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We’ve Seen It Before

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Okay, let's review. In the past week, we've seen an Ottawa Senators player wave a white flag of surrender, the Detroit Red Wings owner accost a National Hockey League official between periods, and a usually mild-mannered Toronto Maple Leafs coach go off on the refereeing after another discouraging loss. If one didn't know any better, you'd be tempted to say that refereeing was a hot-button topic in the NHL once again. But really, are things any different than they were last month, or last year, or three years ago, or even 30 years ago?
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Predators’ A-Rad Knows how to Celebrate

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Glennon at the Tennessean:

When he scored his first NHL goal in October, Alexander Radulov launched himself into a plane of Plexiglas and dropped back to the ice shrieking. Six weeks later, he's still bouncing off the walls. As much as Radulov's teammates and Predators fans love his scoring — and he's already posted nine goals in just 17 games — they've become almost equally as entertained by watching the phenom celebrate afterward. Until very recently, when the Russian rookie was told by one veteran teammate to curb his enthusiasm a bit, he commemorated each goal like a kid who'd somehow found a way to combine Christmas morning with the last day of school.
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Kings have Sopel & Tverdovsky back from injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Foster, LA Times:

A playoff spot may have moved a little further from the Kings' reach Tuesday, but full strength seemed within their grasp Wednesday. Defensemen Brent Sopel and Oleg Tverdovsky were activated from injured reserve and could be in the lineup when the Kings play the San Jose Sharks tonight. Peter Harrold was reassigned to Manchester, the team's American Hockey League franchise, to make room on the roster. "If they are both in there, then we'll have the defense we had in mind when the season started," Coach Marc Crawford said. "We'll have [Lubomir] Visnovsky and [Rob] Blake leading the charge, with Mattias Norstrom and Aaron Miller, Brent and Oleg."
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Tough Times Continue for Coach Gretzky

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Grant Kerr at The Globe & Mail writes,

Gretzky surely needed cheering up from the well-rested Pat Quinn and his wife, Sandra, because the Coyotes showed little enthusiasm playing their third game in four nights and fifth in seven. The Great One seldom appears satisfied behind the Phoenix bench these days, even though his team has a 4-3-1 record in its past eight games following a dreadful start to the National Hockey League regular season. Gretzky has a haggard look now in his seventh season as managing partner of the Coyotes, and his second as head coach of the Desert Dogs, who haven't participated in the playoffs since 2002.
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Sidney Crosby Leading the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP:

Nothing specific about the Philadelphia Flyers sparks Sidney Crosby's game. It just looks that way. Crosby took over the NHL scoring lead with a career-high six points in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 8-4 rout of the Flyers on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old phenom has 29 points in 13 career games against Philadelphia, including 15 in five games this season - all Penguins victories. "We saw a special performance by a special player," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "It was unbelievable. Sid was phenomenal." Crosby had one goal and five assists to give him 47 points for the season, three more than New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.
and more... From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Philadelphia sent a fourth-round draft choice and considerations to Anaheim for left winger Todd Fedoruk last month because it wanted to add some toughness. Good thing the Flyers weren't looking to add intelligence. For while Fedoruk is an accomplished fighter and owns one of hockey's better nicknames ("The Fridge"), he apparently isn't one of the game's great thinkers.
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“This” Is Really, Really Intelligent Marketing

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from NHL.com: finally, the NHL pitches its players!

The National Hockey League has produced more than 30 player features and TV promos designed to give hockey fans a glimpse into the lives and personalities of their favorite NHL players, including Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco. The features and promos, produced by NHL Productions, currently are airing during game telecasts on VERSUS, TSN, CBC, the NHL Network and local affiliates and in-arena. In three-minute television features, NHL players are shown at home with their families, enjoying their favorite hobbies and participating in community and charitable programs. "NHL players are exceptional athletes," said Ed Horne, President, NHL Enterprises. "But they are also surfers, cooks and dads and that is the purpose of these features -- to show how our players live their lives off the ice."

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Datsyuk’s Hurting; Diet For The Geo-Bachelor

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Important stuff first. It would appear Pavel Datsyuk, just as he seems to be heating up, may be hurting. Ted Kulfan/Detroit News

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk missed Wednesday's practice with what coach Mike Babcock described as "stiffness." Babcock did not say what the injury was but added he expects Datsyuk will be able to play Thursday against Chicago.
Ok Mike. Is it me, or has Babcock publicly expected every hurt Wing to play the next game after their injury...only to report a few hours before the game that they skated but "couldn't go"? I'm at the point where if an ailment is bad enough to mention to the media, it's probably bad enough to keep that player out a few games. The IwoCPO bachelor dinner tonite: a mini, microwavable container of tomato soup and one of those mini-cereal boxes of corn flakes. Both items I found hidden under the sink in my office. Man, I'm living it up. At some point I might have to teach myself how to (a) shop, (b) cook and (3) stop whining.

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Morozov Looking At The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Metro News,

"I follow those guys that have gone from the Super League to the NHL this year," Morozov told The Canadian Press from Moscow on Wednesday. "It's really interesting for me to see what Malkin is doing, playing for the NHL team where I was before (Pittsburgh). "Those guys (Malkin and Semin) are doing well and I think I have a good chance of doing some good things in the NHL as well next season. I will be 30 years old, I feel really good, I'm in great shape and I have a lot of confidence." He almost joined his compatriots back in the NHL this season. There was interest from several teams and Morozov agonized before finally agreeing to go back to Ak-Bars Kazan for a third straight season.
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NHL Hockey in Saskatoon

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Saskatoon Blades and the Calgary Flames announced Wednesday Saskatoon will host a National Hockey League preseason game on September 18, 2007 between the Flames and the Florida Panthers. "We are extremely excited to host the Calgary Flames in Saskatoon next September," said Blades President and Governor Jack Brodsky. "Saskatchewan has a strong tradition of developing players for the National Hockey League and it is with great pride that we welcome some of those players back home in their NHL uniforms."
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On the Hockey Blogs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By Alanah D McGinley Hockey blogging entertainment from this past week: From John Bollwitt, we have the question of hockey arena music -- Is 80's rock the only way to go? No way, says John:

To me, going to a game should be an experience. When you go see a movie, the soundtrack is part of what makes the whole thing worthwhile. When the movie is tense, the music reflects it. When it’s a party scene, then the music takes on the vibe. You don’t get to that pinnacle point in the plot and say, “Ok, bring on the AC/DC and Guns n’ Roses!”

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