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An ‘A’ In Marketing

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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

The current Blackhawks are a textbook marketing creation.

They very well could be the real thing, an actual competitive hockey team, but I have no way of knowing that right now. I do know, thanks to a marketing strategy that resembles an exuberant carpet-bombing, that they are new, improved, bigger and better, have less trans fat than competitors, and quite possibly will improve your posture while removing stains.

The team that has been publicized, hawked, packaged, airbrushed, Photoshopped and otherwise thrust upon us is a team that should go deep into the NHL playoffs. I happen to know this because a hefty majority of voters in a chicagotribune.com poll said so before the season began. And the voters said so because they had been hit over the head with the Hawks’ advertising campaign.

continued and I do recall a few comments left on KK over the last few months with the warning, be careful with the marketing, prove it on the ice first….

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Game Changing Hit

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Their engines stalled during the national anthem and it was nothing but cough and sputter for the first 35 minutes.

Then a 265-pound spark plug changed everything.

With the Oilers down 2-0, newly-acquired super heavyweight Steve MacIntyre plastered Calgary’s Dustin Boyd into the end boards, essentially turning him into a rinkboard advertisement, then beat up the guy who came to his rescue, Brandon Prust, sparking a three-goal rally that buried the Flames in a sea of Oiler energy.

more and watch the hit below…

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Big Hit On Kostitsyn

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from the CP via TSN,

A nasty hit on Andrei Kostitsyn opened the door for Georges Laraque to show why the Montreal Canadiens went looking for an enforcer last summer.

Laraque was front and centre in a rough and chippy second period as the Canadiens downed the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on two goals from Alex Tanguay and a goal and two assists from Saku Koivu on Saturday night, although they look to have lost their gifted left winger Kostitsyn for an undetermined period.

“Whether it was cheap hit or not, when one of your best players gets knocked out like that, you’re not going to say it’s OK - you want to respond to it,” said Laraque.

continued and watch a video of the hit below…

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn

Afternoon Line

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“I’m going to give our skill guys a chance to get going, but it’s time for them to start doing the things we hoped they would do. ... It’s time for some guys in our lineup to start going. They’ve played four games now. If you’re a goal scorer and not scoring, what else are you giving our team? They have to decide. If you’re not scoring and everybody goes into a slump, you’ve got to help the team in other ways. It’s time for some of our stars to put the puck in the net and start helping us out all over the rink.”

-Barry Melrose this morning.  More at Lightning Strkes…

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Avangard Omsk Trying To Move On

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We just have to survive the next two weeks physically and emotionally,” Omsk coach Wayne Fleming told ESPN.com Saturday. “And that’s a big part of paying tribute to Alexei Cherepanov and to the city of Omsk.”

Fleming reflected on the events of the last week, something he’s never been part of before in his long history in hockey.

“The biggest thing is the magnitude of this young man and how he affected so many people,” said Fleming, a longtime NHL assistant coach and former Canadian national team head coach. “He was almost like the chosen one, and certainly the favorite son of this city. It wasn’t just his talent on the ice, but also how he conducted himself as a fine young man.”

read on

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Bieksa Should Play Sunday

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from Iain MacIntrye of the Vancouver Sun,

Winger Kyle Wellwood has been given a few days off. He cleared waivers this morning and is back in Vancouver waiting for the Canucks to find him a place to play in the minors….

The Canucks are trying to find another minor-league team with room for Wellwood, although Vancouver will be paying his NHL salary of $998,000 US.

Bieksa is eligible to come off the injured list today will likely play Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks. He strained his knee early in the Canucks’ victory in Calgary one week ago.

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Quick Shifts

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Quick shifts. Lots of shots on goal. Acrobatic saves. Most important, I love action, on-the-fly flow and transition, good information, great tidbits, insight and wonderful stories about the marvelously talented people that make up the fastest sport around. That’s what you’ll get from this column each week.

When I hear Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock say the Sharks might be better defensively than Detroit, that tells me former Red Wings assistant Todd McLellan already has control of the San Jose bench. It made me want to watch more and more of the Sharks this season, even before they opened the season with a 4-0 record.

much more from Larry Wigge of NHL.com…

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Remembering The Toronto Toros

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from Jamie Bradburn at the Torontoist,

It was inevitable that hockey-mad Toronto would wind up with a WHA franchise to take on the Maple Leafs during the league’s seven-year odyssey. The tale of the Toronto Toros is marked by family rivalries, local heroes, international defections, and a lot of money down the drain.

The Toros’ story began when an “Ontario” franchise was established after the initial batch of WHA teams were granted in 1972. Initially earmarked for Hamilton, the team settled in Ottawa as the Nationals. The 1972/73 season resulted in a sub-.500 record, weak crowds, and a battle with civic officials over performance bonds for the following season. The Nationals shifted their playoff games to Maple Leaf Gardens as rumours arose around two groups interested in buying the team and shifting its operations permanently to Toronto.

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Ducks Play Their Game

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“When you play a team as good as San Jose, you have to be very aware that you can’t spend the night in the penalty box, and tonight we got away with it,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We have to play a little bit on the edge. We have to play nasty, but we can’t continue to take penalties. The hook on the hands and those stick-in-the-midsection penalties are something that has to be eliminated. We’ve talked about it, talked about it, talked about it, but it has to be eliminated.”

The Ducks have talked about it for years, and they haven’t eliminated it yet, so it’s foolish to think that will ever happen. Still, they need to find a way to walk the fine line between effective aggressiveness and outright lack of discipline.

more...

The Ducks were on the right side of the fine line last night and must not cross that line in order to be considered one of the top teams in the West.

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Kane Talks Savard

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from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane let his emotions flow Friday while talking about the dismissal of head coach Denis Savard.

Savard was Kane’s only coach in the NHL and the pair developed a bond after the then-18 year old made the team in training camp and went on to become the league’s rookie of the year.

Sitting in front of his locker following Friday’s practice at the Edge in Bensenville, Kane couldn’t hold back tears in describing the bond the two had formed.

read on and audio too…

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