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Linseman Pare Enjoying The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star via Canada.com,

Not many people can say they entered the NHL with Wayne Gretzky in 1979 and managed to outlast the Great One on the ice. However, with 28 NHL seasons on his resume, veteran linesman Mark Pare could make such a boast if he wasn't so modest.... "We're (officials) like the fans, we enjoy watching the game a lot more now too," Pare said. "It's a much more exciting game." He says the modern game has made his job easier. "You can see the players don't get as frustrated in the games," Pare said. "When there was all that hooking and holding, players would react and slug each other. Now, they can actually play the game the way it was meant to be played. "With less frustration, there aren't as many scuffles. Breaking those up are a big part of a linesmen's job and we're all happy not to have to do that as much."
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TSN Scores First NHL In-Game Interview

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

TSN is laying claim to a hockey broadcasting first, after colour commentator Pierre McGuire conducted an interview Wednesday night with a player on the ice during a stoppage in play. In the first period of the Ottawa Senators-Buffalo Sabres game, McGuire interviewed Mike Fisher, who was standing at the boards, after the telecast returned from a commercial timeout. According to TSN, this was the first time a National Hockey League player was interviewed during the heat of battle. Fisher was standing on the ice during the interview. There have been occasions on U.S. channels when a player has been interviewed while sitting on the bench.
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Irony Of The Forbesian Kind

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

How's this for synchronicity? Three bloggers, one take on the ramifications of the Forbes report...

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On The Prospects: Mursak Turning Heads in Saginaw

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jan Mursak is tearing up the OHL. A couple of pointers for you on him, and other Wing prospects. First, to Hockey's Future.

He has been a scoring machine for the Saginaw Spirit, scoring points in each of his first 21 games in the OHL and racking up a total of 38 points (13 goals and 25 assists). He’s getting a lot of ice time for a rookie and he has responded in a very good way to the coach’s trust. Mursak will have to try to continue his torrid scoring pace during the long OHL season. So far he has exceeded all expectation of a sixth round pick, and he looks like he could be a prospect to watch down the road as a legitimate NHL player.
And this from Red Wing Central.
The Red Wings are impressed with how fast the Slovenian has adjusted to North America, but his strength is a big concern. “He’s as weak as a noodle right now, but you wouldn’t know it watching him,” said McDonnell. “He’s real strong on his feet so when he comes out of the corner, he doesn’t get trapped too much. He’s very competitive.”
Another note on RWC you might find interesting...
Forward Darryl Bootland (Grand Rapids, American Hockey League) fought former Colorado Avalanche agitator Mike Keane early in the week, but was a surprise healthy scratch later in the week.
Oh...yes. I would have liked to have seen that. If anyone in the Grand Rapids area has any info on that scrap, let me know.

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Detroit Sports Radio On Williams, Grigorenko

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Asst. GM Jim Nill told WXYT tonight that he feels Wing prospect Igor Grigorenko is getting stale in Russia. Nill stressed his belief that Grigorenko needs to be stateside next year and that his season in Russia thus far has been "solid, but not spectacular." Ken Kal, Wings play-by-play announcer, followed Nill and said he doesn't expect Jason Williams to return to the lineup until after Thanksgiving. Kal said he hasn't discussed it with the coaching staff, but gets the idea that the Wings depth is good enough now not to have to rush Williams back.

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Most Wins In Sight For Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

Martin Brodeur is easily one of the five greatest NHL goalies ever, but it would be hard to label the Devils netminder as the greatest ever to play the position even presuming he overtakes Hall of Famer Patrick Roy as the all-time winningest goalie. One of the reasons Brodeur's stature is not that of the greatest ever between the pipes is because he has played in an era when Dominik Hasek was winning Hart and Vezina Trophies at an incredible clip.
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Malkin Still A Penguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

A legal challenge by a Russian club team to prevent Evgeni Malkin from playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins has failed. A U.S. District court judge ruled today from the bench that Metallurg's request for an injunction to keep Malkin from playing in the NHL this season has been rejected.
continued update 6:41pm, Statement from Bill Daly on this matter...

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Fan Post Of The Day: The Keys To Success

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A nine-game winning streak will do some strange things to people. All the gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands has been set aside. The power play, operating at 9 percent efficiency, is a humorous side note. It's all about the positives these days in Hockeytown. LGW has a thread today titled "Why This Team Is Different." Our FPOD comes from within it. image BlueMonk/LGW: Why This Team Is Different

I feel this team has a little more balance and a little less talent. The style they're playing isn't as flashy but is the kind that I would expect to be more successful in a playoff series against a tough team. Hasek's health is a major concern for me. If he gets hurt, it will be a setback. If he can stay on the ice, he seems to be getting better and should be a major asset.
Read the entire post after the jump.

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The Gearhead, Episode One: Warrior Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George Malik Welcome to "The Gearhead!" As your resident rink rat and equipment nut, my goal is to give you an inside look at the tools hockey players use by talking to the ladies and gents who make hockey gear. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Warrior Hockey's marketing director, Neil Wensley, about the Warren-based manufacturer's expansion from making lacrosse equipment to producing hockey sticks as well. He and I spoke for over an hour about Warrior's stick-making processes, and I think he had as much fun as I did--there's nothing like two equipment geeks talking shop!

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Vote For Your Favourite All-Stars!

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The NHL's opened up its All-Star voting to the public:

COLD-fX/NHL ALL-STAR FAN BALLOTING, presented by 2K SPORTS GOES COMPLETELY DIGITAL FOR THE FIRST TIME. Now, through 8:59 PM (PT), January 2, 2007, fans worldwide can CLICK TO VOTE any time for their Eastern and Western Conference NHL All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.
US Ballot * Canadian Ballot * En Francais * International Brought to you by the Robert Lang for ASG campaign...

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