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And The Saginaw Legacy Continues

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sitting at the dinner table tonite, and yes—there will be hockey involved in this post, our Kindergartner decides to tell a story, a nifty little diddy about a racoon who missed his mommy when he went off to racoon kindergarten.  Apparently, according to daughter number 3 who says she “wants to be a Navy Chief” when she grows up, mommy racoon kissed the palm of racoon jr. every morning before he headed off to school, thereby leaving her love in his hand for the rest of the day.

“She put her love in his hand,” our young Chief told us.  “No…,” she amended, “she

made love

in his hand.”

I saw it coming and cringed.  I looked five seconds into the future and resigned myself to the inevitable, and wasn’t disappointed.

“Really honey,” said my wife.  “Daddy does that quite a bit too.”

So…let’s talk hockey.

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Minnesota’s New Jerseys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom the Minnesota Wild team website

The Minnesota Wild announced a new, yet familiar look on Friday when it unveiled its 2007 version of the RBK Edge uniforms. While all 30 National Hockey League teams will be playing with newly-designed uniforms, some have made drastic changes. The Wild has remained true to its original design with several minor changes.

The most notable change appears on the team’s Iron Range Red home sweater, which will move up in status from the “third” jersey to become the team’s primary home sweater, replacing the green from years past. That change comes in the form of a new wheat-colored shoulder yolk and the removal of the forest green striping at the waist.

 

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  Tags: jerseys, minnesota+wild, rbk

Wings Need You

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well Bob Duff of the Windsor Star tells you what I have been saying since the end of last season…

According to an NHL source familiar with the situation, the Wings lost season-ticket renewals in droves and are desperate to put fans in the seats. If you or your friends have longed to purchase Red Wings season tickets, now is the time. Believe it when they tell you good seats are available.

The Wings lack of a sincere marketing effort is catching up to them.  Their attitude of not even acknowledging hockey bloggers exist is catching up with them but Jimmy D. still tells us there is a waiting list of 6000 people for season tickets.  Ha, where is that list now?

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  Tags: tickets

What The Russian Team Needs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

What this Russian team needs is some of what that 1972 Russian team had.
They could use their passion and their determination.
They could use Boris Mikhailov’s wizardry with the puck.
They could use Aleksandr Gusev’s stellar defense.
They could use Valery Kharlamov’s incredible scoring ability.
Not metaphorically, I mean right now. Those guys.
I know one of them is dead and the other two are, what, in their 90s?
It certainly can’t hurt.

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Goaltending Depth Improves Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

The Canadiens’ summer moves, and there have been several of them, seem like a wash to me. Still, I think they’ll be a little better than the 90-point, non-playoff team they were last season because of their group of goaltenders….
The Canadiens added veteran center Bryan Smolinski and 28-year-old role player Tom Kostopoulos. The team also signed 6-foot-2, 196-pound Janne Lahti, 24, from the Finnish League. Those three players will have a chance to replace ex-Habs Radek Bonk, Mike Johnson and Alexander Perezhogin.
Gainey and Co. wanted to make a bigger splash during the summer. It didn’t happen. Still, I think their goaltending depth gives them a chance to exceed expectations in the new season.

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Sopel May Attend Wings Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Wings Corner,

General manager Ken Holland said Friday that there will be a couple of veteran defensemen coming to the Red Wings’ main training in Traverse City next week. Holland said that he has tentative agreements, but declined to name with whom until the players’ involvement is secured.
One source in the organization said that Brent Sopel is one of the blue-liners who will come to camp as a free agent. Sopel is 30 years old and split time last season between Los Angeles and Vancouver. The unrestricted free agent has spent parts of nine seasons in the NHL, scoring 10 goals (six on the power play) in 2003-04 for the Canucks.

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Barrasso Joins Carolina Organization

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired former Hurricanes netminder Tom Barrasso as its Director of Goaltender Development. In his new role, Barrasso will work with all of the goaltenders in the team’s system who are not currently in the NHL, including players with Albany (American Hockey League), Florida (ECHL) and various junior hockey clubs.
“Tom brings instant credibility to his new position, and is somebody that the goaltenders in our system will be able to respect and learn from,” said Rutherford. “He has re-located his family to Raleigh and we are happy that he has chosen to continue his life in hockey with our organization.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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HNIC Radio Begins Next Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

The CBC announced the launching of HNIC Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio Friday, bringing back the show’s radio roots which started 74 years ago.
HNIC Radio will air Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET beginning Oct. 1 on channel 122, and will be available to Sirius listeners throughout North America. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“This is a wonderful extension of the Hockey Night in Canada brand,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.

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The Dark Horse Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Sure, it would be easy to predict which players are most likely to take home the NHL’s individual achievement awards at the end of the season, but here in Hockey Capital, we don’t do easy (i.e. Senators’ playoff history before Cup run last year).
Sidney Crosby for the Hart Trophy? Pshh. Chris Pronger for the Norris? Whatever. Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo duking it out for the Vezina? Duh.
Instead, we’re picking players who could come out of nowhere to take down the trophies. Without further delay, here are the Hockey Capital Dark Horse Player Awards.

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Lesson Learned

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

In the bewildering aftermath of co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury bolting the Buffalo Sabres, the front office proclaimed it had learned a lesson about dealing with players entering unrestricted free agency.
The Sabres have three players who could hit the open market after this season, and General Manager Darcy Regier said it would be a summer priority to work on re-signing defensemen Brian Campbell and Dmitri Kalinin and forward Jochen Hecht.
Regier said he has had “some very general conversations” with the players’ respective agents. He added there was “no real timeline” to get extensions signed.

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