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All Patrick Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks took part in an NHL tele-conference today.

Q. Just wondering if you had been to any outside rinks to acclimatize yourself for January 1st at Wrigley.

PATRICK KANE:  No, I haven’t seen any rinks around here, but you know, that day, it’s just throw it up in the air what the weather is going to be like.  You don’t really know.  You don’t really know what you want as a player, either.
I guess you want it to be a little cold so the ice is better and all of the ice complications are worked out.  But at the same time, you don’t want it to be too windy where the wind is blowing in your face the whole game.

I’m sure it will be a cold day, but a fun day overall, so looking forward to it.

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  Tags: patrick+kane, winter+classic

Was Drafting Stamkos A Mistake?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News, .

..The Bolts ought to have drafted Doughty. Had they done so, they might even be challenging for a playoff berth right now.

Of course, it could be equally likely Doughty would be in the same predicament as Stamkos, laboring like the dickens along with the rest of his Lightning teammates. But take a gander at Doughty’s stats with the Kings and tell me he wouldn’t have greatly aided settle Tampa’s home-zone coverage.

As of mid-December, Doughty led all of Los Angeles’ skaters in ice time, averaging a rookie-best 23:40 per game. If he’d eaten-up that many minutes a night while wearing a Lightning jersey, odds are Tampa GM Brian Lawton might not have had to use up precious cap room and roster space on journeymen defensemen such as Marek Malik and Steve Eminger.

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The Plight Of The Fan Blogger

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It had been too long.  Something like two years.  I wasn’t prepared for it and I’ll admit to you now that I haven’t handled it well.

Losing to Denver was so unexpected, so…startlingly revolting, that I’d pushed the memories of the last time too far away. 

I should have kept them handy.

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It Could Happen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from 24 Hours Vancouver,

JUNE 15, 2009: The Mats Sundin sweepstakes will end tonight.

The 38-year-old Swede will finally choose a team, but you won’t see him on ice.

The professional poker player and former Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain announced in a statement via agent J.P. Barry that he would declare his loyalty to the New York Rangers or San Jose Sharks, depending on which team is leading after two periods in tonight’s seventh and deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals.

Should the teams be tied, Sundin will choose the team that scores the go-ahead goal.

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The NHL Hour with Trevor Linden

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Trevor Linden  will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.  Linden, of course, just had his number 16 retired and hung from the rafters in a pre-game ceremony last night honoring the longtime former captain.

The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, trevor+linden

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I would have flown around the globe to be there last night.  I was extremely disappointed to have been excluded.”

-Brian Burke speaking about the Trevor Linden ceremony last night.  A little more at the Vancouver Sun.

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Gary Roberts Ready To Retire At End Of This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

The most interesting thing to come out of the Thursday’s morning skate (well, the morning meeting, there wasn’t really a skate) is that left wing Gary Roberts will retire after this season….

“I don’t think there’s any doubt, I’m gone after this season,” Roberts said. “I’m going to retire. I’d like to finish on a god note. I’d like to come back and prove I can play and hopefully stay healthy enough to finish the season and finish playing a stretch of games and at least have some success. I’d like to finish on a high note.”

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Komisarek Returns Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MontrealCanadiens.com,

Itching to return from the moment he went on the shelf, Mike Komisarek will be on the ice tonight when the Habs host the Flyers.

A spectator and part-time coach since suffering a shoulder injury on Nov. 13, Komisarek missed 16 games while recovering.  His teammates went 7-6-3 during that stretch and are currently on a three-game slide.

“The doctors liked what they saw,” he said. “They put their stamp of approval on my file.  I’m good to go tonight.”

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Kings Make Roster Moves

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have re-assigned forward Oscar Moller to the Swedish Junior National Team for participation in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships—which will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ottawa—and have recalled forward Trevor Lewis from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

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The Best Shootout Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Courtesy of NHL Network’s On the Fly, it’s the Top 10 Shootout Goals of All-Time.

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