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Bertuzzi & Moore Meet to Try & Settle Lawsuit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

One-time Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and former Vancouver Canucks winger Todd Bertuzzi met in Toronto on Monday with a mediator in an effort to prevent a lawsuit from heading to court.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the infamous sucker punch during a March 8, 2004, game in Vancouver that ended Moore’s career.

Moore, 29, and his family filed a lawsuit seeking $38 million for loss of income and damages.

Bertuzzi, who now plays for the Calgary Flames, and Moore attended the meeting with their lawyers, as well as former Vancouver coach (now Hockey Night In Canada analyst) Marc Crawford and his representatives.

Moore’s lawsuit names Bertuzzi, the Canucks and former team owners Orca Bay, as defendants.

continued… but no details of the meeting have been released

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marc+crawford, orca+bay, steve+moore, todd+bertuzzzi

Big Media Changes In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit News,

The Detroit Media Partnership that oversees The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press today announced an innovative plan designed to preserve both papers by curtailing home delivery and increasing online offerings.

The plan, which is unique in the newspaper industry among major markets, calls for smaller, redesigned editions most days, but ensures the News will continue to be printed six days a week and the Free Press seven days….

The “e-edition” allows subscribers free access online to print newspapers—including ads—from their computers. Viewers can print pages, search for content, change print size and utilize other features. The partnership consulted IDEO, a global design company, about how best to transform the papers for the digital age.

“Consumers, businesses and the world around us are changing with blinding speed fueled by the Internet and exciting new digital media,” Hunke said.

more

According to the Detroit Free Press, the digital edition will cost $12.50 per month.  I am not sure if readers will still have free access to either freep.com or detnews.com.

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What Could Have Been For Ron Wilson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at The Spin,

Although he’s been getting solid reviews for his coaching work this season with the severely undertalented Maple Leafs, Wilson has to be feeling the extraordinary success of the San Jose Sharks.

On one hand, many of the players that have powered the Sharks to the best record ever in the NHL history after 30 games were not only coached by Wilson and his assistants, Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler, but taught their first NHL lessons by that crew.

Wilson still has ties to that organization, still talks to Sharks players, still discusses hockey matters from time-to-time with GM Doug Wilson. On the other hand, of course, the way in which rookie coach Todd MacLellan has guided the Sharks to such a powerhouse, 52-point showing so far is, to some degree, an indictment of that which Wilson couldn’t do.

continued

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  Tags: ron+wilson

Jersey Rights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netter,

As anyone who has read EN for any length of time will tell you, hockey jerseys are something we are extremely passionate about. From our endless resistance to Reebok’s reign of terror to just general faux pas by the general public, we take the business of wearing a jersey very seriously. Perhaps too seriously.

So with that in mind, we’ve decided to let you in on our little system of values when it comes to hockey jerseys. We call violations of this system “jersey fouls.” A few of you have asked what exactly a jersey foul is while many of you have asked for clarifications to this system. Hopefully today’s post will answer all these questions.

With no further ado, here is the Jersey Foul Bill of Rights:

1.) Getting Personal

Easily the most common of jersey fouls, a personalized jersey is a blight on humanity. No one cares who you are.

continued

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All About The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

A lot of work goes into making and maintaining that sheet of frozen water. A team of technicians uses equal amounts of sweat and science to make the surface perfect for the Blue Jackets and their professional-hockey opponents.

The arena temperature is kept between 58 and 60 degrees, depending on how warm it is outside, the humidity and the dew point.

All these things and more are monitored before, during and after games to keep the ice cold, hard and fast. When needed, adjustments are made.

“It’s a science, but it’s nowhere near an exact science,” said Scott Lofton, director of operations for the arena.

On good ice, players skate with less effort, and pucks glide across the surface. On bad ice, you get bouncing pucks and tired skaters.

read on

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Here We Go Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Denver Post,

The oft-injured former Avalanche star has committed to making another attempt to play in the NHL and, like last season, hopes to be with a team by the NHL playoffs. If Forsberg, 35, can play, it would likely be with the Avalanche.

“I want to play. I hate sitting in the stands and not be able to be out there on the ice,” Forsberg told the Swedish television program “Hockeynight” on Monday. “If it doesn’t work this time, I’ll call it quits. But I have the best doctor in the world (Bertil Romanus), and without him I would have given up already. I’m still hopeful.”

Forsberg revealed he wore electrodes on his troublesome right foot for some games with the Avs after his late-season return.

“(I had) a battery package hidden in my pants. When I turned it on, the foot straightened in the skates. It was kind of funny,” Forsberg said.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Wings Talk Economics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The economy is on the minds of Red Wings players and management a lot these days. Despite a Stanley Cup championship team and a long run of success, the Wings have resorted to price cuts on tickets and other creative ways to get fans in the building. And that was before the “Big Three” Michigan automakers took an even worse turn the past few days, doing a dangerous dance with bankruptcy and federal bailout red tape.

Chelios is the owner of two “Cheli’s Chili Bar” restaurants — one in downtown Detroit and another in Dearborn — and, while not providing precise figures, he said business is down at both spots. And if the Big Three automakers do not receive any emergency federal assistance, Chelios said, he doubts that his and many Michigan businesses would survive long. Even if the bailout money comes, Chelios said many businesses will close, and maybe his.

more

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The Next Great Russian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Here’s what sets (Kirill) Kabanov apart from most other 16-year-olds: he can afford to shop on Tverskaya.

The young hockey prospect is paid $20,000 (U.S.) a month by the fabled Russian hockey club Spartak Moscow, a princely sum next to the room-and-board stipend for stars in Canada’s major junior leagues.

Several scouts say the Moscow native, the Kontinental Hockey League’s youngest player, stands a good chance to become the No.1 pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft.

J.P. Barry, the agent for Mats Sundin and Evgeni Malkin, said Kabanov’s quickness is comparable to Alex Ovechkin at the same age and other agents and scouts are similarly complimentary. Three years ago, when Kabanov was 13, NHL super-agent Don Meehan flew him and his father Sergei, a former Russian army special forces major, to Toronto in an unsuccessful bid to sign Kabanov to a representation contract, Sergei Kabanov said.

read on

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  Tags: kirill+kabanov

All Ilya Bryzgalov Or At Least A Part Of Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,

Q: Any special challenges the Stars present?

A: “What? Say again, translate, seriously. No, no, I never understand the question.”

Q: Any challenges .. the biggest challenge … the Stars present to you?

A: “You mean like the stars in the sky or the Dallas Stars?”

Q: Both of them.

A: “No, seriously, I’m trying to help.”

more

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  Tags: ilya+bryzgalov

Flames Recall Lundmark

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the recall of forward Jamie Lundmark from Quad City (AHL).

After 28 games with the Quad City Flames this season, Lundmark leads the team in assists (23) and points (30). He was also named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November when he recorded 19 points (five goals and 14 assists) in 13 games. 

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  Tags: jamie+lundmark

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