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Insurance Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Even if he (Blake) misses the next four seasons, his contract would surely be honoured, even though he’s not suffered a broken bone, concussion or other hockey-specific injury.

Yet far too few of hockey’s young stars take time to consider their mortality. What if instead of Blake it had been Alex Steen or Kris Newbury – who don’t have long-term security – tearfully disclosing they had leukemia?

Fact is, the NHL Players’ Association has long been worried that not enough of hockey’s less established players buy long-term disability insurance, even as the league minimum salary approaches $500,000 a year. (A million-dollar policy would cost a player in his early 20s about $10,000.)

Consider the cases of Milos Holan and Yanick Dupre, onetime teammates with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.

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  Tags: injuries

“Z” Gear

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Be like Zetterberg!  Get your gear.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, henrik+zetterberg

Toews Makes NHL Debut Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

The future begins tonight, when Toews plays his first NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center.

Hawks coach Denis Savard sees unlimited possibilities for Toews, 19 and only a season removed from college hockey at North Dakota.

‘‘He’ll play in every situation—power play, penalty kill, four-on-four—and he’ll be good at it,’’ Savard said. ‘‘He is our future. He’s going to make a difference. I’m not concerned about that.’‘

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, jonathan+toews

All The Tools In Place For Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from phillyBurbs,

In Snider’s opinion, Holmgren has done a masterful job of “reloading” the proud franchise.

“I liked the way we opened up against Calgary. There were certain things I didn’t like against Edmonton,” he said Tuesday in a phone interview. “But I like the fact that we came back in that game and went ahead….”

“I knew Paul,” Snider said. “I had a lot of respect for Paul. I liked him, but I wasn’t sure how he would take the reins. Quite honestly, he exceeded by far any expectations I might have had.”

And now there’s laughter in Snider’s office again.

“Paul made my statement come true,” Snider said. “We don’t rebuild, we retool.”

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  Tags: ed+snider, philadelphia+flyers

Rangers Talk About Chemistry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game On, the blog area of MSG Network has been presenting numerous videos lately on the Rangers.

In this video, a few Rangers, including head coach Tom Renney, discuss the current state of the Rangers.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

A Clearer Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

As Hockey Night’s Elliotte Friedman reported last week, the NHL is beginning to install high-definition overhead cameras in the arenas as well as HDTV video recorders, which help clarify reviews of disputed goals.

The HDTV technology helped make possible the correct calls on two disputed, but difficult-to-see goals in the New Jersey Devils-Ottawa Senators game on Monday.

By the end of the week, 14 arenas will have the HDTV technology. By the end of the month, it will be in all the buildings.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: arenas, officiating

Gerber In Relaxed Mode

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

“He’s relaxed,” said Senators coach John Paddock. “He got off to a good start in the first exhibition game. Last year he didn’t get off to a good start, then had to face (the media).

“I know they have (one) beat writer in Carolina, so there’s about 20 times the amount of people in here right now and that’s every day. That makes a difference. We struggled and those things mentally were tough (on Gerber).”

Gerber admitted he had a difficult time dealing with the pressure after he arrived with a three-year, $11.1 million US contract.

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  Tags: goalies, martin+gerber, ottawa+senators

Leafs Trying To Find Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

When the coach doesn’t even try to sugarcoat an effort, you know it’s bad. When the best players on the ice are the guy with cancer and the goalie, you know it’s bad.

The Leafs got away from everything they’ve tried to do all year. They tried to skate with the Hurricanes and ended up looking like Perdita Felicien hitting the first hurdle.

“We tried to play someone else’s game,” Maurice said. “We don’t have that kind of speed. (Darcy) Tucker got a penalty for hitting a guy just because there hadn’t been (any hits) before. It just was so much out of place in the game.”

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs

Ducks Get Rings and Raise Banner

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom Anaheim Ducks.com

The rings, along with Wednesday night’s raising of the championship banners, are the two final remnants for celebration from last year’s illustrious Ducks team.

“It was good excitement for us to be around everybody again and see the happiness that it brings to the organization and the owners and how proud they are,” said Chris Kunitz. “I think that shows in definitely what the ring looks like, how much thought and process went into it.”

The rings are “made of 14K white gold, with 110 diamonds used to create the whole ring.”  Some photos below. Complete gallery available here.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks

Shark Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Marin Independent Journal,

If all goes well for Sharks fan Ken Conroy of San Rafael, they will eventually play Detroit in the playoffs and he will once again mock a Red Wings playoff tradition by throwing a real ice-cold shark deep onto the San Jose Arena ice. Last May 2, Conroy’s conspiracy plan was launched and it landed with a thud on the rink in front of a sellout crowd, setting off a mayday response from arena security personnel.

Beware: Conroy and Company are prepared to do it again.

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  Tags: san+jose+sharks

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