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Lacking A Sense Of Humor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Brown, East Valley Tribune columnist,

A new ad campaign for the Dallas Stars includes billboards that state, “The only thing our refs shave is the ice.” Is that how bad things have gotten for the NHL? You can’t sell your own sport, so attack the NBA’s problems in hopes of attracting a few stray fans?
NBA spin doctors are hard at work at a response. The early prototype: “Our games are on ESPN, not “The Cycling Channel.”

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Bruins Will Be “Badder”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

Chiarelli, as he’s preached repeatedly since the conclusion of last season, promised that the Bruins will be a rougher bunch, referring to the signing of ex-Anaheim tough guy Shawn Thornton and the re-signing of eager-to-scrap Jeremy Reich.
“I don’t know if it’s the big, bad Bruins of old,” Savard said earlier in the week, “but we’d like to be badder than before.”
Around the league, in-your-face thumping has diminished over the years, especially following the implementation of the post-lockout rules. Dead, obviously, are the “Slap Shot” goonery days, but also MIA are the down-low scrums, battles, and tussles that players like Neely seemed to thrive on, replaced by the up-and-down fleetness of the new NHL.

more and some NHL talk too…

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The Leafs Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

“I think Ottawa and Carolina are the class of the East,” he says. “The Rangers and Flyers improved themselves, too. I just feel we have bolstered our team in certain key areas.
“Hey, we just missed out by one point a year ago and I feel we are a better team now.”
In order for his Leafs to take the next step, there are a number of issues Maurice must deal with once camp kicks off.
And here is how he plans on facing each and every one of them:
The moment Paul Maurice holds his first press conference of camp, you can bet he’ll be grilled concerning the identity of his No. 1 goalie.

much more

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Why London

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

If anything, you’d think the NHL would wish to play a game in a country with a legitimate zeal for the sport, such as Sweden or Finland.
And if it were a matter of stepping on the toes of the elite leagues overseas, one would assume some sort of compromise could be reached to ensure that all parties remained content.
The entire idea is utterly bizarre, but it enters a new level of head scratching when you consider the two teams picked for these monumental games: The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks are somewhat understandable coming off a Stanley Cup championship.
Sending the Kings, however, is quite the puzzler.

more

I am really surprised Erin doesn’t mention one of the reason’s the Kings are involved is the Kings and the O2, the venue the games will be played in while in London, share the same owner.

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Sign Her Kenny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AFP via the Eonomic Times,

Watching Maria Sharapova’s curvaceous figure hugged by a crystal-spangled red dress in her second-round victory at the US Open, it’s hard to imagine such beauty buried under ice hockey pads.
“It used to be when I was growing up, it was gymnastics,” Sharapova said. “I always wanted to be a rhythmic gymnast - I grew a little too fast for that - and (play) hockey.”

more... A day of upsets, Sharapova lost her third round match today and if you are a college football fan, can you say Appalachian State?

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Your Saturdays Just Got A Lot Less Busy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As if you didn't need another good reason for hockey season to finally start....Appalachian State 34-Michigan 32. Hail, hail to Michigan the champions of the.... Shut up.

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Sophomores In The Central

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from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

In the Central Division alone, we watched at least one second-time-around player break out last season. On the offensive side of things, St. Louis’ Lee Stempniak went from 14 goals in 2005-06 to 27 last season, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp go from 14 goals to 20 and Columbus’ Dan Fritsche improve from six to 12.
Young defensemen were really prevalent in the division, when you consider the improvement of players like Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, Nashville’s Shea Weber (17 goals) and Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.
Here’s a broader look at how the presumed sophomore jinx can actually turn into sizzle for some young players in the Central Division this season.

read on

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KK- Stats For August 07

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Well, what can we say, another great month for KK.  We did not expect almost 5 million page views for the month of August, probably the slowest month of the hockey calendar.
Your continued support of KK allows us to add more features, which I am HOPING to say, will be implemented shortly.
The new look KK is so close, yet I want to make sure everything is working so we can hit the ground running.  Testing is ongoing and again, KK will be “shutdown” while we move over 16,000 posts to the new look.  I will be posting when we do the conversion but in case you miss it and try to visit KK, you just may run into a “not available” notice, so be prepared for that.

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Stats for previous months are available here...

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Liability Lawsuit Threatens To Wrap The Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Associated Press, via USA Today:

Denise M. Sciarrotta was thrilled with the seats her family had for the minor league hockey game. They were close to the action as they watched players take practice shots.
It was going to be a special night: her 12-year-old daughter was going to sing the national anthem. Then a puck ricocheted off a goal post and slammed into Sciarrotta’s head. Blood poured from a gash above her left temple.
More than four years later, Sciarrotta said she bears a 2 1/2-inch scar and permanent brain damage from an incident she maintains could have been prevented with proper safeguards.
Her negligence lawsuit could become a landmark case, as the state Supreme Court recently decided to consider if fans have the right to sue for injuries that happened during warmups. A ruling is not expected for about a year.

continued

 

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No Greater Sound

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We are close folks….

from Empty Netters,

Some brilliant person found clips of 24 goal horns in the NHL and put together a stunning YouTube clip.

more (hint, turn the volume down if you are at work(

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