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Stanley Cup Only Goal For Red Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Ken Holland figured he had a fairly sound hockey club on his hands when training camp ended last fall.

But this good? No.

“We’re a little surprised,” the Detroit Red Wings general manager said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think anybody envisioned that we would be where are just past the halfway point.”

As much of the rest of the National Hockey League skims along in a big bunch, the Wings have forgotten about the idea that parity was supposed to be the way to go in the post-lockout NHL. The Wings head into Ottawa tonight with 70 points to face the Senators.

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Ovechkin Should Be Playing Elsewhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The fact is, the NHL would have been far better off had Ovechkin been allowed to bolt Washington as a restricted free agent this summer to join an NHL team in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or New York – cities where Ovechkin’s talents would have been better used to help raise the NHL’s profile.

“Flagship franchises are the key to any retailer – sports or otherwise. Apple Store and Nike World were created on 5th Avenue in New York,” said Tony Chapman, a Toronto sports marketer. “The NHL needs to populate their flagship franchises with their top players.”

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A Party Atmosphere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

“I can’t sit in the stands,” Leipold said. “I can’t because I’m a pathetic fan. There is a standard as an owner that I should be abiding by that I have a hard time doing. I’m not mad at our players or coaches. I just get mad at the other team, I get mad at the referees. So I sit up in my suite because I’ve got to have space because I am going all over the place.

“I can’t sit down in the chairs. There are too many people out there, and I’m going to hurt somebody.”

Leipold said that after games he loves going down to the locker room, shaking hands with the players and pow-wowing with the coaches.

“They can be screaming at players and I’m just in the corner drinking a beer,” Leipold said. “I’m not going to react to it. I never have. I’ve never called a coach or GM up and said, ‘You need to do this.’ I’m a fan, but I know my boundaries.”

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added 7:03am, from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Now, after fruitlessly trying to sell the game to people who don’t want it, Leipold takes control of a contending team in one of those rare American locales where hockey has deep cultural roots. He might even make an operating profit.

Happy, happy, happy.

And it smells to high heaven.

It is impossible to have followed the travails of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, as he attempted first to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins and then the Predators in the hopes of moving a franchise to Southern Ontario, and not to connect the dots to what happened this week.

read on

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  Tags: craig+leipold

Rebuilding The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

As fans stood for the national anthem before a game last weekend, clapping and cheering while the singer belted out the last words, they filled the United Center with noise, something that had been sorely missing during years of dismal Blackhawks games. It was excited, hopeful, vibrant, this-game-is-going-to-be-fun noise.

It rained down on a Blackhawks team perhaps too young to appreciate how remarkable this is, but most Chicago hockey fans over age 20 understand. The Blackhawks had been mired in misery for most of the last decade. Crowds had dwindled to 6,000 on some nights.

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Paul Kelly is an Optimist

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Spector at the National Post,

“I think someone can effectively represent the players of the NHL, and at the same time do it in a manner that is constructive, co-operative with the NHL, with the owners, and good for the game as a whole,” Kelly said in a one-on-one interview this week. “We should be able to solve complex problems without firing at each other; without not being able to be in the same room with each other; without the bitterness and emotion that existed the last time.

“Maybe I’m being naive,” he added. “But I will tell you, having spent a lot of years dealing with difficult legal issues - civil and criminal - and negotiating difficult legal problems with some of the finest lawyers in the world, I know it is possible to do this.”

more…

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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

Chicago Still Working On A Deal

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from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said Friday he’s still working on a trade but the timetable has been pushed back a few days. He still believes it will get done, just not until after the weekend.

Tallon said Thursday he’s looking for a veteran defenseman to help solidify the defense, help out younger players and still fit into the team’s plans for the future.

more on the Blackhawks…

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Fans Love AO

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

“We know him through really bad times. We’ve been through fire together,” Leonsis said. “I couldn’t think of a better face for our franchise.

“Our fans love Alexander Ovechkin. Our fans didn’t love Jaromir Jagr.”

Whether the fact that Ovechkin is a home-grown talent, or the fact he signed on for a 13-year tour of duty with the Caps of his own volition, makes any difference to a hockey market that has distinguished itself with its own indifference, is unknown.

The only thing that is for certain is that Leonsis won’t have to worry about second-guessing himself, even if it cost him $124 million for that satisfaction.

“You can talk to me after we win a Cup,” he said.

much more...

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, ted+leonsis

Is The End Near For JFJ?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

It appears John Ferguson will not serve out the final months of his contract as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In light of the Maple Leafs’ most recent losing streak, which culminated in a 5-2 loss Thursday night to the last-place team in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie said Friday morning that the board will be discussing Ferguson’s future very soon. His contract expires in June.

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  Tags: john+ferguson+jr.

A Shake-Up Perhaps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blue Notes at Newsday,

With all facets of the Rangers game falling apart, if GM Glen Sather or his right hand man Jim Schoenfeld has a trade on the table to be made, he should pull the trigger in the next few days.

Too bad Dominic Moore was grabbed by Toronto off waivers. His d-presence and fondness for New York would’ve been valuable.

With seven games (five at home) before the All-Star break, the Rangers desperately need to regroup and pull out of the slide.

read on for a suggestion that Lundqvist go back to Sweden during the ASG break.

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Continue Losing Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

..No, right now the best thing the Leafs can do is stay the course and continue to lose games with staggering regularity. If they keep it up, they’ll be in the draft lottery for the first time ever; and perhaps even in a position to select No. 1 for the first time since the Wendel Clark draft in 1985. That didn’t turn out so bad, did it Leaf Nation?

Forever and ever, no matter who is running the show, the temptation in the Maple Leaf front office is to go for the quick fix, which results in the mess you’ve seen lately. They end up with a team good enough to tease and flirt with success, without ever really having the talent to legitimately challenge for a championship.

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