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The Evolving CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

“I think that it has worked better for the players than they anticipated coming out of the lockout in 2005,” he (Paul Kelly) said recently. “I think there was a great deal of fear and unhappiness (when it was signed). There was a lot of unhappiness about the fact that the players had agreed to a rollback of salaries by 28 per cent. There was a fear of what a cap system was going to mean - not only for them personally, but for their team.

“I think as it has evolved ... it’s actually worked relatively well.”

Of course, there are elements of the deal he’d prefer to see changed.

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A Look At The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The situation in Phoenix is reminiscent of the one Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane enjoyed as rookies last year in Chicago. Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky wants to give Boedker and Turris every chance to showcase their talent in the desert.

“We’re not going to trap,” said Gretzky, who enters his fourth season as coach. “We’re going to go offensively and we’re going to utilize our speed.

“And we’re going to enjoy watching this team grow and watching this team play.”

It’s been 15 years since the Stanley Cup was awarded to a Canadian team and the Montreal Canadiens enter the season with the best chance of ending that drought.

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Penguins Are One Of The ‘Most Wanted’ Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“We’re fortunate to be a part of these things,” Therrien told NHL.com Monday. “The Winter Classic was a great experience for us and we were looking forward to it for a long time. We’re fortunate to be involved in events like these. That’s the way we look at it. We see the positives.”

Penguin General Manager Ray Shero was singing a similar song Monday as his team went through a strenuous practice at the Hovet Arena. Shero has been to Stockholm several times to scout tournaments here and loves the city. He is glad his team can experience such a magical place, especially those players from North America who have never been abroad.

More importantly, he is glad the Penguins have this time to bond and develop team chemistry.

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Shielded? Nick’s Gonna Give It A Go, But Not Tuesday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stand by for the Diggers.  Khan(!) reporting that Lidstrom is in for the pivotal Wednesday matchup with Atlanta, but probably not Datsyuk.  Helene St. James, competitor that she is, also reports Norris will attempt to play with a visor on a permanent basis, but not on Tuesday.  How does she know?

Because, as usual…

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Islanders Claim Pock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Thomas Pock off waivers from the New York Rangers. Pock has played in 59 career NHL games and has scored seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.

continued

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Rick Nash Ready To Lead Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“I think last season was the first season teams actually started taking us serious,” Nash said. “We weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be, but you could sense that teams were taking us serious. We’re the only team to not make the playoffs (in the NHL), but with Ken Hitchcock as our coach, now teams are watching us and that puts us on the map.

“We’re lucky for how patient our fans are already, but we have to show them a good product and start winning to get the whole city excited.”

Nash appears ready to lead the surge.

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Khabibulin On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bob McKenzie of TSN just mentioned on NHL Live that Nikolai Khabibulin is on waivers.  Bob said maybe Tallon knows someone will pick him up, or, if not, he comes back on re-entry waivers at half price and maybe gets picked up.

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The Influence Of Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from BusinessWeek,

It’s no surprise then that Bettman, 56, ranks among the most important people in sports according to BusinessWeek’s upcoming Power 100 survey, placing 21st in the annual balloting.

Bettman earned his spot by taking on the biggest brawlers in pro sports—the NHL Players’ Assn. In 2004, Bettman concluded that rising player salaries were pushing many teams, and perhaps the league itself, toward the brink. His fix: a pay cap similar to the one used in the National Basketball Assn., where Bettman worked from 1981 to 1993, in the marketing and legal departments.

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Job Openings In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver Canuck general manager Mike Gillis vowed Sunday to let players determine the market and said he won’t set limits on how many new players could make the National Hockey League team or how many veterans—who are on one-way contracts—might need to shed.

“I think the timing is right this year for that approach,” Gillis said. “We were determined to change the makeup of the team as best we could. You have to allow players to compete if you want competitive behaviour. You have to give players the opportunity.”

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Hey…Alanah

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

KK Interoffice Memo

From: The Chief
To: AlanaH
Subj: Top 40 Goalies Of All Time
Ref: NHL Home Ice

1.  You’re not going to like this.

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