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Would Financial Gain Increase The Chances Of The NHL Participating In Future Olympic Games?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney looks at the Olympics as great entertainment for hockey fans

but at the same time wonders about the overall benefits of having NHL players participate. That includes the risk of injury as well as the rationale for shutting down the season for two weeks.

“(For) the NHL, at least at this stage, there is no tangible financial benefit,” he said. “We all enjoy the Olympics, love to watch it, but I personally like the amateurs. I like the unexpected.

“It’s all revenue, television revenue. If they had some tangible benefit other than the good will of seeing the best players - we all enjoy that, the fans love it - but I think there’s some really hard discussions going forward to see whether it makes sense for this league to shut down.


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  Tags: don+maloney, winter+olympics

Everyone On the Bandwagon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from J. Freedom du Lac of the Washington Post,

The streak has vaulted the team to the top of the NHL points standings. Add a zesty marketing campaign from franchise owner Ted Leonsis and a loud, thrill-a-minute fan experience inside the downtown arena and, suddenly, in a region starving for something—anything—resembling pro sports success, the Capitals are Washington’s most buzzworthy team, to the point that people are daring to wonder if this might someday become a true hockey town.

The result is wild success—and a certain sense of resentment among die-hard fans who see the newcomers in the crowd as Ovie-come-latelys.


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Howe & Gretzky Swap Stories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Mitchell of the Leader-Post,

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper played reporter Friday night with a couple of iconic story subjects.

Harper, a hockey buff who was in Saskatoon for the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner, grilled hockey greats Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky during a lengthy Q-and-A session before an appreciative sellout audience.

Howe was a surprise addition to the podium, brought onstage to a prolonged ovation while Harper and Gretzky talked about the first meeting between the two puck legends—at a Kinsmen celebrity dinner in Brantford when Gretzky was 10.

continue for some great stories from Howe and Gretzky…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gordie+how, wayne+gretzky

LB: The Wings Go To LA Seeking A Surgically Enhanced Victory

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The Wings return to the land of sunshine and silicone for yet another afternoon weekend game.

Thanks to Gary. Ass’ schedule it is the third weekend in a row we play an afternoon game.

But I am in a very bad mood about our last game, and that means today’s LB will feature some nipping and tucking of song choices.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Sold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Oren Koules and Len Barrie reign of error is officially over in Tampa Bay.  Since buying the Tampa Bay Lightning, they managed to create a circus atmosphere around their inconsistent management decisions.  It was a lack of money that brought this to an end.  It was never clear that they had enough money to run an NHL team, given how they had to finance their purchase of the team by a private loan from outgoing owner Bill Davidson.  This loan was eventually defaulted upon and that led to the sale of the team.  In under two years, the Koules ownership managed to kill any momentum from their 2004 Stanley Cup victory and saw attendance at Tampa Bay attendance decline.

The new owner is Jeffrey Vinik.  He is a Boston hedge fund manager.  Although we have no idea what will happen under Vinik, it is highly likely to be a better situation than the Koules ownership.

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Leino: On The Whole, I’d Rather Be In Philadelphia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Update 14:40 - Tick Tock places Tollefson on waivers.

As reported on the Main Page, confirmed by TSN, and several members of the 19 in today’s GDT, Ville Leino has been traded.

According to our sources in the locker room, Uncle Mike has been so upset with Leino’s lack of effort and overall let-down of a season, he begged Tick Tock to punish Ville in the worst way possible.

They sent him to Philadelphia.

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Wings trade Leino to Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Tony

Per CBC Jeff Marek’s Twitter, Detroit trades Ville Leino to Philadelphia for a 5th in 2011 and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: detroit+red+wings, nhl-hockey, philadelphia+flyers

28 Teams Play Hockey Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The two teams not playing today are Anaheim and Washington.

First puck drops just after 1:00pm ET today, view the full NHL schedule below.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Trades happen. Some people might think they got stronger, some might think they didn’t. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”

The Devils scoring will “possibly” be better, Pronger said, “but I don’t know what’s it’s going to do to their defensive abilities . . . He’s certainly a guy who can put numbers up. I don’t know if his lack of playoff experience in Atlanta will affect him or not. I guess time will tell.”

-Chris Pronger of the Flyers reacts to the trade of Ilya Kovalchuk to the Devils.  More reaction from the Flyers by Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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  Tags: chris+pronger

Kovalchuk Talks About His First Game As A Devil

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

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