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Just Like His Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Rookie Patrick Kane did nothing in his first scrimmages with the Blackhawks to hurt his chances of making the team. The 18-year-old No. 1 pick in June’s NHL draft scored two nifty goals in leading his Black squad to two wins Saturday at the United Center.

Kane’s second goal was especially eye-catching—a spin-o-rama move against three defenders, just like coach Denis Savard was noted for in his Hall of Fame playing days, before scoring top shelf.

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also from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane haven’t played an NHL game. Still, the rookie forwards are already being used to promote ticket sales on the team’s Web site and model the new sweaters the Hawks will wear this season. Realistic or not, general manager Dale Tallon predicted Toews and Kane would become ‘‘the cornerstone of our franchise’’ before they had even completed a day of training camp.

read on

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

DiPietro Takes On Leadership Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

As he approaches his 26th birthday Wednesday, DiPietro acknowledged he’s also trying to do more to control his impulsiveness in the locker room in an effort to demonstrate more leadership.

“I definitely want to become someone the guys can rely on and count on for support,” DiPietro said. “I’m a competitive person, and I have a tendency to have a short fuse with guys sometimes. That’s something, as a leader, that you just can’t do….”

more on Rick…

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  Tags: rick+dipietro

VERSUS TV Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you haven’t noticed, VERSUS has their NHL schedule up.  I see game 2 in London will be televised beginning at 12 noon ET.

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  Tags: media

Report- Ticket Price Range For Outdoor Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WNYMedia,

WNYMedia has learned exclusively that ticket prices for the big event have been set from $10 for the first few rows of the 100 level seating bowl, which are labeled as obstructed view, to $203 for those heated club seats under the overhang.

We obtained a copy of the pricing chart through an unnamed contact, but were unable to reach Sabres PR spokesman Mike Gilbert this afternoon for verification or further comment.

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  Tags: tickets

Wild Move Tickets Fast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that three regular season home games sold-out in 10 minutes as more than 500 fans lined up at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office to purchase single-game tickets when they went on sale at 9:00 a.m. this morning.  The Wild’s home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 4, the Oct. 30 match against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Jan. 18 contest versus the Anaheim Ducks are all sold-out.

In all, fans purchased more than 27,400 regular season single-game tickets through the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and Ticketmaster locations this week.  St. Paul’s Pat Vos was the first in line, setting up camp Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

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  Tags: tickets

“Datsyuk Looked Brilliant”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Those are the words of anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod in his blogged recap of the second scrimmage from TC.  He also notes that Hasek and Sopel looked very good.

Grigorenko? Invisible.

It was hard to notice Igor Grigorenko, who skated with Mark Hartigan and Aaron Downey. Grigorenko even missed the net on his shootout, going with a deke, but tapping the puck wide.

Scrimmage recap from MacLeod is here.  Another very good piece on why Aaron Downey may make the team here.

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  Tags: datsyuk, deep+diggers, downey, grigorenko, hasek, prospects, sopel

Fantasy Tips

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My time is limited so I have sworn off running a fantasy team this year, but you if need some fantasy advice, I suggest you take a look at Dobber Hockey.

Tons of information there and I have always heard good things about his site.

And yes, this is a non-paid endorsement.

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Could Aaron Downey Make The Wings

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fromm Red Wings Corner,

Babcock has been bringing an edge to the Red Wings, wanting to make his team more difficult to play against. That means better defense, tighter checking and more hitting. It’s also difficult to play against a team with an enforcer.

Bringing in a fighter—and one like Downey, who probably won’t cost much more than $500,000—wouldn’t make the Red Wings a tough team, but it would push them slightly towards mediocre on the toughness scale.

Downey’s play in camp has been adequate. On Saturday, he was irritable (challenging Tomas Kopecky after one whistle and Brad Ference after another) and that’s what the Red Wings want.

Downey’s roster competition comes from his training camp linemate, Russian Igor Grigorenko, who won’t fight, but is supposed to be able to put the puck in the net. The problem is Grigorenko hasn’t shown offensive flash in training camp.

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  Tags: aaron+downey

Avery Talks Media

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rangers Report,

...My personal favorite, though, was Avery talking about his reputation in the press, and how most of the national hockey media is clueless when it comes to him (he actually used the word “stupid” when referring to the Canadian press, which was a bit strong). Then he said that he really only has to answer to us—meaning the media that covers the Rangers. It was a nice touch, although I’d like to hear him take it a step further and say he really only has to answer to me.

more and you can listen to the Avery interview there…

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  Tags: sean+avery

Blues Sweaters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think?

View a slide show of the jerseys and read about them here.

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