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The “Old Barn” Comes Down Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toledo Blade,

Hockey echoes throughout the colorful story of the legendary Toledo Sports Arena.
The Sports Arena became part of hockey lore even as its rich life extended beyond its reasonable expiration date. As the historic building meets the wrecking ball tomorrow, any eulogy must shine a spotlight on the Sports Arena’s main tenant.
Eleven minor league hockey titles were won at the Sports Arena, including one in its first year of existence. That 1947-48 championship started a string that led to the most minor league hockey titles ever won in a single building.
The Sports Arena will forever be linked with teams that had a cast of characters and sported the familiar nicknames: Mercurys, Buckeyes, Blades, Hornets, Goaldiggers and Storm.

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Yotes Will Ice Competitive Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

Maloney knows that fans are frustrated, at the same time believing that his slow and steady approach is going to work. He is convinced that the team the Coyotes put on the ice will be competitive.
Getting the best value for the money is his mantra, and because the Coyotes have not made a splash in the free-agent market - although they will have enough wiggle room under the salary cap to do so later - his theory will be put to the test. The recent signing of goaltender David Aebischer is a case in point. Maloney brought him on board for $600,000, less than a third of what he made a season ago with the Montreal Canadiens.

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USA Defeats Israel For Jewish Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Jerusalem Post,

The USA won the final of the weeklong Jewish World Ice Hockey Championship on Friday, defeating Israel by a slender 2-1 margin at the Canada Center in Metulla.
Earlier Friday, Canada swept to a 4-1 win over France in the third place playoff.

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A few days ago, Bill Melzer at NHL.com took a look at this tournament…

People who are unfamiliar with Israeli hockey are often shocked to learn that the sport even exists in the Middle Eastern country, much less the fact that Israel is a year removed from its first appearance at the IIHF’s Division I level, one step below the elites. Generally, the Israeli senior national team plays at the Division II level, which is the international gateway between semi-pro and amateur caliber play.

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thanks to a KK reader for pointiong out the first story…

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They Are All In On It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

That’s why we’re fairly certain that the debate that’s being kept alive by a relentless PR campaign directed by spurned Predators suitor and Hamilton, Ont., squire Jim Balsillie, is only the prelude to the commissioner’s recommendation to the Board of Governors that the league expand by two teams.
The drumbeat has already begun to keep the Predators in Nashville while adding Teams 31 and 32 in Hamilton and Kansas City, Mo. This would satisfy of all the parties who, while pressing seemingly competing interests, actually all have become part of the same entangling alliance with the same ultimate objectives.

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Report: Chris Simon Re-Signed to Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Nothing official, but from the keen eyes at HockeyFights.com,

Chris Simon has re-signed with the New York Islanders according to his NHLPA page.
His 2007-08 salary is reported as $475k.  He is also listed on Isles roster on their official website.
Simon still has five games left on his 25-game suspension for slashing Ryan Hollweg.

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Khan(!) Answers The Mail…Maybe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I love the “ask the beat writer a question and have your answers published” features.  But, I’m always just a little skeptical.  Did “Judy” really script a grammatically perfect question regarding the salary cap and its ramifications on the Wings’ custodial crew?

Whatever. Maybe I’m just overly cynical today.  Maybe Ansar Khan is really monitoring his email and maybe Wing fans are really writing him consistently.  Maybe they’re sad and lonely and Khan(!) is their cyber soulmate, there to answer those Wing-related questions that keep them tossing and turning.  This week?  Jack, Cam, Chris, Dan, S.J., Steve and Pat (no hometowns listed) put our Deep Digger Captain on the spot.

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Penalize The Head Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,

I’ve often wondered why the NHLPA doesn’t do more to actually protect the physical health of its constituency. Sure, they do things like try to drive up salaries and pensions and stuff like that, but what about actual on-ice health concerns? Visors, dirty hits, hits to the head — the PA seems content to allow its players police themselves on these issues rather than looking at the big picture.
The problem is that almost every hockey observer, from former players to longtime media members, have remarked on the degeneration of on-ice respect between players. Is it an old-school mentality or is the membership just too proud to acknowledge the dangers of these issues — especially concussions?

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Hockey Greats Attend Ferguson Memorial

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

More than 400 mourners bid farewell to hockey great John Ferguson in a downtown Windsor church Saturday morning.
Ferguson, a former Montreal Canadiens player who made Windsor his home, died last week at the age of 68 after battling cancer.
A slow procession, including Ferguson’s son John Ferguson Jr., the Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager, and many former National Hockey League players, marched into All Saints Anglican Church to the piercing sound of bagpipes.
A Windsor police officer saluted them as a few onlookers bowed their heads in respect.
Inside the church, friends, family members and well-known hockey players and coaches of the past and present, such as Jean Beliveau, Serge Savard, Scott Bowman and Jean-Guy Talbot, filled the pews to listen to tributes to Ferguson, better known as Fergie.

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Michigan Sports Blog of the Week: Out of Bounds

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last year we decided to pass the uneventful days that made up much of the Summer of Ken with a few new features.  One was highlighting a Michigan sports blog every week that wasn’t necessarily hockey-specific.  One of the early sites we focused on was Where Have You Gone, Johnny Grubb?  Greg Eno, one of Michigan’s true sports historians and that blog’s creator, has another one we’ll look at today. 

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Bowman: “When the Red Wings need me, they call me.”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James had the opportunity to speak with Scotty Bowman earlier this week. 

Q: The Wings weren’t able to re-sign Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi, but kept Dominik Hasek and signed Brian Rafalski. How do you like the team’s outlook?

A: They got a good defenseman to replace Schneider. I think they’d like to get another forward. It’s just a matter of filling the spots.

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