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Red Wings 101

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

While The Stanley Cup nestles neatly in Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings’ championship performance inspires a question for our Met Area teams: What can the Rangers, Devils and Islanders learn from the magnificent Motown sextet?

Several lessons are available, not necessarily in order of importance since every element factored into the championship. To wit:

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Everyone Is Happy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

From a top prospect to chronic underachiever to a man without a contract three years ago, Cleary too has found a home in Detroit and, in return, has given them nothing but dedicated play.

“Here I am at the pinnacle of hockey,” he said in disbelief.

As soon as he took the Stanley Cup from Drake, Cleary sought out his family in the stands and raised the Cup to them.

“Oh my gosh, it’s so surreal,” said Cleary’s wife Jelena, holding 22-month-old daughter Elle in her arms. “I’m just so happy for him.”

more on the Wings…

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Embrace These Times

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted’s Take,

The NHL had a great year. Can you name me one other media oriented company that can say they grew and grew fast across the board in terms of:

Ratings - both nationally and locally;

Season ticket renewals and season ticket sales;

Overall ticket sales;

Overall ticket pricing;

Merchandising sales;

Sponsorship sales;

And revenues?

The salary cap will move up again as the players share in more than half of the revenues so the players are happy.

For the most part, the product has improved.

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Those Detroit Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Adams of The Union (California),

He is the prototype of the Detroit Red Wing fan. Shane Peters is brash. At times, he is abrasive. He is in-your-face when the subject is Detroit hockey.

He walks into a road arena as the typical Wing fan ... as if he owns the place. As with most, Peters will root a bit louder in visiting arenas.

Although he hails today from Fullerton, he is a native of Warren, Michigan. On this night, he may act more like he is from Detroit’s inner-city. At games, he will search out his fellow Red Wing minions. It is as if they have an actual fraternity. They are, by far, the most obnoxious fans in the league.

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Osgood for the HHOF?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jason Kay at The Hockey News,

A few months ago – heck, even a few weeks ago – the notion seemed ludicrous: Chris Osgood for the Hall of Fame?

Some of you may even be shaking your heads and/or laughing right now.

But with the specs for his third Stanley Cup ring about to be sent to the jeweler, the question begs asking.

THN presents all the arguments.  Read ‘em and vote.

 

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  Tags: chris+osgood, hall+of+fame

Ken Holland Must Pillage The Free Agent Market.  Changes Are Needed.  Soon.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, shut up.  I’m just kidding.  I know as well as you do that we’ve got plenty to celebrate and discuss before we start providing Tick Tock, architect of a Dynasty, with unsolicited and ignored advice.

I know at least three, if not 19, of you are expecting a tremendous, detail-rich, juvenile yet poignant, recap of Game 6 and the entire playoff.  It’s coming, but not until tonite.  I’ve got two months of work to catch up on in one afternoon.  Sound familiar?

Oh hey.  Notice anything different about the banner up above? Thanks Dub.

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Fires Need To Be Put Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Here we are three years into the collective agreement that was going to save the NHL, make it a better, more viable business, and you can still see fires on the horizon. Some are manageable burns; some are close to raging out of control. All require attention.

Follow the smoke and you’ll see what we mean:

In Buffalo, the Sabres business practices are rattling their NHL partners who think the team is deliberately keeping the cost of its tickets low so it can qualify for league revenue sharing.

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You’re Playing With My Song

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post via Canada.com,

The woman who composed Canada’s unofficial national anthem the theme song that has opened every Hockey Night in Canada broadcast since 1968 is suing the CBC.

Dolores Claman alleges the public broadcaster has repeatedly used the distinctive theme song in broadcasts not covered under her licence agreement and has refused requests to negotiate additional fees, according to a statement of claim filed in an Ontario court this week.

“The conduct of the CBC is high-handed, reprehensible and oppressive,’’ says the lawsuit, which asks for damages totalling $2.5 million.

Ruth-Ellen Soles, spokeswoman for the CBC, confirmed the company received the statement of claim Thursday and is reviewing it, but wouldn’t comment further.

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addedd 10:24am, from Canada.com,

What has long been known as Canada’s “second national anthem,” CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada theme song, will no longer be used.

Thursday night’s Stanley Cup final game six was the last time “dunt- da-dunt- da-dunt,” was played, according to the song’s composer. CBC has announced the corporation is moving in a “new direction.”

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation advised the composer, Dolores Claman, that it is not prepared to enter into a new license agreement with respect to the use of the theme.

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Wesley Expected To Retire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WRAL,

The Carolina Hurricanes have a called a news conference for 1:30 p.m. today about the future of defenseman Glen Wesley.

Wesley is expected to announce he is retiring.

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added 1:56pm, from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley today announced his retirement from hockey. Wesley also announced that he will remain with the Hurricanes, working as the team’s Director of Defenseman Development.

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Pens Will Learn From Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Last night was surely about the Detroit Red Wings and their remarkable organization, now defiantly the class of the Original Six, usurping the unofficial title held for a quarter-century by the Montreal Canadiens after the NHL expanded in 1967.Winners by a 3-2 score last night, they’ve now won four Cups in 11 seasons.

But it was also about Crosby, Malone and the Penguins, very much so. They proved they were more than the ‘83 Oilers, for they weren’t swept, as many feared they would be after Games 1 and 2. They scraped and clawed their way into the final seconds of play last night as a Crosby shot bounced tantalizingly in the crease, but stayed out.

To understand how much players and coaches and every member of an organization pours into taking a serious run at the Cup, you need to sample the atmosphere and emotion of the loser’s dressing room.

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