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Targeting RFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Next summer’s tasty tray of restricted free agents will include Ovechkin and Washington teammate Alexander Semin, Nashville’s Shea Weber, Martin Erat and Ryan Suter, Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf, New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Clearly the expectation is that all of those players will be re-signed by their current teams, but we are less sure of that today than we have been in previous years for a few reasons.

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Keenan Comes Down On Kiprusoff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

After a Thursday afternoon’s practice in Dallas, Keenan managed to smack both his goalie and his struggling team by offering this assessment of the Detroit contest: “You most likely aren’t going to win any road game putting 20 shots on the net unless your goaltender is spectacular. And our goaltender wasn’t spectacular.”...

“It’s not our responsibility to get them going,” he said. “It’s their responsibility. Jarome (Iginla) did a lot of work in the off-season to get ready and now he’s got to get his game together. And Kiprusoff, if he has notorious slow starts, that’s his responsibility to contribute to the team as he should be able to on consistent basis once the season does start. So he’s going to have to figure out what he’s going to have to do to make some improvements quickly.”

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  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

Tough Guys - Team by Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Two Minutes for Blogging,

We even sorted by weight class, which more so is based on fighting ability and who guys have danced with in the past. The designations are:

HW = Heavyweight CW = Cruiserweight MW = Middleweight

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  Tags: fighting

Betting & The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Today, the 36-year-old Budin is president of Sports Advisors, an online handicapping concern with sites such as sportsinfo.com. He is also an author, taking readers behind the scenes of a sometimes sordid business in his book “Bets, Drugs and Rock & Roll” that was written with Bob Schaller….

Budin estimates that in the NHL “at least 20 to 25 players are gambling - at least, if not more.” That would amount to only 2.9 per cent of NHLers.

NHL player contracts contain a clause prohibiting betting on NHL games, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has stressed the league’s seriousness of dealing with gambling-related issues in the past.

“We take this seriously,” he has said. “Gambling culture is something we educate our players about extensively.”

Daly says the league has no comment on Budin’s book or interview comments but questions the credibility of it all.

read on

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  Tags: gambling

Current Events

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m tired. Tired of the “odds and ends” thing. It’s become a cliche as thousands of hockey bloggers have stolen it from me and called it their own.  I’ve recovered from that and will use this title today, maybe “potpourri” when I know the Dive fans are reading. I just don’t know. My lips are so cold.

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A Ship Full of Castoffs on a NY Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

It’s almost as if a ship full of NHL castoffs washed ashore and decided to dock in Long Island.

Just take a look at some of the players the New York Islanders have on their roster: Mike Comrie and Josef Vasicek are each now playing for a third team in less than a year; veteran Bill Guerin is skating on his fourth since the lockout ended; and then there’s Jon Sim, who is wearing his eighth different NHL jersey since 2002.

continued…

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  Tags: new+york+islanders

Stay On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

OK, New Rule: a player who commits a major foul in the good ol’ hockey game, oh, say like a two-handed cross-check to the face or a flying leap to drive a shoulder into a players head, will still have his mandatory hearing with Campbell. He will still be a candidate for supplemental discipline and he will be tossed from the game by the on-ice officials, BUT (and this is a really big BUT), he can’t leave the game until he also serves a five-minute major (in this case for intent to injure) and for that five minutes he cannot leave the ice.

OK, stop laughing for a moment and read me out.

read on

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Ghosts of Mellon Arena

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It was 40 years ago tonight—Oct. 11, 1967—that the Penguins played their first game, a 2-1 loss to Montreal—the same opponent they faced last night.

The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in that game on a first-period, short-handed goal by Gilles Tremblay and a second-period goal by Jean Beliveau (the 400th of his career) before Andy Bathgate scored the first goal in Penguins’ history at 7:06 of the third period against goaltender Rogie Vachon.

Attendance was 9,307 in an arena that did not yet have balconies and whose roof could still open, but did not for hockey games.

Do you believe in ghosts?  There’s something about Mellon Arena, or at least this city’s hockey teams, and goaltenders.

more…

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  Tags: goalies, pittsburgh+penguins

Ryan Miller’s Inspiration

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Vogl at the Buffalo News,

Matt Schoals has served as an inspiration to Ryan Miller and to people who knew Schoals and his story. It’s clear death will not stop that.

Miller was detailing this week’s passing of his young cousin, grief and shock audible in his voice. But when talk turned to the mask of the Buffalo Sabres goaltender — the mask that Schoals helped design and serves as a constant reminder that there’s more to life than hockey games — Miller’s mood brightened. He laughed while recounting how the caricature of a bulldog came about, a sign that Schoals’ inspirational effect will not soon fade.

“He left a great legacy, and it’s only fair to talk about him and talk about the positive impact he had on the community,” Miller said Wednesday.

“He left the world, but he left having done great things.

continued…

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  Tags: buffallo+sabres, goalies, ryan+miller

A First Of Many

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you missed the first NHL goal from Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Great goal and looking forward to more of the same…

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, jonathan+toews

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