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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am not really sure about this, but it appears the Modesto Bee was in search of the greatest sports dynasty.  Mentioned in the story were the Yankees, the Oakland A’s, the 49ers and then this…

To anyone who has followed the sport of hockey since before the Gary Bettman era, determining the greatest sports dynasty is an open-and-shut case.

It’s the Montreal Canadiens from 1952 to 1980.

Sixteen of the club’s 24 Stanley Cups came during those 29 years. They won five straight Cups from 1956-60—a feat not since repeated—and four straight from 1976-79. In the 1960s, the Canadiens won four Cups in five years. Only once did more than two seasons pass without the Canadiens raising the Cup.

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  Tags: history, montreal+canadiens

Guralnick In Rare Form

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Browsing the Detroit News this morning….insert your own line here…and I realized A2Y’s photographer of choice David Guralnick’s been on fire in TC.  If you haven’t been following the DetNews Wing blog, he’s been posting photos there since the big boys opened camp last week. 

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It’s Olli’s Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Miami Herald,

Olli Jokinen might have served as captain of the Florida Panthers the past three seasons, but today, it appears he truly gets what the ‘‘C’’ on his jersey represents.

‘‘He’s our leader and the guy everyone looks up to,’’ Nathan Horton said. ``He’s our guy. He leads the way and we follow.’‘

‘‘This is Olli’s team,’’ Mike Van Ryn said.

continued...And someone please tell my why Jokinen’s name kept popping up in outlandish trade talk this summer!

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  Tags: florida+panthers, olli+jokinen

Nashville Depending On Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The Predators did lose quite a talent in Kimmo Timonen, who’d posted at least 40 points in five straight seasons. But the addition of experienced Greg de Vries, the steady improvement of Zanon, Suter, Weber and Dan Hamhuis, and the potential of Marek Zidlicky should make for a formidable blueline unit.

“Our defense is very strong and it will probably be the strength of our organization for a number of years,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “You’ve got the growth of the young guys and you’ve got the depth our organization has had in finding those type of players that are really strong.”

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  Tags: defense, nashville+predators

Fighting Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

Choosing to fight Smyth, who is playing on the top line with Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette, appeared inexcusable, like a Broncos defensive lineman trying to beat up quarterback Jay Cutler. It also appeared that Laperriere’s fight with Love was meant to send a message that you don’t mess with high-salary, skilled forwards like Smyth.

Afterward, the players presented a different picture. Turns out that Smyth, who signed a five-year, $31.25 million contract in July, picked the fight with Love, and Laperriere only fought Love to remind Smyth that he will be handling his dirty work.

more on the Avs…

added 8:14am, The Denver Post also has a nice feauture on Steve Konowalchuk.

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, fighting, ryan+smyth, steve+konowalchuk

Erik Johnson Keeping It Simple In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News-Democrat,

While his progress has been watched intensely by Blues fans since being selected first overall in the 2006 draft, the 19-year-old Johnson tries to let others worry about things he can’t control.

“I’m not a guy that really puts pressure on myself too much,” he said. “I feel really good out there, I haven’t been nervous at all. I’ve been happy with how I’ve been playing and I’ve really been trying to keep things simple, so that’s helping me out a lot.”

Johnson is staying at the former Blues star’s family home in St. Louis, following a recent trend that saw Blues winger David Backes living with Keith Tkachuk for a time last season and Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby once sharing a house with Mario Lemieux.

“I usually talk to him a little bit every day, he’s a great guy to have around and he’s a great mentor,” Johnson said of MacInnis, now a Blues vice president. “It’s good because you get home-cooked meals and you don’t have to pay rent, so that’s nice.”

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  Tags: erik+johnson, st.+louis+blues

Vlasic Fits In Sharks “D”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

While Vlasic’s name now is chiseled onto the Sharks’ roster, he faces a different challenge: finding a defensive partner. The steady Scott Hannan is gone, having signed as a free agent with Colorado.

“I thought Scotty and I had a pretty good chemistry,” Vlasic said. “If I made a mistake, he was there to back me up. He showed me how to position myself on the ice. It was great to play with him.”

Actually, Wilson countered, it was the other way around.

“I think Mark helped Scotty more, to be honest,” he said. “Marc is the last guy I’m worried about. We just have to find him someone to play with now.”

read on... Is that a backhanded shot at Hannan from Wilson?

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  Tags: defense, marc-edouard+vlasic, san+jose+sharks

Schneider Hurts Ankle - MRI Scheduled

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the OC Register,

Veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider, signed as a free agent July 1 as insurance against the possible retirement of captain Scott Niedermayer, left the game midway through the second period because of an ankle injury. Schneider is scheduled to undergo an MRI today.
“I really don’t know what to tell you,” Schneider said. “It didn’t feel like much on the ice, but it stiffened up on me. My skate just kind of stuck on the ice.”

 

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, injuries, mathieu+schneider

Hockey Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The Ottawa Senators have quietly expressed some interest in Curtis Joseph as a backup goaltender should they be able to find a home for Martin Gerber and his $3.7-million US contract.

• Word around is that the new tough NHL was ready to give Mark Bell a 30-game suspension had he not shown such remorse and personal growth to the league. Doubt Ferguson, who said he did his due diligence on Bell, was aware of that when he tied up $2 million in summer cap money trading for him.

• A waste of money: Whichever NHL team ends up signing Peter Forsberg. He has little left to offer.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, ottawa+senators, suspensions, toronto+maple+leafs

New Season For Pitkanen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers had been searching for a puck-moving defenceman almost from the moment Chris Pronger left town.

They found one in Joni Pitkanen, but skeptics saw his glaring minus-25 last season in Philly and wondered if he’d be moving the puck out of his own net as often as he moved it out of the zone.

“We lost a lot of games last year,” said Pitkanen. “The year before I was plus-25 (22, actually, and plus-15 the season before that). It’s almost like if you win a lot of games, absolutely you get a lot of pluses. When you lose a lot of games you get minuses.

“I played last year the most ice time on the team ... they’re (minuses) coming if you lose.

“It’s a new season, I know what I can do.”

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers

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