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Kansas City Didn’t Fail The Islanders

Blog: KK Members Blog By J.J. from Kansas

Last night the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders met for a preseason game in Kansas City’s Sprint Center.  As reported on the main page, Jim Baumbach seems to think that, with attendance just below 10,000 (around 9,700) in an 18,000 seat arena, Kansas City hockey fans missed a large opportunity to show the Islanders and the Town of Hempstead that they were serious about wanting a hockey team.  Sorry, Mr. Baumbach, but our poor showing is your team’s fault, not our city’s.

First off, this isn’t our first dance with a team that wants to take us to the prom to make his girlfriend at home jealous.  We fell for it hook, line, and sinker when Mario Lemieux and the Penguins used similar tactics to get the hometown crowd motivated to build a new arena for their team.  So we went out and bought a sexy $275 Million dress and tarted ourselves up for a team that likely would have never been allowed to move out of Pittsburgh in the first place.  Don’t blame us for being a little more demure and blocking off sections of seats when we hear the exact same words out of another team’s mouth.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

I’m very happy with the attendance numbers from last night’s game.  It shows that there’s enough hockey-starved fans in Kansas City that we may just be able to support a team after all (something of which I’m still not wholly convinced), but not so excited as to horribly frighten the Town of Hempstead back home that we’re a threat.  Tell me, what happens if 17,000 people show up to that game?  Does Kansas City get any closer to having the Islanders move here?  I don’t think they do.  I believe that a very large turnout would only serve to scare people into getting the Lighthouse Project passed.  The best thing those thousands of other Kansas City hockey fans could have done is to have either stayed home or gone out and enjoyed another wonderful pitching performance by Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke. 

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  Tags: charles+wang, islanders, jim+baumbach, kansas+city, lighthouse+project

Fantasy Hockey Openings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

We have an opportunity (or two possibly) for a fantasy hockey league that I have been involved with for over a decade.  The current league website is here but as geocities is dying we are in the process of moving the website and have not exactly kept it up to date.  We have a 30 team deep keeper salary capped league.  For a dedicated hockey fan it is fun.  The draft is coming up this weekend and in the struggle to get 30 people on the same page, there are always a straggler or two.  If you might be able to take over a team in time for a weekend draft please contact me through my email or respond to this message with your contact info.

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The Important Rounds In Fantasy Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,

So now what??

Well, you’ve survived the first hour without blowing it and Rounds 4 to 23 are where you win this thing. So focus. Remind yourself that the 30 best plays from last season came from only 15 teams, so be selective. Remind yourself that goal scorers and goalies dominate more than a category or two and that Talent, Opportunity and Context are the 3 words that need to come to mind when considering any type of transaction. You can do this.

Round 4:

Get down on your knees and thank the Mighty Queue for allowing Blackhawk Jonathan Toews to slide into your grubby little hands at the top of Round 4.


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Kolzig Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (September 23, 2009) – After 14 seasons, veteran goaltender Olaf Kolzig announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League.

Kolzig, 39, a two-time NHL All-Star (1998, 2000) and former Vezina Trophy winner (2000), appeared in a total of 719 NHL games, 711 of those with the Washington Capitals. His 303 career wins rank him 21st all-time among goaltending wins leaders. Olaf also posted a career 2.71 GAA along with a .906 save percentage and 35 shutouts.

“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to play the game of hockey at the NHL level for many seasons and I am grateful for everything the game has given me,” said Kolzig. “I would like to thank my family, all my teammates and the fans for making my time in the NHL so special.”

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The Importance Of Playing In The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CTV Olympics,

“If it’s my choice, of course I would play,” said Daniel Alfredsson who won gold with Sweden in 2006 in Turin. “I don’t know if I would go as far as saying I would play regardless but I think there’s a lot of factors that come into it. The NHL pays our salaries, they’re a big part of it.”

“Obviously for every hockey player the Olympics is a dream, especially if it’s held in your country.”

“I don’t know,” said Jason Blake, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. “Obviously that’s their decision at the end of the day. Obviously I got to go and I enjoyed it but at the end of the day, it’s the NHL’s decision.”

The 2010 Olympics have stirred up much national pride. (Ron) Wilson believes a few Canadian players in the NHL would opt to leave their team and play for their country in Vancouver if the NHL were not part of the Games.

“If the NHL said,‘this year no NHL player involvement’, then there would have been a few NHL players who would decide to play in the Olympics.”


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Cleary Getting Better, Zetterberg About The Same

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from Dana Wakiji of the Detroit News,

“We gotta get ‘em in the lineup, get ‘em going here,” coach Mike Babcock said. “It’d be nice to have Z (Zetterberg) and Cleary, too, and get rolling. It’d be nice to have some form of an NHL team. But you know what, I’ve been through this enough years to understand this. It’s every year. You just tape ‘er together and you get what you get.”

Although Cleary did not practice Tuesday, he said he was improving.

“Yeah, getting better,” Cleary said. “Skate (today).”

Zetterberg also stayed off the ice another day.

“Nothing worse, nothing better,” Zetterberg said. “(The weekend) is still a few days away. Hopefully I can be back then.”


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Is The Northwest NHL Worthy?

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from Chris Daniels of King5.com,

The Coyotes set up the game at Everett’s Comcast Arena, the first such exhibition contest in the region in more than a decade.

“We had a couple players that played here,” said Phoenix GM Dan Maloney. “It’s one of the best junior markets in the region.”

“I think it’s a wonderful market,” agreed GM Brian Lawton, his counterpart with Tampa Bay.

But both men say it’s above their pay grade to talk about whether the NHL would be interested in moving a team to the region, or holding exhibition games here on a regular basis.

“I think this whole Northwest area is ripe for an NHL team,” said Maloney, “whether it’s Seattle, Portland, here, between, good fans.”

“One day,” said Lawton, “you never know, it’s a great market, I think it would be wonderful.”

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James van Riemsdyk Should Start The Season In AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Anthony SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

He has been touted as the next John LeClair, a big-bodied American power forward with a nose for the net.

His arrival has been greatly anticipated. He already goes by a nickname to most supporters — his initials, JVR.

He holds the promise of a great future. And considering the moves the Flyers made this offseason, bringing in veterans like Chris Pronger, a team-oriented grinder like Ian Laperriere, and an emotional goalie like Ray Emery, the organization believes that future is now.

Which is why van Riemsdyk would be better served starting the season in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Phantoms.


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Who Plays With The Twins?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Monday night, Burrows lined up for his second preseason game in his accustomed spot with the Sedins, which is where he earned the lion’s share of his success last season.

Now, this is interesting because, for everything he accomplished over the final two months of the 2008-09 campaign, that spot hasn’t exactly been reserved for Burrows. Later this week, veteran Mikael Samuelsson will audition for the job. There is also some thought that training-camp sensation Sergei Shirokov will get a look there.

This, in turn, raises all manner of implications for both the Canucks and Burrows, and you can make the case it’s the most intriguing decision Alain Vigneault faces heading into the season. Right now, Burrows is saying all the right things when he’s asked about his situation, and you’d expect nothing less from the 28-year-old Montrealer.

You just wonder how he’d adjust to life in coach after flying first class for the last 30 games of last season.


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Montreal Greats Honored On Stamps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Doug Fischer at the National Post,

To mark the Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary, Canada Post will issue for the first time a set of commemorative stamps containing moving images of the historic 500th goals of three of the team’s legends.

Using archival footage blended with sophisticated lens technology, the stamps feature two-to three-second clips that show Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur scoring their landmark goals. When the ultrathin plastic stamp is moved up and down or side to side, it provides the illusion of cinema-like movement.

Mr. Richard can be seen shooting the puck into the net and leaping with joy into Mr. Beliveau’s arms. Mr. Beliveau is seen deftly sliding the puck into the corner of the goal, while Mr. Lafleur rifles a shot into the goal before heading to the players’ bench for congratulations.


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