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Why Bryan Trottier Chose #19

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dyan LeBourdais of Islanders.com,

“Number 19 was the lowest number of the jerseys was left,” Trottier said. “The other numbers were very high. They were up in the high twenties and thirties. I always thought to myself 19 was right because I was 19-years-old at the time and it just kind of seemed kind of appropriate.”...

Consequently, Trottier only realized the number 19 was more appropriate and fitting after the fact because he started to realize all of the talented players with whom he shared his number.

“I tried to think of all the great players who wore number 19, like Paul Henderson who scored the biggest goal in Canadian history to beat the Russians,” Trottier said. “That was kind of cool for me. I was like, ‘yeah, all right! Number 19 has significance for me there.’”

“And you look and you say to yourself, ‘Well, (John) Pie McKenzie of the Boston Bruins wears sweater number 19,’ and I loved the Bruins in the early ‘70s,” Trottier continued. “So just thinking of all the different 19’s like Jean Ratelle and those players that played in the league for a long time that were identified by their numbers. That was very, very cool.”


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A little more light shed on the Desjardins-Ramo trade

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Many Habs fans were left confused on Monday night when the Canadiens traded Cedrick Desjardins, arguably the best goalie in their system after Carey Price, to Tampa Bay for Karri Ramo, a goaltender who has not succeeded in previous NHL stints and is currently committed to Omsk of the KHL.

Well, now we have an answer as to why the deal was made.

Sort of.

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, karri+ramo, pierre+gauthier

The Lecavalier Arena

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from J. Meagher of the West Island Gazette,

Vincent Lecavalier put Île Bizard on the hockey map and now the island is returning the favour.

On Thursday, the arena at Sport Complexe Saint-Raphaël will be renamed after the island’s most famous native son.

There is already a Pavillon Vincent Lecavalier in Île Bizard. The community centre is located next to the soccer and football fields and outdoor hockey rink where Vinny, now 30, played as a youth.

But a hockey arena bearing his name seems more fitting for the NHL star who left home as a teenager in the 1990s to pursue his hockey dream, but still comes home every summer to spend time with family and friends.


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No Confirmation On Dallas Stars Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I got a hold of four people who could have information on the sale today, and none of them offered anything in regards to the Forbes Report that the Stars could be sold soon with a sale price of between $275 million and $300 million.

Two gave clean no comments, and a couple of others said they were a little blindsided by the report and asked what I knew about it, so there still is an air at least that this could be another false alarm…

I did take out of my conversations that there are not plans to announce this Thursday or, from what I could tell, any time really soon. There was too much uncertainty from the people I talked to for this to be close to being done.


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Talking Rule Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Duff and Mike Johnson of the NHL Network discuss the proposed/experimental rule changes which were discussed at Day 1 of the R & D camp.

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Longing For Another Slice Of Little Caesar’s Pizza

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

In the audience Wednesday at the Shanahan Summit, among the 400 puck bunnies, sales executives, movie producers, parents, contest winners, beer guzzlers, hip-hop stars and lucky locals who knew somebody who knew somebody, there were two former stars for Michigan State, Justin Abdelkader and Tim Kennedy.

They sat in the stands, in their MSU clothing, and rooted on the prospects. They were teammates in the magical 2007 season, when the Spartans won it all. Both now play in the NHL, Abdelkader for the Red Wings, Kennedy for Buffalo.

And both made it a point to fly in from wherever they were in their professional schedule just to sit together Wednesday. Abdelkader, who could earn millions, flew by Ilitch’s private plane. Cleaves, who’s just been bought out by the Sabres, walked.

It was loyalty, sure. And it was exciting, no doubt. But in talking to both players, it was more than that. It was a chance to do something almost all of us would love to do: recapture, for a few hours, the best time of their lives, bitches.

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The Hot Line Reunion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

He’s a hardened, often cynical 71-year-old, with a voice as rough as Manitoba gravel and a tongue sharper than a Wiltshire.

But there was Bobby Hull, overcome with emotion, his eyes welling with tears and his voice quivering like the goaltenders he used to stare down.

All it had taken to reduce the Golden Jet to a whimper was a reunion with Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson — the first time the Hot Line had come together on Winnipeg soil since they were members of the Winnipeg Jets in 1978.


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  Tags: anders+hedberg, bobby+hull, ulf+nilsson, winnipeg+jets

We Complain, But We Love It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

It’s been a full day.  One full of many choices.

The first choice, how to act.  I told Paul I didn’t want to go as a journalist.  I’m a fan.  That is key.  I also told him that I wouldn’t do anything to take food off his table.  I’m given a long leash here, but I know better than to bite the hand that feeds.

The second choice, what I was going to do.  My initial plans didn’t work out.  I’ve engineered hundreds of press conferences, and have access to some pretty interesting toys.  Initially, I was going to bring a friend with a broadcast HD video camera.  I would have had better video and sound gear than most of the media had, and bingo-bango “A2Y in HD” is born.

Fortunately, my videographer buddy made a run for the Mexican border yesterday, a long story, and I realized it was an omen.

I am not a journalist, I’m a fan.  Fans don’t bring professional cameras or recorders to games.  We’re fans, we bring passion.  And a lot of noise.

So I decided to ditch the gear and ride dirty.  I brought what I normally carry in my pant and blazer pockets:  an iPhone, a pen, and a small notepad.  And no research in advance.

I don’t need any fancy toys to show the Deep Diggers how it’s done.

Below the jump, summary of the second session of rule changes, more from Jim Nill, and Bettman talks about A2Y.

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How About Some Positivity?

Blog: KK Members Blog By Michael Smith

Like anyone else, I have gotten angry about the hockey team I follow.  But, for me, the feeling—almost always more disappointment than anger—usually fades away pretty quickly.

I understand being passionate about hockey.  I think we all do.

What is hockey if not some perfect mix of beauty and pure, raw emotion? 

What I’ve never understood, though, are fans who go to games and spew out nothing but bitter hostility.  Aren’t they watching the same game I am?  Don’t they appreciate that the world’s fastest, most beautiful game (sorry, soccer fans) is being played at it’s highest level right in front of them?

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  Tags: denis+potvin, positivity

Boudreau Can’t Forget Series Loss To Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

It was longer than expected for Boudreau and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Caps, who blew a 3-1 series lead to Montreal in the opening round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and lost 2-1 at home in Game 7.

Boudreau hasn’t been able to forget about that meltdown for several reasons, including the fact that he’s always reminded of it when he does an interview. His response is also always the same: If it weren’t for Jaroslav Halak, then the Habs’ goalie, Washington would have moved on to the second round.

People are asking these questions and trying to make mountains out of molehills here,” he said. “We lost in seven games, and to me the goaltender did things that not too many goaltenders do. (Sidney) Crosby said it best when (Pittsburgh) lost (to Montreal in the second round). He said if they’re game plan was to play three quarters of the game in their zone and then hopefully win, then they had a good game plan.

“We took a hundred shots (technically 94, according to the stat sheet) at the net in the final game,” Boudreau continued. “If you can’t score, you can’t score. It happens and you can’t change a thing. I thought we had a great year and we didn’t have a good week, and we’re not apologizing for the way we played because we didn’t allow many goals or chances. We just didn’t do what we normally do and that’s score.”

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

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