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Hossa…Holland Working It?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pierre LeBrun didn’t exactly say as much, but there are hints in his chat today at ESPN...

Ron, Pittsburgh: Zetterberg, Franzen, Hossa. I’ve read that Holland doesn’t view Hossa as the rental he once did, which makes a lot of sense to me. However, I don’t see any way that the Wings can keep Hossa and Zetterberg, even without Franzen in the mix. With their cap situation, I see either Zetterberg/Hossa and Franzen, and I’ll eat my foot if they let Zetterberg go.

SportsNation Pierre LeBrun: (4:55 PM ET ) Ron I can tell you from my talks with Holland that you’re right, he wants to try and keep all three. But it will be tough. Zetterberg is priority No. 1 and they’ve been exchanging coutner-proposals. Should hopefully get done over the next few weeks. Hossa they can’t talk to until January because he signed a one-year deal last summer. They’re talking to Franzen right now. It’ll be tough but one thing Holland can do is trade a few bodies next summer to make room for Hossa.

 

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Bep Guidolin—Youngest Player to Ever Skate in the NHL—Dies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN:

Armand (Bep) Guidolin, who at 16 became the youngest player to skate in an NHL game and later went on to coach Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82.  Guidolin died Monday at a Barrie hospital, according to his family.

Guidolin, who was born in Thorold, Ont., made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Nov. 12, 1942, at the age of 16 years 11 months, becoming the league’s youngest player ever. The Bruins desperately needed his help to fill holes left by players who were serving in the Second World War.

He went on to play nine seasons in the NHL, recording 107 goals and 171 assists in 519 games with Boston, Detroit and Chicago.

more at TSN and his story at Legends of Hockey

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Team Yashin vs Team Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen:

The inaugural Continental Hockey League All-Star Game will have an NHL ring to it.

The KHL announced on its website that the all-star game - which will be played outdoors at Moscow’s Red Square on Jan. 11 - will pit “Yashin Team” vs. “Jagr Team.”

The Yashin Team, headed by former Ottawa Senator and New York Islander Alexei Yashin, will feature players from Russia and former Soviet republics. Jagr Team, headed by former Pittsburgh Penguins great Jaromir Jagr, will be made up of non-Russian players.

The format was decided by fan voting on the KHL website. The KHL announced Wednesday that 50.13 per cent of voters favoured the Yashin vs. Jagr format, while 49.87 per cent favoured a more tradition West vs. East format.

read on

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  Tags: khl

Helm: Leino’s Gonna Be Great

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Helene St. James spoke with Darren Helm today (really…she said so) and he had this to say about Ville Leino,

While in Grand Rapids, Helm has been on a line with Ville Leino, the talented Finn the Wings signed as a free agent last spring and who, I have no doubt, we’ll also see in Detroit before the season is over.

“He’s a really skilled player,” Helm said of Leino. “He’s got a great shot, great hands. He’s starting to get used to the league a little bit more. He’s come along well and he’s going to be a great player.”

She also said Cleary will be in for a BJ on Friday or Saturday against Boston.

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Pick 12

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With 24 teams in action tonight, let’s see how smart you are.

Pick the winner of every game for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com.

Anyone who enters will also be included in a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com.

So, all I need from you is this- In the comment area, list only the winner of each game tonight.  Also, we need a tie-breaker so give me the total goals scored tonight.

The $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the person who selected the most total wins.  If there is a tie for wins, we go to the tie-breaker and if a tie still exists, a random drawing will be held between the people who met the previous criteria.

You need to be a KK member (free registration) in order to be eligible for the prizes and your submission must be time-stamped no later than 6:45pm ET tonight.

Tonight’s schedule is listed below and good luck.

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Quit Whining About All-Star Voting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Morrison at CBC:

The league will still make sure that best players are represented in the game. Chances are at least a couple of those Canadiens would make it any way.

It’s curious that a game, the all-star game, that is annually mocked and criticized for what it is, can muster so much emotion from people.

There is, of course, a simple way to solve the problem, or at least attempt to solve the problem. Turn on the computer and vote. Often.

Otherwise take a valium.

more

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg

Nationality in the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Mirtle at From the Rink:

Make no mistake, with a decreasing number of Russians, Eastern Europeans and even Canadians in the league, the NHL is becoming more and more American. I remember running these numbers 10 years ago and Canada came in around the high 50s and the American representation would be about 11 or 12 per cent.

European players make up 27.3 per cent of the NHL this season, which I’ll bet is a bit lower than many expect.

read on for more analysis plus stats and charts

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Those Who Should be Thankful

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at Fox Sports,

In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a list of several notable folks in the NHL and what they have to be thankful for this season.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: That the current economic crisis began in September rather than earlier in the year. Almost all of the season tickets — the league’s lifeblood — were sold over the summer, avoiding a potentially devastating effect upon league revenues this season.

Former Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke: He has to be thankful the Toronto Maple Leafs are so desperate to sign him as their new team president and general manager. They’re reportedly about to make him one of the league’s highest paid executives.

continued…

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Expanding Horizons For An O-6 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Some of you felt I was shortchanging our Motown heritage by not including some traditional acts of the 60’s and 70’s.  I listened to you and caved, as usual.

I’ve excluded Grand Funk, the winners of the last home Live Blog and I took out Lightfoot because I discovered last week that he’s actually Canadia(e)n.  We just can’t have that.

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St. Louis Fans Back at the Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric McErlain at The Sporting News:

But then the wheels came off the bus after the lockout. With the team crashing through the standings and dealing many of its most popular players at the trade deadline, the Blues dropped from sixth overall in league attendance (18,560) to 27th (14,213) before cratering in dead last (12,520) for the 2006-07 season.

With the arrival of new management under Team President John Davidson, the Blues rebounded last season to 13th overall (17,610) through the use of some innovative marketing—particularly free food nights and a nifty television spot where individual players made their pitch to woo back the thousands of fans who had suddenly disappeared. Toss in the signing of free agent winger Paul Kariya, and the Blues had given the locals a reason to care again.

The improvement has continued into this season, with the team now ranked eighth overall (18,961) and ahead of two Canadian franchises, Vancouver and Edmonton.

continued…

The comparison to the Canadian clubs might be inadvertently misleading, as Vancouver and Edmonton have attendance numbers at 101.1% capacity and 98.5% capacity respectively, whereas the Blues are at 90.3% capacity. (And if you look at it another way and resort the data to look at the capacity percentage, St. Louis falls to 20th in the league.)

But regardless, that doesn’t change the fact that St. Louis fans are returning to their rink in ever-increasing numbers after a few bad years, which is great news.

 

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  Tags: attendance, hockey+fans

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