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Trust & The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Trust, NHL players say, is the foundation of a solid union.

When asked if the players trust the players association’s leadership, a union member responded, “No way, we have to fix it, once and for all.”

Fixing it may require further change, with sources indicating the futures of NHLPA interim executive director Ian Penny, union ombudsman Buzz Hargrove, and members of the PA’s advisory board will be called into question when the executive board conducts its next conference call Sunday.

That will be a call that Sidney Crosby - arguably the most powerful player in the world - intends to be on, as he was this past Monday when the group last conferenced to discuss the unions issues.


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A Full NHL Schedule Tomorrow

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NEW YORK/TORONTO (Oct. 2, 2009) – The National Hockey League’s 2009-10 season goes all-in on Saturday, Oct. 3, when each of the 30 clubs hit the ice for the first of two “All Skate” days on the schedule. And, beginning with a special 10 a.m.-noon ET edition of NHL Live! through the wrap-up of NHL Network’s On The Fly at 2 a.m. ET Sunday morning, the League’s media assets will provide end boards-to-end boards coverage of the 15 games that will comprise more than 15 hours of live programming.

  Thirty clubs will contest 15 NHL games in 15 cities in four countries on two continents across 10 time zones Saturday. Nearly half the NHL (14 clubs) will play season openers. A total of 600 players who were born in 25 different countries will suit up. The games will be overseen by 60 officials—30 referees and 30 linesmen. Virtually the entire League on-ice officiating staff will be working, as just five referees and five linesmen have the day off.

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Afternoon Line

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“I don’t care if you’re the Red Wings, I don’t care if you’re San Jose, there’s question marks.  Until you answer, there’s question marks on every team because there hasn’t been a game played this year. How are certain guys going to play? Are they going to play at the level they played at last year? Is Nick Lidstrom as good as he’s always been, which we expect him to be, but there’s always question marks. But you just don’t know. How healthy is your team going to stay? We just need to get answers.”

-Blues Coach Andy Murray.  More on the Blues/Wings from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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  Tags: andy+murray

All Randy Carlyle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Q: Have you settled into a comfort zone as a NHL head coach?

A: What’s a comfort zone? How do you describe it? My comfort zone is the program that we provide. I’m never going to change the fact that it’s our responsibility as a coaching staff to provide an environment for our players to have success. That’ll be our statement. We cannot put people into situations or expect people to perform in unrealistic situations. And we have to continually develop and prod our players for more. That’s what we’re about.


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Blues/Wings Preview From Stockholm

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Dan Rosen of NHL.com previews the game between the Blues and Wings.

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Todd McLellan Feels The Pain Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Like a lot of NHL teams these days, the San Jose Sharks are mindful more than ever of the importance of the paying customer. To that end, the Sharks annually put staff and players into the community, to hand-deliver season-ticket renewals prior to the start of training camp.

For Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan, the exercise had a secondary value beyond its public-relations value. It helped him put the finger on the pulse of what the average Sharks fan was thinking. And yes – all that anti-Joe Thornton, anti-Patty Marleau sentiment that swept the NHL in the aftermath of their opening-round upset playoff loss to the Anaheim Ducks was also deeply rooted in San Jose, the anti-Phoenix, one of the few markets in the NHL’s U.S. expansion that has been a success story right from the beginning.

“My pain individually is one-year pain,” said McLellan, who began his second season behind the Sharks’ bench Thursday night, by absorbing a painful 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. “For the fans and other people in the organization, it’s longer. So when you go out in the community, you can sense a frustration level. I think the lightning rods – fairly or unfairly – are always Marleau and Thornton. They’re the two best players on our hockey club, so that comes with the territory.

continued plus many more NHL topics…

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Writing History In Denver

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Joe Sakic’s number went up to the rafters of the Ass Can last night, along with long-time teammate Ray Bourque and the dignified Patrick Roy. I didn’t watch it.  VH1 was doing a three-hour long examination of one-hit wonders and the similarities between the Penguins and A-ha were too striking to click away from. 

So I missed out on The Other 19’s night.  And in doing so I missed these revelations:  Joe Sakic never played for Quebec.  The Dive franchise didn’t start out in Quebec.  Sakic’s career, just like modern hockey, actually began in 1995 instead of what his bio says...1989.


Stay classy Denver.


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Does Kariya Still Have His Game?

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray has made a point during training camp of describing how good the Blues played last season without Paul Kariya.

Now, the question Kariya, Murray and the rest of the Blues are waiting to have answered is just how good they can be with the skilled winger back after missing almost all of last season to injury.

There was a time in the mid-to-late 1990s when you could scarcely have a conversation about the game’s elite players without referencing Kariya. Twice eclipsing 100 points, three times a 40-plus goal scorer and once a 50-goal scorer, Kariya’s ability to handle the puck and create offense was nothing short of magical.

Now, at 34, there are ample signs that the magic remains and he can be the kind of difference-maker the Blues will need to take another step forward after storming into the playoffs last season despite injuries to key players, including Kariya.


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NHL Recommendations Coming For Social Networking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Keating of Reuters,

Following the lead of the NFL and NBA, the NHL said it was close to making recommendations that will prohibit players from using communicational devices for social media activity—including Twitter and Facebook—30 minutes before and after games, practices, meetings and media access periods.

The ban would extend to coaches, trainers and all game-related personnel.

“I looked at what the NBA was doing and what the NFL was doing and used those as a basis for my own recommendations,” NHL director of social media marketing Mike Dilorenzo told Reuters on Thursday.

read on

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What?  The Caps Aren’t Better Than Jesus?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Please. We are humble. I never said that. The headline writer did that. It is why I blog and talk directly to people. It is better to not have a filter so that people hear directly from you - no editor, no headline writers - like in these two articles.

Geesh. We haven’t won anything yet. We are hungry. We want to win for our fans.

John Lennon? Wow.

We did look pretty good though last night, didn’t we?

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