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Useless Trip To Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But the language Avery slung at Darcy Tucker that provoked a skirmish on the ice prior to Saturday’s match in Toronto, was most certainly not worthy of supplementary discipline, even in the increasingly antiseptic NHL.

It is beyond belief that VP Colin Campbell would have summoned Avery to his office for a disciplinary hearing here yesterday, even if the winger was merely fined for “unprofessional conduct” and not suspended at the end of the day.

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  Tags: colin+campbell, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

The $2 Billion Question

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Far be it from me to tell anyone how to spend their $2 billion. So don’t look here for a quick yea or nay on the sweeping plan to completely redo Nassau Coliseum and develop the 77 acres around it.

What we can help with is to see the question behind the question, which is a biggie: Is Long Island the right place for a major-league sports team?

That is the $2-billion stumper we have to answer because a project such as the village proposed by Islanders owner Charles Wang and Scott Rechler is the cost of doing business in the big leagues these days.

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  Tags: charles+wang, nassau+coliseum, new+york+islanders

It’s the Freeway Face-Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press Release from the Los Angeles Kings,

Southern California hockey fans have spoken and selected a name for the local NHL rivalry.  Following a seven-week online contest, “Freeway Face-Off” has become the name by which all future competitions between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will be called.  “Freeway Face-Off” received over 4,800 votes, besting three other finalists:  “Freezeway Series”, “Ice-5 Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”

Also, I’m told the Kings/Ducks game tonight is an unusual broadcast being done—at least in part—with no announcers commenting during the action, and some unique camera angles.

Is anyone watching this? Any thoughts?

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, freeway+face-off, los+angeles+kings

The River Never Done Let Me Down

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Despondent, I swung down around Civic Center Drive, taking the waterfront route, and, through the columns that support Cobo Hall’s soft underbelly of service entrances and anonymous back doors that I could have and should have taken advantage of, I caught the top of the stack of a thousand-footer, slowly steaming upbound, just having cleared the Ambassador Bridge.  I spun the car around, parked behind anonymous Chevy Corsica, and bolted for the Riverwalk, bidding a Sunday morning, “Hello” to the officers taking an end-to-end patrol, and watched the Century—it seems almost wrong to not note that it was once Oglebay Norton’s Columbia Star—gracefully, almost soundlessly churn its way toward Duluth for one more load of coal. 

As I looked up toward Belle Isle, and down toward the flames slipping from the gas flares at the refineries and steel mills of Zug and the Rouge, I thought to myself, “At least the River, she never lets me down,” and headed back to the car.

 

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  Tags: hockey+equipment, onegoal, trade+show

Put An End To This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Pre-game incidents are few and far between now, but it only takes one to get out of hand. So if the league really wants to eliminate that, there’s an easy three-step plan it can institute.

One, make sure two of the four on-ice officials patrol the centre red line during warm-up, like they do at some levels of junior hockey. It might require a negotiation with the NHL Officials’ Association but it’s hard to believe it would be a big problem.

Two, for any player who crosses the centre red line during warm-up, as identified by the on-ice officials, that player receives a 10-minute misconduct to start the game.

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Dallas Stars Have New Interim GMs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars Chairman of the Board and Owner Thomas O. Hicks announced this afternoon that Brett Hull and Les Jackson have been named Interim Co-General Managers to run the Stars’ Hockey Operations for the remainder of the season. Earlier today Hicks announced that he relieved Doug Armstrong from his duties as General Manager of the hockey club.

*Doug Armstrong was let go earlier today

 

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  Tags: brett+hull, dallas+stars, les+jackson

Scoring Down for Second Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre Lebrun at the CP (via NHL.com),

Scoring is down for the second straight season in the NHL and there’s no easy solution to fix the downward trend.

The league was averaging 5.5 total goals per game through Monday night (not counting shootout tiebreakers), down from 5.9 through the same number of games last season and markedly down from 6.2 at the same point in the first season coming out of the lockout when a number of rule changes opened up the game.

That’s 100 fewer goals from last season through 251 total games and 175 fewer goals from 2005-06 at the same point.  Is the league alarmed?

“Not yet,” commissioner Gary Bettman told The Canadian Press.

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Avery Statement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New York Rangers,

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers organization released the following statement to the press on behalf of forward Sean Avery.

Avery made the following remarks regarding recent media reports:

“I am extremely upset and hurt that false and damaging comments were attributed to me regarding Jason Blake. I made no such comments. I have lost two grandfathers to cancer and have been a consistent contributor to multiple cancer related charities, first and foremost, Hockey Fights Cancer. I am unable to comment further, as the matter is now being addressed by legal counsel.”

Update 5:48pm ET: From TSN,

Avery and Darcy Tucker began jawing at each other near centre-ice during the warm-up to Saturday’s game at Air Canada Centre. Blake was also involved before Avery and Tucker exchanged shoves as both teams gathered around. In the first period, Avery and Tucker hooked up in a fight and continued a heated conversation in the penalty box.

As a result of the incident, the Rangers were fined $25,000 and the Maple Leafs $10,000 while Avery was fined the maximum $2,500 and Darcy Tucker $1,000.  The Maple Leafs made no formal complaint about the incident to the league.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, sean+avery

Boynton Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #251 between the Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, November 12.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach Wayne Gretzky has been fined $10,000. Boynton was assessed an instigator penalty at 15:50 of the third period.

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  Tags: nick+boynton, phoenix+coyotes, suspensions

Kukla in The Fischler Report

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

An interview with Paul is one of the feature stories in this week’s edition of The Fischler Report.  The newsletter isn’t normally made available without a subscription, but they were kind enough to allow us to provide this edition for all KK readers.

The entire newsletter is available to download/view here (PDF).  Paul’s interview is on page 5 titled “Paul Kukla Speaks Out”.

If you have an interest in subscribing to The Fischler Report, you can email to: FischlerReport(at)aol.com.  Any questions or comments feel free to contact David Kolb at the same email address.

Update: the link above was fixed, for those having problems. Sorry about that.

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  Tags: the+fischler+report

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