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No More Outdoor Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Dear Gary Bettman,

Please accept this as a formal plea to cease and desist with these outdoor hockey games in football stadiums. The first one in Edmonton left me cold, to employ a pun as painful as your comparison between these games and the players playing on backyard rinks and ponds when they were children, and the rest even colder. Well, if I had lost my mind and actually attended the one in Hamilton last year, it would have left me wet, since it rained like crazy.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Hockey Blogger “Retirement”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The talented DCSportschick is hanging up the keyboard on her hockey blogging life for now:

This blog has been a source of great joy for me, and it’s incredibly hard to give it up. However, I’m faced with other life-changing events on the horizon, and in light of that, it’s time.
You’ll still see me around the rink, around the stadium, around the field. That won’t change; I might not be there as often, but I’ll be there. I’m still a sports fan, after all.

A sad day for her many fans, but our best wishes to her in all her future endeavors.

 

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Now Is The Time For Youngsters In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

But for all of the veteran experience, what may prove most telling is the infusion of youth that is starting to shape the Western Conference. The Stanley Cup champion Ducks must now rely on the continued development of two 22-year olds—Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry—to fuel their attack. The Blues added Paul Kariya, who will be 33 in October, to the veteran duo of Tkachuk and Weight, but equally important is the emergence of winger Lee Stempniak, 24, as an all-around player, as well as the ability of 2006 top overall draft pick Erik Johnson to make a seamless transition from patrolling the blueline for the Minnesota Gophers to doing likewise at the NHL level.

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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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Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  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…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  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

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