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Red Wings morning report: on the ‘push from below,’ the preseason, prospects and personalities

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After a very-early-morning practice at Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Red Wings will tangle with the Boston Bruins tonight at 7 PM, and the game will air on Fox Sports Detroit. Four of the Wings' six remaining be televised as well, with only Saturday's tilt against Boston (I will be attending that one as a fan) and the Friday, September 27 game against Toronto not airing on TV.

If you plan on watching tonight's game, you might want to know that a) the Boston Herald's Steve Conroy reports that Gregory Campbell may play for Boston but Patrice Bergeron will not, b) Teemu Pulkkinen's heading to New York instead for an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan as it sounds like his first five NHL games will involve spending time in the press box...

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24/7 Another Distraction The Leafs Don’t Need

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

The Leafs are the Leafs. They are the biggest brand in hockey and need not prove that to anyone. Dion Phaneuf could hate kids, puppies and old people but if he figures out how to move Zdeno Chara from in front of the net in a playoff game he’ll be the revered like a Leafs captain should be.

But the last thing the Leafs – finally, tentatively – turning the corner to competitive respectability needs is anything that distracts from the mission of rounding that corner at full speed.

Burke should never have agreed to participate in the first place. At the time he signed up his Leafs were terrible and on their way to missing the playoffs for the seventh straight season.

The 2013 game was cancelled due to the NHL lockout. This year’s version comes on the heels of the Leafs earning a playoff spot over the 48-game sprint that was last season.

It’s too late to pull the plug on the whole thing, but you don’t think Randy Carlyle would like to wish it all away?


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

People underestimate the role that a “good” agent performs in professional sports. I don’t think the general population understands and appreciates the intense pressure and scrutiny that athletes face on a daily basis. To provide proper support from a sociological/psychological stand point, to help the players accomplish their respective individual and team goals that’s what we do every day. It’s helping, assisting, it’s enabling an athlete to have the “will” to accomplish his/her goal. The general population thinks it is easy to wake up and be a professional athlete. They think, ‘I can do that. I can perform at those high levels under the scrutiny of everybody watching them on the internet, Facebook, Twitter, wherever it may be’. It’s not a challenge, but it’s what we do.

-NHL Player Agent Ian Pulver when asked "What has been the biggest challenge you have found with being a NHL Player Agent?" Five more questions for Pulver from Darren Heitner of Sports Agent Blog.

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Canucks Need Time To Adjust To New System

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Taking a team that isn’t close to grasping its new system and putting it in front of Roberto Luongo for his first preseason game sure makes for some awkward hockey. 

Actually, awkward is being a little too kind to the Vancouver Canucks for their 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

They spent the first 12 minutes bumbling around the ice like the Cleveland Browns front office on draft day. Then, they spent the rest of the game protecting a three-goal deficit....

But, really, the Canucks looked like they didn’t have a clue what they were doing under John Tortorella. Turns out, they don’t. Not yet anyway.

“We haven’t looked at a lot of changes,” Henrik Sedin said. “We looked at a little bit of the neutral zone and forecheck, and a little bit in our own end. But it’s a process.

“It’s going to take six games, and a lot of practice.”

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Henry Samueli And His “Nonprofit” Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Despite the lack of an NBA team and the revenues it would generate, Samueli said he stands behind the Ducks long term. He and his wife paid $75 million for the franchise; it was valued at $192 million by Forbes last November.

"We look at it from a different perspective, Susan and I," he said. "We're not depending on this business to support our family. I have a very successful business in Broadcom, and to us, this is our way of giving back to the community.

"Susan and I are very active in philanthropy, so we already give to lots of nonprofits. So the Ducks are just yet another nonprofit that we give to, I guess."

Samueli said it's too early to determine the financial impact of the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement because last season was shortened to 48 games by the league-imposed lockout. The Ducks became eligible for revenue sharing for the first time, but for only half of a full share.

"It's still more than what we got before. So anything helps," he said. "Clearly it's always a struggle in the Sun Belt markets to make a go of the business, but the new CBA definitely will help."


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Drop The Kid From Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The nickname no longer seems appropriate: Sid is not a Kid anymore.

He may look like a kid with those large eyes and that wide, familiar smile. He may be only 26 years old, young to some of us, but not necessarily by sporting standards.

But here’s the startling number when it comes to Sidney Crosby, who sometimes, just not often enough, has been the best player in all of hockey: This is Year 9 of his National Hockey League career. And somehow that seems in need of recount.

For all kinds of reasons, this still seems like the formative stages of his career. He still feels like a resource untapped. Like the best has yet to come for Crosby.

And maybe it will. Maybe this year as the NHL returns to a full 82-game season. Maybe this is the year of Sid The Adult.


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Video- SR. VP Of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy Talks Hybrid Icing And Goal Nets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Murphy joined NHL Live yesterday...


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Senators’ Bryan Murray Talks Senators Captaincy, Potential Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Da lil Guy

The Ottawa Senators' GM spoke with the Team 1200 Ottawa about the team's new (post-Alfredsson) leadership group, and in particular the 8th Captain in the modern history of the franchise, Jason Spezza.

Listen here

Murray revealed that he asked Spezza some important questions that he needed to get answers to before he was given the captaincy. No doubt this would include fishing for hints as to Spezza's long term commitment to the team, with the newly minted captain only under contract for the next two seasons. Of course, under the CBA, teams can only negotiate contract extensions with players in the final year of their current deal. Obviously it would be crushing for the Senators to lose another captain to free agency - particularly if Spezza decided he wanted to play in his native Toronto. 


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BizNasty to appeal suspension?

Blog: KK Hockey By Da lil Guy

According to Sarah McLellan of AzCentral sports, the Coyotes' Paul Bisonette's agent has said he will be appealing the 10 game automatic suspension he received after leaving the bench to fight the Kings' Jordan Nolan:



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Video- Watch As The New Scoreboard For The Avalanche Is Installed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A time lapse video showing the installation of the huge Pepsi Vision scoreboard at the Pepsi Center.

Enjoy while I have a Coke.


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