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Can Anyone Sing O Canada In St. Louis?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CTV BC,

Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Grammy Award-winning singer Sheryl Crow performed the Star Spangled Banner at Busch Stadium.

But she didn’t sing O Canada—and neither did anybody else. Instead, an instrumental version of Canada’s national anthem was piped through stadium speakers.

After the game, the 28-year-old Morneau told reporters that Major League Baseball could have handled the situation better.

“I wasn’t very impressed with that to tell you the truth,” he said Tuesday night. “You figure they could find somebody to come and sing the song. They have a hockey team here, the Canadian teams play here.

“It’s something that didn’t really go over too well. I think if it happened the other way around, if they were playing in Toronto and they did that, it would have been a lot bigger deal. But nothing you can do about it.”

added 11:53am, Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail chimed in too…

It’s simple, really: national anthems have no place being played before sports events. This isn’t the 40s. It is an anachronistic sop to feeble-minded nationalism.

more and thanks to Garry Sears for the pointer from his Twitter....

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  Tags: justin+morneau

The All-Unsigned Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

This group might beat some bottom feeders, no?

Tanguay—Sundin- Sykora
Williams -Lang—Afinogenov


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Hey AO, How About The Stanley Cup?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RussiaToday,

Ovechkin was playing as goalie in the first half, but couldn’t keep the net untouched. In the second, Ovechkin appeared as a forward, determined to upset the Sochi clerks. And he managed to do it, sending the ball in the high left corner of the net after a perfect distance shot. However, this time around, it wasn’t about the winner or the loser, and the result took a backseat.

After the match, Ovechkin made sure to praise Russia’s efforts in securing the 2014 Winter Olympics.

”I’m very proud of my country. I’m proud of Sochi for winning the bid to host the Olympic Games,” said Ovechkin, adding that his “own focus next season is on the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.”

more on the soccer match Ovechkin participated in….

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Welcome Back To The NHL Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Main Line Media News,

New Flyers goalie, Ray Emery, talks with Jabari Young on returning to the NHL, African-Americans in hockey, and even kicks a freestyle rap about helping the Flyers win a Stanley Cup.

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  Tags: ray+emery

Strange Day In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

It was a bizarre day on Madison Street, with Stan Bowman, son of Hawks’ pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain senior adviser Scotty Bowman, being elevated from assistant general manager to general manager. Tallon was dropped from GM to senior adviser.

And then there was Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz weighing in on what Stan Bowman brings to the job that Tallon couldn’t.

“He’s 36, Dale’s 58,” Wirtz said. “We always want younger people, so what he brings is a system in place to get better. It’s nothing that Dale was doing, but also Dale’s at the tail end of his business career. I’m at the tail end. I’m 56. I want my son and cousins to do better than I am. I have a son who’s 32. I hope they are constantly pushing me.

“We constantly want to bring younger people up in the organization. We don’t want a bunch of players that are 42 years of age on the ice. There’s a reason for that.”

Paging Dale Tallon: Your attorney is on line 2 talking excitedly about an age-discrimination suit.

read on

added 10:14am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sentiment - bordering on outrage - best describes how many NHL people responded to the news of Dale Tallon’s dismissal as general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks.

However, anyone shocked by this move by team president John McDonough didn’t pay attention to the constant speculation of Tallon’s demise at varying points of the season.


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  Tags: dale+tallon

Drury Prepared For Home Run Derby Competition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Drury, now the New York Rangers’ captain, has been bugging Martin for more details about the Aug. 8 Home Run Derby that will be part of the upcoming 20th reunion weekend for the 1989 Little League World Series championship team from Trumbull, Conn.

“Chris is very excited,” Martin said. “I think he’s already at the batting cages every day. His work ethic always has been part of his story in the NHL and apparently it doesn’t matter if it’s whiffle ball or Home Run Derby, he catches that same vigor.”

Martin laughed and added, “He’s a nut job. He calls me every day with questions. If anybody’s going to be ready to go, it’s him.”

read on

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Using Crosby’s Name

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kato of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Some fans may think Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby scored an assist for a Minnesota park this week, but neither he nor park officials knew anything about an apparently bogus effort to raise money in his name through a MySpace page.

A message sent Monday from the MySpace page, “If You See Crosby,” asked for help to raise $3,000 for Phelps Park in Minneapolis. In exchange for a donation, preferably sent via Western Union, “Sid” promised to send a “game-played, autographed stick,” the message stated.

“That is not Sidney Crosby,” Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said Tuesday. “He does not have a MySpace page.”

read on

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Chicago Blackhawks Hire GM Stan Bowman

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Stan Bowman has been seen as a future NHL GM for a couple years now.  He has served various roles with the Chicago Blackhawks in his eight years with the team (special assistant to the GM, director of hockey operations and assistant GM).  The question was where would he become a general manager and when.  If it was to be in Chicago, something would have to happen to Dale Tallon, who was their current GM.  In Chicago he has his father, Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman working as the senior advisor of hockey operations.  The Bowmans had a lot of power behind the scenes and were pressuring Chicago team president John McDonough to give Stan the GM job.  What was needed was a strong excuse to show that Tallon was not competent and this had been hard to produce given the Blackhawks rise in the standings.  However, Tallon made his mistake with the qualifying offers of several of the Blackhawks restricted free agents.  The offers were not properly tendered, but it didn’t cause too much problem as all the players in question have resigned and not for significantly more than they probably would have without the mistake (Kris Versteeg and Cam Barker probably got a bit more money but nothing significant).  This was the mistake used to push for Tallon’s replacement.

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City Of Glendale Spending Money To Keep Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

Glendale is spending a small fortune defending its interests in the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy case, but city officials say the goldmine at stake is even bigger.

The city hired two law firms, three consultants on team financial affairs and one official spokesman to make sure the hometown hockey team doesn’t hit the road for Canada. Glendale also is putting to use in-house attorneys and marketing staff as behind-the-scenes support.

Losing the team could cost the city $500 million in lost revenue, court documents show.


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Hurricanes Sign Kostopoulos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with right wing Tom Kostopoulos on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Kostopoulos $700,000 in 2009-10, $950,000 in 2010-11 and $1.1 million in 2011-12.

“Tom is a character player who adds grit to our lineup,” said Rutherford. “He is a strong penalty killer and plays a high-energy game that will fit our team’s style of play.”

note:  How nice is it that the Canes actually released the salary structure?  Too bad the majority of teams do not do this.

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  Tags: tom+kostopoulos

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