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Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca gets a 19-month jump plotting his Team Canada Olympic lineup for the 2010 games:

There’s still an NHL season and a half to play out, but as we sit here in May 2008, here’s who I would dress for the February 2010 Games.

Up front, these are my nine offensive guys at forward, in no particular order: Crosby, Eric Staal, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and Jonathan Toews. Don’t be surprised by the last name, he’s a stud and 19 months from now you won’t question Toews on the Olympic team.

And in other international hockey news…

Geraldine Heaney, Angela James and Cammie Granato made women’s hockey history on Thursday. The trio of pioneers became the first women players inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, along with former superstar Mario Lemieux, Russian great Igor Larionov and the first French player ever to skate in the NHL, Philippe Bozon.

more here with video

Update 11:10am ET: A conversation with Larionov on the occasion of his induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame, discussing everything from the NHL to the state of Russian hockey.

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  Tags: hhof, iihf, olympics

Roy Not Yet Ready for the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,

Patrick Roy will not be the coach of the Avalanche. Not for next season, anyway.

Roy told The Denver Post late Thursday night he wants to stay in Quebec at least through this coming season, mainly to keep coaching his sons, Jonathan and Frederick.

But Roy said he does want to coach in the NHL at some point, probably when his younger son, Frederick, leaves junior hockey.

“When Fred is done, it will be different,” Roy said. “But this is OK with me for now.”


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  Tags: coaching, patrick+roy, quebec+remparts

Poor Homer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Pity Tomas Holmstrom.

How often are you going to see those three words in a row?

But really. For the second time in as many Western Conference finals, the Detroit Red Wings’ hard-headed Swede, who has made a living out of obstructing goaltenders’ vision and scoring garbage goals no longer than his hockey stick, is deserving of our sympathy. A limited amount. Certain terms and conditions may apply. See your dealer for details.


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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Stars Can’t Lose To Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

“What happened to the Stars I used to know? Where is the spirit? Where is the guts? This could be the greatest game of our lives, but you are going to let it be the worst.

“Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you, Ott. We might get in trouble.

“Well… not me. I am not going to take this.

“Osgood? He’s a dead man.

“Holmstrom? Dead.

“Zetterberg? Dead.”


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Escape Clause

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

In a development that may stoke debate about Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke’s future with the club, team owner Henry Samueli has been accused of securities fraud and could soon face criminal charges….

“The only way he could get out of the deal with Anaheim without their permission is if his contract has a specific provision that provides an escape clause if the team runs into financial uncertainties,’’ a lawyer in the hockey industry said yesterday, adding a criminal investigation of the owner could qualify.


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  Tags: brian+burke

All Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Doubt About It,

So no, my problem isn’t with the Flyers. Not their players, and not even their fans. The fights at the end of the game? Whatever. It happens. My problem is with Versus tonight. It is bad enough to watch your team lose in the playoffs, but it is even worse when you have to basically listen to the opposing team’s broadcast.

Think I am being overzealous? Consider that when the Flyers played in Pittsburgh, Versus showed footage of Flyers fans in bars at Philly. Was similar footage shown of Penguins fans Tuesday night or tonight? Unless I missed it on the way to the fridge or the John, I dont think so. Nothing. Nada. Instead they showed all the Flyers fans signs and continually remarked how “funny Flyers fans are”.

read on

thanks to the Pensblog for the pointer…

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Don Cherry Talks Pens/Flyers Game 4

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry at ESPN wonders why Crosby and Malkin were on the ice with ten seconds left in the game.

Watch below…

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  Tags: don+cherry

Penguins Need To Look To Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Forget about this one. Burn the tape.

That needed to be the Penguins’ mind-set the instant the buzzer sounded on their 4-2 loss Thursday night.

Forget about the retaliatory penalties, the phantom penalties, the ghastly turnovers and the failure to clear the front of the net early in the game.

Forget about the rowdy, hostile crowd that must have launched into its beloved “Crosby Sucks!” chant 10 times or more.

Forget about a wasted chance to not just eliminate the hated Flyers but humiliate them with a sweep and a post-series handshake on their home ice.


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Stevens & Therrien After Game 4 ECF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. You had talked all series about the team’s execution offensively. Do you think something in their minds was different for this game? A little less nervousness, perhaps, or they had nothing to lose?

        COACH STEVENS: Yeah, but I just thought we’d come out with real good energy. We were skating with the puck. We got pucks, we didn’t just get pucks through the neutral zone, we had speed after the puck, which I thought made a difference. We got our power play, we started shooting the puck again. You know, I think we were trying to pass the puck to the net.
        They’re a very good penalty killing team, and sometimes you don’t score on the initial shot, but you create secondary chances at the net. I thought the power play did that early, and really gave us momentum. Obviously, getting the lead was big for us, but we did some really good things in the game, especially early.

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Batten Down The Hatches: Game 5 In Hockeytown Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, that was a long frigging 24 hours.  I’m not gonna lie.  I was irritated, to put it mildly, pretty much all day Thursday.  Conspiracy?  I didn’t use that word yesterday and I won’t today.  Conspiracies require a lot more brainpower, discretion and cunning than anyone in Little Gary’s inner circle is capable of.

Ineptitude?  Oh Hell yes. In spades. In bucketfuls.  The league office is gloriously overflowing with it.  Ignorance?  An unspoken job requirement.  Overturned goals are a problem. Have been for, at least, 9 years.  Deal with it?  Nah.  Ignore it.

But that’s all solved tonite.  All the bad things are going away, because this series ends tonite in Detroit.

Did you say something?  I’m sorry?

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