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Wings Adjusted Nicely

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

When the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup again this spring, Detroit general manager Ken Holland will be accepting congratulations for his astute working of the new salary-cap system. The praise will be deserved, but the strange and unprecedented alignment of the planets prodded and enabled the Red Wings to make moves that seemingly weakened them on paper - but actually strengthened them on the ice, especially when measured relatively in the New NHL.

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from the Toronto Star,

Olympic swim champion Mark Tewksbury was almost part of hockey history, helping the first gay NHLer come out of the closet. "We almost had someone coming out," said the gold medallist in the 100-metre backstroke at the 1992 Barcelona Games. "It was a very big deal. It looked like someone was finally going to do it and I was part of a small team that was in on it. And the person backed out at the 23rd hour, just couldn't do it. I also respect that. You can't force anybody." Tewksbury was brought in to help by the Gay and Lesbian Athletes Association when an NHL player decided he wanted to come out in 2004. Tewksbury said the player is still active and he knows there are more gay players in the NHL, but they're too afraid to come out.

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Friendship On The Line

from the Dallas Morning News via the Mercury News,

Watching Dave Tippett, leaning against a hallway wall in StarCenter on Friday with his hands stuffed into the pockets of his black warm-up suit, you got the feeling that if he could've handpicked a first-round opponent for his Stars, it wouldn't have been the guys from Colorado they open this spring's playoffs against today. Not because of what happened the last time these teams met in the postseason, when the Avalanche stunned Tippett's club. It has to do with friendship. "It's funny," Tippett said with a little smile. "The phone hasn't rung the last couple of days. I haven't heard from him." Tippett was speaking of Colorado coach Joel Quenneville, his best buddy in the business if not beyond as well. "We'll probably say a quick hello before the game," the Stars coach allowed.

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Keeping You Informed

Just to keep hockey fans updated, the Wings/Oliers game on OLN is blacked out (Comcast) in Detroit, like it was supposed to be. They are showing Classic Hockey in its place. We are receiving the local broadcast on Fox. This may come in handy for viewers across the country when their home team is playing. I know most of you are watching hockey now, but feel free to comment on your situation. Include the city and what carrier- like Comcast, DirecTV, etc.

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Hockey Bloggers & Traditional Media

Make sure to check out the CBC NHL Bloggers Roundtable. Great to see traditional media websites enlisting hockey bloggers in the last few weeks. Thanks to James Mirtle for the pointer. JABS is up to something different, again using cool & hip bloggers, at least I think that is what Chris is trying to say.

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Wild Raise Season Ticket Prices

via the AP,

The Minnesota Wild announced a slight increase Friday for season-ticket prices. The Wild attributed the rise for 2006-07 to inflation. Club-level seats will jump $5 each per game, to $85 and $75. Lower-level seats will rise $1.50 each per game, to $74, $64 and $54. Upper-level seats will go up 50 cents each game, to $30 and $12.50. Club-level seating will include a three-year term, with current prices frozen for the remaining two years. With arena capacity listed at 18,064, the Wild has averaged a paid crowd of 18,563 over their streak of 228 straight sellouts - including postseason and preseason and dating to the franchise's inception in 2000. At several games this season, however, there were significant numbers of empty seats.

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Dish Network & OLN

Many of you Dish subscribers know I have been mentioned a few times in the last month or so that Dish & OLN are talking. They still continue to discuss getting the playoffs on Dish Network and maybe something very soon.

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Wings Game Update

Lebda in as 6th dman. Cross & Woolley sit.

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The Fan Zone

OLN has added a Fan Zone to their NHL section. Looks like they will be offering a playoff review video podcast after games each night. added 4:02pm, I just got off the phone with OLN (they actually talked with me this time) regarding the HD broadcasts of some of the OLN games. Their response was it is up to each individual carrier to decide where to place the HD broadcast. Many of us know INHD made room on their channels for the season HD broadcasts, but INHD has nothing on their schedule as of today. So basically, we are in a wait and see mode. The HD schedule is included in the first round schedule at OLN. image

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Streaming Of Playoff Games

I mentioned a few days ago Comcast will be streaming playoff games. The schedule wasn't available at that time, but it is now. Remember, you have to be a Comcast High Speed Internet customer to get the live streaming. Thanks to a KK reader for the heads up. update 9:23pm, I just received an email from the sports editor at Comcast.net and was told the streaming is free to anyone, meaning you don't have to be a Comcast subscriber. So check it out!!!

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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.

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