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Losing Is Tough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

Wayne Primeau sat at his dressing room stall, beads of perspiration popping from his forehead and forming tiny rivers that ran down his cheeks, rivulets cascading like tiny rapids from his nose.

“I don’t think it’s from lack of effort. The work ethic is here. We just can’t afford to take off even one shift,” said Primeau, who acknowledged that four wins at the quarter pole in the NHL season isn’t what he thought he was signing up for when he joined the Maple Leafs in a trade last July. Actually, his brief fling as a Leaf hasn’t been what he expected either personally or collectively….

“Not playing a lot of minutes can get difficult but it is what it is. I expected to play a little more. It’s one of those things where some other guys were given an opportunity,” he said, picking his words carefully, “and maybe they were showing more early on.”

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A Potential Buyer For The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,

Montreal businessman Steve Stotland is leading a group of Phoenix-area investors who want to buy the NHL’s Coyotes and keep the team in Glendale, Ariz.

Stotland, part of a group that looked into buying the Montreal Canadiens when they were up for sale in 2000 and again this past spring, said he began pursuing the Coyotes after the team emerged from bankruptcy court and was sold to the NHL this month.

Though the team is drawing an average crowd of 9,850 after 12 home games and is projected to lose as much as $50-million (all currency U.S.) this season, Stotland and his Camelback Hockey Group believe the team’s financial fortunes can be turned around with local ownership and continued improved play on the ice.

The team “has been with an ownership group that is telling people that hockey doesn’t work in the desert,” Stotland said. “Now that the bankruptcy is done and the NHL owns the team, we’re going to move forward.”

continued

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  Tags: steve+stotland

Time To Eliminate The ‘Push’ Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Pang at HockeyChats,

Here’s where I would again like the NHL to look at, and conclude that a player cannot “extend his arms” and “Push” a player in an act that should only be a hit, contact with a shoulder,or side of body to another player.

When you have played the game and go into the corner, or are playing a puck along the boards, and an opposing player is coming at you, you know you are going to get hit. You are braced to “take a hit, to make a play” as they say.

The problem happens when there is no hit, no shoulder, but he is there. You release the puck, still no hit….and then there is the “push”. The unsuspecting extension of the arms, that catches almost every player off guard and more cases than not, ends up in injury.

It is more prevalent than ever. Young players grow up knowing now that it is a “good hockey hit”. It has more football-style hitting in it than it does hockey-style. It has been accepted. It has to be eliminated.

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Breaking Down The Panthers 3rd Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

So who gets the blame? The Panthers, sure. But a lot of that blame has to go on Reebok. They are the ones, I’ve been told, who did most of the designing. Of course, these are the same folks who thought it was cool to put ‘AFC East’ on all of the Dolphins (and Jets and Patriots, etc) sideline apparel.

Some Panthers jackets simply have Eastern (as in Conference, not the defunct airline) on the back. Like that means anything to anyone but them.

The Reebok people aren’t real hip to what looks good. So it’s not surprising that Reebok (it’s not RBK anymore right? No.) came up with this plain look. The jersey we saw in March looked fake, unfinished. No way this was what they were going to unveil.

Yet that’s what they rolled out. No wonder the Panthers kept it a secret and didn’t have a big photo shoot beforehand. They wanted to bring it out and move on.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“When I talked to you guys after the game (Saturday), I didn’t really know what I did.  I didn’t think it was that bad. Sometimes in the action you don’t know what you did until you see it. After I saw it, I clearly thought it deserved a suspension.”

-Georges Laraque on his knee-to-knee hit on Niklas Kronwall.  More from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In the end, I think the Wild made the safer investment here. Size doesn’t grow on trees. I think Latendresse will become a solid, second-line, power-winger type for years to come. The Canadiens got the guy that can still possibly become a first-line offensive threat, but they also took on more risk if he’s unable to figure out what it takes to apply his talent at this level.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the Benoit Pouliot - Guillaume Latendresse trade.  More from Pierre on the trade…

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, guillaume+latendresse

Briere Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Briere suspended for 2 games for his hit last night on Scott Hannan.

added 5:57pm, video of the hit…

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  Tags: daniel+briere, scott+hannan

Kiprusoff Wants Team Finland Starting Goaltender Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CTVOlympics,

Miikka Kiprusoff wants to start for the Finnish hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, but the Flames goaltender says if he isn’t going to be the team’s No.1 guy, he’d sooner stay home.

“I’d probably not go in that case,” says Kiprusoff in a Tuesday story in The Calgary Herald. “If I’m not going to start for sure, I think I’m going to take that time off and rest.”

Kiprusoff currently has 12 wins, five losses and two overtime losses, with a 2.61 GAA, and a .914 save percentage.

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff, team+finland

I’m Placing The Stairway To Suck Off Limits

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No more Zeppelin.  It’s simply not working and, honestly, it may be an idea that has doomed the first two months of the season.  I’m man enough to admit that I may have contributed to the bad things that have happened.  That, et al, is no act.  I’m fauxing serious.

Until further notice, I’m going back to an old standard.  A Michigan man. 

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Burke’s Son Brendan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

While you’re at Miami, Dad is now in Southern California as executive vice president and general manager for Anaheim and the Ducks win it all in 2007. You drink out of the Stanley Cup with Pops in the Anaheim dressing room. You love your father, you’re proud of him, but you are hiding something from him that you will soon hide no more.

In 2008, Dad is chosen as general manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey team and named a recipient of the 2008 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. His résumé is relentless. Today, Dad runs the most profitable NHL team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and is, without question, one of hockey’s more magnetic and interesting characters along with Don Cherry and Alex Ovechkin. Dad televises well.

So, imagine, this is your father. You? Probably destined to be “Burkie’s boy” in Canada even if you resurrected George Harrison and John Lennon and reunited The Beatles. Imagine.

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  Tags: brendan+burke

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