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The Line Was Crossed

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Edmonton Oilers media relations director J.J. Hebert says blogger Dave Berry of Covered in Oil was temporarily banned from the Oilers press box last week because of the “disrespectful and embarrassing” content of Berry’s live blog commentary on the Oilers’  home opener.

“It was disrespectful, it was embarrassing and we simply do not need it,” Hebert says.

“What triggered it initially was the content,” adds Allan Watt, vice-president of communications for the Oilers. “It was profane.”...

Berry made a number of whimsical and humorous jokes in his running commentary, but also a few that caught the attention of Oilers public relations men, including Berry’s use of the F-word and a comment he made about Oilers agitator Zack Stortini.

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Morning Line

“I certainly don’t like the way we played, to tell you the truth, the last three games.  I don’t think our level of work and competing and desperation is high enough. I think we’ve got players that need to get out of the comfort zone and start to realize they need to battle harder. Battle to stay on lines, battle to stay in the lineup.

“We have got to change our identity as a team. Our identity right now is not a hard- working, competing, checking team. If it doesn’t change, we won’t have any success.”

-Ottawa Coach Craig Hartsburg.  More on the Senators from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.

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Wings Scrap Fighting

from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,

The number of regular-season fights increased from 466 in 2005-06 to 664 last season, according to data compiled by hockeyfights.com….

At the current rate, there will be more than 920 fights this year….

The Red Wings, however, remain an exception to this developing trend.

The defending Stanley Cup champions were last in the NHL in fighting majors last season with 21, compared to 70 for league-leader Calgary.

Five games in, the Wings are also one of three teams who haven’t gotten into a fight yet.

more

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Talk About Another Team In Toronto

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

NHL governors are talking informally about placing a second hockey team in Toronto alongside the Maple Leafs, The Globe and Mail has learned.

“Why shouldn’t we put another team in the best and biggest market in the world?” one of several NHL governors who spoke with The Globe anonymously said of the Greater Toronto Area.

According to this governor, one idea floated is for prospective owner Jim Balsillie to be rewarded with an expansion team in Toronto after helping to restore financial ballast to the Nashville Predators.

“I’ve heard this exact scenario,” a second governor said.

continued

added 12:52pm, from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It sounds as if reports that the NHL is considering placing a second team in Toronto are more fantasy than reality.

“The story is nonsense,” one highly placed NHL source told the Star. “Perhaps the musings of one team representative. Expansion to Toronto has never been discussed with the board, the executive committee or any other league committee.

“And its never been considered internally.”

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Hockey Has Money

from the Fabulous Forum Blog at the LA Times,

Here are the top 10 richest sports owners from the Forbes list:

1.) E. Stanley Kroenke ($3.5 billion) and his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke ($3.4 billion).  Stan owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche…

6.) B. Thomas Golisano ($1.7 billion), owner of the Buffalo Sabres.

7.) Michael Illitch ($1.6 billion) from Detroit got rich from the Little Caesars Pizza chain and he owns the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

9.) Jeremy Jacbos ($1.6 billion) is much derided in Boston. He owns the Boston Bruins and the TD Banknorth Garden…

more, but that is it for the hockey related owners.  Thanks to Snap Shots for the pointer…

note:  the list is for the richest American owners.

 

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All Trevor Nill

It is not often that we spotlight an incoming college freshman, but…

from Alex DiFilippo of The State News (MSU),

Freshman Trevor Nill already has a gold medal.

He earned the medal when he was selected for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge.

The 6-foot-2 forward from Novi grew up around an NHL organization and brings extensive hockey knowledge to the Spartans roster, as his father is the assistant manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

continued

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One Tough SOB

On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the National Hockey League and USA Hockey will team up to honor Bob Naegele Jr., Brian Burke, Phil Housely and Ted Lindsay with the 2008 Lester Patrick Award.

“I had the idea that I should beat up every player I ever tangled with,” Lindsay famously said. “And nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea.”

Tonight we feature Ted Lindsay, watch the video below.

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He Is An MSMer & Likes Blogs Too

I had the opportunity of meeting Elliotte Friedman during the SCF in Detroit and enjoyed the brief time we actually were able to talk.  We would pass each other in the aisles at ‘The Joe’ and give each other a nod as we headed in different directions.

A good guy, just like most of us, but he gets to interview the stars of the game, a job most of us would love to have.

He has earned his position at HNIC and I am sure is in the long range plans for CBC and HNIC.

Today, Elliotte wrote a piece for Puck Daddy on hockey bloggers and if you are interested in that topic, I suggest you give it a read.

added 8:16pm, Adam Proteau of the Hockey News chimes in…

So long as writers are accountable – i.e., prepared to defend their positions to the people or organizations they’re writing about – they ought to be allowed to build that buzz, in any way they see fit. And if I were overseeing the velvet rope separating the wheat from the chaff in the press box, I’d rather have 100 passionate writers in there creating a negative buzz than a single wire-service reporter writing a neat, non-critical game story.

more and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer… I missed that one completely, sorry Adam!

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Goals Of The Week

About 5 1/2 minutes of the goals of the week!

Watch below…

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Sharks Place Former 1st Round Pick On Waivers

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Sharks have placed forward Lukas Kaspar on waivers, giving 29 other teams a chance to claim San Jose’s 2004 first-round draft pick.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson said the team made the move today in part because three injured players — Milan Michalek, Tomas Plihal and Douglas Murray — appear ready to return after missing two or three games with injuries. But it also was made because the team wants to stay one-player under the 23-man limit in order to maintain maximum flexibility to brings up players from Worcester on short notice.

continued

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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.

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