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Wide Open East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen at USA TODAY,

The NHL’s Eastern Conference has become a landscape of equal opportunity for teams looking to reach the Stanley Cup Finals this season.

Whether you have a hole on defense, or a slug in your top six forwards, you have reason to believe you have a chance. If you had chosen a committee to shuffle players from roster to roster to make every team equal, you could not have created as much parity as we now have in the Eastern Conference after this summer’s wheeling and dealing.

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Could Atlanta Be The Next Target For Balsillie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

At day’s end, any distaste Bettman might still have for Balsillie would probably be trumped by the Research In Motion co-founder’s ability to help bail out a struggling team. Say, the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Thrashers aren’t going anywhere as things now stand. But that’s largely because the team’s eight owners are in court fighting for control of the NHL franchise and its basketball cousin, the NBA’s Hawks.

Sports finance experts say whoever emerges with the team may well look to sell and/or move the Thrashers.

That’s because Atlanta has failed to impress as an NHL market. “Forget about hockey,” one sports business source says.

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Hockey Destination: San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

“This is becoming a destination place,” Thornton said. “Word of mouth spreads like wildfire in this league, and guys love playing here. People believe you can win playing on this team, and it’s got a chance to keep going and going.”

The summer contracts - worth nearly $75 million - were an indication that General Manager Doug Wilson believes this nucleus can overcome its playoff failures and break through to claim a Stanley Cup. Yet it also appears to have been relatively easy to convince Marleau, Thornton and Michalek that they didn’t need to test the free-agent waters - even with the lure of more money elsewhere.

“For me it was a no-brainer signing an extension,” Thornton said. “Where else would I go that’s better than here?”

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  Tags: joe+thornton

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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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

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