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Ducks Look Forward To Leafs Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle hails from Sudbury, Ontario, the home province of Toronto, so it is safe to assume he was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan growing up rather than a Montreal Canadiens follower.

“Those were the days when it was French vs. English in northern Ontario,” Carlyle said. “It made for a natural rivalry.”...

“They’re easily the most recognizable hockey franchise,” he said. “Some people might argue Montreal. Having played there a number of years ago, and with the branding that’s taken place in the game, Toronto is front and center.”

more

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Don’t Try This At Home

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

DVR’ing the game.  Neighborhood function.  Actually posting when I should be “checking on the kids”.  Not reading comments, or checking scores. 

Torture.

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Darren McCarty Back in the Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From HockeyFights.com,

Darren McCarty has signed with the IHL’s Flint Generals.  The IHL consulted with the NHL before approving the deal.

The Generals play the Muskegon Fury tomorrow night.  McCarty is expected to be in the lineup.

*More at Our Sports Central

added 9:02pm, from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

According to a league source, McCarty met recently with the Red Wings’ brass and a plan was outlined to see if he could fast track his way back to the big leagues.

It’s a no-risk proposition for the Wings, who recognize that if McCarty, an unrestricted free agent, still has what it takes to play in the league, he gives them a physical presence and would make Detroit a much unfriendlier opponent.

The scenario is very familiar to the winter of 1996, when the Wings rescued Joe Kocur from the beer leagues of Michigan and installed him on a very effective checking line with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby during Detroit’s Stanley Cup wins of 1996-97 and 1997-98.

more

Of course, if you read Abel to Yzerman, you knew this about 4 days ago…

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  Tags: darren+mccarty

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike at Dump and Chase,

The line between rumors and lies is becoming blurred in rapid fashion. Not sure whether the bigger wingnut is the one making the stuff up or the ones who regularly visit to read it.

Make sure to check out Mike’s profile if you don’t know who he is.

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Wounded Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Rangers Beat,

The Rangers’ injury list mounted today as Sean Avery, whose right wrist was injured by a slash and swelled up after the Montreal game on Dec. 30, was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Saturday. “It’s been bothering him a lot,” said coach Tom Renney. Avery had surgery on the other wrist at the end of November.

So, Rangers fans who’ve been clamoring for youth will have their pleas answered tonight, with Nigel Dawes, Greg Moore and probably Pierre Parenteau—-summoned from Hartford to practice—-dressing to face the Lightning.

continued

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  Tags: sean+avery

Alfredsson Interview

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Ottawa Senators’ Daniel Alfredsson gave a long interview to NHL Live on XM Radio today. With thanks to XM radio (which streams live from this link M-F from 12-2pm ET) here is the audio of that conversation.


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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, media, nhl+live, ottawa+senators, xm+radio

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP,

BIGGEST SURPRISES

ART ROSS: When Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby picked up his first Art Ross Trophy last season it was widely believed that it would be the first of many consecutive NHL scoring championships for the 20-year-old superstar. And that’s not to say he won’t end up winning it again this season, because he wasn’t that far away when the league hit its official halfway point over the weekend.

But kudos to Tampa Bay Lightning centre Vincent Lecavalier, who led the league in points for much of the first half. He’s en route to a career season and has sparked some healthy debate about whether he, not Crosby, is the top player in the game right now.

more… including storylines to watch for in the 2nd half of the season

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  Tags: sidney+crosby, vincent+lecavalier

Best of the Midseason

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca,

Best Team - Detroit Red Wings: There is no second place; only a three-way* tie between Ottawa in the East and San Jose in the West.

The Red Wings are just a joy to watch and at the half have 67 points, and just eight losses. Heck, the Senators, a good team, earlier this season nearly lost that many in a row. Give the Sharks some credit here, almost from the moment certain media types wrote them off as frauds, they’ve started tearing it up and are starting to show that they have grit as well as some talent.

more “bests” and a couple “worsts”

*presumably, that’s meant to read “two-way tie”

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UFA Shopping List

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

With the signing of Mike Ribeiro by the Dallas Stars, you can scratch another name off the list of impact forwards who will be available July 1. That list is growing smaller and less impressive by the day, which means the ones who will be available will get better deals because of the laws of supply and demand.

Here are the top forwards who will be available July 1, provided they don’t sign with their teams before then.

Kristian Huselius, Calgary: The hottest player in the NHL since early December, Huselius is incredibly talented with the puck. Jarome Iginla deserves some of the credit here, but Huselius has been outstanding on his own.

plus lots more to pick from…

 

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  Tags: free+agents, trade+deadline

Ted Takes on the Ovechkin Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ted Leonsis of the Washington Capitals,

No mention of our team can pass, it seems, without noting Alex Ovechkin’s contract status, and I can tell from postings in the blogosphere and message boards that this has a lot of fans worried. I respect Alex and George McPhee’s commitment to keep the negotiations out of the media and frankly have wondered who is making up some of the things I have read. As I have stated on numerous occasions, we couldn’t be more impressed with Alex as a player and a person and we expect him to be in D.C. for a long, long time.

I don’t have much to add, but want to say this: We love Alex Ovechkin.

lots more… on the Caps, from prospects to television revenues to logos

Update 4pm ET: Yesterday, Leonsis discussed this same issue on XM Radio. Interview mp3 can be downloaded here.

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, contracts, ted+leonsis

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