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Dave Scatchard Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dave Scatchard tweet,

Just to be clear the retirement is due to concussions.Thank you all for your well wishes and I appreciate the support. I have a blessed life

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NHL 12 Demo Preview

Blog: KK Hockey By Doug Miller


Well, we are just a handful of hours away from the release of the official NHL 12 demo this year. At least potentially, as one of the few questions that remains about the demo is, when exactly is it coming out? We know August 23, we just don’t know when it will actually drop tomorrow. It could be 12:01 AM EST, or it could be sometime in the middle of the afternoon, no one really has any idea. ( Update - check the bottom of this post for the expected time ) Either way, expect a quick update from me tomorrow once it is officially available for download.

In the meantime, let’s go over what to expect in the demo this year, as we will be getting a lot more than we usually get from the annual NHL-series demo.  Additional Late Update - Two brand new videos from GameSpot.com have been added at the end.


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  Tags: ea+sports+nhl+12

Questions But No Answers Yet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

• Will Alex Ovechkin regain his scoring touch and finally lead the Washington Capitals to glory?

• Can Duncan Keith rebound and get his game back to Norris Trophy form?

• Can the much-traveled Ian White be a suitable replacement for the retired-too-soon Brian Rafalski?

• Can Smilin’ James Reimer build on his wonderful put-of-the-blue rookie campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs and be a true blue (and white) No. 1 goalie?

• Did the Philadelphia Flyers, once and for all, solve their goaltending concerns with the acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov?

continue for more questions and feel free to leave your answers below…

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Craig Adams Out Four Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Penguins PR Department issued the following…

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams underwent successful laparoscopic appendectomy surgery on Friday.

UPMC physician Dr. Jack McKeating performed the surgery in Pittsburgh.  Adams’ rehab is expected to take four weeks. He is expected to be ready for training camp in September.

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  Tags: craig+adams

There is hope, Columbus

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

During the off season, I try to remember that between players training in the off season, and youth hockey camps and the Stanley Cup traveling about, there is hockey somewhere. This week, that somewhere is Portland, Oregon, where the Winterhawks will open their training camp. Among the question marks for us is whether or not some of our highly drafted players will return to Portland this season or stay with their NHL teams. We are already preparing ourselves for a Winterhawks roster without Nino Niederreiter. But some hold out hope that Ryan Johansen will return to us this season. For Ryan’s sake and that of the Columbus Blue Jackets, I hope he stays with his NHL team. Because it’s what he wants and I want him to be happy. And because I assure you Columbus, there is hope: its name starts with an R.

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Time To Play On The Big Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

To my way of thinking, the NHL could increase goal-scoring and make the game more exciting with one simple change, without having to constantly tinker and retool. (And when a league is constantly retooling, it sends out the message, unfortunately, that there’s something profoundly wrong with the game).

Yes, I’ve harped on this before, but it’s necessary harp: The NHL should increase the size of the ice. Not even the length of the ice, just the width. More ice, more room to move, more creativity, more goals. More goals, more excitement, more fans.

I’m not a math guy, but that seems to be a winning equation. Still, opponents of the idea, including some very good friends of mine who write and broadcast hockey for a living, argue that changing the ice dimensions would result in a boring game, because there would be less hitting, as there is in European pro hockey.

But I don’t buy that. The NHL features the best players in the world.

Most NHL players, even the sweethearts, like to hit.

read on

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The Case for Number One in Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Ian Gooding


Determining a first overall pick in this year’s fantasy hockey drafts is anything but easy, but we probably know this much: the first overall pick won’t be a goalie. Yet a goalie is an important investment to fantasy hockey teams, since only two goalies can be responsible for four out of a team’s ten stat categories in many fantasy hockey leagues. The need for solid goaltending explains why many starting goalies can fly off the board early in fantasy hockey drafts.

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  Tags: carey+price, cory+schneider, fantasy+hockey, goalies, henrik+lundqvist, ilya+bryzgalov, jose+theodore, martin+brodeur, nikolai+khabibulin, pekka+rinne, roberto+luongo, ryan+miller, sergei+bobrovsky, steve+mason, tim+thomas, tomas+vokoun, tuukka+rask

Red Wings overnight report: there ain’t no easy way to predict prospects’ futures

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Between reading USA Today’s Kevin Allen talk up Phoenix Coyotes prospect Andy Miele, an undrafted free agent who tried out at the Wings’ summer development camp in 2010, and recalling a gander at the Wings’ hot-key-labeled laptop containing the keys to the XOS video capture software mentioned in the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook on Sunday (I chose not to take notes as to what the stickers on the keys said) at last year’s training camp, I’d started thinking about the “ones who got away,” but RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau was a step ahead of me.

On her Left Wing Lock blog, she notes that while the Red Wings have tended to reap the benefits of signing undrafted free agents who perform well at the team’s summer camps and annual prospect tournament—which is only three weeks away—the Wings passed on at least two players whose services have benefited the Wings’ rivals, including one who the team may have wanted to sign to bring a little size and grit to their forward lines:

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In Defense of Jeremy Roenick

Blog: KK Hockey By Doug Miller


Well, I’ve clearly been noticing the amount of heat JR has been getting lately, after this week’s earlier announcement that he would be included as a “Legend” in NHL 12. “Outraged” would be the best term to describe most fan’s reactions to this announcement. I will admit, that I too was a bit surprised at this news, considering I put a lot of time and thought into my own short list of candidates who I felt would be worthy of such an honor. Of that list of mine, 7 of the 9 players I named ended up finding their way onto the NHL 12 Legends list. The two exceptions were Roenick and Salming.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, ea+sports+nhl+12, jeremy+roenick, usa+hockey

Oilers Schedule Woes 2011-12 Edition

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The television schedule for the upcoming hockey season is slowly coming to together. While Oilers’ fans are excited about a second season free from pay per view games, they are not happy with the number of games featured on CBC. After all, it’s supposed to be hockey night in Canada, not hockey night in Eastern Canada.

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