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Berard Set to Return to Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Boland at Newsday,

The quarterback for a power play that Islanders coach Ted Nolan said lacked power in Monday’s loss to Philadelphia expects to be back on the ice tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

Defenseman Bryan Berard took the point position on the power play during practice yesterday and said the injured groin that has kept him sidelined six straight games felt “100 percent.”

Berard has not played since leaving the Oct. 20 game against the Devils. “Today was probably the first day I felt 100 percent,” he said. “It’s been a little longer than I would have liked but I kind of got lucky enough where with our schedule, I haven’t missed that many games.”

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bryan+berard, injuries, new+york+islanders

Super Vinnie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Here in the prime of Vincent Lecavalier, let it be agreed there is more to the man than any one of us had reason to suspect.

He is bigger than he has ever been. He is better. There is more strength to him than before, more character, more impact. He has blossomed into a man of a substance. He has developed into something special.

It is true of Lecavalier, player.

It is also true of Lecavalier, person.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tampa+bay+lighting, vincent+lecavalier

They Meet Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Game On,

Alive and well. Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez.

By a remarkable scheduling coincidence, they meet on Wednesday night at The Rock for the Rangers’ first trip to Newark’s fabulous Prudential Center.

In a sense, it’s a meeting of The Comeback Kids: both player-wise and team-wise.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: new+jersey+devils, new+york+rangers, patrik+elias, scott+gomez

Therie Is No “I” In Ilya These Days

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blueland Blog,

Getting Ilya to talk about himself right now is like pulling teeth. When he was asked about his OT goal last night the first thing he said was that it was all about Todd White’s hard work. He’s deflecting attention from himself and heaping praise on his teammates at every opportunity. I’m convinced that if a reporter offered him $1,000 in cash to take credit for a goal he’d pass it up right now.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, ilya+kovalchuk

Advice For Hull

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

If I am Brett Hull, I call Bob Gainey and ask him about patience as a GM. How developing and sticking with a game plan is better than always being on the lookout for a one-timer.

If I am Brett Hull, I call Ken Hitchcock and get him to thoroughly explain to me the value of teamwork, preparation and defensive play.

If I am Brett Hull, I call Lombardi and ask him how to build and guide a scouting staff.

more
Note: earlier reaction to this news here

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brett+hull, dallas+stars

Blues Like Young Crop

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

...So, no, Murray doesn’t sound eager to return Perron to junior hockey for the rest of the season.

“We don’t want to say anything until his nine-game trial is up,” Murray said. “We want to keep him on edge.”

To evolve into a Stanley Cup contender, the Blues must integrate fresh talent into their mix during the next few seasons. They must benefit from added skill, fresher legs and increased competition at all their positions.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: andy+murray, david+perron, st+louis+blues

One More Hurdle For Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Mayor Karl Dean and the investors who hope to buy the Nashville Predators are planning to announce a deal to change the pro hockey team’s arena lease this afternoon, two sources said….

The deal Dean’s administration has negotiated will still have to be approved by the Metro Sports Authority and Metro Council.

more

update 2:00pm, A KK member just posted in the comments that the meeting has been called-off.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nashville+predators

Watching The NHL Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, has secured distribution through 18 more U.S. cable providers in addition to the seven largest distributors previously announced.

Bermuda Cablevision; Blue Ridge Communications; Bresnan; Bright House Networks; CATV Service; Communication Construction Services; En-Touch Systems, Inc.; Grande Communications; Marco Island Cable; Massillon Cable TV, Inc.; MINET; Midcontinent; OpenBand Multimedia; RCN; Service Electric Cable TV; Service Electric Cablevision; Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations; and Zito Media are now distributing NHL Network.

continued

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+network

No!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

Judging by the amount of e-mails I received today, it seems many Blackhawks fans are upset with the team’s apparent decision to phase out long-time organist Frank Pelico.

Pelico has long been a fixture in front of the big pipe organ pounding away at the keys and leading Hawks fans in “Let’s Go Hawks!” chants.

The Hawks were off today so I didn’t get a chance to ask anyone in the organization what the deal is, but it appears from reports that Pelico has been replaced with recorded “popular” music.

continued & a suggestion for the Blackhawks, you should survey Wings fans about popular recorded music!

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: arenas, chicago+blackhawks

Like You Were There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Blog,

Something very cool is happening at the Honda Center in Aneheim. The FSN West feed on NHL Center Ice is showing the LA Kings / Anaheim Ducks game. That’s normal. What isn’t is that there are no FSN Westannouncers. Just the sounds of the game and the crowd. Oh, and all the camera angles are from ice level with what they call “Rinkside View.”

continued...

I happened to catch the first period and really enjoyed the look.  First off, game in HD, lots of shots from behind the net and in the corners.  Crowd noise was picked-up very well and you had the feeling you were at the game. 

I would like to see more teams try this and see what the reaction would be from fans…

Update 12:45pm ET: More on the Freeway Face-Off and the broadcast in this post and its comments

added 12:52pm, John Shannon was just on Hockey Central and said he thought it was fascinating.  Produced by Fox Sports and John mentioned you could have received the regular broadcast of the game on another Fox Sports West channel.

John said it worked well, good production people and the low angle view was great, especially in HD.

John said it would work great in Canada too, but you need a station with multiple channels to broadcast on.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: anaheim+ducks, los+angeles+kings

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