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ASG Captains—Iginla and Lecavalier

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2008)—Right wing Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames and center Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been named team captains for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio), the National Hockey League announced today.

Iginla, making his fourth career All-Star game appearance, will lead the Western Conference. Lecavalier, skating in his third All-Star Game, will represent the East. Each player, on-pace to record a career-high scoring total this season, was voted to the starting lineups in All-Star fan balloting.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, jarome+iginla, vincent+lecavalier

Interview with Matt Gannon

Blog: KK Hockey By Steve

VERSUS will present to you on Sunday afternoon at 4PM, conveniently right after the Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, a critically acclaimed hockey documentary called “In the Crease”.  The independently produced hockey movie became the #1 sports DVD in both the US & Canada. 

The story follows a California teenage hockey team on their quest to win at the national championships. Featuring NHL Players such as Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez, “In the Crease” attempts to tell what co-director/producer Matt Gannon calls “the universal hockey story”.

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  Tags: in+the+crease, matt+gannon, movie

Who Wants A #1 Pick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

After all, those arguers argue, what could be better for the Ducks GM than to see the look on arch-enemy/Oilers counterpart Kevin Lowe’s face as Burke strides to the podium in Montreal this summer and takes a top-five – or better – prospect out of Edmonton’s hands?

Funny thing is, Burke doesn’t feel that way. At all.

“That (No. 1) pick is in play,” Burke told The Hockey News Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t listen to any team that expressed interest in it.”

read on and much more NHL talk…

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Rutherford Calls Out Canes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from 850thebuzz,

If you’re in the market for a replica jersey, we highly suggest an Eric Staal #12. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk, because Carolina GM Jim Rutherford makes it sound like everyone else is fair game in trade speculation.

read on and listen too…

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

added 12:34pm, Well, that didn’t take long…. via TSN Breaking News,

Sources tell TSN the Hurricanes have traded Craig Adams to Chicago for future considerations..

added 12:39pm, TSN link now available…

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Trade Strategy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

The activity has already heated up as the phone calls have started to come more furiously since the roster freeze at Christmas. I think it’s the mere fact there’s a deadline, that there’s a date you have to get things done by if you’re going to do something. Also, at the midway point in the season you have to assess your team because the GM meeting is coming up in February, about two weeks before the trade deadline.

With the All-Star Game approaching, you can bet the managers have already started thinking about where they are. By the time the GM meeting comes, things will really start to heat up. It’s certainly a time when things start to crystallize a whole lot more.

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Rob Ramage Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fan590 radio in Toronto just reporting it, more as it becomes available.

added 10:54am, from the CP via the Toronto Star,

NEWMARKET, Ont. — Former NHL player Rob Ramage has been sentenced to four years in prison for a fatal 2003 crash that killed a former Chicago Blackhawks player.

Keith Magnuson died on Dec. 15, 2003, when a rental car driven by Ramage slammed head-on into another vehicle just north of Toronto.

Update 3:33pm ET: From the CP via TSN, Ramage will be appealing the sentence.

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Where There Is Smoke…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stealing and burning furniture, he said, did you hear it correctly?

One big mess regarding Chris Pronger on Jim Rome.  Greg at the NHL Fanhouse breaks it all down….

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IIHF Agreement Regarding Juniors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The NHL and representatives of the IIHF have agreed to additional restrictions when it comes to young European players coming over to play in the NHL.

Following the five hour meeting with representatives of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden, both sides agreed that a player who is still under contract with an IIHF team and has not reached his 20th birthday must be first offered back to his team in Europe. The new proposal sees the age limit increased by two years.

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Paying The Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Disptach,

In a sport rife with occupational hazards, blocking shots is among the most painful and least glorified tasks. It is an undervalued art form, one colored by bruises, contoured by bumps and crafted by players who embody the definition of “taking one for the team.”...

“There are times it hurts so bad that you want to cry,” defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen said. “To the average person, it might seem insane stepping in front of a shot, but it’s part of the game.”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pat Quinn via George Gross of the Toronto Sun,

“Obviously, so far, I haven’t done a good job adjusting. However, if I were approached by the Leafs, I’d have to think about it. Mind you, I can’t imagine that they would approach me, but I can tell you that working for the Maple Leafs was the highlight of my hockey career.

“I sincerely hope that they straighten out their problems. I feel badly about the Toronto situation. I have an affection for some of the players and some people in the organization.”

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