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Big Hit By Andy Sutton On Jordan Leopold Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 8:56pm, Video below from Versus feed, with slo-mo.

make sure to check out the HockeyWebCaster’s channel at YouTube, who supplies KK with many of the hockey videos.

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  Tags: andy+sutton, jordan+leopold

Turco Wants To Be On A Winning Team

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

He declined interview requests for a couple of days after Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk announced Tuesday that the veteran goalie would not return to the team next season. However, as he lined up realtors Friday to sell his house, Turco said he was ready to turn the page.

“It was hard and it is hard, but they are moving on and I have to move on,” Turco said. “I haven’t been happy for a little while, and I believe I’m a pretty happy person, so it’s time to find a way to be happy again.”

After his four-year contract with the Stars expires on June 30, Turco will be able to shop himself around the NHL as an unrestricted free agent. He got a late start in the pro game after four years in college and two more in the minors, so this is
Turco’s first look at free agency. He said his criteria is simple.

“I want to win,” he said. “I want to find a team that is ready to win, an organization that is building to win now, and an organization that believes I can be a big part of that winning. That’s the most important thing to me.”


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  Tags: marty+turco

It’s Jimmy’s Show Tonite.  We’re Just Here To Live Blog It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Do or die?  Nope.  But it’ll be a long row down 2-0 and every one of you knows it.  Voox:  this is a big night my friend.  No glass can be empty. 

I’m on the train to Gabe’s for the first game of a West Coast A2Y meet-up.  That, in itself, should ensure us victory.

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Afternoon Line

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“If you look back in Detroit, [Tomas] Holmstrom, whatever it is he just really grinds on people. Pittsburgh had [Matt] Cooke last year – same thing. Patty, I think for his part is maybe a little in between those guys. He plays with a good edge but I saw a few times last night that he held up because it wasn’t the right opportunity to take a hit or a run. When he does crash into the boards it just means that he thinks it’s a little late and he might put our team at a disadvantage so he does a good job of paying attention to that kind of stuff.

-Ryan Miller on Buffalo teammate Patrick Kaleta.  More on Kaleta from Erin Pollina at BuffaloSabres.com.

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  Tags: patrick+kaleta

Momentum Continues To Build

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NEW YORK (April 16, 2010) – The positive business momentum for the NHL continues after a record-breaking 2009-10 season. Through the first two days of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the League has earned triple-digit percentage increases in video starts and mobile consumption, while unique visitors and page views on NHL.com have shown double digit percentage increases over last year, further validation of the League’s digital strategy. The NHL on VERSUS is also off to a fast start with record ratings and increases for opening night of the postseason.

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Sharks Keep Hearing The Same Question

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from Austin Murphy of Sports Illustrated,

Marleau got right up to the edge of bristling at one point. Asked if the Sharks needed to be on guard against that familiar, creeping, “Here-we-go-again” feeling—he made no attempt to disguise his displeasure with the question.

“No, things are good” in the room, he replied, a mild edge in his voice. “I know you guys always want to bring that up. Things are good.”

It irked him, apparently, that some doubters dared to discern a linkage between San Jose’s most recent Game 1 pratfall and the club’s recent history of premature capitulation. Just because the Sharks have spit the bit against mostly lower-seeded teams in the first or second rounds of the last four postseasons, it doesn’t mean this group of guys is destined for a similar fate. “This,” Marleau points out, “is a totally different experience.”

He’s right. A first-round loss to the ‘Lanche, with it’s unproven goalie, undersized corps of defensemen and overall inexperience would be infinitely worse than San Jose’s abrupt exit from the first round of last year’s playoffs. Eighth seed though they were, the Anaheim Ducks came into last April on an infernal roll, behind the play of a sizzling goaltender, Jonas Hiller.


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Branding The Devils

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from Joe Favorito of New Jersey News Room,

Their approach, using social media, traditional marketing, the power of the best radio platform (WFAN), a consistent TV spot (MSG2) and a series of fun and smart promotions (“As Seen ON TV Night” was a good one for collecting your best new pocket fisherman), has given the team a very nice bounce at a time where every other winter sports team in the area is hitting the links and packing their bags.

The best evidence was provided this week, when New Jersey not only sold out its first home playoff game, but sold it out on a weeknight which has been the most difficult of all to promote. Team owner Jeff Vanderbeek, the quietest of owners in a market where teams, rightly or wrongly, are known by who writes the checks, has steadily put the trust in the business side of the franchise. The results are a Devils brand that is gaining steam even in a challenged economy, with success starting to mirror the results that have been achieved by Lou Lamoriello and company on the hockey side.


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Bob Cole In the Spotlight

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

It’s great to see the CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada giving Bob Cole an important NHL playoff assignment. Bob has been more than a little sour about his forced semi-retirement, so he should be bucked up by getting the Ottawa Senators-Pittsburgh Penguins series, arguably Hockey Night’s lead match-up in the first round.

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  Tags: bob+cole

Ovechkin Felt Powerless Last Night

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

“I don’t know why, but last game, I don’t feel that power or something,” Ovechkin said to the throng of media. “I talked to Bruce, and how I said, I didn’t play my game at all last night. It’s not about Montreal. It’s all about me.”

That may be true. But the Canadiens also deserve credit. In fact, they’ve held Ovechkin without a goal four times in five games this season and without a point on three occasions.

Ovechkin saw all three Canadiens defensive pairs early and was matched up a lot against Jaroslav Spacek in the third period. It wasn’t just Spacek, though. It was the combination of Montreal’s veteran defensemen getting in Ovechkin’s face and the Habs’ forwards diligently applying pressure from back side. The end result? Ovechkin had nowhere to go with the puck.

“He’s been played like this,” Boudreau said. “It’s not a secret. Everybody plays him like this.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Alberts Hit On Richardson Last Night

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Andrew Alberts hit on Brad Richardson last night.  Alberts received five for boarding and a game.

Will the NHL take further action?

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  Tags: andrew+alberts, brad+richardson

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