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The Difference Is…

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From A2Y,

Sports blogging seems to carry with it a sense of courtesy that doesn’t exist in the mainstream media. If a story, or thought, originates somewhere; that writer is referenced. It’s natural and it happens every day at every blog. Mainstreamers? Not so much. Why? Credibility, cash and competition. Thousands of writers for papers, tv and radio all battling for the same leads, the same stories and, most importantly, the same type of name recognition that comes from that one story that can take them to the next level, or bring their employer the all-important advertising buck. For instance, if I were to post this and attribute it to Spector’s, you’d most likely give it some serious consideration. Two more sources confirmed that the Red Wings are seriously considering Hasek as their number 1, but one source believes the team may be doing so “out of frustration.” That source went on to say, “If Anson Carter does land in Toronto in the next day or so, the Wings will not be able to pick up the top 6 forward they need to feel comfortable moving a top 6 guy for Biron or Giguere.” But when I tell you that it actually came from the child-like imagination of Dwayne Klessel (aka Eklund), your natural—and correct—reaction is to laugh it off.
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What Would You Do

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Steve has been supplying OLN information for quite some time on different hockey forums. He has recently started posting at KKF and that is much appreciated. Yesterday he asked...

Go ahead, tell me what you’d do if you were in charge. And your response can not involve ESPN. Here’s what I’d do: -Keep Clement in the studio, but try new analysts. Ralph Stangis and Darren Pang might be worth trying out. -Keep Doc Emrick, but let him do the games Vin Scully style. No color man. An analyst not named JD is useless next to him. You can keep a reporter though. -If I must name a new lead color guy, use reporter Billy Jaffe. He has a great enthusiasm for the game that I enjoyed the one time they used him doing color. -Get more Pierre McGuire. I don’t care what anyone says, he’s exciting. -Fire Beninati and Jackson. Keep Kenny Albert, let Sam Rosen do a few games, but hire Ralph Strangis, Jim Hughsson and Chris Cuthbert to round out my play-by-play teams. Kenny will call the Conf. Final that Doc and Jaffe don’t. -Get better color men. Again, Pang, Strangis, McGuire, Remenda. -EVERY game in HD. Happy Paul? -Mic the players, but if you have to bleep them do so. Give the whole “Viewer Discretion Advised” warning before hand. -Have a “Satellite Hotstove Show” in between periods. -At 1:00 AM every night, do an “NHL2Nite” style show. -Make the scoreboard smaller.
Without a doubt, every game should be in HD Steve and I like the recap show at 1am (that's what dvr's are for). Let Steve know how you feel about this topic. As many KK members and guests know, what you ask for just may happen!

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A New Type Of Cap

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Now, the cruddy news: In a pro sports marketplace increasingly driven by athletes’ ability to self-promote, the NHL strolls the sidelines like a wallflower, still too modest and stubborn to amplify its aura. And it continues to pay the price for a long-held reticence towards marketing its individual players.... Simply put, this league still needs a personality enema in the worst way. Too many players and managers remain unconvinced of the desperate need for them to open up and sell the merits, inherent and recently added, of a sport that still pays some considerable bills. For the majority, talking in truisms still somehow represents a lifeboat in a swirling sea of reporter sharks.
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Pronger Won’t Leave The Ducks

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from the LA Times,

Chris Pronger is about to move. Again. The towering defenseman with the booming slap shot is getting out of a city. Again. "It'll be a little different," he says with an easy cool as he awaits lunch at an Anaheim restaurant. "At the end of the day, it's still hockey. You still got to go out there and perform. "Just because you're down in Southern California with a beach right there and you have the opportunity to lay on it, you still got to put the work and the time in to prepare."
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Lookout!

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from the Web Guy at AtlantaThrasers.com,

Thursday morning I had the chance of a lifetime. The Thrashers were hosting their mite and Squirt hockey school in Duluth and I was asked if I was interested in suiting up as a goalie and taking some shots from the kids. Never one to turn down a good story idea I jumped at the chance to strap on the pads, despite the fact that I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. Did I mention that I’d never played hockey, let alone as a goalie?... A few reckless and unorthodox pad saves later I pointed out to Darren Eliot that I was having some rebound control issues. He just laughed and said, “You have to stop the first shot to give up a rebound, so consider it progress.”
read on image Can you figure out which one is the Web Guy?

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Ducks Accept Arbitration On Vishnevski

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from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club accepted the arbitration award for defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski (one-year contract). Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Got to love the "no financial terms" were disclosed.

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Naming Rights

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from Canada.com.,

Mark Messier and Troy Murray have won Stanley Cups and a host of player awards in their hockey careers. But both retired NHL stars will soon lose a namesake ice rink from their resumes. The City of St. Albert, Alta., near Edmonton, is selling the naming rights to the Mark Messier and Troy Murray Arenas. In 1992, the city named the facilities to honour the players who once lived in St. Albert and played for the now defunct St. Albert Saints junior hockey team. "It just seems like if you name something, should you take it away? I know it's a money thing," said Murray's mother, Betty, who still lives in St. Albert.
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Orr Knows Hockey

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from the Winnepeg Sun via Slam,

Former NHL great Bobby Orr is in Winnipeg this weekend to preach that message to budding players in order to change the face of the game in years to come.... "I think (parents) get caught up in winning," Orr said, "They think there is more at stake in a peewee hockey game. There are cases when they read about these lucrative deals. They think by pushing their son it will get him there. If anything, it will turn him off the game. It's ridiculous what goes on in some places."
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Hard To Figure Out

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from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Friday afternoon, Andrew Murstein had lunch with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Neither knew that within hours, Sam Fingold's bid would be accepted by the Penguins and he would sign a letter of intent to buy the club. "[Bettman] told me point blank he would like the team to stay in Pittsburgh," Murstein said yesterday. That makes Murstein, president of Medallion Corp. in New York and one of four active bidders until Fingold got the nod, wonder why his group wasn't given more consideration. Murstein repeatedly insisted he was committed to keeping the Penguins here. "We asked for the number we had to be at [to get a letter of intent]," Murstein said. "They gave us a number. We met that. And we still didn't get the team."
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