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Possible Changes at the CBC Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The National Hockey League season is over, but an important question about its television coverage remains unanswered.
Will the longest tenured play-by-play team in Canadian broadcasting, the CBC’s Bob Cole and Harry Neale, return to the Hockey Night in Canada booth next season?
It’s too early for a CBC announcement, but you can anticipate one of two decisions: Either the network will thank Cole, 74, and Neale, 70, for their long and estimable contribution to the show and say goodbye. And Jim Hughson will be offered Cole’s spot as the No. 1 play-by-play caller, and the CBC will look for additional announcing and analytical talent.

continued… *plus more about the television ratings for the SCF

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Former Leafs Coach in Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From London Free Press,

Dan Maloney squared off in countless hockey battles and gained a reputation as a tough guy and a team leader.
But the former National Hockey League star and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach has waged a lonelier struggle with a much tougher opponent—alcoholism—an addiction that landed him in court yesterday.

continued…

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Ten Years Ago Tonight…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...Hockeytown Erupted!

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What Are The Leafs Thinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Antropov, 27, is often injured and has seldom contributed for elongated stretches. He skated onto the Toronto scene in 1999-2000, and in the past four National Hockey League seasons he has missed 83 of a possible 328 games he has been eligible to play in because of injury. Yet his truncated participation and mediocre production resulted in his salary being doubled.
The likeable Kazak has never scored more than 18 goals in a season. Heck, Jeff O’Neill scored 20 goals this past season. Is Ferguson going to double O’Neill’s $1.5-million salary, too? Not likely.
Sure, Antropov has played on the right side of captain Mats Sundin for a couple of years now. But that doesn’t justify Antropov’s new deal. The last time we checked the Leafs haven’t won many playoff series with him.

more

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Ducks Visit Leno

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight, three Anaheim Ducks, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Chris Pronger and Brad May will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Balsillie Plans To Spend Money To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The lawyer for the Predators’ prospective new owner says Jim Balsillie wants to take a run at the Stanley Cup in the coming season and that Balsillie plans to give general manager David Poile the payroll to do so.
Toronto-based attorney Richard Rodier made the comments in response to a Tennessean report which stated that Poile had not received any payroll guidance, despite the fact only three weeks remain before the unrestricted free agency period begins.
“We want to give David Poile a very generous budget to build the team however he wants, having regard only to the league salary cap and not to any budget restraints imposed by ownership,’’ Rodier said. “This is about winning, buying a team that has a shot at winning the Cup in our view.’’

continued

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NPR Asks if Anaheim Really Cares

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NPR has put some audio online, exploring the issue of how—despite their Stanley Cup win last night—southern California still has a long way to go when it comes to loving hockey.

It’s a short piece, which can be heard here if you’re interested.

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*thanks to John for pointing this piece out to me earlier today.

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I Still Want To Give You A Fathead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Deadline is 11:59pm EDT tonight to submit your entry to win an NHL Fathead.
Get all the details...

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Ducks Full Of Warm Stories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

But there are many more warm-n’-fuzzy examples than Selanne’s.
Look at head coach Randy Carlyle, who never won a Cup during his stellar 18-year playing career, but now joins an even more select club as the bench boss of a champ.
Look at GM Brian Burke, who showed gorilla-sized gonads in remaking the team in his own image, at a pace far faster than a Jason Allison breakaway.
Or how about Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz? None of those three were regarded highly enough to be drafted by any NHL team, yet all three combined for 14 goals and 28 points this post-season.

more

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Wild Sign Backstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a multi-year contract.
“Niklas’ character, his ability to adapt to the NHL and to a changing role, and his steadiness of play made him an increasingly valuable piece of our team,” said Risebrough.  “Since Day 1 goaltending has been the foundation of our team, and, with Niklas re-signed, we are confident that that position will remain one of depth.”

added 3:51pm, According to the Star Tribune,

The Wild signed goalie Niklas Backstrom to a 2-year, $6.2 million contract today. The deal contains a limited no-trade clause, which means Backstrom can’t be traded during the first year of the contract.

 

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