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Havlat Will Not Require Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

While not quite official, it’s appearing more and more likely Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat will not require surgery on his injured right shoulder.

The team has the opinion of four doctors and awaits a fifth and final one before making a final decision, but coach Denis Savard said he expects his star forward back in a matter of weeks, not months.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

Showcase The Helmet

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Faithful reader Jim Burrows believes the NHL is missing out on a huge marketing/branding opportunity.

Burrows wonders why the league doesn’t mandate the use of team logos on player helmets, making them as much a part of the uniform - and, more important, team identity - as they are in football.

“Can you imagine where the NFL would be if they had taken the same approach?” said Burrows. “Imagine the Colts playing away [games] with a blue helmet! The helmet is central to the brand in football.”

more plus Kevin’s weekly tour around the NHL and a good feature on Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen.

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Talking Las Vegas

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

“I think it’s a very viable location,” Buffalo-based Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told the Boston Globe. “I think the league would be interested if the time came when it made itself available.”

Early estimates suggest expansion costs, which were $80 million a few years ago, could soar to $250 million or more. The money would be distributed among the 30 teams, minus the 54 percent for the players, not a bad take. Bettman doesn’t see the gambling issue as a major obstacle because hockey makes up such a small percentage of bets.

“We’re small potatoes on the sports book,” Bettman told reporters in Florida. “If we were going to Vegas, we would have to focus on that issue. But I don’t think it’s nearly the issue for us as it may be for [another league].”

read on plus much more NHL talk…

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  Tags: expansion, las+vegas

Just Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

One GM on the lack of trades: “Nobody makes them anymore. You’ve got to give up cash to get rid of cash and it’s usually not worth the risk. I talk, and talk, and talk, and it usually leads nowhere.”

more... at least you can read about all the trade talk…

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Sid’s Back

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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

The record will show that Sidney Crosby came in to last night’s game against Toronto in a 98-way tie for 147th place in the league scoring race.

Mathematical incompetence and late game scores from out west prevent us from formally updating the goal table.

But the 20-year-old left town having broken his ‘07-08 cherry – twice, for good measure, including the game winner – and all’s right again in Sid World.

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added 8:18am, from the Toronto Sun,

About two hours after Myers dropped puck in the ceremonial opening faceoff between Crosby and Mats Sundin, Sid The Kid drove the final dagger into Austin Powers’ beloved blue-and-white by tapping home a loose puck for the winning goal in a wild 6-4 Penguins victory.

“He’s a pretty big fan, isn’t he?” Crosby said of Myers, a long-time crazed Leafs supporter.

more

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

NHLPA To Become Strong Again

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gary Bettman, who spent the lockout trying to break the NHLPA (and would have succeeded if not for the efforts of people such as Chris Chelios, Trent Klatt, Steve Larmer and Eric Lindros), recently went on the record insisting he believes in and welcomes a strong union across from him at the table.

Well, the commissioner is going to get what he wished for, because once Paul Kelly, the former assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, becomes NHLPA executive director, that’s exactly what the union will again become.

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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

Power Outage in San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pollak at the SJ Mercury News,

A pregame power outage delayed the start of the Sharks home opener Saturday night by about 20 minutes.

Players were warming up on the ice when the arena bowl went totally dark about 7:05 p.m. Five seconds later, the HP Pavilion generators kicked in and there was enough light for the players to continue skating, but limited power elsewhere in the building.

Fans weren’t able to enter the building for a short period and the parking lot was also dark.

As efforts were being made to restore the power, Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson and Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli huddled to determine the best way to begin the game once conditions were ready.

continued…

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  Tags: arenas, san+jose+sharks

The Portzline Evaluation Formula

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch,

Warning: Once you’ve read this and studied all the numbers, the rest of the NHL’s regular season will be a mere formality.  The Stanley Cup playoffs, too, for that matter.

The Portzline Evaluation Formula was dreamed up nearly three years ago in the hallucinating cold of Edmonton and fine-tuned this summer in Toronto with the help of a sudsy friend named Alexander Keith.

It is a gloriously subjective and simple way to evaluate each of the 30 NHL teams and, thus, predict how the 2007-08 season will play out.

We’re publishing it now (yes, it’s copyrighted) so we can say ‘We told you so’ next June … when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup Finals.

continued…

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Keith Aucoin: An NHLer Trapped in the Minors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark McGuire at the Times Union,

He didn’t get drafted and drifted to the ECHL and UHL before getting a shot in the American Hockey League. Then he produced, just like in high school, just like in college.

He’s been called up by the Hurricanes twice in the past two seasons—but never for more than eight games before being sent back down to Albany.

“I’ve been told I wasn’t good enough since I was a kid,” Aucoin said. “It’s not the first time (someone) said I can’t do it.”

more…

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, keith+aucoin

Flyers Searching for an Identity

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob Ford at The Philadelphia Inquirer,

“Back With a Vengeance,” was the message emblazoned on the pumpkin-colored T-shirts handed out to the customers for the home opener last night. It is a nice sentiment, a promise that the foolishness of a year ago won’t be tolerated again - at least not mildly. Coming just three days after Jesse Boulerice broke his stick on an opponent’s jaw, maybe the timing was a little off, but what can you do? “Back With a Cross-Check and a 25-Game Suspension” wouldn’t fit on the shirt.

These aren’t the Broad Street Bullies, regardless of the shelf time for Boulerice or the 20-gamer earned by Steve Downie in the exhibition season, and they aren’t the Philadelphia Ballet yet, either. The franchise is stuck somewhere in between, searching for an identity, and trying to skate the fine blue line that separates being tough and being stupid.

more…

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