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Two Words - Salary Cap

from Tim Sassone at Between The Circles,

Now the Hawks are rumored to be one of the teams interested in Ottawa center Jason Spezza, who is said to be on the block.

Spezza is a nice player, but he’s going to make $8 million a year through 2013. The question is, could the Hawks take on that salary with Brian Campbell set to make $7 million for the next seven years and Toews and Kane’s deals up in two years? They’re going to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $6.5 million a year each.

And the Hawks also have Duncan Keith to pay soon and he’s going to require at least $5 million, likely more.

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Attendance Woes In Atlanta

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Attending a Thrashers game at Philips Arena this season has been a lot like riding an airline was 20 years ago: The seat next to you might very well be empty.

Announced attendance for the first four home games averaged 13,943, down 1,342 per game from the first four games of last season. The Thrashers have announced two crowds of fewer than 12,000 people, the lowest attendance in more than four years. And the announced attendance, the number of tickets distributed, has been thousands higher than the number of people in the seats.

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell blames the schedule, the economy and a wait-and-see attitude among fans disappointed by last season and unsure what to expect from 2008-09.

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The Best Of Everything

Watch the best Goals, Hits, and Saves from last week.

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Blogging With Access

from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,

...This is a development you should welcome. Indeed, it is a world that is often confusing. After all, after knowing for a couple of decades that you only needed to pay attention to one or two dailies, a couple of radio stations and local television, you’re now faced with dealing with a multitude of voices. Yes, it means more work. But more work also means more opportunity—more opportunity for your players to talk to fans (in many cases your most passionate fans) and that means more opportunities to sell tickets, memorabilia, merchandise and pay-per-view packages.

In the end, it’s time to get busy listening to, but also talking with the sort of folks who promote your product without any expectation of realizing a financial return. And to quote one great American comedian, if you’re not careful, you might learn something before its done.

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Wings Dealing With Franzen Injury

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“Obviously, we were concerned,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com from Los Angeles on Monday. “We left him behind in Chicago on Saturday night. He flew back to Detroit on Sunday morning and had an MRI. It’s a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Right now, the doctor feels it’s 3-4 weeks. We’re going to wait 2-3 days, and if he feels pretty good in 2-3 days, then maybe we’re looking at less time than three weeks.

“If in 2-3 days he’s still pretty stiff, then we’re probably looking at 3-4 weeks and we might consider putting him on LTI so we can get another body up here. So, we’re going to sit tight here for the next couple of days and see how his knee responds.”

more plus how the Blue Jackets are handling their injuries…

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  Tags: johan+franzen

Staying Wired to the Hockey News

Some odds & ends Kukla’s Korner website business to mention:

  • Off the Wire is a new page on the KK site (you can access it from the navigation bar above) where we’ll generally be posting minor news and press releases that will be of interest to some fans, but maybe not the broader NHL audience. Those posts won’t show up on the front page or on the KK Hockey page.
  • About subscriptions: Don’t forget there are numerous ways to subscribe to KK.  To receive all the posts we put up each day this feed is the one to use; to select only specific blogs just take your pick!  (And of course, there’s always Twitter.)
  • Don’t forget our Hockey Links page—it can be very useful for finding everything from mainstream media outlets to great fan blogs.  If you spot any broken links or would like to suggest a site for the page, contact us anytime.

 

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  Tags: media

Don’t Be Fooled By Early Stats

from the CP,

Still, there are some players with bigger numbers than you might expect heading into the fourth week of the campaign and for poolies they can either represent waiver-wire gold or a wasted transaction.

Brandon Dubinsky (4 goals, 7 assists, all stats before Monday’s play), Filip Kuba (0-11), Mikko Koivu (1-9), Aaron Voros (5-4), Antti Miettinen (5-2), Ales Kotalik (4-3) and Bryan Little (4-3) all fit into that category and trying to decide if they’re legit can be tricky.

If you’re picking them up as an injury stop-gap or to milk a hot streak before moving on, there’s little risk involved. But if you’re looking at them as long-term solutions and plan to drop someone off to a slow start, than you had better be more careful.

read on

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Creative Ideas

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Can you imagine what kind of response guys such as Mike Gillis or Brian Lawton would have received last week if they had proposed what Bob Gainey did at the GM meetings in Chicago?

They would have been laughed out of the room and would have been vilified in the media for suggesting the league look at the possibility of penalizing players who leave their feet to block shots. But because the notion came from Gainey, one of the most levelheaded and respected executives in the NHL, the idea is gaining some traction.

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Hedican A Go Tonight

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

Neither Coach Randy Carlyle nor Bret Hedican has unrealistic expectations for Monday night, when the newly obtained veteran defenseman is set to make his Ducks debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Hedican, 38, signed a free-agent contract with the Ducks on Thursday, but has not been in an NHL game since he completed last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He hasn’t even had the benefit of a full practice session, taking part only in morning skates and pre-game warm-ups Friday and Saturday before games against the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.

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  Tags: bret+hedican

Someone Is Not Telling the Truth

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We watched with interest during “Hockey Night in Canada’s” weekly Hotstove segment Saturday—and not just because our pal Pierre LeBrun was in his usual seat on the panel.

Veteran hockey writer Al Strachan reported that sources told him that during the Lightning’s season-opening weekend in Europe, co-owner and former NHLer Barrie was in the dressing room diagramming power-play and penalty-killing strategies. Strachan suggested the Bolts were “imploding” and that “the league over/under” on Melrose was mid-November.

On Sunday, Lightning co-owner Oren Koules, who was in Europe for those two opening games (both losses) versus the New York Rangers, told ESPN.com that the report was “a blatant lie. It never happened.”

continued with more hockey notes…

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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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