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Good, Bad & Ugly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

As every player on a sub-par NHL team is saying these days, it’s still early in the season and there’s still a lot of hockey yet to be played. But it’s never too soon to start identifying and analyzing some of the good, bad, and ugly surprises of the 2007-08 campaign.

THE GOOD

The Canadiens
Yeah, this is the team I believed would plummet to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings this year.

continued...

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I’ll Bet Fonzie’s Groin Never Got Tired

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, I guess it’s “not appropriate” to sit in your front lawn chugging beer while the neighborhood Fall Festivalers parade up and down the sidewalks begging for candy.  I guess it’s “juvenile” to make comments about certain people (adults) who probably shouldn’t wear spandex or the ever popular wench costumes.  And, yeah, I’ve been told that “falling asleep” with your head resting on the front step of your house sends “the wrong message.”

All of that may be worthy of judgment and criticism.  But I can at least say this:  My groin isn’t tired.

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October Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 1, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire and Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for October.

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“Watching” Tim Taylor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The camera followed Tim Taylor into surgery as he attempts to make a comeback after hip surgery.

Make sure to click the Tim Taylor tag for more stories on Tim…

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Avery A Game-Time Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Avery tested his shoulder as best he could when he took a run into the boards late in practice. Afterward in the locker room, he held his arm above his head and rotated the shoulder to show that his range of motion is not a problem.

“I think that [hit] was a good test - I got hit pretty hard - so we’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Avery said. “It’s sore, but I just don’t think that’s going to go away.

“I think Tom has a pretty good balance when dealing with me,” Avery said of his coach. “It’s his call and I think he can just gauge it by looking at me.”

more

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Wrong Way For Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

...He can’t recall offhand, though, a season when the Canucks lost five of their first six home games, which Vancouver did last month at GM Place.

“It’s a place where you can go in the right direction or the wrong direction, and we’ve gone in the wrong direction,’ Linden said yesterday after a practice in which the Canucks worked on defensive assignments.

“You don’t want to let it snowball,” he added. “You want to fix things and get comfortable. The longer you struggle, you kind of build up that mental side of things. You want to break that down as soon as you can.”

more

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Top Fighters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

5. D.J. King
Blues
Height, weight: 6-3, 230
Scouting report: Considered one of the game’s top up-and-coming fighters.

read on for the other four…

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“Changing” Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

Why don’t NHL coaches give forward lines more time to jell? Why can’t coaches be more patient?

“Patience,” Detroit Coach Mike Babcock said, “is an interesting thing. My mother had lots and I have none.”

“In a perfect world,” Dallas Coach Dave Tippett said, “you could just put your lines together and everybody does their job and it just flows right and you win all the time. That’s a perfect world, that’s not reality.”

more (may req. reg.)

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The Promotional Tour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the International Herald Tribune,

(Troy) Crowder, whose on-ice scraps with top heavyweight Bob Probert of the Detroit Red Wings became the stuff of legend, made the journey to Bangkok, Thailand — along with some 400 hockey players from around the globe — to contest the “Land of Smiles” international ice hockey tournament.

While ice sport and the balmy Thai climate may seem an unlikely combination, hockey has blossomed in this steamy Southeast Asian nation.

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Tampa Sale Appears to be Ahead of Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eduardo A. Encina at the St. Petersburg Times,

After meeting with him Wednesday in New York, Lightning team president Ron Campbell said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told him the sale of the team appears ahead of schedule.

Campbell attended Wednesday’s game in New Jersey to take in the Devils’ new $375-million arena, the Prudential Center.

Earlier in the day, Campbell met with Bettman at the league offices and received an update on the sale of the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 51/2 acres of adjoining land from Palace Sports & Entertainment to Absolute Hockey Enterprises. Campbell said he still anticipates the deal would be completed by the Dec. 31 deadline.

continued… (*plus other odds & ends on the Lightning)

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