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Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

Ahh yes, here comes the next phase of fantasy hockey goodness.  The draft is over.  You can breathe easy a bit.  Now watch who boils up through the cracks.

As I see it there a three primary shifts of mass psychology in a fantasy hockey season.  The first is the season of panickers.  Folks in your league will undervalue core guys and covet the shiny.  This, the next four weeks, is your time to take advantage of these fools.  Propose trades.  Watch the waiver wire as valuable talent hits the cutting room floor and scoop it all up. 

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Ready, Set…Vomit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, the Detroit News is jam packed full of happiness and light this morning.

Wings Blow Chunks In Stockholm

The Red Wings opened the season Friday by blowing a 3-1 lead in a five-minute span of the second period and wound up on the short end of a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Tigers Bend Over, Give Up 8 When They Could Have Clinched A Tie

And now it gets nerve-wracking, if it wasn’t already. Don’t look now—and don’t look at the mess that unfolded Friday night—but suddenly for the Tigers, it’s getting dangerous.

And with every passing hour today? It’s only going to get worse. 

 

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No One Is Left Out Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

See the complete schedule for today below, including TV information…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“There’s one thing you can control in your life, and that’s your work ethic. Sometimes you get tired or things like that. All these factors can come into play, but the things you can control are your mind and your work ethic. Sometimes you’re going to outwork teams and sometimes you’re going to get outworked. If you do more than your fair share, you’re going to give yourself an opportunity to win.”

-LA Kings forward Ryan Smyth.  More from Ryan via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Do You Follow Ex-Players From Your Team?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I could be wrong, but after an offseason of watching one-half of their team walk the plank, Canadiens fans have never had it so good. Some of it has to do with the new faces in town, a lot of it with those who have gained employment elsewhere.

The massive facelift that sent 10 players who ended the 2008-09 season in Montreal into the drink - and probably many of the fans to it - paints a brand-new landscape for those addicted to burying their noses in sports pages. If you’re a Canadiens fan, life is good, because not only do you have your team to follow with seven new faces already anointed as “a bunch of leaders” by Mike Cammalleri to fret and fuss about, but there also is the matter of following the fortunes, or otherwise, of the eight who have gained employment elsewhere.

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A Successful ‘Team’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

...as the Wild officially begins its next chapter tonight against the Blue Jackets, the new regime—GM Chuck Fletcher and coach Todd Richards—promises collaboration.

“He still will have final say on line combinations and usage of players and I’ll still have final say on trades and player signings,” said Fletcher, beginning his 17th year in the NHL and first as a full-time, non-interim GM. “But to think we operate independently of each other in today’s NHL is naïve and really dangerous.

“Maybe I have a different perspective because I grew up the son of a very successful NHL GM [Cliff Fletcher] who had terrific relationships with his coaches. But I believe if the coach and the manager are not completely in synch and supportive of each other in terms of decision-making, you have no chance of being successful.”

more plus some interesting notes on some Risebrough/Lemaire issues when they were with Minnesota…

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Too Many Teams In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

According to the Arizona Republic, the Coyotes were close to a sellout for the regular-season home opener Oct. 10 thanks to cheap tickets and a “Welcome Back WhiteOut” campaign that includes a white T-shirt and pom-poms.

While that may work as a short-term emergency strategy, it simply erodes long-term revenues even further, said Powers.

“What was a difficult sell previously has become an impossible task today with the uncertainty of relocation hanging over the team. This team is finished in Phoenix – it is just a matter of time.”

Roger Noll, a professor of sports economics at Stanford University, said the league is about five teams too heavy for the economic realities of professional hockey.

“(Bettman) should have stopped five teams ago,” he said. “It isn’t going to work.”

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A Victory For Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If either Gary Bettman or his deputy, Bill Daly, is thinking about asking for a raise, now is the time to do it.

The NHL commissioner is the toast of not only the league’s owners after U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum rejected Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes, but he’s being hailed by other professional sports owners as well.

The NHL may be stuck with massive legal bills and the obligation to continue paying for the Coyotes’ financial hemorrhaging, but Bettman’s win – and this is very much considered a personal win for him and NHL deputy commissioner Daly – means a court affirmed the league’s right to choose who owns its franchises and, most important, where they operate.

Bettman is taking shots from angry hockey fans in Canada, who blame him for blocking a second NHL team in Southern Ontario.

But as far as the owners are concerned, it is his biggest victory since the 2004-05 lockout, when he broke the players’ union, which has since degenerated into a laughingstock.

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All Reaugh & Strangis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News,

More than any other play-by-play and analyst team, they are ambassadors for their sport. Back when the Stars were looking for a new analyst in 1996, Strangis was among those who recommended Reaugh. They are not particularly close away from the ice but exhibit rare chemistry in the booth.

On the eve of another season, Hot Air, in separate interviews, posed 10 probing questions to each:

If you could work with a different partner who would you choose?

Reaugh: “Danny Gallivan. He was my idol. He was the voice of Hockey Night in Canada when I was growing up. He had the most eloquent, intelligent call of the rises and falls in a game.”

Strangis: “Howard Cosell. “He broke a lot of conventions and gave people a different view of what sports broadcasting can be.”

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Semenov’s Family Says No To The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

On Wednesday, the Rangers thought that 28-year-old Alexei Semenov was signed and sealed as a No. 6 or 7 defenseman. Now, they’re hunting for his replacement.

Semenov, a second-round draft choice of the Edmonton Oilers who recently played in San Jose and Florida, had called general manager Glen Sather for a training camp tryout and played well enough to earn a one-year, $600,000 contract. The team announced that the 6-6 Russian had come to terms Wednesday evening and on Thursday, Semenov’s agent, Allan Walsh, posted it on Twitter.

But Thursday, an “issue” developed, the team said. Friday, Semenov, who made the trip here but watched the Penguins’ morning skate with Sather in the stands, left the team.

“He agreed, his agent agreed, but his wife didn’t,” Sather said. “He couldn’t talk his family into it. In all my years of dealing with players, I’ve never had that happen before. He was crying.”

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