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Corey Perry Experiences An Emotional Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The London Knights retired Perry’s sweater tonight.

With the Ducks in Detroit for a Friday night game, Perry was able to make the two hour trip to London for the ceremony.

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  Tags: corey+perry, london+knights

The First And Last Look At The Briere Shootout Goal From Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I didn’t bring this up last night or this morning because I felt it was a good goal, but I noticed quite a bit of chatter about it today.

Senior VP of Hockey Operations explains in detail why it was a goal and this may answer any questions you had about it or it may prevent any controversy in the future.

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  Tags: daniel+briere

Omark May Not Be Long For The Farm Team

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

As per Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal’s tweets this evening, it seems as though left winger Linus Omark may once again be disgruntled. Omark made some memorable comments to the media after being sent to the Oklahoma City Barons and blamed politics before the season began last season.

When the team chose to send Omark to Oklahoma this season after sitting the feisty shootout sensation in the pressbox, it was done quietly and no announcement was made until Omark had joined the Barons who were currently on their road trip.

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NHL Missing Out On A Marketing Opportunity?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Other NHL executives say while the topic was never formally discussed by owners, a conscious decision was made by the league and the teams not to capitalize on the problems of its corporate colleague.

Since the NHL has had its own lockout troubles in the past, and more could be ahead when the collective agreement expires in September of 2012, league executives say it wouldn’t be cricket to launch a marketing campaign trying to win over basketball fans. Besides, NHL teams like the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Kings and Washington Capitals are owned or partly owned by the same people who own NBA teams.

“We wouldn’t want them to do that to us and they didn’t do that to us when we were out a year [in 2004-05],” said Jim Devellano, the senior vice-president of the Detroit Red Wings.

However, with 14 NHL teams in the same city as an NBA team and 10 of them sharing an arena, some marketing experts think the hockey league is missing a great chance to attract new fans.


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The Future Of The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside discuss the future of the Phoenix Coyotes.

LeBrun says four cities are in the mix for relocation: Seattle, Quebec City, Las Vegas and Kansas City.

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Digging The Suck: A Few Friday Ditties

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hank’s got jokes.

Fox Detroit

“Maybe (I) should go home and do some You Tube highlight clips or something, try that tonight, see if that works for (Saturday),” Zetterberg joked.

Hard-hitting Dana Wakiji caught up with a few Wings and shared a few laughs.  Everyone having fun with the fact that the Detroit Red Wings are playing like absolute garbage.  Ha, ha.  Chortle.  Guffaw. Suck it.

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Ottawa Coach And Players On The Same Page

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from of Nicholas J. Cotsonika Yahoo Sports,

One of the first things MacLean did after landing the Sens job was call veteran center Jason Spezza. He asked him about the team. He made him feel important. He told him he was counting on him to set an example for the youngsters. Spezza is off to a strong start with 15 points, tied for fifth in the league in scoring.

As he set up the power play, MacLean asked veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar where he felt most comfortable. Right point or left? He asked him how he thought it should run. The Senators signed Gonchar to a three-year, $16.5 million contract last summer mainly to bolster their power play, and he struggled badly last season. He’s off to a decent start this season with nine assists.

MacLean also has leaned on captain Daniel Alfredsson, of course. When the Senators visited Detroit for their season opener Oct. 7, Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall talked to some Ottawa counterparts, fellow Swedes. He said they seemed “very happy.”

“What they talked about was, they weren’t used to a coach that listened to them in the way that (MacLean) does, just the way he does it, and they can talk about things,” Kronwall said. “They were very pleased so far.”


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  Tags: paul+maclean

Note To Blues and Dive Bloggers:  I Need A Solid

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I get it. And I understand.  I’m going to the two groups of people who would be the least likely to lend me a hand in times of need.  After all these years of animosity on my part, and outright hatred on yours; I’m looking for a handout.  I’m looking for some assistance and I can’t guarantee I’ll return the favor.

In fact, I’m sure I won’t.  But you have the opportunity to take the high road here and lend a hand with no expectation of payment in kind.

I need, and it’s hard for me to say this…I need to know how to blog about a team that, well, sucks.

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Top Goalie So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Very early in the season I picked Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars as the early MVP.  In time he was passed by Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the early year MVP race.  Lehtonen remained the top goalie in the young season.  I no longer think that is true. 

Lehtonen is playing very well.  He posts a .947 saves percentage and a 1.75 GAA to go with an 8-1 record.  He is a huge part of the reason the Dallas Stars leads the Pacific Division.  There is one other goaltender who has done even better.  He is Nikolai Khabibulin of the Edmonton Oilers.  Khabibulin is posting a .963 saves percentage and a 0.98 GAA.  He has not lost in regulation so far this season.  His performance is a big part of the reason Edmonton leads the Northwest Division.  Presumably both of these performances are unsustainable because they would be record setting if maintained all season and they come from players who do not have a track record of being the best goalies in the league.

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Rich Nash Made His Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Brady of SN590 The Fan,

Rick Nash made a big “life” decision two summers ago. Soon after the 2009 July free agency period began, Nash, after seven full seasons in Columbus (after being drafted #1 overall from the London Knights in 2002), and the Jackets first playoff appearance (a sweep at the hands of the eventual Western Conference champions, the Red Wings), signed a $62.4 million/8 year extension. Nash could have been a free agent the following summer when July 1, 2010 struck — the same day Ilya Kovalchuk hit free agency. You remember Kovalchuk, right? Once one of the most feared wingers in the game? Four straight 40-goal seasons, including two where he topped 50? Yeah, I liked that guy. I’m sure he’s doing great wherever he is.

But watching the Maple Leafs embarrass the Blue Jackets in front of hundreds of Jackets’ faithful at Nationwide Arena last night, I got to wondering about Rick Nash and his motivation. That, in part, was precepitated by Nash appearing on our “Brady And Lang In The Morning” show Wednesday morning before the game. He sounded not terribly thrilled with how the Jackets are playing, their results, how they’re being accountable to each other, and to management and who could blame him. Since that contract was extended and Nash pledged to be a Blue Jacket (a highly-paid one at that at $7.8 million/per year) until the end of the 2017-18 season, or until he’s 34. If he fulfills the contract, Nash will have played fifteen seasons in Columbus. Imagine it. Now stop shuddering. And this has NOTHING to do with the city or the fans. Just the opposite, in fact.

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  Tags: rick+nash

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