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Gouche Does Moscow

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Formerly a pro hockey player overseas, Kerry “Gouche” Goulet writes a short series on his tour of Moscow:

You would think Day two could not exceed day one, but it just got better! Yes it did. After enjoying a typical Russian breakfast we were whisked off to the Kremlin by limousines, where the Professor (Igor Larionov) had organized a personal tour of the Kremlin and the Russian Palace (a separate story to follow). Outstanding! It’s a tour only for dignitaries and Capazoo and the Gouche were there.

Now, the real big deal. Hockey equipment packed up and placed on the bus. The final destination, Red Square. You got it, the Red Square; Cold War, espionage, tanks, missiles etc. But we were only armed with Canadian and American hockey players, hockey equipment and hockey sticks battling only Russian hockey players and of course the cold on an outdoor rink!


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Rick Tocchet Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL Network across the U.S. and Canada will be simulcasting the press conference covered by FSN Arizona at 3:00pm ET today.

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  Tags: rick+tocchet

Darren McCarty on the Radio

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A great interview this morning with Darren McCarty, now playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins. 

Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.

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  Tags: ahl, darren+mccarty, grand+rapids+griffins, interview, media

Columbus Extends Chimera

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Jason Chimera to a four-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Chimera, 28, is the Blue Jackets’ fifth-leading scorer with 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists to go along with 49 penalty minutes in 55 games.  He also currently owns the longest games played streak in franchise history as last night’s game vs. the Washington Capitals was his 217th consecutive game dating back to Oct. 9, 2005


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  Tags: jason+chimera

Try The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Hey, NFL fans, what’s up? Great Super Bowl, huh? Tough for Patriots fans and players. That is a loss that will hurt forever. There are high school games that still hurt when I think about them. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the same two teams in the Super Bowl next season, but that’s a topic for John Clayton.

Now that football season is over, we hope you turn some of your focus to the NHL.

We’ve been operating for four months now and have five more to go until we award the greatest trophy in team sports. We hockey fans chuckle at how other sports try to prop their trophies up as a holy grail like the NFL has attempted to do, but it just doesn’t stack up to the Stanley Cup.


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Chicago Keeping Their Options Open

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

Tallon added he’s still working the phones to improve the club before the trade deadline.

“Until Feb. 26 we’re going to put our nose to the grindstone every day to improve,” he said. “If it makes us better, we’ll do it. If it doesn’t, then we’ll move on and let our kids develop.”

Tallon said trade talks “are starting to pick up. There’s a lot more conversation.” But he acknowledged it’s difficult to make trades in the NHL and that teams are asking for some of the Hawks’ top prospects.

“With the [salary] cap, terms, lengths of contracts and all that stuff it is difficult,” he said. “We have to find a way around it….

more on Chicago…

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  Tags: dale+tallon

LaRose Out With Broken Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Unfortunately, during the third line’s first shift, LaRose lost his footing and crashed into the boards, breaking his left leg.

While LaRose has just 17 points this season, he’s on the penalty kill unit and he’s a guy the Canes depend on.

“It’s a big deal,” Laviolette said. “He’s got a broken leg, and he’s going to be out for a while. He’s an energy guy and a heart and soul guy on this team. And he’ll be missed.”

more on the Canes loss to the Predators…

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  Tags: chad+larose

A Look At Hockey In Baltimore & Can It Come Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Press Box,

Some things that have changed over the last generation would undoubtedly benefit the return of hockey to town. There has been NHL hockey in Washington 35 years and although many Baltimoreans wouldn’t chance a look-see to check it out at the old Capital Centre, it has created thousands of fans in the region.

Both high schools and colleges hereabouts maintain programs that are getting better and access to ice is improving all the time. I really wasn’t aware of this until several seasons ago, when a couple of schoolboy teams were playing for a championship after a dull Caps game.


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Two Minutes For Interference On McCreary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bill McCreary is one of the better refs in the NHL and things like this do happen at times, but not very often.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, NHL Media, NHL Video, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Aggressive Therapy For Concussions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Herald,

Many players have waited years for the symptoms to go away. But now there is a more aggressive alternative that actually treats post-concussion syndrome, and is or will be employed by injured Bruins [team stats] Andrew Alberts and Patrice Bergeron.

It’s a program designed by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who helped Sabres center Tim Connolly recover from his second major concussion during the 2006 playoffs. The program entails controlled exercise at a level of stress that does not trigger the symptoms. Its effect is to correct imbalances in brain mechanism brought on by the initial blow, which cause the illness and headaches.

read on

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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

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