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What Will The Sharks Dressing Room Be Like?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

From the outside, particularly from some media that aren’t regularly in the dressing room or coach’s office, the team has been on the receiving end of some pretty harsh criticism. Some of it is certainly warranted. The Sharks were unable to trade either Thornton or Marleau, and signing the pair to three-year contract extensions with no trade clauses now seems like a mistake. At the very least, Wilson should have left himself with some flexibility there, or made them prove they had what it took to lead a team to another deep playoff run before re-upping them.

There’s more. If a guy like Joe Pavelski is eventually named captain (and he’s probably the best bet), it might cause an awkward situation in that he’ll have two former team captains sitting just a few feet away from his locker stall. The team didn’t add anyone of note other than bruiser John Scott, who likely won’t even be in the lineup half the time. A strong argument can be made, too, that the Sharks only needed to add a few pieces to a team that pushed the eventual Stanley Cup champs to seven games.

But much of that condemnation tends to conveniently forget or gloss over the issue in the dressing room, and that really is the biggest issue of all. Had there not been some sort of change, there’s no reason to believe that the Sharks wouldn’t flame out in the playoffs again, as they have so many times in the past. 

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Joe Sakic On The Retirement Of Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic issued the following statement today regarding the retirement of goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, I would like to congratulate Jean-Sebastien on an outstanding hockey career.  His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winning the Conn Smythe, Jiggy was always a top-notch goaltender.  He was also a very important part of our team during the past three seasons, providing veteran leadership and stability in net.  We wish him and his family the best of luck."
 

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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere

Champions Hockey League - Live Today 08/21

Blog: KK Members Blog By Cubanpuckstoppr

For those looking for some live hockey in August.

The Champions Hocley League is kicking off today.  This is what used to be known as the European Hockey Trophy. http://europeantrophy.com/

Eleven different European Leagues are represented. With strong representation from SEL and Liiga.

http://www.championshockeyleague.net/

There are a few different ways to stream the action.

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Members Blog | Permalink
 

Linda Cohn Files Suit Against Hockey Arena After A Coin Change Machine Fell On Her

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dareh Gregorian of the New York Daily News,

An ESPN anchor has filed suit against an upstate hockey arena after a promotional appearance there went bad.

"Listen Closely" host Linda Cohn — a former goalie at SUNY Oswego — was at the Brewster Ice Arena in March to face off against the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack when she says she suffered "severe and disabling injuries" in what the team described as a "freak accident."

The accident took place off ice, when "a heavy, large coin change machine fell upon her," her Manhattan federal court suit says.

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  Tags: linda+cohn

Brian Leetch On The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

The Rangers’ sturdy back end was a huge component in their playoff success last spring, when they made a run to the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Anton Stralman signed with Tampa Bay in free agency, but Leetch would like to see much of that defensive corps remain intact.

Priority No. 1, of course, is signing Staal to a new extension (his agent, Paul Krepelka, told ESPN.com via email that “all quiet on that front right now”). Though Staal has been hampered by a string of serious injuries in recent years, he returned to form with a strong performance in the 2014 playoffs.

“I think it’s really important to have that group of guys back there. I add Girardi in the mix as well, just the stability and familiarity, and the personalities. They're very good teammates in locker room, good people, and they have that continuity, plus the ability to perform on the ice in front of Henrik Lundqvist,” Leetch said.

“My fingers are always crossed that Marc can stay healthy because he’s on the verge of getting to that next level. Obviously, that’s my hope for him and I think he’s an elite player with the ability to be a top D in the league if he can continue to play and get those reps.” 

more including comments from Leetch on working for the NHL disciplinary department...

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  Tags: brian+leetch

Don Cherry Does The Ice Bucket Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: don+cherry

Ryan Suter- Part Owner Of The Madison Capitols

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tamira Madsen of the MadisonMagazine,

The Suter name means hockey in Madison.

So it’s no surprise that Madison native and National Hockey League superstar Ryan Suter is involved with the Madison Capitols, a new team that competes in the United States Hockey League starting this season. The Capitols drop the puck this month and will play their home games at the Alliant Energy Center.

While Suter is a member of a nine-man ownership contingent of the franchise, the twenty-nine-year-old was motivated to get involved with the Capitols to lend support to a sport that’s given him and his family so much enjoyment over the years.

“It kind of honors my dad, my whole family—bringing the USHL back here and putting the Madison Capitols on the jersey, that’s a huge honor for my family,” says Suter, who played one season at the University of Wisconsin in 2003–04. Now a defenseman with the Minnesota Wild, Suter has played in the NHL for nine seasons and signed a $98 million, thirteen-year contract with the Wild in 2012.

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Tim Leiweke Will Leave MLSE By June 30, 2015

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Tim Leiweke is stepping down as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as of June 30, 2015.

Larry Tanenbaum Chairman of MLSE announced today that Leiweke informed the board he will continue as of that date or until a new successor is found.

"Under Tim's leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success," said Mr. Tanenbaum. "We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE."

This comes on the heals of...

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC on Tuesday,

The fairest thing to do is begin with the denial.

Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, denied my report that he would soon step down from his current job in search of his next challenge.

"Not true," he wrote via email. "Not here forever, but very focused and very committed for the season at hand. Not thinking about long-term yet."

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  Tags: tim+leiweke

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock (mostly) discusses hockey and life philosophies in Saskatoon

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appeared on News Talk 980's John Gormley show yesterday as he was in Saskatoon to promote a golf tournament raising funds for prostate cancer, and Babcock did address the fact that he would consider coaching a Canadian team like Toronto at some point--though Babcock stated that he loves where he's working, that he has a fantastic GM and that he and the Mrs. are very happy in Metro Detroit--but the balance of his 20-minute conversation had much more to do with his personal philosophies than it had anything to do with the Detroit Red Wings:

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Jay Harrison, Tyler Seguin And Joel Ward Talk Analytics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Asked Wednesday if he follows hockey analytics, Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Jay Harrison wryly replied: “No, I just follow pucks.”

When the same query was forwarded to fellow NHLers Tyler Seguin and Joel Ward, both admitted they haven’t examined hockey’s new numbers game very closely.

At the same time, to a man, all three agreed that the concept of analytics has a place in the sport — one that likely will balloon as players, teams and fans become more educated in this era of advanced stats.

“It definitely has a future in the game,” Harrison said during the BioSteel Hockey Camp at St. Mike’s Arena. “You can’t stop progress.”

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Below, watch some of the action from day 3 of the BioSteel Camp...

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