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Paul Kelly Fired

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Paul Kelly has been fired as executive director of the National Hockey League players association.

The decision was made by the NHLPA’s executive board, made up of 30 NHL player representatives following several hours of meetings in Chicago.

Kelly spent much of Sunday night waiting in a corridor outside the boardroom while the executive board deliberated, twice inviting interim ombudsman, Buzz Hargrove in to the discussions before a final vote and decision was made.

Kelly was invited back into the board meeting along with general counsel Ian Penny where he learned his fate.


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Ten Bitches: The A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, there’s a first.  After 22 years of blogging about hockey, the word “bitch” has finally been used in a post title.  It was inevitable and I guess I’ve held off because I know that it’s wrong.  I know it’s not something Paul would approve of.  I know it.  But dammit, sometimes you just have to push back you know?

Tomorrow morning we finish what we started last summer.  We’ve narrowed the field to ten candidates and we’ll begin the countdown and the re-creation of the A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart.  I’m going to give you the criteria now, the list of teams in alphabetical order, and then tomorrow we start anew with the tenth team on the depth chart analyzed and ripped to shreds, along with their fans.

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Wing Bloggers Talk Olympics

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Christy Hammond’s assembled the most prolific panel of Wing bloggers in history.  Eleven of us typing all at the same time.  So many subjects, so much typing.  Every day we’re going to point you in a different direction, to an old blog or a new one.  It will be glorious. 

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It Could Be Leafs vs. NHL Next

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

As the possibility of present and future litigation over the Phoenix Coyotes continues to widen, there is another battlefield that is waiting to erupt. The war thus far has been between the National Hockey League and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie. But the next fight could be between the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Court filings filed late Friday night show a disagreement between the league and its most powerful franchise, dating back to 2006, over whether the Leafs have a veto over another team playing in their territory.

The NHL had taken the position that a franchise transfer into the home territory of an existing franchise would only require a majority vote among the league’s board of governors. The Leafs, in a letter hand-delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, strenuously objected, and wrote that the club would “reserve all rights to take whatever actions are necessary to protect their exclusive rights to their home territory.”


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Heatley Too Big A Risk For Kings

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from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Acquiring Heatley, who asked to be traded from his first team, Atlanta, and more recently asked the Senators to deal him, would be “too risky,” Lombardi said, an emphatic response that drew applause from the audience assembled at the Nokia Theatre for the final day of the Kings’ first Fan Fest.

Lombardi’s unequivocal answer also should silence the Heatley-to-L.A. rumors that have refused to die, probably fueled by the ample cap space the Kings will have and their need for a pure scorer.

“I would like to focus more on this group reaching its potential,” Lombardi said. “A big part of this process is culture, making an identity. What does it mean to really be a King?”

Apparently, it doesn’t mean whining when things don’t go well and being a bad influence on a group of young players who are only now beginning to become leaders and forge an identity as a team.

more on Heatley and other LA Kings topics…

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Wild 3rd Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today unveiled a new third jersey for the upcoming 2009-10 NHL season at a public event held at the Minnesota State Fair’s FAN Central building.

After months of buzz and speculation among Wild fans, the new third jersey was finally revealed today by left wing Derek Boogaard. Based in the Wild’s Forest Green with Wheat trim and a hint of Iron Range Red, the jersey’s classic sports look was the overwhelming favorite of Wild fans surveyed during the summer of 2008. The jersey crest features a script “Minnesota” with “WILD” emblazoned below.

continued including a picture gallery…

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Boston Tickets Increase 15%

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

A flurry of e-mails landed here in recent days concerning what some perceive as price-gouging by the Bruins for the upcoming season. Overall, prices have increased by approximately 15 percent (steep in today’s challenged economy) for all buyers, including season ticket-holders. Non-season ticket-holders also get hit with an added 15 percent when purchasing designated “gold’’ games - a variable-pricing tactic the club implemented for 14 games last season. This season, 20 of the 40 dates at the Garden are “gold’’ games. Better team, higher prices. Go figure

more plus other hockey topics, including Jason Allison and the NHLPA…

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I’ll Stay As Long As I Play

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson doesn’t doubt the words of prized prospect Nikita Filatov, who said he would consider returning to play in Russia if he was unable to become a regular in the lineup.

“Nikita is a pretty sincere guy,” Howson said.

But he also knows what motivates the 19-year-old winger whom coach Ken Hitchcock likens to former NHL standout Pavel Bure.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s driven to be a star in the NHL,” Howson said. “That’s his No. 1 goal in the NHL.”

Last week in Moscow, the winger said he’s happy with the Jackets organization and the direction his career is headed. The only way he would consider leaving for the Russia-based Continental Hockey League (KHL) is if playing time became an issue with the Jackets.


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Sabres Haven’t Done Much

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

What have the Sabres done since missing the playoffs for a second straight year? They brought in Steve Montador and Mike Grier in an inexpensive reply to critics who said they lacked the toughness and will to compete for a Stanley Cup.

Darcy Regier and Larry Quinn conceded that their team needed more “compete,” without identifying the offending players or moving anyone of consequence off the roster. Max Afinogenov is gone, but it will be essentially the same soft cast of characters that shows up in camp Sept. 12.

Regier has all the excuses. They’re up against their salary ceiling. Free agents were pricy and unattractive. It’s hard to find trading partners in this economic climate. Lately, Darcy sounds more like an accountant than a GM, content to educate us on the nuances of NHL finance.

But in the end, your actions, or lack of them, speak loudly. The Sabres believe in their players. They are building from within, with young guys — and let’s never forget how young they are.


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Ealry Sunday Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Brian Burke wants belligerence and truculence on the Leafs and the invitation of Jason Allison to training camp is further proof of that. A lot of people who have played with Allison in the past will tell you he has attitude, most of it off the ice ... Allison, by the way, had two speeds when he last played in the NHL: Slow and slower ... One more Allison question: If the Leafs are going to invite him, why not Jeff O’Neill, Alex Khavanov and Aki Berg?

• What wasn’t made public in Patrick Kane’s plea bargain agreement: How large a cheque did Kane write for the beaten cab driver?

more hockey topics…

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