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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Don’t be fooled by that little charade this past weekend — the one in which National Hockey League Players’ Association head Paul Kelly chastised NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for scheduling a game in Europe next season.

It’s all part of the game as Kelly tried to find his footing in his new job.

The source of Kelly’s difficulties is the fact that he represents a diverse group. He’s got some of the bend-over-and-take-it variety. They were the ones who led the revolt against one of Kelly’s predecessors, Bob Goodenow.

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Rangers In Trouble On The Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The schedule commands the Rangers New York Rangers to go to Philadelphia for their next game tomorrow night, but it sure seems as if the Blueshirts are going nowhere on the road to the oblivion….

But in addition to all their other issues, the Rangers have become a dreadful road team. They’re 0-4-2 in their last six away from the Garden, 1-5-4 in their last 10, 7-11-6 overall.

Know this: 17 of the ninth-place team’s final 30 will be played on the road, including tomorrow night’s match, Friday night’s game in New Jersey and Sunday afternoon’s contest in Montreal.

Road to oblivion, indeed.

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Sharks Get Shelley From Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a sixth round pick in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for left wing Jody Shelley, club General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight.

added 10:07pm, via the San Jose Sharks,

“Jody Shelley is an aggressive, physical player who adds a distinct element of toughness to our team,” said (Doug) Wilson.  “With the loss of players like Ryane Clowe and Brad Norton due to injury, this is something we have been trying to address and we like the capabilities that Jody brings to our mix of players.  He has tremendous character, has always been a team player and has the ability to make the opposition uncomfortable on the ice.”

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Pahlsson Will Visit Specialist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Samuel Pahlsson is tentatively scheduled to see a specialist this week to try and alleviate a perplexingly stubborn abdominal strain, Coach Randy Carlyle said Tuesday.

Pahlsson will make the upcoming eight-game, 15-day road trip and consult with a specialist on Friday. Carlyle said it is the same specialist who helped Minnesota star forward Marian Gaborik recover from a similarly-nagging groin injury last year, and Pahlsson apparently has positive history with him.

“This doctor has got some technique that made him feel really good,” Carlyle said.

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In the Alberta Deep Freeze

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

NHL star Joe Thornton is walking through the freezer that is Alberta without a winter coat.

The San Jose Sharks centre, in Edmonton for an NHL game on Tuesday night, had on gloves and a toque but wore only a sports jacket when he and his teammates went to Rexall Place for the morning skate.

“He was telling everybody that he threw away his winter clothes when he moved to California,” said team media relations manager Tom Holy.

continued… and take note: factoring in wind chill it’s running about -44 (celsius) in Calgary and -51 in Edmonton. 

I really do not miss living in the prairies…  smile

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  Tags: dustin+boyd, jarome+iginla, joe+thornton

Keep The ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

This midwinter classic should continue. It should be fun, joyful, intimate and creative. And it should always be viewed by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association as a vital vehicle that is important to the game. This takes energy and vision, and anyone who doesn’t have that in the NHL offices should get out.

The NHL does a professional, classy job in the overall staging of its big events. It’s the one area the current regime does not get enough credit for. The league has elevated the game in that regard. Now, just relax and incorporate some love and fun into the festivities on Saturday and a little incentive on Sunday, and this hockey weekend will return to what it should be—a fun, joyful get-together that celebrates the most joyous game in the world and the players who play it.

much more

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  Tags: all-star+game

The Bruise Brothers Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

The incident occurred late last season and though Nieminen was ejected from the game and later suspended, in old-school fashion, he wasn’t forced to answer for his crime within the arena.
In the press box, former Blues tough guy and current team radio analyst Kelly Chase scowled.
“When I played, I didn’t have to call (National Hockey League commissioner) Gary Bettman to find out what the punishment was for running a guy from behind in Detroit,” Chase said. “The punishment was (Bob) Probert and (Joe) Kocur.”

According to popular logic, the reason why this form of capital punishment is no longer delivered is the instigator rule.  That’s Rule 56 (a) in the NHL rule book, if you are inclined to look it up.

read on

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State of the AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

American Hockey League President Dave Andrews gave his annual address yesterday on the state of the AHL. He covered numerous topics, including:

  • The league’s interest in doing an annual outdoor game to showcase the sport, given the success of the NHL’s game in Buffalo
  • The possibility of shortening the AHL season schedule to 72 games, and soliciting “cost share” help from the NHL in order to make up lost revenues
  • The fact that the AHL is “closer than ever before to having 30 teams, each one paired with an NHL affiliate. The league currently has 29 teams, and a new team in Austin, Texas, is a very real possibility.”

More details here, primarily on the potential of the outdoor game.

 

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Versus Ratings Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL’s television partner has released some of their ratings today, showing growth in viewership over last season.  As of January 22, 2008:

  • national household ratings up 50%
  • total viewership up 36%

Additionally, the NHL All Star Game was the #1 rated NHL telecast for Versus ever, aside from post-season play. 

Full content of the press release is below, all figures provided by Neilsen Media and Versus research.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: all+star+game+2998, demographics, media, neilsen+ratings, versus, vs

The Future Of The Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

When the Washington Capitals come to town, a crowd forms quickly around 22-year-old scoring star Alexander Ovechkin.

Not far away, left in relative peace, sits Nicklas Backstrom, the 20-year-old rookie who picks up many of the assists on Ovechkin’s often spectacular goals.

As a duo, they promise to bring misery to NHL goaltenders for many years to come. But for now, Ovechkin is happy to absorb the pressure of expectation and endless media interviews.

“Backie’s a great guy,” Ovechkin said Tuesday as the Capitals prepared to the play the first of back-to-back games against the Montreal Canadiens. “He’s a little shy with you guys, but not us.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, nicklas+backstrom

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