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Sundin Speaks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sportsnet.ca,

Like millions of hockey fans who want to know what Mats Sundin is going to do, his own family has been putting pressure on the 37-year-old former Maple Leafs captain to make up his mind.

No more than his parents, who would regularly get up in the middle of the night in Sweden to watch their son perform in the National Hockey League.

“They all want me to play more,” Sundin laughingly told Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos in an exclusive interview at Sundin’s Baltic Sea cottage north of Stockholm. “That’s why I can’t stay (in Sweden) too long. I have to go make my own decision … There is pressure from everywhere.”

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The full interview will air in Canada on Sunday at 9pm ET on Sportsnet television.

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  Tags: mats+sundin, nick+kypreos

NHL Network Brings Us Live Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (September 26, 2008)—NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will provide live coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers’ pre-season game in their original home arena, the Spectrum, against the Carolina Hurricanes Sept. 27 at 1 p.m., ET. NHL Network also will cover the exhibition between the New York Rangers and SC Bern from Bern, Switzerland Sept. 30 at noon, ET, and the inaugural IIHF Victoria Cup game between the Rangers and Metallurg Magnitogorsk Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m., ET.

All games are subject to local blackout rules.

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How Important Are The Pre-Season Games?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

James Mirtle wrote a couple blogposts about the pre-season schedule.  It is a rather heavy schedule with 111 pre-season games (7.4 per team).  Teams frequently play games on multiple nights on multiple cities with schedules they would never allow in the regular season.  While not all players play in all pre-season games, a few do.  On most teams, all but a couple roster spots are completely determined due to contract status and past results of the players on their team.  Seven or more pre—season games are not needed to determine who makes the team and they certainly are not needed to get the players in shape for the season (as they largely come to training camp in playing shape).  The only purpose they seem to hold is an increase in revenue for the owners, especially as season ticket holders are forced to buy tickets for these games that do not count for anything.

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Growing Up with Saturday Night Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Marc Crawford’s blog at CBC.ca:

Like most of you, I grew up watching and loving Saturday nights. Hockey Night in Canada was such a big part of life at the Crawford house. With nine children in the family, great seats in our living room were very valuable and many times the floor was the spot where I ended up.

It didn’t matter because we loved hockey, and throw in the fact that we might get popcorn and maybe a glass of Pepsi, it was in my opinion the perfect night.

The broadcast came on at 8:30 p.m. in those days, and the game would be joined in progress, so the big game at our house was guessing the score. All of us would take a stab at whether or not the Leafs or Canadians were up by one or two goals. It was always a thrill to hear Bill Hewitt or Danny Gallivan announce the score.

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  Tags: cbc, hnic, marc+crawford

Rangers Cut Petr Nedved

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam Weinman at Rangers Report:

So much for Petr Nedved at least making the trip to Europe. The 36-year-old center was among those given the pink slip before today’s practice.

It looks like Greg Moore, Artem Anisimov were also reassigned.

“I told him this summer we had a lot of young guys and we have only so many spots,” Glen Sather told me just now. “Plus, there’s a cap issue to deal with. I thought he played well. I just knew what we’d be up against. But I didn’t want to not give him the opportunity.”

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Datsyuk Suffers Injury, Not Long-Term

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Datsyuk just left the trainers’ room. He’s out of the lineup tonight and not saying exactly what the injury is. Datsyuk did say that he should be back in the lineup soon and that his injury isn’t long-term.

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HNIC Radio Back On SIRIUS

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newswire,

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues another chapter in its longstanding history of hockey broadcasting excellence on Monday, Sept. 29th, with the launch of the second season of HNIC Radio exclusively on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Season two will feature even more marquee interviews, intelligent hockey talk, and all the breaking news from the world of hockey, as HNIC Radio on SIRIUS expands its broadcast time to three hours, airing from 4-7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Channels 122 and 97, beginning Sept. 29.

Jeff Marek returns as the host of HNIC Radio on SIRIUS, alongside rotating co-hosts and analysts Ron MacLean, Kelly Hrudey, Craig Simpson, Elliotte Friedman, Cassie Campbell, Scott Morrison - and the legendary Don Cherry. P.J. Stock and the two newest members of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast team, Mike Milbury and Marc Crawford, will also provide their own unique perspective on all NHL-related matters this season on HNIC Radio on SIRIUS.

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Teams Continue To Spend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

In what should come as a surprise to no one, for the first time in history the NHL will spend in excess of $1.5 billion in salaries this season. And early indications are the average team payroll will go up by $5 million from 2007-08….

Spurned on by a summer of wild free agent spending and a number of big-money, long-term contracts beginning to kick in, the league is spending money like never before. As the NHL has always thought, the upper limit of the cap has turned out to be a magnet for spending, with 12 teams within $2 million of the cap.

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Hard To Shut Down Joe Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Joe Thornton is the NHL’s most prolific passer, having paced the League in assists for the third consecutive season while leading the San Jose Sharks to the Pacific Division title last season.

But Thornton’s value to the Sharks is more than just the numbers he puts up. Opponents had to figure out a way to try to shut him down for an average of 21:23 per game last season – more ice time than any other forward who spent all season in the division.

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Pens Prospect Wants To Leave The Organization

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Penguins prospect Ryan Stone told Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice he wants to leave the Penguins organization after not making the NHL club out of training camp.

The possibility of that happening isn’t all that far-fetched considering he can be claimed off waivers beginning tomorrow.

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