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Double Standard

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There is no doubt that Colton Orr earned the five-game sentence handed down yesterday by NHL VP Colin Campbell for charging 60 feet across the ice to plant his stick across bystander Alex Ovechkin’s face with 4:20 to go in the Rangers’ throwback 4-1 victory over the Caps at the Garden on Saturday….
With that understood, however, the double standard of justice that often seems to apply to incidents involving the Rangers remains a curiosity of the one-time Blueshirt coach’s tenure in the league office.
Donald Brashear, an oafish goofball of renown, most certainly could have concussed Aaron Ward when he sucker-punched the defenseman in the face in the immediate aftermath of his third-period bout with People’s Champion Brendan Shanahan, and yet received only a one-game suspension for his transgression.

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There Is Hockey Today

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I believe a few college bowl games are on today too.

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KK- A Little Fun

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As a thank you for hanging around this week and for your patronage of KK, A2Y & Canucks & Beyond, I present an easy game for you.
Guess the total amount of goals scored (not including shootout) in the six NHL games scheduled for New Year’s Eve.
If more than one person picks the correct number, a random drawing will be held to select the winner from those who guessed correctly.

You must leave your answer in the comment section of this post and be a KK member (you can register at the left sidebar under KK Sections).
All guesses must be submitted by 5:00pm ET, December 31, 2006.
Past KK winners are eligible for this contest.

The winner receives a $50 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com.
Let the guessing begin and the winner will be contacted on January 1st or 2nd.

note:  originally posted on 12/26 at 7:10pm, moved to front page so it won’t get lost…

update 1/1/07 9:14am, We have a tie, Puckhound61 and Left Wing Lock correctly guessed 38 as the final total.  So, what the heck, I think they both should win and therefore will award both with a $50 gift certificate.
Congrats to both and I will notify you tomorrow.

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On To 2007

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To every KK member and guest, wishing you the best in 2007!

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Broken Foot For Pronger

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via the AP,

Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger broke his left foot Sunday night in the Ducks’ 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
Pronger was injured when he blocked Mark Parrish’s shot in the first period.
“It wasn’t really that hard of a shot. It just catches you on the right spot and there’s not much padding down there,” said Pronger, who tried briefly to skate after the shot. “Every time I went to push off, it didn’t feel very good.”
Ducks officials said the All-Star defenseman will fly back to Anaheim to meet with team doctors. He left the arena wearing a protective boot on his left foot.

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Suspensions Handed Out

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fro the CP via TSN,

New York Rangers forward Colton Orr was suspended five games by the NHL on Sunday while Donald Brashear of the Washington Capitals was handed a one game suspension.

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The Russian Game

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from P.J. Swenson’s Sharkspage:

Longtime Dynamo Moscow and Red Army head coach Viktor Tikhonov re-assembled the hockey greats on December 9th, 2006 for the first hockey game ever played in Moscow’s Red Square.
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If the visuals do not immediately grab you in the Youtube video, Igor Larionov’s daughters Alyonka and Diana Larionov sang a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria over a clip of classic Russian hockey highlights during the first intermission.

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This Is Not A Test

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from Russian Hockey Digest:

[The] Russian Hockey Federation once again refused to join the transfer agreement that IIHF and NHL are expected to sign in February of 2007. The decision was based on the will of top Russian Hockey Clubs from Superleague.
General Director of Metallurg of Magnitogorsk Gennady Velichkin had a comment that once again the proposition from NHL suggests that NHL wants to treat Russian league as its farm.
Other club managers thought the money offered in the transfer agreement are “laughable” and way below than what it costs Russian clubs to raise and train hockey players.
Rene Fasel, the president of IIHF also was present at the meeting of Russian Hockey Federation board. According to Itar-TASS Mr. Fasel said that NHL clubs will not allow Russian players from NHL to participate in the upcoming World Championship in Moscow but when asked how NHL clubs can prevent players from playing in the tournament IIHF president could not give a satisfying answer.

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The NHL and NHLPA would invoke a clause in the CBA (24.6) which states that they have the right to refuse player participation in the World Championships if the IIHF or the player’s national team cannot provide insurance for the player’s contract.

 

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Isle Be There

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from NY Sports Day:

The Nassau Coliseum is the third-oldest arena in the league and has the smallest capacity of any of the 30 NHL franchises. Yet, the team’s $44 average ticket price is higher than 19 other teams. After a labor lockout canceled the 2004-05 season, some fans said Wang priced out the average patron and need to do more to attract people back to the games or else risk losing the organization to another city.
“Concession stand prices are through the roof, and even up in the nose-bleeds tickets are still relatively expensive,” said Chris Testa, a 20-year old University of Massachusetts-Boston undergraduate and Massapequa native. “I think lowering the prices would help get some fans back. For the most part, the Coliseum is easy to get to for almost every fan on Long Island.”

As part of an effort to bolster the fan base, the Islanders attempted an aggressive advertising campaign, offering as much as 50 percent discount over regular box offices prices for full or partial season ticket packages. Those offers included 23-game sets and six-game sets. For the first time Saturday, they also offered a new offer for students to purchase $95 seats for $19 dollars through the box office the day of the game.

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The End Of Trade Talk This Year

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Spector recaps the HNIC Hot Stove talk from last night, plus some NHL general managers have their hands tied with the cap…

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