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Touring the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Vincent M. Mallozzi at the NY Times,

“Putting the whole thing together was kind of Rubik’s Cube-ish,” [Steve] Williamson, 49, said last Monday from his seat at Madison Square Garden, where he watched the Rangers defeat the Lightning in the fourth game of his whirlwind tour. “But this is one of those rare N.H.L. seasons where everything on the schedule lined up perfectly for me.”

Williamson, the promotions manager for the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, spent 48 hours working on his itinerary, calling it “a travel agent’s worst nightmare.” He will enter and leave Canada three times before ending his monthlong vacation Nov. 24 in Tampa, Fla., where Tampa Bay is host to the Devils.

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*Paul Kukla also interviewed Steve Williamson last week, in case you didn’t get a chance to hear it.

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Weak U.S. Dollar Affects Player Salaries

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

Include NHL players in the group not happy with the soaring Canadian dollar and weakened U.S. dollar. For years, Canadian players were quite content about the lower Canadian dollar because their salaries were paid out in U.S. currency. The European players also found their bank accounts had more value when they returned home for the summer.

There was the odd player, who was paid in Canadian currency, but not after the most recent collective agreement that was put in place in August 2005.

11.17 of the current collective agreement reads: Currency. All standard player contracts must provide compensation in U.S. currency for NHL salaries and bonuses. Minor league compensation may be in the native currency of the NHL club.

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The Colorful Theo Fleury

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Theo Fleury will be joining the Calgary Flames broadcast crew doing the color commentary on tonight’s Pay-Per-View match against the Colorado Avalanche.

Which reminds me of this from Eric Duhatschek’s post on the Globe & Mail hockey blog just last week:

Asked if he had any plans to come of retirement, Fleury retorted: “Just for the shootout. I think I can still do that. I’m pretty good at it, in the basement, playing with the kids.”

Otherwise, Fleury says he’s through with hockey (“I hate it. I really do,” he said).

Love it or hate it, I guess he just can’t stay away from it.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, media, theo+fleury

Jagr A Game-Time Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Rangers Beat,

“If I felt good I would say it,” Jaromir Jagr said after testing his achy groin/hip flexor early in practice before leaving. Asked if he would play tonight, he said, “I’m not sure…It wasn’t the way I wanted.”

If Jagr—-who went on the ice again in a track suit against Stephen Valiquette—- doesn’t play against the Flyers, it would be the first time the big winger has missed a game in two years.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, new+york+rangers

Find Something Else To Complain About

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

But I have a hard time accepting the fact that Arbour gets credit for the game and the win when his presence was completely ceremonial. In baseball there is a rule that limits the number of coaches who are in uniform in the dugout during the game, but I skimmed through the NHL record books and I couldn’t find a similar rule….

There was nothing wrong with having an Al Arbour night and putting him behind the bench for the 1,500th time with the Islanders. Everyone there still would have had a blast. But let’s stop fooling ourselves. In my record books, I’m crediting Ted Nolan with the win.

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Wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning Jim? 

This was not a PR stunt, but was actually suggested by Coach Nolan.  Hockey honors their past greats, and it will continue to do so, with or without your record book.

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  Tags: al+arbour, new+york+islanders, ted+nolan

Red Wings Fan Gives Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Alanah McGinley

I have some great news for all Abel 2 Yzerman supporters—Bill has finally seen the light and decided to become a Canucks fan.  He just loves Luongo and couldn’t deny his true calling any longer. 

It’s my hope he’ll soon be writing remarkable essays on C&B, with titles like “The Day Maltby Cried” and “Wow. How could I NOT Support a Team with Swedish Twins?” and (my personal favorite) “The Cheese in Vancouver is Much Tastier.”

P.S.  All of this is a total lie, of course. Bill just wanted me to mention that he’s traveling this week so his pro-Wings rantings will be sparse.  Bah.

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Theodore Has Been Solid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

Another solid performance tonight, and Jose Theodore could suddenly find himself as the Avalanche’s new No. 1 goalie.

Avs coach Joel Quenneville did not say as much Sunday, but he probably didn’t need to. What is fact, however, is that Quenneville will start Theodore against the Calgary Flames tonight at the Pepsi Center.

“Jose’s been solid,” Quenne- ville said. “He’s confident, he’s composed, he’s challenging (shooters) and controlling rebounds and fighting through to find pucks. You can just see the confidence in his overall game.”

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  Tags: jose+theodore

Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota Wild right wing Marian Gaborik have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 4.

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NHL ASG Voting Begins November 13th

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

For the second consecutive year, the NHL-All Star Fan Balloting process will be entirely digital. From Nov. 13 through Jan. 2, fans around the world can “Vote Now, Vote Often” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game online at NHL.com. In addition, U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless cell phones….

The NHL will promote the “Vote Now, Vote Often” campaign across the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting print, radio, online and wireless advertising platform….

“Due to the tremendous response from our fans around the world during last year’s All-Star balloting, the completely digital platform is back,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President, Marketing. “Our fans will have the ability to cast their votes for the starting NHL All-Star line-up as often as they like.”

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  Tags: nhl+all+star+game

Today’s Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

The Columbus Blue Jackets are off to a surprising and impressive start to this season, powered by rejuvenated winger Rick Nash, who’s thrived under Ken Hitchcock’s coaching.

Imagine how much better Nash could do with a genuine first line center on his line.

Hitchcock and Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson have tried without much success to find that center within their ranks, and it’s believed Howson is calling around the league in search of one.

more trade and rumor talk but first a word on Nash…. 

I believe Hitchcock is quickly turning him into an all-around player.  Having Nash killing a 5-3 yesterday sure shows the confidence Htich has in Nash and he is responding…

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