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Wings Scrap Fighting

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from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,

The number of regular-season fights increased from 466 in 2005-06 to 664 last season, according to data compiled by hockeyfights.com….

At the current rate, there will be more than 920 fights this year….

The Red Wings, however, remain an exception to this developing trend.

The defending Stanley Cup champions were last in the NHL in fighting majors last season with 21, compared to 70 for league-leader Calgary.

Five games in, the Wings are also one of three teams who haven’t gotten into a fight yet.

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Talk About Another Team In Toronto

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

NHL governors are talking informally about placing a second hockey team in Toronto alongside the Maple Leafs, The Globe and Mail has learned.

“Why shouldn’t we put another team in the best and biggest market in the world?” one of several NHL governors who spoke with The Globe anonymously said of the Greater Toronto Area.

According to this governor, one idea floated is for prospective owner Jim Balsillie to be rewarded with an expansion team in Toronto after helping to restore financial ballast to the Nashville Predators.

“I’ve heard this exact scenario,” a second governor said.

continued

added 12:52pm, from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It sounds as if reports that the NHL is considering placing a second team in Toronto are more fantasy than reality.

“The story is nonsense,” one highly placed NHL source told the Star. “Perhaps the musings of one team representative. Expansion to Toronto has never been discussed with the board, the executive committee or any other league committee.

“And its never been considered internally.”

continued

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Hockey Has Money

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from the Fabulous Forum Blog at the LA Times,

Here are the top 10 richest sports owners from the Forbes list:

1.) E. Stanley Kroenke ($3.5 billion) and his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke ($3.4 billion).  Stan owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche…

6.) B. Thomas Golisano ($1.7 billion), owner of the Buffalo Sabres.

7.) Michael Illitch ($1.6 billion) from Detroit got rich from the Little Caesars Pizza chain and he owns the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

9.) Jeremy Jacbos ($1.6 billion) is much derided in Boston. He owns the Boston Bruins and the TD Banknorth Garden…

more, but that is it for the hockey related owners.  Thanks to Snap Shots for the pointer…

note:  the list is for the richest American owners.

 

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All Trevor Nill

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It is not often that we spotlight an incoming college freshman, but…

from Alex DiFilippo of The State News (MSU),

Freshman Trevor Nill already has a gold medal.

He earned the medal when he was selected for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge.

The 6-foot-2 forward from Novi grew up around an NHL organization and brings extensive hockey knowledge to the Spartans roster, as his father is the assistant manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

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One Tough SOB

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On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the National Hockey League and USA Hockey will team up to honor Bob Naegele Jr., Brian Burke, Phil Housely and Ted Lindsay with the 2008 Lester Patrick Award.

“I had the idea that I should beat up every player I ever tangled with,” Lindsay famously said. “And nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea.”

Tonight we feature Ted Lindsay, watch the video below.

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He Is An MSMer & Likes Blogs Too

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I had the opportunity of meeting Elliotte Friedman during the SCF in Detroit and enjoyed the brief time we actually were able to talk.  We would pass each other in the aisles at ‘The Joe’ and give each other a nod as we headed in different directions.

A good guy, just like most of us, but he gets to interview the stars of the game, a job most of us would love to have.

He has earned his position at HNIC and I am sure is in the long range plans for CBC and HNIC.

Today, Elliotte wrote a piece for Puck Daddy on hockey bloggers and if you are interested in that topic, I suggest you give it a read.

added 8:16pm, Adam Proteau of the Hockey News chimes in…

So long as writers are accountable – i.e., prepared to defend their positions to the people or organizations they’re writing about – they ought to be allowed to build that buzz, in any way they see fit. And if I were overseeing the velvet rope separating the wheat from the chaff in the press box, I’d rather have 100 passionate writers in there creating a negative buzz than a single wire-service reporter writing a neat, non-critical game story.

more and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer… I missed that one completely, sorry Adam!

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Goals Of The Week

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About 5 1/2 minutes of the goals of the week!

Watch below…

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Sharks Place Former 1st Round Pick On Waivers

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Sharks have placed forward Lukas Kaspar on waivers, giving 29 other teams a chance to claim San Jose’s 2004 first-round draft pick.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson said the team made the move today in part because three injured players — Milan Michalek, Tomas Plihal and Douglas Murray — appear ready to return after missing two or three games with injuries. But it also was made because the team wants to stay one-player under the 23-man limit in order to maintain maximum flexibility to brings up players from Worcester on short notice.

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All Thomas Vanek

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The First Star of the Week, Thomas Vanek took part in a tele-conference today….

Q. When you’re a goal scorer, is there a lot more weight put on you than if you’re a point producer? Is there a lot more pressure on guys who are known as goal scorers?

        THOMAS VANEK: Sure, I mean, just like you said, I mean, it’s a good label and a bad label at the same time. I think if you’re known as a goal scorer, you want to be the one putting up the goals. Guys who are just known as point guys sometimes get away with I think a lot of maybe second assists or so.

        But at the same time I think it is a team sport. Like myself, I’m not too worried about goals and points. Always at the end of the year you look back and you obviously want to be up there in the top 20 or top 15 in goal scoring.

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Big Road Trip For The Ducks

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from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

The upcoming road swing, which also includes stops in Ottawa, Montreal and Columbus, could not only play a huge role in determining the course of this season but also future campaigns.

“I think the players need to worry about playing the game and not worry about the other (stuff) that can go on outside the game of hockey,” Pronger said. “We have to get into the dirty areas. We think we have, and we haven’t. We have no traffic in front of the net. We’re off to the sides. We’re not gritty. Until we realize that we have to be a dirty team, this (losing) is going to be a regular occurrence – and it’s getting old.”

more on the Ducks plus Burke says he will have made a decision on his contract with the Ducks by Christmas…

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