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Bettman Says Panthers Staying In South Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a local radio station Tuesday the Panthers “absolutely” will remain in South Florida long term.

“I don’t worry about this team into the future,” Bettman said during an interview with ESPN Radio 760. “And I think this team is now at a stage where people can get really excited about it.”

a little more...

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Second Team to Toronto: Was That Even News?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today we linked to David Shoalts report in the Globe & Mail, which claimed numerous unnamed sources who suggested that a second NHL team in Toronto was not out of the question.  Later, we also linked a Toronto Star article which refuted the initial reports, with their own source claiming it was “nonsense.”

Now Damien Cox weighs in on The Spin with his thoughts:

Sometimes, another media outlet publishes or broadcasts a report that is clearly off-base and speculative at best, but is sensational. It causes lots of conversation and water cooler talk.

Is it our job to follow up on that story? To dispute it? To prove it right or wrong? To ignore it?

That’s what the issue was for me today when the Globe and Mail published a patently bogus story about NHL governors considering a second NHL team for Toronto.

For starters, there was no attribution to any of the main parts of the story.

Read the rest for Cox’s perspective on the story and its coverage.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: media

A Look At Joe Beninati

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post,

As a teenager growing up in the Long Island suburbs, Washington Capitals broadcaster Joe Beninati was always The Voice of any sport he ever played, often offering an impromptu running play-by-play commentary for his friends even as he also was participating in a street hockey game here, a lacrosse game there.

continued

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  Tags: joe+beninati

A Great Collection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eyes On The Prize,

...here are nine Montreal Canadiens cards from 1911-12. In mint condition, judging by recent sales and auctions, the set might be worth a million!

Only the second ever set of hockey cards issued, the C55 1911-12 Imperial Tobacco series of 45 cards is a most sought after set.

take a look at the cards and read more about them…

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Win Tickets to the HHOF Legends Classic Game!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

[updated post-time]

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto has graciously agreed to give one lucky Kukla’s Korner member 4 tickets to the Legends Classic game taking place in Toronto on November 9th, plus 4 passes to visit the HHOF.* 

imageThe Source For Sports Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic, taking place at Air Canada Centre, highlights the Sunday afternoon schedule of Induction Weekend.  Witness hockey history as the 2008 Inductees receive their official Honoured Member Blazers, then lace up their skates with other NHL stars as they take on a team of Montréal Canadiens’ Legends. 

The game boasts an unrivalled roster of 15 Honoured Members – Anderson, Cournoyer, Michel Goulet, Dale Hawerchuk, Rod Langway, Larionov, Lanny McDonald, Brad Park, Robinson, Borje Salming, Steve Shutt, Darryl Sittler, Billy Smith, Peter Stastny and Bryan Trottier. In addition, fans will be treated to a Half-Time Show and Post-Game Encore by Canadian rock icon, Kim Mitchell, live in concert.

If you’re a KK member (registration is free & easy) just drop us a note in the comments of this post and we’ll do a random draw for the winner on October 24th.**

Obviously you’ll have to be able to get to Toronto to attend—but even if you yourself can’t use the tickets we’ll be happy to send them to a friend of yours in the area. 

Below is a full press release on the upcoming events at the HHOF:

 

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame, induction+ceremony, legends+classic

Lilja Getting Appendectomy Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner

Andreas Lilja is having an appendectomy today and won’t be with the team in St. Louis. The defenseman could return to the lineup as early as Friday, according to coach Mike Babcock, but that does seem like a very speedy recovery.

Appendectomy on Tuesday and playing NHL hockey on Friday??  Methinks Babcock is a bit of an optimist…

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  Tags: andreas+lilja

Early Season MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Teams have played a few games and I think it is meaningful to pick an early season MVP.  I like to track the MVP and other potential award winners throughout the season - and I will do so as the season progresses. 

I think the early season MVP is Alexander Semin of the Washington Capitals.

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Waiting for a Train Wreck

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Must admit, I felt kind of “dirty” watching the Dallas Stars beat the New York Rangers Monday night. Why? Well, I was glued to the game for one reason and one reason only—Sean Avery

You never know what is going to happen during a game Avery participates in, especially coming back to NYC to take on his former team. The back of my brain was thinking “train wreck,” my heart was saying “get the game over before the wreck occurs.”

continued with notes on various topics today

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  Tags: sean+avery

St. Louis Picks up David Koci, and Other Transactions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the St. Louis Blues:

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team claimed forward David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning also waived Jason Ward today while claiming Matt Pettinger off re-entry waivers from Vancouver.

In other transaction news [TSN]:

Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks defenceman Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: darren+mccarty, david+koci, ken+klee, kyle+wellwood, lukas+kaspar

AO Rocks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN’s James Duthrie goes behind the scenes to find out why Alexander Ovechkin would make the perfect rockstar.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

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