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All Phaneuf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

Keep your head up, or you might meet Dion Phaneuf the hard way.

The 22-year old All-Star is geared up for a big game in Atlanta, where his bullet-like shot was on display. In this week’s Facing Off, the league’s hardest hitter tells us what it’s like playing for his hometown’s archrival, why he may be the most feared player in the game and who he thinks is the team to beat this season in the NHL….

Q: Mike Richards just signed a 12-year $69-million deal with Philadelphia. You will become a restricted free agent on July 1. What dialogue have you had with the Flames about signing a contract extension?

A: Can’t comment on that. We’ve haven’t been talking yet. As far as the deal Mike signed, I think it’s a great deal. Some guys are going to the longer-term deal, some guys prefer a shorter deal. It’s really up to the player and the team to work it out, and hopefully both sides can be happy.

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A Good Ride

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vail Daily,

Greg Pankewicz has ridden more dilapidated buses than he cares to remember.

He’s skated on ice rutted with potholes thanks to incompetent Zamboni drivers, played on teams rumored to be relocating, earned meager pay and taken so many punches and high sticks to the face that he’s running out of places for scars.

Yet Pankewicz wouldn’t change a shift in his 17 years of playing minor league hockey.

“The life of a minor leaguer isn’t all that glamorous,” said Pankewicz, now with the Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League. “But I’ve had a good ride.”

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Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

While we wait for the NHL to begin again, enjoy the top 10 goals of the past week.

Watch the video…

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Report- Selanne Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note: added the Selanne press conference video at the bottom of the post at 8:40pm.

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Finnish winger and the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to terms on a contract for the balance of this season and Selanne will be re-joining the team this week.

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added 4:18pm, via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that right wing Teemu Selanne has signed a one-year contract and will join the team for the remainder of the 2007-2008 season. Selanne, who was an unrestricted free agent, will practice with the team today and travel on the club’s eight-game, 15-day road trip (team departs Tuesday).

“It took Teemu several months to determine if he had the passion and determination to return to the NHL, and we are thrilled to have him back,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “This is a player who scored 48 goals last year and showed no signs of slowing down.”

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29 Teams Still In The Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Consider that last year, the gap between the No. 1 team at the break (for those with short memories, it was the Nashville Predators, believe it or not) and the 30th-place Philadelphia Flyers was 44 points. This year, it is 36 — pretty close in other words.

A more telling measure is the gap between second-best and second-worst teams at the All-Star break. Last year, it was 32 points.

This year, it’s only 21 points (from the No. 2 Ottawa Senators down to the No. 29 Tampa Bay Lightning). Normally, you’d think that a team lingering at the bottom of the conference standings such as Tampa wouldn’t be harboring any playoff thoughts whatsoever, with about a third of the schedule to play, but you’d be wrong.

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Following Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Sidney Crosby pauses as he walks down the hallway of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He hears the happy cries of a boy in one of the rooms just visited, so he stops, retraces his steps and disappears behind a curtain in the room.

“Hat fit OK, buddy?” Crosby asks the boy, who can’t speak.

A behind-the-scenes look at Sidney Crosby during a recent visit to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

There are more excited noises.

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Canes Trying To Get More Mobile On “D”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WRAL,

“I had one conversation with one GM - the same one I’ve had about five or six months now,” Rutherford said of his trip to Atlanta. “And it ended the same way it all ended.
“I would like to continue to work on trying to get more mobility on our defense. And that’s what we continue to work on but it’s not easy. You have to pay a high price if and when they are available.

“And if get them, they get into high-rent district on their salaries.”

Rutherford said the Canes will continue to see appealing defensemen come available and may look to address that in free agency in July.The trade deadline is Feb. 26.

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Nashville Joins The Top 6 Forward Club

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

If the Predators do make such a move, it will almost surely be to add an offensive-minded forward to an occasionally goal-challenged club.

“Our missing piece is a top-six forward,’’ Poile said. “We have one (injured Steve Sullivan), but he’s not playing. So we could add a top-six forward that could bring more offense, but — not to take myself off the hook — that’s a tall order.

“Because in my discussions all year long with most clubs, they’re looking for the exact same thing. Other than Ottawa and Detroit, almost every club would like a top-six forward.’’

Poile also isn’t willing to sacrifice large chunks of the future, as he did the last two seasons at the trade deadline.

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Commit To The Indian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

Commit to the Indian” has caught the eye and ear of one of the Blackhawks’ chiefs.

The phrase, uttered by Hawks coach Denis Savard during his postgame rant Thursday night, has popped up on T-shirts. Its popularity has made team President John McDonough take notice.

“It’s amazing how much life it’s got,” McDonough said Sunday. “I’m getting e-mails from all over the place.”

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If you missed the Savard rant…

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A Magical Tale

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Adelson at ESPN The Magazine,

Its sounds like a fairy tale. Steve Yzerman, the legendary hockey hero, reaches out to Braxton Davis, a sick little boy. Think you’ve read this story before? Bet you haven’t.

The magical tale of the hockey hero and the sick little boy came to an end on a warm spring day in Detroit in 2006. Braxton Davis, the sick little boy, stood silently inside the Red Wings’ locker room as the players streamed out, the day before a first-round game against Edmonton. The room was empty, save for one man, Steve Yzerman, who lingered in khakis and a long-sleeved shirt. The Captain, holding a stick in his hand, walked over to Braxton.

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*our thanks to a longtime KK reader for pointing out this story

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