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Hail To The Hurricanes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Whitehouse,

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. Have a seat. It’s a pretty big deal for a guy that doesn’t know how to ice skate—(laughter)—to welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the White House. We appreciate you coming. You know, I’m not sure what is prettier, the Stanley Cup, or Mike Commodore’s hair. (Laughter.) A little disappointed you got a haircut. (Laughter.) But, welcome.
MR. COMMODORE: Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: The other thing I was a little surprised to see that he’s not wearing his robe. (Laughter.)
At the start of this season, this team was ranked 28th out of 30 teams. I like to be around people that keep expectations low. (Laughter.) Instead of listening to the prognosticators, this team had a 112-point season. They had 52 wins. They win the Stanley Cup. They’re here at the White House. Congratulations to you. (Applause.)

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It Has Nothing To Do With Drag

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Detroit News:

Pavel Datsyuk has been playing with a new Reebok stick that has an aerodynamic look, with three holes toward the bottom of the stick.
“I have more power,” he said of the stick. “Every blocked shot before, I broke my stick. Now, I can keep playing. I like the way it feels and looks.”

 

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Flip & A 1st For Foppa?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the South End, the student newspaper of Wayne State Univ.,

Adding Forsberg is that help….
That’s why you trade several draft picks—-or deal Valtteri Filppula and a first-round draft pick—- to get him.
It’s well worth the risk.

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I personally think Filppula and a 1st is too much to give up, your thoughts?

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Sidney Crosby Game-Worn Jersey Fetches $12K For Charity

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

A jersey worn by Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has earned $12,131 in a league-wide auction to benefit the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation, making his jersey the top earner thus far. Other notable final bids include jerseys from Crosby’s Pittsburgh teammate Evgeni Malkin, which raised $7,520, and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals ($6,020.01).
The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) on-line auction consists of six overlapping two-week auctions that will run throughout February.  Bidding for the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals jerseys closed on Jan. 24 and earned $80,676.58 for the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation.  Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys closed on Jan. 31 and earned $89,463.58.

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January Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you haven’t seen all the top goals from the month of January, here is your chance, all in one place. 
Video is about 8 minutes long.

added 2:41pm, You can also check out the hits of the month too!

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Right TV Decision

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from Chris Russell at the Sporting News,

That is why commissioner Gary Bettman did the smart thing for his league in the long term. He went to Versus and NBC, two networks that were willing to show him much more love than ESPN was. It’s about amount of coverage, and promotion and dedicated set nights that hockey fans know they can count on.
It’s all hockey, all the time on Versus. As Sydney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin and countless others continue to amaze, the NHL will be what the NBA became. It’s a new era, and it is absolute must-see TV.

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Cox Doubles Malarkey Quotient

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star:

“Look, I was just commenting on what I’ve seen for 51 games now,” he said. “Believe me, I’m not asking for a special rule book for the Rangers or for Jaromir Jagr.”
Here’s Shanahan’s problem.
When he was working in concert with the league to fix an ailing game, he was widely viewed to be a player putting the good of the game first.
But after ripping into league officials for supposedly ignoring obvious fouls on Jagr, it’s inescapable that Shanahan will now be seen more as a player simply attempting to use the process for the benefit of himself and his teammates.

Yes, and we should all be shocked to find out that Shanahan has biases…yeesh…

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A National Anthem First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CBC,

A 13-year-old Alberta girl is about to make NHL history, when she becomes the first person to sing O Canada before a game in Cree.
Akina Shirt, who lives in Edmonton but is originally from the Saddle Lake First Nation, will sing the national anthem in Cree before the puck drops for the Calgary Flames-Vancouver Canucks game on Saturday night.

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Thanks to a KK member for the tip…

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Terry O’Reilly- Invisible Penalties

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Laconia Citzen,

For 13 seasons the fearless right wing with a fierce mean streak set the tone for the B’s with his bone crushing hits and his physical play. On Thursday, O’Reilly had a chance to share some of his experiences here in the Lake City at the Greater Laconia-Weirs Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 88th annual Awards Dinner and Membership Meeting.

Terry’s views on the current NHL…

“They are calling penalties that are invisible to me,” continued O’Reilly. “By doing that they are confusing the players and interrupting the flow of the game and making the outcome of a lot of important games on the specialty teams ... that’s not what the game is all about. It’s a game that’s meant to be five-on-five competition and a power play for a flagrant penalty. Now there’s so many incidental penalties and double minors there are just too many strong scoring opportunities that can tilt the direction of a game.”

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What Is The Problem

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from Johnette Howard of Newsday,

So is the NHL’s problem Bettman? Or is the problem that hockey is still hockey?
Teasing out the answer is complex, but developments in the past year don’t augur well for Bettman.
His decision to move the league’s TV rights to NBC and the barely known and unevenly distributed Versus network rather than take a concession-laden deal to stay with ESPN could go down as the most disastrous move of his career. Ratings are minuscule; the national audience for Versus games is less than 200,000.

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