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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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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft+2009

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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NHLPA Expected To OK 2nd Winter Classic Game

E.J. Hradek of ESPN The Magazine passed this to me tonight and asked if I could post…

After speaking with NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly and Lightning center/competition committee member Jeff Halpern, I expect the competition committee to green light the league’s plan for a second outdoor game – the back-end of a New Year’s Day 2010 Winter Classic doubleheader – hosted by the Flames (likely against the Leafs) at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium as ESPN The Magazine reported last Thursday.

Both Kelly and Halpern felt the league’s outdoor plan, which was discussed in both smaller and full group discussions at the NHLPA meetings last weekend in Las Vegas, was favored by an enthusiastic majority of the players. “I don’t think there’d be an issue with it from the players’ side,” said Halpern, who’ll participate in the competition committee meeting on Thursday morning in Montreal. “There was a lot of positive feedback. I think it’s a good idea.”


Continue Reading »

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What A Year For Hockey Bloggers

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

There are still rough patches, battles fought for respect and unfortunate generalizations made. (Lord knows I’m as guilty as anyone of that last one. Note to Self: Not every newspaper writer is stone-faced in the press box. Just more than a few of them.) But the gap has closed dramatically, to the point where blogs are influencing not only traditional media but the very leagues they cover.

Coming up, 10 stories, trends and scandals* from the last season that captured this moment in one way or another.

10. The Jaromir Jagr(notes) Rumor War

“JAGR CLOSE TO SIGNING WITH EDMONTON OILERS: SOURCE” was the blaring headline from Edmonton Journal blogger David Staples, as his Cult of Hockey site went out on a limb and reported that Jaromir Jagr was to leave the KHL for the NHL back on Feb. 10. This info came from “Euro-hockey expert Peter Adler.”

read on

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BOG Update

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Ownership updates were the theme of the day at the Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday.

Commissioner Gary Bettman updated the board on a number of franchise situations during a session of five-plus hours. Another briefing came from Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillette, who is in discussions to sell the team to three members of the Molson family. Bettman said the talks are in the preliminary stages, but said he was excited to see a well-known family involved with the sale.

continue for more topics discussed…

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Taking Notice Of The NHL Draft

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

(Bob) McKenzie remembers when the NHL draft went glam. “That had to be 1984 when Mario (Lemieux) was the first choice and wouldn’t put on the Penguins jersey in front of the cameras,” says TSN’s veteran draftnik. “That was high drama. Then Montreal spirited Peter Svoboda out from under the stands in the Canadiens’ jersey, and the Habs fans at the Forum just went crazy. It really hasn’t been the same since.”

Okay, it wasn’t the “J-E-T-S” groupies losing their minds at the NFL draft, but for the sleepy NHL draft the 1984 Lemieux soap opera was a revelation.


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A Little Miscalculation

from Anna Mehler Paperny and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL has been underfunding its players’ pension plans by millions of dollars, shortchanging widows over a number of decades, an Ontario Superior Court judge has found.

The decision means the league will have to top up its pension fund by as much as $30-million and may have to make retroactive payments to the widows of deceased players.

The suit, brought forward last year by the NHL Players’ Association, charged that errors in the calculation of pensions for players who died before 1986 meant their widows received as little as 10 per cent of the funds entitled to them.


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NHL Shakeup

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

John Shannon, the NHL’s senior vice-president of broadcasting and one of its most respected executives, is parting ways with the NHL at the end of the month.

The departure, which Shannon said was by mutual agreement, is not connected to the firing of 20 employees from the NHL’s head office, which became known yesterday.

“I saw that I didn’t fit into what they were trying to do and they agreed,” Shannon said. He added that he has no immediate plans except to “enjoy the summer.”

On a side note, I talked to John about this during the SCF amid rumors that he was fired two months ago.  John was aware of the Twitter rumor of his firing and mentioned to me he was leaving by mutual agreement and was not fired.

Knowing Mr. Shannon a bit, I say he still keeps his hands on the pulse of hockey broadcasting and wish him well.

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