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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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

more

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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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Tampa Goalie Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Lightning goaltender Marc Denis turned down an interview request Friday.

No matter, goaltenders coach Jeff Reese picked up the slack, sticking up not only for Denis, who is trying to resurrect his career after a brutal season, but Johan Holmqvist and Karri Ramo, the other contenders for Tampa Bay’s two goalie spots.

“We’re tired of hearing about goaltending,” Reese said. “I know I am, and I can just imagine how they all feel. I think they’ve got a lot to prove, and I think they’d like to silence a lot of people.”

“I’m not going to dodge it. We have some questions there that have to be answered,” Tortorella said. “My mind is wide open as far as that position is concerned.”

read on

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NHL TV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Puckhound61 just posted a link to NHL TV in the KK Forum.

If you are intested in watching the games on your computer this season, I suggest you take a look at it.

I have also embedded the video on the direct page of this post too.

The embed didn’t work very well, so I removed it and will try to make it work.

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, Center Ice, NHL Video, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Using The Web

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There is no other NHL team that has used the web to their advantage like the Washington Capitals.

I started receiving a daily email from the Caps titled “Caps Today” with all types of great links in it.  It points to audio, links, video and upcoming events.

I would only hope other NHL teams follow the example the Caps are providing us “new media guys”!

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Saturday With The Deep Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There is, apparently, no valid reason to use the word “if” when referring to Dallas Drake’s chances of making the team.  Naturally, intelligent readers like yourselves knew that the minute he signed. 

Your boy Khan(!), already with a contract in hand to write Drake’s memoirs, has found himself a new BFF.

Drake’s experience as the captain in St. Louis will help. Babcock loves his competitiveness.

“Dallas Drake flat-out loves hockey,’’ Babcock said. “And playing for us, he’ll be re-energized and be a huge part of our team, from a leadership standpoint, from a physical standpoint and from just being an all-around good guy.’‘

 

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: deep+diggers, downey, drake, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko, osgood

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