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Defibrillator Discussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lois Kalchman at the Toronto Star,

Life-saving defibrillators in sports arenas may provide some comfort for participants, but studies indicate the equipment is more effective for the older fans on the sidelines than for the athletes on the ice or field.
The sad reality hit home over the Christmas holidays when Alex Corrance, a 17-year-old Oakville hockey player, collapsed and died on the ice during the first period of a game at the Scarborough Ice Sports complex. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenceman died in spite of attempts to resuscitate him with a defibrillator. The coroner said it was a heart problem.

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Sign Rafalski

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Lamoriello repaid Rafalski’s loyalty by signing him generously at $4.2 million for last season and this. But this summer, again, the 33-year-old can walk as well as skate.
The Devils would handle it best by extending his current contract with a hefty raise and longer-term deal, the new pay and cap liability not taking effect until next season. His loyalty and performance deserve it.

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Forties, Fifties Bid Stanley Goodbye:

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Alan Maki of the Globe and Mail:

On the trophy that symbolizes NHL supremacy, and a good chunk of Canadiana, there is no longer a mention of the Leafs’ championship wins of 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951. Greats such as Frank McCool, Ted Kennedy, Babe Pratt, Turk Broda, Syl Apps, Howie Meeker and Bill Barilko are not on the Cup any more as members of the Maple Leafs.
Instead, the ring around the Stanley Cup that included the six Leafs championships (along with those won in the early 1940s to mid-1950s by the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins) was recently removed so that a new ring could be added for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2005-06 and future winners.
So where is the silver ring that celebrated the Leafs’ golden era? It has been flattened out and is now on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, along with the original Stanley Cup, which looks a lot like one of your great-grandmother’s punch bowls.

No Howe on Stanley?  That’s downright depressing…

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For Dive Fans: A Refresher

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First of all, my condolences to the fans of Buckeye nation.  Watching your team get pasted last night after enduring 51 days of endless fawning must have been difficult.  I ached for you last night Buckeye fans. Truly.

For about 20 seconds.  The rest of the time I pointed and laughed.

On to hockey.  And I’m a hypocrite, as if you didn’t know that already.

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The Blogfathers

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:

It has been the tagline for blog search engine Technorati for a long while now: “55 million blogs… some of them have to be good.”
Debatable logic, perhaps, but in my experience there are more than a few sports blogs — including those that focus on hockey — which are worth picking up as daily reads. There are anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand bloggers dedicated solely to talking puck, a large majority of whom follow the fortunes of one particular NHL team or another, and of those, around 50 hockey blogs enjoy a sizable following. Several of the most prominent bloggers have even been picked up by media organizations’ websites.
With all that in mind, here’s an introduction to 10 hockey blogs of note

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Managing Is Anything But General

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Brian Schiazza of NBCSports.com:

LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi says managing a team involves much more than personnel decisions:

I’m a firm believer—and it’s always the thing that’s underestimated—in building an infrastructure. And I’m not saying my way is right, wrong or indifferent. I just know that it’s different in what I believe an infrastructure has to be. Literally, when I started out here, it was 16-hour days, and people said, “What are you doing?” Some think all you do [as a GM] is make trades! When you’re trying to do things the way you envision them, an enormous amount of time is spent going into your infrastructure. It’s your pro scouting, your amateur scouting, your minor league coaches, your development program, getting all these people in synch and how you use technology today. And in my mind, there’s a place [in L.A.] that I want to get that infrastructure similar to what I had in San Jose, and I can see where it needs to go beyond.

much more in Schiazza’s Q and A…

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Pizza Line Doomed?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Ottawa Citizen:

Just eight games ago, Ottawa Senators coach Bryan Murray thought Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley were as inseparable as Laverne and Shirley, as smooth as Crosby and Hope.
By the time Spezza returns from a knee injury, though, he and Heatley could find themselves as fractured as Britney and Kevin.
The reconfigured line of Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Kelly has been so productive that Murray said yesterday he’d have to consider doing what he once thought unthinkable: splitting up Spezza and Heatley.

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Election Night Jitters

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the National Post:

In the last NHL news release, about a week before voting closed, Scott Niedermayer was first among Western Conference defencemen. Lidstrom was second, fewer than 36,000 votes ahead of Fitzpatrick. It was at that point that the voteforrory.com lobby really went to work.“We were voting so much, the server was slowing down to a crawl,” said founding member Steve Schmid. “It kept popping up with errors. We just killed it the last couple of hours.
“Lidstrom and Niedermayer, they haven’t had one 100,000-vote week yet. We’ve already had two weeks where we had over 140,000 votes,” he added. “Unless the NHL decides to tamper with the results, I’m absolutely positive he’ll get in.”

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The man in question isn’t as worried, as he told the Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma:

“I could have come out and said this is stupid, but who knows what kind of reaction that would have got or if it would have got more attention,” added Fitzpatrick.
“It could have created more of a stir. I just tried to keep it fun and not stressful. If it got to be a distraction for the team or too much, I might have handled it differently.”

“To be honest, I kind of represent the majority—the 40 or 50 who are going are the superstars and pretty special and that’s why they’re going,” he said. “As far as players, they’d embrace me. It’s just the sideshow effect I wouldn’t want to be a part of.”

more from Rory

 

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Rumors Discussed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

That’s the claim of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Tim Panaccio, who cited a source claiming Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe was offering up forwards Raffi Torres and Joffrey Lupul in exchange for Pitkanen….
If Pitkanen were available and Lowe did make that offer then the only question for Holmgren would be, “What are you waiting for?”

much more... and I agree with Mr, Spector, if Lowe did offer those two players, Holmgren should have been waiting by the fax machine…

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2014 Olympic Finalists Seal NHL’s Exit From Games

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The three cities hoping to host the 2014 Winter Games have completed their final bids and all will be handed over to the International Olympic Committee by Wednesday’s deadline.
Pyeongchang, South Korea; Salzburg, Austria; and Sochi, Russia, have until Wednesday to ensure their “candidature files” are given to the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sochi submitted its bid Monday, with Pyeongchang expected to follow Tuesday. Salzburg’s bid will be handed over on Wednesday

 

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