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Avery Stirs It Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fire & Ice,

Avery called Clarkson “a bonehead minor leaguer” after the game and called Brodeur, “Marty the diver”, a reference to the goaltender’s first period diving penalty. “I don’t even know who this guy is, why am I talking to him,” Avery said of Clarkson. “We’re not friends. It’s not an (expletive) secret. We’re getting ready for a game and we go to war.”

When asked if Brodeur said anything back to him, Avery said, “I can’t understand a word he says with his accent.”

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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  Tags: martin+brodeur, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

Kiprusoff is a Funny Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

To the ticket-buying public, he’s the saviour. The biggest reason why the Calgary Flames can stake a legitimate (some days more than others) claim to being a Stanley Cup contender.

But behind the mask? Under all those pads? Who is he?

Well, he’s a funny guy. Really. Teammates say so. Coaches say so…

“Miikka,” begins Sportsnet interviewer Jamie Thomas, following Kiprusoff’s brilliant performance against Nashville on Tuesday night, “when we talked in training camp, you said you didn’t want to talk about your contract until it was done. Now that it is, what can you say?”

“Well,” deadpans Kiprusoff, “now that it’s done, I don’t want to talk about it.”.

read on

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

Chicago Calls Up Dustin Byfuglien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not something I would usually note here on KK, but what a story…

from HamptonRoads.com,

Raised by a single mother battling unpaid bills and factory work, Byfuglien (pronounced BUFF-lin) all but grew up in Memorial Arena. If the ice wasn’t available or he couldn’t talk his way into the play, he’d sit in the stands for hours, watching alone….

“I think he knew hockey was his salvation,’’ said Dale Smedsmo, a former Roseau High standout and pro player who has dated Byfuglien’s mother for three years. “School wasn’t easy for him, and he knew he had to make it in hockey. When he signed that contract, it was a personal victory because he’s worked very hard.’’

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, dustin+byfuglien

The “Fighting Twinkies”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Hockey Adventure,

...While your typical NHL enforcer wouldn’t take kindly to being dubbed a Twinkie, what he offers with his fisticuffs is a cheap, junk food-like substitute for the satisfaction of skill-based hockey.

Is fighting popular? Does it sell? Sure. Just like 500 million Twinkies are sold each year. So what? That doesn’t mean it’s good for the consumer.

If the hockey you dish up is of high enough quality in the first place, nobody cares if there’s no fighting.

read on

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fighting

McKenzie Responds To Chiarelli

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

...If Chiarelli or anyone else want to skew that view to suggest I said Bergeron is “guilty” of something, well, that’s just not right.

I rarely, if ever, buy into the victim as the guilty party mentality that pervades society, not just the NHL. The victim is the victim. The perpetrator is the perpetrator.

My only point is that in the pantheon of NHL indiscretions, Jones’ act – not necessarily the consequences of it – falls into the middle of the road. Can you separate the two – the act and the consequences?

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  Tags: boston+bruins

Uncle Mike Adams?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It must have been pretty frigging cool to be 18 in the summer of 1976 and hear Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” for the first time.  I’ve decided that, despite hearing it more than 1000 times, it’s the greatest rock and roll song ever made.

Speaking of which, Eric Duhatschek feels our Uncle Mike is deserving of a little more credit.

The tendency for the players is to ask, who does this (newcomer) guy think he is anyway? Sometimes, that manifests itself in a player revolt — and a revolving door in the coaching office. Instead, the Red Wings’ players bought into what Babcock was selling.

I’m guessing Eric and Andy Strickland don’t communicate frequently. 

Thanks to A2Y reader W2J2 for the tip.

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Radio Guy Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today, around 3:00pm ET, I will be on The Inside Radio Hockey Show

I am looking forward to the interview and I have been promised I will be off-the-air by 3:30pm in order to watch the Michigan/ Michigan State football game.  Hockey takes a break today while the battle is on.

Filed in: KK Website Business, KK Interviews, NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

EJ Hradek On The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hradek makes several points to back up his claim that the Wings are the best in the league…before our boy Barry jumps in to say the only thing Detroit has over Ottawa is a better uniform.  Melrose also claims Ottawa has the best line in hockey.

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Canes Need PK Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer, T

he Hurricanes have been, as captain Rod Brind’Amour put it, “brutal.” In 13 games, they have allowed 19 power-play goals, a short-handed success rate of 72.5 percent, 28th among the 30 NHL teams.

“Twenty-eighth? It’s amazing we’re not 30th,” Hurricanes forward Justin Williams said. “It has lost us games, plain and simple. Our power play has won us a few guys, but the (penalty kill) has lost us some games. It has to get better. I really don’t think it can get any worse.

“We’ve reviewed it, we’ve gone over some things. It’ll get better.”

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes

Oilers Lose Another Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

“The Curse of the Defencemen,” said GM Kevin Lowe.

It was only two minutes and 56 seconds into the game last night when Jordin Tootoo pasted Mathieu Roy into the boards.

Twenty-five seconds of ice time and Roy, who was out with a concussion at the end of last year and with another one at the start of this season, was out with what coach Craig MacTavish said was another possible concussion and for sure a separated left shoulder.

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, injuries, jordin+tootoo, mathieu+roy, nashville+predators

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