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Hail To The BJ

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Previews of the Division That Gary Built return today with a look at our once and future rivals, the Columbus Blue Jackets.  I’m no expert on the BJ’s. In fact I wasn’t even aware of their existence until late in life.  But now that I’ve found them, I recognize their value.  I’m sure you do as well.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it now…the better the BJ’s, the better off we all are.  We, as a fan base, can only benefit from their improvement, especially if Gary Bettman plans on giving the BJ’s to us 8 times per year.

What…and you expected me to somehow mature or something?  Please.

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Shot Heard Across The Border

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

Jim Balsillie’s name keeps popping up in Canadian papers as a possible-future NHL team-owner. That’s because there are scribes north of the border dying to see a big-league club move to either Hamilton or Winnipeg – or even Crows Nest Pass.

What the Canadian Fourth Estaters refuse to acknowledge is that Balsillie so alienated NHL owners, he has as much chance of securing a team as Anchorage has of winning a Stanley Cup!

more NHL bits from Stan…

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Lester Patrick Recipients Announced

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Nine-time NHL All-Star Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist Cammi Granato, prolific writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler and longtime communications executive and historian John Halligan have been named recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

continued and congrats to all!

added 7:30pm, Stan Fischler’s response to the award…

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Sean Burke Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Veteran NHL goaltender Sean Burke has called it a career.

The 40-year-old Burke made the official announcement on Tuesday ending a distinguished NHL and international hockey career.

“I have been very fortunate to enjoy a long and eventful professional hockey career,” said Burke.

continued

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  Tags: goalies, sean+burke

The Winter Classic Sells Out in 40 Minutes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From WBEN in Buffalo,

The Buffalo Sabres outdoor game at Ralph Wilson Stadium—officially called AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic New Year’s Day- sold out 74,000 tickets in under 1 hour Tuesday morning.

The game, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, began offering tickets at 10:00 am at the Bills Ticket Office outside the stadium and online at Ticketmaster.com. None were available by 10:40 am

It is not known how many tickets went to individual buyers and how many went to brokers, but there are indications that the secondary market is already skyrocketing.  There were no limits on the number of tickets any individual could buy, and immediately after the sell out tickets were being offered on E-bay, at typical prices of $2,000 for six, or roughly $300 each.

continued… (*you can also read more details about the game here)

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, pittsburgh+penguins, winter+classic

Q&A with the Flames Cory Sarich

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Cory Wolfe at Can West talks to Calgary Flames defenseman Cory Sarich,

CanWest: Does Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener own more cars or cowboy hats?
Sarich: I haven’t seen his collection, but I’m going to have to guess cowboy hats. I’ve only seen him bombin’ around in his truck and anybody who has a truck has gotta have some cowboy hats out here.

CanWest: What’s the best practical joke you’ve witnessed in an NHL locker-room?
Sarich: Slitting the coffee cups. Someone took two or three cups from the top of the pile and just made a slight cut under the edge of the rim. Guys fill up their coffee cups and when they go to take a drink, it pours all over them. They get frustrated with the first cup and they’re so busy trying to figure out who did it that they grab the next cup from the pile and it happens all over again.

more…

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Plans For The Upcoming Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At my NHL.com blog today, I lay out my blogging plans for the 2007-08 NHL season.

As always, your participation is encouraged and welcomed.

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NHL Calendar of Important Dates

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageSept. 29-30 - Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings season-opening series at London.

Oct. 3 - General regular-season opening night.

Nov. 10 - Hockey Hall of Fame Game - New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nov. 12 - Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Toronto.

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Ron Francis Helping Canes With Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Watching practice Monday morning, Ron Francis sat in the stands at the RBC Center and sketched and doodled on a pad in his lap, diagramming plays.

Francis is searching for an answer to the same question that so plagued the Hurricanes a year ago: What went wrong with the power play?

“Everybody sort of understands what we’re trying to accomplish,” Francis said. “With the talent we have and the skills we have up front, we just need to give them the freedom to read and react and make plays.”

read on

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Kozlov A Fit In Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Post,

At 6 feet 5, 230 pounds, Viktor Kozlov towers above his new teammates. But an enormous frame isn’t the only reason the Washington Capitals forward has stood out from the crowd during training camp.

Kozlov has shown the rare ability to control the puck in traffic, distribute passes with a marksman’s accuracy and use his rangy reach to disrupt opponents—all while operating at top speed

The most intriguing revelation about Kozlov’s game, though, is how it seems to be meshing with left wing Alex Ovechkin’s.

continued (reg. req.)

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