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Likely Masterton Winner

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Masterton Trophy is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.  In practise this means that a player who overcomes a significant handicap (injury, illness etc.) to continue his NHL career and make a significant impact on his team.  This working definition is a more meaningful one than worrying about which player is more sportsmanlike.

By that definition, I think it is quite clear that Teppo Numminen of the Buffalo Sabres will likely win it this season, assuming he has any level of success with his team.  Numminen is a solid defenceman with a good team.  He plays about twenty minutes a night and has six points in 14 games played.  He is even on the All Star ballot.

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Carney Quietly Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Nau of the Pawtucket Times,

Keith Carney revealed his retirement over the weekend in the quiet, unassuming manner we have come to expect from this modest city native who competed for 17 years in the National Hockey League.

Carney — the ultimate family man — let his wife Amy announce the news via email to family members and friends. Talk about old soldiers slowly fading away.

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Talking Panthers HOF

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Put in HOFer Denis Potvin (TV guy since Day 1), Bill Torrey too. I say the Panthers also honor Bobby Clarke and Roger Neilson.

And, if and when Dino Ciccarelli (1998-99) finally goes into the Hall, honor him as well.

Put in Pavel Bure now. When Olli Jokinen says goodbye to the game, he goes in too. That’s a no-brainer. Joe Nieuwendyk? In. Roberto Luongo? Done.

This franchise needs to be more about hockey and less about putting ads on anything bolted down. More about honoring the game and less about inflatable cows, dancing girls and dancing bananas.

If the Panthers put hockey first, they might get more respect around the league, might turn on people in this market to their product.

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Cleary Out With Eye Infection

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via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Update from the morning skate: Dan Cleary will miss tonight’s game against Pittsburgh due to a left eye infection, for which he was scheduled to see a doctor this afternoon, coach Mike Babcock said. Cleary has been experiencing some irritation in the eye most of the season, affecting his vision at one point and prompting him to wear a visor.

As expected, Johan Franzen will return to the lineup, after missing five games with a sprained left MCL.

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A Few Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yes, the Holiday Season is upon us and I wanted to point out two deals that are in progress right now.

Both Shop.NHL.com and Modells.com are having a 20% off sale today.  Check out the links below to get the savings.

Also, don’t forget about the KK Member Blog.  This area is a great place to let your opinions be known, maybe alert readers about a blog post you made at your own personal blog, or just talk hockey with other fans.

Shop.NHL.com 5 hour Sale!  Get 20% off your entire order.  12PM - 5PM ET today only.

Take 20% off your entire order at Modell’s from 12 - 4PM ET, today only.  Exclusions apply.

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The Future is Robotic

Blog: KK Members Blog By ThinkinPink

Some sound advice to the NHL: get rid of the f’n cliches! Every sport uses them, but the NHL’s marketing group cannot afford them.

Jeremy Roenick mentioned it at the start of the season when asked about Sean Avery’s criticism of the NHL’s lack of success in term of marketing: more and more players, especially the younger generation are becoming too robotic during press opportunities. This is part of the reason why the NHL’s marketing schemes have not been as successful as they’ve liked. Since Sidney Crosby was drafted, the NHL has focused their energy in marketing him, and rightfully so. He has been dubbed the “next one” since he was 8 and when you have a talent like that, you have to take advantage of it. However, the other part of the NHL’s marketing problem is not their problem at all - it is the players’.

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Who Wins Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Red Wings Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Hossa. While he does have 39 points in 30 career games against the Penguins, we really don’t have a tangible reason for picking him here. We just see him scoring a goal against his former team and endearing himself even more to Penguins fans.

more Wings/Pens hype.

We have our fair share of both Wings and Penguins fans who visit KK on a regular basis, so the question is…

 

 

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Wrapping Up The HHOF Inductions

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Hall of Famers were finished strolling down the red carpet and most of the attending media was downstairs in the restaurant, Piazza Manna, which turns into the media center for the induction ceremony.

Of course, no matter where the media goes there has to be food, and there was here and it was good. Wings and pizza and lasagna and sandwiches and wraps and a salad. Good stuff, right?

Yeah, Steve Yzerman thought so….

If you think it was strange to have a hockey legend come into the media center for a meal, you’re not alone.

“You guys invade our territory all the time,” Yzerman said, “so I figured I’d invade yours.”

read on for coverage of the induction ceremony…

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The Torres Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

There is only one Torres family in the NHL, and their tale is both familiar and unique to the hockey world.

They are a hard-working, fun-loving, tequila-drinking clan that overcame tough financial times and racial prejudice to produce the NHL’s first player of Mexican and Peruvian descent.

“The NHL should do more to promote stories like these,” Blue Jackets center Michael Peca said. “It would help inspire kids of multinational backgrounds and let them know there is room for them in our game.”

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Thanks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First, thank a veteran today.  Find a WWII vet, or one of our recently wounded warriors.  Find a Vietnam veteran and make sure he understands the way he was treated by this country thirty five years ago does not reflect the way we feel today.  Talk to a Korean War veteran and listen to the stories he has to share.  Talk to a submariner from the Cold War era.  He won’t be able to tell you much, but believe him when he says that war was real.

Thank every one of them.

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