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Flames Prepare For Cup Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter’s annual bid to bolster his team’s playoff chances started yesterday with the acquisition of 40-year-old insurance policy Curtis Joseph.

Not only does it signal Sutter’s obvious belief the team has the main ingredients necessary to challenge for hockey’s most coveted silver chalice, it also means the hype surrounding the club’s young goaltenders is just that.

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Nothing New To Playing Outdoors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

The Czech border guards, the open-air rinks of Sweden and Amsterdam’s red-light district. The memories remain fresh whenever Polonich reflects back on his season playing in Europe for the London Lions.

The idea was the brainchild of Detroit Red Wings owner Bruce Norris, who envisioned a European pro league with franchises sponsored by NHL clubs and invested $300,000 in his British squad in 1973-74, playing exhibition games throughout Europe.

Future plans called for the Toronto Maple Leafs to ice a team in Sweden and slated the Montreal Canadiens to place a farm club in Finland.

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Would Moving Jagr Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

If it is fair to suggest that the additions to the lineup have not produced success and that entirely missing the playoffs now is a distinct possibility, would it not follow that the route to rediscovering success might well be to subtract from the equation?

If this is true, the economics of the new NHL suggest Jagr, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, is the most logical piece to move. It goes without saying that there would be a market for a player of Jagr’s immense talent, even in the face of this surprisingly disappointing season.

A team like the Colorado Avalanche, for instance, desperate to make the playoffs and wracked by injuries to top players Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth, might be interested. The Avs have been rumored to be looking to move puck-moving defenseman John-Michael Liles, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team.

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Let’s Go Beat Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

So, despite another sizzling Gomez night and some good efforts by Jagr and Marty Straka, the dots failed to connect overall. Ergo: another loss.

Why should Wednesday night be different? A similar effort against Buffalo very well could produce a win.

Then, it’s home-and-home with the beatable Bruins.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Baby steps come first.

A win over the Sabres and then, maybe, it’ll be time for “Oh, Baby!”

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Letting Them Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Faceoff-Factor,

Dear Commissioner Bettman,

...But look at things two years later. I urge you to watch some broadcasts of your product and listen to teams’ announcers. It is now almost a nightly occurrence to hear announcers complain that “the refs are letting them play.” If you can’t see with your own eyes that enforcement standards have weakened considerably this season, then you are not watching your own product. You are apparently just listening to underlings like Colin Campbell and Stephen Walkom, who are ignoring the problems that have crept back into the game.

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Hard Work Is The Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Milan Lucic at the Hockey News,

For me personally, things have gone very well so far.

I have been able to make the jump from junior to the NHL and have held my own. The jump wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be, but it still took a lot of work to get here.

I am not saying it has been easy by any means, but a combination of the players around me, the coaching staff and the effort I have put in has made it a smooth transition.

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Paddock Not Happy With Officiating

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

But there was another guy Paddock thought had a brutal game, too. A guy in a different jersey. With stripes. Paddock didn’t call him out completely, but he sure did narrow the choices.

“I thought guys like (Christoph) Schubert and (Chris) Neil did a good job again, I thought they were finishing checks,” said Paddock. “I thought Chris Neil got one penalty in the first period probably because it was the third time he tried to hit somebody through the boards. That’s just disgusting by the referee. You’re supposed to hit them through the boards.”

The Senators went through the boards often—right into the box. The Senators were short-handed nine times against the Islanders and killed all but two of the penalties. They were awarded just three power plays of their own and converted one.

Afterward, Paddock claimed he was in “shock of how the game was officiated.” His opinion came on the heels of Steve Yzerman’s comments Saturday about inconsistent work by the men with whistles.

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  Tags: john+paddock

Just Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little over six minutes of the top 10 goals of the week.

Enjoy and watch the video…

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KK- Delay Today With Updates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I felt the twinge in my back early this morning, now suffering terrible back pain, hopefully just a muscle issue.

Will be back when the pain becomes bearable… Sorry for the delay but typing standing up just won’t cut it for me today.

update 11:18am

, Boom, just like that the pain has gone away.  Laying in bed I reached over to answer the phone, and the pain was gone.  I can’t figure it out, but hopefully it is gone.

Thanks everyone for the emails and comments, your concern and suggestions were appreciated.

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Mike Richards Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers made Mike Richards available for a media teleconference. Below is the text of that Q&A session.

Q.  Does it get any better than finalizing a 12-year contract extension and being named an All-Star in the span of two months?
MIKE RICHARDS:  I don’t know, it’s been a pretty big season getting the privilege to play in an All-Star Game, it’s pretty exciting.

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  Tags: asg, media, mike+richards, philadelphia+flyers

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