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The Return Of Theo Fleury

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

With his usual flair for the dramatic, Fleury scored the lone shootout goal in Calgary’s 5-4 pre-season victory over the New York Islanders last night, exactly what the Saddledome faithful wanted.

“When I was told to go out,” Fleury responded when asked what went through his mind, “I was thinking I’d better score here.”

He did.

Fleury didn’t have a whole lot of impact over the first 65 minutes, but that didn’t matter in the end.


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  Tags: theo+fleury

Dubinsky’s Agent Takes A Shot At The Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Entering the seventh day of the negotiating stalemate that has kept unsigned free agent Brandon Dubinsky out of training camp, the Rangers’ projected first-line center has reduced his asking price, The Post has learned.

“Of the three proposals on the table, we’ve altered the two- and one-year proposals that we believe are reasonable given the marketplace and the Rangers’ payroll,” Kurt Overhardt, Dubinsky’s agent, told The Post by phone late yesterday afternoon. “I think it’s unfortunate that Rangers’ management is treating this as a sum-zero game with this player.

“It doesn’t make sense.”


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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky

Okposo Was Defenseless On Phaneuf Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

Thankfully Kyle Okposo is OK. He has a mild concussion and was cleared by doctors to fly back with the team on the charter to Saskatoon.

Okposo was the victim of a vicious open-ice hit from Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. I’ve watched the replay several times, and if I were Okposo or his teammate I would not be happy. Phaneuf left his feet on impact, catching Okposo with a shoulder to the head as Okposo was looking down, rendering him completely defenseless.

read on

note: Video was changed at 8:02am since it was better quality than the one that was posted.

added 8:10am, from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

If you crumple a player with a clean check, are you on the hook to accept the first challenge that comes your way?

Is that part of the code? Hit big, then get ready to scrap all comers?


Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dion+phaneuf, kyle+okposo

Phoenix Owner Wants NHL Forced Into Mediation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Beleaguered Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has asked a federal bankruptcy judge for an emergency hearing to order the NHL to mediate the “key sale issues” in the complicated case.


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Okposo Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

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Katie Strang, Islanders beat writer for Newsday, on her Twitter,

Very scary moment: Kyle Okposo jsust got leveled in open ice by Dion Phaneuf. He’s on his back now and they are bringing out the stretcher.

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  Tags: kyle+okposo

Top Player Agents Try To Make Sense Of Kelly Firing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Reaction to Paul Kelly’s firing as executive director of the NHLPA continues, more than two weeks after his early morning dismissal in a Chicago boardroom.

NHL player agents, J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson of CAA Hockey have tried to make sense of Kelly’s fall, specifically the process in which it unfolded, to help the players they represent understand the sudden change in union leadership.

However, Brisson and Barry who represent a number of NHL stars including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, Dany Heatley, Daniel Briere and Mats Sundin, plus NHLPA executive board members, Robyn Regehr, Shawn Horcoff and Maxime Talbot, believe the “process” in which Kelly was fired was flawed.

continued for a statement issued by the two agents…

added 10:02pm, from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Can toothpaste be pushed back into the tube? Not really, no. Can the genie be crammed back into the bottle? Accounts vary, but the general consensus is that it’s rather difficult, too. Can the National Hockey League Players’ Association be convinced by its membership that it has become a Kremlinesque laughingstock in order to rectify its most recent and regrettable blunder?

No, probably not.


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Thornton & His ‘Dummy’

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What do you think, does Joe have the talent or not?

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Boogaard Gets Advice From Datsyuk

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from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

So, while rehabbing after shoulder surgery this summer with Jeremy Clark, whose organization in Eagan provides instruction in core strength training, judo and other martial arts, Boogaard seized the chance to go to Russia and work with Detroit Red Wings all-star forward Pavel Datsyuk.

He accompanied Clark, the strength and conditioning coach for Datsyuk’s hockey camps in Yekaterinburg, formerly known as Sverdlovsk, and spent 18 days soaking up tips from one of the NHL’s best two-way players.

“The stuff he can do is just unbelievable,” Boogaard said, noting that Datsyuk also worked with kids ages 10-12 who were able to produce what he labeled “mind-boggling” moves on the ice.

Datsyuk freely dispensed advice to Boogaard, as well, and the native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, said the whole experience was “an eye-opener.”

Will it make him a better offensive hockey player?

Boogaard said in the understatement of the century, that he and Datsyuk “are different players.” Nevertheless, he added, “I feel really relaxed. I seem a little more confident.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: derek+boogaard, pavel+datsyuk

Brian Campbell Looking For Consistency

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

“At the end of the year in the playoffs, I thought I had a really good run so that’s something I’m going to draw off of. That’s the way I can play and know how to play. There were ups and downs, but I did a lot of good things, too. Was it my best year? No, I wouldn’t say that, but it’s a learning experience as well.”

Being more consistent, especially in his own end, starts with skating for Campbell.

“I wasn’t moving my feet at some times last year and that just makes the biggest difference for me,” Campbell said. “I’ve always wanted to be a consistent player and felt I did that in the past. There were a few too many peaks and valleys.”

Campbell found himself trying to do too much on occasion last season to live up to his contract, which is no longer the biggest on the Hawks. Marian Hossa’s 12-year, $62.8 million deal now sits at No. 1.


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  Tags: brian+campbell

The Latest Versus/Directv Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Good news: Both sides confirm negotiations are ongoing after talks broke down earlier this month; and Jade Ekstedt, spokesperson for DirecTV, said the parties are “very aware” that the clock is ticking to the start if the season.

The less-than-good news: Getting Versus back on DirecTV by the first official puck drop isn’t looking particularly promising at this point, according to the network’s president.


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  Tags: directv

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