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Avs Sellout Streak Over

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via the Gazette,

The longest recorded sellout streak in NHL history ended Monday when the Colorado Avalanche did not sell out its home game Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks. The streak of 487 games covered every contest, including playoff, since the team moved from Quebec City before the 1995-96 season. It was the longest active sellout streak among the four major professional team sports.
added 6:25am Tuesday, from Terry Frei at the Denver Post,
In the ticket lobby before the game, former Colorado College player Ed Calvin of Denver, who shares season tickets, was shocked to hear that the game wasn't going to be a sellout. "This is like the first time ever, right?" he asked. "I think we got kind of spoiled by all this talent we had in town," he said. "Pierre Lacroix made some moves that were questionable at the time, but they mostly seem to work out. A lot of good guys have left here, and there were a lot of people who were fans before and came to see a lot of big names - the Blakes, the (Chris) Drurys, the Forsbergs, who aren't here anymore. So there are a lot of people who were ... "fringe" fans (who) kind of saw that happening...."
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Can Redden Handle Leadership

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from Stan Fischler at the New England Hockey Journal,

• An investor checking out potential NHL team purchases tells us that there have been subtle overtures made regarding the possible sale of the Capitals. • One player on a very large spot is Wade Redden. With Zdeno Chara now a Bostonian, Redden must anchor the Senators’ blue line corps. But there’s considerable doubt here that the diffident Western Canadian has the leadership personality for the role. Plus, we wonder whether he can handle the intense Ottawa pressure. • One insider’s prediction on the next NHL Salary Cap projects it at “between $47-48 million.” But there’s a feeling that some teams won’t be able to afford more than a $35 mil budget.
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Stars Star Is Named A Star

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Earlier today Marty was named as Star of the Week. Turco was invloved in a tele-conference today...

Thanks for taking the time. I have two unrelated questions. They mentioned at the beginning of this that your promos are going to start this week. Can you talk about the process of filming, have they been pretty humorous and how you enjoyed that. And talk about how you have to be prepared for the new rule with the curved sticks, how has that changed your view as a goaltender the way people shoot and stuff like that. MARTY TURCO: The first one for the promos originally was not planned for me to be in it. I'm going to take the commercial with great, not great pride, but I'll take it because it kind of fell into my lap. Mike was hurt that day. It's going to actually -- I think it's going to be great. The first couple that we've seen have been really awesome for the League and humorous and all in the same sense. So it will be along the same lines, and this one was a great opportunity for me, and one that I actually really enjoyed working with the cast and crew, with a 10-year-old girl. I'm into reading and promoting reading for kids and we did ours at a school. It was pretty neat. Great for myself, anyway. So, I'm looking forward to see people's reactions for that. But having a helmet off outside in the Texas sun was something that I'll never forget, and it was quite warm that day, but it shou ld turnout pretty good.

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All Luongo

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from NBCSports,

Now in a traditional hockey market, Luongo recently joined NBCSports.com to talk about his new life: Q: How happy are you with the change of scenery in Vancouver and to be on a team that on paper might be better than teams you have played on? A: I'm very happy. This is a great team, a great organization a great hockey city. I couldn't ask for anything more. It takes the pressure off my shoulders knowing that the team has a chance to win every night.
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Sunday Night Hockey

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

At ESPN, where every game of every sport is on every night, what I find is that if you watch every game, you don't watch any games. On Sunday night, there was just one NHL game. The undefeated Dallas Stars at the Anaheim Ducks. The game, via the NHL Center Ice Package, was on something called MY 27, KDFI in Dallas. It must be a UPN or WB thing. Although, I think one of those two went out of business, or maybe they combined forces. I'm not sure. Anyway, let's watch the game together. 8:01 p.m.: The feed for the game tonight is from the Dallas Stars' broadcast. I wonder how the folks at Center Ice Package decide on what team does the game.
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Marketing By McErlain

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from NBCSports,

By Eric McErlain In the wake of the NHL lockout that ended in August 2005, hockey fans were asked to absorb a blizzard of changes to the game that were designed, they were told, not only to increase scoring, but to allow the game's most skilled players to shine like they never had before. Concurrently, the league's critics have said over and over that the NHL needed to do a better job of promoting those same stars in order to grow the game. Fair enough. But after hearing some peculiar news out of Washington last week, one has to wonder whether or not the league's general managers are on the same page.
continued...Looking forward to Eric's work at NBC!!!

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Slow Starts

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

It used to be that pronouncements of doom and gloom -- or impending playoff glory -- two weeks into the season were written off as knee-jerk reactions to blips that would even out over the course of 82 games. That was then. This is parity. In today's NHL, the four or five games a team coughs up while trying to "find itself" in October could be the eight or 10 points that separates it from a berth in tightly-contested playoff race in April.
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Malkin Plays Wednesday

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Center Evgeni Malkin is scheduled to make his NHL regular season debut Wednesday night against the New Jersey Devils at Mellon Arena, it was announced today by Penguins General Manager Ray Shero. Malkin, 20, the second overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has been sidelined since suffering a dislocated shoulder in a preseason game Sept. 20. He began practicing with the team last week and has been cleared to play by the Penguins’ medical staff.
added 2:11pm, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
“I am in good shape,” he said through teammate/landlord/translator Sergei Gonchar. “I feel good; My arm is in good shape, so everything is good. “I just want to play hockey.” Penguins coach Michel Therrien is eager to write No. 71 onto his lineup card. “Malkin will make his NHL debut Wednesday and we’re all excited,” he said. “He worked really hard to come back pretty quickly, as far as we’re concerned. We’re more than excited to see him back in the lineup.” Malkin, who wore extra padding on his shoulder at Monday’s practice, is completely healthy and back in game shape. “He is more than 100 percent healthy for Wednesday,” Therrien said. “We know he is ready to play.”

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KK- Affiliate Update

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I wanted to take a quick moment to thank the KK members and guests for using the affiliate links that are sprinkled throughout KK and the KK Forums. Many of you know I do not ask for donations, don't charge for access to certain parts of KK and will continue to do so. All that I ask is you use the affiliate links if you have a need for the products and services that are offered on KK. A big thanks goes out to the person who purchased an HDTV through the Best Buy affiliate link, it was a nice surprise and is much appreciated.

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Many Teams Get It

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from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The start of the new NHL season marked the unveiling of a summer-long project for the head of the New York Rangers’ Internet operations, Dan David. David, 39, joined the Rangers a year ago, having worked for CBS SportsLine, Rivals.com, USAToday.com and ESPN.com. His task this past summer was to compile a database of every player ever to have worn the Rangers sweater. The resulting “all-time roster” portion of the team’s Web site (newyorkrangers.com) features pictures, statistics and trivia about the 885 players who have played for the team during its 80-year history. With its size and scope, the addition stands as a unique feature among NHL team Web sites, many of which this season are enhancing their features in the wake of NHL.com’s overhaul for the season. SportsBusiness Journal correspondent Allan Kreda recently discussed the Rangers’ project with David. How critical has the Internet become regarding a team’s ability to communicate with current fans and bring in new ones? DAVID: The Internet is all about information and being able to find it quickly. Hopefully, we will be the definitive place for fans of an Andy Bathgate or a Nick Fotiu. We hope this brings people to the site who aren’t necessarily Web surfers.
Once again, many teams understand the way hockey fans get their information. Unfortunately, a few teams are still living in the 80's and are doing a very poor job with updating their websites. It will catch up with them and they will be left to wonder, What Happened"!

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