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Smyth Keeps An Eye On The Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Smyth is well aware that his former team has lost eight straight games, the last seven coming after he was traded to the Islanders at the Feb. 27 deadline, and he feels for the friends he left behind in Edmonton.
“You hope the best for the guys,” Smyth said Tuesday before his Islanders took on the Montreal Canadiens. “There’s no question they’re fighting the injury bug and playing with a lot of young guys and they’re learning about the process of playing in the NHL.
“I just hope for the guys’ sake that they can turn things around there.”

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All Selanne

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Teemu Selanne took part in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. Thanks for being on with us today. I’m wondering if you ever remember when you look at the eight teams right now that are in the playoff spots in the Western Conference, if you can ever remember where all eight teams, they all have a good shot at going to the final.
TEEMU SELANNE: You know, you never know what’s going to happen in the Playoffs, and when you play so many times against one team, anything is possible. That’s why Playoffs are so important and exciting.
But I think all eight teams have a really good shot. I don’t think there’s one that is more of a favorite than others. It’s going to be an interesting race.

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Samsonov Left Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Samsonov was listed as a healthy scratch for a second straight game for the Canadiens’ outing against the New York Islanders on Tuesday - despite the absence of winger Alex Kovalev, sidelined by a bout of vertigo.
Carbonneau decided to replace Kovalev with rookie Andrei Kostitsyn and leave the underperforming Samsonov - the team’s third-highest paid player at US$3.525 million - in the press box for the seventh time this season.
The decision is largely based on comments Samsonov made in St. Louis on Saturday, expressing regret for signing a two-year free agent deal with the Canadiens last summer, although the Russian winger backed away from that sentiment Tuesday.
“I don’t want to be a distraction,” Samsonov said after the team’s morning skate. “You guys ask me questions and I’m trying to answer as truthfully as I can. That probably wasn’t the right time. I shouldn’t be the subject of talk, we’re fighting for a playoff spot.”

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Just When You Thought He Couldn’t…Kulfan Digs Deeper

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

With the playoffs around the corner, Ted Kulfan is ramping up the intensity. Tenacious in his quest for any bit of news that would lead to an idea of the condition of the "decimated" Wing roster, he's turned up the biggest story since last year's Lockergate.

"You know everything is made up, everything is about the story, but if you go and have good seats, you see these big guys and they're good athletes," Hasek said. "They can jump, do flips -- I was amazed. They're huge, 6-foot-4, even 7-feet tall, and they're like gymnasts. It's a hard sport, I tell you."
Yep, Teddy's afternoon blog entry...four hours before the Nashville game...breaks the big news that Dominik Hasek's a wrestling fan. Truly a banner day for the Detroit News.

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Hasek A Fan Of Wrestling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit News,

Hasek can’t wait for WrestleMania.
“Get from Columbus and go directly to Ford Field,” Hasek said of his plans that day.
Hasek will attend WrestleMania with his son, Michael, and some of Michael’s friends.
“I used to watch (wrestling) a lot more, but through the years, I’ve stopped a little bit,” Hasek said. “But when I heard that Donald Trump was in WrestleMania, and may have to shave his head, I watched it the last few weeks.”

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KK- Another Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A $50 Gift Certificate (to either Shop. NHL.com or IceJerseys.com) is on the line today, and today only.
Tell me who scores the earliest goal of any game tonight.  Meaning, you need to name the player and if that player scores the earliest goal of the game than any of the other players submitted, you win.
For example, I named Datsyuk and he scores 1:00 into the first period tonight.  You named Joe Thornton and he scores 00:59 into the first period, you win.
So basically give me a name, and if that name scores the earliest goal of the game from all the player names submitted, you win.
Check out tonight’s games and you must be a KK Member to participate.  You can register on the left sidebar under KK Sections.
No emails accepted, you must submit your answer in the comment section of this post.
Deadline to enter is 6:30pm EDT today.  If no one gets the correct name, which I doubt will happen, all entries will be entered into a random drawing.  If more than one person gets the correct answer, that too will force a random drawing.

note:  moved to top of the page, originally posted at 9:16am today.

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Shanahan Skates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blue Notes blog at Newsday,

In his first time on the ice with his teammates since suffering a concussion on Feb. 17, Brendan Shanahan passed and fired shots at goaltenders for 20 minutes today, then skated drills with two coaches for another 20 minutes (with two reporters watching) and declared that he was encouraged—-and improving.
“I’m tired, but I feel good,” Shanahan said after the workout, a major step in his recovery. “So far, no symptoms, and that’s a positive sign…I pushed myself to exhaustion—-no vertigo. The only side effect is heavy breathing.”

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The New Look Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There will be a new format for determining the order of selection for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Sources tell TSN that NHL teams have voted 23-6 (with one abstention) in favor of introducing a ranking system that places a greater emphasis on playoff performance than regular season results.

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Bubba Beckons

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And so really it boils down to three games, starting tonite in front of a raucous, toothless, mostly related and phonics-challenged crowd of baby-poop clad Bubbas and Bubbettes. As I stated earlier, the Detroit News doesn't care. As I've stated MANY times earlier, 99.9 percent of the state of Tennessee doesn't care either. But the fact remains, they have to play tonite. Little Gary says so, despite the same injuries that plagued the same teams (with a few more thrown in for Detroit) as the last time.

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The NHL Is Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star-Ledger,

He is probably the NHL’s next commissioner. He played a major role in the 2004-05 lockout, and as deputy commissioner, remains the league’s point man on a wide range of issues—not the least of which is boosting the popularity and TV ratings of the sport.
Which is another way of saying Bill Daly, a Jersey kid who now lives in suburban Essex County, has one of the most difficult jobs in professional sports. He discussed those challenges in an interview last week with The Star-Ledger.
How healthy is the NHL?
Healthy and getting healthier. Obviously we came from a position where too many of our franchises were not healthy and the collective bargaining agreement hasn’t totally corrected that. Cer tainly it’s provided a foundation on which our clubs can become healthy. That’s the stage we’re in now.

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