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High-Flying Kovalchuk Hawking Atlanta Airliner

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Cheapflights.com:

In a bid to draw in sports-mad Atlanta residents, AirTran Airways has launched its new series of advertisements featuring star Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk. A legend among fans of the Georgia-based NHL team, Kovalchuk will now also be a star on billboards and radio slots across the city as he endorses the airline, whose principal hub is Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International. AirTran has a history of using well-known sporting names to push its product, including football stars Warrick Dunn and Michael Vick. Kovalchuk features along with captions like "He shoots. He scores. He flies with us" and also the carrier's own "Go. There's nothing stopping you" line, which the hockey star delivers in both English and his mother tongue, Russian.
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The All-Islander ‘Net’work

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Newsday:

[T]hanks to the miracle of modern Web-ology, the [Islanders organization] can reach beyond the coverage it gets from FSNY (limited, other than the games themselves) and Newsday. It's called Islanders TV, and its target is the insanely dedicated fans who stayed awake until the end of Thursday's dismal opener in Phoenix, wondering why throwback announcer Jiggs McDonald didn't bring Billy Smith and Mike Bossy with him. The Islanders believe it is the most extensive, ambitious Internet-based TV service ever offered by an American sports team.
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KK- We Have A Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KK member Spector is the random winner of the "It's Here" contest. Thanks to everyone for participating and look for the next "KK Contest" in the very near future, which will be open to any KK member. By the way, Mr. Spector decided on this beauty. image

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Paying Briere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen via Canada.com,

Both Daniel Briere and Chris Drury will be looking for new contracts. Briere is making $5 million U.S. this year, Drury $3.07 million U.S. Whether the Sabres can afford to pay both is the question, and the speculation has begun that, if Briere has a good year and becomes too expensive -- say, in the $6 million U.S. range -- the Sabres will wave goodbye. Briere wants to stay in Buffalo, though, and that could influence negotiations, even to the point of Briere accepting a pay cut.
many more NHL tidbits...

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Devils Still In A Bind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

When injury or ineptitude strikes, Lamoriello will have to make a move, and will be tipping the cap again. Lamoriello will be looking for some flexibility soon, and the way to that is by trading a high-paid player. Unlike other teams, however, the Devils have no overpaid slugs, so subtraction would be costly. The first place to look would seem to be Scott Gomez, who won a $5 million deal in arbitration from Lamoriello, and can turn unrestricted next summer. It will be a surprise if he re-signs with the team and goes to Newark, and that uncertainty, combined with his salary, makes him seem the most likely to be dealt.
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Brown Leans On Sharks Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Curtis Brown went through a season last year that was terrible on the ice and tragic off of it. Everything began with such promise. Signed to a big-money, multiyear deal by the Blackhawks before the NHL lockout, Brown was eager to impress as his wife and their three young children prepared for a new life in Chicago. Then, during training camp, something awful happened. Brown and his wife, Ami, put their 4-month-old daughter, Aubri, in her crib to sleep. She never awoke, a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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Ottawa Dealing With Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators have some issues, no doubt about it: Top scorers such as Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Schaefer, Mike Fisher and Patrick Eaves aren’t putting the puck in the net on a consistent basis. Defencemen Wade Redden, Chris Phillips, Anton Volchenkov, Tom Preissing, Andrej Meszaros and Christoph Schubert are making mistakes that are turning into goals. It would also help if goaltender Martin Gerber, who signed a three-year, $11-million contract in the off season, was more consistent and came up with a big save or two ... quick.
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Canadian Holiday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Canadian KK members and guests. Is it true the reason the 2nd Monday of October was chosen to celebrate this holiday is that it once coincided with the opening of the NHL season?

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Fighting Canes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Kevyn Adams suffered a cut over his left eye in a fight with teammate Bret Hedican midway through an hour-long skating session as the tension of a winless season overflowed on the RecZone ice. On what had been a scheduled off day, the Hurricanes went through an unscheduled rough day as Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette attempted to take corrective action after only three games to prevent things from getting worse in the next 79. "We have to start playing the game the right way," Laviolette said. "The biggest thing that I can take from exhibition season and the first three games of the year is that we're not paying a price to be successful. If we're not going to do it in games, we have to do it in practice."
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KK- A Mention In Newsweek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to Nick Summers for mentioning Kukla's Korner in the current online edition of Newsweek.

As traditional media outlets devote less and less coverage to the NHL, the hockey blogosphere gets bigger every day. Fans write their own analysis, cut their own highlight reels—and sometimes have more influence than their professional counterparts.
read on...other blogs mentioned too... Also a more in-depth look at hockey bloggers from Newsweek,
The league, still dwarfed by the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, is focusing on a smaller base of more-intense fans. Officials cite statistics that say hockey followers are the most tech savvy and most likely to consume content via new platforms like wireless devices, as compared with fans of other sports. "Our demographic is younger, and that's what they want," says Doug Perlman, the NHL's head of new media. "We went as viral as possible during our relaunch."
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