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Jay Feaster Wants To Get Back To Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Have you made any inquiries about general manager positions?

I’ve talked to people who ultimately are going to be helpful when openings occur. I will never go after a general manager’s job when there’s an incumbent general manager there. If that means I don’t ever work as a general manager again, so be it. But I believe there really is a right way to go about things in this business, and the way it’s respected.

I have talked to some owners in the game who know me well, and I’ve asked, “If there are openings with other teams, would you be willing to talk to your fellow owner for me?”

read on

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  Tags: jay+feaster

Blake Wheeler Finally Having an Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,

The fact Wheeler finally made the NHL four years later and is having an impressive offensive impact (six goals and eight points in 13 games with Boston) says a lot about the Coyote scouts who insisted the team take him in the No. 5 spot.

“The kid is going to be a star,” Phoenix hockey operations vice-president Dave Draper said after the 2004 draft. “Sometimes you have to pay a higher price than you’d like or what people would think, but we think we have a real gem.”

read on

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  Tags: blake+wheeler

Tucker Avoids Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to Adrian Dater at All Things Avs:

Darcy Tucker escaped suspension. From my league sources, Tucker will not be suspended for his clipping incident against Minnesota’s Nick Schultz Thursday night.

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, nick+schultz

Stories From the HHOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Phil Coffey at NHL.com

Truth be told, Hall of Fame Weekend is one of my favorite parts of a season that has a lot of favorite parts.

As an addicted history buff in all things, not just hockey, I’ll never turn away from the chance to read any hockey history that comes my way. That’s a strong thread here at NHL.com. This week alone, we dug into some pretty important historical stories that actually weren’t related to the Hall of Fame. Most fans know Red Berenson as the hockey coach at Michigan, but you may not realize he was a pretty fair NHL player in his own right. John Kreiser looked at one of the NHL’s unforgettable nights when Berenson scored 6 goals against the Flyers at the Spectrum. No easy road there.

read on for links to more HHOF stories at NHL.com

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

UPDATE:  Penguins/Islanders preview - 11/8:  Sabourin to start, Crosby will play

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

Penguins at Islanders, 7PM ET, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Season records: 

Penguins, 7-4-2, 16 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference
Islanders, 4-8-1, 9 pts, 15th in Eastern Conference

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  Tags: new+york+islanders, nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Blackhawks Fans Back in Force

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

As a video on the Jumbotron before a recent game proclaimed, “Hockey never left Chicago, but it has definitely returned.”

“It’s great to see this many people here,” Brian Jack said, keeping a protective hand on the shoulder of his 8-year-old son, Kevin, as they made their way through the crowded concourse before Monday night’s win over the Colorado Avalanche.

“It’s nice to see energy in the building. There’s electricity in the air.”

A year after the season-ticket base dwindled to 3,400, it’s now a franchise-record 14,000. Every game so far has sold out, including a regular-season record 22,690 for the Oct. 25 game against the Red Wings. Merchandise sales are up a whopping 60 per cent from last year.

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  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans, united+center

5 Things Nobody Saw Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Yasvinski at the National Post:

It was just over a month ago the TV talking heads, the newspaper scribes and the radio hosts started offering predictions for the 2008-09 NHL season. Would Alexander Ovechkin win the scoring a title? Would the Leafs be so bad, that even Leafs Nation would begin to turn away? There are other questions out there, and a lot of surprises — so far — in this season. And here are five things nobody saw coming.

1. Martin Brodeur meets Kryptonite.

read on for the full list

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Iginla’s Strange Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jean Lefebvre at the Herald Hockey blog,

And it hasn’t been a poor start for Iginla so much as a strange one. In 14 games, for instance, he’s had six multiple-point efforts (two of which led to a NHL first star of the week award) and six contests in which he’s been completely held off the sheet.

There’s also been the matter of linemates. Just when you think Mike Keenan has given up on teaming Iginla with Todd Bertuzzi, the coach gives the wingers another whirl as a partnership. Just when it seems Conroy is destined for permanent bottom-six duty, he gets another chance to play with Iginla (and, as was the case Thursday against Nashville, delivers a three-point performance to go with Iginla’s four-pointer).

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Update 1:51pm ET: In other Calgary news, after 14 straight starts Kiprusoff is finally getting a night off.

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  Tags: jarome+iginla

Saturday Hockey Talk—Hall of Fame Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From 2-4pm ET

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with a HOF guest lineup: 2008 inductee and six-time Stanley Cup Champion Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe (Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations, six-time Cup winner), 2008 Foster Hewitt Award winner Mike “Doc” Emrick, 2008 Elmer Ferguson Award winner Neil Stevens, Dean Chynoweth (the son of 2008 “Builder” inductee Ed Chynoweth), Rob Simpson, (author of Between the Lines…”), and Patrick King (Rogers Sportsnet).


The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and can be heard online at Money Matters Radio.  Chime in by calling 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

From 4-6pm ET

imageLive From Wayne Gretzky’s today features hosts Gord Stellick and Murray Wilson who will have Mark Messier in the studio, as well as spending some time talking to both Phil Esposito and Igor Larionov.

You can call into the show at 1-866-GRETZKY (473-8959) and can listen online at XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, Team 990, Team 1040, Team 1260, Fan 960 or 1290 CJBK.

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  Tags: interviews, media

Russian 101

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George James Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,

The Russian alphabet is a phonetic one (i.e. the alphabet’s letters describe single sounds, unlike the English alphabet, for example, where letters can make different sounds), so their transliterations of English words follow phonetic patterns, like “tafgai” (“tough guy”), “enachelovsky” (“NHL’er,” with a Russian possessive), and, when certain phonetic sounds are absent from the alphabet, things get really interesting.

For example, “Detroyt Red Uingz” once had a goaltender named “Dominik Ghashek,” they play at “Dzhoh Lewis Areena,” and former assistant coach “Beri Smit” coaches SKA St. Petersburg, for example.

George also discovers Mike Krushelnyski accepts a head coaching position in the KHL.

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