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Who Would You Want On Your Team- Heatley Or Kessel?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Two snipers, one question: Dany Heatley or Phil Kessel?

Who would you take?

With NHL training camps inching closer by the day, there are, by my math, roughly 90-plus goals worth of uncertainty still floating around out there in the unhappy Senator and unsigned RFA Bruin.

Will one or both be wearing new uniforms when the season starts? Probably not. It seems more certain with each day that Heatley will begin the year in Ottawa and, despite some draft pick shuffling in Toronto, Kessel remains a valued commodity in Boston.

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  Tags: dany+heatley, phil+kessel

Ovechkin Says Yes To 2014 Olympics, No Matter What

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

More than four years removed from the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014, the battle lines have already been drawn by one of the NHL’s biggest stars regarding NHL participation.

Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin told ESPN.com during an interview here Wednesday that he will risk suspension and play for his country regardless of whether the NHL is formally involved or not.

“Nobody can say to me you can’t play for your country in the Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said.

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  Tags: winter+olympics

80 & Over League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via CTV (BC),

For a group of hockey players who gathered in British Columbia to try and set a world record, breaking a stick was no big deal—it was breaking a hip they were really worried about.

Two teams made up of players more than 80 years old squared off at a Burnaby ice rink Tuesday and are now hoping the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes the achievement of the octogenarians.

“There’s never been a tournament for an 80-and-over group,” said game organizer Denny Beaudin.

“We have applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to indicate it’s the first world tournament for players 80 and over, so it’s something we’re hoping we can establish.”

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Blast Away: Kronwall’s An “Elite” Hitter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Note to Paul: you should be receiving more emails soon, you know the kind.

October’s just a shot-gunned PBR away and I’m starting to feel it a bit.  A prime indicator? 

This….

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Highlighting The Rookies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Top 10 rookie highlights from last season.

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Breaking 40.  39 More Cup-less Tuesdays.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In the unlikely event you’d forgotten?  We’re looking at 39 Tuesdays until the Cup comes back to Hockeytown, where it belongs, where it’s appreciated.  39 more Tuesdays until Pens fans can stop pretending they know how to be happy about something they realize their team didn’t really earn. 

Now hold on Penguins fans. Don’t get angry. It’s not my intent to get you all worked up. You have a nice team that played a very good half-season last year then took advantage of some good fortune in the Finals. And you get to keep awkwardly celebrating it for just under forty more weeks.  Awesome.

But…when the one-trick Tuesdays come to an end? It’s back to Detroit, where providence says the Cup belongs.  Why?

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Carey Price Needs To Earn The #1 Goalie Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens made the playoffs last year because Halak was 6-3-0 when Price was injured and had a 15-9-0 record from Dec. 18 until the end of the season.

At the very least, they deserve to go into camp as equals, two guys battling for a job.

If Price starts the season, it will be to everyone’s benefit if he has the job because he earned it.

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  Tags: carey+price

Are The Rangers A Destination For Heatley?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

There may only be days to spare, but it remains to be seen whether the reluctant Senator will actually have to show his face in Ottawa. It would certainly appear that no trade is imminent, but the rumours continue to come at us from all angles.

One that made a lot of sense, and still does, involved the New York Rangers and two of their good, young players, defenceman Marc Staal and forward Brandon Dubinsky.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray has always liked Staal, a big, smart defenceman with ideal family bloodlines. The younger brother of Eric and Jordan Staal (with one more bro to come) makes just $765,000 this season before becoming a restricted free agent.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Variables Will Help Determine Ticket Prices For Stars Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Barry Kahn’s variable pricing system for tickets to sporting events uses algorithms and airline-based strategies that could make even an economist’s head spin. But the founder of the software company Qcue said the heart of the plan that will be adopted this season by the Stars is really quite simple.

“We just want to get as many people in the building as possible; that’s the basis of all of this,” said Kahn, whose Austin-based company has already created a buzz by bringing the system to the San Francisco Giants.

Here’s how it works: The price for a ticket will change based on variables that include opponent, day of the week, time of year and even how long before the event that the ticket is purchased.

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Wing Bloggers Roundtable Stops At A2Y

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve been searching for imagery of Jiri Hudler in a Baltic barnyard.  No “luck” so far, but l’ll keep looking.

In the meantime?  All your favorite Wing bloggers plopped down, cracked some warm American cheap stuff and answered three questions from yours truly. I think I got everybody but my gmail inbox is a frigging three-ring circus.  So, if I missed you…let me know.

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