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Filitov Playing With Heavy Heart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

Out on the ice, it was hockey skills and smiles. Nikita Filitov tore it up yesterday, racking up a hat trick and generating a scoring chance on practically every shift in Russia’s 8-1 steam-rolling of Slovakia at the Civic Centre.

After the game it was surprising English skills but no smiles. Not when talk with Filatov turned to the death of his “best friend in hockey,” Alexei Cherepanov….

“He is all the time in my mind,” Filatov says.

Understandable. This is Filatov’s first international tournament since Cherepanov’s death. Filatov won’t come out and say it but it’s apparent to anyone familiar with this Russian team: Cherepanov would have been expected to lead this team, but it now falls to him. Cherepanov would have worn the captain’s K, but that’s now sewn over Filatov’s heart.

read on

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  Tags: alexei+cherepanov, nikita+filitov

LaBarbera Traded To Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

The Kings have traded Jason LaBarbera to the Vancouver Canucks for a seventh-round draft pick in 2009.

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  Tags: jason+labarbera

Big Game For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,

This isn’t quaint anymore. The league believes the Classic — a regular-season game played outdoors every New Year’s Day — will be a long-term annual event that separates hockey from other sports; it projects the game as a midseason ritual for its fans to root nationally, not for their local teams. Already, there is demand for future games in Philadelphia, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal and Boston…

“This is part of our new business model and gives people a sense of what we can do,” said John Collins, the league’s chief operating officer. “We introduced our Broadband player, we reintroduced NHL.com. We have 53 million fans who love the game, 22 million in the arenas and a $2.6 billion business. But it doesn’t feel as big as it should.”

more

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  Tags: winter+classic

Ah, Vegas In Late June!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The National Hockey League is looking at holding its annual awards show in Las Vegas.

A source familiar with negotiations said Tuesday that the move would help the league make more of a splash with its season-ending gala. Everyone from sponsors to media to personnel from the NHL’s 30 teams would converge on the city, making it more of an event than it has been in recent years.

There could also be a natural tie-in with entertainment acts that hasn’t really been there in the past.

continued & if you are a regular KK reader, you knew about this in October...

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Bad Game - Good Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

When a team is surrendering 15-25 scoring chances a game while at the same scoring four times, and their goalie is allowing 5 or 6 goals a night, the coach can usually be heard saying, “If we could have got one or two more saves…” – subtly heaping responsibility for the losses onto the goalers shoulders.

But when the game is one in which the team grossly out chances the opposition yet loses a low scoring contest because guys who get paid to score, don’t, the coach almost always applauds the effort of his charges and then lauds the performance of the other clubs netminder. “We did a lot of good things…” he’ll say.

Did they?

read on

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Waiting On The Thunder Again, Eh?  Well You Can Stop ‘Cause It’s A Big Fat Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It always comes back to Night Moves, you know.  All the big ones.  All the big games, all the live blogs that cap off a day of stress.  It’s always Night Moves that settles me down. 

Frigging Seger. What a genius.  No matter where you are, where you live or what you’re doing, you can always point to Seger and say, “that guy’s from Michigan.”

Kinda like the Wings.

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A Spin On The Ice At Wrigley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Wonky knee aside, it was a thrill to hit the ice at Wrigley Field. Sure, I got a few looks for wearing a Finnish national jersey (no reason whatsoever for that, by the way); but all in all, it was a great experience.

The NHL wouldn’t allow us to hold hockey sticks or shoot pucks, understandably, but just taking a whirl around the newly built ice surface was something else. The sun was peering over home plate and the conditions were ideal. The league can only hope for similar conditions Thursday for the Winter Classic (so far, the forecast sounds pretty good).

The sun, however, could prove to be an issue. You really blinked when you made the turn at the third-base end and the sun blinded you somewhat. Some players wore eye black last season in Buffalo, and we suspect much of the same again Thursday. Tinted visors, perhaps?

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  Tags: winter+classic

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We all know it’s a long season and I missed the playoffs the last few seasons, so I’m going to do what I can to help the team get into the playoffs. That’s the most important thing, to secure a playoff spot.”

-Mats Sundin after his first practice with the Vancouver Canucks.  More at the Vancouver Sun.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

NHL Network Schedule For Winter Classic Related Shows

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wednesday, December 31st.  All times are ET.

11:30 AM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Practice Coverage

Thursday, January 1st

11:00 AM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Pre-Game Show

5:00 PM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Post-Game Show

6:00 PM- Voices: Detroit’s Ken Kal

6:30 PM- Voices: Chicago’s Pat Foley

The complete schedule for the NHL Network (US) can be found here and for Canadian viewers, click here.

added 5:00pm, I just received this and as you can the times differ a bit…

Wednesday, Dec. 31
·      Practice Coverage at 11:30 a.m. ET

Thursday, Jan. 1
·      Pre-Game Show at 11 a.m. ET
·      Post-Game Show at 4:30 p.m. ET

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  Tags: winter+classic

MacLean: Holland Concerned.  Scotty:  About What?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

According to Doug MacLean on the Fan 590: “Holland wouldn’t want to start the playoffs with the way they’re playing right now.”  Scotty Bowman, who some would say is a bit smarter than MacLean, hints that the Wings may be bored and that they’ll come out well tonite.

Listen here.

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