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HNIC Radio Begins Next Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

The CBC announced the launching of HNIC Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio Friday, bringing back the show’s radio roots which started 74 years ago.
HNIC Radio will air Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET beginning Oct. 1 on channel 122, and will be available to Sirius listeners throughout North America. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“This is a wonderful extension of the Hockey Night in Canada brand,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.

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The Dark Horse Awards

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Sure, it would be easy to predict which players are most likely to take home the NHL’s individual achievement awards at the end of the season, but here in Hockey Capital, we don’t do easy (i.e. Senators’ playoff history before Cup run last year).
Sidney Crosby for the Hart Trophy? Pshh. Chris Pronger for the Norris? Whatever. Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo duking it out for the Vezina? Duh.
Instead, we’re picking players who could come out of nowhere to take down the trophies. Without further delay, here are the Hockey Capital Dark Horse Player Awards.

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Lesson Learned

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from the Buffalo News,

In the bewildering aftermath of co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury bolting the Buffalo Sabres, the front office proclaimed it had learned a lesson about dealing with players entering unrestricted free agency.
The Sabres have three players who could hit the open market after this season, and General Manager Darcy Regier said it would be a summer priority to work on re-signing defensemen Brian Campbell and Dmitri Kalinin and forward Jochen Hecht.
Regier said he has had “some very general conversations” with the players’ respective agents. He added there was “no real timeline” to get extensions signed.

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KK- Forum Issue

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We are experiencing a KK Forum issue right now.  New posts are not showing up so we are looking into this problem.
We ask you avoid posting until you get the all clear…thanks.
update 2:37pm., KK Forum is now open….

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Koivu Explains

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

...That’s what Koivu was saying, but something may have been lost in the translation en route to the La Presse presses, because what appeared in the newspaper was: “We’ll make the playoffs this season, but don’t expect us to win the Stanley Cup.”
Big difference.
“I guess there’s a difference,” Koivu told me. “English isn’t my first language, but I don’t see it as a big difference. What I meant was you make the playoffs and from there, everything is open. If you ask any experts, nobody is picking us to even make the playoffs!”
“Which experts?” he was asked.
“Experts,” he said with a grin, adding: “I don’t know what word I used. Maybe the reporter misunderstood. He
didn’t ask me: ‘Is this what you mean?’

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Nabokov Clearly The #1 Goalie

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from the Mercury News,

Yes, the Sharks’ logjam in goal has been unclogged. Vesa Toskala was traded to Toronto in June, ending any debate over Nabokov’s standing as the team’s top goaltender. But Nabokov says it hasn’t changed the way he’s gearing up - mentally or physically - for what lies ahead, starting with the opening of training camp next Thursday.
“You’re just trying to prepare yourself to be ready to go out every game and give your best. That’s kind of always the goal,” Nabokov said. “And I don’t think it’s true that now I can sit and say `OK, I’m No. 1.’ I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”

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The Next Flyer Captain Is…

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Jason Smith might be skating around Rexall Place next month with a C on his Philadelphia Flyers jersey.
The former Edmonton Oilers captain is one of three former NHL captains on the Philadelphia roster—Danny Briere (Buffalo Sabres) and Kimmo Timonen (Nashville Predators), also acquired over the summer, are the others—and
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave Smith a rave review Thursday during a conference call.

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Remember The Rule Changes

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from the Toronto Sun,

The National Hockey League is sending all 30 teams a DVD to explain 2007-08 rule changes, along with a stern reminder to stay out of fights while sitting on the bench.
The four new standards are topped by a five-minute interference major at the referee’s discretion should an injury result from the action. There will also be a penalty shot awarded if a breakaway is tampered with in the neutral zone, as opposed to inside the blue line. But players and coaches new to the league need to be reminded about bench decorum said league hockey operations director Kris King.
“It’s not a major issue, but if there is a fight and you’re on the bench and give the guy on the other team a face wash, then it could escalate into something worse,” King said.

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Emery About To Face Lawsuit

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fromm Sun Media,

Jean Therien says he feared for his life as the white Hummer he had accidentally cut off on the freeway Wednesday morning began jerking into his lane, forcing him to swerve to avoid it.
He says his heart raced when the Hummer stopped in front of him on an off- ramp and an enraged Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery got out of the truck and approached his car, yelling at him through the passenger side window.
“He started calling me ‘You f—-ing old bag of bones, you f—-ing sh—’,” said Therien, 65. “He said, ‘You tried to put me in the ditch.’ I said, ‘No. I did not.’ “

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It’s Not Manna From Heaven, But It’s A Start

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

by George James Malik

The Red Wings’ decision to offer “filler seats” on a discounted basis is nothing but great news for a fan base that’s dealing with a less than spectacular Michigan economy, and, combined with the fact that the Red Wings aren’t actually charging full price for their exhibition game tickets, it’s downright progressive.

But before you go dancing in the streets, Wings fans, let’s put this in perspective.  The seats are at $9—presumably for the last-row upper-bowl seats that cost $22, because it’s $50 from the halfway point of the upper bowl down—$22, $44, and $54.  There is a “maximum of two per person” caveat, and there’s no indication as to whether this condition is applied on a game-by-game basis, or whether that’s all you can buy for the entire month.  These seats are going to be released to the public after the halfway point of the calendar month preceeding the games to which they apply, and there is no indication whether there’s a “facilities fee” added on for our convenience.

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