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Survivor Rich Peverley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Peverley recalled the day last season when Nashville head coach Barry Trotz told him he was being put on waivers and that, assuming no other NHL team picked him up, he’d perhaps get his confidence back playing in the American Hockey League. Peverley and his wife drove around near the Nashville airport waiting for word on whether he was headed to another NHL team or hopping a plane to Milwaukee and the Preds’ AHL affiliate.

Atlanta GM Don Waddell, however, saw something in Peverley. It has turned out to be a boon for both the player, who recently signed a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.6 million, and the franchise.

“Here, I get counted on to have some offensive production,” Peverley told ESPN.com this week, “and whenever you play a lot and play a lot of minutes, you’re going to develop a lot of confidence, and I just think that’s the case.”

The 27-year-old Guelph, Ontario, native said he understands how people may be waiting for the clock to strike midnight on his Cinderella-story emergence as an NHL scorer. But he’s determined not to go pumpkin any time soon.

more and other topics include the Wings, & the Sedins…

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Panger On Stevie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Pang at HockeyChats.com,

Tonight, I get to sit, enjoy, and take in a moment I never imagined happening some 30 years ago when Steve Yzerman and I began our friendship, playing hockey in Nepean, Ontario.

It has lasted the test of time, and he has been a friend that has been so much greater than that as a player. He is a great father to 3 girls, a phenomenal husband and one of the greatest leaders this sport has ever seen.

more from Darren as he takes in the HHOF inductions.

Make sure to check out HockeyChats while you are there.  It has great potential.

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1st Month Fantasy Disappointments & Surprises

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

Well I just wrapped up bottling my hyper-experimental espresso-oatmeal stout (I’m calling it “Breakfast”), and as a result am wired at midnight.  The mixture of suds and caffeine is giving me an itchy trigger finger on Yahoo and I figured I’d write another article to boot.

So the season is just over a month old and after 15 or so games in we’ve finally got enough data to see who look to be top producers this season, and who are dropping like stones.  I polled my own fantasy league to find out what our armchair GMs thought about their most disappointing players; how did that early-round draft pick turn into wire-bait?  Will they bounce back?  Voice your own frustrations and prognostications below.

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Maurice Has Faith In His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Coach Paul Maurice is faced with the realization his 2-11-3 team must carry on without the services of injured franchise linchpins Eric Staal (upper body) and Cam Ward (left leg laceration) for the foreseeable future.

“I still believe in this team,” Maurice said after Monday’s practice. “We had a tough stretch back in 2003 when half our team was in the medical ward and, even though we were bringing kids up, we weren’t getting any better.

“Here it’s been frustrating because the last 4-5 games we don’t feel we’ve been that far off from the game we need to be playing. Clearly, we have to be a defensive team, but, at the end of the day, we can’t count on winning 1-0 every night.”

read on

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Detroit’s Gift To Hockey:  19 To The Masses

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Steve Yzerman has been the sole property of Hockeytown for twenty six years now.  Oh, we’ve loaned him out a few times, let him head to Canada now and again.  We even almost gave him away, allegedly, to Ottawa.  And just like the thought of almost NOT drafting him in ‘83 makes you want to suck your thumb and hum along to some Dr. Hook tunes?  The sick thought that he was almost dealt turns you all sickly and pale. 

But, luck intervened and the Islanders took Pat Lafontaine.  Then you, the 19—or the 19 before you—stepped in and made a statement.

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Gretzky Will Attend HHOF Induction Ceremony

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Lou Lamoriello’s 67-year-old eyes did not deceive him. He did see Wayne Gretzky in his downtown Toronto hotel lobby on Monday morning, and the Great One will attend the Hockey Hall of Fame formal proceedings in the evening, according to Gretzky’s agent, Darren Blake.

Whether Gretzky will grace the induction ceremony with his presence in the Great Hall has been a talking point surrounding this year’s festivities.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Greg Hardy in his Power Rankings (sports related) at ESPN tries to be funny…

It looks like a senior staff member of Alberta’s health services was fired after arranging for members of the Calgary Flames and their families to skip ahead of thousands of other patient Canucks in order to receive their H1N1 shots. Meanwhile, Canadian drugmakers are still scrambling to develop a vaccine that will make watching an NHL game more enjoyable than suffering from swine flu.

Fail and I wonder if Hardy has even watched an NHL game lately?

Let’s add Damian Cox of the Spin to the afternoon line too,

Hilarious to hear Buzz Hargrove claim he quit because he wasn’t being allowed to do his job as NHLPA ombudsman. Folks, Hargrove was scheduled to be fired last night and simply beat the union to the punch. He was going to be fired because he tried to turn the job of ombudsman into emperor and made a fool out of himself. Next most laughable claim comes from departed suit Ian Penny who says Chris Chelios undermined him. Well what the heck did Penny do to Paul Kelly all those months?

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Glencross Gets 3 Games For Hit On Drury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Three-game suspension for Curtis Glencross for the hit on Drury.

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Some Things Should Not Be Twittered

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Well, it doesn’t take a lot to cause a maelstrom in Montreal and Allan Walsh’s twitter sure accomplished that on Saturday night.

In case you missed it, after the loss to Tampa, Walsh pointed out Price is 10-32 in his last 42 starts. His numbers are slightly off, but the only question that matters is: What does Jaroslav Halak think about this?

Walsh has one responsibility here, and that’s to his client. No one would be surprised if Halak, who doesn’t seem the type to create shockwaves, is beyond frustrated with his status in the organization. On merit, he deserves more opportunity, but Price is a first-rounder and Halak went 271st. It’s not always fair, but it happens.

The difference between hockey and other sports is that this usually happens in private.

continued and much more hockey talk from Elliotte…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 9, 2009)—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 8.

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