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Andrew Raycroft and the Toronto Fishbowl

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lance Hornsby at the Toronto Sun,

His good upbringing manifests itself every day that Raycroft goes under the spotlight in Toronto. After nine years of name goaltenders Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour, the Leafs were grilled for giving up a first-round pick and three years at $6 million US for a relative 26-year-old pup, rated third on the Boston Bruins depth chart. But Raycroft might be the first Toronto stopper since Felix Potvin to actually be comfortable in this milieu. Unlike the sensitive Joseph or the surly Belfour, he came with a proven and formulated game plan for life in the Leafs fishbowl.
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How Bad Can It Get

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Flyers up by one late in the 3rd period, full blown 3-0 after the Sabres dman falls at the blueline, and they miss the chance to put the game away. Sabres score about a minute later, game goes to OT and Sabres finish off the Flyers on a Briere pp goal. image

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Schedule Doesn’t Make Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune,

As it is on so many issues, the NHL stands alone on topics in which it seems only to create controversy. Is there any talk ever about the schedule in any other sport? No, and if the NHL just followed the acceptable model that is already in place in the NBA, this would be a non-issue. Oops, there's that word, or rather, letters. NBA sounds the alarms to many "hockey people" that their sport is about to be taken over. Setting that ridiculous paranoia aside, why the NHL doesn't schedule its games in the same manner as the NBA is beyond mind-boggling. Consider: Both the NBA and NHL have 30 teams. Both have two conferences with three divisions in each conference. Both have playoffs based on conference seedings and both play 82 games. Somehow, the NBA finds a way for their teams to play every other team in the league home and home, while the NHL doesn't.
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Hot Stove Talk: Dats and Wings far apart

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pierre LeBrun said tonite on CBC's Hot Stove that the Wings and Pavel Datsyuk are far apart in contract negotiations. Datsyuk's agent was in Detroit this week to begin talks with Kenny Holland. It would appear the trip was wasted. Also, Igor Larionov will be hosting a charity hockey game in Moscow's Red Square on December 9th. Proceeds will go to Russian players from the 70's and 80's. Scotty Bowman is scheduled to attend.

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JLA Not The Barn It Used To Be

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Earlier today I posted a blurb from a new blog called Hot Oil. Alanah, the writer from H.O, essentially called out Wing fans and said that if Detroit truly deserved the title of "Hockeytown" fans wouldn't be leaving midway through the third, staying silent during a game against the team that gave us the Punch In The Face and pretty much sleeping through an exciting, hard-hitting contest. Care to argue with her? Check out the comment to that post from O-Joe. He says he can't, literally, give tickets away to Wing games this year. You want to blame the lockout? Go ahead. Blame the first round losses? Sure.

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Vote Early And Often, Just Not For Dom

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep. The NHL's going to an all online All Star voting system this year. According to the official press release from the NHL office, fans will be able to vote via their cell phones and on NHL.com. But, Wing fans, if you're looking for the goaltender leading the league in GAA and shutouts, well...don't strain your eyes. Because Dominik Hasek isn't even on the list of nominees. Hasek is sporting a GAA of 1.75 (1st), save percentage of .911 (11th), 3 shutouts (1st) and 8 wins (3rd). Nikolai Khabibulin owns a GAA of 3.36, 4 wins, 0 shutouts, 6 games played and a save percentage of .890. None of those are in the top 30. But, you can vote for him if you'd like. The other goalies you have to choose from? * Manny Fernandez, (2.17, .928, 8 wins, 1 shutout) * J.S. Giguere, (1.98, .928, 9 wins, 2 shutouts) * Miikka Kiprusoff, (2.44, .921, 6 wins, 2 shutouts) * Roberto Luongo, (2.45, .907, 8 wins, 1 shutout) * Dwayne Roloson, (2.47, .918, 7 wins, 1 shutout) * Marty Turco, (1.84, .931, 10 wins, 1 shutout) * Tomas Vokoun, (2.81, .912, 7 wins, 1 shutout) Those last seven goalies listed clearly belong on the ballot. But more than Hasek? It's a curious thing that he was left off, considering his career body of work and the fact that the league wouldn't have to defend itself by putting him on. Also add in the fact that he's at least top ten in every category but one, and leading in two? Four Wings are eligible for your votes: Nick Lidstrom, Matthieu Schneider, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

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Holmgren Keeps Job For This Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers named Paul Holmgren as general manager through the remainder of the 2006-07 season, according to Flyers Chairman Ed Snider. "Paul has been working very hard and I felt that it was important at this time to provide him with some stability in his position which will help him with the tasks at hand," said Snider.
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Comcast Looking At HD Hockey & Golf Channel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TVPredictions,

Comcast is considering starting a new High-Definition channel for sports, TVPredictions.com has learned. The channel would likely feature high-def broadcasts of the National Hockey League from the Versus channel and tournament action from The Golf Channel. Comcast owns both The Golf Channel and Versus, formerly known as The Outdoor Network The nation's largest cable operator may launch the HD sports channel by year's end or in early 2007, according to one source close to the situation. The addition would be part of Comcast's overall plan to expand its high-def lineup, with more HD networks coming early next year. "I think we’ll be adding a new HD service from Comcast that will be a compilation of programming from Golf and Versus to start," said the source.
continued...this looks like it will take care of the problem with the NHL on INHD and being bumped for NBA games.

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Veteran’s Day Tributes From The Blogosphere

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

By Bill Houlihan Throughout the week we've been posting different items relating to what various NHL teams are doing to honor US and Canadian veterans. Mike Ilitch is offering amazing deals for servicemembers interested in starting their own franchises. Colorado dedicated a night to World War II vets. The Bruins' homepage featured an amazing story about former Boston players and the role they played in defense of our nations. Obviously, considering my status as an active duty Sailor, this day holds special meaning. And that is due to the amazing opportunities I've had to meet some incredible people who have done amazing things, courageous things, that make me wonder where they found the will to act the way they did.

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Analyzing The Forbes List

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By now you've probably seen the Forbes list of most valuable franchises. Christy at Behind the Jersey breaks down the Wing-specific segments for us.

A few interesting tidbits from the Detroit section… 1) The average Red Wings game ticket is $51, which is $6 more than the New York Rangers’ average ticket but $19 less on average than the Toronto Maple Leafs’ tickets. The Dallas Stars worth $10 million less than the Wings has the average ticket price at $60. And here I am complaining about ticket prices at the Joe. 2) I thought that it was interesting that the Detroit revenue has fallen from the 2003-2004 season, which the Wings made $97 million, to the $89 million revenue from last season. In 2001-2002, the Wings not only won the Cup but made $114 million in revenue and were valued at $268 million.
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