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Different Markets, Different People

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,

While some markets aren’t booming with success, it’s fun to have different teams in different markets to draw all sorts of people into the fray who will hopefully, one day when their team is frequently competitive, form a new rivalry with another, distant fan base.

The way we have it now, you see a variety of characters involved in any given game. Such as…

In the front row, behind the coach: in Toronto, a guy in an Armani suit distracted from game action, typing business matters to an associate on his BlackBerry, brandishing his ‘bling bling’ – a gold Rolex watch…

In Nashville, a lady in a green sweater smiling and laughing with her friends and/or family, enjoying the action of the game in front of them and amazed they are so close to the players on the bench, brandishing her ‘bling bling’ – a heavy-duty gold cross necklace…

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Bad Week for the Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jason Botchford at The Province:

“A week ago we were talking about how great the room was, how great the leadership was, how great everything was,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “Same players, same game on the ice.”

But much different results.

“When we were on that roll, we were finding ways to win at key moments. At 2-1 [Monday], we should have been able to shut it down and we didn’t. Is that making a defensive play? Is that making a save? I think it’s a combination of everything. Right now, we have to find a way to win.”

read on

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  Tags: alain+vigneault

Power Play Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Having two players at the top of the league’s scoring race is obviously a pretty impressive feat, especially when you consider the Penguins’ power play has been having so much trouble as of late.

But in all reality, Crosby’s and Malkin’s point totals have benefited a great deal from the team’s misfiring power play. Compared to the top 15 scorers in the league, Malkin and Crosby generate a pretty high percentage of their point totals with a man advantage:

read on for a chart, which shows Jarome Iginlia leading the way with 48.3 of his points coming while the Flames are on the PP.

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A Plea For Sundin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Sign Mats Sundin.

In the last two weeks, it’s become even more clear that the Rangers need a legit top six forward or center to capture a ready-to-win, weakened East, in which six teams seem already out of the playoffs: Panthers, Islanders, Leafs, Thrashers, Lightning, Senators. The Sabres and Flyers will battle for eighth.

If you penciled in Nigel Dawes and Ryan Callahan for 30 to 40 goals between them, well…and Henrik Lundqvist—-while on track for a Vezina—-cannot be expected to carry this current roster past the first round of the playoffs.

Sundin, who is working out in California, was paid $5.5 million by the Maple Leafs last season, $2.1 million less than he made in 2006-07.

read on

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Five and a half minutes of the best saves, goals and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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USA Hockey - NHL Network Agreement

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./NEW YORK, NY (December 2, 2008) – USA Hockey announced today a three-year partnership with the NHL Network that includes unprecedented coverage of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and coverage of the upcoming Qwest Tour, featuring the 2009-10 U.S. Women’s National Team.

In each of the next three IIHF World Junior Championships, the NHL Network will provide live television coverage of all U.S. games and all games of the medal round - including all quarterfinal and semifinal games, the bronze-medal game and the gold-medal game.

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Americans Talking Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,

Lacking the same romantic connections to hockey that are held by their Canadian brothers and sisters, American reporters often display a harder edge when covering the game. Veteran New York City hockey maven Stan Fischler, for instance, never shies away from controversy and recently described Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price as being nothing more than a “big stiff”. On a more serious note, meanwhile, it should be pointed out that a Massachusetts-based newspaper man named Russ Conway took the lead role into the investigation of corruption inside the NHL Player’s Association that resulted in Alan Eagleson being sentenced to prison.

With that combination of “tell-it-like-it-is” moxy combined with dogged reporting skills, it’s no surprise that Canadian media outlets are starting to incorporate Americans into their hockey coverage.

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Goalie Equipment & Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC Sports,

A curious David Marcoux strapped on Miikka Kiprusoff’s pads prior to the National Hockey League’s latest round of changes to goalie equipment.

He then found the nearest phone to inform NHL goaltending supervisor Kay Whitmore of the potential injury risks, should the league and NHL Players’ Association tweak the knee protectors at its meeting in Toronto last June.

It was Marcoux’s belief that changing the width of the knee-strap pads and inner-knee risers from 5.5 inches each would increase the chance of injury. In the end, both parties agreed to keep the status quo entering this season.

“When goalies go down on their knees, the angle of the pads is much better than it used to be because of those cushioned protectors, so it puts less stress on the ankles, knees and hips,” said Marcoux, one of several people who spoke to CBCSports.ca about the growing list of injuries to netminders this season.

continued

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Capitals Injury Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Every NHL team must cope with injuries during the course of the grueling 82-game regular season, but the recent run of ailments that has ravaged the Washington Capitals’ roster is so rare that the players, coaches and general manager can only shake their heads in disbelief.

When the Capitals host the Florida Panthers tonight at Verizon Center, they might be without seven players who started the season on the active roster for a fourth consecutive game.

continued

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Traveling Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jean Lefebvre of Camwest via the Telegram,

As a cautious defenceman, Steve McKenna is strictly a stay-at-home type.

As an adventurous soul, he’s anything but.

The lockout spelled the end of the McKenna’s days as a National Hockey Leaguer, but his globe-trotting was just beginning.

Since turning in his Pittsburgh Penguins sweater in 2004, the towering tourist - McKenna stands six-foot-eight - has chased pucks in England, Australia, Australia, Korea and now China. In case you’re scoring at home, that’s four continents in five years.

continued

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  Tags: steve+mckenna

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