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Respect An Issue Among The NHL Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The lack of respect is most apparent among certain “marginal players,” lesser skilled players who ride a bubble between staying barely afloat in the NHL and dropping back down to the minor leagues.

One player agent says it is understandable why some of those with less talent will do whatever it takes to play at the higher level.

“Players in the minors are making $50,000, $60,000,” he says. “If they can go up and staying up requires that they hurt guys, they’re going to do it.”

Why wouldn’t they? A marginal player on a two-way contract stands to increase his base pay by tenfold if he can escape the buses of the American Hockey League for the charter flights of the NHL.

If that player can come up and stick, it gets even better. The average salary for NHL players is more than $2-million (all currency U.S.) a year.


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Recognizing The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

In its eagerness to develop a following in Europe, the NHL overlooked an audience closer to home: its Western Conference.

West teams routinely jump time zones on winding trips and get stuck with less-experienced referees working their games. NHL executives often attend games in the East but rarely venture past the Hudson River. Players feel overlooked by fans, league officials and the media.

Former Kings defenseman Rob Blake, the NHL’s new hockey operations manager, can’t change all of that. But as the first hockey operations executive based outside league headquarters, he hopes to give a voice to players who toil beyond the Eastern power axis.

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“I lived that first-hand. Being a player out here in the West and playing my whole career here you do kind of feel that you’re forgotten,” said Blake, who retired last summer after a 19-season career that included parts of 14 seasons with the Kings, a Norris trophy and a Stanley Cup title with Colorado in 2001.


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Rangers Lose Interest In Souray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The New York Rangers have closed the book on veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray, sources say.

The Rangers were looking at the former Edmonton Oilers blue-liner likely as a re-entry waivers pickup. They sent scouts to closely watch him in action as a member of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Souray’s foot speed doesn’t fit with their current team model. He can still shoot, but the Rangers are concerned he can’t move very well, so they will look elsewhere for a power-play pointman.


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The Hockey Puck Celebrates 135 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Take a look at some famous pucks.

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Red Wings-Rangers live blog: More Pavel

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings face off shortly (7:30 PM EST, Versus/TSN2/WXYT) with Pavel Datsyuk back in tow and over 180 minutes of goal-less hockey to their names.  The Wings are tangling with a mostly healthy Rangers team that’s lost four straight and you might have to watch tonight’s game with the volume off as Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire are the slated announcers…And I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is MORE PAVEL.

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Green Has Concussion-Like Symptoms

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Mike Green will likely miss the Capitals’ game against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday at Verizon Center after he was struck by a puck near his right ear and temple area on Sunday against the Penguins. The defenseman, who was hit by a slap shot in the first period of Washington’s 3-0 win and required multiple rows of stitches to close a cut on the side of his head, cited wooziness and headaches—symptoms that are consistent with a concussion—when he talked to reporters after suffering the injury.

Green was held out of practice Monday for precautionary reasons, Coach Bruce Boudreau said, adding that Green would be re-evaluated on Tuesday.


If yo missed the shot Green took to the head yesterday, you can view it here.

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Extremely belated Red WIngs-Rangers game-day update: Datsyuk’s in

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Updated 3x at 5:27 PM: My sincerest apologies for the extremely belated nature of this update.  Pavel Datsyuk’s officially in against the New York Rangers tonight and Johan Franzen was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week.  More in a minit.  I’m also not buying Ted Kulfan’s suggestion that the Wings would go after Ty Conklin.

Actual update, part 1: Let’s start with multimedia, per the Wings’ website:

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Watching The NHL In The US

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,

At the halfway point of its season, the NHL’s local TV ratings in the United States are marked by the haves and the have-nots.

The biggest traditional U.S. hockey markets have seen strong growth and big audiences, but the sport still seems to be struggling on TV in the Sun Belt.


thanks to an Aaron Portzline tweet for the pointer…

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As Expected, Savard Done For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Marc Savard has been placed on long term injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 regular season and playoffs, should the Bruins qualify.

Savard sustained a concussion during the Bruins/Avalanche game on Saturday, January 22, his second concussion in 10 months (first occurred March 7, 2010 at Pittsburgh). Savard played his first game of the 2010-11 season on December 2 after missing the season’s first 23 games with post-concussion symptoms. In 25 games this year, Savard registered two goals and eight assists for 10 points.

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  Tags: marc+savard

The Bolts Beat 2.0 Launches Today, Live and in Living Color

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

At 4:00 today, we’re officially taking The Bolts Beat podcast in a different direction first by going live (which means yours truly has to learn to watch the ol’ mouth a little, without the safety net of show partner Mike Corcoran’s editing skills) and also by converting to video format.

That’s right, you’ll get to see these three ugly mugs once a week now, instead of just listening to our voices. As the public will surely deduce in short order, there’s a reason for that old “face made for radio” crack.

The new home for the show is at Tampa Live Sports, where you’ll be able to catch each episode as it airs and also sift through the archive. Naturally, I plan on embedding the show each week in a post here as well (assuming that endeavor doesn’t go as poorly as my ill-fated Twitter widgets and live chat attempts during All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, that is!)

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