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Goalie Equipment Changes Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

There will be subtle modifications done for next season, like eliminating some of the ‘extra padding’ that helps goaltenders stop pucks as opposed to protecting them.

A universal measurement system will be developed so goalies will wear equipment that will properly fit them as opposed to wearing bulky gear. The measurement system is at least a year away from happening, but it’s designed for the process of ‘shaping’ goaltenders as opposed to making them look more square like we’ve seen in recent years.

read on

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  Tags: goalies, hockey+equipment

Report: Sharks Hire McLellan as Head Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Helene St. James at the Free Press:

Todd McLellan will be announced as the Sharks’ new head coach tomorrow, having agreed to a three-year deal. McLellan was assistant to Babcock the past three years.

McLellan flew to San Jose this weekend, and two days worth of interviews with general manager Doug Wilson went so well McLellan cancelled a meeting he had scheduled for later this week for the job in Atlanta.

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Update 7:17pm ET: More from David Pollak at the Mercury News, who states that a press conference is scheduled tomorrow at 11am PT.

 

*hat-tip to Bill

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  Tags: todd+mclellan

Senators’ Melnyk an Involved Owner

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Wayne Scanlan at Canwest via the National Post,

Has Eugene invited me to Barbados lately?

That’s what head coaching candidates for the Ottawa Senators had to be asking themselves Wednesday upon hearing that Peter DeBoer of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers was in Barbados meeting with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

Until then, Craig Hartsburg of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and former Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley were rated as having at least as good a chance as DeBoer.

continued…

A great overview of the Senators’ management and coaching issues this year.

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  Tags: peter+deboer

Good Luck Todd.  Here’s To You Losing At Least 4 Next Year.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uncle Mike with a new deal, and a big hole to fill.

St. James

Todd McLellan will be announced as the Sharks’ new head coach tomorrow, having agreed to a three-year deal. McLellan was assistant to Babcock the past three years.

McLellan flew to San Jose this weekend, and two days worth of interviews with general manager Doug Wilson went so well McLellan cancelled a meeting he had scheduled for later this week for the job in Atlanta.

And a classic quote from Uncle Mike on the occasion of his little buddy’s hiring.

Khan(!)

“He’s more than prepared to be a head coach in the league. (Fellow assistant) Paul MacLean is the same way,’’ Babcock said earlier today, prior to the hiring. “We’ll find some other workaholic that loves hockey and hire him.’‘

 

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Slapshot III, Anyone?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Mastovich at the Tribune-Democrat:

Imagine the tough-as-nails Hanson Brothers as a trio of pacifists more into meditation and world peace than putting on the foil.

It might be difficult to believe, but the Hansons have a mellow mentality at the outset of “Slap Shot: The Junior League,” the third installment of the motion picture “Slap Shot” originally filmed in Johnstown in 1976.

Former Johnstown Jets star and ex-Johnstown Chiefs coach Steve Carlson revealed that filming of the movie concluded on June 1 in Surrey, British Columbia. Carlson plays Steve Hanson in the movies “Slap Shot,” “Slap Shot II: Breaking the Ice,” and “Slap Shot: The Junior League.”

more… and the movie is to be released straight-to-dvd later this summer, with cameos from Mark Messier and Doug Gilmour.

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  Tags: doug+gilmour, hanson+brothers, mark+messier, slapshot

Stop What You’re Doing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A concerned reader sent this to me today.  It’s important that you see it.

Note to Ollie Jokinen:  Come to Detroit, my friend.  You have my word, you’ll never have to do anything like this again.

Oh, and if you’re still in contact, pass the word to the piano player that he may have made a bad choice this time last year.

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Ready to Party

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via NHL.com,

The Washington Capitals are so confident that Alex Ovechkin will win the NHL’s MVP award that they’ve already scheduled a celebration party.

The Capitals, in fact, are in the hunt for a shelf-load of hardware at the league’s annual awards dinner Thursday night in Toronto. The team has a chance to become the first in NHL history to take home MVP, rookie and coach honors in the same year.

“I’m hoping to make history,” owner Ted Leonsis said Wednesday.

In more ways than one.

continued…

Update7:34pm ET: From Tarik El-Bashir at the Capitals Insider,

If Alex Ovechkin wins the Hart Trophy tomorrow in Toronto, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will present the all-star with a key to the city during a fan celebration in Washington on Friday.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, ted+leonsis

Ducks Extend Two Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Anaheim Ducks extended the contracts of two players today: Jonas Hiller and Andrew Ebbett, both for two more years.

More on Hiller from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog:

The Ducks on Wednesday announced the signing of backup goaltender Jonas Hiller to a two-year contract that will pay him $1.3 million each season.

continued…

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  Tags: andrew+ebbett, jonas+hiller

Marc Crawford Responds to Firing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings managed to talk to Marc Crawford today. A sample:

(on his future…) “I have talked a little bit with my wife and my family. The good thing is, I have two years left (on my contract) with the Kings. That gives me time to think. Having two years to do that is pretty good. You don’t have to rush in if the situation isn’t right. Quite truthfully, I want to be passionate about the next opportunity. I want to use my passion and give the team everything I have. A big reason that people are attracted to me is that I am passionate and I want to win. I want to make the right decision. If the right opportunity comes quickly, great, or if it takes a while, that’s OK too.”

read on for more

*Hammond’s interview with GM Dean Lombardi was linked—in all its parts—earlier today on KK.

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  Tags: marc+crawford

Draft Order for 2008

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The NHL has provided the following list today, showing the current order of selection for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Friday, June 20 (round 1) and Saturday, June 21 (rounds 2-7) at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa

Detailed notes on the draft order are also included, below the list.

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  Tags: 2008+nhl+entry+draft

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