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All About The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

A lot of work goes into making and maintaining that sheet of frozen water. A team of technicians uses equal amounts of sweat and science to make the surface perfect for the Blue Jackets and their professional-hockey opponents.

The arena temperature is kept between 58 and 60 degrees, depending on how warm it is outside, the humidity and the dew point.

All these things and more are monitored before, during and after games to keep the ice cold, hard and fast. When needed, adjustments are made.

“It’s a science, but it’s nowhere near an exact science,” said Scott Lofton, director of operations for the arena.

On good ice, players skate with less effort, and pucks glide across the surface. On bad ice, you get bouncing pucks and tired skaters.

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Here We Go Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Denver Post,

The oft-injured former Avalanche star has committed to making another attempt to play in the NHL and, like last season, hopes to be with a team by the NHL playoffs. If Forsberg, 35, can play, it would likely be with the Avalanche.

“I want to play. I hate sitting in the stands and not be able to be out there on the ice,” Forsberg told the Swedish television program “Hockeynight” on Monday. “If it doesn’t work this time, I’ll call it quits. But I have the best doctor in the world (Bertil Romanus), and without him I would have given up already. I’m still hopeful.”

Forsberg revealed he wore electrodes on his troublesome right foot for some games with the Avs after his late-season return.

“(I had) a battery package hidden in my pants. When I turned it on, the foot straightened in the skates. It was kind of funny,” Forsberg said.

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Wings Talk Economics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The economy is on the minds of Red Wings players and management a lot these days. Despite a Stanley Cup championship team and a long run of success, the Wings have resorted to price cuts on tickets and other creative ways to get fans in the building. And that was before the “Big Three” Michigan automakers took an even worse turn the past few days, doing a dangerous dance with bankruptcy and federal bailout red tape.

Chelios is the owner of two “Cheli’s Chili Bar” restaurants — one in downtown Detroit and another in Dearborn — and, while not providing precise figures, he said business is down at both spots. And if the Big Three automakers do not receive any emergency federal assistance, Chelios said, he doubts that his and many Michigan businesses would survive long. Even if the bailout money comes, Chelios said many businesses will close, and maybe his.

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The Next Great Russian

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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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