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Questions For Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of Philly News,

John Stevens had as grim a task as any Philadelphia coach in recent memory, taking over a doomed team after the stunning dismissal of Hitchcock. Stevens handled himself well, establishing his expectations for players and making sure there were consequences when those expectations weren’t met.

But do we know Stevens is a championship-caliber NHL coach? It is no insult to him to answer no to that question. Hitchcock had a pedigree of success and couldn’t get it done with the talent at hand here. Stevens might be the right man for this job. No one knows, including Stevens, Holmgren and the players.

In theory, Biron settles down the goaltender spot. He has a fine career goals against average of 2.55, but that shot up to 3.02 playing behind the Flyers at the end of last season. Niittymaki’s average was 3.38 last year - so the apples-to-apples comparison doesn’t tell us much.

read on

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Brashear Builds Homes With His Bare Hands

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from D.C. Sports Bog,

Brashear’s father had been in real estate, and he always wanted to get involved in that industry, and he’s already thinking about what he’ll do post-hockey. And so he and his buddies formed the company and built two houses-a one-level home and a cottage—this summer in Quebec City. And yes, Brashear was out at the sites, using nail guns and making cuts with electric saws and doing some roofing and lifting trusses and putting in hardwood floors and working on ceramic tiles. You know, the usual offseason stuff.

“It’s my company; I want to show the guys that I can be out there and working,” he told me.

more

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  Tags: donald+brashear, washington+capitals

NHL.com Facelift

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL.com went through a bit of a facelift.

Check it out- looking good.

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Looking At Barry Trotz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Barry Trotz has a new look. After years of coloring his ever-maturing locks, the Predators coach has traded his bottled brown for au natural.

The look suits the tenured coach, but even now, with his gray shining through, blue is the color that really defines him.

The son of a railroad mechanic and a restaurant employee, Trotz and his blue-collar work ethic have followed an untraditional path to the upper levels of the National Hockey League.

continued

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  Tags: barry+trotz, nashville+predators

The Good & Bad NHL Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

And then there’s the number that backs everything up: According to Dolan, 93 per cent of the NHL overall revenue (up from 91 per cent before the lockout) is generated by the teams, with only 7 per cent generated by the league.

That’s why the Toronto Maple Leafs are extremely well off, and the Predators are gasping for air. And that’s why, if the local Nashville deal falls through, it’s no real solution to move the team to another non-hockey market such as Kansas City — because it will have to sink or swim right there.

Even in the darkest days in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa — and Winnipeg and Quebec City — at least that was never an issue.

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Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner,

Now the same people who had to turn people away at the ticket window have to figure a way to draw people in.
The franchise has been slow to react, but this game’s not over. It’ll be fun to watch the Red Wings try to become more fan friendly over the next few years.

more on the Wings ticket problems…

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Reebok Fixing Water Retention Problem

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

To correct that problem Reebok says it has developed a treatment that permits sweat to escape through the fibers, yet still manages to stay reasonably dry.

This new sweater is being shipped to teams around the league, with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Reebok’s spokesman Sidney Crosby likely to debut the modifications as early as Friday.

more

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Fall Previews

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Your Deep Diggers set a new standard for laziness over the summer, and we wouldn’t have expected anything less.  But, at the risk of losing their “write-from-home” status, every one of them awakened this week to provide us riveting previews of the season ahead.  Yesterday was the News, followed today by the Free Press and Booth (Mlive).

Detroit News Preview
Masterminds of Hockeytown
Breaking Down The East
Breaking Down The West
Ten Moments That Shaped The Rise To The Top
Steady Guard: Youngsters Benefitting from Vets
Forever Young: Age Just a Number For Wing Old Crusty Bastards
Interactive Look At Nick Lidstrom

 

 

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Longest Summer In History Ends Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The offseason hadn’t been this short in nearly five years.  But it sure did drag. A lack of drama over the summer, perhaps?  Most likely.  Our big discussion topic was a Russian kid who’s not even on the roster, and may very well play his way back home. 

Other than that, it was a summer of recovery.  Recovery from losing in the Western Finals to a team the Wings had on the ropes, and to a lumbering idiot like Chris Pronger.  Since last May, two Wings have defected to the hockey hotbed of SOCAL and Anaheim named a Sasquatch their Captain.

Have you forgotten precisely how you felt about Pronger?  I think I had, so I went back and read a few posts from last May, just to get the hate working in preparation for the season opener on Versus!!!!

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Goal Judges Get a New Perch

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lisa Dillman at the LA Times,

Amusement park rides aren’t nearly as scary as the upper reaches of Pengrowth Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, which is why news that the team’s goal judges would be stationed in the thin air of the catwalk sounded like a bad joke.

So, Pluto was unavailable? Maybe they’re planning on playing U2’s “Vertigo” when a goal is scored. And just an idle thought, will these goal judges be given high-powered binoculars along with their official blazers at Thursday’s home opener?  “It almost sounds laughable,” agreed Flames public relations assistant Sean Kelso.

Not now.

continued… (*looking at various teams; may require free registration)

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  Tags: referees

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