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Frost Takes The Victim Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

An emotional, defiant, and argumentative David Frost took the witness stand yesterday in Ontario Provincial Court, claiming that the battery of sexual exploitation charges against him have made it impossible for him to make a living from hockey.

Making it sound as though he was once a National Hockey League player agent of significance, Frost almost broke down in describing the “financial hardship” his family has faced since he was charged with a multitude of sexual offences in August 2006.

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Holmgren Survived The Lean Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The young players - Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger - were young and struggling (and not entirely healthy). But Holmgren - remember, his old job was running the development side of the organization - was determined to stick with them. Still, it was hard. He admits to having to remind club chairman Ed Snider about how young the young players were.

“There was the uncertainty of my job - I didn’t know,” Holmgren said. “I can remember talking to Mr. Snider one time and we were getting beat on a regular basis and I remember saying to him, ‘We’re going to get lumped up even more.’ He kind of looked at me but he understood. I think I followed up by saying, ‘We’ve got some young kids who are going to turn the corner.’ I think he had a belief, like I did, that they would.”

Then, Holmgren said, “We felt we needed to stabilize certain areas of our team. Goaltending certainly was an issue.”

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Hockey Guys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Back to the “Hockey players are the best guys” thing. I have worked at ESPN for close to 12 years, and I can tell you this: Jalen Rose is as nice and pleasant as Darren Pang. John Kruk is as fun to golf with as Ray Ferraro. I filmed one of those “This is SportsCenter” commercials with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson last week. While waiting for some other part of the commercial to be done with the Vikings mascot, Peterson and I sat in an office and talked alone for about a half hour. It reminded me of hanging out with Dany Heatley at the 2002 YoungStars game in Los Angeles. Both were humble, grounded and completely in love with their jobs.

Yes, hockey players are human and no different from other professional athletes. Uncensored hockey history would show that (depending on the topic we were talking about) some players cheat on their wives, have children out of wedlock, get in bar fights, smoke crack, drive while intoxicated, run through an AHL city naked, overpay Ted Saskin, and jump into the stands and fight fans, along with other crimes and misdemeanors. They are the same as other athletes in that regard.

But I think the cliché lives because of hockey’s otherworld status among most in the mass media.

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Tuesday Evening Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes. I took a few days off.  I deserved it. I was tired.  Beat down.  Physically exhausted. 

But at least I didn’t have a dose of the Triple Bravos, eh Dive bloggers?

One note to the Dive fans out there, in the wake of a sweep and an utter humiliation at the hands of the team you love to hate because your neighbor tells you that it’s cool to do so:  eat it.

Let’s take a little spin, check out the Diggers, the Dallas Diggers—one of them a former Detroit Deep Digger before he departed—and see what bloggers deep in the hearta are saying.  It’s a frigging link fest is what it is.  Speaking of, the port side round-to-round link section has been upated with all your Dallas pointers.

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Critical Year Ahead For Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Next season will be pivotal for the Dave Checketts/John Davidson Era of Blues hockey.

The Note must compete for one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference, thus proving that Andy Murray really is the right coach for this team. The Blues must continue building ticket sales, too, which is no small feat given the tough economy and last season’s second-half collapse.

Conventional wisdom says the Blues need to do something enormous this summer to meet both goals

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Pens In Seven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Both teams are well coached. Flyers boss John Stevens has rebounded from a (at times) difficult regular season to get his team focused and playing well while hiding perceived flaws on defence (lack of mobility) and in goal (stamina issues).

Michel Therrin has also brought his team along in a timely fashion. He’s dealt with a goaltending question (Marc-Andre Fleury or Ty Conklin) and chose wisely in Fleury. He has maximized his team’s solid firepower, but not at the expense of overall team defence. He has but one puck, but found a way to make a lot of players happy by moving it around a lot.

If you subscribed to the oft-stated theory that the playoffs are a marathon and not a sprint (and we do) then the Pens have piled up a significant advantage. You need to dispatch at least one team with relative easy to stay fresh enough (and healthy enough) to go deep in the playoffs.

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NHL Teleconference with Turco and Morrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Yet another NHL teleconference today featured Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who has posted and 8-4 record with a sparkling .173 goals-against average, and Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, who has recorded seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 12 games, including two overtime game winners in the series win over San Jose last round. 

Here is the transcript of their Q&A.

Q. Marty, you’re just fresh off winning two incredible series and beating two fellow great goalies. I see right off the bat that people are already asking you about your record at Joe Louis. There’s no time to breathe. What do you make of that? Does it mean anything?

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NHL Conference Calls With Babcock & Tippett

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today the NHL hosted more teleconferences, featuring coaches Dave Tippett and Mike Babcock, of the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings. 

Both transcripts from these Q&A’s are below.

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  Tags: dave+tippett, interview, media, mike+babock, transcript

It Looks Like Pittsburgh & Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings have positioned themselves best for the heavy lifting that will come, largely because they’ve managed to avoid a lot of heavy lifting through the first half of the playoffs.

And because of that, if history is any indicator, the Penguins and Red Wings will meet in the Stanley Cup final with the Penguins emerging as slight favorites at this point.

The fact Pittsburgh played three fewer games than the Philadelphia Flyers through the first two rounds and the Red Wings two fewer than the Dallas Stars might not seem like much, but history tells a different story.

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NHL Conference Call with Henrik Zetterberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, the NHL hosted a NHL conference call making Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg available for questions.  In ten post-season games Henrik has recorded seven goals and six assists for 13 points, scored two game-winners and leads the league with a plus 10 plus/minus rating.

Transcript from the Q&A is below.

Q. Could you talk a little bit about the chemistry between you and Datsyuk specifically, but also with Homer as well. A lot of good players have difficulty playing with each other, but you have had a chemistry almost from the beginning. Talk about what each of you does that sort of makes this line work very well.

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