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Blues-Leafs Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nick Kypreos on Fan 590 reporting the follwing trade:  Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak.

added 1:50pm, St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and center Alexander Steen from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Lee Stempniak.

“We feel we have improved our club today for both the short and long term by adding Carlo and Alex,” said Davidson.  “Carlo is solid two-way defenseman and will provide depth to our blueline and Alex can play center or wing and can score at the NHL level.”  “Lee has done a tremendous job in St. Louis.  He is a classy individual and we would like to thank him for all of his work on and off the ice that he has provided to the St. Louis Blues.”

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Matt Murley Cleared by IIHF to Play in KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press release from the KHL:

The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.

Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.

Complete explanation below. [Update: Plus added links down below]

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  Tags: iihf, khl, matt+murley

Panthers Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

• Wade Belak’s days with the Florida Panthers aren’t over.

Belak cleared waivers today and is free to report back to the Panthers.

• Nick Boynton is out today; he also has a concussion. Likely suffered in his fight Friday in Boston.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2008)—Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 23.

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Oilers Hoped Penner Would Be Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

If only I could feel bad for the Oilers and their serious case of buyer’s remorse.

What, exactly, did Edmonton think it was purchasing with that offer sheet? Penner was a 6-foot-4, 245-pound winger who had played two seasons of college hockey, two seasons in the American League and one full season in the NHL (plus 19 games in part of one other season)....

Did they know his legs were “inconsistent” and his conditioning sometimes an issue? Did they know that the “competitiveness” part of his game has “always been a problem?”

That’s the reason GMs snicker. Edmonton didn’t know, but they hoped. They paid an exorbitant price and hoped for the best. They now have buyer’s remorse.

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  Tags: dustin+penner

NHL Establishes Marketing Alliance With Champions Hockey League

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

NEW YORK (November 24, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a marketing alliance with the Champions Hockey League (CHL), the newly formed European club championship under the authority of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The CHL began play on October 8, 2008 in 12 European markets. Based on early success, the pan-European league is already scheduled to expand to 22 markets for next season.

Following the NHL’s participation in September’s Victoria Cup, a pre-season tournament in Bern, Switzerland which featured the New York Rangers and two CHL clubs, the two leagues began discussing further cooperation on various marketing initiatives which has led to the new alliance.

The leagues have agreed to form a working group to look at the future of the Victoria Cup, explore other competition formats between the leagues, create joint promotional and sales efforts and develop other cooperative initiatives to foster growth in hockey across North America, Europe and worldwide.

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Friction In The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL Players’ Association overhauled its constitution a year ago to prevent the union from repeating the errors of its past, but the union’s new structure is now causing friction between Executive Director Paul Kelly and ombudsman Eric Lindros.

Kelly and Lindros, once staunch supporters of each other, are increasingly at odds over their roles at the union, according to numerous hockey and sports industry sources.

continued and thanks to Sports Business Journal for allowing a normally paid subscription to be posted.

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  Tags: eric+lindros, paul+kelly

A Non-Blogger Responds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I wanted to draw your attention today to the KK Member Blog area, where HockeyinHD gives a side of the story we do not normally read about on this topic.

Also, for the folks who have been writing their own blog there, may I suggest updating your KK member profile.  I know a few folks involved in the business who want to know a little bit more about you so updating your profile may be to your advantage.

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Bloggers Rights: From the Outside looking in.

Blog: KK Members Blog By HockeyinHD

Over a series of three submissions (depending on interest) I would like to touch on an issue which has taken on some recent momentum, the rights of hockey bloggers in general to expect and receive access to the media boxes of NHL teams.

In this first article I will attempt to clarify the parameters of the issue through a step-by-step analysis of what the bedrock issues actually are, and through this explanation to perhaps solidify the nature of the debate and provide some insight on where strides can be made on either side.  In two subsequent articles I will then touch on to what degree bloggers meet those amorphous standards of acceptance, whether or not that access is even something bloggers ought to be seeking, and some suggestions on how I think they may be able to accomplish those goals. 

Part I: What are Bloggers Rights?

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Cooling Off In GR

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Quick. Name the three Griffs who will be in Detroit next year. If you had to choose three, who would they be?

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