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Yelle A Good Fit In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Loftus of the Patriot Ledger,

While in a literal sense, signing Yelle was no big deal (it’s a one-year, $750,000 contract), those who know him best fully anticipate that Yelle will prove to be a major bargain.

“He’s big on (faceoffs), always good in his own end, blocks shots, brings a lot of experience to our penalty-killers,” said winger Chuck Kobasew, who spent nearly three seasons with Yelle in Calgary. “He does a lot of things. Most go unnoticed, but to his teammates, they’re big things.”

“He does what he has to, and he does what he does well,” said defenseman Andrew Ference, another ex-Flame and close friend of Yelle’s.

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Penner Now A Checker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joanne Irelend of the Edmonton Journal,

The role has changed. Dramatically.

But now that Dustin Penner has been moved on to the Edmonton Oilers’ checking line so, too, have the expectations.

“Normally, it would be a real step back for a guy who has played all those minutes on the first line and got first line power-play minutes,” head coach Craig MacTavish said.

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  Tags: dustin+penner

No More Kolzig

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

It is only a slight change in the arrangement of bodies inside at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, but Brent Johnson moving from one side of a corner to the other represents a big change for the Washington Capitals.

Gone is Olie Kolzig, who used to set up shop in Johnson’s new digs, and with him went one of the most dynamic forces in the Caps’ dressing room. While the Caps welcome back nearly the same roster as last season, the hierarchy of leadership could be significantly different.

“He’s been the unofficial captain for the past probably eight or nine years,” said Chris Clark, the team’s official captain for the past two seasons. “He just had this presence, and I always went to him when I had questions. Guys would come to me, and I would go to him - that sort of thing.”

continued

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Brothers Close But Apart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Jordan Sigalet, 27, a cat-quick goaltender, is in Tyumen, Russia, an oil city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Jonathan Sigalet, 22, a smooth-skating defenseman, is trying to jam himself onto the Blue Jackets roster in Columbus, where 2 inches of snow brings the city to its knees.

They couldn’t be farther apart. They couldn’t be closer.

“I always thought that someday, when I looked back on my career, I might regret not taking the opportunity to play with my brother—especially after what he has gone through,” Jonathan said.

read on

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  Tags: jonathan+sigale, jordan+sigalet

Classical Hockey Theme

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CTV Media,

CTV Inc. unveiled today its brand new recording of The Hockey Theme. Carefully restored with the respect deserved of a national icon, the new, classic rendition was recently recorded by 54 members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

read on and listen to the theme which will be featured on RDS and TSN games this season.

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Chelios The Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

This is about loyalty, a player’s to his team and a team’s to a legend.

This isn’t about money for Chris Chelios, who at 46 is back with the Detroit Red Wings for his 25th National Hockey League season. Not when he’s being paid $750,000, spillage in many of today’s NHL contracts.

This is about hockey coursing through Chelios’s veins, about his willingness to sit more than he’ll play simply because he loves the game too much for the puck to drop next month without him.

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A Look At The Leafs Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at the Spin,

Depth and experience? Really?

This is the same chatter we heard last fall when some suggested the Leafs had such depth on defence that they should trade some of it away to help in other areas.

Now we’re hearing it again. Folks, it’s about more than just having lots of names.

What I see is a defence with two proven blueliners - Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina - and a pile of question marks.

It might be the weakest defence corps in the entire league. Certainly one of the weakest five.

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Hockey Sweater Helps War Prisoner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Prior to the start of World War II the Smokies went on a barnstorming tour of Europe and then represented Canada at the World Championships. Upon their successful return to British Columbia, Smoke Eater Mickey Brennan gave his well worn sweater to fan Steve Saprunoff as a souvenir.

Saprunoff later enrolled in the Canadian Air Force, and was called into action in Europe in World War II. He always wore his trusty Smoke Eaters jersey on missions. Even on the day in 1944 his plane was shot down in German territory and he became prisoner of war.

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Yzerman Waiting For The Right Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

“Some day I may have to make a decision whether I’m comfortable in Detroit, or do I want to take a significant role if it means I have to go somewhere else.

“In the right situation, I’d have to consider it. I don’t want to say absolutely not to anything.”

Yzerman’s unique, combined apprenticeship between Detroit and Hockey Canada has made him a hot managerial commodity for the future.

“I’ve learned a lot in Detroit,” he said. “Whether it’s negotiating a contract, debating whether a player should go to the minors or deciding whether we should sign a junior player, every decision that gets made I get to sit in on.

“Then, with Hockey Canada, I’m in a position to actually make decisions. So I really have gained a lot of experience.”

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Exhibition Game 1:  Stress Train Is Warmed And Ready

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aloha from Waikiki.  As the kids would say, don’t hate.

Oh.  I’m an idiot for even mentioning the stress train in September? 
MacLeod

Nicklas Lidstrom left tonight’s preseason opener with 16:55 left in the third period when a shot by Montreal’s Shawn Belle deflected up into Lidstrom’s face. The Detroit captain crumpled to the ice holding his face with a pool of blood fast in forming beneath him. Lidstrom didn’t return to the game.

The anti-digger did also say his x-rays were precautionary and it “could have been a lot worse.”

 

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