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ASG Voting is Tightening in the Eastern Conference

New York (December 16, 2008) – Sidney Crosby has won a Hart Trophy and an Art Ross Trophy. He has won a Winter Classic with a shootout goal and captained his team to a Stanley Cup Final. Now, he is threatening to break Jaromir Jagr’s all-time record for the most votes received in one year of NHL All-Star fan balloting.

        As of 7 a.m. today, Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin were running 1-2 among Eastern Conference forwards in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game Jan. 25 in Montreal. With a little more than two weeks remaining until voting ends Jan. 2, Crosby had received a League-high 793,995 votes – with Malkin in hot pursuit with 715,663.

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No Time For Anything But Hockey

My NHL.com submission for this week…

There are gifts to buy, errands to run and I should get outside just for the sake of getting outside, but ... I will do it tomorrow.

I have fallen into the hockey trap and I can’t get out of it. I eat, breathe and think hockey 24/7.  Morning noon and night, it is just hockey, hockey and more hockey.

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Jersey Rights

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netter,

As anyone who has read EN for any length of time will tell you, hockey jerseys are something we are extremely passionate about. From our endless resistance to Reebok’s reign of terror to just general faux pas by the general public, we take the business of wearing a jersey very seriously. Perhaps too seriously.

So with that in mind, we’ve decided to let you in on our little system of values when it comes to hockey jerseys. We call violations of this system “jersey fouls.” A few of you have asked what exactly a jersey foul is while many of you have asked for clarifications to this system. Hopefully today’s post will answer all these questions.

With no further ado, here is the Jersey Foul Bill of Rights:

1.) Getting Personal

Easily the most common of jersey fouls, a personalized jersey is a blight on humanity. No one cares who you are.

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The Healthy Scratch

from Sean Pronger at the Hockey News,

I’m sure most of you have seen the headlines about Jason Blake, Dustin Penner and Brendan Morrison (to name a few) who have been healthy scratches in the past couple of months. I know it’s especially hard on these guys because at this point in their careers they figure this part of the game is behind them.

Not so, my friend. I can tell you from experience - lots of it - that getting scratched sucks. And not just the mental effects it has on a player, but the logistics of it.

Being a healthy scratch for a home game is a little easier because you can usually find a place to hide. You prefer not to see anyone, you don’t want anyone seeing you and you certainly don’t want to have to answer the question, “Why aren’t you playing tonight?”

This is about the time I fake a limp and tell them, “Tweaked my knee in the last game,” and they’re thinking to themselves, “How do you tweak your knee on the bench?” Oh, it can happen….

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Freeze Ticket Prices

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gary Bettman and the NHL should announce an immediate, across-the-board, 30-team price freeze on tickets for this year’s playoffs and for 2009-10 season-subscription packages and single-game purchases.

By doing so, the NHL not only would reap incalculable positive publicity as the first pro sports league to ever initiate such a program, it would create enormous and real good will among its consumers who are the lifeblood of the sport.

Beyond that, announcing a price freeze will be good for a business that relies disproportionately on ticket revenue. A price freeze will stimulate ticket sales. Ticket sales stimulate additional ancillary game-day revenue. It always is better to maximize actual attendance than average ticket price.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Inside Hockey

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll

They’ll be joined by guests including me, Alanah McGinley (Kukla’s Korner/ Canucks & Beyond), Dave Pagnotta (The Fourth Period),  Tim Rosenthal (Inside Hockey.com), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jack Capuano (Bridgeport Sound Tigers Head Coach) and Conor McKenna (TEAM 990).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and on TEAM 990.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Rod Black and Bob McGill talk to Brett Leonhardt (the Caps surprise backup goalie last night), Doug Wilson, John Shannon and Phil Esposito.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Team 990 and others.

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Injuries Are Part Of The Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Every team endures them; that part never changes, new or old NHL. Some teams endure them better than others. Some even discover that they’re a blessing in disguise, because it obliges a team to test its depth and put young players into elevated roles. If they can handle the extra ice time and responsibility, it makes them stronger organizationally once the injured players drift back.

Put the Pittsburgh Penguins down as exhibit A for the second year in a row.

Last year, during Sidney Crosby’s 29-game absence, Evgeni Malkin put the team on his back offensively and emerged as a legitimate Art Ross Trophy candidate. This year, he and Crosby are running 1-2 in the NHL scoring race, a feat reminiscent of the Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr years in Pittsburgh – or for those with really long memories, the Wayne Gretzky/Mark Messier era in Edmonton.

Would Malkin be the player he is today if he hadn’t had a chance to develop and flourish during Crosby’s absence? Maybe not.

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Future Financial Adjustments Ahead

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

We can talk about the uncertainty of America’s economic future until the Dow Jones Industrial Average looks like a bowling score, but the Detroit Red Wings are still going to offer Henrik Zetterberg the moon and the stars over the next couple of months to preserve the team’s significance in the hockey universe.

Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik, Johan Franzen and Mike Komisarek will be paid like rock stars when they are the hot unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2009 and the Atlanta Thrashers will probably offer Ilya Kovalchuk a deal that will pay him more than $100,000 per game.

But after hearing a couple of economic experts discuss the state of America’s financial woes, it’s fair to say that NHL team officials might be thinking that they will have to adjust their business differently moving forward.

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All Geoff Courtnall

from Travis Paterson of the Victoria News,

Q: Who was the greatest NHLer you ever played with?

A: “I’ll give you my top four. “Gretzky, No. 1. Cam Neely, No. 2. Pavel Bure, No. 3 and Brett Hull.

Q: Who did you find was the toughest NHL player to play against?

A: “Toughest guy to play against was (Chris) Chelios.”

more from Courtnall who is coaching the Victoria Grizzlies

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Marian Hossa Has No Regrets

From TSN:

He turned down a multi-year offer from the Penguins and is reported to have rejected an $81 million, nine-year offer from the Edmonton Oilers for what he felt was his best chance to win a championship.

But then came the credit crunch, falling stock prices, rising unemployment and the very real chance that NHL clubs will have fewer dollars to throw around for the next batch of unrestricted free agents in July.

“I know the economy is not great now, but no regrets,” Hossa said Thursday on a conference call. “I came here to Detroit for one reason and that was to go all the way.

“We’ll see at the end of the year if it was the right step, but for now, it’s been a great experience - winning and playing for a great team. That’s what I was looking for.”

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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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