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Isles Prospect Dies In Car Accident

from the CP via TSN:

Slovak hockey player Stefan Blaho, a fourth-round pick of the New York Islanders, has died in a car accident. He was 21. The International Ice Hockey Federation said the crash happened just after midnight Tuesday near the Slovak town of Krasnany. That evening Blaho had scored a goal for Slovak champion MsHK Zilina, the team he was about to sign for, in an exhibition game against Banska Bystrica.

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No Movement For Sens

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

With the possibility of having as many as 10 new faces in the lineup when the season opens Oct. 4 in Toronto, Muckler is going to take some time to let the battles develop in camp. "We want to see where everybody fits in training camp and I don't think we're going to do anything else at this point," said Muckler. "We've done a lot this summer. "This is probably the most changes that this club has made in a long time and we want to see how it all looks before making any more decisions."

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Media & Bloggers- Talking From Experience

David at the Ice Block gives some great advice to hockey bloggers...

I thought I’d add something to the guidelines. Not rules, but perhaps some advice based on what experience I have, mess ups and all. For those that don’t know, I covered the Buffalo Sabres for the Fischler Hockey Report in 1998 while I was at SUNY Buffalo. I also worked with the NHL and New York Islanders in 2000. While the NHL and Islanders work wasn’t press-related, there were still some interaction lessons to be learned.

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KK- The Long Weekend

Beginning today and running thru Monday, updates will be made on a limited basis. I need to find a shade treee and read a few books, jump into a pool slowly (you know, the Lipton Ice Tea commercial), wake up whenever I feel like it or ride my bike in a driving rain. Time for a little re-charge, come Tuesday, it will be hockey, hockey, hockey, until late June 2007. Anything that you feel is KK worthy, feel free to post in the KKF.

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Roenick Talks TV

from the Arizona Republic,

“I think the league has done a great job in increasing the excitement of the game and doing things to improve the game to watch, at least in person, but they have a huge battle to fight when it comes to TV contracts and people watching it on TV,” Roenick said. “Not having that Gretzky presence (on NBC) is a massive loss for the league.”
That's the tamest quote from Roenick, read on for more...

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Havlat Looking Forward to Ice Time

from the CP via TSN,

"I'm sure there are a lot of people that say we paid too much,'' said Tallon. ''But there were other teams in the mix, too, there was competition for him. We know we paid a lot but we think we're getting value for it. We had to do something, we have to get interest back in the game here.'' ''I just want to be on the ice as much as I can because I think that's how I can help the team, when I'm out there - not if I'm sitting on the bench,'' said Havlat. ''I hope I'm going to be on the ice a lot in Chicago.''
much more

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Go Head-To-Head with AO

Those in the Toronto-area on September 11 will have an oportunity to go head-to-head against Alexander Ovechkin in NHL 07. You will also have a chance to play the new game on the XBOX 360 before its release! The event starts at 10:30am for the media and 11:00am for everyone else with a street hockey game and skills competition and a free barbeque lunch. View the press release for more information or visit the KK Forums to talk about the upcoming hockey games. Tell us about the event if you go and be sure to take pictures.

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#19 Goes To The Rafters

from TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings will officially retire Steve Yzerman's No. 19 during a pre-game ceremony on January 2, 2007 before the Wings face the Anaheim Ducks. ''For a long time, there was no doubt in ownership's mind that Steve Yzerman would play his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings and that his sweater would fittingly go up into the rafters along with the other all-time greatest Red Wing players - Abel, Delvecchio, Howe, Lindsay and Sawchuk,'' said Red Wings senior vice president Jim Devellano. ''As to picking a date, we wanted to be sure that this will be a very special evening and with that, it takes a lot of planning.''

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Wings Maintain Their Class

from the Sporting News,

But really, folks, just how terrible will this team be? It certainly remains the class of the weak Central Division and is coming off consecutive Presidents' Trophy seasons. The only thing the Wings haven't done is make a deep playoff run. Because of that, both seasons were judged as failures. Every team should fail so miserably. Yzerman's leadership void is one thing. What the Wings need is to play mean.
more added 2:54pm, from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,
Look for a change at the top, with the significantly improved Predators set to end Detroit's stranglehold on the division. The Wings are still among the league's most talented teams, but Nashville has gotten bigger, more skilled and a little grittier, which makes a very good team even better.
read on

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Media Credentials For Bloggers

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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