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Take The Kid Gloves Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto Star,

Wellwood, along with other younger Leafs – except none are very green and scrubeenie anymore – have been treated with excessive gentleness in their prolonged adjustment to the NHL. It’s as if they were dainty creatures – the Stajans and the Steens – overly praised on the nights they acquit themselves decently and usually protected from reproach on the more frequent nights when they don’t.

It’s as if an entitlement has settled upon the more youthful members of this club, itself an extension of franchise arrogance, where one win a fortnight is sufficient to quell anxiety and as you were, boys. This is evidenced in the dressing room, as well, where young pros without the chops to support such haughtiness can be witheringly snide and condescending to reporters. Where they learn such attitudes is a mystery because they certainly aren’t emulating the class of a Mats Sundin or Tomas Kaberle.

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The Very Unique Mike Lange

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

Canadians may not know his name, but they know his voice. They have been listening to it for decades accompanying highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins, describing the action on the ice with non-sequiturs such as “scratch my back with a hacksaw,” and “buy Sam a drink - and get his dog one, too.”

Mike Lange does not always make sense. And it has taken years of practice.

continued

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NHL Is No Longer New

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For Brendan Shanahan, one of the architects of change, the view from ice level, two-and-half-years after the lockout, looks pretty good. Not perfect, but considering where the NHL was in the not-too-distant past, not bad at all.

“What I like most is people don’t call it the new NHL anymore, they’re used to it now,” Shanahan was saying Wednesday morning, as his New York Rangers began a swing through Western Canada. “Every once in a while you’ll see an old playoff series on that hockey channel. You just sit and watch that now and it’s ‘oh my god, look at that hook, look at that guy getting mobbed or held.’

continued and recommended reading…

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Three Stars For December

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK—Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk and San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of December.

read on at NHL.com…

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Pre-Dallas Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1855We’ll do the liveblog on this post tonite.

Man…getting old sucks.  And no, that’s not a lead-in for a Chelios story.  I’m talking New Year’s recovery time.  Pepe Lopez appeared again, and the results were not good. 

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Boston/Anaheim Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Bear Essentials at Bruins.com,

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that the team has acquired defenseman Shane Hnidy and a sixth round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Brandon Bochenski.

Update 6:08pm ET: Press release here.

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Katz Rejected Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN and the CP,

The Edmonton Investors Group that currently owns the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers have rejected the latest offer from businessman Daryl Katz to buy the team.

Katz has attempted to purchase the Oilers from the group several times already. The latest bid that was rejected Wednesday was proposed last month when the drugstore billionaire made a $188 million offer for the team.

Update 6:15pm ET: More from TSN

The offer however is far from dead as several major investors are not on the Board and would still like to sell to Katz.  TSN has learned that the board voted 6-4 to recommend rejection, but that some of the bigger shareholders are known to support the offer.

Shareholders’ meeting is January 21.

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Team Names

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from DallasStars.com,

NHL clubs came up with their nicknames in a variety of interesting ways, and now you can brag of your all-encompassing hockey knowledge at your next cocktail party….

When determining a nickname, there’s been everything from the traditional fan contests to simply accepting the whims of an owner to, well, just basically going with what they gave you. Don’t believe me? Just take a look.

read on and thanks to Snapshots for the pointer…

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Volchenkov Ready For Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

The battered Ottawa Senators’ defence corps will get a significant boost with the return of Anton Volchenkov this week.

The defenceman confirmed he will return to the lineup on Friday night in Buffalo after missing 15 games with a broken right index finger.

“It’s in good shape and I’m ready to play,” Volchenkov said on Wednesday morning.

continued

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Winter Classic On NBC Draws 2.4 Overnight Rating

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

NBC exceeded audience expectations for its coverage of the Buffalo outdoor game on New Year’s Day by earning a 2.4 overnight rating (percentage of the potential U.S. audience tuned in).

Sources said an American network has not produced an audience of that size for an NHL regular season game since the Fox Sports telecasts in the 1990s.

added 3:27pm, from NBC Universal Media Village,

NEW YORK – January 2, 2008 – The NHL Winter Classic, broadcast New Year’s Day on NBC, earned a 2.6 overnight rating and a 5 share (1-4:45 p.m. ET), the best overnight NHL regular season rating in more than a decade (Feb. 3, 1996 on Fox, six-game regional, 3.0/7).

read on for more plus the top 10 markets…

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  Tags: nbc+hockey, winter+classic

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