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Video- A Look At Concussion In Younger Hockey Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A CBC video report- Sports researchers are trying to learn why there are higher incidences of concussions among females than males

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Will Whitney Jump Right In And Play?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Can defenceman Ryan Whitney play in the Edmonton Oilers’ seasonopener this Sunday stone-cold with nary an exhibition game or any game for 285 days?

Could Whitney suit up and just play the power play and feel his way into an NHL game for the first time since popping a tendon in his ankle on Dec. 28, 2010, against the Buffalo Sabres?

Or will the Oilers do the prudent thing and have Whitney play one or two games for their American Hockey League farm team in Oklahoma City, like a rehabilitation assignment for a major-league baseball player. Hall of Famer-to-be Derek Jeter played some games on a New York Yankees’ farm squad this summer when he was coming back from a leg injury. Could Whitney play at least the AHL Barons’ game in Austin, Texas, against the Texas Stars on Oct. 9?

“It’s going to be tough to come back (without any action). For a couple of NHL games, people will be whizzing (by him). If it were up to me, I’d play two games in the minors, but not back-to-back games,” said Whitney.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+whitney

KK- It Is Not Often I Talk About Ads

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last Thursday I started receiving a few emails from KK members/readers basically stating an ad running on KK was causing their anti-virus software to go off.

I know, because I experienced it too.  So I went through the normal routine of first manually checking every ad coming through, then contacting the ad suppliers of the problem.

I thought it was resolved late Friday but soon after thinking that, my AV software went off again.

So I did a little more digging and discovered the 3rd party software I use to rotate the ads on KK had been hacked and some malicious code had been entered into it..  A first for me and in no was the core system of KK hacked, just the ad software.

So I took down all the ads on Saturday, fixed the problem and ads started appearing mid-day yesterday.

Why am I telling you this instead of just letting it go unnoticed?  Well, I have always been upfront with you and felt I needed to make you aware of this issue too.  KK is not perfect, but I try to react as quickly as possible when a problem pops up. I hope this issue did not cause a major problem for those who experienced their AV software flashing away.

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Renney Stresses Confidence For His Players

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Coach Tom Renney gets asked a million questions every day, but Monday’s questions seemed to be concerning many more topics than usual. Renney was asked about the condition of his players, his choices for cuts, his starting lineup, about the players who weren’t cut, the team trip to Jasper and everything else the people of Oil Country would like to know. The Edmonton Oilers have a portion of Renney’s interview available on their website and Jason Gregor of the Team 1260, has a much longer portion available in the 3rd hour of the October 3rd show.

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Filed in: Edmonton Oilers, Ben Eager, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Pääjärvi, Oklahoma City Barons, Teemu Hartikainen, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Whitney, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, | Oil Patch | Permalink

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

After the retirements of Rafalski, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood and Mike Modano, we might feel a bit better about the Wings’ Cup chances if a bit more youth were injected into the roster. While White and Commodore are decent veterans to help replace Rafalski, there’s something of a mercenary feel to them. It would be more helpful if Detroit started to grow some better D-men on its own farm. But as long as the Wings still have all that offense on the ice, and all that mystique off of it, there’s always a chance for a new banner in Hockeytown.

-Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated.  More on the Wings plus other Central Division teams.

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Who Knew Team Building Could Be Dangerous?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

It’s not too often you see the two-pad stack in NHL practices anymore, but it’s also not often you call upon a 43-year-old to fasten up the pads for the first time in 15 years.

Jim Mill, the Wild’s assistant to the GM and former minor-league goaltender, was parachuted into the Wild’s practice Monday at AMSOIL Arena after backup goalie Josh Harding injured his left ankle at the Wild’s team-building exercise the day before.

The Wild wouldn’t say how Harding injured his ankle and wouldn’t speculate on the nature of the injury until he’s examined by team doctors.

But Harding, who suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral knee ligaments last preseason only months after a season-ending hip injury, believes it’s minor.


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  Tags: josh+harding

The Best Team In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...The Canucks are the only team from this side of the border with an actual opportunity to capture the NHL championship.

That’s an upgrade in national reality, if not necessarily roster strength.

The Canucks, you may recall, fell 60 minutes short of hoisting the Cup in June, a setback that is still being explained and analyzed out on the West Coast.

What most of the hockey world saw as a team that self-destructed through an inability to play decent hockey away from British Columbia in the Cup final, through wildly erratic netminding from Roberto Luongo and through a fatal flaw of having too many divers and not enough referees willing to buy that nonsense was, sadly, attributed solely in many parts of Vancouver to the league allowing those mean old Boston Bruins to illegally manhandle the saintly Canucks.

It was an excuse, nothing more, but some bought it and some still do. What’s less clear is whether the Canucks themselves believe that fairy tale, or whether they’ve been able to come to grips with what actually happened while losing four of the final five games in the Cup final.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Your 2011-2012 Montreal Canadiens

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

So what have we got? We’ve got the deepest top nine the Canadiens have seen since 2008, if not earlier.

We’ve got a defence that is in a holding pattern, waiting for the arrival of Andrei Markov.

And, thankfully, we’ve got Carey Price.

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Ray Emery Signs Deal with Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Matt Nichol (whom Tim Sassone notes is Emery’s trainer):

Congrats to Ray Emery on signing with Chicago!!. #perserverance. #neversaydie

Update 4:12pm ET: From Pierre LeBrun

This probably out there but Emery deal in Chicago is one-year, $600,000

Update 4:34pm ET: From Adam Jahns at the Sun-Times

“We’re in the fortunate position to have to make a difficult decision on two netminders that impressed throughout our entire training camp,” general manger Stan Bowman said in a statement. “Having both Ray Emery and Alexander Salak as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization makes us stronger in both the short-term and long-term.”

According to the numbers, Salak outperformed Emery this preseason, recording a 1.94 goals against average compared to Emery’s 4.54. But it was always thought that the Hawks preferred to have an experienced goalie behind Crawford, who is entering his first full year as a starter.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ray+emery

Olczyk Chats with NHL.com

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Dave Lozo of NHL.com talks to NBC broadcaster Eddie Olczyk about how Brendan Shanahan’s rulings will be adapted by the players:

Q: Is this like any other new thing in the NHL where players will eventually adjust and learn, like the clutching and grabbing rules after the work stoppage?

Olczyk: I think it’s similar, but I think this is a much longer work in progress. I think those other things are cut and dry. To me, those were black and white—the hooking, the obstruction, the holding. This is a part of the game that’s always been there. The teaching aspect of it, from coaches to players, it’s understanding how to make body contact. I like what the League has done with saying body position and body contact—the center of the body has to be the point of contact.

Now, it may be from 10 feet out and you get to two feet and the guy moves or dives. I’m not sure where it’s going, to be honest with you. I’ve been a lifer in the League, and I’m not sure where it’s going. What I think is going to end up happening is the physical part of the game is going to take a step back. For how long, I don’t know, because guys are starting to understand you could hurt somebody and you could hurt your team because you’re thrown out and or it’s a five-minute penalty and it’s going to cost you money at the end of the day.

read on for more on player discipline, plus talk about various NHL teams

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brendan+shanahan, eddie+olczyk

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