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The Next Ice Princess

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Somehow I missed this from about three weeks ago, but you can still vote for the next Ice Princess at Japers’ Rink.

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More Perspective

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

On the eve of Game 1 versus the “favored” Flames we wrote a post with a similar title to this one, mentioning the fact that one of our A2Y readers was dealing with the pain of losing a grandparent: a WWII vet.

Today, something similar.  A sportswriter from my hometown of Saginaw made a trip to Norfolk, VA this week and realized sports is a nifty hobby, even a pastime for some.  But nothing when compared with real life.

Suddenly, worrying about whether the Detroit Red Wings were going to beat the Anaheim Ducks to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals—they didn’t—or the Detroit Pistons will dispatch the Cleveland Cavaliers and move on to the NBA Finals—the jury is still out on that one—didn’t seem nearly as important. Instead, the only thing that mattered was walking up to my son on that pier in Virginia , grabbing his extended right hand and pulling him to me to give him a long, hard hug.

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Leader Of The Year

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NEW YORK (May 30, 2007) – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelioshas been named the recipient of the Mark Messier Leader of the Year Award, presented by COLD-fX for the 2006-07 season in recognition for his outstanding performance as a player, his vast leadership skills and his dedicated humanitarian efforts. VERSUS will air a special segment on Chelios, hosted by Messier, during tonight’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 pre-game studio show LIVE from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

CV Technologies Inc., the maker of COLD-fX - the official immune enhancer of the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association - will donate $25,000 to the charity of Chelios’ choice.

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Media Talk

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via SportsBusiness Daily,

Versus earned a 0.62 overnight Nielsen cable rating for Game One of the Senators-Ducks Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night, down 28.7% from a 0.87 for Oilers-Hurricanes Game One last season. The net earned a 1.7 rating in L.A. on Monday, its best mark ever in the market. The three top local markets were Buffalo (3.9), Denver (2.2) and Pittsburgh.

via SportsBusiness Journal,

NBC has sold out its inventory and said that demand “has been strong throughout the playoffs.” The network claims it and the NHL both are “poised to make a profit again this year” from their TV agreement. Verizon Wireless, MasterCard, Gillette and the U.S. Marines will all advertise during NBC’s coverage of the Finals.
Versus’ sales results “are on par with last year.” However, several ad buyers said that hockey and the Cup Finals “had not been a focus for them this year, and though network sales are strong, they described cable sales as lackluster.

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The Stars Come Out

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The Stanley Cup final has always attracted some degree of celebrity and this year is no different. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – yes, that still deserves a (!!!) – and other celebs were in attendance for Game 1 in Anaheim, adding to a fairly impressive list of famous hockey fans.
In honor of star power in hockey, let’s look at the top 10 coolest ice nuts you’re likely to recognize:
9. Kid Rock. Yeah, he might be more of a basketball fan, but Mr. Rock has followed the Red Wings nearly as passionately for years. And he shares something in common with legendary bust Alexandre Daigle: both have, um, come into contact with Pamela Anderson’s legendary bust.

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The Next GM For Columbus?

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

All signs point to Bob Murray being hired as Blue Jackets general manager, but an announcement probably will have to wait until after the Stanley Cup Finals.
Several NHL sources told The Dispatch yesterday that Murray, vice president of hockey operations for the Anaheim Ducks, is considered the leading candidate among the four who will be granted second interviews with club president Mike Priest and majority owner John H. McConnell.

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Thanks to a KK member for the heads up via the KK Forums...

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Do We Need An NHL Owners Relief Fund?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m a big proponent of staying in your lane.  Talk about what you know, or shut the hell up because you run the risk of proving to many people that you are dumber than they believe you already are.

That’s why I tend to restrict my comments to the Wings.  I don’t talk NHLPA stuff because I don’t care and therefore don’t know much about the legalities of the Saskins, Klatts and even Chelios’ of that world.  I don’t talk Cap issues because numbers higher than $9.95 (twelve pack of Rolling Rock) confuse me and make me get dizzy and scared.

And typically I’ll stay away from league-wide topics that the Big Headed Bloggers like Mirtle and Benjamin and McErlain tackle because, well, they’re smarter than me and better equipped to open the scope wide enough to handle those discussions.

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Dressed In Red

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Until now, about the only impact hockey has had on the fashion world is the creation of the dreadful mullet hairdo coupled with the toothless grin. Ottawa designer Richard Robinson, best known for his bold clothing, unveiled Monday his new Ottawa Senators-inspired red dress guaranteed to knock one’s hockey socks off.

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photo via the Ottawa Citizen

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Dominant Cup Runs

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from the Montreal Canadiens,

But when it comes to the calf-roping approach of winning a Stanley Cup, no one does it better than the Canadiens. The two most dominant Cup runs in the modern era each came courtesy of the Habs.
On their march to Stanley Cup No. 15 in 1968, Jean Beliveau and the Canadiens went 12-1, with their only loss coming to the Blackhawks in the semi-finals, sandwiched between sweeps of the Bruins and Blues.
The Habs were at it again in 1976 when they not only won their first of four straight Stanley Cups, but they did so in style. After sweeping the Blackhawks in the opening round, the Canadiens’ only hiccup came in Game 4 against the Islanders in the semifinals, setting the stage for a sweep of the Flyers in the Cup final.

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Chicago Plans

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from the Chicago Tribune,

One of the worst-kept secrets around the NHL is that the cap is going to rise next season, likely to $48 million. The Hawks, however, probably will be somewhere between $42 million and $44 million.
That means, barring trades involving significant salaries, the Hawks may not be very active when the July 1 free-agent signing period begins.
With Toews signing, the Hawks have just below $38 million committed in salaries for next season. Tallon said he expects to use the No. 1 pick in the June 22 entry draft and hopes whomever the team selects will be able to play this upcoming season in Chicago.
Tallon said he hasn’t had any discussion about trading the pick and it appears the Hawks will choose from either Patrick Kane, James VanRiemsdyk or Kyle Turris.

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Check out the video profiles on Kane, Van Riemsdyk and Turris.

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