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Attendance Woes In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Attending a Thrashers game at Philips Arena this season has been a lot like riding an airline was 20 years ago: The seat next to you might very well be empty.

Announced attendance for the first four home games averaged 13,943, down 1,342 per game from the first four games of last season. The Thrashers have announced two crowds of fewer than 12,000 people, the lowest attendance in more than four years. And the announced attendance, the number of tickets distributed, has been thousands higher than the number of people in the seats.

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell blames the schedule, the economy and a wait-and-see attitude among fans disappointed by last season and unsure what to expect from 2008-09.

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The Best Of Everything

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the best Goals, Hits, and Saves from last week.

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Maltby’s Happy Again…Grind Line Back Together

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In front of what will probably be at least half-a-house of Wing fans, the Grind Line will reunite tonite at Staples Center.

And, oddly, Kirk Maltby has decided to speak to the media again.  You do recall he refused comment after a Saturday evening spent in the press box?  Well, he’s all miss chatterbox again.

“It’s always fun,” Maltby said. “It brings back memories whenever you have the three of us together. We’d love to be able to duplicate some of the things we were able to do back in the 90s, but we’re a little bit older and wiser. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage and have a solid game tonight.”

 

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Blogging With Access

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,

...This is a development you should welcome. Indeed, it is a world that is often confusing. After all, after knowing for a couple of decades that you only needed to pay attention to one or two dailies, a couple of radio stations and local television, you’re now faced with dealing with a multitude of voices. Yes, it means more work. But more work also means more opportunity—more opportunity for your players to talk to fans (in many cases your most passionate fans) and that means more opportunities to sell tickets, memorabilia, merchandise and pay-per-view packages.

In the end, it’s time to get busy listening to, but also talking with the sort of folks who promote your product without any expectation of realizing a financial return. And to quote one great American comedian, if you’re not careful, you might learn something before its done.

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Wings Dealing With Franzen Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“Obviously, we were concerned,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com from Los Angeles on Monday. “We left him behind in Chicago on Saturday night. He flew back to Detroit on Sunday morning and had an MRI. It’s a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Right now, the doctor feels it’s 3-4 weeks. We’re going to wait 2-3 days, and if he feels pretty good in 2-3 days, then maybe we’re looking at less time than three weeks.

“If in 2-3 days he’s still pretty stiff, then we’re probably looking at 3-4 weeks and we might consider putting him on LTI so we can get another body up here. So, we’re going to sit tight here for the next couple of days and see how his knee responds.”

more plus how the Blue Jackets are handling their injuries…

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  Tags: johan+franzen

Staying Wired to the Hockey News

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Some odds & ends Kukla’s Korner website business to mention:

  • Off the Wire is a new page on the KK site (you can access it from the navigation bar above) where we’ll generally be posting minor news and press releases that will be of interest to some fans, but maybe not the broader NHL audience. Those posts won’t show up on the front page or on the KK Hockey page.
  • About subscriptions: Don’t forget there are numerous ways to subscribe to KK.  To receive all the posts we put up each day this feed is the one to use; to select only specific blogs just take your pick!  (And of course, there’s always Twitter.)
  • Don’t forget our Hockey Links page—it can be very useful for finding everything from mainstream media outlets to great fan blogs.  If you spot any broken links or would like to suggest a site for the page, contact us anytime.

 

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  Tags: media

Klee On Reverse Waivers

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Ducks have placed defenseman Ken Klee on reverse waivers as of 9 a.m. (PST) Monday morning. If another NHL team claims Klee before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Ducks would split his remaining salary for this season with that team.

The 37-year-old Klee has played in three games with the Ducks since being acquired in a Sept. 26 trade that sent veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider to the Atlanta Thrashers. Klee was scoreless, with an even plus-minus mark and four penalty minutes.

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2011 IIHF World Junior Championship Comes To Buffalo

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

USA Hockey announced Monday it has selected the Buffalo Sabres and HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., as the host for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship (commonly referred to as the IIHF World Junior Championship). Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University will serve as the secondary facility for the event. The 10-nation tournament features the world’s best players under 20 years of age.

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Don’t Be Fooled By Early Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Still, there are some players with bigger numbers than you might expect heading into the fourth week of the campaign and for poolies they can either represent waiver-wire gold or a wasted transaction.

Brandon Dubinsky (4 goals, 7 assists, all stats before Monday’s play), Filip Kuba (0-11), Mikko Koivu (1-9), Aaron Voros (5-4), Antti Miettinen (5-2), Ales Kotalik (4-3) and Bryan Little (4-3) all fit into that category and trying to decide if they’re legit can be tricky.

If you’re picking them up as an injury stop-gap or to milk a hot streak before moving on, there’s little risk involved. But if you’re looking at them as long-term solutions and plan to drop someone off to a slow start, than you had better be more careful.

read on

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Creative Ideas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Can you imagine what kind of response guys such as Mike Gillis or Brian Lawton would have received last week if they had proposed what Bob Gainey did at the GM meetings in Chicago?

They would have been laughed out of the room and would have been vilified in the media for suggesting the league look at the possibility of penalizing players who leave their feet to block shots. But because the notion came from Gainey, one of the most levelheaded and respected executives in the NHL, the idea is gaining some traction.

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