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Oilers Asst Coach Speaks Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal,

“April 17. At 8:30 in the morning,” said [Rob] Daum, who was hired by the Oilers this summer when Craig Simpson left to work for CBC as a commenator on Hockey Night in Canada.

“I was told to bring two weeks worth of clothes. I was told I’d be working with the farm guys in practice,” said Daum. “I was back on the plane to Houston at 10:30 (a.m.).”

Daum realizes that NHL clubs can hire or fire whomever they want. He was glad for the chance to coach at the pro level after being with one of Canada’s best college teams, but didn’t expect to part company with the Wild the way he was.  It was a shocker.

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Wings Players Would Enjoy Playing Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Waddell at Can West,

Many of the Detroit Red Wings wouldn’t mind a little European holiday to start the season, but not all are convinced the NHL is a viable long-term product on the continent.

Certainly, with their heavy Euro content, the Wings would be a very popular draw to open the 2008-09 regular season in Europe, as Los Angeles and Anaheim did this season.

“I think it would be exciting for any team to go and play overseas, whether it’s London, Prague or Stockholm or wherever,” Wings captain Nick Lidstrom said.

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Koivu Reflects on His Own Cancer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shi Davidi of the CP via Yahoo,

Unlike Blake, who will be able to play while treating his chronic myelogenous leukemia, Koivu wasn’t sure he’d survive his treatment, let alone return to play, and the experience still scars him.

“Every time you hear the word cancer or see someone who is going through it, it brings back the memories, it’s part of me right now,” Koivu said Tuesday in Montreal. “There’s some positive things I took from that experience but there’s also a lot of negative things as well.

“It’s there, but it gets easier the more time you get away from the whole thing.”

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  Tags: jason+blake, montreal+canadiens, saku+koivu, toronto+maple+leafs

High Hopes for Price’s Debut

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

There may be those who question the wisdom of the Montreal Canadiens starting netminder Carey Price against Sidney Crosby in his first NHL game on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, but it may turn out to be a fitting debut.

Because in years, when we look back on the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, it may well be that Price is the only prospect from that class who has even a chance to be mentioned in the same breath as Sid the Kid.

Now as good as Bobby Ryan or Jack Johnson or Anze Kopitar or Marc Staal are going to be, Price has a chance to be something special.

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  Tags: carey+price, goalies, montreal+canadiens

10 Rookies to Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,

We’re a long way from that end-of-season balloting for the Calder Trophy.  No telling which child shall lead them all at this point.  But here are 10 names to watch as the weeks unfold:

1) Andrew Cogliano, Edmonton, C. —The 25th pick overall in the 2005 draft, Cogliano played college hockey last season at Michigan, and picked up 28 points in 39 games.  He is a bit small (5-10/185), but his speed and skill level, combined with the Oil’s dire need for offense, won him a roster spot.  He led all rookies in scoring (1-2—3) through the first weekend.

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  Tags: rookies

KK- A Few Minor Tweaks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some of you may have noticed a dotted-line underneath any links within the posts at KK.  Hopefully this will resolve the problem some folks were having with actually seeing the link.  You will also notice when you hover over the link, the dots fade away.

We have also moved the comments up, right underneath the name of the poster.  We have kept the comments in the old place too, but those will soon be gone.  Hopefully everyone will get used to the new location.

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Paul Stastny Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the press conference call held earlier today with the Colorado Avalanche’s Paul Stastny —one of the NHL’s Stars of the Week.

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Q. It’s always hard to predict how a young player coming out of U.S. college makes the adjustment to the NHL. Some take a long time and some take a very short period of time. Can you pinpoint why there doesn’t seem to have been the steep learning curve that some young players have had, why it seems to have gone so relatively smoothly for you? PAUL STASTNY: I don’t know if it was quick. But I was in college for two years. And so when I came up, I was already 20, 21. Pretty mature for my age, and it was easier for me, maybe because I was a little smarter.  Some of the things you can’t teach I got from my dad. Playing with better players I think makes it a lot easier for me, just knowing that you can give and go. They think the way I do and it makes it that much easier.

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, paul+stastny

Brad Lukowich, Entrepreneur

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

An interview from the Tampa Tribune, with Lukowich:

Why start a record company in the first place?
I’m a terrible golfer. I found that I had a lot of spare time during the lockout just sitting around the house, and all I was doing was listening to music. [...]

And now your entrepreneurial spirit has led you to founding a restaurant with some buddies in Dallas. How’d that happen?
Literally, we were sitting around one day and I was like, ‘Man, we should open something that when I retire, when you guys are done, we all need to have some way to stay connected.’ That’s one thing that kills me, losing touch with people back home.

continued… including Lukowich’s transition to playing back in Tampa, and more

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  Tags: brad+lukowich, tampa+bay+lighting

Little Cheli

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from USA Hockey,

His name is synonymous with hockey in the United States. Try to find a hockey fan anywhere in the world who hasn’t heard of him. In fact, he’s so well-known, sports fans in general have a pretty good idea of who Chris Chelios is.

But if that’s the case, how can Chris Chelios sit in a crowded restaurant on a Saturday morning only miles from his hometown in the Chicago area without being hounded for autographs? How can he say he only has a short time to talk because he has to race off to hold tryouts for the midget major team he coaches?

The answer is pretty easy, actually. This Chris Chelios is not that Chris Chelios.

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O’Sullivan’s Annual Dental Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lisa Dillman at the LA Times,

“I was just chasing after the puck and the defenseman got to it before me and shot it and [it] went directly into my mouth,” said O’Sullivan, who thought that the shot came from defenseman Christian Backman.

“It’s funny. Well, it’s not funny but it’s ironic, almost a year ago to the day I got my other two teeth knocked out” against Colorado.

“Both times I saw it but I just couldn’t move quick enough to do anything about it,” O’Sullivan said. “It’s something about early October that’s not good for my mouth.”

This time, O’Sullivan said he lost three teeth, needed about six stitches and suffered a broken bone below his nose. “These [the teeth] were still in but they were back in my throat almost. It was pretty gross.”

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  Tags: injuries, los+angeles+kings, patrick+o'sullivan

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