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Blame The Fantasy People

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Todd Kimberley at NHL.com,

What’s behind all the “what’s-up-with-Jarome” chatter in Calgary?

Craig Conroy has his own pet theory.

“I think a lot of it has to do with fantasy pools now,” chuckled Conroy, a longtime teammate of Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

“Everybody’s got the fantasy guys ... they might have picked Jarome first overall, so they want him to get some points,” Conroy said prior to Tuesday’s win over Montreal. “But yeah, it’s always been that way. In a Canadian market, they want to see a star player play well early, so they know this is going to be a great year.”

As barometers go, this one has revealed much of the charged climate and high expectations in Flames Nation these days.


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How Long Will Ron Wilson Last?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,

Is it me or does anybody else think that Ron Wilson won’t - or shouldn’t - last long as coach of the Maple Leafs.

He had a total, and complete, meltdown following the 2-1 loss to the Senators Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.  It was awfully funny to hear.

Apparently his early-morning practice was moved to noon so he didn’t follow through on that threat.

I just don’t get the feeling he is going to be behind the Toronto bench forever - five year contract or not - if this team doesn’t pick it up.

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Shanahan Clears Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils left wing Brendan Shanahan cleared waivers at noon today without being claimed by another team.

There is no word from the Devils yet on whether they will assign him to Lowell of the AHL or what the next step will be.

If the Devils do assign Shanahan to Lowell, his $1 million salary will come of their cap.

more on the Devils and make sure to check out the new-look Fire & Ice.

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Working Up A Sweat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Komisarek, Christopher Higgins and Eric Nystrom with their workout routine.

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  Tags: christopher+higgins, eric+nystrom, mike+komisarek

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We took too many penalties or too many penalties were called. The refs can’t become such a big part of the night. Six penalties in one period and more penalty killing time than playing 5 on 5 time means that our best offensive players aren’t on the ice either. The refs played the best D against our best lines last night!

-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis on last night’s loss to the Flyers.  Read more from Ted at Ted’s Take.

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Trevor Linden discussing NHL 10

Blog: KK Members Blog By Jester_EP

Hi guys

Electric Playground, your Vancouver-based video game experts, have posted a video segment on NHL 10. The segment features a talk with former Canuck great Trevor Linden. They also talk to producer David Littman. Here’s the link: Electric Playground NHL 10.


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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?

Continue Reading »

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Jonathan Roy Pleads Guilty To Assault

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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…

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: jonathan+roy

A More Relaxed Carey Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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  Tags: carey+price

Wings Look Beatable

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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