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Ducks Recovering Nicely

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from Terry Frei of ESPN,

Out here in the shadows of the ersatz Matterhorn, and with the delight of screaming kids on spring break within earshot of late, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim quietly have pulled off one of the season's biggest recoveries. And to think that because of alleged fan preferences in the wake of the sale of the franchise, the team is on the verge of shedding the adjective in the offseason and becoming, simply, the Anaheim Ducks.
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Center Ice Update

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I contacted Comcast today and asked about year-end pricing for Center Ice. Right now it is $109 but was told it will be available for $49 if you order after April 5th. It will be good through May 17th, which takes you through the 2nd round of the playoffs. So if you want to watch the non-local playoff games that are not nationally televised, Center Ice may be an option for you if you do not have it now. I do not know if this offer is just a Comcast deal or not, but I would think this offer would be available to other carriers as well.

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Thanking Bill & Nancy Laurie

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Today we must give thanks to Bill and Nancy Laurie. Thanks for selling the team to a potentially great owner, David Checketts. Thanks for buying the franchise in the first place, after local businessmen soured on the NHL. Thanks for spending tens of millions of your own dollars while trying to win a Stanley Cup.
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All Zamboni

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from the Colorado Springs Gazette,

Attribute the Zamboni’s popularity in part to its mesmerizing effect. “There are three things in life that people like to stare at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire, and a Zamboni clearing the ice,” said Charlie Brown in one Peanuts strip. Credit cartoonist Charles Schulz, who owned a Zamboni, for helping popularize it. Snoopy drove one. So did Woodstock, turning tiny ovals in his frozen birdbath. A Zamboni’s rumbling power might have something to do with the attraction. But watching a Zamboni clean the ice at intermission — 10 minutes to resurface an average hockey rink — gives you time for philosophical thought.
read on...perhaps the best Zamboni article I have read...

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Incompetent

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from the Toronto Sun,

Incompetent And that's what makes the dealings of hockey GMs so true to life. Just like the guy a few cubicles down who gets his budget cut when the district manager overspends, some people suffer while absolute incompetents skate. Hardworking coaches get gassed. Worthy players once discarded thrive in new venues. The GMs, architects of so much folly, get to stay. At least they used to.
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Sports Coverage On The Web

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Not really hockey related, but it is Friday and a very good read. from Sports Illustrated,

Three months ago, I was dispatched to write a story for the magazine about sports coverage on the Web. This meant spending a lot of time -- more than anyone should, really -- trolling various blogs, message boards and fan sites. The goal was a separation of church and state internally -- you may have noticed we have quite an extensive Web operation here at SI, which made this whole experience rather meta -- but it was important to look at our chief rival, ESPN.com, as the site has been a big factor in bringing sports fans to the Internet.
read on...long but well written and if you are reading KK you should read this too...

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More Than Just A Carnival

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from the Courier Post,

For about five hours Sunday afternoon at the Wachovia Center, Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock will pose for photographs, sign autographs and, if prodded, he might even climb into the dunk tank as he and his players take part in the 29th annual Flyers' Wives Fight For Lives Carnival. But for Hitchcock, the Carnival has a much deeper meaning. When he was 12, Hitchcock's father, Ray, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his back. Two years later, at the age of 40, Ray Hitchcock lost his battle to cancer...
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What About Pittsburgh

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from the Sporting News via MSNBC,

Rumors fly in Pittsburgh as fast as they did in St. Louis and in other cities where pro sports teams are for sale. This much is clear: There is major interest from outside Iron City, and time may have passed for the Penguins to stay in town. That's a shame, because the Penguins should stay where they are. But the most likely scenario would have the team moving to Kansas City, where an arena is in place and interests are begging for a franchise, NHL or NBA, to become its major tenant.
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Leafs Lacking

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from the Toronto Sun,

Last night, in the most meaningful Toronto-Montreal hockey game in 27 years, the Leafs relinquished whatever opportunity they had to claw their way back into a playoff race of pure pretenders. This was supposed to represent a new beginning after Tuesday's impressive win over Carolina. The truth on the Leafs' playoff chase: They are closer to 13th place than they are to eighth. While the Canadiens moved five points ahead of the Leafs last night, the Atlanta Thrashers came back to win in overtime and are six points ahead of Toronto.
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Record Year Revenue Wise

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via the Detroit Free Press (right sidebar), "We're going to have a record year revenue-wise. All the teams in the league can compete." "Now we have a league we can actually grow, and we can put a product on TV that's exciting to watch. I had felt like a voice in the wilderness" before the lockout. "At our league meetings, I would say, 'Our game stinks. The games are boring.' We had people, all they did was clutter the ice and grab anything that came close to them. There was no skill involved anymore because the big guys would just come and lay the lumber on the skill players. There were no great plays." Peter Karmanos, owner of the Carolina Hurricane

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