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Game On! Ducks and Kings Open the Pre-season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Thursday night marked the first game of the 2007 pre-season.  the L.A. Kings defeating the Anaheim Ducks, 5-4

Both teams’ starting goalies (Dan Cloutier and Ilya Bryzgalov) were pulled in the second period, between them letting in 7 goals on 28 shots.  (So… NHL hockey is back, but—I dare say—great NHL hockey might take a while.)

More at Slam! Sports.

 

 

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, los+angeles+kings, pre-season

New Header Prompts Decisive Action From Dive Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well as you can see by now, the new look is nearly complete.  Thanks to A2Y reader, TeamDub, we’ve got ourelves a new header.  Soon, once the voting is complete, the last bit of graphics will be selected and placed on the page.

But, just hours after the new banner was introduced last night…controversy erupted behind the scenes.  Dive fans contacted the A2Y art staff and began complaining in lispy phrases that they felt mith-represented, that since Abel To Yzerman wasn’t specifically a Red Wing blog (perception is everything you know), they should have had more input into the selection of the new banner.

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  Tags: transvestite+avalanche+fans

Back When Hate Was Good

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jibblescribbits posted this today after finding it at Bethany’s.  I’d assume it’s ‘98 or early ‘99. 

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  Tags: chelios, fellow+bloggers

Atlanta Attitude

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I didn’t know Bob Hartley was into fashion design, but I do like the Stanley Cup ‘I’.

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Ben Wright at Blueland Blog explains more and some sweater talk too…

Today was the first chance for most of the guys to try on the new jerseys and the vast majority of the comments were positive. The one complaint that was voiced by three different players was that they’re hard to grab on to. They’re tighter than the old uniforms and the material is a bit on the slippery side, especially if your hands are sweaty.

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Real Games!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A blog at Canada.com called offside needs to know the games in London are part of the regular season schedule…

London won’t be a sellout

How do you make an NHL preseason game matter even less than it does in the first place? Set one up in a market that has little to no knowledge or interest in the sport whatsoever.

On top of that, charge ticket prices that would make Sir Richard Branson flinch.

Well, maybe not Branson, but you’d think twice about rushing out to get in line.

Also, I thought all the reports were the games were sold-out.

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Euro Division?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s board of governors will hold their annual fall meeting Tuesday in Chicago and reporters usually give this one a pass. But this time there is a lineup of sexy topics on the agenda, so yours truly and a few others will be hanging around the govs’ airport hotel.

First on the list is expansion, but it’s thought the governors will not be talking about run-of-the-mill Kansas City or Las Vegas plans. Rather, they will be discussing long-range plans for a European division. Many around the NHL believe this will come to pass within six or seven years, and holding the official season-opener in London at the end of the month is part of the plan.

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Smyth Would Like To Be An Oiler Killer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Now that he’s a member of the Avalanche, having signed a five-year, $31.25 million contract on July 1, Smyth can set his sights on other targets.

“Well, hopefully I can be an Oiler killer,” Smyth said Thursday after undergoing medical and physical tests at the Pepsi Center, the first official day of training camp. “Some teams you play well against, some teams you don’t. I don’t know about impressions. You go out and play and perform and you try to do it every night, but it just so happened to work out against these guys.”

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Settle…Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sometime in the next 24-48 hours, there will be a new header here at A2Y.  It’s not the result of the contest, but something totally new and breathtaking.  Don’t get all wadded up thinking I guaranteed something then backed out. The winner you select to replace “Fire on Ice”?  That graphic will appear elsewhere on the page, prominently displayed as promised.  The new header, by the way, was created by an A2Y reader.  Guess if you’d like.  Here’s a hint: there will be no imagery of cross-dressing Dive fans.  So…that rules out one of you right there.

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Hab It Your Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

“I know a lot of people have us down and out and not making the playoffs, but it comes from within, from chemistry, and hopefully the young guys will find that early and ride it the rest of the year,” Higgins said Thursday as the Canadiens reported for training camp at the Bell Centre.

“Youthful energy is going to be a big part of the team.”

Higgins even found a theme for the Canadiens season — hunger.

“The main word for this year is hunger,” he said. “Guys have to want it.

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More Heart Surgery For Numminen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WGRZ,

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that defenseman Teppo Numminen will have heart surgery.

Numminen learned of new complications Monday when undergoing a routine examination at the Cleveland Clinic prior to the start of training camp. The Sabres say it’s too early to tell if the surgery is career or season threatening.

General Manager Darcy Regier told reporters he’s still learning details of the situation, but did say the surgery Numminen needs is more extensive than two previous procedures he’s undergone to deal with an irregular heartbeat.

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  Tags: teppo+numminen

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