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Hockey as an Escape

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From AFP,

Glen Metropolit has scored over 100 points in six seasons in the National Hockey League but no amount of success will erase the memories of the gangs, pimps and crackheads of his youth.

Raised in poverty by a single mother and shuffled in and out of foster homes, hockey became an escape for Metropolit and a way out of one of Canada’s most violent and drug-ridden inner city slums.


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  Tags: glen+metropolit

Tales of the Tape

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star,

The National Hockey League says it has no concerns that team broadcasters might be hiding incriminating video evidence. But Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, says the NHL is looking at ways of ensuring such a thing doesn’t happen.

The issue of accountability was raised following a game in Anaheim last Wednesday that saw Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger stomp on Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler’s leg. The original game broadcasts from Vancouver and Anaheim, watched in the NHL’s Toronto war room, failed to produce proof of the attack.

But Vancouver broadcasters discovered video proof the next day on a tape machine in the production unit used by Anaheim television.


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  Tags: media, video

Back From Exile

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,

Roy, however, remains on thin ice following a blow-up during the third period of a game at Philadelphia on March 6 that led to a 10-day exile from the team. He returned to practice Monday at the Ice Sports Forum - word is his teammates stepped up to defend Roy - but whether he gets into any of the remaining 10 games or how the situation affects his possible return next season remains unclear.

“Don’t ask me any questions about Andre,” said Lightning coach John Tortorella, refusing to address the subject.

Roy didn’t want to talk about the team’s actions Monday, but he did discuss the actions that led to his banishment.


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  Tags: andre+roy

Throwing Darts

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

At the top, there are four teams sitting within three points of first place - the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. And picking a team to take that coveted top seed - let alone even emerge out of the conference - is like throwing darts while blindfolded.

“You could pick the New Jersey Devils, but then think, ‘No, they got shut out 4-0 by Montreal last week,’” explains TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. “You then say Montreal is the best team, but then think, ‘They got blanked 3-0 by the Senators last week. How about Ottawa? They’re back, and they’re going to be good. No, they got beat by Carolina. What about Carolina?...”


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: playoff+standings

Predators Expect to Qualify for Revenue Sharing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Glennon at The Tennessean,

The Predators will reach the paid attendance average necessary to qualify for the National Hockey League’s full revenue-sharing plan this year, team officials said Monday.

That means the Predators will receive in the neighborhood of $12 million, money that will help them re-sign their own players and free agents as well.

continued… *the NHL minimum paid attendance average for revenue sharing is 13,125; the Predators have averaged 13,145 through this season’s home games, with just 5 remaining

Update 8:56pm ET: More from David Naylor in Tuesday’s Globe & Mail.

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  Tags: attendance, cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, revenue+sharing

Flyers Lose Two

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Sports Network via WJAC,

Struggling to get into the postseason, the Philadelphia Flyers learned on Monday that defenseman Derian Hatcher will be out for the season with a fractured right tibia and forward R.J. Umberger will miss the next two weeks with a sprained MCL.

Hatcher was hurt with 12:07 left in the first period of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston while blocking a slap shot by Bruins forward Andrew Ference. Hatcher was helped off the ice and did not return.  The right leg was broken just above the ankle and was placed in a cast on Saturday. It is possible he might return to play if the Flyers make the postseason.


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  Tags: darien+hatcher, injuries, r.j.+umberger

I’ll Be Your Super Delegate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I used to like the phrase, “I’ll be your Huckleberry.”  It just seemed cool when Val Kilmer said it in Tombstone.  But I’ve grown out of it.  Now?  Well, the title of this post doesn’t have the same ring to it. But it does bring up a good point, and I’m all about the best of points. 

And here it is: I have no idea what a Super Delegate is.  It seems that every four years, a new phrase appears that makes me feel real frigging dumb.  Super Delegate fits the bill this year.  Am I a bad American because I’d never heard of it before? Should I feel guilty?  Should we change Dominik Hasek’s glossary entry to “the conductor”? 

It’s a valid question.

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Sharks Making Their Mark

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

After the longest winning streak in franchise history, Roenick’s only remaining question is whether the Sharks can ride this wave all the way into June.

San Jose’s club-record 11-game roll ended Sunday night, but the 2-1 shootout loss to Edmonton still produced the Sharks’ 23rd point in 12 games. Led by a rejuvenated captain, a new defenseman and a tireless goalie, San Jose has replied to the doubters who saw the preseason Stanley Cup favorites’ first 60 games as a disappointment - particularly the five before their winning run.

‘‘We had that five-game losing streak, and when you’re in a playoff race and you get scared of actually missing the playoffs, it gets your attention,’’ said Roenick, recalling a miserable trip from New Jersey to Philadelphia right before the streak began.


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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, playoffs

Kyle Okposo Set For NYI Debut

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via SI,

Okposo graciously greeted Sillinger on Monday as he pulled off his Islanders jersey for the first time after practice. Two years after he was chosen by New York with the No. 7 pick in the draft, Okposo is set to make his NHL debut Tuesday night when the host Islanders face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“You’re going to be 20 in April, right?’’ Sillinger asked. “Yup, I’m 19,’’ the reply quickly came.

“I’m 37,’’ the veteran of 17 NHL seasons said with a laugh. “I could be your dad. I’ve got a kid who’s 15.’‘

And with that, Sillinger - recovering from recent hip surgery that ended his season - walked away. In a season that has quickly unraveled for the Islanders, Okposo is providing something for the franchise to look forward to.


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  Tags: kyle+okposo, mike+sillinger

Health Problems in Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tom Reed at Puck-rakers,

You just knew the Jackets’ good health wouldn’t last. Goaltender Pascal Leclaire will miss at least the next two games with a possible concussion, coach Ken Hitchcock said. He was struck in the mask with a puck during pre-game warm-ups on Sunday.

Freddy Norrena will make his second straight start against Calgary on Tuesday night in Nationwide in what promises to be a testy game. [...]

Jackets’ winger David Vyborny is out for 7-to-10 days with a knee sprain. There was fear Sunday night that Vyborny’s season and possibly his Blue Jackets career might have been over.

And from TSN: “The Blue Jackets called up goaltender Dan LaCosta from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on an emergency basis.”

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  Tags: dan+lacosta, david+vyborny, freddy+norrena, injuries, pascal+leclaire

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