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Therma Blade Waiting For An Answer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bertrand Marotte of the Globe and Mail,

The tryouts are over and Therma Blade Inc. is dying to know if it made it into the big leagues.

The fledgling Montreal-based company has been working for the past year-and-a-half to win converts in the National Hockey League and get its heated blades onto the skates of pro players….

“It’s frustrating for us in terms of the time it’s taking to get this done,” he said.

“I doubt very much that there is any other hockey equipment that has to live through the process we are living through.”

read on

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The Rebuilding Of The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal,

With his father, Bill Wirtz, in the hospital and the 2007-08 hockey season about to begin, a memo from the Blackhawks finance department landed on his desk. The team needed an immediate infusion of $34 million to start the season, the memo said, or it wouldn’t be able to make payroll.

The eight-figure request stunned Wirtz. As president of Wirtz Corp., he oversaw a family-owned business with interests in liquor, wine and beer distribution, insurance, real estate, banking and co-ownership of the United Center. The enterprises generated more than $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and none ever came close to missing a payroll.

read on (paid subscription, so hopefully the link will continue to work)

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Top 50 NHL Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Yvon Pedneault at Sun Media,

Ovechkin makes the top of our list because he had an incredible season last year. He managed some truly exceptional goals, the kind of goals that made the difference in some especially close wins for his team.

1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington

An exceptional talent, a born scorer, a player who brings intensity to every game.

2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

He’s maintained an average of 1.56 goals per game since his start in the NHL.

3. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit

He can do anything on ice.

read on

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Keep Your Head Up Jason Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen of the Blue Jackets lines-up Toronto’s Jason Blake…

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Early Morning Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You know, you get up at 3:30am and expect things to be peaceful, yea right.  Directv box won’t turn on, finally unplugged it and let is sit for 15 minutes, finally restarted.  Comcast cable modem starts blinking and blinking and blinking, no connection.

Reset the modem, waited 15 minutes and as you can see, back online.  The rest of the day better improve, quickly!


via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

We have it on good authority that after years of shunning the idea of a mascot, the Edmonton Oilers are about to unveil one this week.

The smart money on the outfit, which is being made in Calgary, says it will be representative of the Oilers’ great hockey fans ... which is to say it will likely include a mullet, overalls, high-top runners and a handful of teeth.

 

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The Small Pacific Island of Guam Is Going Frigging Wing Crazy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Guam?  It’s the JV Subic Bay.  And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Just returned.  Actually, I’ll be NoCal for the next 8 days.  Got here just as the Wing/Buffalo game was ending.  Went straight to MLive, because Malik is a workhorse and probably would have blogged even if he’d been in Guam.  Stopped in at the Wing forum, saw this post and had to laugh.  It’s perfect, at least the first few sentences are.

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Flyers Bond At West Point

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from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers arrived on the campus of the United States Military Academy in the early morning hours on Sunday to take part in some team building exercises - this year’s version of what has become an annual tradition for the club as it prepares for the coming season.

continued and watch a video below as the Flyers go through a team-building exercise.

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The Complete Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

[He was] blocking shots!” said an enthusiastic Sens coach Craig Hartsburg.

And he went after Brooks Orpik when the Pittsburgh defenseman roughed up Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson at the end of the first period.

And he yelled while on the bench to pump up his teammates when the game was still scoreless.

Hockey fans, meet the new Dany Heatley. Not just a 50-goal man, but a leader and a more complete player. Two games into the 2008-09 season, it’s impressive.

read on

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Season Primer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Canadian Press via the Globe and Mail has put out a primer for the NHL Season.  All sorts of facts, milestones, etc…

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The ‘New’ Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Two games do not make a season no matter how impressive you might be in winning them. But two games might just be enough to establish an identity. And as far as the New York Rangers are concerned, establishing a personality is as much about deconstructing the old as introducing the new.

“I think the main thing is, I think we kind of showed our identity, how we’re going to be this year. In your face, four lines, the speed,” Scott Gomez, newly appointed associate captain, said Sunday after the new-look Rangers had completed a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning by identical 2-1 scores.

continued

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