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Listen To Obama

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Obama said that the challenges for America are many, but that “those values upon which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.”

It takes both leadership and co-operation, but the hockey world could also live by those words.

If it did both we and the game would be better for it.

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NHL On NBC Ratings

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from Puck The Media,

The NHL On NBC’s regular “Game of the Week” timeslot debut was even with last year’s.  The Rangers/Penguins game scored a 1.1/3 overnight, #2 in non-football programming that week (behind college hoops on ABC).

The matching game from last year, Rangers/Bruins on 1/18/08, also drew a 1.1.  This likely means the final rating will drop below a 1.0.

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NHL Officials Make a New Fashion Statement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

New officials’ uniforms from Reebok to be unveiled at the All Star Game in Montreal this weekend. From Market Watch:

Features on the officials’ uniforms include stretch mesh in the underarm and back of the jerseys, a zipper-less neckline, numbers on the back and sleeve and an enhanced Referee arm bar design to allow for greater on-ice visibility. The uniform also features a microphone channel that allows the officials to maneuver seamlessly across the ice with their microphones securely fastened to them.

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  Tags: referees, uniforms

Hockey Talk with Kukla

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today on NHL Home Ice XM204, Paul Kukla will be joining Mick Kern and Dan Blakeley of the War Room to talk about the All Star Game, about the NHL in general, and to take phone calls and answer question from hockey fans. 

Paul will be on at approximately 11:25 am ET, but the show runs from 11-12pm.  If you don’t already have an XM subscription, you can register for a free, 3-day trial, here.

Update 2:07pm ET: Here is the audio of Paul’s conversation on XM Radio this morning.

The player below features Part 1 (which can, alternatively, be downloaded).  Part 2 can be heard by downloading this link.


Note: Original post-time was 10:00am ET

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  Tags: interviews, xm+radio

The Voice Of Mike Lange

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Lange of the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 ET.

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Oilers Place Sabourin On Waivers

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via TSN Ice Chips,

Newly-acquired goaltender Dany Sabourin was placed on waivers today.

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Surgery For Pascal Leclaire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire will undergo surgery on his injured ankle and is expected to be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  The surgery is scheduled to take place on Friday and will be performed by Dr. Brian Donley at The Cleveland Clinic.

Leclaire, 26, has appeared in 12 games this season and posted a 4-6-1 record with a 3.83 goals-against average and .867 save percentage.  He originally suffered the injury in a preseason game vs. the Minnesota Wild on October 3.  He missed eight games earlier this season due to the injury and last played in a game on December 18 at Dallas. 

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Luongo Doesn’t Buy Into The Still Injured Issue

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Luongo knows allowing nine goals on 60 shots in his last two outings isn’t going to cut it, but didn’t buy the argument that he might be having trouble pushing off his left skate. He seemed stoic when beaten on shootout efforts by Williams and Rick Nash.

“I feel great on the ice and really have no issues,” he stressed. “It [rust] is from not having breakaways or shootouts. Once back on the ice, I didn’t want to go right into shootouts in practice and wanted to be careful. I was kind of antsy on the first [shootout] and went down early.”

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Ducks Must Focus On Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

The Ducks might need a group rate with a top-notch psychologist if they spent much time comparing and contrasting their efforts in Friday’s dreary 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh and Saturday’s snappy 3-0 triumph at Minnesota.

Then again, if they don’t quickly find a way to duplicate more of the latter and minimize the former, the Ducks will be out of their misery come Stanley Cup playoff time.

Tied with Phoenix for fifth place in the NHL’s Western Conference, the Ducks remain in precarious position because of the jumble of clubs bunched closely behind.

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Islanders In A Political Game

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from John Jeansonne of Newsday,

As power plays go, the Islanders’ wink-wink confirmation of a planned preseason game in Kansas City—and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s sympathetic comments about needing to replace “that building” in Nassau County—wouldn’t get past the red line of most skeptics.

We are supposed to make the leap from public knowledge that owner Charles Wang’s “Lighthouse Project” plan to redo Nassau Coliseum is on hold, to the fact that Kansas City has a spanking new arena actively in search of an NHL team. But experts in the matter are tolerably certain that a franchise move is virtually nonexistent, though this well-worn ploy and the veiled-threat manner in which it was presented is not the least big surprising.

“The typical playbook is that teams never come out and say, ‘We’re going to move if you don’t do this for us.’ Fans get angry when you do that,” said Neil deMause, co-author of “Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit.’‘

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