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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Feb. 9, 2009)—Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, Detroit Red Wings right wing Marian Hossa and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 8.

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The Future Of Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fan590,

NHL player agent Pat Morris checks into the Hockey Central studios to talk about Sean Avery and where he might end up after being placed on waivers. Pat details what Sean Avery will look to do in order to get back to the National Hockey League.

Pat was on about a half hour ago after Avery cleared waivers.  A good listen if you are interested in the future of Avery.

Update 2:40pm ET (alanah): From Eric McErlain at the Sporting News, the Rangers need Avery:

Were the Rangers a better team last season with Avery in the lineup? The answer to that question was an emphatic yes. The real problem, simply put, was that the team couldn’t afford to keep Avery on a roster that added Markus Naslund, Wade Redden and a passel of interchangeable checking forwards to the payroll. But now that New York GM Glen Sather has spent all this cash with the aim of constructing a team designed to go deep into the playoffs, he’s running out of options.

In that way, the Rangers are a lot like the Vancouver Canucks. The money has been spent, and the players—and their massive contracts—are in place. At this point and for the foreseeable future, rebuilding isn’t an option for the Rangers. Either they make the playoffs with the players they have or they don’t. And if they don’t, heads will undoubtedly roll.

In light of that information, I can understand why the Rangers would break the glass and reach for Avery. But let’s not pretend that it’s a good option. Rather, it’s just the only option available with time running down on the season.

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The Lindros Letter

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Liz Mullen at Sports Business Journal:

Eric Lindros, in his letter resigning from his position as NHL Players’ Association ombudsman last week, revealed a rift within the union staff and a deep problem between himself and Executive Director Paul Kelly, and raised questions over whether staff members conspired to undermine him and the ombudsman’s office itself, both internally and publicly.

“The efforts of a few have made it impossible for me to effectively carry out the duties of ombudsman,” Lindros said in the three-page letter to the 30 player representatives who make up the NHLPA executive board, the governing body of the union. SportsBusiness Journal obtained a copy of the letter.

read on for a summary of the letter, outlining Lindros’s concerns with the ombudsman position at the NHLPA

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Someone To Learn From

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marc Crawford of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

I have watched many a game this year involving the Los Angeles Kings and one of the players who has stood out for me is their emerging superstar defenceman in Drew Doughty.

While he is a gifted puck handler and an extremely quick skater, what I enjoy most about watching his games is the interaction he has with his partner on defence, veteran Sean O’Donnell.

With his 15-plus years of experience, O’Donnell is the perfect foil for Doughty.

continued and Crawfors uses Yzerman as an example too…

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Columnist Becomes A Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer,

Head coach Derek Wilkinson, Mann and I meet in the coaches’ office three hours before the game to talk strategy. Wilkinson offered me a one-game gig as an assistant. I get to see the game from his perspective, and the Checkers get publicity.

In the office is a desk, two laptops, a sofa and a cooler with one Coke and at least 15 cans of Bud Light.

At 2:30, we walk down the hall to the locker room to address the players. Mann stands in front of a dry-erase board and talks about inside hockey stuff such as PKs, the F3 pushing to the neutral zone, CFLs and PFKLs. As we leave, a player yells, “Maybe coach Tom would like to put something on the board.”

There’s a tradition. Somebody will write on the board the amount of money he or she will donate to the team’s fines/party fund if the team wins. I write $20, which makes me the team’s new most popular coach.

read on and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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  Tags: charlotte+checkers

Selanne Trying To Put The Power Back In His Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke at Ducks Blog,

Teemu Selanne has had enough injuries in his career that he knows it takes time to re-gain what has been lost.

In his case, he is trying to build up his quadiceps muscle after he missed five weeks with a laceration to the leg.

“Obviously the strength is not back,” Selanne said. “It’s funny how much muscle you lose when you don’t use it in 2-3 weeks.”

Selanne has played six games since his return from the injury and has yet to score a power play goal. He had an NHL-leading 13 power play goals in his first 27 games but has none in his past 12.

His drought is a microcosm of the Ducks, who are 0-for-9 on the power play over their past three games - the first time they have gone three games without a power play goal since an 0-11 span in mid-December.

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The Boos?  Oh, They Pretty Much Stopped With Nine Minutes Left

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You know, it’s a little strange that we refer to the Blues fans as “bitter.”  I mean, they are…don’t get me wrong.  But we definitely shouldn’t be so narrow-minded as to think that other fans aren’t included in that description.

Now, I think you have an idea where I’m going with this.  So, before I begin…I’m playing with house money.  For three years I’ve been building up the collateral that allows me to say what’s gonna follow after the little jumpety doo.  Because I’ve defended Sergei Fedorov every time the pretend Wing fans boo’d him at the Joe?  Because I’ve done that consistently, I can say this with a certain amount of credibility.

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NHL & MLB Online Video Package

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Fisher and Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

MLB Advanced Media and the NHL next week plan to begin co-selling an unprecedented online video package in which the out-of-market game subscriptions for both leagues will be marketed in a joint offering. In addition, MLBAM is set to cut a separate deal with ESPN in which MLB.TV will be sold with the media giant’s Insider content subscription in hopes of driving usage of both.

The NHL-MLBAM deal marks a rare level of cooperation between sports entities with limited common ownership. The leagues’ digital arms will sell the combined video package for $139.95, less than the cost of purchasing current packages for each sport individually….

The NHL says its research indicates that 80 percent of hockey fans are also fans of MLB. The league hopes that giving baseball fans who are also hockey fans the chance to experience the NHL’s digital product during the high point of its season will lead to new subscriptions for the 2009-10 season, said John Collins, NHL chief operating officer.

more (normally a paid subscription site but this link seems to be working.  If not, I will try to get a link for you later today)

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Flames Need To Get Back To Their Style Of Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,

Todd Bertuzzi, the Calgary Flames resident philosopher, waxed poetic Sunday about the troubles plaguing his slumbering hockey club.

``Put it this way,’’ the big brute said after a back-to-basics practice at the Pengrowth Saddledome. ``We’re not a paintbrush. We’re sandpaper.’‘

The quip actually generated a few chuckles in the melancholy clubhouse as the Flames prepared for a home date Monday with the Montreal Canadiens.

``We’re coarse sandpaper,’’ defenceman Robyn Regehr said through a sloppy grin. ``I can only draw stick men, anyway. I wouldn’t be pretty with a paintbrush.’‘

In other words, the Flames need to quash any fantasies of masquerading as the NHL version of Monet or Van Gough.

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Fantasy Hockey- A Great Marketing Tool For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,

Back to Weber. Nashville’s coach, Barry Trotz, recently commented on his slump, saying “They’re aware of him, not letting him get the shot off as much. He’s also been battling some bumps and bruises for the past month, which probably takes a little edge off his game. But he’s starting to get healthy again, so I think you’ll see him coming back.”

Brilliant. Right from the source. Once the media, the National Hockey League AND its players get their heads around just how powerfully this type of insight resonates with a considerable portion of the fans of this game we will experience a degree of interactivity that the NHL has never known. As it stands, the media, generally speaking, ask lame questions of players and coaches in one-on-one opportunities. And, generally speaking, most hockey people oblige with lame, run-of-the-mill answers. We all know the cliches.

Look, I’ve said it a thousand times and I’m going to say it again. Fantasy hockey is the most cost-effective marketing solution the league has at its disposal.

more fantasy talk…

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