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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don’t get me wrong, the World Hockey Summit was an exhilarating experience. I appreciate USA Hockey inviting me to be a part of the proceedings. I learned a lot, and some things I’ll be able to put into practice immediately on multiple levels. The challenge remains, though, to reconcile the business case with the notion of “Let them play.”

As soon as the words “play” and “business” show up in the same sentence, things get a little more complex. It’s as true for the parent of that five-year old learning the game as it is for everyone all the way up to the NHL’s Board of Governors.

-Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated where you can read more.

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Talking Hockey Bloggers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Credentialed bloggers usually enjoy the same access as a newspaper or radio reporter on a game night: a seat in the press box, fresh popcorn and access to the teams’ dressing rooms for postgame interviews. They cover the game, pass information to their audience, and have done so for the last several years without many incidents of unprofessional behavior, despite approaching the coverage from a fan’s perspective.

Yet several prominent NHL franchises, including the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, have strict “no blogger” policies in their arenas. They don’t see them as working journalists, and they certainly don’t see a need for them to have access to cramped locker rooms after the game.

On Monday, these teams emphatically voiced those concerns during an annual preseason conference call between NHL executives and team media-relations directors. Their issue: If my team doesn’t credential bloggers in its home arena, why should bloggers haves access to my team’s locker room on the road?

In essence, these teams wish to see bloggers become a second-class citizenry in the press box: Given a ‘B-grade’ credential that allows them on press row and in the home-team dressing room, but prohibits them from interacting with players from the visiting team if that team has a policy against alt-media access.

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New Approach For The Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The signing of Raffi Torres this week underlines the little shift in approach general manager Mike Gillis has undergone in the brief time he’s held his position as GM of the Vancouver Canucks.

When before he would preserve lots of room under the cap in hopes of being able to lift a good player or players from another organization that was either well over the threshold or in eminent danger of going over, now he prefers to grab the assets first and manage the attendant issues that come with their salaries.

This is not to suggest they have any great cap issues staring them in the face, at least not ones they can’t easily handle, because they’re still in pretty comfortable shape.

And with this approach comes the distinct advantage of having the assets play for you and stack up the points needed to make the playoffs rather than loose games for lack of assets while waiting.

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Report:  Penguins Inform Guerin He Won’t Be Brought Back

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From TSN’s Darren Dreger Tweet:

The Penguins have informed Bill Guerin he won’t be brought back. Someone else will benefit from his experience.

 

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Alfredsson Can’t Last Forever

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Another Ottawa Senators season beckons, another year with Daniel Alfredsson as the front-line right-winger.

Just how long can that continue?

As the soon-to-be 38-year-old Senators captain made his case for National Hockey League players to continue their participation in the Olympics at the World Hockey Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, it served as a reminder of his impressive tenure with the team.

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Tickets for Two Penguins Pre-season Games On Sale Now

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From the Penguins:

Tickets for two Penguins pre-season games at CONSOL Energy Center are on sale now.

One of those games – Wednesday, Sept. 22 vs. the Detroit Red Wings – will be the first hockey game ever played in the new arena.  The other game going on sale will be the Tuesday, Sept. 28 matchup against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Both games start at 7 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1.800.745.3000. They also will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center.  The Penguins are planning a special youth promotion for their other home pre-season game – Saturday, Sept. 25 vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets at CONSOL Energy Center. Details on ticket availability for that game will be available shortly.  For more information on Penguins tickets or to join the season ticket waiting list, please call 412.642.PENS or 1.800.642.PENS.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins Dividend: A Franchise in the Mold of Berkshire Hathaway

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From Forbes.com’s Mike Colligan:

Marek Svatos, a promising young free agent winger who once scored 32 goals in the NHL, would relish the opportunity to suit up in the Penguins Black and Vegas Gold this season.  “Marek would certainly be able to provide offence for a team like Pittsburgh, and on paper it looks like a good fit,” his agent Richard Evans told me.  “But ultimately that is up to Ray [Shero].  Pittsburgh is a team that Marek would be very interested in joining.”

Sound familiar? As Shero kicks back in his chair, looks out on the shiny new CONSOL Energy Center, and channels his inner-Buffett, Penguins fans know the future of their team is in safe hands.

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The Pendulum Swings Again With Donald Fehr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Marek of CBC,

And once again, the pendulum has swung back from the middle ground of a Paul Kelly (whose philosophies nestled nicely between the “take-no-prisoners” attitude of Bob Goodenow to the “take-whatever-you-need” vibe of Ted Saskin) to more of a hardliner in Fehr.

It should come to nobody’s surprise that both Fehr and Goodenow have a relationship that stretches back many years and are both cut from the same “scrap over every issue” cloth.

The timing is interesting, on the heels of a major Players’ Association loss at the gavel of arbitrator Richard Bloch, who ruled Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils a circumvention of the salary cap and the further disclosure that the NHL is investing other deals of a similar variety.

Many within the PA feel this was the league flexing its muscles at a time when the players were without any sort of leadership to mount any substantial challenge.

Make no mistake, these are fights that Fehr craves and thrives on.

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What an Experience

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Over at the Rangers Tribune, I posted a guest blog on my greatest experience as a Blueshirts fan.

It is something that I have obviously never forgotten about and something that will always standout in my life as my greatest experience as both a Rangers’ fan and hockey fan.

So please click the link above and find out what I did!

 

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, rangers+tribune

Battling Defamation Suits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dominique La Haye at the Toronto Sun,

The legal saga involving Canadian NHL player Shane Doan and MP Denis Coderre will be back in Montreal Superior Court on Sept. 7.

The two men are each suing the other for defamation in relation to the events of Dec. 13, 2005 during a hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

During the game, Doan, a Coyotes forward, is alleged to have referred to four officials as “f—-ing Frenchmen.” That night, Doan was penalized after linesman Michel Cormier accused Doan of making racist comments towards him and his colleagues.

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