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Yes, It Is Even Black Friday Here At KK

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If in the mood to do some shopping, please take look at the links below.

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The Best In The West

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

It’s time to start thinking differently about the Blackhawks.

Defenseman Duncan Keith was asked following Wednesday’s 7-2 rout of the Sharks, who still have the best record in the NHL, if beating San Jose meant the Hawks had passed some sort of test.

It should be the other way around. Playing the Hawks now is a test for other clubs. The Hawks are the best team in the Western Conference at the moment, not San Jose. The Hawks went farther than the Sharks in the playoffs last spring and have beaten them twice in two games this season.

If it weren’t for Pittsburgh, the Hawks would be the best team in the NHL. The Penguins still rule because they have the Stanley Cup and are 16-8-0.


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Predators Debut Another 3rd Sweater

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from Bran Muller of the Tennessean,

Nashville’s previous third jersey was a hit with many fans, but the mustard yellow color was also the butt of jokes, and the players weren’t huge proponents.

“One of the things guys didn’t like about the other third jersey was that it was really heavy,” goaltender Dan Ellis said. “It had a gray layer underneath the yellow and it got really thick and hot. That doesn’t make guys want to wear it that often.”

It appears the jersey makers got it right this time. The new version is lighter, predominantly dark blue and has a retro, traditional look with some modern day touches.

The classic-looking jersey also has a Da Vinci Code vibe to it, filled with subtle symbols that create one message.

more with a picture…

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Turning ‘Northerners’ Into Panthers Fans

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

During an early intermission Wednesday night, it looked like BankAtlantic Center was being invaded by the Rangers as fans dressed in New York blue streamed down the aisles to their seats.

Before Monday’s game against Pittsburgh, Stu Siegel and Cliff Viner, the Panthers’ new owners, greeted fans walking into the arena—making sure to also introduce themselves to fans wearing Penguins gear.

With all the transplanted northerners as well as snowbirds making South Florida their winter home, Siegel and Viner know there are hockey fans in the region. And they want to convert them into Panthers fans and have them return to the arena—even when their hometown teams aren’t there.

``I think we have an under-marketed asset, with all the hockey fans down here,’’ said Siegel, originally an Islanders fan from New York. ``We have all these people from Canada, Michigan, Philadelphia, New York down here. But they’re not Panthers fans. We haven’t given people enough to cheer for, except for 1996 and the excitement of a new team. That’s worn off.’‘


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The Man Who Wants To Buy The Coyotes

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from Stephanie Myles of the Montreal Gazette,

The best day of Steve Stotland’s business and sports life was Dec. 5, 2000 - the day he thought he and his partner had acquired the fabled Canadiens.

The worst days came after that, when the franchise ended up going to George Gillett.

But if a mountain man from Colorado can come to Montreal and be an exemplary NHL owner, why can’t a Montrealer go to the Arizona desert and do the same?

Stotland says that the Phoenix Coyotes are a worthy consolation prize.


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  Tags: steve+stotland

Here Comes Heatley

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun, Injury, meet insult.

If the beaten and bedraggled Edmonton

Oilers can lift their faces out of the muck long enough, they’ll look up and see Dany Heatley tonight.

The same Dany Heatley who held the organization’s pride hostage for 30 uncomfortable days last summer. The same Dany Heatley who has a league-leading 18 goals for the league-leading San Jose Sharks.

The Oilers took a terrible PR beating for publicly kowtowing to a guy who never wanted to come here, for letting their own guys twist in the wind for a month while giving a petulant winger the keys to their dignity.

And now, as they stumble around rock bottom searching for their fifth win in 17 games, along comes the prima donna on the first place team who said ‘I told you so.’


This is like running into an ex-girfriend a month after she dumps you—she’s holding hands with a Tom Cruise-looking fighter pilot and you’re asking if they’d like fries with that.


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Redden Out 5-7 Days

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from Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,

Since the start of the season, coach John Tortorella has been consistent in reminding everyone that defense is the toughest position to teach to a young player.

Well, his job just got tougher as one of the youngest backlines in hockey will get younger tonight at Tampa Bay.

Yesterday, the Rangers called up 21-year-old rookie defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti from Hartford (AHL) to replace 12-year veteran Wade Redden. Redden left Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Panthers with a right arm/shoulder injury just 4:50 into the first period and will be out five-to-seven days.


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Pavel Bure Will Be Watching The Olympics

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from the CP via NHL.com,

The Olympic men’s hockey tournament in Vancouver is going to be a different experience for Pavel Bure.

It will be the first time since NHLers started participating in the Games that the Russian Rocket won’t be involved with the national team. Bure played for Russia in 1998 and 2002 and served as the team’s general manager in 2006.

With Vladislav Tretiak now in charge of the Russian squad, Bure’s role in 2010 will be that of a spectator. And just like most hockey fans, he’s already looking forward to the event.

“I think it’s the best tournament,” Bure told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “All of the best superstars can go and participate, that’s why it’s really hard to win this tournament. All the teams are pretty even. You need a little bit (of) luck in this tournament and all the games are really important because you lose one game and you’re out.

“It’s really interesting for fans and it’s a great promotion for hockey in general around the globe.”


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  Tags: pavel+bure

Looks Like No Action Will Be Taken On The Ovechkin Hit

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via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Alex Ovechkin won’t be suspended or receive an additional fine by the NHL for his hit on Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta on Wednesday night, I’m told.

After the Caps’ 2-0 victory over the Sabres, Ovechkin said he won’t let the ejection - the second of his four plus seasons in the NHL - affect the aggressive manner in which he plays the game.

“I can’t do nothing about it,” he said. “I just play my game. I’m not going to change. It’s me.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

A Very Improved Power Play

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have never fully understood power play numbers.  My line of logic is that a team that has a very good group of talented offensive players (including a power play point man) should have a very good power play and teams that do not have the appropriate talent do not.  The situation is complicated when some teams may have better special teams coaching and be better able to play successful systems.  Following that line of logic, one might expect Calgary, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Washington to be among the best power plays in the league.  That logic does not hold up well in reality.  Calgary is 16th, Chicago 11th, Detroit 7th, Philadelphia 1st, Pittsburgh 27th, San Jose 3rd and Washington 6th. Aside from Pittsburgh (who had injury to Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin this season), those teams are among the top half of the league and tend to be among the top, but it is not a method that is overly successful in finding top power plays. 

One team that has had success this year that I cannot easily explain is the Columbus Blue Jackets.  They have the second best power play in the league; with a 26.1% success rate (they were first in the league until last night when the Flyers passed them going 1 for 2 on the power play versus the New York Islanders).  The main reason I cannot account for the Columbus success so far this year is they had the worst power play in the league last year with a 12.1% success rate.  What has changed?

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