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Draft May Be An Issue With NHL Teams In Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Chris Pronger is going to start his season in Europe this month, but he wouldn’t want to start his career across the pond.

The Anaheim Ducks defenceman believes NHL expansion to Europe wouldn’t work because some North American-raised players would be unwilling to report to European teams.

“How are you going to run the draft?” Pronger asked during a conference call Thursday. “Are you going to take a Canadian kid and ship him off to Europe?”

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Lindros Not Worth The Risk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

frm Terry Frei at ESPN,

A year later, with Lindros not on a preseason roster and spending much of his time on NHL Players’ Association business, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario under which any NHL team would give him another chance this season in the wake of his largely unsuccessful stints with Toronto (2005-06) and Dallas (last season).

Lindros isn’t worth the risk, the faith, or the money—especially since he isn’t old enough for an incentive- and condition-laden deal.

Even that seems jarring. After all he’s been through, as long as he’s been around, as he goes through a limbo both similar and dissimilar to (appropriately enough) Peter Forsberg’s, Lindros still is only 34.

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  Tags: eric+lindros

Behind The Scenes- Easton Gear Photo Shoot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The promotional photo shoot of NHL players using the new Easton gear was videotaped.

Some players are using the new Easton Stealth S17 stick.

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Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,... John Tortorella on training camp soreness & injuries…

“...I’m not going to wait because of a name or because of someone projected. I’m not too interested in projections. I’m interested in getting people on the ice and getting their work done. I’m not coming down on any body here, I just want define it. Everybody is sore. Everybody is nicked up once you start camp. That’s what we go by here….”

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  Tags: injuries, john+tortorella, tampa+bay+lightning

Reviews Are In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don’t foget NHL.com has been releasing NHL team reviews on a daily basis.
Today, none other then the Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils.

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Cloutier Hopes To Put An End To Catcalls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“There’s nothing I can do,” said Cloutier, of the catcalls that have punctuated most of his stay with the Kings. “I can’t control what they do. I can’t start to worry about what people are yelling or thinking of my play or what I’m doing. At the end of it, it’s going to make me better when I work my way out of it. I’ve been in that situation before, my first couple of years in Vancouver, and then I had a couple of successful seasons and it went away, so …

“In order to get it away, you need to put up some numbers and get some wins.”

more on the Kings…

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  Tags: dan+cloutier, goalies, los+angeles+kings

Fighting In The Pre-Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Not only are fighters dropping at an alarming rate, the incidents of pugilism have gone up sharply this pre-season. In 29 games through Sept. 20, there had been 39 fights for an average of 1.34 per game. Compare that to last year’s pre-season, when there were just 92 in 105 games for an average 0.88. In 2005-06, there were 111 fights in 108 games for an average of 0.97 per game.

Of the 29 pre-season games so far, there have only been five where there have been no fights.

According to hockeyfights.com, the Philadelphia Flyers lead the league with nine pre-season fights, including three from Cote, who also leads the league.

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Lasting Impressions

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

by George James Malik

It’s that time of year again, that time again for each and every one of us, regardless of the teams we root for. Training camp has ended, and the exhibition season has begun, and whether you’ve seen scrimmages and exhibition games in person, online, or whether all the information you can find is the “official” line from the mainstream media, you think you’ve got a pretty good idea as to which of your team’s prospects, try-outs, and new free agents are going to pan out—especially if you’ve seen them in action.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, draft, prospects

HNIC For This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Let the 2007-08 season begin! CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to be the premier destination for hockey fans everywhere, with a fresh, jam-packed, action-filled broadcast package featuring a walloping 87-game schedule - more games than ever before - plus a record number of games in High-Definition, 18 regional matchups, 23 all-Canadian matchups, 11 afternoon games, seven tripleheaders, Saturday night doubleheaders all season long, the 26th season of the illustrious Coach’s Corner starring Don Cherry, the 2007 Hall of Fame Game, the AMP NHL Winter Classic outdoor game, the eighth annual CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration presented by Tim Hortons and the 56th NHL All-Star Game, all capped off with the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.

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  Tags: hnic, media

Keep Numminen In Your Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Twelve hours before he was to check in at the Cleveland Clinic for open-heart surgery, Teppo Numminen was quite afraid.

“There’s fear, that’s for sure,” the Buffalo Sabres defenseman said Wednesday from his Cleveland hotel room. He was to report to the internationally renowned cardiac hospital at 5 this morning to have a valve repaired….

The operation isn’t being done so that he can keep playing hockey. The 39-year-old Finn admitted his condition could be fatal if not addressed quickly.

“Whether I played again or not, the odds turn against you at one point, and I guess they would have turned soon,” Numminen said. “They can’t say if it’s going to be two months or two years, but something happens and then you’re in trouble. Then it’s too late.”

Don Baizley, Numminen’s agent and friend of 20 years, said, “This has been pretty traumatic. It is open-heart surgery. It’s serious business.”

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update 6:28pm, from the AP via TSN,

“Teppo Numminen’s surgery was a success and there were no complications,” Sabres doctor William Hartrich said after speaking to the doctor who performed the surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. “Teppo is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for the next several days.”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, injuries, teppo+numminen

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