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Most Valuable Owner

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

...but if I had a vote for most valuable owner, it would go to Mike Illitch of the Detroit Red Wings.

Year after year the product Illitch puts on the ice as every bit as good as the pizza he puts in the boxes of his first-love business: Little Caesars. His baseball team, the Detroit Tigers, are every bit as good (and well run) as his efforts to reignite development in downtown Detroit. He has his critics, but by and large, Illitch is an owner who understands that you can never go wrong by hiring good people and then giving them what they need to do great work.

His hockey operations are a case in point.

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O’Ree on Today’s NHL Hour

NEW YORK (January 17, 2008) – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of his NHL debut, Willie O’Ree will be a guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on XM Satellite Radio.

On January 18, 1958, playing for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens, O’Ree became the first black person to play in the NHL. O’Ree played 45 games with the Bruins from 1958-61. His professional career spanned 21 seasons, mostly in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Los Angeles Blades and the San Diego Gulls. For the past 10 years, O’Ree has served as the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and hockey ambassador for NHL Diversity and has introduced the game to thousands of future players of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.

NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

*At showtime, listen live at this link

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, nhl+radio, willie+o'ree

ASG Captains—Iginla and Lecavalier

NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2008)—Right wing Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames and center Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been named team captains for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio), the National Hockey League announced today.

Iginla, making his fourth career All-Star game appearance, will lead the Western Conference. Lecavalier, skating in his third All-Star Game, will represent the East. Each player, on-pace to record a career-high scoring total this season, was voted to the starting lineups in All-Star fan balloting.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, jarome+iginla, vincent+lecavalier

Interview with Matt Gannon

VERSUS will present to you on Sunday afternoon at 4PM, conveniently right after the Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, a critically acclaimed hockey documentary called “In the Crease”.  The independently produced hockey movie became the #1 sports DVD in both the US & Canada. 

The story follows a California teenage hockey team on their quest to win at the national championships. Featuring NHL Players such as Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez, “In the Crease” attempts to tell what co-director/producer Matt Gannon calls “the universal hockey story”.

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  Tags: in+the+crease, matt+gannon, movie

Who Wants A #1 Pick

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

After all, those arguers argue, what could be better for the Ducks GM than to see the look on arch-enemy/Oilers counterpart Kevin Lowe’s face as Burke strides to the podium in Montreal this summer and takes a top-five – or better – prospect out of Edmonton’s hands?

Funny thing is, Burke doesn’t feel that way. At all.

“That (No. 1) pick is in play,” Burke told The Hockey News Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t listen to any team that expressed interest in it.”

read on and much more NHL talk…

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Rutherford Calls Out Canes

from 850thebuzz,

If you’re in the market for a replica jersey, we highly suggest an Eric Staal #12. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk, because Carolina GM Jim Rutherford makes it sound like everyone else is fair game in trade speculation.

read on and listen too…

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

added 12:34pm, Well, that didn’t take long…. via TSN Breaking News,

Sources tell TSN the Hurricanes have traded Craig Adams to Chicago for future considerations..

added 12:39pm, TSN link now available…

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Trade Strategy

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

The activity has already heated up as the phone calls have started to come more furiously since the roster freeze at Christmas. I think it’s the mere fact there’s a deadline, that there’s a date you have to get things done by if you’re going to do something. Also, at the midway point in the season you have to assess your team because the GM meeting is coming up in February, about two weeks before the trade deadline.

With the All-Star Game approaching, you can bet the managers have already started thinking about where they are. By the time the GM meeting comes, things will really start to heat up. It’s certainly a time when things start to crystallize a whole lot more.

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  Tags: jay+feaster

Rob Ramage Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

Fan590 radio in Toronto just reporting it, more as it becomes available.

added 10:54am, from the CP via the Toronto Star,

NEWMARKET, Ont. — Former NHL player Rob Ramage has been sentenced to four years in prison for a fatal 2003 crash that killed a former Chicago Blackhawks player.

Keith Magnuson died on Dec. 15, 2003, when a rental car driven by Ramage slammed head-on into another vehicle just north of Toronto.

Update 3:33pm ET: From the CP via TSN, Ramage will be appealing the sentence.

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Where There Is Smoke…

Stealing and burning furniture, he said, did you hear it correctly?

One big mess regarding Chris Pronger on Jim Rome.  Greg at the NHL Fanhouse breaks it all down….

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IIHF Agreement Regarding Juniors

from TSN,

The NHL and representatives of the IIHF have agreed to additional restrictions when it comes to young European players coming over to play in the NHL.

Following the five hour meeting with representatives of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden, both sides agreed that a player who is still under contract with an IIHF team and has not reached his 20th birthday must be first offered back to his team in Europe. The new proposal sees the age limit increased by two years.

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