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Avery Meets The Press

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog,

Sean Avery was in town for his introductory press conference today, and he was resplendent in a madras plaid out that included long shorts, an unstructured jacket and red leather dress shoes with no socks.

Avery is an interesting guy. He’s an agitator who can score goals and who loves fashion. He said he already has talked to Marty Turco and Brenden Morrow and believes he will fit into the locker room fine. He said he doesn’t think scoring 25 goals will be any problem at all.

a little more plus they will have a vid of the press conference up soon…

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Caps Extend Steckel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Washington Capitals have signed center David Steckel to a one-year contract extension for the 2009-10 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Steckel was already under contract with the Capitals for the upcoming season and would have been an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of 2008-09.

Steckel, 26, completed his fourth professional season and first full NHL campaign in 2007-08. A 6’5”, 222-pound native of Westbend, Wisc., Steckel averaged 13:33 of ice time in 67 games, leading the team and finishing seventh in the NHL with a 56.3% faceoff percentage.

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Life In Latvia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Hartigan’s Blog at the Hockey News,

Welcome to my first Insider Blog. I’m writing to you from Riga, Latvia, where I will be suiting up this season for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League, alongside my buddy and former Columbus teammate Duvie Westcott, not to mention a couple other ex-NHLers….

Even though it’s the middle of summer, things have been real busy for me. I left Minnesota last week, getting on a plane at 7:30 pm and landing in Amsterdam at 11 am the next morning. Duvie and I had a nine-hour layover in Amsterdam, so we rented a hotel room at the airport to get some sleep.

The beds were smaller than a single – I mean, if you roll halfway over, you’re on the floor – and the funny thing was the beds were pushed together, so Duvie pushed them apart and faced them towards the TV.

more

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Shanghai, Hockeytown

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From J.P Press at AOL Sports Fanhouse,

With the Summer Olympics nearly underway, forgive us hockey fans for not yet being fully in the spirit of the Games.

Michael Phelps is impressive and all, but we prefer our water frozen and skated upon. Field hockey? Close, but no cigar. And while the NHL is not without its divers, we prefer our reverse three-and-a-half somersaults to be accompanied by unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. “8.8.08” may have meaning to most sports fans, but to puckheads it’s just “the day after Sidney Crosby’s 21st birthday.”

With a little finesse, however, there are hockey tie-ins, even in Beijing in August. And come September? Well, Shanghai will become Hockeytown…

continued…

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  Tags: china+sharks

Gretzky Week Starts Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just a friendly reminder, Wayne Gretzky Week starts tonight on the NHL Network.  Check out the schedule of shows and enjoy a sneak video preview of the NHL Network’s ‘A Day That Changed the Game: August 9, 1988’.

Watch below…

Continue Reading »

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Cuddling with the Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom the HHOF Stanley Cup Journal:

After being part of a boating convoy with the Wings’ GM, the Cup spent the night at the Osgood home with Chris and his wife Jenna. Curious readers of the Stanley Cup Journal know that the Keepers of the Cup accompany hockey’s most cherished trophy wherever it goes, and wonder what happens when players want to sleep with the Cup. “I tell them, ‘Move over,’” laughs Mike Bolt, one of the Cup’s Keepers.

read on

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  Tags: chris+osgood, stanley+cup

Can the Kids Turn Things Around?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jon Kreiser at NHL.com,

It’s been a tough stretch for the Los Angeles Kings. Five non-playoff seasons have left the franchise reeling, and a last-place finish in the Western Conference cost coach Marc Crawford his job.
   
Most of the Kings’ problems have come in their own zone. While Los Angeles has an excellent group of young forwards, the defense has been inconsistent and the goaltending unsettled.

But between this year’s Entry Draft and a talented group in the minors and amateur hockey, things may be turning around.

continued… with a look at the prospects coming up in the Kings system this year

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  Tags: prospects

What’s On Your Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well we can’t get much worse in the delivering of hockey news over the last few days.

GM’s are golfing, fishing or just plain out of site.  Players are getting the skates sharpened and have started their off-ice conditioning.

Anything on your mind these days?  Or are you just taking early August off to prepare for the upcoming season too?

Feel free to leave a comment, question or just tell us how your summer has been going.  On a side note, KK has been receiving a few hits from Beijing, China in the last week or so.  Probably some media types trying to keep their finger on the hockey world.

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All Paul Coffey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the King Township Sentinel,

If you could meet and talk to three people who would they be?

Elvis Presley and I’d just listen to him. I’m a listener. Bobby Orr and Bruce Springsteen would also be on my list, but I’ve already had the chance to meet them.

What are your views as a NHL fan?

I have a soft spot for the Oilers, but I think we’re all Toronto Maple Leafs fans living in the GTA. Hopefully they can turn things around, but it’s not going to happen over night. We (as fans) just want some consistency and with Cliff Fletcher (General Manager) at the helm and the new Head Coach Ron Wilson, maybe that will happen.

more

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  Tags: paul+coffey

Early Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Only two players in the history of the sport have been more productive than Crosby before turning 21. Perhaps you’ve heard of them.

Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are the only players with at least the equivalent of a full NHL season under their belt to record more points per game than Crosby before they turned 21.

Here’s a list of every player who averaged more than a point per game in more than 78 games before they turned 21.

read on for a list of players and some may surprise you…

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