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Teams Take Different Directions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Teams typically follow the wave of success on the ice as well and retool and retrench accordingly. But this year it isn’t as clear as to what type of team will lead to the ultimate prize. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with a bruising, brawling style, while the 2008 Detroit championship team was all about skating, passing and puck possession. No one will deny that both teams had the requisite blend of skilled veterans and emerging stars….

So, plodding and marauding on the blueline is definitely giving way to passing and pushing the pace from the back end. But up front, teams seem divided. For instance, the Capitals pummeled their way into the playoffs with a group of big, bruising, banging forwards leading the way. The Flames got bigger and grittier this summer by adding Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross and Todd Burtuzzi. And certainly the Stars believe in the sand paper approach to hockey success, adding grandiose grit-disturber Sean Avery to a team that already has up-ice edginess provided by captain Brendan Morrow and Steve Ott.

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Forming The Official A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart: Round 2

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh the anticipation.  A2Y interns straight from Marquette have been scouring the state, soliciting your views on our next entry in the Official A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart.  Tonite: the Blues.  First, a reminder of how we developed The Formula.

Six categories, each with a 1-5 numeric point value.

Quality of team (QT).  Depth of hatred the fans of that team have for us and the Wings (HF, for “hate factor).  Past playoff adventures (PPA).  Quality of bloggers who may choose to say bad things about us (BQ).  Opportunity that team has to make us sad during the regular season (RSSF, for “regular season sadness factor”).  Miscellanilarity.  Figure it out.

Colorado. St. Louis. Chicago. Pittsburgh.  Nashville.  Columbus.  Toronto.  Dallas. Anaheim. Carolina.

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Lyle Back In Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nice to see Spector’s Hockey has recovered and is back in business.  Over the next few days some additional tweaking will be going on, but it is functional now.

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Afternoon Line- Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve received a lot of emails from readers since Michael Nylander put his Potomac home on the market and that news hit the blog circuit. I’m hearing that it’s nothing more than Nylander wanting to purchase another home (yes, in the Washington area). I’m not saying that he won’t be asked to waive his NTC and get traded, all I’m saying is that there’s no connection between him selling his home and his current status with the team.

-Tariek El-Bashir of the Washington Post, where you can also read a feature on Caps goaltender Brent Johnson…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brent+johnson, michael+nylander

Tour Alaska

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Take a video tour of Alaska with Scott Gomez.  Watch below…

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  Tags: scott+gomez

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Marian Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer (via the Pioneer Press):

“I can tell you that no decision (about free agency) has been made, and that he’s not even thinking about it. He’s focused on coming in and having a great season. If you start talking about next year, I think you’re getting ahead of yourself.

“We’re not going to deny anything the Wild wants to explore. We’re certainly willing to listen, but at this point it’s a hypothetical because I haven’t heard from them.”

Gaborik did meet with Wild management yesterday, but there was no discussion of an extension according to Salcer today.

“I can only say the Wild went to speak to him and were very respectful and shared information with him, about himself and the organization, and their vision.  I think it was a very intelligent move on their behalf to involve him, but we don’t have any set plans (to talk).”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: contracts, marian+gaborik, ron+salcer

Top 10 NHL Arenas

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last week, Erik Erlendsson at the Bolts Report listed his favorite road stops in the NHL.  This week he rethinks his top-10 list by evaluating his favorite arenas:

10 Columbus (Nationwide Arena) - Right about now, you’re probably thinking I’m being geographically challenged again, after all, how can an arena in Columbus make a top 10 list? Well, like I said earlier, it’s my list and my opinion and I like Columbus. I’ve only been there a couple of times, including the 2007 draft, but I just like the way it feels. It’s a bit different on the inside, which gives it a touch of uniqueness. [...]

Nationwide Arena might have ended up higher on my list had it not been for that ear piercing cannon used last year each time the Jackets scored a goal.

read on for a few unexpected choices

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans, media

Top Not-So-Secret Agents

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sports Business Journal has pronounced the top 20 most influential sports agents working today and includes the ubiquitous Don Meehan in 13th spot—

Meehan, who started representing hockey players nearly 30 years ago, has dominated the NHL agent business for years. His Ontario-based firm represents more than 110 NHL players, including Nicklas Lidstrom, Jarome Iginla, Chris Pronger, Wade Redden, Henrik Lundqvist and Dion Phaneuf. This year, Meehan’s Newport Sports represented nine first-round draft selections, including five of the first six players taken. He also represented No. 1 overall pick Steven Stamkos. Meehan did, however, suffer a loss in the last two years, when superstar Alex Ovechkin fired him in late 2006.

Check out the rest of the list.

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  Tags: don+meehan, sports+agents

A New NHL Game Idea

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

Available Sept. 9th, NHL 09 looks to be a whole heap of fun for citizens of Gamer Nation. However, I’m holding out until somebody creates a game called NHL Owner 09, in which you can:

a)  Make clandestine loans with other NHL team owners without the commissioner’s knowledge;

b)  Threaten your local population of hockey fans with franchise relocation if civic officials don’t cede to your obscene demands for a swanky new arena;

continued…

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ea+sports

Heidi Has the Right Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

To their credit, the Los Angeles Kings have been willing to try unique marketing efforts in recent years, the hiring of Heidi Androl—originally of The Apprentice—probably being the most well-known.

Continuing that Heidi in Hollywood  theme the Kings have enjoyed, the video below depicts Heidi in a new job as an apprentice assistant equipment manager for the team, which eventually gets her fired by Luc Robitaille.

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  Tags: heidi+androl

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