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Who’s The Guinea Pig?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ok.  The link is there, waiting for you to click.  All you displaced hockey fans (or those of you just unlucky enough to have Verizon Fios instead of straight Comcast), without Center Ice for digital cable…here’s your chance.

Center Ice Online is available for order.  A free trial through 9 October, 150 bucks for the season.

Who’s gonna leap first?  You?  I’m hesitant, but I’ll probably take the plunge later this week after I set aside a few bucks for cheddar.

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  Tags: watching+the+wings

NHL Officially Announces The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageThe worst-kept secret in hockey is finally coming out in the open as the NHL makes its announcement about the January 1st, 2008 outdoor game to be played between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Press conference is scheduled for 2pm ET today. This link will open up your WMP to watch a live feed of the conference. (Or go to the NHL.com home page to pick up the broadcast there).

Update 2:09pm ET:

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: buffalo+sabres, pittsburgh+penguins, winter+classic

1,344 Prizes From Sidney Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFor Canadian Residents Only:

Pepsi, Lay’s and Gatorade brands are giving away one prize every hour for 56 days, including the chance to meet NHL star Sidney Crosby.

With another NHL season right around the corner, hockey fans are getting ready to cheer their favourite teams and follow Canadian superstar Sidney Crosby’s first season as captain of the fast-rising Pittsburgh Penguins.

Meeting Sidney Crosby is just one of the incredible prizes awarded every hour, during the “Game On with Sidney Crosby” promotion running between September 9, 2007 and November 3, 2007.

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  Tags: contest, sidney+crosby

Report- Fisher Gets Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to RDS (not translated), Mike Fisher will be signing an extension for 5 years, $21M.

added 12:28pm, TSN concurs…

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  Tags: mike+fisher, ottawa+senators

As Canadian Dollar Rises… Players May Take A Pay Cut

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s some news worth calculating: the more our Canadian dollar rises, the more likely it is that NHL players may soon be taking a pay cut….

But soon, our dollar and the U.S. dollar are expected to be equals. And should our dollar surpass its US counterpart – a possibility, according to some economists – NHL players will be taking home less money.

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Causing The Least Amount of Damage

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aaron Downey will beat the hell out of you, but apparently can’t hit Keith Tkachuk in the ass with a puck from four feet away.  Brent Sopel can blast a puck by the best goalies in the league, but his efforts in TC showed us he’ll just as likely give it away quicker than Bubba’s sister at a family reunion.  Igor Grigorenko has all sorts of talent and “hockey sense” but can’t skate for twenty seconds without pulling out the puffer. 

And so it looks like Uncles Kenny and Mikey have to make a few decisions based on potential and who’s going to hurt the team the least.

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  Tags: babcock, downey, grigorenko, holland, rafalski, sopel

Aaron Ward Not Too Happy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Another day, another story on The Hockey News’ pre-season predictions – and the fury they generate in some people and players.

This time, it’s Boston defenseman Aaron Ward whose UnderArmor is in a twist. Apparently, he’s none too pleased we picked the Bruins to finish last in the Eastern Conference this season.

“There’s a reason why (those writers) are not putting skates on,” said Ward, employing the incomparably lame “Youse-guys-ain’t-NHLers-and-therefore-can’t-comment-on-nuthin’ ” argument. “And if (writers) really knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t be writing in Toronto or Montreal or New York. They’d be in Vegas, putting their money where their mouth is.”

Proteau responds and a bit on Ozolinsh too…

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  Tags: aaron+ward, media

NHLPA Recorded Phone Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

Former NHL Players’ Association executive directors Bob Goodenow and Ted Saskin routinely tape-recorded players, agents, NHL officials such as NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and officials of other sports unions, including NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw, without their permission or knowledge, according to a report issued to NHLPA members last month….

The report also details a taped conversation between Daly and Saskin in October 2004, which Daly said was recorded without his knowledge. Last week, Daly wrote in an e-mail , “I’m not prepared to comment on the ‘ethics’ of the practice. But apparently, it was a practice that Bob (Goodenow) endorsed and may even have been insisted on.”

Daly blasted the report, saying, “To the extent anyone reads the Block report and treats its conclusions as ‘gospel’ — i.e., that they are factual — they are making a big mistake,” Daly wrote in an e-mail.

Thanks go out to Sports Business Journal for allowing KK members and guests to read the full article...

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  Tags: nhlpa

Liveblogging My Call To Verizon

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

0957: been on the phone for 11 minutes trying to determine whether they’ll offer Center Ice.  Have spoken with 1 live person who I couldn’t understand and dealt with 17 recorded operators. None were helpful. I swore at them.

0959:  On the phone with Ms. Wynn.  13th time I’ve given my phone number.  “NHL…that would be hockey?.  Bear with me one second please.”

1000: Tom from the Verizon Fios Solutions center doesn’t know what “the NHL” is, but he’s tracking it. Good on ya Tom.

1002: Now on the phone with Skip (really). He “doesn’t know if they’ll be offering it.”

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  Tags: watching+the+wings

Gomez On The Transition From New Jersey To New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Gomez talks about the transition from New Jersey to New York.

Video found via Game On, the blogs at MSG Network.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, scott+gomez

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