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The Next Great Russian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Here’s what sets (Kirill) Kabanov apart from most other 16-year-olds: he can afford to shop on Tverskaya.

The young hockey prospect is paid $20,000 (U.S.) a month by the fabled Russian hockey club Spartak Moscow, a princely sum next to the room-and-board stipend for stars in Canada’s major junior leagues.

Several scouts say the Moscow native, the Kontinental Hockey League’s youngest player, stands a good chance to become the No.1 pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft.

J.P. Barry, the agent for Mats Sundin and Evgeni Malkin, said Kabanov’s quickness is comparable to Alex Ovechkin at the same age and other agents and scouts are similarly complimentary. Three years ago, when Kabanov was 13, NHL super-agent Don Meehan flew him and his father Sergei, a former Russian army special forces major, to Toronto in an unsuccessful bid to sign Kabanov to a representation contract, Sergei Kabanov said.

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All Ilya Bryzgalov Or At Least A Part Of Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,

Q: Any special challenges the Stars present?

A: “What? Say again, translate, seriously. No, no, I never understand the question.”

Q: Any challenges .. the biggest challenge … the Stars present to you?

A: “You mean like the stars in the sky or the Dallas Stars?”

Q: Both of them.

A: “No, seriously, I’m trying to help.”

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Flames Recall Lundmark

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the recall of forward Jamie Lundmark from Quad City (AHL).

After 28 games with the Quad City Flames this season, Lundmark leads the team in assists (23) and points (30). He was also named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November when he recorded 19 points (five goals and 14 assists) in 13 games. 

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Schremp Back To The AHL

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have assigned centre Rob Schremp to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

The 5’11”, 200 pound forward from Syracuse, New York was recalled from Edmonton’s AHL affiliate on December 2nd and scored three assists in four games with the Oilers.

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Sound of Thunder Wake You Up?  Nope, Just a Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, I know.  “Night Moves” is a cliche tune and we’ve used it so much.  But…well, it’s my favorite Seger song and it’s my birthday.  So eat it.

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Carlyle Looking For Leadership From Top Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle only needed to see one misstep in practice Monday to give his team one of his not-so-subtle messages.

After watching his players do a drill incorrectly, Carlyle stopped practice and excoriated the group with a reminder that “We’re playing the New York Rangers!”

There is no room for contentment among the Ducks, who have fought inconsistency most of the season but turned a corner with five straight victories at home. Tuesday night can represent either six straight or a step back when they take on the New York Rangers, the Eastern Conference’s No.2 team.

“There’s no easy ones, and this one won’t be easy by any means,” Carlyle said.

Carlyle called out his top forwards to lead the way - which means continued strong play from the Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry-Chris Kunitz line.

continued

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Phoenix Recalls Porter

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA —Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Kevin Porter from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Porter, 22, has recorded 5-5-10 in 25 games this season for the Coyotes and has scored two game-winning goals.  He also registered his first career point (assist) while making his NHL debut in the Coyotes’ season-opening win over Columbus on Oct. 11.  After being assigned to San Antonio on Dec. 12, Porter scored one goal in two games for the Rampage.

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NHL Conference Call with Phil Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today’s guest on the NHL’s conference call was Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel, who answered questions from numerous members of the hockey media.

    Earlier today Phil was named NHL ‘First Star’ for the week that ended yesterday after leading the National Hockey League in scoring with three goals and five assists for eight points. The Bruins won three of four games for the week. Phil has the NHL’s longest active point streak, which is currently at 15 games, and the longest streak for a Bruin since Adam Oates had a 20-game streak in January and February of 1997. The Madison, Wisconsin native ranks second on the Bruins in scoring with 31 points and his 19 goals are third in the League behind Thomas Vanek of Buffalo, who has 24, and Jeff Carter of Philadelphia with 21.

Q & A

    Q. Are you still playing mostly with Marc Savard at center and Milan Lucic on the left wing?

    PHIL KESSEL: Yeah, that’s who I’m playing with right now. I enjoy playing with both those guys. They’re both great hockey players.

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Winter Classic 2008 Popular in HD Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

On the Electronic House list of the Top 10 Sports HD Broadcasts of 2008, the Winter Classic came in at #2:

As if the hockey gods had scheduled it, there was snow during the game—how perfect! And the icing on the cake? It came down to a shootout, and a goal by one of the best players in the NHL, Sidney Crosby. It all made for incredible HD video from NBC, not to mention the audio of players being checked into the boards and hearing the old-time organ through my surround speakers.

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The whole slideshow of the Top 10 can be seen here.
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*my twitter thing can be very handy at times, which is how I owe a hat-tip to Michael DiLorenzo for tweeting this link. Thanks!

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  Tags: hdtv, media, winter+classic

Send ‘Em To Sweden, Just Leave Manny Behind

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, Khan(!) is telling us the Wings are considering opening next season in Sweden.  He also says the opponent may be, drum roll, the Blues.

Ooh.  Grab them ratings Gary.  Grab ‘em.

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