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Hull’s Role Not Yet Defined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas News,

“I’m here to help the organization any way I can,” said Hull, who served as assistant to president Jim Lites last season.

When asked if that’s something he can seriously do, Hull responded confidently: “I don’t see why not. ... I’ve got a boatload of knowledge, and everyone has to figure out how to tap into it.”

Hull has a few ideas. He would love to simply open up a brain that has soaked up hockey since he was a kid watching his father, Bobby, and his uncle Dennis, and let the contents spill out. He would love to try the Jackson Pollock philosophy of pouring his paint onto a blank canvas to see what kind of masterpiece would appear.

But he’s smart enough to know better.

read on

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  Tags: brett+hull

Picking Up The Pace

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jeremy Bonderman’s hurt.  The Lions have begun their trek to glory.  Tiger Woods won again and I’m sure a redneck drove pretty fast before taking his sister out for a romantic dinner.  So finding Wing news today may be tough.

But not as tough as it was a month ago.  Thankfully.

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  Tags: attendance, kronwall, lebda, lilja, maltby, meech, sopel

Patience Hard To Come By For Kindl

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Great stuff from Bruce MacLeod tonite on Wing prospective blue liner, Jakub Kindl.

“About a week before we did send him to juniors, we said that we were going to send him out,” said Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill. “Then we played him a (preseason) game and he played very well. We said that we’d give him one more and then let him go back to juniors and he played better. He wound up playing about five games.”

With seven NHL-experienced defenseman on the team at training camp last fall, there was little chance that Kindl would wind up in Detroit.

Different circumstances will keep Kindl down in GR this year, or at least prompt the Wings to start him there.  A stacked blue line, plus zero flexibility with Derek Meech spell a season with the Griffs for the young Czech.

More from MacLeod.

 

 

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  Tags: deep+diggers, fellow+bloggers, prospects

Not ALL Southern Teams, Just One

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s the great thing about blogging.  One guy (the emperor) points to an article about the Wings offering some 9 buck tickets, then a few other guys scoff or applaud the move.  Then a reader who happens to be a fellow blogger drops a few bombs in the comment section until she’s formed her argument to the extent she’s ready to post it on her own site.  At that point, I read it, agree or disagree, and point you right back to both, throwing in my own elitist views for good measure.

And away we go.

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  Tags: attendance, fellow+bloggers

Questions For The Bolts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Peterburg Times,

What are the biggest concerns? Here are 10 burning questions…

What’s with the goalies?

Marc Denis and Johan Holmqvist were really bad at times last season, and statistically they were among the worst. Karri Ramo played 70 minutes, but it was Denis and Holmqvist who were most responsible for the team’s .884 save percentage, last in the league, and a 3.11 goals-against average that was 24th. Holmqvist, with 27 regular-season victories, showed promise, though he couldn’t carry the team in the playoffs. Denis is the bigger concern. If Tampa Bay could have dealt him over the summer it would have, but his $2.8-million salary wiped out any market value. Now it hopes he resurrects his career.

read on

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NHL > NFL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duvall of the Tonawanda News,

It’s football time again, and for Bills fans, that means it’s the time of year where we get our hopes up….

One thing I could do without, though, is the pomp and circumstance surrounding the NFL’s kickoff. Big-time musicians, fireworks, lasers — all to celebrate day one.

I greatly prefer the NHL, which usually starts its season under cover of darkness. Sportscenter keeps the game highlights to 30 seconds and about 45 minutes into its hour-long broadcast. Fine by me. This is hockey country and we don’t much mind skipping the Faith Hill performance before a largely meaningless game nine months before a trophy is handed out.

Besides, I don’t know a ton of hockey fans that would want to hear Faith Hill. The Tragically Hip singing “50 Mission Cap” is far more our style.

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Willie Mitchell Deals With Popularity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Times Colonist,

“Hockey is popular in Minnesota [where Mitchell spent more than three NHL seasons with the Wild], but being back playing in a Canadian city is a whole different ball game with the crazy amount of attention you receive,” says Mitchell.

And this isn’t just any Canadian team Mitchell finds himself with, but the home-province team he grew up adoring as a kid.

“It gets a little crazy, but it’s all part of it and I enjoy what I do,” said the product of the North Island Eagles minor hockey teams.

“I’m lucky to be doing it. But it can be a little overwhelming being a Canuck in B.C. and trying to balance that with personal and family time.”

more

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  Tags: willie+mitchell

Setting The Record Straight On Briere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

Canadiens president Pierre Boivin angrily denied there was any truth to a La Presse story that suggested free- agent Daniel Brière turned down an offer from the Canadiens because general manager Bob Gainey would not guarantee that he would play on a line with Christopher Higgins and Michael Ryder.

“I was privy to the negotiations and I can tell you that this was never discussed,” said Boivin, who said the story was filled with “lies.”

continued

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  Tags: daniel+briere

Where Does Hockey Stand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Carter Gaddis of the Tampa Tribune,

Year Three, A.L. (After Lockout) is dawning. Training camps are upon us.

The National Hockey League is about to begin its annual search for identity south of the 49th parallel. For every plus, there is a minus. For every slap, a shot.

In Canada, where folks are taught from birth the sanctity of the blue line and they know without being told that Don Cherry is not a flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, there is no debate.

Hockey is king. End of discussion.

In the U.S., the debate rages. Well, perhaps not rages. Stirs with quiet desperation among those who care, maybe.

There is no escaping the debate, though, not after pro hockey shared a spot with men’s golf in the most recent annual Harris Poll to determine the favorite sport of Americans.

continued

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We Are Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey fans begin preparing for the new season…

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