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Could Aaron Downey Make The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Red Wings Corner,

Babcock has been bringing an edge to the Red Wings, wanting to make his team more difficult to play against. That means better defense, tighter checking and more hitting. It’s also difficult to play against a team with an enforcer.

Bringing in a fighter—and one like Downey, who probably won’t cost much more than $500,000—wouldn’t make the Red Wings a tough team, but it would push them slightly towards mediocre on the toughness scale.

Downey’s play in camp has been adequate. On Saturday, he was irritable (challenging Tomas Kopecky after one whistle and Brad Ference after another) and that’s what the Red Wings want.

Downey’s roster competition comes from his training camp linemate, Russian Igor Grigorenko, who won’t fight, but is supposed to be able to put the puck in the net. The problem is Grigorenko hasn’t shown offensive flash in training camp.


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  Tags: aaron+downey

Avery Talks Media

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rangers Report,

...My personal favorite, though, was Avery talking about his reputation in the press, and how most of the national hockey media is clueless when it comes to him (he actually used the word “stupid” when referring to the Canadian press, which was a bit strong). Then he said that he really only has to answer to us—meaning the media that covers the Rangers. It was a nice touch, although I’d like to hear him take it a step further and say he really only has to answer to me.

more and you can listen to the Avery interview there…

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sean+avery

Blues Sweaters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think?

View a slide show of the jerseys and read about them here.


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Tampa Goalie Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Lightning goaltender Marc Denis turned down an interview request Friday.

No matter, goaltenders coach Jeff Reese picked up the slack, sticking up not only for Denis, who is trying to resurrect his career after a brutal season, but Johan Holmqvist and Karri Ramo, the other contenders for Tampa Bay’s two goalie spots.

“We’re tired of hearing about goaltending,” Reese said. “I know I am, and I can just imagine how they all feel. I think they’ve got a lot to prove, and I think they’d like to silence a lot of people.”

“I’m not going to dodge it. We have some questions there that have to be answered,” Tortorella said. “My mind is wide open as far as that position is concerned.”

read on

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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Puckhound61 just posted a link to NHL TV in the KK Forum.

If you are intested in watching the games on your computer this season, I suggest you take a look at it.

I have also embedded the video on the direct page of this post too.

The embed didn’t work very well, so I removed it and will try to make it work.

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, Center Ice, NHL Video, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Using The Web

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There is no other NHL team that has used the web to their advantage like the Washington Capitals.

I started receiving a daily email from the Caps titled “Caps Today” with all types of great links in it.  It points to audio, links, video and upcoming events.

I would only hope other NHL teams follow the example the Caps are providing us “new media guys”!

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Saturday With The Deep Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There is, apparently, no valid reason to use the word “if” when referring to Dallas Drake’s chances of making the team.  Naturally, intelligent readers like yourselves knew that the minute he signed. 

Your boy Khan(!), already with a contract in hand to write Drake’s memoirs, has found himself a new BFF.

Drake’s experience as the captain in St. Louis will help. Babcock loves his competitiveness.

“Dallas Drake flat-out loves hockey,’’ Babcock said. “And playing for us, he’ll be re-energized and be a huge part of our team, from a leadership standpoint, from a physical standpoint and from just being an all-around good guy.’‘


Continue Reading »

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  Tags: deep+diggers, downey, drake, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko, osgood

Not A “Girlie” Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Times Colonist,

Happy times for Lorna Jackson were evenings spent with her dad in the ‘60s and ‘70s, watching Hockey Night in Canada. With a teenage crush on Boston Bruins bad-boy Derek Sanderson, she followed hockey with a passion.

But life took some sad and confusing turns, and Jackson abandoned the sport for 30 years, before Team Canada and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics changed everything. The result: A book entitled Cold-Cocked on Hockey.

The book, which will be launched on Sept. 24 at Bolen Books, is written from a woman’s perspective, but is not a puff piece. Jackson enforces that slant by using the “f” word in the prologue.


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Numminen Suspension All Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

On Friday, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier defended the suspension, noting it was well within the rules set forth in the collective bargaining agreement.

“There’s a clause explicitly in the contract that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play,” Regier said. “It’s the collective bargaining agreement, and in no way is it personal to Teppo.

“I had the conversation with Teppo. He understands it’s business. It has a lot of implications on the salary side, on the cap side.”


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  Tags: teppo+numminen

Schaefer May Find Himself On The Top Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

But there are strong indications that Peter Schaefer, who skated with Marc Savard and Martins Karsums in the first session, might be seeing a lot of time with Savard, the Bruins’ leading scorer last season.

Come Oct. 5, Schaefer could be the club’s No. 1 left wing alongside Savard and Glen Murray when the Bruins open the season against Dallas.

“He’s a good guy along the walls,” Savard said of Schaefer. “He can get pucks out, get them to me, and Muzz can set up shop and shoot it.”

read on

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  Tags: peter+schaefer

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