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Road Hockey Rumble

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press Release:

Streets, parking lots, and tennis courts across Canada have long played host to the epic, bloodthirsty struggle for blacktop supremacy that is our nation’s most beloved pastime. The hosts of “Road Hockey Rumble,” Calum MacLeod and Mark McGuckin, proudly bring this spirit to the screen, in all its reckless glory.  In each episode of the series, Calum and Mark travel to various Canadian towns where they tap into already festering rivalries (i.e. police versus fire department). After picking players in the community, the respective teams settle their differences on the road hockey court. The winner team gets bragging rights and beer.  The losing host is subject to a hysterical, Jackass-worthy punishment.

Guest stars in the series include NHLers Wade Redden, Jordin Tootoo, Éric Bélanger, Tyler Arnason, Duane Sutter [...]  and many more!

Road Hockey Rumble has been televised in Canada by the Outdoor Life Network for the past 2 years, and they’ve just released the DVDs for their first two seasons.  So if you’re desperate for some hockey entertainment in July, you can check them out at the show’s website, or you can view some of the show’s promo footage on Youtube.


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Tampa Still Looking For Top Six Forward

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report at the Tampa Tribune,

If the Lightning can convince Tanguay it would be in his best interest to try and build his resume back up by playing on a line with Lecavalier for a season (or two) it would be the icing on the cake of what has already been a successful summer.

It’s nothing definite at this point, as Tanguay’s agent said his client is in discussions with several teams, but it is definitely an intriguing thought for the team, the player and Lightning fans alike.

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The Top 40 Still Looking For Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

It’s been roughly three weeks since the free-agency market opened, which saw the likes of Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik sign blockbuster deals with new teams. But with training camp still several weeks away, dozens of quality players remain without an address.

Here’s an updated look at 40 of the top unrestricted free agents still on the market (players unsigned through July 20):

Robert Lang- Lang turns 39 in December and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury, potentially limiting the size and length of his contract. But before he got hurt, he showed he still had something left in the tank.

Alex Tanguay- Like Lang, Tanguay is coming off an injury-ruined season. His point production has dropped from 81 to 58 to 41 in the past three seasons. He may have to take a shorter-term deal to rebuild his value.


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Bruins Sign Hunwick to Multi-Year Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Boston Bruins:

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.


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Those Hockey Cliches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Are you like me? Do you cringe and/or grind your teeth any time you hear clichés and done-to-death buzzwords? Well, since the NHL doesn’t have much in the way of news to comment on, I figured we could take another periodical look at the verbal junk that passes for insight both inside and outside the hockey world and break that junk down to its nonsensical essence.

Aren’t particularly fond of that idea for a hockey blog in late July? Hey, it is what it is.

Moving Forward: Far and away the most widely overused cliché of the moment, this phrase usually is employed as utterly superfluous sentence-beginner (or ender). So instead of an NHL GM or coach saying this:

“We want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”

You get this:

“Moving forward, we want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”


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Hockey Stays In The Family

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via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Jay Leach, the veteran defenseman who did a solid job last season after being recalled from the minors, married Kathryn Tappen this past Saturday in New Hampshire.

Leach, 29, played 24 games for the Devils last season and had no goals and one assist.

Tappen, 28, is the daughter of Richard and Sheila Tappen of Morristown. She is NESN’s in-studio host for Boston Bruins games and is a Rutgers graduate. She will continue to use her maiden name on the air.

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NHL Players Don’t Attend German Hockey Olympic Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Reuters,

The German Ice Hockey (DEB) federation said all Germans who play for NHL teams had signed up for the training camp but were forced to pull out after the NHL and the league’s players’ association demanded salary guarantees that were far too high.

“I feel it is a pity that our players who are active in North America cannot take part,” said DEB General Secretary Franz Reindl.

“The players had accepted the invitation for the summer camp and were looking forward to it. But these financial guarantees on top of the existing insurances were too high to pay for just a training camp.”

The federation gave no financial details.

Eight German players in the NHL would have taken part in the camp while a further player was recovering from injury, the DEB said.

The camp started on Monday and runs until July 24.

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Reading Your Local Paper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Do you pay for your local newspaper?  Do you even visit their website?

When it comes to hockey coverage and the MSM, what is the future of their existence?

Check out Puck Daddy who points out a few stories that have hit the web today.

I for one, and I should know, have found the hockey news from the mainstream media has switched from standard stories on the web or local paper to blogs.  The explosion of blogs from the MSM grew in numbers last season and I see the trend continuing in the future.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m excited about going into camp with an opportunity to make the team.”  I had a good experience there last year and I think they know what I can do.

“Only they know where I fit into their plans for the future, so I’m just trying to get stronger and bigger and faster… Trying to keep improving.”

-Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on Justin from Troy Ruel of the Muskegon Chronicle at Mlive.

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  Tags: justin+abdelkader

Talking Kovalchuk Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Negotiations are expected to heat up this week between general manager Don Waddell and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman. The two sides aren’t saying much publicly that they haven’t said before. Waddell sent me an email Monday, saying: “It’s our goal to sign Ilya to a long-term deal.” Grossman declined comment. (He’s known as a tough agent, but issuing negotiating rhetoric to the media isn’t his thing.)

Kovalchuk has a year left on his contract at $7.5 million. Theoretically, his new deal could pay him up to $11.2 million per season (20 percent of the NHL salary cap of $56 million). The bigger issue is term: The NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement has no cap on length of contract.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

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