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Watching The Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

For the season, Sharks ratings are up more than 25 percent, and they’ve doubled among adults 25 to 54 years old — in other words, disaffected 49ers/Raiders/Giants/A’s/Warriors fans. I’d give the team some credit here for actively seizing the moment…

more and some Nabokov talk too…

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All Olli Jokinen

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Q: Do you feel you were under appreciated while with the Panthers?

A: “Yeah, but it is part of the business. They had to do everything possible to sell their season tickets. I was there to take the blame. I have no regrets.

“I knew after the year I was gone, but probably the most disappointing thing was I didn’t really get a clear answer. I just heard everything, what was going on, behind the scenes. But I knew I was gone. I just didn’t know where….

Q: Have you been able to get past the incident involving your skate and Richard Zednik’s skate?

A: “I’m just happy to see him playing again. It’s behind now. It’s past. …I still wish all the best for the Panthers. I had a good seven years over there. …I heard finally they have a good coach there, too, so that’s good.”

more

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Flyers Trade For Matt Carle

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

While the Flyers continue to wait for news from free agent winger Brendan Shanahan, they made a more critical move to strengthen their ailing defense, sending Steve Downie and Steve Eminger to Tampa Bay for 24-year-old defenseman Matt Carle.

continued

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Some KHL Teams Have Trouble Meeting Payroll

from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert, filed this report:

“In their inimitable way, the KHL has fallen down face-first with its salary payments ... especially those clubs that are in any shape or form connected to sponsorships by metal-producing companies and such have been hit hard .

continued

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Major Impact Players Over The Recent Past

from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

As a hockey fan, how odd is it to watch New Jersey and not see Devils goalie Martin Brodeur? How weird is it to see the Rangers without Jaromir Jagr?

Brodeur is out at least three months with an elbow injury. Jagr has taken his game to Russia.

They rank as two of the most significant NHL players over the past 10 or so years. This is our list of the most significant players of the past 10 years. They’re not necessarily the best players but those who have had a major impact….

8. Alexei Yashin: Again, one for the ‘‘infamous’’ file. In 2001 the Islanders signed the talented Russian center to a 10-year, $87.5-million contract that still is considered the worst in NHL history. Yashin averaged only 24 goals and 34 assists over the next five seasons before the Islanders bought out his contract and Yashin fled back to Russia. Yashin’s contract still serves as a scary reminder for NHL teams to ponder before signing players to long-term deals.

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Waiting For Their First Goal

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Some players that are of interest to fantasy owners have yet to light the lamp a month into the season.  Here’s a breakdown of the more notable goalless NHL forwards.

Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago (0-7-7, minus-1, 36 shots in 12 GP)
He still leads Blackhawks forwards in ice time and he’s getting more shots per game than he did as a rookie last season, so Toews will break through soon enough.

continued

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Sharks Make Roster Moves

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned LW Jamie McGinn to the Worcester Sharks and recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss (GRYCE) and forward Brad Staubitz.

Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Greiss has a 4-5-0 record with Worcester this season, posting a 3.22 goals-against average and an .860 save percentage.

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Emrick Goes To The HHOF

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

On the eve of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Emrick reflected on his career that began with announcing parts of games at Bowling Green University, where he got his doctorate in radio-television-film. Hence, the nickname. He had been teaching near Pittsburgh and was looking to get his doctorate.

“I was considering going to Michigan or Bowling Green for my doctorate and Bowling Green University had the local NPR station with All Things Considered and their usual shows,” Emrick said. “They had a staff member who broadcast the first and third periods and they felt a student should do the second period.

“That’s what Bowling Green offered me that Michigan could not. That made it pretty easy to make up my mind.”

read on

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Franzen Expected Back On Tuesday

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coach Mike Babcock said he expects forward Johan Franzen to return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. Franzen has been out since Oct. 25 with a sprained left MCL. If he returns Tuesday, he will have missed only five games, half of what he missed with a similar injury last year around this time.

more

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Hockey à la Twitter

Since KK’s Twitter started following Michael DiLorenzo’s—DiLorenzo also happens to be the NHL’s Director of Corporate Communications—we’ve been enjoying his updates.  Today, his stream of tweets has provided some October stats to chew on:

  • 21 October games were decided in a shootout, up 91% from the 11 shootout games in October, 2007.
  • The number of OT games during Oct almost doubled from a year ago. Of the 149 games, 27% required OT or shootout to determine a winner
  • The 588 even-strength goals represented a six-percent increase from the 555 in October, 2007.
  • The 149 NHL games in October averaged 5.9 goals per game, up three percent from the 5.7 of October, 2007.

He also answers the question: “What is the most searched term at the NHL’s online shop?” And the surprising answer: “Don Cherry.”

DiLorenzo also maintains the blog, From the Blue Seats

 

 

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