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Leafs Raise Ticket Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

An across the board hike of roughly 5% has been approved by the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. after a two-year freeze coming out of the lockout. Prices for 2007-08 will range from $37 to $182 for season-ticket holders, slightly more for the few thousand seats that are on public sale.
“We’ve spent a good deal more off the ice since last year,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of MLSEL. “We have expanded our coaching staff, there are travel costs and it has become more expensive for everything from player insurance to turning the lights on at the ACC for a game. We also have to pay 900 employees every game night.”

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Rangers Playing With Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason at the Buffalo News,

The Sabres are a long way from being the cream of the crop after four games against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ottawa had a 3-1 series lead over New Jersey. Anaheim was dominat-
ing Vancouver. You could argue Buffalo isn’t even the best team in the state now that it’s tied with New York.
Fans are pulling their hair out wondering what’s wrong with the lovable and supposedly unbeatable Swords, the so-called darlings of the new NHL. Granted, Buffalo didn’t play well in Madison Square Garden, but folks around here have been slow to recognize there’s another team on the ice in the Rangers.

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Buffalo Will Not Win Another Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven,

Before the series started, I picked the Rangers to beat Buffalo in five. Now it will have to be six games.
The Sabres have been blunted; not to mention outskated, outhustled and outcoached.
Plus, Ryan Miller hasn’t been as good as Henny Lundqvist either.
I expect the Blueshirts to win tonight in Chicken Wings Village on Lake Erie and then gift-wrap the series on Sunday at the Garden.

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The Better Team Won

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

This being professional sport, the best team doesn’t necessarily always win, but this time, it surely did. Vancouver had no answer for Pronger, for Ryan Getzlaf, for Corey Perry. The Canucks didn’t have an answer for Travis Moen. And when the best player on the ice from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, was Sami Pahlsson and the three runners-up all played for your team, well, that’s not exactly a recipe for success.
That it stayed as close as it did for as long as it did had everything to do with Luongo’s will. That bend-but-don’t break philosophy served the Canucks so well after Christmas, when they went on their second-half run to put away all the Northwest Division challengers and made them a legitimate Stanley Cup dark horse.

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Woops: Guerin Doubtful For Game 5

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via the AP,

Forward Bill Guerin is unlikely to play in the San Jose Sharks’ next playoff game against Detroit after a teammate’s deflected shot seriously cut his face in Game 4.

The Sharks said Thursday that Guerin is doubtful for Game 5 in the best-of-seven series Saturday in Detroit.

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Not sure if that’s good or bad news for the Wings.  Guerin’s done exactly nothing this series.

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The New Defensive Formula

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

But alas, it was just a passing whim. By Game 2, with very few exceptions, playoff hockey reverted to what it has traditionally been — a battle of defenses. So far this postseason, the favorite score is 2-1. We’ve seen that 11 times going into Thursday’s action.
But even though the games are still being decided by defense, there is a change. This is not always your grandfather’s defensive formula. Or even your father’s defensive formula. For that matter, it’s not even your older brother’s defensive formula.

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Ray Ratto:  Strategy?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via the San Francisco Chronicle,

Schneider’s goal, which came during a delay-of-game penalty to San Jose’s Craig Rivet, came after the defenseman made a brilliant reactive stop of Scott Hannan’s clearing attempt. He gloved the drive, laid it onto the blade of his stick and whistled a shot back at goal which hit the Sharks’ diving Patrick Rissmiller and changed direction enough to beat Nabokov, almost lost in a crowd in front of him, and hit the roof of the net.

The result was chilling, but the overall pattern is more long-term disturbing for the Sharks. As much as they believe in Nabokov, the defensive pairings and their neutral-ice trap when ahead, it might be time for the Sharks to loosen their defensive requirements at least enough to allow for some offense. After all, the rope-a-dope is a strategy that, when employed by anyone other than Muhammad Ali, often leaves you as the dope.

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Up and Coming Newfoundlander

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Been meaning to point you guys to this site for a while.  Danny Green’s a high school journalist in Newfoundland.  He’s started his own blog called Danny Green On Hockey.  I’ve added him to the blog roll on the port side. Give him a visit when you can.  Good site.

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Washington Capitals Go International

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom the Washington Capitals today,

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will send four reporters to Moscow to offer hockey fans unprecedented coverage of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. The Capitals have partnered with Clearspring Technologies to deliver audio, video and written content to WashingtonCaps.com, Caps fans and local, national and international media outlets.
“I am proud that we are able to bring coverage of this prestigious tournament to our fans on WashingtonCaps.com and others around the world,” Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis said.

You can follow their IIHF coverage here on the Caps’ website

 

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Waddell & Hartley Returning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The expectations of ownership were met. That’s why Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson said that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and coach Bob Hartley will be back next season.
“They are the coach and GM today,” Levenson said by phone on Thursday afternoon. “Don and Bob took us to within one games of the playoffs our first season and the second season they made the playoffs. That’s in line with the expectations that we’ve expressed to them. I’d expect them to continue to improve on that.”

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