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Giving Thanks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Baker at the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Dear Hockey God,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This years playoff adversity is deja-vu all over again, except this time you didn’t wait until the second round. Sheesh, it only took 3 games for the “big test of adversity” to take place for our beloved Sharkies.

This version of the Sharks has stated since day 1 of the season they will be judged by how they do in the playoffs. This version of the Sharks has said they are different from the teams who lost in the second round in the last two playoffs. This version of the Sharks get virtually the same test as the previous two playoff teams. I mean, you can’t be anymore fair than that!

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Right Religion, Wrong Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Reitman’s blog at NHL.com,

Current Jews still in the playoffs include Mathieu Schneider (Red Wings) and Jeff Helpern (Capitals). Synagogues across the world are praying for Detroit and Washington to meet in the ultimate Jew-on-Jew Cup Finals.

more and Jason, you need to study your rosters again!

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Rob Niedermayer Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Checking-line right wing Rob Niedermayer was noticeably absent when the Ducks took the ice for practice Monday at a suburban Dallas rink.

Niedermayer was not even in Texas, though Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Niedermayer would “most likely” take an evening flight from Orange County to Dallas. Niedermayer’s availability for Tuesday night’s third game of an opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center is uncertain because of what the team called only an upper-body injury….

Right wing Corey Perry, meanwhile, could be a long-shot possibility to play Tuesday after having gone through his most demanding practice since suffering a partially severed right-quadriceps tendon March 6.

“There’s a chance. There’s always a chance,” Perry said.

a little more on the Ducks…

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Traveling With Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fortune via CNN Money,

Going to 60 hockey games a year might sound like fun, but for Gary Bettman it’s just another day at the office. In 15 years as NHL chief, he has more than quadrupled revenues to $2.6 billion, added four teams and, more recently, signed a network TV deal with NBC and led the league to record attendance levels even after the 2004-05 lockout season.

But meeting with team owners, business partners and season ticket holders keeps Bettman, 55, on the road shaking hands, doing deals and catching scores on his cellphone. Fortune caught up with him in his New York office to see how he pulls it off when not on home ice.

1. Days on the road: Roughly 100.

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Sharks Test

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rusanowsky at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Okay, folks, the test has started, and it isn’t an open book test. It’s a Stanley Cup playoff test, it’s happening in the very first round, and it may be the best thing for a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup.

So, you thought that the Sharks would waltz to a four-game sweep or a relatively easy five-game knockoff, as was the case with the Nashville Predators in the past two years? Sorry, folks, that isn’t going to happen this time. The first supreme test for the Sharks this year is happening, right here and now, in the presence of the hard-working, hard-hitting Flames.

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The Excitement Factor

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from Ryan Pyette at Best of Seven,

As the first-round NHL series reach their mid-point, let’s rank which ones are holding our attention and which ones are so boring, there’s no sense even turning on the TV.

Here’s the ranking system: Extremely intriguing (four stars); Has potential (three stars); Not living up to the hype (two stars) and finally, Yawn . . . What else is on? (one star).

Rangers-Devils: Extremely intriguing.

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RFAs May Hit The Jackpot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

That list includes Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire, Washington’s Mike Green, Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Montreal’s Andrei Kostitsyn, Ottawa’s Andrej Meszaros and Nashville’s Martin Erat, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.

While their respective clubs intend to re-sign them, the longer it takes, the greater the threat of an offer sheet becomes.

This gives those RFAs considerable leverage in contract negotiations. In the past, the only option they would’ve had to land a better deal was to stage a holdout, which rarely worked well for the player in terms of dollars and performance.

more

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Interpretation of Rule 75 - Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 14, 2008)—National Hockey League Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell today issued the following advisory on the interpretation of Rule 75 -

Unsportsmanlike Conduct:  “An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty (Rule 75) will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender’s face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play.”

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Lowe Spending the Bucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Robin Brownlee at Metro,

Did Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe overpay when he inked Tom Gilbert to a six-year deal worth $24 million US Friday? Probably.

Did Lowe overpay when he signed Sheldon Souray to a five-year contract for $27 million? Definitely — by as much as $1 million a season over any other offer, according to my sources.

On both counts, the luxury of such a debate didn’t exist under the NHL’s old collective bargaining agreement — the Oilers couldn’t bid on free agents and couldn’t afford to keep their own players.  Under the new CBA, Lowe hasn’t hesitated to put his money where his mouth is in offering long-term contracts to players he deems cornerstones of the franchise.

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  Tags: kevin+lowe

Local Ratings Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TV by the Numbers,

The Flyers/Caps game fared better in the local markets, drawing a 3.8 in Philadelphia and 3.0 in Washington, DC, which is very good for a town not considered by many not to be a hockey town.  It looks like Ted is converting them slowly, though neither Philly or DC is like Detroit which had a 9.8 local rating for Saturday’s game.  Nashville had a 2.0 local rating for the game.

Steve at Eye on the Media has some national numbers if you missed it…

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