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The New Crop: Fantasy Goalies (maybe) on the Wire

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

This might be the deepest rookie goalie year I’ve seen in my entire hockey watching career.  If you’ve played fantasy hockey for the last five years you’re all too aware of how shallow the talent pool has been.  This is all about to change thanks to a few folks who are about to become household names.

If these people aren’t in your league yet, you should consider getting them in quick. Come with me, on a journey of bad rock set to film student montages, will you?

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Jonathan Roy Pleads Guilty To Assault

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via the CP at News 880,

The son of NHL hockey legend Patrick Roy has pleaded guilty to assault over an infamous on-ice beating.

Roy was standing behind the bench when his son, Jonathan, skated across the rink in a Quebec major-junior game last year to pummel an opposing goalie.

That beating prompted a national debate over violence in hockey, which even Prime Minister Stephen Harper waded into.

Jonathan Roy pleaded guilty today in a Quebec court in Saguenay, Que., and offered a $5,000 cheque to charity.

His lawyer is requesting an absolute discharge.

added 10:20am, In case you haven’t watched the video of the assult, check it out below…

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A More Relaxed Carey Price

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

There was talk last season Price was wound too tightly under former goaltending coach Roland Melanson, who wasn’t around the big team as much after general manager Bob Gainey fired Carbonneau and took over behind the bench. Gainey’s super-human tranquility tried to revive Price but the damage was already done.

With Martin in charge and Pierre Groulx as the new goaltending coach, Price has reverted to the demeanour that has always suited him best. His teammates have noted the bounce back.

“Last season there were a lot of downs for the whole team and everyone pointed fingers at him,” said defenceman Josh Gorges, who quickly added, “It’s not easy being a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens. But when he came to camp this year you could tell he was in great shape and ready to go. I think it’s just maturity. It took me three, four years before I understood the little things you have to do and he’s only 22.”

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Wings Look Beatable

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Now the Wings don’t look so scary without Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler, Mikael Samuelsson, Tomas Kopecky or Ty Conklin. They all changed teams in the offseason. Hossa and Kopecky signed as free agents with the Hawks, though shoulder surgery has kept Hossa off the ice.

The two games with the Blues suggest the Wings have goaltending problems.

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Capitals/Flyers- An Early Season Game To Remember

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL might have financial issues in a few of its markets, but we once again were reminded just how far the game has come on the ice Tuesday night.

Anyone check out Philadelphia’s 6-5 overtime win over Washington? I needed a towel after that one … and I was sitting on the couch.

Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Mike Richards combined for seven goals in a thrill-a-minute affair that left your jaw open.

continued and watch the highlights of the game below…

added 9:00am, Anthony SanFilippo of In The Room reports Blair Betts suffered a dislocated shoulder and James van Riemsdyk go his “bell rung”.

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Morning Line

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“We stunk. We had no offence at all.  I mean, that was almost embarrassing from seven or eight guys who we are counting heavily on. They only showed up when it was too late (a third-period Matt Stajan power-play goal).

“Playing on the perimeter, not wanting the puck, not willing to take a hit to make a play. Jittery when we do have the puck. We need a much better effort.”

-Toronto Coach Ron Wilson after losing to the Senators last night.  More on the game from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun.

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Fight Leads To Wild Comeback

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Wild down 3-zip. Playing absolutely hideously. Coughing up pucks. Giving up 2-on-1’s and 3-on-2’s and even an astonishing 4-on-1. Getting zero done in the offensive zone.

And then … a couple choice words during the second intermission and a fight, and the first-ever Wild comeback from three goals down in the third for a W.

Yes, I know there are people who hate fights, but tonight, there was an example about what a fight can do to a hockey game.

Kinda like when Stephane Veilleux got goaded into fighting Dion Phaneuf in Calgary once when the Wild was ahead 3-0, George Parros decided to fight John Scott. Well the 6-foot-8 Scott absolutely clocked the experienced fighter with a right uppercut. He went down, and for the first time in the game that wasn’t Carlos Gomez scoring at the Metrodome, the Wild fans had reason to cheer.

And, said Todd Richards, “It stirred up some emotion on the bench.”

more and watch the lengthy highlights of the game below…

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The Cost Of Your NHL Ticket

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Belson of SlapShot at the NY Times,

Who says you can’t get anything for a nickel anymore?

In what amounts to a break in pro sports these days, National Hockey League teams have raised prices by an average of just five cents this season.

Ticket prices inched up by 0.1 percent compared with last season, to $51.41 a game, according to the Team Marketing Report’s Fan Cost Index.

Eleven of the league’s 30 teams raised prices, led by the Toronto Maple Leafs (10.2 percent), the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins (8 percent) and the New York Rangers (7.1 percent).

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Canada Should Be Thanking Bettman

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from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

Balsillie may indeed be a patriot, and he may even have a superhero’s cape hanging in his closet. But he is no Captain Canada, and it is Bettman—the cartoon villain in the Arizona bankruptcy court—who deserves to be thanked by the Canadian public.

“All this B.S. about Jim Balsillie, the pied piper of RIM, stirring up all of Ontario and making the NHL out to be against teams in Canada, all of it was B.S.,” said Jim Devellano, a senior executive with the Detroit Red Wings and a voting member of the NHL Board of Governors, which rejected Balsillie’s ownership application by a unanimous vote. “This fight was never about a team in Hamilton. Thank goodness the courts ruled that the league decides who it wants as partners, and where its franchises are going to be located.”

Give Devellano a pen and he would be among the first to sign a thank you card postmarked for the commissioner’s office. He thinks that hockey fans in Edmonton, Calgary, Canada at large—and even Detroit—should consider signing it, too.

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Retribution & Integrity Being Questioned In Ref’s Court Hearing

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from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

The NHL removed senior official Dan Marouelli from playoff duties for the first time in memory last season as retribution for supporting colleague Dean Warren’s wrongful dismissal case against the league, Warren’s lawyer told a hearing on Tuesday.

In an intense exchange, lawyer Tom Curry alleged Stephen Walkom, the league’s director of officiating at the time, iced Marouelli out of playoff action for agreeing to testify in Warren’s Ontario Labour Relations Board hearing.

“When (Marouelli) phoned you and told you he was going to come here and assist Mr. Warren, you put him out of the playoffs,” Curry charged.

Walkom chaffed at the allegation.

“You’re questioning my integrity right now. That had nothing to do with it.”

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