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Laperriere Will Protect Colorado Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

The affable Laperriere has been fighting throughout training camp and the preseason, making sure everyone on his team and around the league knows they’ll have to go through him to get to Colorado’s numerous (and healthy) stars, including additions Ryan Smyth, Scott Hannan and Jaroslav Hlinka.

Lappy’s face is a mess, and he’s proud of it. He has multiple cuts around his nose, which has been pointing toward his right ear for years, and a black eye. He exceeds the definition of toughness and team pride, and uses those things to defend his teammates and provide motivation during rough times.

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, ian+laperriere

Penner Adjusting In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

Physically Penner should be fine. It’s finding the chemistry with Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff on the first line which might take some time.

Hemsky and Horcoff know each other well. It’s a matter of Penner getting up to speed with them.

“It’s coming along,” Penner said. “I have to be a little more aware on the ice when I’m with him (Hemsky) because he can find you in the small seams.  You have to be ready at all times with a guy like that because good things will happen.”

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  Tags: dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers

Who Wears The “C” In Bufalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

At some point this week, perhaps as soon as this morning, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will address his captain.

Ruff rotated the “C” throughout the team’s six preseason games, but only one player wore it twice, underscoring Ruff’s long-held affinity for the underappreciated Jochen Hecht. O kapitan, mein kapitan?

When the Sabres open the regular season Friday against the New York Islanders in HSBC Arena, the versatile German forward could be just the third captain in club history from the Eastern Hemisphere (after Alexander Mogilny and Miroslav Satan).

continued

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, jochen+hecht

Neale To Replace Lorentz In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

According to sources, the Buffalo Sabres will announce today that analyst Harry Neale is leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs’ regional broadcasts to join them.

Neale’s spot on the Leafs’ regional broadcasts, seen on Rogers Sportsnet, TSN and Leafs TV, will be taken by Greg Millen….

Though the 70-year-old analyst will continue to work for Hockey Night In Canada, he won’t be calling as many Toronto games as he has in the past.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres

Monday Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What appeared to be nothing more than pre-season circumstance a week ago has been made official.  Pavel Datsyuk will join Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper as alternate captains.

St. James/Freep

“...because we think he’s a big part of our leadership group,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We want Datsyuk to understand that.”

St. James said the Wings will figure out a rotation between Datsyuk, Draper and Zetterberg.

 

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No Namby-Pamby Refs In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Telegraph,

Though there are penalties in ice hockey, for high-sticking, for holding and holding the stick, there are no penalties for body checking your opponents at full speed, into a wall. Indeed, that kind of behaviour is rapturously applauded by knowledgeable fans. Such fans will need no explanation of the finer points of the game. Which is just as well. This is a sport of speed, power and violence, played without the inconveniences of offside or touchlines or namby-pamby referees. Indeed, ice hockey referees may well be the least namby-pamby officials in the sports world, since four of them must not only share the ice with two teams of aggressive hulks, but sort out the game’s near obligatory brawl.

There was one of those last night, and highly entertaining it was too. The fight ended as an honourable draw, with one player from each side sitting out a five-minute penalty.

read on about the 2 games in London…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: anaheim+ducks, london, los+angeles+kings, referees

Looking At The Big Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

What is undeniable is there was a palpable thrum in the O2 Arena for both games, which were listed as sellouts even though Saturday’s attendance was reported as 17,551 and Sunday’s attendance given by NHL officials was 17,239. Hundreds of fans crowded around the Stanley Cup, which was on display in the atrium of the arena.

The fact there were fans in attendance from throughout Europe’s hockey community should be a positive sign if the NHL does move forward with plans to visit Prague or other European hockey cities beyond.

“Obviously we’re not pleased with our result from tonight,” Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said. “But I think if you take a big-picture view of it, they had two very entertaining games, two games with sell-out crowds here and a wonderful venue. They saw some inspired hockey by both teams.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, london, los+angeles+kings

Ten Years In Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Ten years ago Monday, the Hurricanes played their first regular-season game as a franchise, a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two days later, hockey hit North Carolina full-force when the Hurricanes hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Greensboro Coliseum….

For fans used to seeing ACC Tournament basketball, hockey was an adjustment. At one point, the crowd chanted “de-fense” when the Penguins had the puck.

But if North Carolina was getting used to the NHL, the NHL had to get used to North Carolina, too. As the Hurricanes left the ice, they were showered in beer as fans threw their cups on the ice—a tradition left over from Greensboro’s minor-league days.

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes

Next NHL Stop- Prague

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The NHL is planning to start its 2008-09 season with a short series, likely two games, in Prague, Czech Republic. The series likely would involve the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Penguins had no comment, but multiple league sources said they were being considered for participation in the league’s next oversees series. Those sources said that many details still must be worked out before an official announcement, but that the Penguins and Lightning were the league’s preferred participants for a regular-season series in Prague.

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, prague, tampa+bay+lightning

Spezza Primed for Scoring Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Don Brennan at the Ottawa Sun,

Earlier this week, Jason Spezza shook his head in bewilderment as he told teammates of a meeting he had just finished up with an equipment rep.

“He’s telling me I’d be 15% better (of a player) with a different mouth guard,” the Senators centre said, chuckling.

Now, we’re not exactly sure how that works, either, but if that’s truly the case, Sidney Crosby should hope Spezza sticks with what he’s wearing.  Fifteen percent more of him would cost the Pittsburgh star the scoring race.

continued…

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  Tags: jason+spezza, ottawa+senators

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