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A Point Gained Or A Point Lost

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings scored with two/tenths of a second left on the clock which gave the Wings a point in the standings.

Edmonton won the game in a shootout in a game I am sure Detroit fans were looking for a victory.

How will that one point be looked at when the regular season is completed?

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Flames Finally Hear Some Cheers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

After weeks of consternation, peppered with catcalls and boos throughout many of their recent home dates, the Flames earned uproarious praise last night.

As part of the latest twist in the Flames seasonal drama, the lads were cheered off the ice after taking a 2-0 lead over San Jose into the first intermission.

After upping their lead to 4-1 in the second the masses broke into an unabashed “Go Flames Go.”

Just like old times — ya know, before the Slide n’ Purge of 2010.

The mood was such that the locals even threw a few fists in the air in support of “Pretend to be an NHL Team Night” at Rexall Place, where the Oilers’ early 2-0 lead over Detroit drew love. And hope.

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Talking College Free Agents

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

A new season within the NHL is upon us, one that does not get the same kind of media attention as that other free-agent season that starts July 1.

Unfortunately, thanks to changes in the last collective agreement that are only now being felt, the U.S. college free-agent signing season, which starts in early March as the college season ends, is expected to get progressively less important in the next few years.

While teams are still hoping to sign the next Andy McDonald or Chris Kunitz or Mason Raymond or Tyler Bozak, there will be fewer college free agents because more and more Canadian and U.S. 18-year-olds, headed for the National Collegiate Athletic Association instead of the Canadian junior ranks, are being taken in the NHL entry draft.

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LB: Wings Promenade Through Edmonton

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The Wings return from spring break in Kelowna, BC, and face an Edmonton squad that has been fuched by Jobu even worse than we have this season.  Not to mention last season, and the season before that.  Let’s face it, Edmonton is a cursed city, and the Wings would be best to promenade through Edmonton as quickly as possible with another WIN tonight.

While the media have been regaled with stories about golf and ski-dooing, our crack (smoking) team of A2Y interns have uncovered the real story about the Wings spring break.

Filpulla reveals how he spent the last few days in Kelowna:

Rollin down the street, smokin indo, sippin on gin and juice
Laid back with my mind on winning and winning on my mind

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m just happy we found something right for both myself and the team. Obviously, we have most of our core guys signed, and signed for long, and it’s something we’re excited about in the room. I believe in those guys, I think we believe in ourselves, and in bringing the Stanley Cup here this year — we don’t want to wait. Now is our time.

“That’s the goal. It’s our goal, to win a Cup for the fans. They’ve been waiting long enough.”

-Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks.  More on Kesler from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun.

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The Current State Of The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lester Munson of ESPN,

In the four years since the 2005-06 National Hockey League season was lost to a lockout over an inability to come to a collective bargaining agreement, NHL players have:

• fired the executive director who led them during the lockout.

• hired two new executive directors.

• and fired both of them.

So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that the players are attempting to draft a new constitution for their union and search for yet another new executive director while they simultaneously try to figure out how their organization has been unraveling. And over all of that, the next CBA negotiation looms. The current six-year deal runs out after next season unless the players extend it to a seventh year, which is their option. (Given the state of the union, that’s a likely scenario.)

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Advertising In The Minor Leagues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Diego Vasquez of MediaLife,

Minor league baseball teams are known for their outrageous promotions, such as bobbing for onions night, dress like a baby night and nickel beer night.

In the cold winter months, when baseball is in hibernation, minor league hockey teams take up their mantle, giving advertisers a chance to reach an audience made up mostly of families by sponsoring these silly but fun contests.

Advertising at minor league games is much more affordable for marketers than advertising at the pro level. And more families attend these games because it’s a lot cheaper than going to NHL contests.

The minor leagues are also much less stringent in their advertising guidelines than top-level sports leagues, meaning advertisers can get very creative.

continued (not your normal KK topic, but an interesting read)...

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NHL Network Offers Free Preview

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York, NY (March 19, 2010) – NHL Network U.S. will broadcast the Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks match-up Saturday, March 20 immediately following the conclusion of the Network’s Hockey Night In Canada telecast of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET). Both telecasts are available in HD.

The puck will drop in front of a sold-out crowd in Phoenix’s Jobing.com Arena at 9 p.m. ET, as the red-hot Coyotes take aim at the Blackhawks and first overall in the NHL’s Western Conference.

This game is among the highlights of NHL Network’s free preview week in the U.S., running March 20-27. With participating networks of the free preview including Comcast, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox and RCN Cable, NHL Network will be available in 60 million homes across the country. Fans are encouraged to check their local listings for details. This free preview is subject to participation cable or satellite providers.

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Talking NHL Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It was said that if the NHL could ever figure out how to excise the neutral zone trap from the game – or shrink goalie equipment – or do whatever it took to up the scoring ante, that the best goalies would still be the best goalies; the only difference would be that their statistical numbers would be higher across the board. That prediction actually came true.

Now, the most efficient team defensively is the Phoenix Coyotes with a cumulative 2.33 GAA, which would have been 10th best in the 03-04 season.

The problem is that people got so used to those tiny miniscule pre-lockout numbers that they try to compare today’s numbers to those and create goaltending controversies everywhere. It can’t be done in any fair manner because it’s an apples to oranges comparison; two widely different eras.

more plus other NHL topics…

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No Goalie Plan In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Starter Michael Leighton left Tuesday’s game in Nashville with a high-ankle sprain, and the club announced late Thursday afternoon that he is gone for eight to 10 weeks.

Now, what looked to be a significant risk—turning over the Flyers’ netminding chores to an untested journeyman like Leighton—has quickly evolved into what appears to be a monstrous blunder.

It is true Holmgren did take a run at Florida Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun at the March 3 trade deadline but backed off when the cost was going to include sniper Jeff Carter.

Fair enough.

But when Plan A failed, what happened to Plan B or even Plan C? In Philadelphia, where goaltending isn’t a storyline but a recurring nightmare, we are talking Plan Z here.

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