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Buffalo Still a Football Town

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob DiCesare at the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres recently were honored as the NHL’s “Professional Sports Team of the Year” in Sports Business Journal’s annual awards. They were cited for increasing their season ticket base from about 5,800 to 14,800 since the lockout, with a waiting list of 6,000. They were hailed for maintaining reasonable ticket costs, instituting variable single-game pricing and enhancing the attractiveness of their product to sponsors.

Who can quibble with any of those distinctions? Outside of some dubious hockey personnel decisions, the franchise has done right by its fans and given Sabres hockey a local presence unequaled since the team’s nascent years. The recognition is well-deserved.

My gripe is with a stand-alone quote that appears with the SBJ story. Under the headline, “What People Are Saying,” comes this bold-typed snippet from John Cimperman of Cenergy Communications: “The fact that they have turned Buffalo from a football town into a hockey town is well recognized.”

Whoa.

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Bettman:  “There’s an ‘n’ in there.  Put it in there.  Do it.”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

He’s only won six Norris trophies Gary.  You gave him the cup a little over a week ago.

What did you say to him then?  “Congrats Dick”?

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  Tags: a2y19, babcock, bettman, datsyuk, lidstrom, richard+lindstrom, tossing+'pus, verizon+sucks

Report: Senators to Name Hartsburg as Head Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ben Leeson at The Sault Star,

Soo Greyhounds coach Craig Hartsburg will be introduced Friday as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators, well-placed and reliable sources have told The Sault Star.

The 48-year-old Hartsburg flew to Ottawa Thursday to meet with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and will be introduced to the media as the team’s next head coach as early as this morning.

A report Wednesday by the Ottawa Sun had Kitchener Rangers bench boss Peter DeBoer getting the job in Ottawa but that report now appears to have been premature.

“They (media) overreacted yesterday,” a source told The Star. “Everybody assumed that because he (DeBoer) went down there, it was a done deal.”

When reached Thursday, Hartsburg declined comment, limiting his remarks to an assessment of the Senators’ on-ice potential. He would neither confirm or deny whether he was in the Ottawa area.

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Update 9:21am ET: Apparent confirmation from TSN

Former Canadian World Juniors and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds head coach Craig Hartsburg will be introduced as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Friday.  The Senators have called a news conference Friday morning to make the announcement.


*hat-tip to TSN for providing the original source

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  Tags: craig+harstburg

Malkin Has Long-Term Plans in Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

[Evgeni Malkin] said the prize he really covets—a long-term contract extension with the Penguins—is on its way.

“I’m thinking maybe five or six years,” said Malkin, set to enter the final season of his three-year entry-level deal. “I’m an easy guy to deal with. I’d love to stay in Pittsburgh.”

The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement forbids the Penguins from signing Malkin to an extension until July 1. Malkin said he expects the extension will be signed “soon” after that date.

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Awards Wrap Up & Voting Results

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A complete summary from the NHL:

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin capped an award-filled season by winning his first career Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings captured his sixth Norris Trophy as the League’s top defenseman at the 2008 NHL Awards Show.

Ovechkin was a runaway choice for the Hart, receiving 128 of 134 first-place votes for 1,313 points in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who tallied one first-place vote and was the second choice on 66 ballots, was runner-up with 659 points.

 

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  Tags: 2008+nhl+awards

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts in the Globe & Mail,

“I want to make speech longer but my English short,” he said, drawing a big laugh.

In his news conference later, [Pavel] Datsyuk had a couple more zingers when he was asked how he enjoyed the Wings’ Stanley Cup party.

“I remember going to the party but I don’t remember coming home,” he said. “I have to ask my wife because I don’t remember.”

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  Tags: nhl+awards, pavel+datsyuk

NHL Awards Gala—Watch Live

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

It’s being broadcast live online at CBC Sports. This link should open the player in your browser. 

It seems to work in both the United States and Canada, though Americans will probably prefer the television broadcast on Versus (*in Canada, there is a tape delay for TV coverage.)

A few updates and the list of winners—with links to stories on their wins—can all be found below:

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  Tags: cbc, media, nhl+awards, versus

Life After Hockey, Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Sporting News,

As a North Bay Centennials player in the mid-1980s, Bill Houlder attended Chippewa Secondary School, but never graduated. In fact, he obtained three credits in his final three years.

Two decades later, with 16 seasons as an NHL defenseman under his belt, Houlder, 41, stood before a packed gymnasium Tuesday and addressed a graduating class of Nipissing University Bachelor of Education students as the valedictorian.

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Note: Bill Houlder’s NHL Years
Related on KK: Life After Hockey, Part 1

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The Legend? It Lives On From The Chippewa On Down.  In Its Honor?  An NHL Awards Show Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ll be editing this as we move along.

Gordie Howe, Lifetime Achievement Award?  Could it have gone to anyone else?

Lidstrom, Norris?  Check. Legendary.  2nd Best Ever?  Maybe.  Maybe Better.

Datsyuk, Selke? Check.  “Long speech, but English is little.”

Zetterberg, Selke? Denied, but with a big old consolation trophy.

Datsyuk, Byng? Check. There was no doubt.

Chelios, Masterson? Denied, but with a Cup, and still with a job…allegedly.

Uncle Mike Babcock, Adams?  Denied, but there is no doubt, none, who the best coach in the NHL is.

It’s a dynastic Live Blog.

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  Tags: babcock, bettman, chelios, datsyuk, howe, lidstrom, liveblogging, zetterberg

Alright. One More Poll

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Holy…Two consecutive polls.  Good frigging sweet baby adorable Jesus.  Only on A2Y.  Progressive. Aggressive. Bold.

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