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Wings Welcome Stuart

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Rafalski didn’t stay long. Update below.

Update from the Joe via the Anti-Digger,

On the ice for Thursday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena (an unusual 3 p.m.) are Chris Chelios, Niklas Kronwall and Brian Rafalski. So is newcomer Brad Stuart, meaning nine defensemen (no Nicklas Lidstrom) are at practice.

Stuart led the Red Wings’ stretching exercises (one player does each practice) to hoots and hollers from his new teammates.

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The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is on the airwaves from 4-5 p.m. ET today for the NHL Hour on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com.

NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, including Commissioner Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and Senior Executive VP of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. The show is co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour

All About Shop.NHL.com

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Internet Retailer,

NHL.com does not disclose its sales, but Cooper says they are up 35% over last year, and the conversion rate is up 23%. Cooper says most of those increases come from an improved product configurator introduced on the site last summer that makes it easier for customers to add a name and number to a team jersey, and to see what the jersey will look like. Team jerseys account for 40% of the site’s sales.

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Niyo:  Atlanta Asking Price Too High

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Junior Deep Digger John Niyo blogs this afternoon that Don Waddell’s asking price for Marian Hossa was steep to say the least, as far as Tick Tock Kenny was concerned.

And for what it’s worth, from what I’ve heard ... Waddell’s asking price included both Filppula and Ericsson, in addition to a top prospect (Smith?) and a first-round pick.

All that, and—by all accounts—no guarantee that Hossa would be anything but a rental.  Once the Detroit sports radio idiots (and columnists) can figure out who Brendan Smith is, we’ll see if they change their tune.

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What Is Going On In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Here’s a question for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: Could you possibly have screwed this season up even worse?

What’s that? You fired your coach and replaced him with your general manager, the one you elevated from the coaching ranks after you fired the general manger who got you to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history?

What in the name of Phil Esposito were you thinking?

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

(Marian) Hossa said he heard whispers about landing in Boston, where he would have been reunited with fellow Slovakian Zdeno Chara, former Atlanta teammates Marc Savard and Glen Metropolit, and ex-Senators Peter Schaefer and Shane Hnidy.

“I heard news about Boston too, but it never happened,” said Hossa. “I always enjoy playing with Big Z. Maybe one day again. We’ll see.”

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A Polite Rebuttal

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Hockey fans are all whiners who bitch and moan, never go to actual games, and sit around in a little circle of fellow bitchers and moaners who complain all day long.

How do I know this? Jamie Samuelssen told me, in a nice little 9:23 rant that’s available for your listening pleasure on WDFN.

Samuelssen claims that Red Wings fans and all hockey fans—with enough “you people” references to usually merit a lawsuit—are negative Nancies, each and every one, and he feels that the trade deadline brings out the worst in what hockey fans are.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, media, trade+deadline

Promoting Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,

While the Sharks’ general manager was making a big splash with his acquisition of all-star defenceman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres, Malcolm Bordelon, the executive vice-president of business operations, was working behind the scenes to set in motion a marketing strategy for the team’s newest prized asset.

Within hours, the team had replica jerseys in its store and was ready with a few T-shirts and player pucks, Bordelon said between meetings after the big trade.

The team website also featured a photo montage of Campbell in action (as a Sabre and an all-star), as well as backup goaltender Brian Boucher, the team’s less illustrious acquisition on trade day.

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Duhatschek: Hart For Nick If (When) Wings Right Ship

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via the Globe and Mail,

Malkin’s main challenger could be the Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom though, mostly because of how Detroit has faltered in recent weeks with Lidstrom out of the line-up. If the Red Wings do finish as the best team in the NHL and they right the ship when Lidstrom finally returns, voters will be hard-pressed to ignore his contributions – and the vast difference between Detroit’s record with and without him in the line-up.

 

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Flyers Keep Their Core

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier-Post,

Several Flyers said they were happy to see Holmgren commit to his core group of players, many of whom have not played more than one Stanley Cup playoff series.

“Not only is there a lot of potential in this core, we’re fairly young and a lot of us are good friends off the ice,” Umberger said. “If you keep this core together it gives us a good chance to do something special.”

more on the Flyers…

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