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Wayne Gretzky on Rick Nash

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Puck-Rakers at The Columbus Dispatch,

Following morning skate on Wednesday, Gretzky offered his assessment of Nash:

“There are few guys in the league of that caliber at power forward. He goes to the net and sees the ice extremely well. Good goal scorers have one thing in common: They love to score, they can never score enough.

“Everyone likes to score, but good goals scorers love to score. There is no question (Nash) loves to score goals.

more comments from Gretzky

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, rick+nash, wayne+gretzky

NHL Should Forget Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Frank Deford at SI,

...the National Hockey League and the ice hockey federations of the United States and Canada should advise the IOC that after the 2010 Games in Vancouver, the U.S. and Canada will no longer compete in hockey in the Winter Olympics.  It is perfectly ridiculous for major-league team sports to kowtow to the Olympics. [...]

What basketball and hockey ought to do is set up joint international tournaments for exactly this time of year—just as the NBA and NHL seasons begin. These world championships would be held every four years, in an odd-numbered year, like this one. I think 2011 would be a good start.

more…

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  Tags: olympics

Osgood Starts Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Red Wings Corner,

Lingering pain above Dominik Hasek’s knee means that Chris Osgood will get his first start of the season tonight against Calgary.

Hasek will back-up Osgood.

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  Tags: chris+osgood, detroit+red+wings, dominik+hasek, goalies, injuries

Marian Hossa Out With Groin Strain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Ottawa Citizen,

Hossa caught his skate in a rut at the end of practice on Monday and pulled a groin muscle. This morning, coach Bob Hartley ruled him out of tonight’s game against the Senators.

“He really wanted to play but this is not the case where we’re going to bring him back if he’s 80 per cent or 90 per cent,” said Hartley.

“We are all in agreement that he won’t come back until he’s 100 per cent.”

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  Tags: injuries, marian+hossa, ottawa+senators

Erik Johnson Out with Broken Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Rookie defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the Blues’ home opener tonight with a hairline fracture in his right foot.

Johnson, 19, suffered the injury in the season opener at Phoenix on Oct. 4. An X-ray taken after the game did not reveal the fracture.  He played in the Blues’ second game two nights later at Los Angeles and scored the game-winning goal.

“I took a (shot) off the foot in the Phoenix game, and didn’t really notice any pain in the Los Angeles game or any practices until yesterday,” Johnson said this morning.

An X-ray taken Tuesday revealed the hairline fracture.

continued…

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  Tags: erik+johnson, injuries, st+louis+blues

The Life Story of Glen Metropolit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,

But not even Hollywood would need to embellish the life story of Bruins center Glen Metropolit, and the immense disadvantages and obstacles he overcame on his way to being an NHL player. If you think his story would also make a good movie, you’re not alone: The 33-year-old Metropolit has already been approached by filmmakers.

“It’s a firm out here somewhere, and they’re very serious about doing it,” said Metropolit. “I think it may happen, but I told them, ‘You know what? The story’s not done yet. I’m not done yet. Let’s wait ’til the story’s over.’ ”

more…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, glen+metropolit

Jose Theodore’s Knee Ready for NHL Duty

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,

“The rest is up to the coach. I’m just waiting for my start, my chance. There’s no pain - everything is feeling really good. I feel as strong as ever. It was hot in the building, too, so I could test my conditioning. I wanted to make sure that, when I play here, I was ready.”

Theodore skated for about a week before training camp when he felt pain in his knee. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a tear under the kneecap, and he underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 29.

It was an unexpected setback for Theodore, coming off a 13-15-1 season and begins 2007-08 as Peter Budaj’s backup with plenty to prove in the final year of a contract that pays him $6 million.

more…

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, goalies, jose+theodore

Kariya Gives the Blues Respectability

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Glennon at the Tennessean,

When Paul Kariya signed with the Predators two summers ago, general manager David Poile called it a groundbreaking moment for the franchise.  Sure enough, Kariya boosted the team’s ticket sales, led the Predators twice in a row in scoring and helped guide Nashville to two straight regular seasons of more than 100 points.

But largely because of the uncertainty involving the Predators ownership situation, Kariya has taken his talents a few hours away, where he’s already made an impact on a St. Louis organization seeking to regain respectability on the ice and in the community.

continued…

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  Tags: nashville+predators, paul+kariya, st+louis+blues

Hurricanes are for Real

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pagnotta at MSNBC,

This piece is about the Hurricanes and their eye for the Cup.

Four games into the 2007-08 campaign and these guys are for real. They’re quick, offensive-minded and steady in their own zone. And if the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Cam Ward, can stay atop his game for most of the season, the Hurricanes will be in business.

“Last year was a disappointing season, but you do the best that you can to take the positives away from that,” Ward said. “One of the positives was that we got a lengthy summer where we were able to recharge the batteries and get guys healthy. We saw that once we came into training camp, guys were serious, they were a lot hungrier and it’s starting to show.

more…

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes

Kobasew Focussing on a Better Year in Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,

Like most of the Bruins, Kobasew had a season to forget in 2006-07. On Jan. 4, he suffered a concussion that knocked him out for eight games. Then he cracked his elbow Jan. 26. Finally, Kobasew (5-14 -19 in 50 total games with Calgary and Boston) missed the final seven games.

“I’m not even thinking about it,” the 25-year-old said. “Just focusing on this year.”

In the first two games of 2007-08, a healthy Kobasew has shown why the Flames signed him for $1.2 million per season.

more…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, chuck+kobasew

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