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Media Credentials For Bloggers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Eric at Off Wing Opinion has a great and much needed post that every hockey blogger should read.

Earlier this year, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis asked me to create a set of guidelines for the team to issue press credentials to bloggers. After a few days of knocking it around with Ted and Caps Media Relations Director Kurt Kehl, we were able to come up with a finished product. I'm publishing it here in hopes that both franchises and individual bloggers can use it as the basis for creating an ongoing relationship.
Hopefully, other teams that have not even bothered to respond to blogger requests, will use this as an example and establish their own guidlines.

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Little Interest In Domi

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from Canada.com,

Tie Domi's dream of retiring as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs vanished when he was bought out of his contract this summer. And now the 36-year-old, who vowed he would never play for another NHL team, is reportedly close to hanging up his skates for good. "Right now we're weighing our options and deciding if he's going to play or not, as opposed to negotiating a new contract," said Domi's agent Pat Morris, adding there has been little interest around the league for his client. "The jump-off point could come during training camp."
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Rumor Put To Rest

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from the Boston Globe,

Chiarelli shot down a rumor floated in Saturday's Ottawa Sun that had the Bruins swapping left wing P.J. Axelsson to the Senators, possibly for defenseman Anton Volchenkov. ``There's been no discussion," Chiarelli said. ``There's no activity there."
read on about the Bruins, including Kessel's first informal skate...

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Dickie Moore Hurt In Car Crash

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

"Did you hear the news?" a friend asked. He paused. Then: "Did you hear the news?" he asked a second time, and this time, there was a quiver in his voice. "What news?" "It's Dickie," he said. "He was in an accident. He's in bad shape." It happened in Dorion on Sunday afternoon, under a pelting rain reducing visibility to near-zero. My lifelong friend Dickie Moore had been sideswiped on the driver's side by a truck. Forty-five minutes passed before rescuers were able to remove him from his vehicle. He was rushed to the Montreal General, where doctors learned he had suffered spinal and neck injuries. Broken ribs. There were fears his kidney had been punctured. Massive bleeding.
more update 3:53pm, from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hockey Hall of Fame left-winger Dickie Moore was removed from intensive care Wednesday, three days after suffering serious injuries in a car accident. Moore, 75, suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his neck and lower back, when his car was struck by a truck while pulling out of a restaurant parking lot during an intense rainstorm Sunday. His daughter, Lianne Moore, said he was in great pain, but he was not paralysed and there was no damage to his spinal cord. "Thank God he's OK," she said.

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No “Shots” From Quinn

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Pat Quinn made some comments in the past few days and explains they were falsely interpreted. Comments like this... from the Toronto Star,

"But you know what builds the logo? Winning hockey games, that's what builds a logo. Anyone else that says they can come in and make something work. ... It's like in Toronto, you don't need to be the village monkey to do anything. That thing was sold out when it was just a lousy team. So let the people that are given the job to run the hockey team, let them run it."
read on for Pat's explanation...

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O’Neill Thinking Hockey- Not Retirement

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from the Toronto Sun,

Jeff O'Neill might have filled a Maple Leafs uniform last season, but mentally he usually was nowhere to be found. That won't be the case this season, the 30-year-old said yesterday. Now more than one year removed from the death of a brother, O'Neill is ready to put his mind back on his job. "I feel like I am actually concentrating solely on hockey right now," O'Neill said after a workout at Lakeshore Lions Arena. "Last year was such a blur, I did not get a chance to be thankful for being a Toronto Maple Leaf. It was just a really weird year and I am looking forward to a fresh start."
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Escrow Emergency

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from the Toronto Sun (via the Ottawa Sun): The NHLPA may toss the new CBA when its three-year trial run ends in 08-09.

The escrow payments, for those who didn't memorize all 15 volumes of the collective bargaining agreement, are the amounts deducted from the players' salaries to cover the owners' overspending. Last year, the escrow payments were 12%, but because the PA allowed the league to plug in an almost-random number which was easily surpassed, those payments were refunded. This year the agents are convinced there will be no refunds. And the amount the players can expect to pay are how much? "According to our calculations, it's going to be 17.5%," said one agent.
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Pens Sale May Be In Trouble

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from KDKA,

More than a month has passed since a Connecticut real estate developer signed a letter of intent to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins. There's been no sale as of yet. KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan has word that the deal may be in trouble. Sam Fingold won exclusive negotiating rights to the Penguins when he offered $175 million dollars to buy the hockey club. The deal has hit some major snags and tonight there's serious doubt that Fingold and the Penguins will ever make the deal.
continued added Wednesday 1:22am, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Sticking points, including financing problems, appear to be jeopardizing Sam Fingold's attempt to buy the Penguins, and his letter of intent might expire in the next several days, sources close to the sales process said yesterday. Mr. Fingold, a Toronto native and Hartford, Conn., real estate developer, entered into the agreement July 28 for exclusive rights to negotiate a purchase agreement with the team. His offer is believed to be $175 million. One source said the two sides disagree about fundamental business points but would not elaborate.
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Make It A Win-Win Situation

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HockeyJournal.com sat down with player agent Matt Keator recently. A quick read but very informative. I will cut to the chase...

The bottom line is seeing to it that my player has the best opportunity for long-term NHL success.
more...

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Winning Richard Trophy “Sinks In”

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Canada.com,

Moose Factory's prodigal son Jonathan Cheechoo continues to make the northern Ontario town of 2,700 as proud as ever, claiming the Rocket Richard Trophy last season with a magical 57-goal season. The San Jose Sharks star winger says his accomplishment didn't really hit home until he saw the reaction of his family and friends this summer. "Everyone was really happy and proud," Cheechoo said from San Jose, where he returned to last week. "I guess I realized it then, it sunk in. It was a neat feeling."
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