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Misplacing His Stanley Cup Ring

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From AP via the Miami Herald,

An equipment manager for the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning thinks he lost his NHL championship ring in South Carolina while changing a flat tire along Interstate 95.
Vincent Humphries put the ring in his pocket so he wouldn’t scratch it, but realized about a mile down the road that the ring was gone.
“I’m sick,” said Humphries, who lost the diamond-studded ring Tuesday night on his way to Florida from Myrtle Beach. “It’s the only memento I have in my life to pass on.”
Humphries searched the area where he thought he changed the flat for about four hours with a small flashlight, but had no luck.

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Nashville Rejects Balsillie’s Offer For Preds

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN, breaking news,

Nashville owner Craig Leipold has advised the NHL to no longer consider Jim Balsillie as a prospective owner of the team.
Sources say Leipold told the league the absence of a finalized sale agreement and Balsillie desire to move the franchise to Hamilton are the reasons for his decision.

more soon… (whoa…)

Updated 9:28pm EDT:
More from TSN,

It’s the second time Balsillie has been spurned in his efforts to buy an NHL team. He backed out of an earlier agreement to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Balsillie had agreed to pay up to $238 million for the Predators.  There was a deadline of June 30th put in place to complete the details of the sale.
Leipold, however, pulled the plug early.
Balsillie had already started putting the wheels in motion to move the team to Hamilton.
At a board of governors meeting in New York earlier this week, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called talk of moving the Predators “premature.”

more…

Updated 10:26pm EDT:
More from Scott Burnside at ESPN.

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Ready, Set, DRAFT!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The first round of the draft is getting ready to start. KK won’t be updating with every pick, but you can watch the action live on TSN, Versus or online at NHL.com streaming online. (You can even see it blogged live online. update: also being blogged here)

Any other stories will be updated as normal, depending on how long I stay sober. (Kidding, Paul, honest!)

Good luck to everyone’s favorite teams. smile

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Coyotes Grab Top Draft Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

It looks as if the Phoenix Coyotes will move into the top spot in the 2007 NHL entry draft, by flipping picks with the Chicago Blackhawks in order to draft Kyle Turris of the BCHL’s Burnaby Express. Phoenix was positioned at No. 3 and in theory, Turris could have fallen to them anyway.
But by stepping up, they get the player that they wanted a 6-1, 170-pound play-making centre who finished the year as the top-ranked player in the Central Scouting rankings.
Or as one NHL coach said of the decision made by the Wayne Gretzky-led Coyotes: “He (Turris) probably reminds him (Gretzky) of someone.”

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Update 7:20PM EDT:
So much for that story. Chicago retained it’s #1 pick.

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Kukla Live From Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

So, while I’m slaving away at a hot laptop (I am!) Paul is running around Columbus, having fun no doubt.  He promises he’ll be sending more updates and I’ll add them to this post as they arrive.
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Message #8 Update 5:45pm EDT June 22 The view on the floor of the draft…

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Message #7 Update 12:30pm EDT June 22  The talk in the hotel lobbies of Columbus… The Toskala deal (mentioned earlier) plus the Leafs looking at Mark Bell; and the possibilities of the Bruins going for Fernandez.  The rumor mill churns…

 

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Drafted #1 No Guarantee of Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Donna Spencer of CP,

To be the first player taken in the NHL draft is prestigious, but it’s no guarantee of future stardom in the NHL.
Yes, Mario Lemieux and Guy Lafleur were chosen No. 1 in their respective draft classes. But so were Alexandre Daigle and Patrik Stefan.
The chances are good that a team will at least get a solid NHL player at No. 1 and will get productive years from him. Ottawa defenceman Chris Phillips is an example of that.
But even the top pick is a risk. Why? Scouting 17-year-old hockey players is an inexact science, says the director of NHL Central Scouting.

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Nashville Trades Vokoun to Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Nashville Predators have traded goaltender Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers for a first-round pick and two second-round picks.
Vokoun, 30, was 27-12-4 with a 2.40 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 44 games with the Predators last season.  He missed time in the middle of the season with a thumb injury, and backup Chris Mason ended up putting up even better numbers (24-11-4, 2.38, .925).

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Dean McAmmond Re-Signs with Sens

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Market Wire,

The Ottawa Senators today re-signed veteran centre Dean McAmmond to a multi-year agreement.
McAmmond, 34, joined the Senators for the 2006-07 season as a free agent on Aug. 2. He recorded 14 goals, 15 assists and 28 penalty minutes over 81 games. McAmmond also contributed eight points (5 goals; three assists) and 11 penalty minutes in 18 post-season games.
In 14 NHL seasons, McAmmond has collected 393 points (164 goals, 229 assists) and 414 penalty minutes in 804 career games. He also has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and 27 penalty minutes in 37 post-season appearances.

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Black Uniforms are a Bad Idea

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

All the speculation going on about the new NHL jerseys, I thought this seemed timely…

The study focused on America’s National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) and found teams wearing black uniforms were more likely to be penalised than those wearing a lighter colour.
It also found teams wearing black uniforms were ranked near the top of their respective leagues in penalties.
Gilovich says there are two reasons why black uniforms tend to attract more whistle blowing.
“Firstly, it is because of the association between black and evil. What I’ve found is borderline infringements by members of black-uniformed teams look more aggressive and thus elicit more penalty calls,” he says. [...]
“Secondly, the association with black leads to a feeling of power, forcefulness, and aggression on the part of players wearing black uniforms.
“Wearers of black uniforms tend to play more aggressively, which increases the chance of them getting penalised.”

more…

I suppose that explains the Anaheim Ducks home jerseys. But I still can’t figure out how “evil” isn’t directly associated with this or this... smile

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Avalanche Re-Sign Tyler Arnason - Two Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Tyler Arnason to a two-year contract through the 2008-09 season.
Arnason, 28, finished sixth on the Avalanche in scoring last season with 49 points in 82 games.  Arnason, who was one of only five Avalanche players to appear in every game last year, has now played all 82 games in three of the past four seasons.
“Tyler had a good season for us last year and we look forward to him building upon that success,” said Avalanche Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere.

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Note: More on Colorado’s current draft pickings, etc, can be read in the Denver Post today.

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