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Does Junior Seau Know Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Next Wednesday (on Versus) is the episode featuring Seau as an equipment manager for the Washington Capitals. He spoke with us recently about working that sports job, gauging the toughness of hockey players and the impression Alex Ovechkin(notes) made on him. That, along with talk about his three days as a reporter for Sports Illustrated, concussions in the NFL and NHL and attempting to be a TV star after football. Oh, and a strange moment involving man-on-man tickling. Enjoy.

On a player to player basis, who has more equipment: Football or hockey?

Oh, definitely a hockey player. There’s so much more going on. They wear leotards underneath those pads.

What’s that one stud’s name?

Ovechkin?

Yeah, Alex. Watching him, you’d think that he would be a prima donna. That guy is a jokester. He lightens it up. The reason why the Capitals are doing so well is basically because the guy puts it in perspective. He’s not bigger than anybody on that team, and he cares for the players in that locker room, which I got to see firsthand.

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The Most One-Sided Trade This Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Brian Burke is one of the more active general managers in the NHL.  When he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs, it was clear that he wanted to make some trades to put his stamp on the team.  This was not so easy to accomplish under the current NHL CBA.  Trades are rare except around the NHL trade deadline (where players with expiring contracts are usually moved) and during the summer (when a team has not set its roster yet and thus has some flexibility).  This scarcity of trade opportunities has frustrated Burke.  He has suggested that the CBA be amended to allow trades where a team trades a portion of a salary cap hit.  This idea is a non-starter without CBA amendment (which is not trivial) and it is not clear how it improves things for the fan (do a lack of trades have anything to do with the quality of hockey games? I don’t see how.). 

Nevertheless, Burke has pushed (often unsuccessfully) to make trades.  One of his priorities has been to make his team tougher.  In order to do this he has been willing to trade a more talented player to get more toughness.  When a GM gets desperate to push a trade through and is willing to give up the most talented player in a deal, they are ready to be taken advantage of and this is what happened to Brian Burke.

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Kyle Chipchura Traded To Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you missed this earlier on the KK Twitter...

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have traded Kyle Chipchura to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round draft pick.

added 10:47am,

“Kyle Chipchura is a heart-and-soul player,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “A team leader in both his professional and amateur career, Chipchura will be a valuable addition to the Anaheim Ducks.”

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  Tags: kyle+chipchura

Introducing NHL TweetMixx

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Laurie Sullivan of MediaPost,

The National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday becomes the first in a handful of companies scheduled to launch a white-label platform from Mixx that aggregates tweets from Twitter on Web sites and blogs.

TweetMixx Channels creates a distribution channel for tweets both off and on Twitter. The platform comes with a widget that bloggers can embed on a variety of sites. A plug in to Facebook will launch in two weeks. The product roadmap also includes a snippet of code to personalize iGoogle and other Web pages. The platform has filters to monitor chatter, too.

continued and see NHL TweetMixx in action here...

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Has Brule Found A Home In Edmonton?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

He has four points in his last two games, and 17 in 24 games, only playing 14 minutes a night. All seven of his goals have been scored at even-strength. He has 15 five-on-five points. Only Penner has more, with 19.

Of players taking at least 150 faceoffs, 22-year-old Brule is the only Oiler over 50 per cent (51.8). He has the best shooting percentage of players with at least 30 shots (17.9 per cent).

“You always encourage guys to develop themselves to the point where they rise up in importance on their team unit,” said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn. “He’s a young guy we’re pushing for. He’s got lots to learn, and if he continues to work ... and he’s an attentive player, he’s got a chance to be a good player in this league for a long time.”

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Battling For 47 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neal E. Boudette of the Wall Street Journal,

On New Year’s Eve in 1962, Jack Parker and Jerry York lined up against each other in a high-school ice-hockey game—and started a rivalry that has become one of the most extraordinary in college sports.

After high school, Mr. Parker played at Boston University and Mr. York at Boston College. Mr. Parker later became the coach at BU, and Mr. York at BC.

Now, after nearly half a century of going toe-to-toe, each man’s success is unexcelled—and they are still fierce competitors. Mr. York has accumulated more wins—827—than any other active college coach. Mr. Parker is only seven wins behind him.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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  Tags: boston+college, boston+university

IS It All About PR With AO?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog,

In literary circles this narrative might be termed a potboiler — a tale hastily conceived and executed with commercial profits foremost in mind. Earlier this fall Ovi signed on with the global champions of sports personality marketing, IMG. It’s a firm renowned for being visionary and aggressive in its strategic branding. When word of the deal broke, I wondered: how might Ovi be re-launched under IMG’s auspices? I was pretty sure the firm wasn’t going to simply allow the dynamic winger to merely pile up goals this hockey season and issue a press release come spring saying, “Ain’t that just dandy?”

One idea that might have occurred to IMG brass would be to exploit Ovi’s on-ice aggressor activity. He doesn’t just hit, he hits hard, and often, and often ferociously, pummeling plexiglass in the process and intimidating some of the league’s largest bodies. Additionally, it might have occurred to the firm that the league’s preferred poster boy, Sidney Crosby, rarely wades into trouble waters out on the ice, and so establishing a clear antagonist to #87, the protagonist, with a Russian bad-guy motif might just catch a few outside-of-hockey eyes.

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Eleven Rounds To Decide The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blue Jackets and Blackhawks went deep into the shootout last night.

Chicago finally pulled out a 4-3 victory.  Watch the shootout below…

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Everyone Believing In Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

The team, retooled by Burke over the summer, had won only six of its first 25 games before facing Montreal.

“I’m a great fan like all of our other millions of fans are and we want to see a winning team but we also have patience,” said Tanenbaum, adding that he is “110 per cent” behind Burke’s rebuilding efforts.

“I’m patient but anxiously awaiting a Stanley Cup here one day.”

Richard Peddie, president and CEO of MLSE, said Burke and his front office team would have as much time as needed to get the team back on track. Burke has been on the job for just over a year.

“I have complete faith in Brian and (assistant) David Nonis and (coach) Ron Wilson that they’re going to turn this around. We’re all disappointed in where we’re at today. But we knew the fixing job was not an easy one,” said Peddie.

“He’s the last general manager I’m hiring. He’s safe in my tenure that’s for sure.”

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Heart Issue Could Be A Problem For Gustavsson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For the second time in less than three months, Jonas Gustavsson has been forced to seek emergency medical attention for his heart.

Anyway you cut it, that’s scary stuff, a situation that no pro sports team dares trifle with.

So as soon as Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson heard that the prize rookie goaltender’s heart was racing after playing an outstanding first period Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens, he didn’t wait to find out if Gustavsson could continue.

“I’m not going to be responsible for someone keeling over during a game,” said Wilson after the Leafs’ hard-earned 3-0 triumph. “The game’s not that important.”

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  Tags: jonas+gustavsson

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