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Lay Down The Law

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Ptoteau of the Hockey News at the Globe and Mail,

That’s why the NHL still hasn’t gone far enough in the statement it makes about fighting. That’s why we still see sideshow acts such as the one that took place at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night, featuring Rangers tough guy Colton Orr and Toronto’s designated enforcer Wade Belak.
Five-minute punishments obviously don’t deter players from indulging impulses they easily ignore come playoff or international tournament time. But suspend an NHLer for a game or two, or eight, or 20, or put a serious-type dent in his bank account the way Stern likes to do, and maybe then he’ll discover other avenues by which to release his frustrations.

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Most Influential People In Sports- Bettman Ranked 11th

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via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

When Florida Panthers Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark visited New York for a Rangers game earlier this season, he called NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and asked if he could spare a few minutes to meet with Yormark and one of the Panthers’ sponsors. Bettman cleared 20 minutes out of the day for the meeting to sit down with the sponsor and discuss the league.
“There are not many commissioners who would do that,” Yormark said. “I found it absolutely remarkable.”
“He’s got a strong, healthy league he’s leading right now,” said Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins. “We owe him a real debt of gratitude for working through it.”
Sustaining current interest and increasing the popularity of the sport remain Bettman’s biggest challenges. He’s already addressed it in part with steps to improve the quality of the product on the ice, but the league’s future on TV will be critical to propelling long-term growth.

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Khan(!)...You’re Killing Me

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I'm trying, Ansar. I'm trying hard not to listen to the catcalls, the nasty voices from the gallery. But they're persistent. There are some, Ansar, who want you ousted as Deep Digger Captain. Oh, I've held them off...but it's getting harder. I take you to Saturday afternoon, the Khan(!) weblog.

Interesting trade rumor (well, not that interesting) in the New York Post (actually, not really a rumor, it was just one guy's opinion of what he'd like to see). They want the Devils to deal Scott Gomez to the Wings for Pavel Datsyuk, in a swap of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents. So what he's saying is the Wings should unload a guy they're having a hard time signing for another guy they'll have just as hard a time signing -- a guy who makes more money and isn't as good as Datsyuk. Don't know why the Wings haven't jumped all over this one.

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KK- Welcome To A “New” Blogger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It happened overnight- Welcome Alanah to the KK blogging group
This should be fun folks, but she is looking for another job after about five hours at KK.

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Deep Digging: Monday, Bloody Monday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stop the frigging presses. Ted Kulfan's broken a biggie. Kulfan/Detroit News

And many times, there's blood in hockey. Because there are a lot of cuts.
If I was a sinister blogger, I'd leave it at that and say something marginally sarcastic like, "really?". But, I'm not that blogger. And, the story's pretty good.

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Treating Sticks With Care

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Baxter of the Miami Herald,

The first thing Detroit’s Brett Lebda does when he gets a new shipment of hockey sticks is grab a marker and write an inscription on the back.
‘‘I have a little superstition,’’ says Lebda, who has religiously adhered to the practice since he was kid playing on the frozen ponds of Illinois. ``Just something that means something to me.’‘
Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues, meanwhile, makes sure he takes his three kids with him every time he steps on the ice, writing their names—Matthew, Braeden and Taryn—in neat script on the nob of his stick.

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Watch The Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Atlanta-Washington game Friday was the teams’ first meeting since Nov. 22, when 176 penalty minutes, 10 fighting majors, seven game misconducts and three player suspensions resulted. Preceded by talk of a second war on ice, the game passed without major incident.
“As business people, we have to look at our sport,” Hartley said.
“Look at the Steve Moore incident in Vancouver (Hartley once coached him in Colorado). We should learn our lesson. There’s a kid out of hockey, lawsuits everywhere, black marks all over our sport. We don’t need this.”

read on... much more on the NHL…

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Don’t Forget Iginla

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Certainly, a case can be made Sid the Kid is indeed the best player in the game, as has been stated by his Pittsburgh Penguins head coach, Michel Therrien, and Montreal bench boss Guy Carbonneau.
But the Calgary Flames believe captain Jarome Iginla is still very much in the running for that title, as well.
As defenceman Andrew Ference pointed out yesterday, the title of ‘Best Player in Hockey’ is about more than just goals and assists.
Remember, Ference played on a Pittsburgh Penguins team that featured Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Alexei Kovalev, so he knows a thing or two about playing with superstars.

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Downey Has New Marketing Idea

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Step into Aaron Downey’s office.
It is a simple bench in front of his locker at the Bell Centre. But it is here the Canadiens right wing has come up with a marketing device he said would boost NHL attendance and TV ratings:
Get rid of the instigator rule, which doles out heavy penalties for starting a fight.
Downey said he doesn’t want to go back to the bad old days of the Broad Street Bullies and bench-clearing brawls, but there is something to be said for allowing players to police themselves on the ice.

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Leafs Planning Outside Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs are finalizing plans for an outdoor regular season game to be played around New Year’s Day 2008 at their new 20,000-seat BMO Field.
“I have spoken to commissioner (Gary) Bettman and he likes the idea,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. “We haven’t signed off on it yet, but it would be a special event for a new stadium and put it on the map. It’s certainly feasible to put the ice in, but now we have to work with the City of Toronto on such things as the sports bubble (that is to cover the field for winter community use)....”

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