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The Cup Always Draws A Crowd

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

At a recent media “event” in Anaheim, the Cup’s presence in the Marriott hotel’s ballroom acted like a magnet, pulling hockey writers, photographers and television analysts - often a disaffected, cynical lot after a long season - over to it, to look at, to admire, and, yes, even to touch.
“I was like every Canadian kid,” says Michael Bolt. “I wanted to be a hockey player. More than life itself, I wanted to be a hockey player.
“But maybe I didn’t listen to my coaches enough or I didn’t have enough talent,” he adds. “I played high school hockey and junior B, but the dream probably died a lot sooner than I thought.”

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KK- Stats For May 07

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A little dropoff from last month, but expected.  As teams dropped out of Stanley Cup contention, so did the interest in the game.
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Ducks Would Have Pounded Sabres

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The Senators did a number on the soft Sabres and proved to be the better team because they were more physical. But if the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals were any indication, Buffalo wouldn’t have stood a chance against an Anaheim team that beats up its opponents en route to beating them.
Reaching the conference finals in consecutive years is impressive, but it has become increasingly clear the Sabres need at least one bruiser on defense, maybe two, and a couple of more bangers on their top three lines. Teams loaded with speed and skill can get through the regular season because talent will carry them through. It’s different in the playoffs, where checking is tighter and officials are less likely to make calls that could determine the outcome.

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Walkom Repsonds To Complaints

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from the National Post via Canada.com,

The morning after a postgame Ottawa dressing room that was rife with complaints about the dropping of the standard for hooking and holding in this series, Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, didn’t give an inch to the Senators’ complaints.
In fact, he filed them under G—for gamesmanship.
“I appreciate it, but I’m oblivious to it. That approach to influencing the game, it’s archaic,” the head ref said. “The coaches stand up for their team, and I stand up for my team. We don’t score goals or miss the net.”

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Burke Gets It Done His Way

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Brian Burke sneers at conventional wisdom and just about anybody else in his way. It is part of who he is, part of what his hockey club has and is about to become.
The Anaheim Ducks look like their general manager, play like him, occasionally bark like him. They have edge and temper and the ability to annoy. Yet they play with purpose and intelligence and with a definitive and obvious style.
Burke isn’t your typical hockey man and this is not your typical hockey team.

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Anaheim Fans Know Hockey Too

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from Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail,

A Senators fan finds it hard to admit the following: Ducks fans are good fans, even nice and knowledgeable ones. Walk around the Honda Center in a Senators sweater and nobody is abusive. A few drunks shout “Ottawa sucks,” but compared with the reception in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and especially Toronto, Anaheim is a team party.
Very few people lorded their team’s triumph over us battered Senators souls. Most Ducks fans, like most Americans, have only the vaguest notion of things Canadian, but they do sense that hockey counts up north.
Maiers certainly does. She’s been to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto three times, a game in Montreal and the draft in Vancouver. She knows about hockey being hard-wired into the Canadian psyche, but she’s sorry: “I want the Cup.”

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Looking Like The Old Sens

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

The Ottawa Senators are on the verge of resurrecting a notorious nickname they had thought they shed: choking dogs.
The team that needed only 15 games to win three NHL playoff series leading to the Stanley Cup final against the Anaheim Ducks has disappeared with barely a whimper.
The Senators have been virtually unable to create scoring chances unless they have a 5-on-3 advantage, and they’ve been largely unresponsive to the wave of bodychecks the Ducks have thrown at them.

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Another Option

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Balsillie could still try to move the team, of course, but would likely face a thicket of legal woes – the last thing any CEO would want, let alone one whose company is entangled in controversy over the alleged backdating of stock options.
Yet even if Balsillie was able to navigate the Predators out of Nashville, there are indications any move could be complicated. While the NHL board of governors would ultimately decide whether Balsillie could move a team to southwestern Ontario, one investment banker who specializes in sports transactions said the RIM executive is similarly interested in burgeoning Las Vegas.
That city is in the midst of trying to coax architects and builders to make proposals for a new downtown arena suitable for hockey and basketball. They were due back to a sports marketing firm representing Las Vegas yesterday.

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Thinking Ahead

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from Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun,

NEW SENS EXCUSES ON HOLD. The Ottawa fans were too loud, couldn’t concentrate. The Ducks are bigger than we are, it’s not fair. The Ducks have bigger, bushier beards than we have, they scare you with them. The Ducks get to stay in nice hotel rooms away from their nagging wives and girlfriends, not us.

much more on the SCF…

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Heatley Goes Social

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

iLiveSports.com is a social network for connecting athletes worldwide.
I was browsing it last night by sport, inserted hockey in the search and up pops Dany Heatley.

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