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Ottawa Will Host 2012 NHL All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (September 15, 2010) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the selection of the Ottawa Senators and the city of Ottawa as hosts of the 2012 National Hockey League All-Star Celebration.  The League’s mid-season showcase will take place Jan. 28-29 at Scotiabank Place.

      The 2012 NHL All-Star Game will mark the first time Ottawa has hosted the NHL All-Star activities.  The city has been host to other major NHL events in the past, as the Senators hosted the Stanley Cup® Final in 2007, and the NHL Entry Draft in 2005 and 2008.

“The league is extremely pleased that Ottawa and Scotiabank Place will be home to the events of All-Star weekend 2012,” said Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner. “Ottawa and the Senators have distinguished themselves in hosting the Stanley Cup Final and two NHL entry drafts, and I have no doubt they will provide an outstanding welcome for our fans, guests, media and business partners.”

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Scotty Wazz Previews The Season

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Scotty Wazz of The Face-Off Hockey Show and The Strangest One of All Blog took time out of his busy schedule to take a look at the upcoming NHL season.

PH: We know the season has yet to begin but name the eight teams from each conference that will make the playoffs.
SW: Well, in no particular order and off the top of my head:

East: Washington, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Montreal, Boston, New Jersey
West: Detroit, Colorado, St. Louis, Nashville, Vancouver, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose

PH: Which team do you think will be the biggest surprise this season? Why?
SW: I don’t know if you want to call it a surprise, but I think that Tampa could be a team to look at. You see what they’ve improved on; it looks like they could be a solid team and may turn some heads. Sure, the moves they made will help them become that, but I don’t think there’s many teams out there that will jump out more than Tampa. The biggest question will be goaltending and if the tandem of Mike Smith and Dan Ellis can be a solid duo.

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Blogging Standards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

The Vancouver Canucks, who are hosting a six-team prospects tournament in this city on Lake Okanagan, say they will grant equal credentials to approved bloggers. But there will be a strict code of conduct that they must follow. Should bloggers - a contrarian, independent lot - breach those conditions, the Canucks say they will pull credentials and deny access. In short, bloggers will be held to the standards of MSM when it comes to libel, slander, seeking autographs etc.

That might be a problem as “blogger” has come to be synonymous for bending the rules on sourcing or taking liberties with research. Others complain that bloggers hiding behind anonymity don’t reveal their conflicts or connections to either management or players. Things that would never pass muster with an editor go viral on the internet.

Some feel that the threat of pulling credentials should suffice in keeping bloggers in line. Others, who note the lack of sourced material and accountability in many blogs, feel that more needs to be done. After all, if you sue a blogger for slander and win, what can you get? The person’s computer? The lack of risk and absence of assets as compensation makes pursuing a blogger moot. Hit-and-run has been the tactic of many blogs floating on the edge of respectability.

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Sharks Have All The Tools

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

In his place The Fish now call on Antero Nittymaki and, ta da, Antti Niemi, the man who put them out of the playoffs last season. The Sharks are now younger, cheaper and deeper in goal. Nabokov, on the other hand, was an absolute rock in the regular season.

We’ll see how this plays out.

But elsewhere it’s the usual suspects with the Sharks surrounded by the usual questions. Wilson might not be the most objective source on this subject but he believes his team made massive strides last season. And that’s of interest to the Canucks because the favourites in the West, in no particular order, are Vancouver, San Jose and Detroit.

“I’m excited for this franchise to get to this point and I think we’re now poised to be really successful,” he said.

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Penguins Roundtable Part IV:  The Outlook

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

We’ve looked at the defense, the forwards and the goalie.  For our final part of the Penguins Roundtable we’ll take a stab at the Penguins chances towards another Cup run.

Once again, the participants:
Rick Moldovanyi (RM) - The Pensblog
Brian Metzer (BM) - From The Point
Mike Colligan (MC) - The Hockey Writers
Sean Leahy (SL) - Yahoo! Puck Daddy
Jimmy Rixner (JR) - SB Nation Pittsburgh
Tony Ferrante (TF) - The Confluence at Kukla’s Korner

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All Alain Vigneault

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

WILLES: In the 40-year history of this franchise, I don’t think there’s ever been the level of expectation which surrounds this team. How does that change things for you?

VIGNEAULT: We’ve been talking about that and we embrace that. I’m as excited as anyone else. I believe in today’s NHL there are windows for teams to have success and I think we’re in that window. Since I’ve been here we’ve grown every year and we’ve improved our personnel. I think we’re ready. We need to take the next step. We all have the same aspirations. They want to win. I want to win. The city wants to win.

So where do you have to be better to take the next step?

Obviously our road record needs to be better and our defence needs to be better. We had a real good offensive season and a lot of guys had breakout years. That should give them confidence and now they have to be better. I have to be better. My coaches have to be better. Management has to be better. We all have to be better.

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Glen Metropolit Made The Correct Career Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

No matter the kaleidoscopic jersey, Metropolit is having a blast in Switzerland on his 16th professional team, having signed on for two years.

He’s earning probably half the face value of last season’s $1-million Canadiens salary, but consider: not a euro of his pay is going into escrow, two of his three children are enrolled without cost in a prestigious English-language international school, he and his wife, Michlyn, are driving new BMWs provided for free, parking them in the driveway of a comfortable rent-free condo, and he pays no taxes.

“What a decision I made, coming here. I’m glad I didn’t stick around in North America and wait,” Metropolit said. “It’s the best choice I’ve probably made in my life.

“It’s caught me by surprise, what guys are signing for over there,” he added, watching from afar as the NHL’s dwindling pool of free agents agrees to salary-cap-squeezed contracts.

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Becoming Successful On Long Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,

There’s a coach on Long Island who understands what it is to rebuild a franchise, who understands that losses are part of the process, even if they come by the score, and he sees the big picture when most everyone else is nearsighted.

Scott Gordon is entering his third year at the helm of the Islanders, a once-proud franchise that hasn’t been to playoffs in three years and hasn’t won a playoff series since 1993.

Now he sits in a place that a lot of coaches have, one that is on the cusp of turning a good young team into a successful team. When they take the ice for their first training camp session on Friday at Nassau Coliseum, the spotlight will be in a familiar place—far away from them—as most media outlets have pegged them to finish last in the Atlantic Division for a second straight year.

Instead, the pressure to succeed will be internal. Which is really nothing new for Gordon and his band of on-the-rise youngsters.

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A New Standard Set For Player Contracts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The record $3-million (U.S.) fine and the loss of first- and third-round draft picks levied against the New Jersey Devils as punishment for the first version of Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract is all about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman delivering a hard message to owners and general managers: We warned you about trying to circumvent the salary cap, and these are the consequences.

There was also no coincidence in the timing of the announcement. It came on the eve of Tuesday’s board of governors meeting in New York because, according to an NHL source who requested anonymity, Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly wanted to make sure every team representative realized the new standard for player contracts recently negotiated with the NHL Players’ Association must be followed.

That was the nearly unanimous opinion of a group of NHL governors, GMs and player agents – all of whom requested anonymity because they did not want to provoke the ire of Bettman, who decreed there would be no official comment from the league. An equal number of governors and GMs declined to make any comment at all.

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All Craig Leipold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Q With a team-record payroll of more than $57 million (a few million from the salary-cap ceiling), you could not have been happy with a 13th-place finish. What are your expectations this year?

A: I’m not happy. It’s been a very long offseason. We are committed to winning, and winning means playoffs—and a run in the playoffs. Last year was a bad year. We got off to a surprisingly bad start. We had a decent run in the middle. And then we had a bad ending. We need to have a little bit of luck this year in terms of injuries. If we have a normal injury kind of year, I would expect our team to be a strong playoff team, one that will have a run in the playoffs—whatever that means, however you define that. I know how I define it. All of us were not happy with how we ended last year and where we were in the standings last year. That’s just not acceptable. I’m not proud at all that we didn’t make the playoffs the last two years.

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