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CBA No Loss For Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Joe Starkey at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“If people are going to chastise professional athletes who are making a lot of money, they need to look at the deal we are probably going to end up signing,” [Jeremy] Roenick said.

As if the players would be forced to subsist on food stamps and ramen noodles.

Now look: Thomas Vanek makes $10 million, and the average salary has officially cracked $1.9 million, passing the pre-lockout figure of $1.83 million.

A crushing loss for the players?

“If there were those who viewed it in the words you use,” says player agent Don Meehan, “I don’t know how they could view it that way now.”

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Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, don+meehan, jeremy+roenick

Power of the Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob Wojnowski at the Detroit News,

The Stanley Cup does strange and wonderful things. It causes players to throw their battered bodies in front of whizzing pucks. It causes them to grow crazy beards and ignore painful injuries and continue battling for nearly two months.

It causes upward of a million people to line a storied street in downtown Detroit, in searing heat and brutal times, and cheer for the athletes who earned the right to lift it. It causes grown men—players and fans alike—to weep at the sight of it.

The Cup can stir and bind and wow. And perhaps, when necessary, it even can heal.

continued…

A KK reader kindly passed this article onto me, correctly noting that I might have missed it when it first came out Tuesday. Even a couple days late, it’s well worth a read.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: stanley+cup

One More For Gordo: We’re Gonna Live Blog The Awards Show

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You’re damn right we are.  I don’t even know what time the frigging show starts, but I’ll find out.  Oh yes I will.  And we’re going to live blog it like nothing’s ever been live blogged before.

It will be riveting and it will all happen here.  Man, this day is going to drag.  The anticipation…it’s killing me already.

If you’re a new reader, lured in by our affection for Drew Sharp, you may not understand the “Gordo” reference.  One of the 19 confirmed A2Y readers, Ryan, has provided this image to clear that issue up for you.

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Chatting with Carrie Milbank

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Orland Kurtenblog at The Province hooks up an interview with Carrie Milbank of NHL.com’s The Hockey Show.

imageFrom their conversation:

KB: Did you grow up a hockey fan or has this been one of those steep-learning-curve kind of things?

CM: I was deprived of hockey when I was a kid. I’m from Houston, Texas, where it’s a sin to put any other sport above football. But I’ll admit that while I was growing up and everyone else was playing Super Mario Bros., I was dominating Blades Of Steel on my Nintendo. I would spend hours playing that game and I always wanted to be Montreal. I loved it when the computer would yell ‘Faceoff!’ and my favorite part was starting a fist fight with the other team…I always won of course.

read on

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: carrie+milbank, media, the+hockey+show

Defensemen Apparently Not Gentlemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Z. Klein at the NYT Slap Shot,

Can you name the last time a defenseman was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy, the honor for the league’s most gentlemanly player?

As you think about that — and about the NHL Award ceremonies Thursday night — bear in mind that according to league criteria, the Byng is to go to the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” Nothing in there says “forwards only.”

Give up? The last time the Lady Byng was awarded to a defenceman: 1954. Red Kelly was the winner.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: lady+byng, niklas+lidstrom

Tucker Prepared to Depart Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Traikos at the National Post,

A day after disparaging remarks were made about his client, Darcy Tucker’s agent said the Toronto Maple Leafs forward has prepared for the possibility of playing in another city next season.

“This is a business,” Carlos Sosa said in a phone interview from his law office in Seattle. “And if the Maple Leafs want to make a business move between June 15 and 30 when they can buy out contracts, that’s their right to do that. We can’t control that.

“Is he going to retire? No, that’s out of the question. He’s got lots of years left. He wants to win a Stanley Cup. But if a buyout comes, we will pursue the other markets that come available.”

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: carlos+sosa, darcy+tucker

Goalie Equipment Changes Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

There will be subtle modifications done for next season, like eliminating some of the ‘extra padding’ that helps goaltenders stop pucks as opposed to protecting them.

A universal measurement system will be developed so goalies will wear equipment that will properly fit them as opposed to wearing bulky gear. The measurement system is at least a year away from happening, but it’s designed for the process of ‘shaping’ goaltenders as opposed to making them look more square like we’ve seen in recent years.

read on

Filed in: Hockey Equipment, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, hockey+equipment

Report: Sharks Hire McLellan as Head Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Helene St. James at the Free Press:

Todd McLellan will be announced as the Sharks’ new head coach tomorrow, having agreed to a three-year deal. McLellan was assistant to Babcock the past three years.

McLellan flew to San Jose this weekend, and two days worth of interviews with general manager Doug Wilson went so well McLellan cancelled a meeting he had scheduled for later this week for the job in Atlanta.

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Update 7:17pm ET: More from David Pollak at the Mercury News, who states that a press conference is scheduled tomorrow at 11am PT.

 

*hat-tip to Bill

Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: todd+mclellan

Senators’ Melnyk an Involved Owner

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Wayne Scanlan at Canwest via the National Post,

Has Eugene invited me to Barbados lately?

That’s what head coaching candidates for the Ottawa Senators had to be asking themselves Wednesday upon hearing that Peter DeBoer of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers was in Barbados meeting with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

Until then, Craig Hartsburg of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and former Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley were rated as having at least as good a chance as DeBoer.

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A great overview of the Senators’ management and coaching issues this year.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: peter+deboer

Good Luck Todd.  Here’s To You Losing At Least 4 Next Year.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uncle Mike with a new deal, and a big hole to fill.

St. James

Todd McLellan will be announced as the Sharks’ new head coach tomorrow, having agreed to a three-year deal. McLellan was assistant to Babcock the past three years.

McLellan flew to San Jose this weekend, and two days worth of interviews with general manager Doug Wilson went so well McLellan cancelled a meeting he had scheduled for later this week for the job in Atlanta.

And a classic quote from Uncle Mike on the occasion of his little buddy’s hiring.

Khan(!)

“He’s more than prepared to be a head coach in the league. (Fellow assistant) Paul MacLean is the same way,’’ Babcock said earlier today, prior to the hiring. “We’ll find some other workaholic that loves hockey and hire him.’‘

 

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