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A Look At Hockey In Baltimore & Can It Come Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Press Box,

Some things that have changed over the last generation would undoubtedly benefit the return of hockey to town. There has been NHL hockey in Washington 35 years and although many Baltimoreans wouldn’t chance a look-see to check it out at the old Capital Centre, it has created thousands of fans in the region.

Both high schools and colleges hereabouts maintain programs that are getting better and access to ice is improving all the time. I really wasn’t aware of this until several seasons ago, when a couple of schoolboy teams were playing for a championship after a dull Caps game.

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Two Minutes For Interference On McCreary

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Bill McCreary is one of the better refs in the NHL and things like this do happen at times, but not very often.

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Aggressive Therapy For Concussions

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from the Boston Herald,

Many players have waited years for the symptoms to go away. But now there is a more aggressive alternative that actually treats post-concussion syndrome, and is or will be employed by injured Bruins [team stats] Andrew Alberts and Patrice Bergeron.

It’s a program designed by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who helped Sabres center Tim Connolly recover from his second major concussion during the 2006 playoffs. The program entails controlled exercise at a level of stress that does not trigger the symptoms. Its effect is to correct imbalances in brain mechanism brought on by the initial blow, which cause the illness and headaches.

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Injuries Hurting Blue Jackets

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

A season can change in a blink of an eye, or in this case, a crash into a goaltender.

A speeding bullet called Quintin Laing rammed defenseman Jan Hejda into Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire, whose neck hit the goal post the way a runaway car hits a tree. Depending upon how long Leclaire is out, that could have been the most important play of the season.

continued...Plus with Fedorov and Modin still out, the playoff run for Columbus is in serious trouble…

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Another ‘Rumor’ Shot Down

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens do not have permission to talk to the agent of Atlanta winger Marian Hossa about a new long-term contract.

So says Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell, amid reports yesterday that Habs’ GM Bob Gainey had been given permission to explore options with Hossa, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, in advance of a possible trade with the Thrashers.

“There’s no truth to it,” Waddell told TSN. “None at all.”

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You will notice KK did not bring this up at all yesterday.  Made up talk like this will never become a part of KK, hockey fans deserve better and most readers of KK can sniff-out garbage like this in a minute.

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“You Can’t Believe It Happened”

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I missed this story from February 1st…

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

They learned all about death here in Swift Current 21 years ago when the bus carrying the local heroes, the Broncos of the Western Hockey League, caught black ice and whipping wind in the wrong combination coming out of that very first curve, flew off the Trans-Canada and crashed, leaving four young hockey players lifeless.

And they learned it again 21 days ago when, four provinces and two time zones away, a van carrying the Phantoms, a high-school basketball team from Bathurst, N.B., slid in bad weather into a transport trailer, killing seven players and the coach’s wife.

“It hit home, that’s for sure,” says Joe Sakic, the Broncos star who survived that long-ago crash and went on to a spectacular career with the Quebec Nordiques and the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.

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The Lidstrom For MVP Campaign

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s about quiet brilliance. Being, to knock off the old Johnny Rodgers nickname, an ordinary superstar.

His Red Wings are running away with the NHL regular season, by far the best team in the opening four months with a shot – not a great shot, but still more than a mathematical possibility – at breaking league records for wins and points in a single season.

Lidstrom is the best player on the best team. So shouldn’t an awful lot more people be making an awful lot more noise about Lidstrom winning his first Hart Trophy as league MVP this season?

“I have no idea why Nick Lidstrom hasn’t won a Hart already,” said an exasperated Detroit GM Ken Holland. “I just don’t know what people are watching. I mean, he doesn’t win because why, he’s not a good quote?”

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In the last few days there seems to be numerous Lidstrom for MVP stories and I wonder who is behind this talk.  It is not like the Wings to promote an individual player, but a few weeks ago on local Detroit radio, Scotty Bowman was asked about Lidstrom.  Scotty praised Nick and and said it was up to the media to start the Lidstrom for MVP campaign.  Looks like they were listening or Bowman is bending some ears with a few well placed phone calls.

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A Look At Sakic

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

It’s possible we could soon witness the final month or two of Sakic’s marvelous career. He’s still rehabbing a serious injury, one that has made skating impossible for weeks now, and he’ll be 39 in five months. There are some around the longtime captain who hint this could be it if his body doesn’t respond.

If that is the case, just in case, get your tickets now for the Avs’ final home games. If this season is the end for Sakic, it’ll probably be a long time before we see someone of his kind again.

But if I were a betting man, I’d say we’ll see more of No. 19 beyond this year. Don’t forget: The next Winter Olympics are in his hometown of Vancouver, and Sakic would dearly love to play on one last Canadian team in front of friends and family.

more on Sakic…

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Sellers’ Market

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s believed Murray has held talks with the Kings, Lightning and Coyotes to see who they will make available if they become sellers once the deadline arrives.

But with the Senators struggling, teams are trying to squeeze Murray for more, which means if Ottawa makes a deal, it might be forced to overpay.

The Senators might be willing to dangle prospects Brian Lee, Ilja Zubov and Nick Foligno as part of a deal.

read on for more NHL talk…

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Embarrassing

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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

For the love of God, for pity’s sake, somebody shoot this team.

Put it down, out if its misery.

And if Mats Sundin isn’t saying today, where do I sign, or un-sign, then he’s a sadomasochist, perhaps a fool.

What the captain did say last night, after taking nearly an hour to emerge from the inner sanctum of the dressing room, was: “Everybody that wore the sweater tonight should be ashamed of the way we played. The effort we put out in front of our home fans was embarrassing.”

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