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Tragedy For Ex-NHLer Markkanen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

This report comes from Peter Adler, the veteran hockey journalist, who spoke to his Russian contact: “Jussi Markkanen’s son Oli-matias (4) fell out of a window in the goalie’s apartment in Moscow yesterday and died almost instantly ... the CSKA goalie brought his family to join him just a couple of weeks ago.

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Someone Needed To Support Iggy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Iginla, in short, represents the one constant on the Flames. The issue is what happens when Iginla is not on the ice? How will the second line look? Is there any more secondary scoring than there was a year ago, when half-a-dozen regular forwards contributed five or fewer goals?...

Right now, coach Mike Keenan is looking at a second line that features newcomers Mike Cammalleri and Rene Bourque, playing with 19-year-old rookie Mikael Backlund.

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All Kovalchuck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

I had the chance to sit down with the Thrashers’ superstar as training camp opened in Atlanta.

SI.com: There are many who say this is your team—yours to lead. How does that make you feel?

Kovalchuk: I’m ready. I want that pressure. We need to win. Everyone just has to do their jobs and not try to do too much.

SI.com: What was your first impression of coach Anderson?

Kovalchuk: Very positive. He wants to skate and have scoring from everywhere. It was a good meeting.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Always fun to see familiar faces among the Montreal press corps. Several were camped out at the Bruins’ hotel, waiting to speak with ex-Canadien Michael Ryder.

“How was Ryder?” I asked one of them.

“All smiles,” cracked one of the reporters. “He signed for $12 million after scoring 14 goals. He should be all smiles.”

—Fluto Shinzawa at Bruins Blog in the Boston Globe

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  Tags: media, michael+ryder

Coaching Trends

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

“I think what happens is, we’re a very trendy game,” said Hockey Night in Canada analyst and longtime coach Marc Crawford. “The trend this summer seems to be to go to minor league coaches and junior coaches who have had to good stints and give them an opportunity.”

The other trend this season is coaches returning for another kick at the can several years after their last NHL coaching job. Barry Melrose is the most intriguing, taking over in Tampa Bay after a dozen years spent mostly as a high-profile television commentator. Craig Hartsburg (Ottawa) and Terry Murray (Los Angeles) each last coached an NHL club more than eight years ago, while Tony Granato’s previous experience ended just before the 2004-05 lockout.

All four figure to survive longer than the last example of a coach returning to the league after a lengthy absence. John Paddock was let go just 64 games into his second NHL stint last season, with Ottawa.

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  Tags: marc+crawford

Big Year for Ryan Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN,

“I had so many awful injuries,” Smyth told ESPN.com. “Once I got here last year, I just tried to get my feet wet and see where I fit in and adjust that way. I started feeling good, and all of a sudden, I started to get injured. Every time I felt like I was getting going again, I got injured and never really recuperated from it.”

(Smyth was out six weeks with a broken ankle and later missed more time when he suffered a concussion and minor shoulder separation from a Jack Johnson hit on March 1.)

And how does he feel now? “Awesome.”

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Zednik Making a Comeback

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday

No one could say for sure Zednik, the former Islander, would survive the horrifying, gruesome, freakish injury he sustained in Buffalo that night when teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate accidentally slashed Zednik in the throat and cut his carotid artery. Zednik lost five pints of blood.

“Every time I think about it, I get chills,” teammate Jason Cullimore told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, recalling having helped Zednik off the ice.

Surgeons spent an hour reconnecting the artery. The operation left a long scar but saved Zednik’s life and restored his career.

continued… And more on Zednik in yesterday’s Sun-Sentinel

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First Team To Face Adversity

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The pre-season is barely underway, but one team already has a significant issue they will have to overcome at the start of the season.  The Pittsburgh Penguins will open the 2008/09 season without the services of their two top defencemen.  Ryan Whitney had surgery on his left foot in August and should be out three to five month and Sergei Gonchar suffered a separated should in Saturday’s pre-season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning and should miss a few weeks.  This is a significant blow to the Penguins.  Likely, it will slow them out of the gate when the season opens.  You cannot overcome two big defensive injuries like that with any ease.

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Burke On Schneider

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Burke was on Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204.

Burke discussed the Schneider situation.

Listen below or download the mp3.  Thanks to the boys at NHL Home Ice for the audio.

Note: I am having a few issues with the WMP audio player, so it may not show up for you below.  Again, you can always download the mp3 to listen to it.

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  Tags: brian+burke, mathieu+schneider

Islanders On YouTube

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have launched their first ever official YouTube team page!

The page will be the home to hours of video clips, features and music videos and a can’t miss destination for Islanders fans all over the world.

continued and here is their YouTube page.

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