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Waiting for a Train Wreck

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Must admit, I felt kind of “dirty” watching the Dallas Stars beat the New York Rangers Monday night. Why? Well, I was glued to the game for one reason and one reason only—Sean Avery

You never know what is going to happen during a game Avery participates in, especially coming back to NYC to take on his former team. The back of my brain was thinking “train wreck,” my heart was saying “get the game over before the wreck occurs.”

continued with notes on various topics today

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  Tags: sean+avery

St. Louis Picks up David Koci, and Other Transactions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the St. Louis Blues:

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team claimed forward David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning also waived Jason Ward today while claiming Matt Pettinger off re-entry waivers from Vancouver.

In other transaction news [TSN]:

Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks defenceman Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: darren+mccarty, david+koci, ken+klee, kyle+wellwood, lukas+kaspar

AO Rocks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN’s James Duthrie goes behind the scenes to find out why Alexander Ovechkin would make the perfect rockstar.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Bruins Need To Sign Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike McMahon of the Eagle-Tribune,

Through the first five games of the regular season, Kessel has once again been the B’s best goal scorer, netting five to lead the team. In fact, he’s already over a quarter of the way to last season’s total of 19….

Kessel has silenced the trade rumors. Now, when he hears his named mentioned in rumors, it should be about a contract extension for the impending restricted free agent. If this is the type of player Kessel is going to be, then the Bruins have a superstar on their hands.

more

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  Tags: phil+kessel

Shopping Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Gaborik, who has a history of abdominal and leg injuries, has missed the past two games because of a “lower body injury.” Because there’s always a risk of injury with Gaborik, the latest leg problem has convinced the Wild it’s important to investigate trading him sooner than later, sources say….

It’s believed Risebrough has had trade talks with Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey and Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi. Risebrough will attend Thursday’s GM meetings in Chicago, so talks could heat up with a number of teams.

It’s believed the Wild is interested in Canadiens defenseman prospect Ryan McDonagh, a former Cretin-Derham Hall star and Minnesota Mr. Hockey who was Montreal’s No. 12 pick in 2007 and plays now at the University of Wisconsin. The Wild would also want an established player.

more

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Jacobs Sees Bruins In Stanley Cup Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazettete,

Asked how far he thought the Bruins could go this season, (Jeremy) Jacobs unabashedly told a handful of media in the Garden press room:

“I’m looking for it to (go) right up to the (Stanley Cup) finals. I think there’s as much chance for this team to go to the end as there is for any, as I see it right now. I think they’re very, very good.”...

“They’re hard-hitting, they’re bigger than they have been, I think they’re pretty skilled, a little faster — maybe they should be a little bit more defensive,” Jacobs said. “By and large, this is a team that’s got all the characteristics of a winner. … I think there’s a lot of reason to have high expectations for them.”

more on the Bruins…

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  Tags: jeremy+jacobs

Ovechkin Hits Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It is late on a Monday afternoon, at the start of a rare Western road trip and the NHL’s 147th-leading scorer has drawn an unexpectedly large crowd to a downtown hotel conference room.

This is Alexander Ovechkin, after the long flight in from Washington: He is wearing a tuque, in the Capitals’ colour scheme, with the No. 8 emblazoned on it, which immediately conjures up a Cat in the Hat sort of aesthetic. The crooked grin contributes to the look, as does the melting ice cream bar that he’s holding in one hand, but can’t get to eat as he patiently fields a barrage of questions.

continued

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Sabres Paille Sets The Hard Work Example

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Ruff has been harping since the first day of training camp about playing better away from the puck. Detroit has excelled in that area for years, Datsyuk in particular. He had 97 points last season and was among the Red Wings’ most dangerous offensive weapons, but he also won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.

Henrik Zetterberg finished last season with 43 goals and 92 points and was a runner-up for the Selke. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. They helped set Detroit apart in a tight league.

Ruff isn’t asking for Datsyuk and Zetterberg’s talent, but he wants his players matching their effort. Vanek has scored two short-handed goals, both the results of Paille’s labor.

more

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  Tags: daniel+paille

Avery Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stan Fischler of Game On talks with Sean Avery after the Stars defeated the Rangers last night.

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  Tags: sean+avery

The Line Was Crossed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Edmonton Oilers media relations director J.J. Hebert says blogger Dave Berry of Covered in Oil was temporarily banned from the Oilers press box last week because of the “disrespectful and embarrassing” content of Berry’s live blog commentary on the Oilers’  home opener.

“It was disrespectful, it was embarrassing and we simply do not need it,” Hebert says.

“What triggered it initially was the content,” adds Allan Watt, vice-president of communications for the Oilers. “It was profane.”...

Berry made a number of whimsical and humorous jokes in his running commentary, but also a few that caught the attention of Oilers public relations men, including Berry’s use of the F-word and a comment he made about Oilers agitator Zack Stortini.

read on

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