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Not All Teams Can Be ‘Healthy’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

The Colorado Avalanche had the best running start of any newly located franchise ever. They already possessed Sakic and Peter Forsberg when they got to Denver and, shortly after they arrived, added Patrick Roy. Put those greats in Phoenix, mix in two Stanley Cups and the story would be dramatically altered.

At any given moment, whether there are six teams in the league, 12, 21 or 30, there will be perennial losers who struggle. There’s only a very small handful of markets that can sustain long periods of failure and not be hurt financially.

Throw in a CBA that, despite promises, is flawed, and there’s no way we can have 30 healthy franchises – not all at the same time. Just ask the good people of Colorado.

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King Expected To Be In The Playoff Hunt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

No matter how Lombardi elects to paint it, there will be some pressure on the Kings to take the next step this year. Los Angeles finished 14th in the Western Conference last season 12 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. As bad as that sounds, this is a young hockey team and its core players are just learning what it takes to be successful at the NHL level and they have shown signs of improvement.

For the most part Lombardi has resisted the temptation of chasing a quick fix, preferring instead to construct his team slowly and purposefully through the draft. This summer, however, he made two noteworthy additions in bringing to town veteran winger Ryan Smyth and defenceman Rob Scuderi who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup last season.

“Scuderi is perfect for Jack Johnston and Smyth is perfect for Anze Kopitar,” Lombardi reckons.

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Randy Sexton About To Be Named Panthers GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Randy Sexton has accepted the job of general manager of the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers are expected to announce Sexton’s official role before today’s game in Finland.

A native of Brockville, Ontario, Sexton is being promoted from his current role of Assistant General Manager with Florida. He was appointed to that role in early 2007.

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Reminder- We Have Early Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Why Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Since some of us are experiencing the Versus/Directv fiasco, why can’t the NHL tell Versus they are going to put their games on the NHL Network too?

I understand Versus has exclusivity to the broadcast, but if you can’t watch it, how exclusive is it?

While on the broadcasting topic, Center Ice needs to pick-up the HD feed of CBC.  If the game is broadcast in HD, CI should have it too.

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Ottawa Owner Speaks-Out On Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Melnyk wants to put the controversy behind the Senators, who open the season tomorrow in New York against the Rangers, he conceded the situation left a “sour taste” in his mouth and would advise anybody against signing players to front-end-loaded, long-term contracts.

After signing Heatley to a six-year, $45-million contract extension in October 2007, and shelling out more than $14 million to him in the last 12 months — including a whopping $4-million bonus on July 1 — Melnyk found it disrespectful.

“I spoke directly across the table, with (Heatley) and his agents,” said Melnyk. “When you make that type of commitment to a player where you front-end load a contract, you expect, just as a human being, when you shake somebody’s hand — never mind a 130-page contract — that they will be reciprocal to it. That’s my biggest disappointment. These people, I mean just as human beings, (shouldn’t) do that to anyone.

“Yes, it has left a sour taste, but you’ve got to forget about that. You learn from it and you’ll never do it again. I guarantee you, anybody else out there should be aware this can happen to (them) if the other side is not genuine.”

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So…You’re Dreaming Of A Pocketful Of Gold?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You have every right to, you know.  Because it’s yours.  And the trek to regaining it begins today, against some bitter bitches in a land that is over the hills and far, far away.

But first?  This…

Posted by: JDogg
Location: City of Champs

You are the lamest blog on the internet.  You could have at least covered something in the past few months, but instead you sat around in misery. I hate you, Chief.  Go Pens.

Awesome.

 

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Does Anyone Care About Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some interesting and not so interesting comments left at the YouTube page.

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Controlled Practice For DiPietro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Martin of the NY Post,

“Next week he should be able to ramp up his workouts on the ice,” Gordon said after the team worked out in Syosset yesterday. “It’s working on more technique. Everything is pretty controlled right now, the next step is to make it more game-like . . . moving off passes, multiple shots, recoveries, everything that would come up in the course of a normal practice, but do it in a controlled environment.”

DiPietro is trying to be patient.

“I’m obviously frustrated,” the goalie said. “I’d like to be on the ice right now, skating with the team and have a regular training camp and not have to worry about being injured and rehab every day. But this is part of the bigger picture.”

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Sharks Coach Not Happy After Loss To Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

“The performance was disappointing, very disappointing,” McLellan said, singling out some of his top-end talent in particular. “We have some world-class athletes on our team and they didn’t play like that.”

And asked to assess the performance of his goalie, who gave up all five goals on the first 14 shots he faced, McLellan said only that Evgeni Nabokov is “one of the players that I consider world-class.”

Not that the 5-2 loss rests on any one player, but Nabokov was someone I obviously needed to talk with after the game, especially after what McLellan has had to say the last few days. To his credit, the goalie was totally accessible.

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