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“I didn’t know you weren’t allowed to hip check any more. It is a new rule?  I didn’t see the referees’ arm go up.  You’re allowed to hit.”

-Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars when asked about the hits he delivered on a few of the Bruins.  A little more from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog.

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Why Igor

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

I find it hard to believe that Igor Larionov, one of the classiest people ever in the game, is finding an ally in the Kontinental League with president Alexander Medvedev.

Larionov was always all about principle. Instead of defecting from Russia to play in the NHL in his prime, he bided his time and went through the proper channels before coming to the NHL. Once he got here, he proved to be a great teammate and person and was part of the success of several teams along the way.

Now he’s working with a man who has no respect for the sanctity of a contract, as evidenced by the KHL’s poaching of Pavel Valentenko and Matt Murley recently by teams in Russia.

read on plus Leafs/Sundin and Stars/Avery notes…

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  Tags: igor+larionov

A Great October

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2008)—The National Hockey League just completed a record October that saw more fans attend and tune in to games than ever—while being treated to close games, more scoring and some spectacular individual performances.

  Among the highlights from the season’s opening month, which began with the Premiere Games in Stockholm and Prague:

October Attendance Records

The per-game attendance average of 17,388 and the percent of capacity (94.1%) set NHL records. It was the first time in League history that average October attendance surpassed 17,000 per game. October’s total attendance was up 3.1% over October, 2007. Leading the way were dramatic percentage increases in Chicago (+71%) and Washington (+24%).

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NHL Prepared for Tough Economic Times

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Staples at Canwest via the Vancouver Sun,

Can the National Hockey League’s economic boom survive the recent economic crash?

This question is troubling NHL bosses, financiers, players and observers.

Now, as the league has begun to enjoy the benefits of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2005, it must make sense of the recent worldwide stock market crash, an economic upheaval that has brought to mind that most famous of stock market crashes, the Wall Street crash of October 1929. That economic calamity triggered the Great Depression and ended the NHL’s first economic boom.

continued…

Related:  previously on KK, “Will the CBA be Terminated Next Year?”

Note: the URL of this post changed as I accidentally placed it on the Canucks & Beyond page at first. (Sorry about that. Having a blonde moment…)

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  Tags: cba, economics

Winter Classic Ticket Info

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (November 3, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the Chicago Blackhawks today jointly announced ticket information for NHL Winter ClassicTM 2009. Similar to last year’s inaugural NHL Winter Classic in Buffalo, the event’s home team season ticketholder base (Chicago Blackhawks) as well as NHL Winter Classic partners will have the right to purchase tickets for the event during the initial on-sale phase.

A general public random drawing will be held to determine who will have an opportunity to purchase the remaining tickets with a limited number of tickets set aside for the community ticket initiative described below. Fan registration for the random drawing will be conducted through the Chicago Blackhawks’ official website beginning on or about Noon ET/11 a.m. CT, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, through on or about 11:59 a.m. ET/10:59 a.m. CT, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008.

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Slumping Gagner

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

After exceeding expectations with the Edmonton Oilers as the youngest player in the NHL last season, Sam Gagner is struggling to find his form in his sophomore campaign.

Fifth in rookie scoring with 49 points and seventh in voting for the Calder Trophy in 2007-08 as an 18-year-old, Gagner has just two assists through 11 games this season.

While Gagner is loathe to talk about the dreaded sophomore jinx, there’s no question his start to the season has been disappointing after he set the bar so high a year ago.

continued

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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2008)—Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for October.

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A Matter Of Choice

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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Maybe people struggle with the notion of fighting existing at all because it seems like a classic contradiction: a brutish pursuit within a game capable of swift-skating beauty. To me, though, the point is that hockey is the ultimate team game and a sense of togetherness is paramount to competitive relevance. As such, answering physical challenges in the mode of survival of the fittest is often times part of the process. See: Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who took it upon himself to lay Ott out with a crushing hit and then respond in kind to Avery’s fistic retaliation.

Notice I said part of the process. The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup last season with the fewest fighting majors. The previous champ, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, hoisted the Cup after dropping the gloves more than any team. All of which proves that fighting doesn’t guarantee success, nor does it preclude a team from being successful.

more

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Versus Courting the Die-Hard Fan

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,

Ask hardcore hockey fans if Versus is indeed a “hockey network,” and the majority would argue against the claim. Since purchasing the NHL’s cable rights in 2005, the Versus network hasn’t exactly endeared itself to die-hard hockey fans in the U.S. Between the silly mistakes and the self-inflicted wounds to its reputation, there isn’t a month that goes by without some impassioned rant about its failings as the NHL’s cable home or some fan-driven effort in support of the NHL reconciling with its abusive former spouse at ESPN.

To many fans, Versus is a punchline; a jigsaw puzzle of unrelated (and fringe) sports that viewers still can’t find in many hotels or sports bars around the U.S. Its hockey talent and coverage are much maligned, with even the most optimistic fans left frustrated by the approach to its most prized asset not named Lance Armstrong.

Not that any of this troubles the NHL’s cable host, which is available in 74 million homes nationwide.

read on

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  Tags: hockey+bloggers, media, versus

It Is Not Just A Stick Problem

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Hughson at Blogs and Columns at CBC,

We’ve all heard about and seen any number of scoring chances lost or surrendered because a hockey stick explodes at a critical time in a game. And while most are quick to jump on the manufacturers, their engineers or outsourcing production, how about shifting some of the responsibility to the players?

A knowledgeable industry insider suggests that most sticks are being made to the specifications of the players, who want them lighter and more responsive - qualities that make the sticks more vulnerable.

more plus some Rangers, Thrashers and Bruins talk…

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