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New Year’s Day On NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the NBC promo for the Winter Classic on January 1, 2008.

added 1:03pm, NBC Sports today announced that Bob Costas will host NBC’s broadcast coverage of the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Costas has a history broadcasting hockey, serving as the play-by-play commentator for the Syracuse Blazers of the old Eastern Hockey League in 1973-74 and also occasionally filling in for the late, great Dan Kelly on KMOX’s St. Louis Blues radiocasts in the last 70s and early 80s.

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NHLPA Invites Bettman To Union Meeting

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from Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),

NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Paul Kelly has invited NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to attend and address players at the union’s summer meetings. The invitation is the first Bettman has received in 15 years as commissioner.

Kelly informally extended the invitation when he met Bettman for the first time this fall. He later repeated his invite when he spoke before the league’s board of governors Nov. 29. A written invitation to the commissioner followed in an e-mail early this month.

“I was pleased to be invited,” Bettman said in an e-mail. “We believe that this represents a constructive development in our relationship.”...

“In past years, my appearance at the board of governors or the commissioner’s appearance at one of our meetings would not have been an enjoyable event,” Kelly said. “The players now hold the same view I hold. It’s time to grow the revenues and look at new markets and work with each other instead of against each other.”

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Two Teams, Two Different Directions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The last time the Washington Capitals played the Wings at the Joe Louis Arena, they won the game 4-1 with goals from Jaromir Jagr, Robert Lang, Dainius Zubrus and Peter Bondra.  That was in November of 2003 and it seems a lot longer than that.

Boy, how things have changed.  The Caps decided to unload some high-priced players, taking on the attitude of building from with-in the organization.  They have been active in the UFA market, but are spending wisely instead of throwing big money at big names.  In the very near future, the Caps will become a team to fear, as long as they sign Alexander Ovechkin to a long term contract, something I see happening by the end of this season.

Today is also a day the Red Wings organization should have taken a look at their stance on the Hockey Bloggers.  The Wings continue their refusal to acknowledge reputable hockey blogs and are paying the price for it.  Heck, today is a perferct example. The University of Michigan hires Rich Rodriguez to coach their football team, the Detroit Lions lose again, the Pistons win again and we have 15 inches of snow to battle with today.

The Wings are hosting Alexander Ovechkin tonight, and yes, that is a the story for hockey fans, but sports radio hasn’t even mentioned it,  the Wings beat writers do their typical work about it and that is all we have here in Detroit.

How refreshing it would have been if the Wings had invited or allowed a few hockey bloggers into the press box tonight.  But then again, they would not be able to control what they write, and THAT folks is the story.

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It Just Doesn’t Seem Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Vancouver Province,

Just compare the New Jersey Devils’ air (and bus) miles since Dec. 1 to the kilometres racked up by the Canucks.

- Canucks: Vancouver, St. Paul, Chicago, Nashville, Vancouver, Los Angeles/Anaheim, San Jose, Edmonton, Vancouver—13,705 kilometres;

- Devils: Newark, Manhattan, Washington, Boston, Newark—1,440 kilometres.

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New League Talk

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from Allan Maki of the Globe & Mail,

Dave King can see the possibilities because he’s seen the way hockey is changing in Europe and Russia - the emergence of rich owners, the advent of new arenas and now Russia and Sweden refusing to go along with the IIHF-NHL player transfer agreement, one they believe doesn’t reward them enough for the players they produce.

So a new European hockey league rising out of opportunity or even defiance? Having coached throughout Europe and with Mettalurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League, King knows the mindset, can see it happening.

He can also see the NHL doing little if anything, as a new league proposed by Russian energy mogul Alexander Medvedev is being planned for Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Ukraine and perhaps Finland.

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Comparing Bourque and Lidstrom

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There are more than a few blogs with content so superior to ours that I get embarrassed and sad when I read them. So generally, I just avoid them altogether.  Greatest Hockey Legends is one.  Joe Pelletier has decided to compare Nick Lidstrom and Ray Bourque and I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the result.  Dive fans who believe Bourque played his entire 1.23 year career in Denver are rejoicing.

Another pretty telling stat for me is post season All Star awards. In 19 of his 22 seasons Bourque was either on the first or second team, including in each of his first 15 NHL seasons. Lidstrom has “only” been honoured 8 times in 15 complete seasons, with more sure to follow. But it took him 7 years before his first all star nod.

It is the only statistical anomaly between these two great defenders. A case could even be made to suggest Bourque faced stiffer competition for All Star honours. As such, I conclude Ray Bourque’s legacy ranks him ahead of the still growing legacy of Niklas Lidstrom. But only for the time being.

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Bones Were Moving Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Leafs coach Paul Maurice, obviously frustrated at losing a 27-minute-a-game defenceman until at least the all-star break, snapped during his post-game press conference, accusing Kostitsyn’s hit of being “a cheap shot” and “a bulls—- play.”

Toronto general manager John Ferguson and Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau were far less critical of Kostitsyn, a sentiment echoed by McCabe.

“I don’t even know exactly what happened,” McCabe said. “We just seemed to get tangled up. It was a freak thing, that’s all.

“I knew something was wrong right away. At first I couldn’t move my hand. Then, when I could start moving it, I could feel bones moving around in there. That’s never a good thing.”

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Shutting Down AO

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

When Alexander Ovechkin leaves Joe Louis Arena this evening without a point he shouldn’t fret.  Because it’s almost

Christmas

the holiday season?  No.  Because Pepe Lopez Tequila is sold in the greater DC area?  A good reason, but not what I’m talking about here.

AO, after the Wings shut him down tonite, should feel snuggly and warm in the knowledge that he’s not alone.

Superstars don’t fare well against Nick Lidstrom’s Wings.

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Simon Stomp Will Be Costly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Whatever reservoir of support Chris Simon might have had left among his teammates and within the Islanders organization has all but evaporated. His inexcusable attempt to injure Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu in the Isles’ 3-2 loss Saturday night was mind-boggling for its selfishness on any number of levels….

Even Brendan Witt, Simon’s closest friend on the team, couldn’t alibi for him. “You don’t get any momentum going when you’ve got to kill a five-minute penalty,” Witt said. “That hurt.”

But the one Simon hurt above all is Islanders coach Ted Nolan.

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In case you missed the stomp by Simon, you can see the video here...

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Do You Know Pepe Lopez?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A word of advice. If ever given the option between a forty dollar bottle of Patron Tequila and, for instance, a twelve dollar bottle of Pepe Lopez…choose the Patron.

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