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Chicago On The Right Track

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Will the Hawks be better? Sure, but marginally. They aren’t playoff-bound just yet.

Will they be more interesting? Absolutely—and by a lot. This is a team worth watching, even if those watchers won’t see enough victories to put it in the playoffs. Optimistically, I see an 82-point season, which is notably up from the 71 of last season, which was up from the 65 of the year before, which was up from the 59 in the last season before the NHL lockout. Progress will be made, however slowly.

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Game 2 Impressions: Enigmatic Revenge

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1102 EST: Updated with Digger reaction below.

The subtleties.  It’s the subtleties we forget during the offseason.  The little things that we have to get used to again that make the whole viewing experience unique.  Example? Sure.  I’d forgotten about late night hockey and how to prepare for it.  I’d forgotten that a 2030 start time required the type of moderation I hadn’t been practicing on your standard Saturday.

I’d forgotten that dowsing myself with Heineken (yes, I’ve made the switch from Rolling Rock) for 6 hours prior to game time comes real close to ensuring that by the second period I’d be wondering why Greg Stefan was wearing number 39.

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  Tags: beer, genius+a2y+readers, lang

Alfredsson Off To Fast Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

“It’s like he had a week off instead of three months. He’s continued right from where he left off in the playoffs,” Senators coach John Paddock said of Alfredsson. “I couldn’t come up with enough superlatives to describe the way he’s playing.”

“He has been just unbelievable to start the season. Everything he touches ... he’s skating well, shooting well. He just sees the ice so well,” said Senators centre Mike Fisher of his captain.

Alfredsson stood out on a night when the Senators got a great team effort. The penalty killing was flawless again and is now a perfect 20-for-20 on the season.

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, ottawa+senators

Progressive Caps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Blog,

We would have blogged with passion aplenty absent any intervention from the Washington Capitals, but in reflecting on the past year, we’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the team’s communications professionals, its athletes, and that filmmaker fella with the nice perch at Verizon Center. The very first comment left at OFB one year ago today was from Mike Vogel. The second came from Ted Leonsis. The next thing we knew we were being invited into Verizon Center’s press box and players’ rooms. What’s excited us most about that remarkable hospitality is its visionary democracy: the Caps have led the entire professional sports industry in laying out the welcome mat to committed bloggers, and there were times last season when a press box row was populated entirely by bloggers.

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Without a doubt, the Caps are very blogger friendly.  I remember my first interview with Ted Leonsis…Phone rings at my home, “Hi Paul, it’s Ted”...

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  Tags: washington+capitals

Rangers May Have Advantage In Lawsuit Against The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The Rangers, who want the right to control their own website instead of adopting the league’s “homogenized ... cookie cutter” model, argue the addition of Drury and Gomez have “made the Rangers a strong contender ... creating enormous opportunities to increase traffic to the Rangers website, as well as to use the Rangers website to cultivate fan excitement, attract new fans, and enhance the Rangers business.”

The Rangers surely won’t need to draw on their new high-priced forwards in court. It looks like history may be on their side.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Sunday With Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Which NHL head coach subjected his players to room-by-room, curfew bed-checks conducted by his assistants in the team’s hotel two nights before the season opener on the road?

• A well-placed source reports that Doug MacLean’s Absolute Hockey Enterprises group that apparently had reached an agreement to buy the Lightning, is having ongoing issues meeting the financial requirements necessary to complete the deal and is seeking additional investors.

more NHL talk plus a look at Downie type hits…

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HNIC Debut Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

It was pretty, but, at times, it was pretty boring, too.

We’re talking about Hockey Night In Canada’s Saturday night debut with its new look and programming changes.  The new studio, consisting of leather chairs and a mahogany coffee table in front of a large screen, looks clubby. Visually, it was elegant and also a little staid.

When the conversation is also staid, that’s a problem. It’s a hockey telecast, after all, not Masterpiece Theatre.

continued…

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  Tags: hnic, media

An Insider’s Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Evan Grossman of NHL.com is live blogging from the NHL “War Room” in Toronto.  Let’s see what he is up too…

Just had our first goal review. Nashville’s David Legwand got credit for the Preds’ first goal of the game, a ruling that came from the same desk I’m sitting at. Caught it all on video, which was pretty amazing. On the TV in front of me, the referee waited at center ice, like we’ve seen a thousand times. The phone here rings. Murphy speaks with the officials at the arena, saying the goal was a good one. The voice on the other end of the phone concurs. It counts. And the Preds lead, 1-0.

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  Tags: officiating

As Expected, Islanders Try To Move Freddy Meyer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat,

Because Meyer is in the final season of a deal that pays him $540,000, it’s possible he might be claimed by another team in need of defensive depth. The cost and term of Meyer’s deal would make him a bargain investment.

Once Meyer clears or is claimed off the Islanders’ roster, there’s a good chance free-agent defenseman Bryan Berard would be signed. It’s uncertain how quickly he would find his way into the lineup. The Isles scored on three of four power-play opportunities in their season-opening win Friday night in Buffalo.

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  Tags: freddy+meyer, new+york+islanders

Ducks Send Ryan To Portland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks assigned Bobby Ryan, the second overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft behind Sidney Crosby, to their AHL affiliate Portland on Saturday.

They also recalled right-winger Jason King and left-winger Drew Miller from the Pirates.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, bobby+ryan

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