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Every Mask Is Different

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

In an era of pro leagues seemingly trying to curtail individualism through rules about what can’t be worn or done on the field, the NHL celebrates, even promotes, the goalie’s right to turn essential equipment into works of art.

“Like snowflakes and fingerprints, no two masks are alike anymore, which is fabulous for the goalies and fans,” says Frank Brown, the NHL’s group vice president for media relations.

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Sid Is Everywhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Log on to the Facebook social networking website and there are 500-plus newsgroups dedicated to the 20-year-old from Cole Harbour, N.S.

One is dedicated to counting down the days until Crosby leaves Pittsburgh as a free agent to join the team of his childhood love, the Montreal Canadiens.

There’s an “I Hate Sidney Crosby” group, complete with his head pasted on a pink flower print dress. The antidote is the “I Hate Crosby Haters” group.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Thrashers Policy On Bloggers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance at Thrashers Blog,

If the Capitals, and their blogger-friendly credential policy are one end of the spectrum, the Thrashers are at the other end. To be fair, they are probably still in the majority with the rest of the league.

Their official stance comes from the PR department: “Our policy is only to allow bloggers from accredited news agencies.”...

We’ve heard a lot of the arguments back and forth, but ultimately it comes down to one thing: accountability. One Thrashers staffer explained it to me this way: “If we have a problem with you, we have someone we can go to.” Presumably my editor or somebody up the food chain at the AJC.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, hockey+bloggers, media

Hockey Bloggers Can Make A Difference

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends has issued a challenge to hockey bloggers across the blogosphere to adopt a charity, and the charity of choice was an easy one.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock may be my favourite Wing, Babblespeak and all, and the frequent visitor to Children’s Hospital in Detroit was moved by the death of one of his biggest fans as the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks’ coach, Jeffery Thomas Hayden, who died of a brain tumour at 12 years of age.
 
Babcock has lent his name and considerable time and effort into both raising awareness for this understudied area of cancer research and providing a network of resources and support for parents who face the unreality that is their child suffering from a brain tumour at an extremely young age.

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Lightning Not About To Go Back To The Old Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal, Lightning owner,

Bill Davidson, won’t do anything to hurt the team financially according to Tom Wilson.

“The only thing categorically I would say is that the odds of us going from spending $43 to $33 million are zero,” says Wilson. “It’s just not going to happen. We don’t have any interest in going back to that kind of program. The time you go back to that is when you’re awful, when you have no chance.” …

Bryan Murray has a dilemma: One of the Ottawa general manager’s goalies (Martin Gerber) is overpaid. And the other (Ray Emery) is undertalented.

more NHL bits from the Maven…

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All Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Roberto Luongo took part in an NHL tele-conference today.

Q. There was a drastic difference in play from October to November. Could you explain some of the changes that may have happened, some of the changes in mentality or in certain X’s and O’s that helped you turn things around a little bit.

ROBERTO LUONGO: Well, I think it’s a bit of both. First of all, we lost two of our top defensemen the first game in November when Kevin and Sami Salo went down. So I think that was pretty much rock bottom for us. As a team we really decided to regroup and realized that, if we’re going to win some games from now on, we’re going to have to work hard, but at the same time we’re going to have to work smart. We adjusted a couple things with our system as far as our forecheck and play in our own zone. Since then it’s really been going well for us.

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More HD Hockey For Directv Subscibers

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via TV Predictions,

DIRECTV on Wednesday will add MSG HD and FSN NY HD to its High-Definition regional sports lineup, according to well-placed industry sources.

The channels, which carry pro sports from the New York area, have been in high demand from New York-based viewers since DIRECTV kicked off its HD expansion last September.

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Rangers Skate, Then Skate…

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from On the Rangers Beat at Newsday,

About 14 hours after a lackluster 4-0 loss to the Hurricanes, the Rangers just finished a long, arduous skate that finished with almost a half-hour of tongue-dragging circling—-without pucks—-around the nets placed just short of the blue lines, a skate that several players called the “toughest” here that they could remember.

After 45 minutes of drills, round and round they went, first the defensemen in white, the first and second lines in blue and the third and fourth lines in red, with goaltenders tagging along, taking turns signaled by a whistle.

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Back To Where We Were

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

It’s only 18 months after National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman decided to shut down his league for a year, but already the lunacy of that move is clear.

The concept of a salary cap that would “level the playing field’ and “make the game better for the fans,” both of which were Bettman mantras during the dark days, was then and is now, nothing more than a fantasy.

Salaries have risen to the point that the average player earns after the lockout roughly what he earned before the lockout.

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The Best Division In The NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP,

Only one division in the NHL can boast having every single team over the .500 mark. Surprisingly, it’s the Central.

Widely considered the weakest of the league’s six divisions over the last few years, where Detroit has captured six straight titles, the Central has some spine this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets are vastly improved while the Nashville Predators have not tumbled badly as many had predicted.

“They’re all good teams,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told The Canadian Press this week.

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