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Players Speak On Nolan Departure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat,

“Snowy called me and told me what happened,” Sillinger said. “Quite frankly, I don’t know that there was any kind of tug-of-war. I didn’t spend the last half of the season with the guys because of my [hip] injury. The year before, we made the playoffs, and Ted did a great job. Obviously, this year we had a bunch of injuries.

“Garth told me they had philosophical differences. So be it. That’s his decision. It’s really unfortunate. Ted and I had a great relationship. I enjoyed playing for him. I guess you move on.”

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  Tags: garth+snow, mike+sillinger, ted+nolan

Untrue Shanny Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

A U.S. report that unrestricted free agent Brendan Shanahan was offered and rejected a one-year, $2-million US offer from the Vancouver Canucks is inaccurate, according to his agent.

“I can tell you that I’ve never been approached or had any discussions with Vancouver regarding Brendan,” said Rick Curran, who added that San Jose and Montreal are not in the mix either.

“We’ve only been having discussions with one team and that’s the New York Rangers.

continued

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Play Ball

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Hockey and baseball have had some cross-over stars. Baseball stars Tom Glavine and Kirk McCaskill were both drafted by the NHL. On the other hand, Wayne Gretzky has said repeatedly that as a youth baseball was the sport he was most passionate about.

Here’s a few examples of NHLers who dabbled in baseball at a serious level:

Kevin Stevens - the son of a former minor league baseballer, Kevin Stevens was a heck of a high school ball player who was recruited to play at Boston College.

Paul Ysebaert - Played on Canadian national baseball team in summer of 1985.

read on

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Fedorov Owes Bank Over $2M

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Macomb Daily,

Former Detroit Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov was sued for more than $2 million Monday in Macomb County by a New Baltimore-based bank that says he has failed to repay loans.

continued

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  Tags: sergei+fedorov

If Sakic Retires, Avs Become A Small-Market Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

If Joe Sakic retires, the Avalanche would have a modest payroll.

The team also would be fortunate to win 25 games next season.

And Denver fans would be introduced to small-market hockey.

In fact, if you tend to be cynical, and my hand is up, it’s not ridiculous to wonder if Sakic’s procrastination is being so docilely and philosophically accepted in the hallways of the Pepsi Center because it sets up a win-win scenario in the eyes of the bean counters.

continued

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Talking With Hrudey

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Instructed by former Hockey Night producer John Shannon not to take broadcast courses after being hired, Hrudey’s success stems from being as likable as they come.

“I’m happy with my life,” said the husband and father of three girls. “I used to play hockey, now I talk hockey. The beauty of my job is that as much as I talk to people in the industry, it’s my opinion.”

Over the years, he’s done well to distance himself from his playing brethren to the point he openly criticizes players when warranted.

Unlike the bombastic Don Cherry, Hrudey’s approach is much more measured. Armed with four satellite dishes, eight feeds and endless PVR recordings, Hrudey sits in his Calgary home office during the season watching endless game coverage before hitting the road each weekend.

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  Tags: kelly+hrudey

Torres Ready For A Fresh Start

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Raffi Torres needs a little time each morning for his surgically repaired right knee to “get loose,” and he’s anxiously awaiting Wednesday or Thursday, when he’ll skate for the first time in six months.

But Blue Jackets fans need not worry, said Torres, acquired in a July 1 trade with Edmonton for Gilbert Brule.

“When I’m healthy, I’m definitely going to let Columbus know when I’m on the ice,” Torres said. “I’m going to put it all on the line. People are going to know when I’m out there. That’s just how I play.

“I’ve had a couple of rough seasons that I’m not too happy about, so I’m looking for a fresh start.”

continued

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  Tags: raffi+torres

Let’s Try This Again - Brylin Signs With Russian Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Slap Shot at the NYT,

Sergei Brylin has signed a three-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg, the club’s coach, Barry Smith, said Monday night. Smith’s remarks were reported in the Russian daily Sport-Express.

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  Tags: sergei+brylin

Too Much Ted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It became too much about Ted; became too much about Ted Nolan-type players. Every team can use the prototypical Nolan overachiever, but no team can progress from the bottom half of the league when more limited hard-hat players get their ice time at the expense of young, raw talents in need of nurturing.

The Islanders cannot attract prime free agents. They won’t even listen. The Islanders have no other choice. They must build from within. They also can choose not to trade down out of the first five in the Entry Draft - and once upon a time could have chosen to keep Roberto Luongo and Zdeno Chara - but these are different matters.

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  Tags: ted+nolan

Legends Of The Game - Glenn Hall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Survival was part of the game…

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