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My view is that it is difficult for some of those teams, particularly in the American sunbelt, where they don’t have the establishment of hockey at a youth level. I grew up in Boston and there were youth hockey leagues everywhere. Every town had two or three rinks in it, and the game was and is part of our upbringing there.

But if you’re in Phoenix or you’re in Florida, it’s really tough for those teams to put people in the seats and sell the game. We understand that and maybe the revenue-sharing system is part of the answer. But our view is that if teams in any region suffer (financial) losses three or four years in a row, then stop complaining about it in a (business) system you created and imposed here, and start asking the question whether you’re in the right place.

-Paul Kelly in a continued interview with Adam Proteau of the Hockey News.

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Is 2009 the Year of the Shark?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From FoxSports.com,

Since 2005-06, the Sharks have failed to advance beyond the Conference semifinals, falling in six-game series to the Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars.

It was that postseason failure that forced general manager Doug Wilson to fire Ron Wilson as head coach, replacing him with Todd McLellan, who earned his spurs as an assistant coach with the defending Cup champion Red Wings.

McLellan’s first order of business will be to mold these playoff underachievers into the genuine contender they appear to be on paper. He’s had no previous head coaching experience in the NHL so it’ll be interesting to see if he can transfer the Cup-winning lessons he learned in Detroit to San Jose.

Wilson also addressed a long-time need for experienced puck-moving defensemen during the offseason by acquiring Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay and signing former L.A. Kings captain Rob Blake.

continued…

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Stu Barnes Retires & Joins Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Dallas Stars announced today that center Stu Barnes has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after a 16-year career, and has signed a two-year contract to join the Stars’ coaching staff as an assistant coach. In addition, the club announced two-year contract extensions for Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb, whose contracts were set to expire after the 2008-09 season and will now reach through 2010-11.

“We congratulate Stu on an outstanding playing career and we are very excited that he will now join our coaching staff,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Stu was a consummate professional on and off the ice throughout his career, and was the type of player who always exhibited the qualities you would associate with a future coach. Stu will be an excellent addition to our staff, which we feel is among the best in the league. Rick (Wilson) has played a major role in building the Stars franchise into the perennial contender that it is today. We believe Mark Lamb is one of the top young assistants in the game and a major asset to our organization.”

“I was truly fortunate to play as long as I did, and I knew this was the time for me to wrap up my playing days,” said Barnes. “A great opportunity to become an assistant coach was presented to me by the Stars, and I look forward to making that transition and learning a new part of the game.”

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Soon It Will Be Hockey Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ah, the last holiday weekend before the hockey season really gets going.

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, please be safe and remember, pass the keys if you have had a bit too much to drink!

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What Are They Waiting For

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Five Hole Fanatics,

Here’s my list of 8 curiosities that should have been taken care of weeks ago.

1.) Flames cap issues.

Sutter waived Nilson, Warrener and Eriksson in the first week of July, ostensibly for the purposes of allowing other clubs to take them for free or, failing that, buying one or more of the bad contracts out. Neither happened and Sutter has instead gone about stocking the roster beyond it’s fill point, both in terms of number of players and total cap hit.

read on

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Bell Hopes To Fill Void In Ottawa

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Brendan Bell is glad to be home.

“I’m really looking forward to this chance because I really felt there was an opportunity here,” said Bell. “They stressed after the contract negotiations the importance of coming in and really competing for a job because, like everybody is saying, there is some opportunity here.”...

“By no means, am I a Brian Campbell or somebody that they may be looking for, but I feel I may be able to fill that void if I play as well as I can.”

more

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Sharks Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollack of Working the Corners,

• The Sharks have awhile before they need to get under the cap, but Wilson hinted Wednesday another transaction may be in the works. He didn’t say it would be a cap-related move, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what it turns out to be.

And the likelihood a trade grew out of Wilson’s golfing vacation in Scotland earlier this month with Detroit’s Ken Holland, Chicago’s Dale Tallon and St. Louis’s Doug Armstrong?

No clues at this point, Wilson said, but we could have the answer in about a week.

• The Sharks new coach had his first meet-and-greet with the Sharks fan base on Wednesday at HP Pavilion. About 50 people showed up for autographs and photos inside the team store during the 90 minute session.

I’m thinking that if the event were held in Detroit, even in an off-season that didn’t follow a Stanley Cup victory, it would have been more of a mob scene rather than the trickle that showed up downtown.

• Hedican is also skating at Sharks Ice this month, but both he and the Sharks are making it clear that a training camp invitation has not been extended. For now at least.

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Friesen Gets Tryout With Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roger Ross at SanJoseSharks.com,

Sharks fan favorite Jeff Friesen will return to San Jose as a tryout player when Sharks training camp begins Sept. 20 at Sharks Ice at San Jose…

“I’d love to end my career here,” said Friesen, who won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with New Jersey. “But first things first and I have to take advantage of the opportunity.”

more

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Forsberg Still Trying To Resolve Foot Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

“Peter still has this foot issue,” Don Baizley, Forsberg’s agent, said Wednesday. “He has to have that resolved before anything is going to develop on that front. There’s nothing new on that score at the moment.

“Peter has done some skating and he wants to play, but only if the foot is right.”

 

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My gut feeling is that Mats is going to retire and if he plays at all it might be back in Sweden. I do not have a deadline for this information.

-Joe Bowen… more on the Leafs from Joe’s blog at TorontoMapleLeafs.com….

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