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Can MLSE Win?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Grange and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“This notion MLSE doesn’t want to win is bull,” says Brian Burke, the president and general manager of the Leafs. Burke is 22 months into a six-year, $19.5-million (U.S.) contract, awarded with the expectation that he’ll deliver a Stanley Cup to Toronto as he did with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

“They gave me complete support and independence and have given me the resources to fix it,” Burke says. “If we can’t turn this thing around, you can blame me. It’s the best-run company I’ve ever worked for. I’m proud to work for MLSE, I’m proud to work for Richard Peddie.”

Fans have no choice but to take Burke’s word for it, but the problems on the ice, floor and field seem to drown out his defiance.

What price losing? Have Greater Toronto Area sports fans finally had enough?

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Darcy Tucker Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Never one to back down, Darcy Tucker has decided its time to face life’s next challenge and in doing so, he’s announcing through TSN, his decision to retire from the National Hockey League.

“After spending the whole summer anticipating I would play, it got to a point where I knew it was time.”

“I just knew, during workouts I didn’t have that same feeling,” Tucker told TSN, “and I needed to be fair with my family.”


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Salvador Out With Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that defenseman Bryce Salvador will be out indefinitely with a concussion.

He said no decision has been made yet on whether Salvador will be placed on long-term injured reserve. That would seem to be a strong possibility, though.

“We haven’t even talked about that or discussed that,” Lamoriello said of placing Salvador on LTIR.


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Pleiness: Serial Killer’s Sitting

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All those injuries baby Jesus swore we wouldn’t have to suffer through again?  Yeah, they’re coming back.

RW Front

Quick update from the Wings’ morning skate, Todd Bertuzzi will not play against the Toronto Maple Leafs, complaining of tightness in his back.

Mattias Ritola will take his spot on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen.

All aboard.


“We didn’t put him out there (for the morning skate), he was tight,” said Babcock, who isn’t sure if Bertuzzi will play this weekend.



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Last Year It Was DIRECTV, This Year It Is DISH Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (October 1, 2010)—The Buffalo Sabres today announced that MSG Networks and DISH Network, who have been negotiating a new agreement since early this year, failed to come to an agreement by midnight last night to continue carrying Buffalo Sabres games.

“We’ve been informed by our broadcast partners at MSG they no longer have an agreement with DISH Network to televise Buffalo Sabres games,” said Michael Gilbert, director of public relations for the Buffalo Sabres. “This is a matter between MSG and DISH Network, and the Sabres have no involvement in the negotiations between the two parties. As a result, we encourage all of our fans who have DISH Network to switch carriers. As it currently stands, DISH Network subscribers will be unable to watch Buffalo Sabres games starting with the season opener on October 8.”

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A CBA Loophole?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

In the minds of some general managers, burying players in the AHL is as much a salary cap circumvention as anything the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk tried this summer.

“There’s a huge cap circumvention,” one team executive said. “It allows teams that can afford it to make a five or six million-dollar mistake.”

Said another executive: “What we’ve found out, if there’s a loophole in the CBA, teams will find a way to use it.”

And there are no signs this loophole is closing. The league challenged the legality of the long-term deals this summer and won. But a league source told Sporting News not to expect the same kind of challenge in this case because sending these big salaries to the minors is permitted by the current CBA.

“There is no debate on this. It is not (circumvention),” Burke wrote in an e-mail to Sporting News. “Under the terms of the CBA, the cap only includes the salaries on the NHL roster. Many players have come off the cap in this manner in the cap system.”


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Chara Wants A Long-Term Deal

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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Chara is ideally looking for something that would allow him to play until the age of 45, but that would mean an 11-year deal for the Slovakian defenseman. A lengthy contract like that is not exactly an easy sell to the NHL after an arbitrator roundly rejected the Ilya Kovalchuk contract – a deal based on the assumption that NHL players can continue skating in the NHL well north of their 40th birthday.

Whether a new contract would take Chara through that length or would simply be another deal similar to the five-year contract he originally signed with Boston, the B’s defenseman said there a few more days before his season-opening deadline comes into play.

“We’re not on the exact same track,” said Chara of contract talks. “But we’re talking and we’ll see how it goes. Obviously I don’t want to have it bother me during the season, so we have a few days left.”


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Fowler Appears To Have Made The Ducks Squad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Coach Randy Carlyle all but conceded that Fowler, 18, will be with the squad for possibly the first nine games of the regular season before the organization decides whether to send him back to his junior team.

If he plays a 10th game, the first year of his entry-level contract would be triggered.

“We knew he has the skills and we know he has the skating ability, so we have to make a decision based upon whether he’s going to start with our hockey club and get his 10th game in,” Carlyle said.


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Who Would You Cheer For?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Ok people, let’s hear it: who gets the loudest ovation from the crowd Thursday night, among the members of the ‘95-96 Stanley Cup winning Avs team that will be honored before the season opener of this year’s team with Chicago?

Joe Sakic? Patrick Roy? Peter Forsberg? Those are the favorites, of course, but I’ve got a darkhorse pick: Mike Ricci.

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Playing Behind Bars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

The end of the NHL pre-season is mercifully within sight, as the NHL drops the puck on it’s 93rd season next week.

All of these exhibition games reminds me of the most infamous exhibition game of all time - the day Gordie Howe’s Detroit Red Wings played a game in 21 degree Fahrenheit temperatures on an outdoor ice surface constructed at Marquette Prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

It seems Detroit’s manager Jack Adams made a deal, mostly in jest, that the Wings would scrimmage against the inmates. Adams had visited the prison to visit a couple of mobsters by the name of Ray Bernstein and Harry Keywell, notable Detroit sports fans before their incarceration.


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