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Marcel Dionne Enjoyed Playing When He Did, Even Though The Financial Picture Was Different

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Dionne, who amassed 1,771 points over the course of his 18-year NHL career, said he enjoyed his time playing, even if the financial landscape was such a contrast from the multimillion-dollar mega-deals players are signing now.

“When we played, it was for thousands of dollars; now it’s for millions of dollars,” Dionne said.

He holds no hostility toward current NHL players despite that disparity in pay, however. Dionne said he’s adapted to the game and its changing salary structure.

He credits the NHLPA with the help it has given former players, but said that some of his contemporaries still can’t get their mind around what the top players are making these days. Explaining why P.K. Subban deserves to be making $9 million on average per year isn’t always easy, but Dionne is content with the livelihood he earned during his playing days.

“Some guys don’t understand and think the game owes them something,” Dionne explained. “The game owes me nothing. It’s not what you make, it’s what you do with your money.”

the story is actually about the LA Kings so read more if interested...

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Joe Kocur Foundation For Children 6th Annual Softball Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

Over the weekend the 6th Annual Softball game to benefit the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children took place north of Detroit, Mich. Celebrities including NHL, NFL and MLB alumni along with radio and television personalities including: Joe Kocur, Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper (yes all of the members of the grindlines), Eric Hipple, Dino Ciccarelli, WRIF’s Meltdown, and Amy Andrews from Fox 2, hit the field for the all-day event to raise money for charity.

The Joe Kocur Foundation For Children was created in 2009 with a mission to assist needy families and charities with local events that allow interaction within the communities themselves. Just a few of the organizations that have benefited from the foundation over the years include: FAR Conservatory, The Huron Valley Special Olympics, Orchard Children’s Service, and The Wings of Mercy.  Along with the yearly softball event the Foundation also held a benefit for the family of Officer Patrick O’Rourke (West Bloomfield, Mich. Police Officer killed in the line of duty) in which $150,000 was raised.

The yearly softball event is more than just softball, it is a great day-long event for the entire family while helping those in the community.

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Ottawa Senators Sign Craig Anderson To A Three-Year Extension

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added 9:56am, Press release is below...

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Joshua Ho-Sang Getting The P.K. Subban Treatment From Hockey Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Anyone who has followed the P.K. Subban saga from the beginning is suffering a little déja voodoo these days.

You know the story: exciting, charismatic, talented young hockey player is deemed a little too cocky by the hockey establishment, which is determined to take him down a peg or two.

The player falls into the category they call “visible minority,” although no one really knows what an “invisible minority” would be. He runs his mouth a little too much for the powers that be. His stock falls well below his talent level in the draft.

Then he isn’t issued an invitation to the world junior training camp by Hockey Canada, the ultimate hockey establishment.

Apart from that last bit, Joshua Ho-Sang’s story is P.K. Subban all over again. Brash young star rubs hockey people the wrong way despite his talent.

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Questions Facing The Calgary Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Vickers at NHL.com,

Can the Flames take positive steps forward? -- The Flames finished 27th in the NHL standings last season with 77 points, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism. In the first year of a rebuild, the Flames fielded a competitive team which tied an NHL record for games decided by one goal (49).

Though new general manager Brad Treliving isn't necessarily measuring success in wins and points, progress remains a necessity.
"The expectation every day is we come out and we get better and we work," he said. "I think the demands that our coaching staff puts on the players is the expectation to get better. This isn't something we can sit here and say, 'Well, it was a great story last year and we did a lot of good things and we all felt good.' The fact of the matter is, we have to get better. It wasn't good enough last year.

"The expectation that we've put on ourselves internally and the demands we're going to put on people internally is not going to allow us to stand still because ultimately in this business, if you're standing still, if you think you're maintaining, you're going backward. If you're not moving forward, you're slipping."

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How About A Steve Moore Night In Denver?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Once a settlement is 100 percent confirmed, the Avalanche, which periodically honors its alumni, should schedule a Steve Moore Night during the 2014-15 season.

Since Patrick Roy was hired as coach, he often has spoken of partnerships, including between the team and its fans. Moore played 12 games with the Avalanche in the final two seasons before Roy's retirement, and 57 more in 2003-04 with Joe Sakic still as his captain.

A Steve Moore Night would not just be for Moore. It would be for the fans who have booed Bertuzzi every time he touched the puck at the Pepsi Center the past 10 years. It would be for those who consider loyalty to the Avalanche to include remaining disgusted by what happened to Moore in Vancouver, and perhaps even disappointed by the franchise's responses since. In the aftermath, Moore and his family thanked Avalanche executive Pierre Lacroix and the team for their support, but moves since have been befuddling.

Those responses include the 2005 signing of ex-Canuck Brad May; Sakic's 2008 acknowledgment that he had been part of a group vacation trip with Bertuzzi, a 2006 Canadian Olympic teammate, and that he considered him a good guy who made a mistake; and continued public silence about Moore. That all contradicted the much-touted hockey tenet of all-for-one and one-for-all.

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Former Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom tells Expressen why he ‘turned down’ Babcock’s coaching offer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

You may take this article from Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom and Sebastian Mattson for what you will, and what follows is roughly-translated:

Lidstrom on why he turned down Babcock

Nicklas Lidstrom ahd a chance to return to the Detroit Red Wings as a coach--but he declined.

Now the 44-year-old reveals why he turned down the dream job.

"We're doing well here in Sweden after the move, and the children are thriving in school, so it never occurred to me to move back," says Lidstrom to SportExpressen.se.

In June, Mike babcock said that his search for an assistant coach had led him to one of the greatest Detroit Red Wings of all time.

"I called Niklas Lidstrom and offered him the job. I told him his wife was happier in Detroit than in Sweden. But he didn't buy it," Babcock said then.

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Red Wings overnight report: Charitable news, Swedish and Slovak fun, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 6:16 AM: Well this is going to be an adventure of an entry...

First and foremost, while the "incriminating evidence" is rolling in quite slowly, the Free Press's George Sipple reports that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual set of charity softball games achieved its main goals--it provided significant bang for fans' bucks while raising tens of thousands of dollars for local charities:

“Definitely the most people, the best weather,” Kocur said of Saturday’s event. “Celebrities were amazing. “Playing the games is always fun. The Ice Bucket Challenge was a new and exciting thing that we did and everyone was exciting and fun for us.”

A line of participants dumped buckets over their heads as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Kocur, at the end of the line, got some help as five buckets of ice and water were poured on him before he challenged the Ted Lindsay Foundation.

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What It Takes To Be The Captain Of The Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

... as the Canadiens move inside a month of training camp for the 2014-15 season, they are without a captain for the first time in four years.

That, according to the legendary Yvan Cournoyer, isn’t something that necessarily needs be remedied before the puck drops Oct. 8 in Toronto for the Canadiens’ season-opener vs. the Maple Leafs....

A lot of guys liked Gionta and he was a leader here and in New Jersey before that. So the players elected him at least a little bit,” Cournoyer said.

“Being captain is something among the guys. It’s a little bit of everything, on the ice and off for the players, off it for the organization.

“I think they could start the season without a captain and let the chemistry build, naming him after that. Maybe the players and management can have a meeting together.

“I don’t know what any one guy can do, it’s hard for me to say this guy should be captain,” Cournoyer said, not going out on a limb with his choice for the coming season.

“I might know that he’s a good player who can do something on the ice, but what can he do to bring the team together? That’s my main thing about the captain. In my day, if things were going bad, or if the players were having problems, it was up to the captain, and the guys together, to figure it out.”

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Just in case you don't know who Yvan Cournoyer is or maybe you just want to see the 'Roadrunner' in action, watch the Legends of Hockey feature on him below...

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Video- If This Shootout Goal Celebration Happened In The NHL…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...Who would be the first guy on your team to make sure it never happened again?

It could either be a teammate of the goal scorer or of course a player from the team that was scored on.

You may have already seen the video, but I don't think we will ever see the celebration in the NHL or if we do, watch out!

 

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