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Sharks Test

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rusanowsky at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Okay, folks, the test has started, and it isn’t an open book test. It’s a Stanley Cup playoff test, it’s happening in the very first round, and it may be the best thing for a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup.

So, you thought that the Sharks would waltz to a four-game sweep or a relatively easy five-game knockoff, as was the case with the Nashville Predators in the past two years? Sorry, folks, that isn’t going to happen this time. The first supreme test for the Sharks this year is happening, right here and now, in the presence of the hard-working, hard-hitting Flames.

continued

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The Excitement Factor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Pyette at Best of Seven,

As the first-round NHL series reach their mid-point, let’s rank which ones are holding our attention and which ones are so boring, there’s no sense even turning on the TV.

Here’s the ranking system: Extremely intriguing (four stars); Has potential (three stars); Not living up to the hype (two stars) and finally, Yawn . . . What else is on? (one star).

Rangers-Devils: Extremely intriguing.

continued

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RFAs May Hit The Jackpot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

That list includes Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire, Washington’s Mike Green, Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Montreal’s Andrei Kostitsyn, Ottawa’s Andrej Meszaros and Nashville’s Martin Erat, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.

While their respective clubs intend to re-sign them, the longer it takes, the greater the threat of an offer sheet becomes.

This gives those RFAs considerable leverage in contract negotiations. In the past, the only option they would’ve had to land a better deal was to stage a holdout, which rarely worked well for the player in terms of dollars and performance.

more

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Interpretation of Rule 75 - Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 14, 2008)—National Hockey League Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell today issued the following advisory on the interpretation of Rule 75 -

Unsportsmanlike Conduct:  “An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty (Rule 75) will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender’s face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play.”

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Lowe Spending the Bucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Robin Brownlee at Metro,

Did Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe overpay when he inked Tom Gilbert to a six-year deal worth $24 million US Friday? Probably.

Did Lowe overpay when he signed Sheldon Souray to a five-year contract for $27 million? Definitely — by as much as $1 million a season over any other offer, according to my sources.

On both counts, the luxury of such a debate didn’t exist under the NHL’s old collective bargaining agreement — the Oilers couldn’t bid on free agents and couldn’t afford to keep their own players.  Under the new CBA, Lowe hasn’t hesitated to put his money where his mouth is in offering long-term contracts to players he deems cornerstones of the franchise.

continued…

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  Tags: kevin+lowe

Local Ratings Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TV by the Numbers,

The Flyers/Caps game fared better in the local markets, drawing a 3.8 in Philadelphia and 3.0 in Washington, DC, which is very good for a town not considered by many not to be a hockey town.  It looks like Ted is converting them slowly, though neither Philly or DC is like Detroit which had a 9.8 local rating for Saturday’s game.  Nashville had a 2.0 local rating for the game.

Steve at Eye on the Media has some national numbers if you missed it…

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Just Your Team or the NHL in General?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com:

One quick question for you- Are you following all the games during the playoffs or are you just concerned about the results of your team?

The reason I ask is when the NHL came back after the lockout year, it seemed to me the majority of fans were just interested in their team. The league and the other teams really were not of interest; it was all about the team.

Now that we are three years into the redefined NHL, I am beginning to see more and more fans not only following their team, but also the NHL in general. Am I right?

and more, including a sample from the panicky emails showing up this week

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  Tags: hockey+fans, playoffs

Today in Playoffs History—April 14

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Flashbacks To: 1928, 1931, 1942, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1960

April 14, 1928 •  In only their second season as an NHL franchise, the New York Rangers captured the 1928 Stanley Cup with a 2-1 triumph over the Montreal Maroons in the final game of the best-of-five title series.

The Rangers became only the second American team in history to win the Stanley Cup, joining the 1917 champion Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Flames Must Play Kiprusoff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,

First question I had for the coach after the game was who his starting goaltender would be Game 4.

“I thought you might ask to start a controversy,” was his opener.

“We’ll have to wait and see.”

Guess who is starting a controversy Mikey? You and only you.

If indeed there is a one in a million chance you’re actually thinking about starting Game 3 replacement Curtis Joseph instead of Miikka Kiprusoff I assure you you are the only one in North America who thinks it would be wise.
The correct answer would have been: Miikka.

Instead, you risk further infuriating one of the game’s premiere netminders who is the only reason the Flames have a shot at pulling off an upset over San Jose.

more

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Milbury Talks To Leonsis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted’s Take,

I reached out to Mike Milbury last night via NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Gary called me and we spoke. And then Mike called me and we spoke late last night.

Mike calmly explained that he meant no harm. He had a slip of the tongue when trying to start a commentary about our play. He meant to say the Washington Caps but instead he said the Washington Craps. He laughed and then stated we weren’t playing well at that time in the game and we were playing like the “Crapitals”. He was trying to be funny and trying to recover - on air - and he misspoke.

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  Tags: mike+milbury, ted+leonsis

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