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Andy Murray Calls Out Players, One Responds Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I didn’t think (Patrik) Berglund was good, I didn’t think (David) Perron was good, I didn’t think (Keith) Tkachuk was good ... I didn’t think (Brad) Boyes was good,” Murray said. “I thought (David) Backes was all right.”...

“The last time I checked, we’re all in this together,” Tkachuk said. “We’ve got a young team. It’s easy to put the blame on each other. I don’t need the coach to tell me through the media, or any other player through the media ... if that’s what he’s searching for, it’s a very young and fragile team to be doing that right now in the middle of the season. But if that’s what he has to do, that’s his decision. He’s the coach.”


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  Tags: andy+murray, keith+tkachuk

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I truly believe we will wind up in the top four in the conference. Watch this team. You’re going to be very, very surprised. We have nine new players. We have a new coach. We have a new system.

“It’s only 30 games into the season and we will be a Stanley Cup contender. Mark my words. You’ll see. Just give them some time and that time is right now.”

-Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.  More from Melnyk from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun.

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Father Builds Son A Rink - A Little Bigger Would Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via KOMO News,

He is 8 years old and plays for Seattle Junior Hockey; he loves this game so much so with the weather conditions just perfect I was able to build this for him so he could practice anytime he wants’ and my wife and I could stay warm in the house.

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Lightning Recall Karri Ramo

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

Olaf Kolzig is dealing with an upper body injury and the Bolts actually told him he could leave the team early and spend some time with his family

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  Tags: karri+ramo

Bergeron Update- Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement today regarding Bruins center Patrice Bergeron:

“After first being treated at the TD Banknorth Garden yesterday, Patrice was diagnosed as having sustained a concussion, and was admitted to Mass General Hospital under the care of Dr. Peter Asnis.

“Since being admitted to MGH Patrice has undergone extensive testing, and all of the results have come back normal.  When examined this morning, his condition had improved greatly over last night, and he was released from the hospital. There is no timetable for his return to the ice.”

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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

A Thrashers Fan Takes A Look At Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Friday’s post with pictures from an EN reader in Atlanta prompted a Thrashers fan to e-mail us with some background information on the lack of fans at Philips Arena:...

There is so much that your readership needs to understand about the state of hockey in Atlanta. It has nothing to do with market, and everything to do with the willingness of fans to pay for a sub-par product. That’s just how Atlanta sports fans are. You or your readership may believe that I am simply making excuses, but all you really need to do is look at how full the arena was in 2006-2007 compared to last season, and now compared to this season.


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Are The Blackhawks Cup Worthy?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Can the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup?

Wow…just the fact I can pose this question without crashing the entire Internet shows how far the Hawks have come in a very short time.

Well, let’s see: a quality coach in Joel Quenneville; top-notch goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin; hard-rock defensemen in Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith; a true offensive blueliner in Brian Campbell; and plenty of productive forwards led by Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and a still-healthy Martin Havlat.

The short answer has to be: Yes, the Hawks can win the Cup. The long answer is: Yeah, the Hawks could, but it’s unlikely given their youth and playoff inexperience and then there’d be a long-winded explanation getting into all that.

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Don’t You Know Who I Am?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Scene: A meeting room where eight chairs are shoehorned around one older man, who sits on the edge of a desk….

A young, athletic-looking man who’s wearing comically oversized sunglasses looks around, then realizes the counsellor is talking to him.

“Why don’t you stand up and tell us about yourself.”

The younger man rises.

“Are there any TV cameras here?” he asks.

“No, son,” says the counsellor. “You’re completely anonymous here.”

The younger man looks disappointed for a moment.

“Are you sure you don’t know who I am?” he asks.

“No idea,” someone in the group says, and again he looks disappointed before he continues.

“My name is Sean,” he says.

read on

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  Tags: sean+avery

A Big Trade Rumor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

A Thrashers-Wild blockbuster could be in the works.

Denials will come from Thrashers GM Don Waddell and Wild counterpart Doug Risebrough (they always do), but the whisper around the NHL is those teams have been discussing a huge deal involving superstar forwards Marian Gaborik and Ilya Kovalchuk.

Risebrough has been shopping Gaborik all season, but it’s been tough to find a taker because of his injury history. The talk is the Thrashers might have an interest if they can get Gaborik signed to a long-term contract, but the asking price would be high.

There’s a belief the sides have been talking about sending Gaborik and D Kim Johnsson to the Thrashers in exchange for Kovalchuk and RW Colby Armstrong.

continue to read more whispers…

added 10:18am, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If Gaborik stays in one piece, the Wild will be looking to move him to an Eastern Conference-based team. I’m sure they’ve talked to the Montreal Canadiens. Bob Gainey and the Wild tandem of general manager Doug Risebrough and coach Jacques Lemaire are buddies from their playing days with the Canadiens.

Chris Higgins, a strong winger who seems to have fallen into disfavour in Montreal, is a likely target for Minnesota. Maybe Guillaume Latendresse, too, because Mark D’Agostini has come up from the minors and keeps scoring. A former Habs first-round pick, left-winger Max Pacioretty (Hamilton Bulldogs) is another possibility.


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The Halfway Poll

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Saw this over on the Emperor’s page and thought it would be nice of me to pull out all the Wing-specific items for you.  It’s almost Christmas and little gifts like that from me to you are going to be pretty common around here.

That’s the kind of guy I am.

Rankings. A bunch of ‘em.  Players, execs, writers all voted.

Continue Reading »

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