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Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today, Forechecker pointed to an interview that Sharkspage posted with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.  I wanted to reference the interview here on the main KK Hockey feed as well, just in case anyone missed the earlier post. It’s really a fascinating read for anyone interested in the issues of technology and media as it pertains to the NHL.

Leonsis provides a great deal of detail about how the league does—and will—utilize technology to support its business model. In his words:

“We lifted up [our business enterprise], put the internet underneath, and then slammed it back down so it is the powerplant the pretty much drives everything that we do.”

Read the rest here.

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  Tags: media, technology, ted+leonsis

Bad Blood Games a Plenty in the NHL Today

Blog: KK Members Blog By Alanah McGinley

If you have a buddy who is a casual sports fan and you want to get him hooked on hockey, today is the day.

A number of NHL matchups today/tonight have the potential to feature some serious battles.

Here the skinny (team fights in parenthesis; potential fighters listed by team):

Vancouver (21) @ Pittsburgh (10) - 1:00 est
Vancouver: Hordichuk, M Brown, O Brien, Davison
Pittsburgh: Godard

Hordichuk/Godard could be a pretty nasty tilt.

Potential - Highsticking minor

NY Rangers (15) @ Ottawa (7) - 3:00 est
NY Rangers: Orr, Voros, Dubinsky
Ottawa: Ruutu, Bass, J Smith

Get your rear ends in your seats. Jarkko Ruutu is in for a long night against a team of Rangers that want blood. This past Monday night, Ruutu missed on a penalty shot. Instead of going back the bench, he retrieved the puck in the corner and fired it at Rangers’ goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist. Bad move. Rangers tough guy Colton Orr wanted to get at Ruutu after the game; but the referees kept everyone separated. It’s been less than a week… the memories are fresh.

Potential - Two fights at one time… ejection. Keep an eye on Voros who matches up nicely with Ruutu.

Boston (10) @ Montreal (12) - 7:00 est
Boston: Sh Thornton, Lucic, Chara, Hnidy
Montreal: Laraque, Kostopoulos, O Byrne, Begin

Superheavyweight Georges Laraque was brought into Montreal for a number of reasons, one of which was to keep the Bruins’ Milan Lucic from running Habs’ players. Laraque has been less than successful. Lucic ran Alexi Kovalev last game and beat the snot out of Mike Komisarek in a one-sided fight. Komisarek is now out for at least a month with a shoulder injury. Laraque asked Lucic to fight him; but Lucic politely declined and went about his way. Laraque force the issue today and jump Lucic. He should have did it last game when the Bs were blowing out the Habs. Maybe he was saving up for a performance on home ice today in Montreal?

Potential - Line brawl. Very nasty game.

For the rest of the matchups, make your way over to Twominutesforblogging.

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Go Home, Homer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not that he’s all that disappointed in missing out on the tropical tail end of the west West Coast trip, but Tomas Holmstrom will be missing tonite’s game with Calgary and Monday’s againt Vancouver.

Khan(!)

Forward Tomas Holmstrom was sent home to have an MRI done on his ailing back, coach Mike Babcock said.

St. James

“We’re going to send him home so we can get an MRI tomorrow,” Babcock said. “So he won’t be on the trip.”

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Five Years Ago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On Nov. 22, 2003, the Canadiens and Oilers braved sub-zero temperatures for an outdoor hockey extravaganza. Here’s a look back at this historic event!

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Florida Places Belak On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via George Richard of On Frozen Pond,

...just got word that enforcer Wade Belak was placed on waivers today.

Belak signed a two-year deal with the Panthers during the offseason but hasn’t seen much playing time this season.

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  Tags: wade+belak

Morrow Shocked By Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

Brenden Morrow spoke to the media at the morning skate, and said he was stunned when he found out that an awkward fall in Thursday’s game would keep him out for six months with a torn ACL in his right knee.

“I’m a little bit shocked,” he said. “I don’t really feel that bad. I kind of expected a game or two, and the six months recovery kind of caught me off guard.

“I’m walking around here today and can’t really believe it, he added. “I can walk fine, how can’t I play?”

continued

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  Tags: brenden+morrow

Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Inside Hockey

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with Conor McKenna of TEAM 990 broadcasting live from Montreal.  They’ll be joined by guests Michael Farber (Sports Illustrated), Brian Daccord (Stop It Goaltending) and Raphaël Doucet (Le Hockey Magazine).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and on TEAM 990.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Gord Stellick & Troy Murray talk to Pat Burns, Wendel Clark, Phil Esposito, Pat Quinn, Russ Courtnall and Mike Van Ryn.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, Team 990, Team 1040 and others.

 

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  Tags: inside+hockey, media

24 Teams Hit The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Twelve games today, starting at 2pm ET when the Canucks take on the Penguins.

Some great match-ups and don’t forget about the pre-game ceremonies in Toronto and Montreal, where the Leafs will honor Wendel Clark and the Canadiens will do the same with Patrick Roy.

View today’s schedule below…

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A Few Words On +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There has been a series of posts on the blogosphere about the value of the +/- rating stat.  Since I have a longstanding interest in sabermetrics and hockey I thought I would comment on it.  The series of posts begin with David Staples of the Edmonton Journal writing on his Cult of Hockey blog.  He wrote a post called Why Plus/Minus is a Rotten, Useless, Misleading and Irrelevant Stat for NHL Players.  If we go beyond the hyperbole of the title, he makes the point that +/- ratings can be misleading because (like any other statistic) there is a context to the numbers which is not clear from one number alone.

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Avalanche Recall Willsie

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DENVER (November 22, 2008) – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Brian Willsie has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland. He will meet the team in Los Angeles and be available for tonight’s game against the Kings.

This marks Willsie’s first call-up of the season from Lake Erie where he leads the Monsters in goals (8), points (14) and plus/minus rating (+7). After posting goals six consecutive games to start the year, Willsie has recorded five points (2g/3a) in his last four games. Willsie has compiled 104 points (51g/53a) in 334 NHL games, including 15 points (7g/8a) in 69 games with the Avalanche.

In a related move, the Avalanche placed center Ben Guite on injured reserve (ribs) retroactive to November 10

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  Tags: brian+willsie

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