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Danger Ahead For Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Thomas Vanek has yet to show signs that he can live up to his big payday, while second-year man Drew Stafford, who played so well in his rookie season, has been a disappointment as a sophomore.

When you add the depleted blue line missing regulars Teppo Numminen, Dimitri Kalinin and the previously rejuvenated Jaro Spacek, it’s evident that head coach Lindy Ruff hasn’t faced this level of trouble since the pre-lockout days – and those battles were fought with Drury and Briere.

much more on the NHL and one bit we covered yesterday…

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres

Dad Wants To Fix Patrick Roy’s Image

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

...And, like any good dad, Michel Roy is standing up for his son with “Le Guerrier,” which translates into English as “The Warrior.”

Michel Roy says the French-language book - there are no immediate plans for an English version - is aimed at correcting the public perception of Patrick Roy’s life and career.

“I wanted to present Patrick as he is,” Michel Roy said at the book’s launch on Tuesday. “I think that the image that people often have of Patrick is not the real picture of Patrick. He’s not like that.”

read on

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  Tags: patrick+roy

John LeClair in Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From WCAX-TV,

John LeClair will be in court next week to face a drunk driving charge. Vermont state police pulled over the former BFA St. Albans, UVM and NHL great on October 24th.

The early-morning incident on Interstate-89 in Milton is the St. Albans native’s second drunk driving charge. In 1990, LeClair pleaded no contest after prosecutors reduced the charge to careless and negligent driving.

LeClair was placed on waivers last December by the Pittsburgh Peguins and he has not played in the NHL since then.

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  Tags: john+leclair

Barry Melrose Apologizes to NJ

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP,

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose apologized Tuesday for negative remarks about the area around the New Jersey Devils’ new Prudential Center arena.

In a video segment posted on ESPN.com last week, Melrose described the recently opened arena as a “beautiful new building” but added, “Don’t go outside if you have a wallet or anything else, because the area around the arena is just horrible.”

Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and Municipal Council President Mildred Crump took exception to the remarks and called for Melrose to apologize.

“All of us make mistakes, but it’s a shame when it’s at the expense of 300,000 people,” Booker said, referring to Newark’s population.

continued…

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  Tags: arenas, barry+melrose, espn, new+jersey+devils

Sabres Take An Injury Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WGR 550,

Plenty of veterans missed practice this morning at HSBC Arena. Adam Mair has an ankle injury that Lindy Ruff said would keep him out weeks. Tim Connolly has a strained oblique will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Ruff insisted that his injury has nothing to do with his head.

more

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  Tags: adam+mair, buffalo+sabres, injuries, tim+connolly

All Mike Comrie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

Q: Why did you sign only a one-year deal?

A: I wanted to see how I fit in on the top line and to see if I enjoyed playing in the New York area. It’s better to see that it works for me and works for them, then we can move forward.

Q: So, how has it been so far?

A: I like it here. We have a great group of guys. We have to win games by everyone chipping in. We don’t have a $10 million player on this team. Everyone has to come and play hard every night.

more

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  Tags: mike+comrie, new+york+islanders

Ron Francis Interview and Video Highlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, and fellow inductees Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

More on Francis at NHL.com and below is the transcript from a media conference call with Francis, from earlier today. 

A video of his career highlights is also provided.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: hockey+hall+of+fame, interview, ron+francis

Al MacInnis Interview and Video Highlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Al MacInnis, along with fellow inductees, Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. 

Below is the transcript from a media conference call with MacInnis earlier today.  A video of his career highlights is also provided.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: al+macinnis, hockey+hall+of+fame, interview

No Easy Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

“There’s no easy game,” Philadelphia Flyers centre Daniel Briere said Tuesday. “It’s so amazing. One night you’ll be playing one team and you can have it your way and then play the same team the next night and it will totally be the other way around.”

The theory is that the salary cap has spread the talent more evenly around the league. The big-market clubs can’t horde all the top players any more. More liberalized unrestricted free agency also makes it easier for struggling teams to reload in a hurry. There’s no better example than Philadelphia, 30th in the league last season and now looking like a contender after GM Paul Holmgren changed half his roster.

read on

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Can Canada Support More NHL Teams?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thinks Canada could support more NHL teams.  Speaking at a press conference in regards to the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, Melnyk shared his thoughts, citing Winnipeg as an example.

“I’m a big fan of the province of Manitoba… and I know there are some really great fans there. The problem is; what do you do?” Melnyk said. “Do you build a 15,000 seat stadium and fill it, which is a success, or do you build a 20,000 (seat) stadium that has 10,000 people?

“It’s a shame to see Quebec City have to move and then go on to Colorado and if you recall, that was one of the reasons I was really upset when I heard the Senators may leave Ottawa.”

“I think there’s more room.”

continued…

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  Tags: ottawa+senators

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