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It Is August - Time To Think Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

August means getting on the rink for the first time in months for many players, as dry land training merges with on-ice exercises. Many times that means relocating from summer homes to one’s city of employment, as players congregate for informal ice sessions prior to camp. For veterans, that may also mean getting their kids situated in schools, and for those who are arriving in a city for the first time, it means getting acclimated to new living accommodations is also a part of the process.
The driving force, however, remains the pull of the game during that last lull before it all begins in earnest. It’s a time for clarity when goals and expectations can be set and measured from the relative calm of summer…

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Entry #8: Below The Fold

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It took us 8 contestants to reach this point, but our “Ditch The Fire On Ice Campaign Before The Rest Of The Hockey World Realizes Just How Sad Our Marketing Strategies Really Are” contest has finally attracted the attention of Cinemax viewers.

For some reason, I think this one may get a few votes in September.

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Edmonton No Longer A Small Market Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Last I checked, the National Hockey League was all about paying for production. Paying for potential is what got the NHL in trouble in the first place, leading to the salary cap.
So please, no more whining about small-market Edmonton. This Penner purchase should be the final nail in that coffin. Lowe seems to be spending the Edmonton Investors Group money like a drunken sailor who just settled in to the Victoria, B.C., harbour with a bunch of American coin in his pocket.

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Tverdovsky Considering Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Sport-Express, with rough translation below:

TODAY TVERDOVSKY CAN SIGN THE CONTRACT WITH “SALAVAT”

Last night to Moscow from America there has arrived the defender of club of NHL ” Los Angeles Kings ” Oleg Tverdovsky.
I have some offers from clubs of the superleague. The most interesting - from “Salavat Yulaev.” On Monday with the agent we take off for Ufa for negotiations and, probably, signings of the contract, - has told Tverdovsky to the correspondent “SE” to Vladimir YURIN.

And how your contract with “Los Angeles” which a year operates as early as?
There are some variants to terminate the contract with “Kings”. I think, we shall find an optimum way to make it. In “Los Angeles” to me do not trust, and to play for this command I do not want.

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Blue Lines and Bowman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So I guess the stress train we all rode last May is kind of a rental, eh?  I’m thinking that while we had it bursting at the seams a few times, they may have to add a couple cars to fit all the Tiger fans aboard.  If you’re finding the other Ilitch organ-I-zation to be a cause of current (and hopefully temporary) sorrow, all I can offer you is a little hockey news to distract you for a few minutes. 

We start with the D. Markov Dilemma, a continuation of it.  Last week Khan(!)‘s wisdom prompted us to finally come to this conclusion

...public overtures to Markov may be for show.  As it stands right now, there’s just no room for the guy.  There’s no animosity there, just the reality of a stacked blue line and a bit of a bind where Meech is concerned.  It would seem, and it’s kind of embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to figure it out, that the day Rafalski signed Markov’s ticket out of Detroit was stamped.

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Bettman’s ABC Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Connolly of the Daily News,

The National Hockey League’s recent second rejection of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s bid to purchase an ailing American franchise in Nashville and move it to Canada has revived a familiar alarm in this country - we’re losing top-level control of our national game to the southern neighbours.
Spare the hand-wringing, folks. That was lost nearly nine decades ago and we won’t be getting it back in the present NHL that is structured around 24 American and six Canadian teams. Simple arithmetic dictates that the torch carriers from the north won’t win many votes on important issues, such as expansion to Canada. Not even when that makes perfect business sense, as in Balsillie’s proposal to move the terminally ill Predators to Hamilton….
For now and the immediate future, it’s Bettman’s ABC plan: Anywhere But Canada.

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The Whalers Meet Again

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from the Harford Courant,

Thirty-five players and management types returned to Connecticut for a lobster bake at the farm Friday night and a golf tournament at nearby Willow Brook Golf Course Saturday before a barbecue that included a band playing under one of two tents.
The player gathering was a who’s who of the franchise’s 25 seasons in Boston, Springfield and Hartford, starting with Hall of Famers Ron Francis, who will be inducted Nov. 12, and announcer Chuck Kaiton (2004). Francis, Dineen, Rick Ley and Randy Ladouceur were former captains on hand. Francis, Dineen, Ley and Ulf Samuelsson are four of the six players to have their retired numbers hanging in the Civic Center rafters.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Head Case

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

by George James Malik

from the St. Petersburg Times:

Imagine not being able to watch your kids in a school play because being in a crowd plunges you into a cold sweat.
Imagine not being able to drive at night because shining headlights cause dizziness and headaches, or having to walk away from your children because, for whatever reason, they are on your nerves and the patience of which you always were so proud has just about run out.
Imagine, then, you are Rob DiMaio.
It has been 11 months since DiMaio sustained a Grade II concussion in a Lightning preseason game. Eleven months and he still is waiting for life to get back to normal.
“I don’t even know how to explain it properly so somebody can understand it,” DiMaio said by phone from his Toronto home. “It’s frustration, and it’s frustration to the point where you wish you can just take a pill and fix it and it’s not there.”

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Juneau Hopes To Make A Difference In Kuujjuaq

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Joe Juneau has taken up a coaching job in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, where he will lead a push to improve hockey facilities, and to provide education to Inuit children plagued by poverty, criminality and dropping out of school.
“It’s going to be a great adventure, not only for me, but also for my family,” says Juneau, who ended his 12-year NHL career at the end of the 2003-04 season as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
Juneau first went to Nunavik for a vacation last spring. “I really fell in love with the extraordinary beauty of the place. And with its people,” he says.
But he was struck by the neglected state of hockey facilities and the lack of hockey organization in the Inuit villages he visited.

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No Quick Fix For Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

All indications are the Blue Jackets are done shopping for the summer.
Don’t they want to win?
“What would I say to that? I’d say we’re trying to build a championship club, and build it the right way,” Howson said. “I don’t believe a team like ours—where we’re at right now—can go for the quick fix and expect it to work.
“You don’t miss the playoffs by (23) points one year, add a high-priced free agent and make that leap. That just doesn’t happen. We’re at the point where this club needs to grow and needs to develop from within.”

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