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Taking A Shot At The Ref

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kelly Egan of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Los Angeles Kings are playing their second game of the season in Oakland. There are 2,668 fans in the stands. Mr. Regan is the general manager of the Kings and his boss, Mr. Cooke, is not happy.

The Kings are having their home opener in four days. There are only 1,400 or so tickets sold and Mr. Cooke wants his GM to do something about this. Mr. Regan is watching the penalty-filled Oakland game in the stands when he gets an idea: if the fans want rock ‘em, sock ‘em hockey, he will give it to them.

He decides to punch a referee.

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Morning Line

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“I really enjoy it here, and it’s become a home for me.  I can’t really see a better place to play hockey, so hopefully we can figure something out that can work for both of us.”

-Henrik Zetterberg who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009.  More on ‘Z’ from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

A Proposed Blockbuster

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If the Minnesota Wild don’t want to give winger Marian Gaborik more than Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin ($8.7 million a year) in a seven- or eight-year extension, they could always consider trading a star for a star.

Here’s one wildcat trade possibility: Gaborik to Pittsburgh for Malkin because the Penguins are very weak on the wing.

That would be akin to Dany Heatley for Marian Hossa, pretty rare stuff in this league where quality usually gets dealt for quantity.

continued with more NHL talk

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All Craig Leipold

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from Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press,

Why was there such tepid interest in Nashville?

It’s a cultural thing.

Is that anything you didn’t know going in or were you too optimistic?

Both. Nashville is a market where people who were raised in Nashville go to college in Nashville, they go back to work in Nashville. It was a little harder to break into that culture, and I should have known that. The fans in Nashville are great. They’re rabid. They’re vocal. They’re passionate. There just aren’t enough of them.

Do you consider your investment there a failure or a learning experience?

I don’t consider it a failure. I look at it as I was the caretaker there the first 10 years and I’ve now passed it off to some local guys, and hopefully they can take it to a level I wasn’t able to take it to. If the team ends up cratering and moves out, then I would say I was not successful.

more from Leipold, mostly on the team he currently owns, the Minnesota Wild…

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  Tags: craig+leipold

Theodore Is The Key

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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

As the only new member of the organization, (Jose) Theodore will have to endure scrutiny this season. But toss in the position he plays and the great expectations for the franchise, and Theodore could be the linchpin for success or the scapegoat for failure.

Being a goaltender in places like Montreal and Colorado, Theodore knows all about that type of pressure. He also knows what the intense media scrutiny was like with the Canadiens - both on and off the ice - and is looking forward to settling in and being comfortable in the District.

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Tapping New Sources Of Revenue

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This NHL exploration of the global market is as welcome as it is necessary. This is not a time for this league to retreat into its own North American borders, regardless of what the habitually ignorant Don Cherry might have to say on the subject. It cannot afford to.

But the league needs to develop a sound plan here, and it needs to do so in conjunction with not only the IIHF, but with each international hockey federation. It needs to form a genuine partnership with the folks from whom NHL teams mine their natural resources. And that includes Russia.

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Blake Going To The Net

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

(Jason) Blake was not a stranger to new coach Ron Wilson. Wilson had coached him on U.S. national teams and knew the level at which he should be performing. Wilson also watched him on TV last season and it was a different Blake than the one he remembered. He spoke to the winger about it during camp.

“The Jason Blake that I knew on national teams and when he was scoring went hard to the net and competed,” said Wilson.

“Last year, I thought he kind of circled the wagons all the time and took a lot of perimeter shots that were a waste of time. They looked good on paper. He’d come of the game with five shots, but they’re all 50-foot wrist shots. He’s going hard to the net and he’s starting to score now.”

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  Tags: jason+blake

Predictions: Northeast Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I am continuing with my pre—season predictions today by looking at the Northeast Division.  Here are my West Division picks.  The Northeast Division has produced the East Conference regular season champion for the past three seasons and each year it has been a different team (Ottawa in 2006, Buffalo in 2007 and Montreal in 2008).  That says that this division has some good teams and should be able to challenge for the division lead again.

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How The Game Has Changed

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from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

Thinking back a decade or so, Guerin said, “The game was a little more carefree. Now there’s a lot more at stake. There’s more money at stake for the players, a lot more money at stake for the owners, for the coaches, for everybody. You see guys backchecking like crazy. Every game is important now. Now, if you have a bad stretch in November, your season could be over.”

Devils forward Bobby Holik, who debuted with the Hartford Whalers in 1990, said the league still is growing into its new offense-first era. He is happy that tight-fitting jerseys are gone and physical play is making a comeback.

read on

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Why is this still happening?

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

The New York Rangers dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon in Prague and yet, only won by a score of 2-1, thanks to a late third period power play goal from second year man Brandon Dubinsky.

Is this a continuation from last season? Are the Rangers going to outshoot every team by a two-to-one margin and score just one or two goals? You would figure that after firing 40 shots against the defensively weak Tampa Bay Lightning, they would have more than just two goals. However, the Blueshirts made Lightning netminder Mike Smith look like Patrick Roy and also went 1-6 on the power play.

So I ask, again, why is this still happening?

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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky, chris+drury, henrik+lundqvist, markus+naslund, martin+st.+louis, mike+smith, nikolai+zherdev, scott+gomez, vincent+lecavalier

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