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Shanghai, Hockeytown

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From J.P Press at AOL Sports Fanhouse,

With the Summer Olympics nearly underway, forgive us hockey fans for not yet being fully in the spirit of the Games.

Michael Phelps is impressive and all, but we prefer our water frozen and skated upon. Field hockey? Close, but no cigar. And while the NHL is not without its divers, we prefer our reverse three-and-a-half somersaults to be accompanied by unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. “8.8.08” may have meaning to most sports fans, but to puckheads it’s just “the day after Sidney Crosby’s 21st birthday.”

With a little finesse, however, there are hockey tie-ins, even in Beijing in August. And come September? Well, Shanghai will become Hockeytown…

continued…

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  Tags: china+sharks

Gretzky Week Starts Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just a friendly reminder, Wayne Gretzky Week starts tonight on the NHL Network.  Check out the schedule of shows and enjoy a sneak video preview of the NHL Network’s ‘A Day That Changed the Game: August 9, 1988’.

Watch below…

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Cuddling with the Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom the HHOF Stanley Cup Journal:

After being part of a boating convoy with the Wings’ GM, the Cup spent the night at the Osgood home with Chris and his wife Jenna. Curious readers of the Stanley Cup Journal know that the Keepers of the Cup accompany hockey’s most cherished trophy wherever it goes, and wonder what happens when players want to sleep with the Cup. “I tell them, ‘Move over,’” laughs Mike Bolt, one of the Cup’s Keepers.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chris+osgood, stanley+cup

Can the Kids Turn Things Around?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jon Kreiser at NHL.com,

It’s been a tough stretch for the Los Angeles Kings. Five non-playoff seasons have left the franchise reeling, and a last-place finish in the Western Conference cost coach Marc Crawford his job.
   
Most of the Kings’ problems have come in their own zone. While Los Angeles has an excellent group of young forwards, the defense has been inconsistent and the goaltending unsettled.

But between this year’s Entry Draft and a talented group in the minors and amateur hockey, things may be turning around.

continued… with a look at the prospects coming up in the Kings system this year

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  Tags: prospects

What’s On Your Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well we can’t get much worse in the delivering of hockey news over the last few days.

GM’s are golfing, fishing or just plain out of site.  Players are getting the skates sharpened and have started their off-ice conditioning.

Anything on your mind these days?  Or are you just taking early August off to prepare for the upcoming season too?

Feel free to leave a comment, question or just tell us how your summer has been going.  On a side note, KK has been receiving a few hits from Beijing, China in the last week or so.  Probably some media types trying to keep their finger on the hockey world.

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All Paul Coffey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the King Township Sentinel,

If you could meet and talk to three people who would they be?

Elvis Presley and I’d just listen to him. I’m a listener. Bobby Orr and Bruce Springsteen would also be on my list, but I’ve already had the chance to meet them.

What are your views as a NHL fan?

I have a soft spot for the Oilers, but I think we’re all Toronto Maple Leafs fans living in the GTA. Hopefully they can turn things around, but it’s not going to happen over night. We (as fans) just want some consistency and with Cliff Fletcher (General Manager) at the helm and the new Head Coach Ron Wilson, maybe that will happen.

more

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  Tags: paul+coffey

Early Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Only two players in the history of the sport have been more productive than Crosby before turning 21. Perhaps you’ve heard of them.

Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are the only players with at least the equivalent of a full NHL season under their belt to record more points per game than Crosby before they turned 21.

Here’s a list of every player who averaged more than a point per game in more than 78 games before they turned 21.

read on for a list of players and some may surprise you…

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Don Protective Gear!!

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can’t confirm this, but I’d say PTI on ESPN is a pretty good source.  And I have no imagery, except those you’ll see below (oddly enough they have little to do with the subject).

Apparently, terrified for the lives of their lungs and their critical supplies of stamina, the USA men’s cycling team walked through the terminal at the Beijing airport today wearing those cool surgical masks.

Because of the air quality…outside the airport.

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Kilger Not Playing, Zednik Looks Good To Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Spoke to JM today, and he says he does not expect Chad Kilger to play for the Panthers this season….

“He’s still dealing with some personal issues, and at this point, I don’t think he’ll be playing,’’ Martin said. “We still hold his rights. He’s indicated to me that if he were to play, he’d want to play for us. We’re not the issue.’’

On a more positive note, JM says he’s spoken to both Richard Zednik and trainer David Zenobi and the reports are Zednik is doing a lot of physical work and is expected to be in good shape when training camp kicks off.

more

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  Tags: chad+kilger, richard+zednik

Future of the NY Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,

So was there a glimmer of hope today for New York Rangers fans tired of their ownership situation? Cablevision said it was “considering several options to boost its stock price including spinning off some of its diverse holdings,” according to the Associated Press. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist with Smith College, told the AP that if the contracts between the two teams, cable television and MSG could be sussed out, the Knicks would be worth about $500 million and the Rangers $300.

Are the Rangers a “spinoff” candidate? The Dolans aren’t saying. John Moag, chairman of the sports investment bank Moag & Co., tells Bloomberg that the Dolans’ sports teams and MSG itself could bring in almost $2 billion if Cablevision does decide to sell.

continued…

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  Tags: cablevision, media, msg

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