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Going Toe to Toe

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Are you ready for the Battle of the Blades?

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Get Off The High Horse

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from Frank DeFord at NPR,

Imagine if Vogue magazine was not only the country’s single dominant fashion medium, but also produced most major runway shows. Imagine if The Wall Street Journal was not just the nation’s only powerful business outlet, but it also owned the rights to the listings on the New York Stock Exchange.

Well, essentially, so it is with ESPN and sports. ESPN rules the land, the seas and the firmament of sport, and ESPN sees that it is good. ESPN has multiple channels, a magazine, a radio network, and now it’s starting local Web sites in many cities to compete on that level.

What it covers is so often what it owns the rights to — in almost every major sport. To be sure, other networks share some rights to the various leagues, but only ESPN is a critical mass. ESPN can make you.

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thanks to a KK member for the link...

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The Latest On The Sharks

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

I do have it on good authority that there won’t be any big-time distractions between now and 11 a.m. Thursday, so don’t hold your breath on those Dany-Heatley-to-San-Jose rumors leading anywhere just yet.

I also have it on good authority that Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t at all happy with the efforts in some parts of the media to portray him as a hockey exec who promised there would be major changes and has yet to deliver on that promise. Some of those same stories have suggested that means the pressure is on him to up the ante for Dany Heatley and do it in a hurry.

more on the Sharks and J.R….

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...

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Listen Alert

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Kerry Fraser,

retired

retiring NHL referee,  will be on Leafs Lunch today from noon - 1pm ET and I am sure he will be sharing some great stories.  So if you have nothing else to do, listen in at am640 in Toronto.

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Numminen Officially Retires

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from the NHLPA,

TORONTO (August 5, 2009) – Teppo Numminen, a 20-year veteran with the Winnipeg Jets/ Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres, as well as a decorated international hockey player, officially announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League.

Numminen, 41, a three-time NHL All-Star (1999, 2000, 2001) appeared in a total of 1,372 NHL games and recorded 117 goals and 520 assists for 637 points in his career.

“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with and against the best players in the world for so many years,” said Numminen. “Playing hockey in the NHL and also for my country, Finland, was very enjoyable. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans, and the media for all the great years.”

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Risto Pakarinen gives his thoughts on Teppo too,

A Tampere native, Numminen fits the stereotype perfectly. The people from Tampere are said to be calm, slow, and modest, to a fault. “Let’s not make a big deal out of this,” is a phrase that echoes in the Tampere Arena. Numminen has never made a big deal out of himself.

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Gillis Continues His Rise In Vancouver

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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

It’s only been three months since he was able to shed the “rookie general manager” tag. Now—apparently out of nowhere—Mike Gillis has been asked to be a rookie all over again.

A rookie president of a National Hockey League club.

He ought to take it as a compliment.

Even if adding another title to his nameplate should turn out to be mainly a money-saving device for a Vancouver Canucks ownership that is ever-vigilant for such opportunities, it underlines one thing quite clearly.

The mutual admiration society between Francesco Aquilini and his now sophomore GM is very much alive—maybe even stronger than 15 months ago, when Dave Nonis’s cologne was still hanging in the air as Aquilini was naming the former player agent and his ready-made coterie of ex-client/advisers to form the new regime.

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Mid-Week Thoughts

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• I’ve been getting up early the last two day to listen to Elliotte Friedman co-host the morning show on Fan590 in Toronto.  Elliotte knows his sports and is a pleasure to listen to.

• Why do some of the people associated with our game subscribe to a service that actually collects followers for them on Twitter?

• Anyone else tired of “sources said”?  The first thing of think of when reading that is, yea right!

• Can Eric Duhatschek please return from vacation soon!

• I am wondering if we are going to see more video reports from the MSM hockey writers/bloggers?

• On a non-hockey related topic, will the Detroit Tigers reach the MLB playoffs?

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Morning Line

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“There’s no better place to be in the league right now.  I think we’ve got the best group of young hockey players in the NHL, and I’m very excited to be a part of it and see where we can take it.”

-Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues.  More on Paul from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Looking At Patrick Eaves

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from the Universal Cynic,

Yes, it’s not a great sum of money from the Wings in the grand scheme of things, but one must remember that Eaves is injury-prone and has a history of concussions. One false move and he could potentially end up sitting in his closet, talking to his mittens for a third of a season. However, Eaves is still an excellent skater with capabilities along the boards that can be appreciated. And it’s safe to say that with a team like Detroit, his numbers are probably going to rebound, which only bodes well for him at this time, next year.

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Burke Talking Tough

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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Burke said he is “excited” to see what Kaberle can do with some of the veteran defencemen he acquired, particularly Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin.

“Say your first (defensive unit) is Kaberle and Komisarek,” Burke said. “Kaberle is not picking his teeth out of the glass all night (anymore). I’m excited about that.

“There’s some notion that everyone has to be tough on a hockey team. They don’t. You have to surround your skill guys with enough size and toughness that they can play their game. And I think that’s what we’ve done.”

Burke reiterated his belief that the club’s so-called skill players—Mikhail Grabovski, Jason Blake, etc—could enjoy excellent seasons because they now are surrounded with sandpaper.

“I believe that toughness and fear are contagious,” the GM said. “And I count on improved performance from some of those kids just because we’re bigger and meaner.”

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