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Adding Gagne Improves Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Daily News,

Again, while it is fun to speculate about Forsberg, in Gagne, the Flyers are already getting an All-Star impact player for the stretch run - one who is only going to get better and better as he works his way back into full condition.

“I think I’m in pretty good shape, but I want to get back to game shape, skillwise, get the legs back and all the quickness I had before,” Gagne said.

The Flyers are now 10-3-1 with Gagne in the lineup, 14-12-2 without.

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  Tags: simon+gagne

Goaltending Talk In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Daily Herald,

My only question is this: On that glorious night when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman places the Stanley Cup into Hawks captain Jonathan Toews’ arms, who is going to be the goalie?

The point is, the Hawks would appear to have goalie issues that reach beyond the struggles of Nikolai Khabiublin.

It’s likely not going to be Khabibulin who leads the Hawks to that Cup predicted by Savard.

Khabibulin might not even be around when this season ends if the whispers going around the league are true that the Hawks are trying to deal him.

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via the Chicago Daily Herald,

Hawks assistant general manager Rick Dudley was seen watching Tampa Bay play Monday.

With rumors of Nikolai Khabibulin being available, it’s only natural to connect the dots with the Lightning—Khabibulin’s former team and one that is last in the Eastern Conference largely because of poor goaltending.

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Ruff Upset With Shanahan Cross-Check

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

As Lundqvist made the save, however, Rangers veteran Brendan Shanahan cross-checked Clarke MacArthur into the goalpost. That dislodged the net and caused a faceoff. It also raised the ire of Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.

“There should probably be a suspension on that last play,” Ruff said after the 2-1 loss in Madison Square Garden. “The league definitely has to look at it. That was a definite intent to try to hurt somebody. He could have a broken neck, he could have a broken shoulder, he could have a broken back, he could have a number of things….”

“It was harder than I would have wanted,” said Shanahan. “It certainly warranted a penalty. I’m glad the kid didn’t get hurt….”

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, lindy+ruff

Live Chat Rooms Open

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageOver at Abel to Yzerman they had a bit of fun over the last week or so testing out the new chat system we’ve been incorporating into KK.  Everything seems to be working reasonably well, so now we’ve opened the rooms up on a permanent basis. 

The KK Chat Rooms are an added feature for KK members. You can access them at any time by clicking the tab link along side the other KK sections at the top of any page.  If you’re not a member, it’s free to register.

We’ve also added some new features since the original testing and we’ll probably make more adjustments as time goes on.

Check it out when you get a chance—we hope they get a lot of use.

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chat+rooms, hockey+talk

NHL, NHLPA & IIHF Meet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

“It went well today,” Daly told The Canadian Press on Wednesday night. “We went through our respective views of what was transpiring and the possible causes. We share the same concern with respect to too many young players coming to North America before they are ready to play in the NHL. We talked about possible ways to address it. We have conceived of a possible short-term interim framework to give us more time for us to evaluate what’s going on in the market place.

“That framework is subject to all of the parties going back to their respective constituencies to discuss its merits.”

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Marc Savard Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today, Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins participated in a teleconference for the NHL.  Since the start of the ‘05, ‘06 season Marc has recorded 179 assists placing him in third in the NHL over that timeframe behind San Jose Joe Thornton with 228 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 190. 

Here is the transcript of today’s Q&A session.

Q.  Two questions actually.  The first one is about the game on NBC Sunday.  Just curious.  Do you guys—I think it’s hard to say that you could get up more for one game than the other, but do you notice that the game’s on national TV and does it strike your awareness before the game, you know, the hype surrounding a national televised game or anything like that?

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  Tags: marc+savard, media

2nd Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Marian Hossa via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

“The agent is still working on a deal with Don, hopefully we can work out the best of it. I hope I can stay. But obviously we know there are two choices, stay or going away. I’m preparing for both choices. The priority is I would like to stay here.”

read more on all the rumors…

added 5:53pm, Kevin Allen was just on WDFN radio in Detroit.  He doesn’t think the Wings will go after Hossa, but you never know with the Wings.  The Wings know in order to keep thei ball rolling, they need to hold onto draft picks and the younger players.  He feels they will go after a mid-level player(s) at the deadline.

added 5:58pm, You can now listen to the full interview with Kevin Allen.  If you can’t get the link to work, go to WDFN and you will find other options.  Kevin discussed multiple trade scenes, talked Leafs a bit too.

 

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Bad Spin, Ms. Hill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jemele Hill at ESPN Page 2,

Over the last year, we’ve seen the Hook Up perverted in so many ways. So many athletes attained the Hook Up, meaning they could do no wrong in the public’s eyes and even if they did, they’d be forgiven faster than you can say “Britney Spears is the white Whitney Houston.”...

Wayne Gretzky: Best player of all time, but coaching and part-owning the Phoenix Coyotes has yielded little for that franchise. The NHL didn’t even lift an eyebrow when the Great One was implicated in a gambling ring which his wife, Janet Jones, and former Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett. Nope, not a bad idea at all to have a guy associated with a gambling ring coaching and owning a professional hockey team.

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

McCrimmon Ready To Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

McCrimmon has every intention of being an NHL head coach — in Atlanta or somewhere else.

“I just know I can do it,” he said simply. “I’ve known it for awhile.”

General manager and current head coach Don Waddell has made his intentions clear. He’d prefer to return upstairs to focus on his general managing duties.

He’s also said McCrimmon is the front-runner to replace him behind the bench, but any edge McCrimmon has right now, is loaded with ifs.

If the Thrashers finish the season strong. If they continue to show improvement after a slow start. If Scotty Bowman doesn’t show up on Waddell’s doorstep.

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  Tags: brad+mccrimmon

NHL Embracing HD Technology

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Perhaps the biggest update for this season is a new video system used to review whether a goal was scored. The overhead cameras aimed at the nets now have the sharp images of high definition and are on a closed circuit to the video judge’s booth and to the NHL’s review officials in Toronto.

The original system, installed in the early 1990s, used standard definition and was routed through a production truck. The result was a picture that wasn’t crystal clear and a system with a greater chance for breakdowns.

If you’ve noticed incredible detail this season on replays when a puck was near the goal line, that’s the work of the high-definition setup.

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  Tags: goal+judges, hdtv, media

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