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The Literate One Turns 40…errrr 38

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update!!!:  1059 EST.  OTC makes a very good point in the comments below.  Baroque’s consistent attempts to raise the level of conversation here could be solved by simply banning her from from the premises.  I’ve created a poll below.  It’s very important that you vote.  We’ll make it a caucus if you want.

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We’ve had some pretty enlightening moments here at A2Y the last twelve months, moments that would leave an outsider unfamiliar with our “norms” shaking their heads—and perhaps believing that most of us are “challenged”, or 8 years old. 

And we’re cool with that. Well…18 of us are.

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Ruutu & Tucker Go At It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jarkko Ruutu and Darcy Tucker had a great middleweight fight last night that seemed to send a wake-up call to the Pens.

Empty Netters has a breakdown of the game if interested.

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, jarkko+ruutu

Flint Awaits: McCarty Return Could Occur Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It just might be a big frigging night in Flint.  Darren McCarty’s debut with the Generals is still up in the air, but tonite is a possibility.

Brendan Savage/The Flint Journal

“We’re very hopeful,” director of hockey operations Ron Sanko said Thursday night. “But we don’t want to disappoint any fans by saying, ‘Yes, he’s in,’ when we don’t know. We’re still waiting for clearance.

“The minute we know he’s cleared to play, the entire city of Flint will know.”

No word on what specific type of clearance is required from the NHL.  That’s got me wondering a bit. More on that to follow.

 

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Big Al Wakes Up The Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Michigan sports editors must be reading The Wayne Fontes Experience

All this begs a question. Are there 2 teams in all of sports, both elite, both title contenders, that have been so throughly ignored by their local media entities?

Thank God for the Detroit blogosphere…

Big Al takes the Detroit MSM to task for ignoring the Pistons and Wings.  Two days later?

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Behind the Scenes with Ryan Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ryan Miller talks about his television commercial, done partially in Chinese, broadcast live during the Winter Classic. (video from WGRZ in Buffalo, or audio from the Buffalo Sabres)

*To watch the advertisement, video posted earlier here on Kukla’s Korner.

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Future Bright For Marc Staal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

Marc Staal seems comfortable with flying slightly under the radar as he gets far less media attention than two of his brothers did during their NHL rookie campaigns.

Maybe having composure at a young age, 20, has something to do with his demeanour.

The New York Rangers’ defenceman was a remarkable plus-4 for goals scored at even strength when he was on the ice during his first 40 big-league games. His average ice time was 17 minutes 54 seconds. And Staal had more takeaways than giveaways, 21-13.

continued

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  Tags: marc+staal

Variable Pricing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The Predators are one of a handful of NHL clubs that use variable pricing, and franchise officials said the aim is twofold: They want to increase ticket revenue in one of the league’s smallest markets and they want to reinforce the idea that it’s more economical to buy full or partial season tickets at one low base price as opposed to buying tickets to an occasional game or two.

The concept has been hotly debated among Predators fans, some of whom don’t like paying more for more popular games, especially when the team is trying to reach an average of 14,000 paid fans per game to keep its current lease with the city intact.

For instance, the overall attendance at the previous Detroit home game this season — the first premium-plus game of the season — was 14,346 (13,608 paid).

That’s a noticeable dip from most past home games against the Wings, which were usually either sold out or close to it in 17,113-seat Sommet Center.

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Update January 3, 2008: From The Daily News Journal

The Nashville Predators are starting the 2008 calendar year by eliminating the Premium Plus Pricing program that was implemented prior to the 2007-08 season, it was announced today by Predators’ President of Business Operations Ed Lang, impacting three remaining games this season.

The Premium Plus Pricing program was in effect for the following three games: Tuesday, February 12 vs. Detroit; Thursday, March 20 vs. Detroit and the home finale on Thursday, April 3 vs. St. Louis. Tickets for those three games will be reduced by as much as $39 a seat.

*note: this post originally dated December 10th, 2007

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Harder For Teams To Keep Young Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

It’s enough to cause a lot of headaches in several front offices in the weeks and months ahead. Here’s a look at 10 situations most likely to do so:

1. Alexander Ovechkin: It’s hard to imagine the Washington Capitals will let their franchise face go under any circumstance, but Ovechkin has already reportedly rejected a deal worth $7.5 million annually and will almost certainly get an offer sheet approaching the maximum $10 million per season if he hits the open market.

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Carolina Struggles Since Great Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Hockey News,

There’s not much Rutherford can do about injuries but he did make one notable decision Thursday, putting veteran goalie John Grahame on waivers and recalling netminder Michael Leighton from Albany of the AHL.

Grahame is earning US$1.4 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

“John Grahame didn’t do anything wrong, he didn’t get any support,” Rutherford said. “We’re just giving another guy a chance here.”

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Kovalev the Comeback of the Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

If the National Hockey League had an award for comeback player of the year, a prime candidate could be Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens.

Last season, the skilled but unpredictable right winger scored only 18 goals and looked to be on his way out of Montreal and perhaps even the NHL.

But Kovalev has rebounded to become the Canadiens scoring leader, as well as acting as mentor to young Belarus forwards Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn.

“You can’t be perfect all your career - there’s going to be ups and downs,” the 34-year-old Kovalev said Thursday after the pre-game skate. “Last year was one of those years where you can’t find your game and nothing’s going your way.

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