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Wings/Stars Morning Notes

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Turco’s Stars’ teammate, Steve Ott, is from Windsor, Ont. and naturally, grew up as a Red Wings’ fan. Ott, an agitator along the lines of Sean Avery, another ex-Detroiter, but it wasn’t him, or the Grind Liners that he followed. It was Steve Yzerman.

“Being so close to Detroit and especially in their heyday, when they won three Cups there and became a very successful team, I was a huge fan,” said Ott. “All my friends are still Detroit Red Wings fans to this day, so it’s quite the controversy. My buddies are cheering for us and them at the same time. They were just such a fun team to watch.”

more on the Wings and Stars…

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Immortalizing Chris Pronger

A note from Greg Wyshynski, the NHL Blog Editor at Yahoo! Sports:

The following should be fairly straightforward, but here’s the short form: I purchased the Chris Pronger page on Hockey-Reference.com and I’m offering one lucky fan the chance to write the message that appears on the page.

The current page reads: “Chris Pronger: A suspension waiting to happen” and Greg thinks hockey fans can do much better. 

Go to Yahoo! Sports to read more about it and submit your best effort at ‘honoring’ Pronger.

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  Tags: chris+pronger, hockey+fans

No HD For ECF Game 1

Just got off the phone with Versus and game 1 of the ECF will not be broadcast in HD.  They have a commitment to show the golf show from the TPC.

So the Pens/Flyers game will only be in SD, so set your DVRs properly if recording.

added 9:36pm, As a few KK readers pointed out, the Flyers have a schedule up Friday’s game that lists both Versus and MOJO HD.  That will help some folks out, others will not be so lucky.

When I spoke to Versus today, they told me no other channels would be broadcasting the game in HD in the US.

Update 2:18pm ET May 9th: Good news update… HD for the game!

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Can Toronto Reunite Burke and Nonis?

From Ed Willes at The Province,

As anyone who’s seen an Oliver Stone movie can tell you, it’s now clear that Wednesday’s TSN report was the first act in a sequence of events which will inevitably lead to Brian Burke and Dave Nonis reuniting in Toronto to run the Maple Leafs.

I mean, who would argue differently? The crack management team at Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment has long since targeted Burke as the man who would be king of their empire. Nonis, his close confederate and former first lieutenant with the Vancouver Canucks, has recently been made available amid an equally interesting set of circumstances.

Put it all together and the inescapable conclusion is Nonis has been approached to serve as a caretaker GM in Toronto while Burke completes the last year of his contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The two allies will then resume their working relationship in the Big Smoke in 2009-10 with Burke running the show and Nonis serving as his No. 2 and that will wrap up everything in a nice, neat package.

continued… and as Willes goes on to note, there’s some problems with this theory.

Update 3:44pm ET: Jim Kelly at Sports Illustrated doesn’t think the idea is as crazy as it seems.

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  Tags: brian+burke, dave+nonis, mlse

The Game Is Great Again

from Adam Thompson of the Wall Street Journal,

People are starting to watch again, and they should be. The game is as fast and fun as it’s been in years, and this year’s playoffs have made good use of its young stars. Names like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin continue to inch into crossover territory with each impossible deke, thread-the-needle pass and goal….

The NHL still has a laundry list of problems, from its placement on the still-obscure Versus to its continuing inability to penetrate much of the Sun Belt. Its outdoor game in Buffalo between the Penguins and Sabres lived up to the hype – but the burden remains for the league to prove that wasn’t a one-off success.

The league and union ought to swallow their pride, retreat from a few markets that have consistently failed to gain traction – the NHL remains an afterthought in Nashville and South Florida – and, for the love of all things decent, permanently table any talk of further expansion to hockey hinterlands like Kansas City and Las Vegas. A game already taking positive steps would look even better with a more concentrated talent pool free of talent-poor fourth-liners.

All that said, the present game looks great. With Mr. Cherry shouting this to Americans at the top of his lungs, maybe a few more will notice.

more

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Reflecting on the Dustin Penner Deal

From Robert Tychkowski at the Edmonton Sun,

Much ado, it turns out, about nothing.

“It’s just so typical of how people jump to conclusions,” Edmonton’s general manager said yesterday in a telephone interview from the World Championships.

Lowe took enormous heat at the time of the deal, and was forced to defend himself during every subsequent attack from Burke.

Now that the draft order is complete (except for 27, 28, 29 and 30, depending on how the final four play out), and the evidence is there in black and white, there has to be a sense of vindication. Unfortunately there’s no undoing the bad blood and the black mark the the feud left on Burke, Lowe and the NHL.

more…

Update 12:18pm ET: More on the adventures of Penner, Lowe, Burke & Co. from David Staples in the Edmonton Journal today.

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  Tags: brian+burke, dustin+penner, kevin+lowe, nhl+entry+draft

Drop the Puck, Already!

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Do I really need to know, and why should I even care, how many bags of peanuts will be sold, or who has the greatest team-orientated men’s room, complete with flashing goal light? Soon I expect an overhead view from the local news chopper chasing a car on the highway that is displaying the home team’s flag flapping from the window.

There will soon be pictures plastered on the web of five-year-old kids, with their faces painted, a feature of some guy who mowed the team logo into his lawn, even live broadcasts by a radio station giving away free tickets to anyone who can do the stupidest thing involving worms and raw eggs.

Drop the puck. I am ready for hockey and just hockey.

more…

(I dunno, Paul. Personally, I kinda like the idea of U.S. television stations so excited about the NHL playoffs that they’ve got choppers chasing down cars with team flags…!)

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  Tags: playoffs

Artists Love Hockey, Too

Until June, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is featuring at exhibit titled Arena: The Art of Hockey.  Part of the exhibit’s promotion was a regular street hockey game among artists.  More from The Coast.ca:

image“You don’t usually associate art with hockey, but it’s inherent in our identity as Canadians,” says SUNSCAD president Stefan Hancherow. “But the arts community is never seen as sports-oriented.”

“We have some really good artists and some really good players,” says design student Cody Petruk, who creates the group’s fun promotional posters.

“Anyone with any skill level can play,” says Logan. “We have students, faculty, friends…even a few Dal students. There are some regular female players, which is good, because it’s not male-dominated. Painters, sculptors…”

Note: the painting featured in this post is by Lisa Birke, titled “Great Canadian Hockey Quarry,” 2005. Many more images available online at the NS Gallery website.

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  Tags: culture, hockey+art, street+hockey

Stars Want A Quick Start

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

However, with no championship since 2002, the Red Wings are in a mood to push past the Stars, even if there isn’t the rivalry between the teams that exists, say, in the all-Pennsylvania Eastern Conference final.

The goal, for the Stars tonight, is to do what they did in the previous two rounds — sweep the first two games, on the road, and get the home team back on its heels.

“Every series is different,” said Stars’ captain Brendan Morrow. “Every team is different. We’re just going to try and play to our strengths, get pucks deep, try to finish some checks and see where the chips fall.”

read on

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Blackhawks Ticket Prices Shoot Up

From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune,

“I knew this day was coming—I think we all did,” said Eric Rabbers, a season ticket-holder in the 300 level of the United Center for three years who saw his tickets increase from $13.50 per game to $25. “We realized, especially in my section, the prices we were paying were pretty cheap.

“The problem I have is [accepting] an 85 percent increase for my tickets in one year. I think that’s out of line, especially seeing the team didn’t make the playoffs. I have a buddy who sits in the 100 level and his seats went up from $67.50 per to $115. I know the prices have been cheap for the past 10 years, but to try to make it up in one off-season is kind of ridiculous.”

more…

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  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans, tickets

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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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