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Fun in Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Blackhawks fan convention in Chicago this past weekend was termed a “lovefest” by Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times, and it does appear to have been a lot of fun for hockey fans.

The video below was released by the Blackhawks today.  Nothing revolutionary here, but it’s yet another reminder of how far that franchise has come in such a short time.

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  Tags: hockey+fans

Rumor Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

The Philadelphia Flyers remain slightly above the $56.7 million salary cap for next season, leading to speculation GM Paul Holmgren will consider shopping a right winger, since he’s got plenty of depth at that position.

Joffrey Lupul was considered a potential candidate given his $2.3 million cap hit for next season, but given recent reports that he’s close to signing a new four-year contract with the Flyers, he’s probably staying put.

Other trade candidates could include Mike Knuble, Scottie Upshall or Steve Downie. Knuble’s $2.8 million cap hit for next season makes him the likely candidate.

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And check out James Mirtle’s list of remaining free agents.

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Flames Hope 1st Round Pick Can Make An Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Nineteen-year-old Mikael Backlund will skate with the draftees and free agents this week. But the hope is the young Swede will knock everyone’s socks off and jump from prospect to producer with the big club.

The greening of Backlund could well decide whether Calgary moves forward or falls back this coming season….

Many scouts feel he’s very close to ready.

And now you can see why GM Darryl Sutter went so far from his comfort level in selecting a European player in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Put simply, this organization desperately needs a skilled player on an entry-level contract to emerge now—not in 12 months or two years.

The core of veterans assembled in Calgary has maybe another season or so left at its peak.

At about $57.6 million in guaranteed money, the Flames have reached the salary cap.

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  Tags: mikael+backlund

You Got A Schedule?  How ‘Bout Some Venom To Go With It?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning. How are you?  Summer going well?  Mine would be, if not for two factors.

I’m a guy so I refused to ask for assistance the first time I loaded my boat on a trailer from the water.  Also decided not to (a) ask for help, (b) read any material whatsoever that would have given me hints how to do it, (c) remember to lift the motor.  So that was cool.

Oh, and I also watched 44 minutes of an infommercial about Time/Life’s Soft Rock Classics of the 70’s.  I know.  But I couldn’t…stop…watching.  Seals and Croft’s timeless classic “Summer Breeze” lured me in, followed by hit after soft rock hit, including Dr. Hook’s “When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman.”

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Sundin Still Undecided

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from a poster at HF Boards,

In todays issue of aftonbladet there’s an interview with Sundin, I’ll try translating it here. Sorry for the somewhat rough translation but I’m in a rush for work!

There has been speculation about that you could be waiting until Autumn?

- No, I won’t be doing that. If I decide to continue with hockey I’ll make a decision in august, or maybe even in the end of this month. If I’m going to play it’s gonna be the entire season, I want to be there from the beginning, when the training camp starts.

Vancouver offered alot of money?

- Yes, it’s flattering and a fantastic offer. It’s nice that a club thinks I have that level of competence.


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Learning To Play The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Angela Busch of the Naples News,

Sitting at Germain Arena before the start of the Florida Everblades game against Gwinnett, my goal of playing hockey gets a boost.

I jokingly tell a room full of media members and off-ice officials that I want to learn to play. I’d skated plenty of times as a kid in Minnesota, but I’d never worn the gear or had hockey skates of my own. A few chairs away, James Johnstone, an ECHL linesman and former Florida Gulf Coast University hockey player, overhears what I’m saying.

“My dad and I run a hockey academy at the arena,” he tells me. “You should come.”...

I commit a cardinal hockey sin today at my private lesson — much to everyone else’s amusement. In my rush to put on my equipment, I forget to take off my cloth skateguards.

So I hurry out onto the ice, and as soon as the cloth hits the ice, my legs splay apart and I’m on my back. It’s simply impossible to stay upright with skateguards on, apparently.

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Andre Roy Feels Calgary Is A Perfect Fit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

“Right away I told my agent it was a great fit,” said the 33-year-old veteran yesterday.

Actually, it is a solid match. The Flames were in need of a tough guy with Eric Godard moving on to the Pittsburgh Penguins, especially in a division loaded with heavyweights—Derek Boogaard in Minnesota, Scott Parker in Colorado, Darcy Hordichuk in Vancouver and Zach Stortini in Edmonton.

“Every team has somebody who falls into that job—except the Red Wings,” said Roy, from his off-season home in Montreal. “Calgary—it’s a tough, physical team, and that’s a perfect fit for me.”


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The Big Line In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

One aspect of coaching that will keep you up at night and dominate many meetings with your Assistants is line combinations. I’m sure Todd McLellan has already gone through a notebook scribbling down line combinations and defence pairings as well as Penalty Kill and Powerplay Units. So being a (very) ex-coach I thought I’d try my hand. Of course line combos are open to discussion and criticism.Unlike the real Sharks Coach I will try to explain why I am putting these guys together.

MARLEAU THORNTON CHEECHOO -I know RW tried this last year but he didn’t stick with them long enough- It gives the Sharks a Zetterberg\Datsyuk line if Todd can sell Joe and Patty on a new and necessary style of play.


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Markov Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Inside the Kings,

There was a report that the Kings might sign defenseman Danny Markov out of Russia. A Kings source said the team talked to Markov but that Markov declined to take a physical in advance and Markov declined. So it seems that unless Markov has a change of heart, he won’t be coming to the Kings.

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Sundin’s Swedish Representative Denies Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

A Swedish newspaper nearly started an international incident on Sunday as they reported that Mats Sundin has agreed to play for the Vancouver Canucks, a claim that Sundin’s Swedish representative denies.

Sundin’s Swedish based representative Claes Elefalk claims the story in the Daily News is completely false, claiming that reporter Dusan Umicevic contacted him seeking a quote.  Despite Elefalk telling the reporter that his information was incorrect, Umicevic published the story anyway.

continued and Canucks and Beyond has more on the international incident…

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