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The Howe Tune

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Remember the KK post about a month ago called “Gordie Howe Is The Greatest Of Them All”?  Well, if you enjoyed it I suggest you read Dave Stubbs at the Montreal Gazette today,

Whether Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was the greatest of them all, regardless of the record book, might forever be debated by hockey fans.

But in the spring of 1963, when Howe was celebrated in a hit song by Verdun’s Bob Davies, there was no doubt.

Tonight, the man they call Mr. Hockey will be joined by a handful of other Red Wings legends at the Bell Centre when the Canadiens pay tribute to one of their Original Six rivals, another special event on the road to the Habs’ 2009 centennial.

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With the game being on Versus tonight, we can only hope they care enough about their fans that they show this pre-game tribute!

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  Tags: gordie+howe

Start Naming Names

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The segment HNIC did on Saturday regarding some of the hockey blogs has of course created some great conversation.

Probably the best thing I have read about it comes from Tom Benjamin at his NHL weblog,

I’m really tired of the unsupported criticism - advanced in the story by Kevin Allen - about the lack of accountability and journalistic ethics in the blogosphere. First, I think my readers hold me accountable. Every time I make a mistake, I hear about it in spades and so does everyone who reads the comments on the blog.

Second, if this really is a problem, it is time to name names instead of throwing it out as a general criticism. Which post or blogger violates or has violated the ethics of hockey journalism? Who has been irresponsible? Which opinion falls outside the boundaries of fair comment? Support the criticism with some evidence or shut up about it.

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  Tags: hnic

The Canadian Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you listen online to many of the sports radio stations in Canada, like I do, these numbers may interest you…

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The Bill Watters Show, launched in August on AM640 Toronto to compete against Bob McCown’s Prime Time Sports afternoon drive-time sports show on The Fan 590, has yet to inflict any damage.

McCown’s market share (percentage of the Toronto audience listening) for the September-October survey period was 8.0, up from 7.5 a year ago (all figures for males, 25 to 54).

Still, the Watters show, which is targeting a male audience, did pretty well for its first survey. It produced a share of 3.1, up from 2.0 a year ago.

more ratings talk regarding other shows throughout Canada…

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Time Is Right For Leafs To Make Some Moves

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from the Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

A week ago, Rome was burning, or at least the Maple Leafs were in freefall, candidates were openly lobbying for John Ferguson’s job, Richard Peddie was saying all kinds of silly things and major organizational change seemed imminent.

Then came a credible performance in a shootout loss to Montreal, followed by a solid victory in Atlanta and an impressive triumph against the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice Saturday night.

So can the alarm be turned off now? Or should it never have been turned on in the first place?

Well, no and no.

read on

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Sens Need To Win And Forget About Stats

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I don’t know if there’s anything specific at the moment. I’ve told teams we need to get healthy. We’ve said all along that it would be nice to have another forward who can score goals. But there doesn’t seem to be that person available right now. We’re just trying to find out what is out there.”

Murray said the answers mostly have to come from within.

“I’m not sure that trades do very much,” said Murray. “You may scare a person. You may eliminate a person or two from your lineup. I think we have a pretty good hockey team. You don’t want to make a change just for the sake of making a change. If that’s what it takes to stimulate this group, then I’d be pretty disappointed.

“We’ve got a good group here. We’ve obviously gotten away from our game. We’ve got too many guys worried about statistics rather than winning.”

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  Tags: bryan+murray

All Paul Kelly & Eric Lindros

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from In the Room at the Washington Times,

Kelly and Lindros talked about all sorts of issues with the game, and since the story was more of a feature on the two of them trying to help the NHLPA regroup, there was not room for their views on a lot of important topics. So here is some what we talked about. It is a lot to digest, but there is some pretty good stuff in here.

ON THE CURRENT STATE OF THE GAME

KELLY: We like the game played at a high rate of speed. We like to see good, close games whether they are 2-1, 3-2 or 8-7. I don’t know that the volume of goals is really the issue. We want to see good, clean, competitive, fast play.

read on

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  Tags: eric+lindros, nhlpa, paul+kelly

Hot Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

The Blues, who play the Flames on Tuesday and the Oilers on Friday, are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and playing some of the best hockey in the league right now.

“We, as a team, feel we can play with anybody,” Blues president John Davidson told The Canadian Press on Monday. “And we should feel that way. Last year we were just hoping to survive and stay in the hunt as long as we could. This year it’s different.”

The 15-8-1 Blues sit fourth in the tightly contested Western Conference, making a major statement two months into the season after missing the playoffs two straight years.

“And we’re going to be around for a long time,” said Davidson. “We’ve got eight players 24 and younger. So we’re going in the right direction. We feel good about the way we play the game, we feel good about the way we’re committed. Our team is well prepared.”

read on

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  Tags: john+davidson, st.+louis+blues

It’s A Wonderful Game - Not

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The NHL’s latest episode of Tales Of Contentment, this one coming out of the league’s Board of Governors meetings, had me laughing myself to tears late last week.

In case you missed it, the overwhelming, underlying message was positively Alfred E. Newmanesque in its simplicity: What, us worry?

“I think it’s a wonderful game the way it is today,” said Rangers GM Glen Sather, who also thought his Blueshirts were a playoff team from 2000-2004.

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Sorry to go against you Adam, but maybe a tweak to the goalie equipment is all that I want to see.  I also believe the majority of KK readers are happy with the game as we know today.

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Daly Reviews “MVP”

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from CBC,

The NHL is OK with CBC injecting more drama into the sport of hockey.

The NHL requested and received a sneak peek of MVP, a salacious prime-time soap about the lives of hockey players, which premieres Jan. 18 on CBC.

“While it certainly could be interpreted not to cast professional hockey players in the most positive light, I also understand that it’s fiction,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote to CBC in an e-mail.

“And I have enough faith in the Canadian public to see it as such. The CBC understood why we’d want to see a copy.”

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To see a clip of the show, you can go back to a previous post on KK...

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  Tags: cbc, hockey+entertainment, media, mvp

Great Gesture By The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Habs Inside/Out,

Tuesday’s Canadiens-Detroit Red Wings game will be preceded by a tribute to the 81-year rivalry between the two Original Six clubs.

The Red Wings are expected to be represented by legends Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Marcel Pronovost and Marcel Dionne. The Canadiens are expected to have icons Jean Béliveau and Dickie Moore taking part, with Jean-Guy Talbot, Stéphane Richer and Claude Lemieux.

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added 9:20pm, Because KK member snafu brought up the name Lemieux…

check out the video…

Continue Reading »

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