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Blogging Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is not often you find a Chicago Blackhawks blog but I ran into one this morning.
I was looking for the NHL team with the most losses and found the answer via The Third Man In which pointed to a Bloomber story,

the Chicago Blackhawks lead the National Hockey League with 2,437…

We will be adding that blog to the Hockey Links, as soon as Alanah returns from the beach!!!

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Bad Example

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

How proud the NHL must be to know one of its players has been hosting a camp that instructs kids as young as 12 how to physically decimate their opponents with their fists.

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in case you missed the story Adam is referring to, you can read it here...

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Pens Give Therrien An Extension

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed head coach Michel Therrien to a contract extension through the 2008-09 season, it was announced Monday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

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One Last Good Time

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from John McGourty at NHL.com,

To hear Tom McVie tell it, John Ferguson Sr., who died Saturday after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer at age 68, liked to be surrounded by family and friends, hockey and horse-racing people, good food, good music and good horses.
Understanding that Ferguson was losing his battle to cancer, a group of life-long friends gathered with John and his wife, Joan, back in March for one last good time.

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from Dave Stubbs at the Montreal Gazette,

Four decades ago, because of John Ferguson, I was sent to bed without supper and docked a week’s allowance.
And while I long ago forgave the Montreal Canadiens’ hard-rock winger whom we sadly lost to cancer on Saturday at age 68, I’m not so sure about my sister.
Fergy was one of my childhood heroes; nothing unusual about that for a Montreal schoolboy in the mid-1960s who thought the Stanley Cup was loaned autumn through spring by the Canadiens to the National Hockey League.

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NHL Super Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Forecheck,

So how can you use this? Checking out who has the furthest to travel for games on consecutive nights is a start. That honor goes to the Vancouver Canucks, who play at Edmonton on November 20, then have to fly 1,090 miles to play the Wild in Minnesota the next evening. You can summarize and sort the teams based on greatest and least travel. Who’s going to face the toughest defensive teams on the road this year? Whose goalie is going to see the most rubber flying his way? How do the divisions compare?

read on... it may come in handy…

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The Rock Files

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Over the Summer, diehard Devils fan, Battle of NY blogger, and Kukla’s Korner “broadcast contributor” Steve Lepore will chronicle his trips to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ during it’s ongoing construction, on target for a grande opening on October 25th (for a Bon Jovi Concert) and a Devils opening October 27th (against the Senators).
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By Steve Lepore


Sure, it can be a daunting place to visit.  Once in a while, you’ll be propositioned by a man selling cheap roses for Valentine’s Day (even though it’s the middle of July) and the supposed “Newark Boys & Girls Clubs” selling M & M’s.  But there’s something that’s a little lost in all the perception and the supposed “evil” that comes out of New Jersey’s second most dangerous city (#1 is Camden, which is basically a suburb of Philly, but no one complains about Flyers games being in a bad neighborhood).

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Early Returns: Fire On Ice Sucks and Sucks Hard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

“Fire On Ice”, the slick marketing tool and logo design for the Wings’ ‘07-‘08 season, has elicited quite the response from A2Y readers since we posted it here yesterday.  Featuring a pinkish hue, empty JLA seats and all the indicators of a power point presentation designed 6 minutes before the meeting starts, it would appear that—once again—the Wing communications/advertising romper room has failed.

But we’re all about presenting solutions when we see problems.  Evidence?  This.

Problem: “Fire On Ice” is a low-rent, hastily designed, dumpster diving bad idea of a device that won’t grab any new fans and could likely drive many of us away.

Solution:  A contest.

Yes, by god, a contest.  Here’s the deal.  Design your new graphic, complete with slogan, and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  I’ll post them as I receive them and we’ll all vote a few days prior to training camp.  The winner will be displayed throughout the season on the front page here and maybe we’ll even work a prize into the equation.

Remember: Wit wins in every situation. Sarcasm is encouraged and denigration of other teams and fan bases is certainly well within the boundaries of our definitions of good taste.

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Hockey In July

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from the Ynetnews,

Ice hockey evokes associations of snow, freezing temperatures and an audience wrapped in heavy coats. Yet, Sunday, in the middle of the boiling, humid, Israeli summer, the Jewish world’s ice hockey championship was opened in Metula….
Competing teams represent the US, France, Israel and Canada. In Sunday’s first game, held yesterday the US beat France 6:4, although as long as the Jews win, who cares.

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Come Home Peter

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from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,

Forsberg and the Avalanche should get together in Denver in the coming season and say a proper goodbye.
One more ride for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere has recently added two critical pieces to the team - forward Ryan Smyth and defenseman Scott Hannan. Only one piece remains missing.
Foppa.
One more Cup for Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg….
The Avalanche should allow Forsberg to dictate the terms of his comeback - as Roger Clemens did - and not rush it. And the Avs could get a break on his salary cap number. How about $3 mil for half a season? One more look, and Forsberg will pay for himself. The deal makes dollars and sense.


read on

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Save The Preds- Buy A Ticket Or Two

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from the Tennessean,

The Predators, who finished last season with an average of 13,815 paid fans per game, are trying to increase their ticket base for the coming season.
An average of 14,000 paid fans per game would keep the team’s lease with the city intact, making it all but impossible for any prospective owner to move the Predators.
An average of 16,000 paid fans per game would allow new ownership to break even, according to David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital LLC and one of the leaders of a local ownership bid.
“The ticket rally is very important. Critical,’’ Freeman said via e-mail. “It will show the NHL whether Nashville is a hockey market or not. It will confirm to our ownership group that our faith and investment in the city is warranted.

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