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Marketing The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

One boy held up a homemade sign, “Welcome back to Hawkeytown.”

Or is that Hokeytown?

Relax, there’s nothing wrong with hokey. Hokey keeps families coming back for more. After years of neglect, no Hawks fans should ever complain about hokey.

But all the pomp and circumstance of the Hawks’ home opener left this impression: Bold choreography only goes so far. At some point, teams such as the Hawks have to dance the dance. Fans eventually will demand more and expect to end the home season in June the way it began Saturday night: victoriously.

Good for the Blackhawks that they are savvy enough to realize this.

“We think we have a product worthy of the attention,” team President John McDonough said before the game.


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Demitra Could Help Canucks, But Recovery From Surgery Going Slow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Head coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday that Demitra’s recovery from off-season shoulder surgery “is not going as well as we had planned.” Demitra was supposed to miss at least the first three weeks of the season, but it now sounds like he’ll be gone even longer.

“It’s not going as quick as he wanted,” Vigneault said.

The injuries to Sedin and Demitra have left the Canucks looking fairly impotent on paper. Steve Bernier and Mason Raymond, who started as third-line wingers, have been bumped into the top six.


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  Tags: pavol+demitra

#9 Would Have Had To Wear Another Number

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MontrealCanadiens.com,

Ever wonder what would have happened had Gordie Howe played for the Canadiens alongside the likes of Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau? Believe it or not, it almost became a reality in the fall of 1946.

During a scouting trip that year that included a look at the Red Wings’ affiliate in Omaha, Canadiens general manager Frank Selke was blown away by the performance of a promising young prospect named Gordie Howe. After doing a little digging, Selke discovered that Howe had been left off the Red Wings’ negotiation list by Knights coach Tommy Ivan, making the future Mr. Hockey available for any NHL club wishing to claim him.


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  Tags: gordie+howe

A Motivated Marleau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Speaking of Marleau, I floated the notion past Todd McLellan that his former captain actually seems faster, or maybe quicker this season than a year ago.

“I don’t know physically if he’s gotten bigger stronger, faster,” McLellan said. “I just think he’s a very determined individual right now — and that might make him a lot quicker than any of the work he did in the gym this summer.”

more on the Sharks…

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  Tags: patrick+marleau

Daniel Sedin Out With Broken Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks’ winger Daniel Sedin has suffered a broken left foot and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

Sedin was hit on the foot with a shot in Wednesday’s 7-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

He has been fitted with a cast and is using crutches to get around.

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  Tags: daniel+sedin

Depressed In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Four games into a new season is certainly no time to panic and while their fans might be climbing up the walls, the Toronto Maple Leafs are doing nothing of the sort.

Still, sharing status with the New York Islanders as the NHL’s only winless teams isn’t doing much for their confidence, and with back-to-back games coming up against the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche, a change in atmosphere will definitely do them some good.

“It’s depressing here right now,” head coach Ron Wilson said after Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins left his team 0-3-1. “We’ve got to find a way to get some momentum early in the game, that’s what has kind of fallen off. Scoring the first goal and building on that, or at least coming out of the first period 0-0 would be a start in the right direction.”


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

That game looked like a game played between grownups and some spoiled teenagers.

-Ted Leonsis, Caps Owner on last night’s loss to the Wings.  More on the game from Ted at Ted’s Take.

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Have Crosby & Ovechkin Peaked?

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from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

As much as we think the wizardry of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will be with us for the next 10 to 15 years, chances are their otherworldly scoring exploits are at a peak now and will trend downwards in the coming seasons.

At 22 and 24, Crosby and Ovechkin are sure to be the cream of the league for the next decade. There’s little question of that. But in terms of over-the-top scoring totals, they’re in their prime right now. Thing is, however, their “prime” is such a narrow range, if history is to be a barometer.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Early Season MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

We are now a few games into the NHL season and it is possible to look at the results and try to determine very early leaders for the NHL Awards.  At this point in the year, I think the leading MVP candidate is Alexander Ovechkin.  Ovechkin is tied for the NHL lead with 10 points.  His five goals are second in the league.  His +5 +/- rating is top among forwards in the league.  Ovechkin is off to a great start.  This is not surprising given that he has won the Hart trophy the last two years running and is the NHL’s best player.

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Osgood Is The Key To The Wings Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

Coach Mike Babcock is looking at other forwards to score more in Franzen’s absence, but my view is that goaltender Chris Osgood is the key to overcoming Franzen’s loss. The Red Wings still have a dominating defense and they simply need Osgood to be at his best.

more and Osgood was ‘on’ last nght with this save on Ovechkin…

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  Tags: chris+osgood

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