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The Rebuilding Of The Blackhawks

from Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal,

With his father, Bill Wirtz, in the hospital and the 2007-08 hockey season about to begin, a memo from the Blackhawks finance department landed on his desk. The team needed an immediate infusion of $34 million to start the season, the memo said, or it wouldn’t be able to make payroll.

The eight-figure request stunned Wirtz. As president of Wirtz Corp., he oversaw a family-owned business with interests in liquor, wine and beer distribution, insurance, real estate, banking and co-ownership of the United Center. The enterprises generated more than $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and none ever came close to missing a payroll.

read on (paid subscription, so hopefully the link will continue to work)

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Top 50 NHL Players

from Yvon Pedneault at Sun Media,

Ovechkin makes the top of our list because he had an incredible season last year. He managed some truly exceptional goals, the kind of goals that made the difference in some especially close wins for his team.

1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington

An exceptional talent, a born scorer, a player who brings intensity to every game.

2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

He’s maintained an average of 1.56 goals per game since his start in the NHL.

3. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit

He can do anything on ice.

read on

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Keep Your Head Up Jason Blake

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen of the Blue Jackets lines-up Toronto’s Jason Blake…

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  Tags: jason+blake, ole-kristian+tollefsen

Early Morning Shot

You know, you get up at 3:30am and expect things to be peaceful, yea right.  Directv box won’t turn on, finally unplugged it and let is sit for 15 minutes, finally restarted.  Comcast cable modem starts blinking and blinking and blinking, no connection.

Reset the modem, waited 15 minutes and as you can see, back online.  The rest of the day better improve, quickly!


via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

We have it on good authority that after years of shunning the idea of a mascot, the Edmonton Oilers are about to unveil one this week.

The smart money on the outfit, which is being made in Calgary, says it will be representative of the Oilers’ great hockey fans ... which is to say it will likely include a mullet, overalls, high-top runners and a handful of teeth.

 

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Flyers Bond At West Point

from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers arrived on the campus of the United States Military Academy in the early morning hours on Sunday to take part in some team building exercises - this year’s version of what has become an annual tradition for the club as it prepares for the coming season.

continued and watch a video below as the Flyers go through a team-building exercise.

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The Complete Heatley

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

[He was] blocking shots!” said an enthusiastic Sens coach Craig Hartsburg.

And he went after Brooks Orpik when the Pittsburgh defenseman roughed up Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson at the end of the first period.

And he yelled while on the bench to pump up his teammates when the game was still scoreless.

Hockey fans, meet the new Dany Heatley. Not just a 50-goal man, but a leader and a more complete player. Two games into the 2008-09 season, it’s impressive.

read on

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Season Primer

The Canadian Press via the Globe and Mail has put out a primer for the NHL Season.  All sorts of facts, milestones, etc…

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The ‘New’ Rangers

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Two games do not make a season no matter how impressive you might be in winning them. But two games might just be enough to establish an identity. And as far as the New York Rangers are concerned, establishing a personality is as much about deconstructing the old as introducing the new.

“I think the main thing is, I think we kind of showed our identity, how we’re going to be this year. In your face, four lines, the speed,” Scott Gomez, newly appointed associate captain, said Sunday after the new-look Rangers had completed a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning by identical 2-1 scores.

continued

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Tampa Could Be An Option For Berard

from Lightning Strikes,

It is no secret the Lightning wants to upgrade its blue line. It recently inquired about Mathieu Schneider. Tampa Bay also wants to save some salary and O’Brien has a $950,000 cap hit. There also is evidence the Lightning is at least peripherally interested in Bryan Berard, who recently was cut by the Flyers but has the offensive instincts Tamp Bay covets.

more on the defense in Tampa…

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Comeback Candidates

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Ice time and opportunity, as well as health and happiness, are significant factors in a player’s productivity. For the eight players below, the stars haven’t been aligned the past few seasons and their dwindling output has reflected that fact. But, for a variety of reasons, we like their chances for a big rebound season in 2008-09.

Martin Havlat, Chicago

A bounty of skilled, maturing youngsters – Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and others – has resulted in high hopes for Chicago this season.

more candidates…

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

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