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The Draft As A Measuring Stick For Major Junior Leagues

from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

The NHL draft is intended to cure what ails sickly NHL also-rans. That much is plain. It’s also the best measure of the health of the major junior leagues.

The draft gives you a work-up on the vital signs of WHL, OHL and QMJHL and the most vital of all signs are the leagues’ top-end talent. If these leagues are attracting and developing elite teenagers, then all is well.

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Here All Day & Night

Some of the rumors from yesterday that proved to be false and please note, none were pointed out on KK… 

Bouwmeester Will Be Traded Thursday, Bouwmeester Gone Within 2 Hours, Bouwmeester Will Be Traded Tonight

Kaberle About to Move

Luongo Agrees To Contract Extension

When real news is about to break, we will be here, providing you with the information you seek and want.

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Hradek On The Second Game Of The Doubleheader

Pretty soon I am going to have to call him KK correspondent E.J. Hradek,

MONTREAL – The league’s idea to play a New Year’s Day outdoor doubleheader (one game at Boston’s Fenway Park; the second game at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium) appears to be dead. The management side of the competition committee opted against bringing the proposal up for a vote according to sources within the group.

One prominent insider, surprised by the turn of events, theorized that league execs might have gotten cold feet about the idea after getting some negative feedback from NBC, the league’s U.S. over-the-air network partner.

Apparently, the American network, which helped conceptualize the idea of the New Year’s Day event, might not want another outdoor game, on the same day, to distract attention from the Flyers-Bruins game at Fenway Park. NBC, which will televise the Boston game, almost certainly would have no desire to televise a second outdoor game featuring two Canadian-based franchises.

There is a possibility of a second outdoor event – featurning Canadian-based franchises – on another date during the season. TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting that event could include the Canadiens, who’ve been interested in a special event game to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

On a serious note, I appreciate E.J.Hrakek of ESPN The Magazine sending his take on any hockey topic my way.

 

 

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Looking At The Sale Of The Canadiens

from Sun Media,

The sale of the Montreal Canadiens to the Molson family continues to raise questions, with many believing the sale process happened too quickly.

Quebec’s Argent news agency has learned that the speed at which Gillett wanted to sell the team didn’t impress NHL brass, notably league commissioner Gary Bettman.

“Bettman wasn’t pleased with the first few steps in the selling (process),” a source said.

Sources close to the sale suggest Bettman put a halt to the whole process at one point in April to attempt to re-organize the situation. On May 4, Bettman is said to have invited prospective buyers of the team to New York to try and find out exactly what Gillett was seeking.

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How About Three Non-Traditional Games?

from the CP via TSN,

There could be as many as three NHL games played outside of traditional venues next season.

The league’s competition committee discussed several different scenarios during a wide-ranging meeting on Thursday and left open the possibility for games to be played outdoors in Boston and Calgary, with another being held under the roof at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

“We are looking at a couple potential additional special events beyond the NBC Winter Classic game,” said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. “(It’s something) that we all collectively think will be very good for the game. We think that they won’t dilute the product that we’ve created.”

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here will not be a second NHL outdoor game in Calgary on January 1, 2010.

The NHL’s competition committee met today in Montreal and that was one of a number of issues that was dealt with.

While there won’t be a second outdoor game to follow up the currently scheduled New Year’s Day game at Boston’s Fenway Park, there is likely to be a second special event in a Canadian city.

Sources say that event is possibly a game at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to celebrate the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary.

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Cap News

via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHL players union has voted to trigger the 5-percent escalator on the 2009-10 salary cap, The Post has learned.

This means that the 2009-10 cap will remain within a couple of hundred thousand dollars of last season’s figure of $56.7 million.

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Las Vegas A Fit For Bettman

from Father Raymond J. De Souza of Full Comment at the National Post,

Las Vegas now has the NHL awards. A few years back there was talk of putting an expansion team there. Vegas is not where stars go when they are on the top of their game; they go to Vegas when other places lose interest. Vegas has made its money by offering to visitors the fake, the discounted, the vulgar and the tawdry — for which there is an insatiable appetite in America. It’s where you go when the real thing is too far or too expensive. It’s America’s great refuge for the also-rans and the has-beens. It’s a most suitable home for Gary Bettman’s NHL dreams.

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NHL Entry Draft:  KK in Montreal

Kukla’s Korner will again be covering the NHL Entry Draft live this year, and we’re lucky to be featuring the interviews and observations of three excellent writers.

imageFirst up, SensHobo will be blogging from Montreal, posting his work on his own blog feed, SENSHobo.  Additionally, we’re also being graced with talents of two of our favorite hockey writers, Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who will be posting here on KK Hockey over the next few days.  (Last year I interviewed both Erin and Patrick prior to the 2008 Draft, so you can find out more about them at those links.)

For Twitterers:

As always, the KK Hockey Twitter @kuklaskorner will update you with headlines from this site 24/7, including all NHL Draft posts. Also, Erin has her own Twitter account @emnicks that she’ll be updating frequently from Montreal with extra odds-and-ends behind the scenes.

Our thanks to all these guys for contributing their hard work to the site. (Let’s just hope they don’t indulge too much in the magic of poutine...!)

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Too Much Money Going To USA Hockey

from Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends,

This past season the NHL committed to up to $8 million US of financial support directly to USA Hockey, who then administers it as they see fit. That’s up from $400,000 in 2005 and $1.2 million in 2008. The goal is to get more American players in the long term, in order to better stock and market American players in those non-traditional hockey markets.

Perhaps even the NHL is inspired by Barack Obama’s stimulus plans.

But the NHL is missing the boat is outside of the USA. You know, in the countries that actually produce most of the players in the league - Canada and the European countries, especially in Russia and the Czech Republic, where hockey at the grassroots level is potentially about to face dark days.

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Signing Those Deals

Kevin Sylvester of BuffaloSabres.com talks with Eric Duhatschek in regards to long-term, short-term and taking a little less signings we may or not be seeing in the near future.

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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.

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