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Ottawa Owner Speaks-Out On Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Melnyk wants to put the controversy behind the Senators, who open the season tomorrow in New York against the Rangers, he conceded the situation left a “sour taste” in his mouth and would advise anybody against signing players to front-end-loaded, long-term contracts.

After signing Heatley to a six-year, $45-million contract extension in October 2007, and shelling out more than $14 million to him in the last 12 months — including a whopping $4-million bonus on July 1 — Melnyk found it disrespectful.

“I spoke directly across the table, with (Heatley) and his agents,” said Melnyk. “When you make that type of commitment to a player where you front-end load a contract, you expect, just as a human being, when you shake somebody’s hand — never mind a 130-page contract — that they will be reciprocal to it. That’s my biggest disappointment. These people, I mean just as human beings, (shouldn’t) do that to anyone.

“Yes, it has left a sour taste, but you’ve got to forget about that. You learn from it and you’ll never do it again. I guarantee you, anybody else out there should be aware this can happen to (them) if the other side is not genuine.”

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So…You’re Dreaming Of A Pocketful Of Gold?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You have every right to, you know.  Because it’s yours.  And the trek to regaining it begins today, against some bitter bitches in a land that is over the hills and far, far away.

But first?  This…

Posted by: JDogg
Location: City of Champs

You are the lamest blog on the internet.  You could have at least covered something in the past few months, but instead you sat around in misery. I hate you, Chief.  Go Pens.

Awesome.

 

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Does Anyone Care About Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some interesting and not so interesting comments left at the YouTube page.

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Controlled Practice For DiPietro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Martin of the NY Post,

“Next week he should be able to ramp up his workouts on the ice,” Gordon said after the team worked out in Syosset yesterday. “It’s working on more technique. Everything is pretty controlled right now, the next step is to make it more game-like . . . moving off passes, multiple shots, recoveries, everything that would come up in the course of a normal practice, but do it in a controlled environment.”

DiPietro is trying to be patient.

“I’m obviously frustrated,” the goalie said. “I’d like to be on the ice right now, skating with the team and have a regular training camp and not have to worry about being injured and rehab every day. But this is part of the bigger picture.”

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Sharks Coach Not Happy After Loss To Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

“The performance was disappointing, very disappointing,” McLellan said, singling out some of his top-end talent in particular. “We have some world-class athletes on our team and they didn’t play like that.”

And asked to assess the performance of his goalie, who gave up all five goals on the first 14 shots he faced, McLellan said only that Evgeni Nabokov is “one of the players that I consider world-class.”

Not that the 5-2 loss rests on any one player, but Nabokov was someone I obviously needed to talk with after the game, especially after what McLellan has had to say the last few days. To his credit, the goalie was totally accessible.

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#19- Joe Sakic Honored

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

Joe Sakic returned to the area where he has always felt the most comfortable—the ice.

But on Thursday, he stepped onto the ice to be honored by the Colorado Avalanche, who retired his No. 19 jersey and raised a banner honoring their longtime captain to the Pepsi Center rafters, joining those of Patrick Roy (No. 33) and Ray Bourque (No. 77).

“You never could imagine you’re going to have that honor, have your number raised up in the rafters – not growing up, not ever,” Sakic said following a 45-minute ceremony before the Avalanche and San Jose Sharks met in the season opener for both teams.

“To see it up there with Patrick and Ray, it’s a tremendous honor.”

continued and watch the full ceremony (42 minutes) below…

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The Loyalty Of Hockey Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Hard-core hockey fans are, if nothing else, dead loyal.

Plenty of people, including the vast majority of Americans, may be oblivious to the sport’s charms, but those who love it tend to love it above everything else.

It is the No.1 game everywhere in Canada, it is at worst a strong second to soccer in parts of Northern Europe, and regionally in the northeastern U.S., including some major markets, plus isolated pockets elsewhere such as Minnesota, it more than holds its own.

That’s got to be the key to the NHL’s future – playing to strengths, catering to the devoted, building on the committed core audience while abandoning missionary work, leaving the heathens to their own devices.

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Don’t Fault The Location, Fault The Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,

Northerners, rooted and transplanted, sniff at the travails of Phoenix, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and the Panthers as proof that hockey should remain the province of cities that have snow days. It doesn’t fit their prejudices to note that each of those four franchises has a history of ineptitude that few markets would support these days. You don’t, for example, hear much griping about a team in San Jose. And the last time a lake froze in St. Louis, a glacier covered Chicago….

Fans of a team rebuilding a fan base can’t enjoy the championship the following season because of a money move by management—attendance springs back instantly from that within a year or two, right, Marlins?

Besides, warm weather doesn’t cause bad decisions. Rick Dudley’s office needing air conditioning in January isn’t why he traded up one spot to draft Petr Taticek ninth overall in 2002, leaving division rival Washington to take Alexander Semin three spots later.

It’s also not why, with the No. 1 overall pick in 2003, Dudley traded down to No. 3 and chose Nathan Horton. Horton’s a good player who hasn’t lived up to being the No. 3 overall pick in one of the best drafts ever. Dudley could have taken center Eric Staal, a great, clutch player who Carolina snapped up at No. 2 and followed to the Stanley Cup three years later.

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HNIC Opens The Seaon In Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Opening montage from tonight.

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Prediction: Northeast Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

My pre-season predictions continue today with the Northeast Division.  Here are my West Conference predictions.

This is the predicted order of finish for the Northeast Division this season:

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