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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As if you didn't need another good reason for hockey season to finally start....Appalachian State 34-Michigan 32. Hail, hail to Michigan the champions of the.... Shut up.

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Sophomores In The Central

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

In the Central Division alone, we watched at least one second-time-around player break out last season. On the offensive side of things, St. Louis’ Lee Stempniak went from 14 goals in 2005-06 to 27 last season, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp go from 14 goals to 20 and Columbus’ Dan Fritsche improve from six to 12.
Young defensemen were really prevalent in the division, when you consider the improvement of players like Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, Nashville’s Shea Weber (17 goals) and Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.
Here’s a broader look at how the presumed sophomore jinx can actually turn into sizzle for some young players in the Central Division this season.

read on

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KK- Stats For August 07

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, what can we say, another great month for KK.  We did not expect almost 5 million page views for the month of August, probably the slowest month of the hockey calendar.
Your continued support of KK allows us to add more features, which I am HOPING to say, will be implemented shortly.
The new look KK is so close, yet I want to make sure everything is working so we can hit the ground running.  Testing is ongoing and again, KK will be “shutdown” while we move over 16,000 posts to the new look.  I will be posting when we do the conversion but in case you miss it and try to visit KK, you just may run into a “not available” notice, so be prepared for that.

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Stats for previous months are available here...

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Liability Lawsuit Threatens To Wrap The Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Associated Press, via USA Today:

Denise M. Sciarrotta was thrilled with the seats her family had for the minor league hockey game. They were close to the action as they watched players take practice shots.
It was going to be a special night: her 12-year-old daughter was going to sing the national anthem. Then a puck ricocheted off a goal post and slammed into Sciarrotta’s head. Blood poured from a gash above her left temple.
More than four years later, Sciarrotta said she bears a 2 1/2-inch scar and permanent brain damage from an incident she maintains could have been prevented with proper safeguards.
Her negligence lawsuit could become a landmark case, as the state Supreme Court recently decided to consider if fans have the right to sue for injuries that happened during warmups. A ruling is not expected for about a year.

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No Greater Sound

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We are close folks….

from Empty Netters,

Some brilliant person found clips of 24 goal horns in the NHL and put together a stunning YouTube clip.

more (hint, turn the volume down if you are at work(

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Lupul Gets Fresh Start In Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

Lupul is part of a revamped team in Philadelphia. The Flyers were big players in the off-season, signing free agent Daniel Briere and acquiring the likes of goaltender Martin Biron, defenceman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell.
“Any time you get to go to a new team it’s exciting,” Lupul said.
“It’s a fresh start. I could tell from the first day that the Flyers are a first-class organization. They do things right and they definitely treat their players well.
“They’ve helped me out a lot and they’ve made it easy for all of the new guys to feel welcomed there.”
Getting an opportunity to play in the East is also appealing to Lupul, who up to now has only known the rigours of playing for Western teams.

more

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It’s September.  That Makes Me Happy.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What? I’ve returned from a thirteen-day sabbatical and life is nifty.  We’ll do a little round-up this morning then get back into a regular routine of posting.  Stand by because the Empire of Blogs is going to look completely different in a matter of hours, or days…real soon.  Paul’s been working all summer on a site revamp and it’s going to be real frigging cool.  It could happen any minute.  Keep hitting refresh every 22 seconds.

Camp opens in two weeks up in TC.  September 14th we’ll open up the voting for the official replacement for Fire on Ice.  This week we’ll review the submissions and make fun of each of them.  There’s still time to send in your own art so get to it.

Continue Reading »

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Someone Like Goodenow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“I was a big Bob Goodenow fan,” said Chelios yesterday, just minutes after the NHLPA’s three-day general meetings had come to an end. “If we could find another Bob we’d be well off.
“If Bob put in his resume we’d consider it. But I think Bob wants to move on and we want to move on.”
Schneider feels the new leader must share the same mandate that Goodenow harboured during his lengthy tenure as the union’s executive director.
“When you compare Bob to Ted (Saskin) or (Alan) Eagleson, the thing about Bob was that he always looked out for the best interests of the players. Always,” Schneider said.

more

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Lidstrom In The Driver’s Seat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Paddock Talk,

Detroit Red Wings team captain and multiple Norris Trophy winner (top NHL defenseman) Nicklas Lidstrom will drive a 2007 Corvette Z06 to pace the start of the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, part of this weekend’s Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Lidstrom, one of the Red Wings’ top scorers of all time, will lead the American Le Mans Series field of 27 sports cars to a rolling start and lead a parade lap prior to the IndyCar race on Sunday in what are the first racing events in Detroit since 2001.
“In looking for a pace car driver for this event, we wanted somebody who really represents the city of Detroit,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “Nick Lidstrom, a local hockey hero, fit the bill perfectly, especially with his love of cars. We’re proud to have him behind the wheel of a Corvette Z06, Chevy’s flagship performance car, pacing an event that we’re so gladly welcoming back to the city.”...
“I’m really excited about driving the pace car,” said Lidstrom. “I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m really looking forward to it. I actually haven’t driven the Z06 before but I am a fan of sports cars and I’ve heard a lot of great things about this particular Corvette so I know it will be a lot of fun.”

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All In Charge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL Players’ Association could have a new leader within the next two months but he likely won’t have the same power as his predecessors.
‘‘The 30 player reps will run the program,’’ Eric Lindros said Friday as three days of NHLPA meetings wrapped up. ‘‘Below it will be the executive director and the general counsel.’‘
Nothing is etched in stone at this point, Lindros quickly added, but the union is undergoing a massive reshaping of its power structure and constitution.

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