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Five UFA Signings That Look Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Free agency isn’t necessarily the best way for an NHL general manager to rebuild a roster. It’s expensive, for one. And it doesn’t come with any guarantees, as any fan of the Lightning can attest after Tampa Bay made a huge splash last summer, only to flop during the regular season.

But so far this season, the payoff from a few free-agent additions has been immediate. It’s still early, but this group of newcomers has are making their GMs look pretty smart.

Marian Gaborik, Rangers
The summer deal: Five years, $37.5 million
The fall fit: It’s been a perfect match between the Rangers and Gaborik early in the season, and that’s no surprise to those who know Gaborik well. Close friend Marian Hossa said Gaborik loves the city and the Rangers’ style of play under John Tortorella.


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Team In Transition

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Injuries? No excuse.

New players? No excuse.

New coaches? No excuse.

The NHL is a bottom-line place, so excuses aren’t acceptable among fans, media, players, coaches, etc.

That does not mean, however, that there aren’t factors into why a team is succeeding or failing. Let’s take a look at the Detroit Red Wings as an example. Heading into weekend play, the Wings are a pedestrian 3-3-2, having scored 24 goals and allowed 28. So why the middling start?

We’re talking transition here and not the on-ice version of going from offense to defense. A veteran club over the past several seasons, the Wings are icing a fairly significant number of newcomers on the roster this season. An excuse for the start? No, but a factor to be sure.

continued plus numerous NHL topics…

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Phoenix Fans Would Like To See More Discounted Tickets

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from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

Coyotes personnel and fans at Jobing.com Arena hopes the team’s 6-2 start, including Thursday’s overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings, will help boost attendance. Canadian sports network TSN ranks the Coyotes the third-best team in the NHL right now, behind only the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fans at the Coyotes-Red Wings game also wanted to see the team offer more discounts and make lower-level seats less expensive in general.

Lower-levels seats at the Glendale arena run $55 to $95 each, while upper-deck seats are between $15 and $35. The team runs some upper-level ticket discounts that include food for $25 to $30 per person.

On opening night, lower-level seats were discounted to $25 and upper-level tickets were $15. The Coyotes sold out that game, with 17,532 fans in the seats. In contrast, Thursday’s game drew 11,900, with the upper level substantially fuller than the lower bowl—and a fair number of Detroit fans in attendance.

Maria Maskell, a 10-year Coyotes season ticket holder, would like to see the team do more promotions to help fill the lower levels and suites.

read on

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Toronto/Vancouver Feud Is The Center Of Attention

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from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

The feud between the general managers of the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs hasn’t filtered down to the dressing rooms yet.

But the scene at GM Place will be intense if Canucks general manager Mike Gillis and his Leafs counterpart Brian Burke catch a glimpse of each other prior to game time on Saturday.

The two men don’t like each other and their relationship only soured further when Gillis twice filed tampering charges against the Leafs in the past six months.


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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ll get booed probably as much as the rest of Detroit.  It seems I’m on the right team for that.”

-Todd Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings speaking about playing in Denver tomorrow.  Via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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Watch The AHL Live Tonight

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The AHL is offering a free preview tonight.  Many game scheduled including the Manitoba Moose taking on Chris Chelios and the Chicago Wolves.

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Ovechkin Fined For Slew-Foot On Peverley

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from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, has confirmed media reports that Capitals’ right wing Alex Ovechkin has been fined but will not be suspended for his slew foot of Atlanta’s Rich Peverley in the final minute of Washington’s 5-4 road victory on Thursday night. Ovechkin was whistled for a two-minute tripping penalty.

The fine comes one day after Anaheim’s Evgeni Artyukhin was suspended three games by the League for slew-footing defenseman Matt Niskanen of the Dallas Stars, though no penalty was called on the play. The Ducks’ right wing, who loses $34,756.11 in salary, will miss Saturday’s game against Columbus, Monday’s game against Toronto, and an Oct. 30 contest against Vancouver.

“It is unfair to draw any parallels [about the two slew-foot incidents] other than the players that [Ovechkin and Artyukhin] tripped both fell down,” Campbell told NHL.com


added 5:58pm, Video of the incident…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, rich+peverley

Artyukhin Talks About His Slew-Foot On Niskanen

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Winger Evgeny Artyukhin talked to reporters for the first time since he was suspended three games for slew-footing Dallas’ Matt Niskanen in Wednesday night’s game.

Artyukhin expressed remorse for injuring Niskanen, but he did not agree with the suspension.

“I didn’t trip him,” Artyukhin said. “I didn’t want to kill him or nothing. I want to apologize for this guy. I hope he’s going to come back soon.”

Artyukhin said he was finishing his check and didn’t think he took Niskanen’s feet out from under him.

“My feet are both on the ice,” Artyukhin said. “I didn’t, like, kick him, and my stick’s still on the ice. I just used my upper body.”

Artyukhin said he asked his agent about appealing the suspension but was advised not to do so. …

more on the Ducks…

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Tomorrow’s Not The Best Day To Stop Sniffing Glue…Howard’s Starting

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via Khan(!),

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock confirmed he’s sticking with his original plan: Goaltender Jimmy Howard will start Saturday in Colorado. It will be Howard’s first appearance in three weeks, since a 5-3 loss to St. Louis in Sweden.

Babcock said Brad May will return to the lineup. May fought Cody McLeod when the teams met Saturday in Detroit.

Babcock said he wasn’t sure who May would replace or whether there would be another change. Justin Abdelkader appeared to be the odd-man out from the line combinations in practice, but that’s not definite.


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When Norris Speaks?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You’d better start listening.  Usually when one of the 19 posts something really good in the comment section? I delete it almost immediately. If there’s one thing I don’t like it’s being shown up.  But what Captain Norris gave us this afternoon was so good, and so on point…that I’m going in the opposite direction.

Floor’s yours Norris.

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