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“Iggy’s” Fast Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

...Heading into tonight’s contest against the Colorado Avalanche with six goals and 16 points in 10 games—his best career start to a season—Iginla is the toast of the town.

“You’re trying to improve at the start of the year, knowing from you heckling me that it’s not always happened,” he said yesterday with a laugh. “So you try to improve and do things differently.”

It’s something of a misnomer that Iginla is known as a slow starter. He’s collected at least seven points to start each of the last seven seasons, and reached double digits four times in that spell.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, jarome+iginla


Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On channel 215 this morning…

Buffalo Sabres @ Florida Panthers on October 26, 2007 available as part of the NHL Sneak Peek.

NHL Network HD coming soon to DIRECTV.

The same message on the sub 215 channel but replace HD with SD.

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  Tags: nhl+network

Report- Danny Markov Signs In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You see, I have sources too… Danny Markov has signed a two year agreement with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague.

The email from the source is much appreciated.

added 9:34am, Reported salary is $1.8 million after Russian tax.  More on this as it develops.

update 12:16pm, from the CP via TSN,

Veteran defenceman Danny Markov has signed a two-year deal with Moscow Dynamo, his agent Jay Grossman confirmed Friday.

Grossman would not say but it’s believed the deal is worth around US$4 million. The contract has an out-clause that lets him return to the NHL next summer.

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  Tags: danny+markov, russia

Draper: Locked Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Various sources reported it last night. Kris Draper and the Wings have worked out an extension that will keep him in Hocke…errrr, Detroit. 

Draper, 36, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $2.128 million this season. He will earn $1.85 million next season, $1.65 million in 2009-10 and $1.25 million in 2010-11. He was offered a one-, two- or three-year deal and opted for the security of a longer term. The deal might be announced today.

TSN also has it.

Draper is still one of the top 5 defensive forwards in the game, top 3 faceoff men, and now one of the top five bargains in the NHL.

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Ducks Need To Shoot For A Playoff Berth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks are optimistic that Getzlaf, Rob Niedermayer and even Bertuzzi and Schneider will be back in the lineup relatively soon. Still, there are significant issues, especially with the shortage of offensive-minded forwards. It seems that the best-case scenario for the Ducks is to just try to hang in there, nail down a playoff berth, which is by no means a sure thing, and hope they can get things together in time for a post-season run.


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The Other Teams In The Central

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

As (Andy) Murray said, “I thought there was parity there last year, too, between Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis. The only difference is that the parity is at a higher level.”

The three teams were a collective 79-77-21 after their coaching changes last season. They are 15-11-1 this morning. The Central Division is no longer comprised of Detroit, Nashville, Curly, Larry and Moe. The Stooges are gone.

As Hitchcock said, “Somebody has to make the playoffs other than Detroit. Whether you get a second- or a third-place team in the playoffs, it’s going to be somebody.

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, columbus+blue+jackets, st+louis+blues

Breaking News: Hasek Is Brittle

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Of all the ailments, it had to be a hip.  It had to be the malady most closely associated with the elderly.  My only question is did Dominik Hasek fall down and break his hip? Is that the irritation? Does he have a clapper now?  What the hell is “hip irritation”? 

Here we go.  Fire up the train boys and girls because the long season of uncertainty begins tonite with young Jimmy backing up your once and current favorite whipping boy (well…second favorite) Chris Osgood. The bunnies are in a fervor, while the rest of us fall back into a routine we’re all too comfortable with.

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Grigorenko Wants a Shot With Datsyuk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The chances of Igor Grigorenko staying in Detroit past November 1st are, in my opinion, zero.  Too many factors conspiring against him: he played like garbage in TC and in the pre-season, played like garbage in Grand Rapids, the Wings’ success without him.  A2Y Russian correspondent, Green Bay Mike, found another Larin/Grigorenko interview and provides a translation.  Larin, as usual, seems intent on seeking out conspiracies and pushing for a Datsyuk/Grigorenko tandem.

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Rick Nash Highlight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rusty Miller at the AP,

It was the type of move a player usually tries late in a long practice. The right situation presented itself in a game for Columbus’ Rick Nash, however, and it will undoubtedly be a staple on all the highlight shows.

Nash scored in his fifth straight game, this one an almost indescribable goal on a shot between his legs…

Watch the video…


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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, rick+nash


Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By popular request tonight, here’s the scrap in Boston featuring Zdeno Chara and David Koci.  And while Koci’s face looks like he was in a car wreck after the fight, it’s worth remembering he only broke his nose a few nights ago fighting Wade Belak, so that might be the primary cause of the mess. 

From HockeyFights.com:

addd 8:38am Friday by Paul, The ESPN view of the fight…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, chicago+blackhawks, david+koci, fighting, zdeno+chara

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