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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Red Wings,

The Red Wings will host an open practice on Saturday, September 29 at Joe Louis Arena.

This unique inside look at a Red Wings’ game day practice is free to the public and includes Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland addressing the crowd following the skate.

continued... open and free are the key words…

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Uncharted European Territory

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Daily Mail,

The NHL will enter uncharted territory and return to its outdoor roots during a new season that begins on Saturday with the Anaheim Ducks starting their Stanley Cup defence on European ice.

The Ducks and Los Angeles Kings travel to London to play the first NHL regular season game in Europe as the NHL bids to gain a foothold in a market which has also attracted serious attention from the NFL and NBA.

“We’ve got to look at extending our brand outside of North America, whenever we can,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. “We think that to take regular season games to Europe is a milestone for our league. Is it ideal from a preparation standpoint? No. But I think when the league asks you to go, you go.”

continued…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, london, los+angeles+kings

Modano is Chasing History

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With 507 goals, 719 assists and 1,226 career regular-season points in 17 seasons, Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars enters the 2007-08 season just seven points from establishing a record for NHL points by a U.S.-born player.

Modano is attempting to become just the sixth player in history to hold the U.S. mark; Phil Housley has been the all-time leader since March 13, 1999.

Below is a Mike Modano tribute video, produced by the NHL as the Dallas Star enters his 18th NHL season.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: dallas+stars, mike+modano

Following The Young Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Physically, personality-wise, and in their backgrounds, the two could not be more diverse.

Toews is a solid, quiet, Canadian boy from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who played on the backyard rink until he was too cold to go on. He honed his skills at the University of North Dakota and was selected with the third overall pick in 2006. Although he just turned 19 in April, there is nothing about Toews that says “boy.”

Kane is not quite scrawny, but definitely slight. Later, he’ll describe with a grin how he “bulked up” over the summer, jumping from 163 pounds in July to 170 at the start of camp.

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

Winning Is The Only Option

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve entered us into a fantasy hockey league.  I say “us” because, like so many other things, it takes a village to win…or at least that’s how I feel.  Here’s the deal.  We’re all going to manage the team. Any one of you who wants to help out, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and I’ll forward on the username/password, etc. 

Yes, this will take some coordination and maybe we’ll come up with a daily schedule of managers for each night.  Whatever.  We’re all going to do this and we’re going to win. 

Oh, and Bruce MacLeod agrees with me.  It’s Hockeytown or the Mother Country for Grigorenko.

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Creative Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Check out the themed videos submitted for the “Back To Blueland” contest.

Both are great!!!

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NHL 2K8 Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Bernhardt at CanWest News,

NHL 2K8 will demand the best of your mathematical skills. Not because of the number of goals you’ll score, but because you’ll need to calculate how many hours of sleep you can subtract in order to add more game-play and multiply your fun.

Long after you’ve finished a game, you’ll be dividing the hours until you can get back to it.

Entertainment and arithmetic, isn’t that really what gaming is all about? For 2K Sports sake, let’s hope so, because the company seems unaware it has the ugliest hockey game.

continued…

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Goaltending #1 Concern For Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of Sportsnet,

The Los Angeles Kings will definitely be the forgotten team here in London this week as the Anaheim Ducks parade the Stanley Cup around the English capital.

The question is whether they’re on the right track to one day duplicating Anaheim’s Cup triumph. It’s Year 2 of GM Dean Lombardi’s rebuilding job and what a massive facelift it’s been.

continued

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  Tags: goalies, los+angeles+kings

The Changing Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Uni Watch at ESPN,

All of which shows that changing an entire league’s uniforms en masse, as the NHL and Reebok have done this season, is a tricky proposition. There’s no precedent for it among the major team sports—the closest parallel is the sea change in baseball triggered in 1970 by the Pirates, who switched from button-up vests, belted pants, and flannel fabric to a pullovers, elastic waistbands, and double-knit polyester. Within three years, all 24 MLB teams had gone to polyester, 14 had switched from button fronts to pullovers, and 16 had switched from belts to waistbands.

But that gradual transition happened incrementally, whereas the NHL changes—which involve graphics and aesthetics as much as new fabrics and tailoring considerations—are being thrust upon us all at once. With the regular season slated to begin this weekend, every single team has new uniforms, although some of the changes are more modest than others.

read on

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  Tags: rbk

Boom- More Rumors Shot Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

A certain Web site has suggested the Blue Jackets are in hot pursuit of a Vancouver Canucks center. Also, that the Blue Jackets are fixin’ to trade Nikolai Zherdev to the Edmonton OIilers for a draft pick.

Let’s break this down: Which Canucks center? Brendan Morrison? Doubt it. He centers Markus Naslund on the Canucks’ No. 1A line. If they trade him, who’s the No. 1 center? That creates a huge hole in the lineup of a club that already struggles to score goals.

read on & thanks to Spector for the pointer…

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, rumors, vancouver+canucks

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