new role.”

Army, 48, has spent the last six seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Providence College (Hockey East).  Prior to joining the Friars, Army served as head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League for three years from 2002-03 to 2004-05.  Army was an assistant coach in the NHL for nine seasons, spending four years with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-94 to 1996-97) and five years with the Washington Capitals (1997-98 to 2001-02).

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No Big Cap Problems For The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There are only three players headed for unrestricted free agency in Beantown after Mark Recchi’s retirement announcement after Game 7: Michael Ryder, Tomas Kaberle and Shane Hnidy. Kaberle, given his less-than-stellar postseason, surely can’t be a fit unless he takes a discount. Even then, I’m not sure the Bruins have that much interest in bringing him back.

In the end, none of these guys are top-end, core players. The B’s will survive with or without them.

There’s only one restricted free agent on the roster, but he’s a key one: Brad Marchand. The super pest, who scored clutch goals in the playoffs and especially in the Cup finals, doesn’t have much leverage, though, since he’s coming off an entry-level contract and doesn’t have salary-arbitration rights. Still, he’ll get a nice raise on the $821,667 cap hit he had this season.

Whether or not Marc Savard decides to retire because of his serious concussion issues may also affect payroll.

more plus a look at the Canucks situation for next season…

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NBC Gets Big Ratings From Game 7

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

All figures and info from NBC Press Release:


—Up 14% Over 2009’s Game 7
—Ties for Second-Best Stanley Cup Overnight in 37 Years
—Highest Stanley Cup Overnight Featuring a Canadian Team in 38 Years
—Boston Sets Record, Leads All Metered Markets with a 43.4 Rating & 64 Share

NEW YORK – June 16, 2011 – Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, which saw the Boston Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, to claim their first championship since 1972, generated a 5.7/10 overnight rating, tying 2003 for the best NHL Stanley Cup Game 7 overnight on record, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company. The overnight was up 14 percent compared to the most recent Game 7 in 2009, which featured two U.S. teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

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Kolzig Named Associate Goalie Coach For Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have hired former Capital Olie Kolzig as associate goaltender coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Dave Prior will return to his role as director of goaltending and NHL goaltender coach.

“We are excited to add a familiar face to our staff in Olie Kolzig,” said McPhee. “Olie had a tremendous impact on this franchise as a goaltender as well as an individual, and we are looking forward to him having the same impact as a coach.”

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Aftermath Of The Vancouver Riot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Austin, Sam Cooper, Cheryl Chan of the Vancouver Province,

It took a small army of police over two hours but the chaos in downtown Vancouver is “substantially under control,” said Vancouver Police’s Const. Jana McGuiness.

Downtown Vancouver descended into chaos following the 4-0 Canucks loss to the Bruins, with rioters burning cars and looting stores and brawls and fights breaking out.

McGuinness could not confirm any fatalities or whether any police officers were injured.

There were unconfirmed reports of four stabbings, she said. Police made dozens of arrests, but could not provide an exact number.

Just after 11 p.m., in the aftermath of violence, the street was a deserted war zone. Very few businesses were left unscathed and sidewalks were littered with shattered glass.

One shoe store had virtually no merchandise left, while the London Drugs on Georgia and Granville, where alarms still blared, had its doors smashed in, and coat hangers and shoes strewn outside.

Unruly, booze-fuelled mobs also broke into Sears at Robson and Howe. One looter managed to break into Chapters bookstore, but apparently no one bothered entering.

Ugly brawls tinged with a racial element were seen breaking out on Granville Street as late as 11 p.m. and a police chopper circled the crowd overhead as police attempted to take control of the melee.


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