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Russia An Option For Berard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Unable to find a job in the NHL, former No. 1 NHL draft pick Bryan Berard is probably headed to Russia to play in the Continental Hockey League (KHL).

Berard is still waiting for some NHL teams to finalize their plans, but his agent, Tom Laidlaw, confirmed KHL teams are expressing interest in the puck-moving defenseman.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, needing a veteran defenseman, considered Berard, but then decided to stay with their current group.


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Just Strange

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk accidentally shot himself in the chin Tuesday with a .22-caliber rifle at his Fish Springs residence, according to the Record-Courier of Nevada.

Malarchuk, 47, was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by helicopter. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident Wednesday to determine if the shooting was accidental, the paper said….

Malarchuk is the goaltending coach for the National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets, and lives with his family in Fish Springs, Nev.


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Helping Bettman

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

So there are now limits to what he can do to improve the game. That’s assuming, of course, that he knows what needs to be done, and that in itself is a dubious proposition. So in order to help out the commissioner and point him in the right direction, here are five things that need to be fixed in his league.

1. Get a better TV deal….

2. Get rid of the weasels….


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Why Edmonton Should Miss Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I gave my 2008/09 predictions, one of the most criticized picks I made is that the Edmonton Oilers should finish last in the Northwest Division and 11th in the West Conference.  The argument against this is simple.  Last season,  Edmonton finished 4th in the Northwest Division and 9th in the West Conference.  They finished strong with a 14-6 record in their last 20 games (one game was a shootout loss and counts as a regulation tie).  During the off season, they added Lubomir Visnovsky and Erik Cole, giving up Joni Pitkanen.  They have many talented young players such as San Gagner and Andrew Cogliano, who should continue to improve.  How can anyone say they will be worse this season?  The answer is that last season’s result was misleading.  I argue that they will be a better team and not be as lucky in their point total.

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Warrener Goes On Long Term Injury Status

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via the Calgary Flames,

Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that defenseman Rhett Warrener has been placed on Long Term Injury status.

Warrener missed three games during the preseason due to an injury sustained on September 26th. This injury, combined with extensive damage from previous seasons, has made it impossible for Warrener to start the regular season.

Long Term Injury status is available to players who will be unavailable for at least 10 NHL regular season games and 24 calendar days. 

Flames forward Dustin Boyd has been recalled from the Quad City Flames.

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The Cost Of A Ticket

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

According to razorgator.com, a worldwide ticket agency for sports and entertainment events, five Canadian teams have the highest average ticket price for their home openers this season, while the Ottawa Senators rank 10th among the 30 NHL clubs. Here are the average ticket prices, arranged from high-to-low

continued and Vancouver leads the way with an average of $308 per ticket…

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Love For Kaberle

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from Navin Vaswani at DigitalJournal,

It’s been one hell of a ride, Tomas. I’ve enjoyed every second of it with you. As we embark on another chapter in our lives together down in Detroit tonight, all I want us to do is live for the moment, and live for today. I know everyone in the world thinks the Leafs are going to be terrible this season. Let’s prove them wrong. Screw John Tavares. Screw Victor Hedman. I mean, who knows how long we have left together? Who knows how long we have left on this earth? I won’t be cheering for the Leafs to lose. I don’t have it in me. I’ll be cheering for you, Tomas, and for the rest of the boys. Live for today. Have faith. Let’s shock the world.


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We Start Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of us have waited for this night, the puck drops in North America.

How do you feel about your team’s outlook for this season?  Confident, undecided, let us know how you feel!

On a sidenote, I contacted Versus after seeing my tv guide on Directv and noticed tonight’s games were not in HD but they tell me both games will indeed be in HD.

So let’s drop the puck and the KK tradition (wmp audio) continues!


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It Is A ‘New’ Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

The names aren’t necessarily tied directly together, which makes cause-and-effect difficult to prove. One hockey player makes it here, another is told he’s no longer wanted there, and the merry-go-round starts again.

But two intriguing trends have surfaced this fall on the eve of the NHL season, one producing great optimism about the future of the league, the other a gloomy sigh of nostalgia for best days gone by.

Somewhere in between those trends rests the four-year-old financial instrument that is the league’s salary-cap system. In a theme familiar to other sports, and one familiar to hockey since the days when Gordie Howe’s signing bonus was a Red Wings jacket, the size of a player’s salary matters nearly as much as the tools and talent he brings to the rink.


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The New Sweaters

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from Paul Lukas of Page 2 at ESPN,

And it’s a big year uni-wise, because alternate jerseys, which had been banished last season, will be reappearing in many locker rooms, plus there’s the usual assortment of patches and tweaks. Uni Watch knows you want to be fully up to speed on North America’s 17th-most-popular sport (or whatever it’s fallen to this week), so here’s a full breakdown of what’s on tap:

read on

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