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Re-purposing Rexall Place

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Edmonton is getting a new arena, that is something well known. What isn’t well known, well, it isn’t even known at this point in time, what should be done with the old arena?

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On Wednesday, Mike Babcock placed his full support behind Bell Let’s Talk, giving 3 interviews

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Better late than never: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock stepped up in a big way to promote Bell Let's Talk day yesterday; after speaking with TSN about his belief that mental illness does not equal personal weakness during the All-Star Break, Babcock appeared on three TSN radio stations to help promote mental health awareness on Wednesday--and in total, he spoke for about 45 minutes in the hopes of reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

He started with TSN 690's Chris Nilan and Connor McKenna...

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Ads On Sweaters For The World Cup Of Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

NHL sponsors say they expect the league to use next year's World Cup of Hockey to trial on-uniform advertising.

Every North American sports league has weighed the added revenue putting ads on uniforms would generate against fan backlash. ...

In September, NHL officials told team presidents that the league would prefer not to be the first major league in North America to feature on-uniform ads, even though the move might generate $120 million.

But more recently, in the wake of the NHL's announcement of the eight-team World Cup of Hockey, sponsors say they expect the league and NHLPA to be aggressive with its marketing efforts. NHL officials have said privately that they hope the tournament generates close to $100 million. (The league recently sold the World Cup's Canadian TV rights to Rogers Communications for about $30 million, NHL sources tell TSN.)

The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.


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$50 To The Winner Of The BoltDraft/KK Free Fantasy Game On Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

moving this to the top of page so everyone has a chance to see and participate. original post was 1/28/15 at 10:48am.

Two days late with this week's game.  Due to the weather warnings in the northeast, we decided to postpone this week's game until Thursday, so here we go.

Here is your chance to win $50 in this free fantasy game presented by BoltDraft.  Just register and/or play, use passcode kukla17 if needed, then pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the 22 NHL teams in action on Thursday.

Then sit back and watch how the games play out.

Easy to play and fun to compete against other KK members and readers.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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Red Wings-Lightning game-day articles: Jurco’s in, Ouellet’s staying, Wings and Bolts talk respect

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 4:18 PM: The Detroit Red Wings tangle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a "four-point game" (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and as Paul noted, there were some "gray jersey" issues with the Wings' players this morning, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Tomas Jurco's returning from his back injury, and this is pretty cool:

Khan spoke with Tomas Jurco about his return--and other than the Jurco-in-Cleary-out swap (i.e. Jurco with Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller), the team's lineup will remain the same as it was on Tuesday:

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Afternoon Line- Shane Doan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mark Master tweets,

Shane Doan on if he's thought about asking out of ARZ so he gets one more shot at Cup; says that plan rarely works for players.

Doan: "Everyone talks about the way Ray Bourque did it ... storybook ending, but there's a lot of guys that it doesn't work for."

Doan: "If you make that decision you have to understand the consequences that go along with it. This is my home."

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Red Wings announce that dedicated WiFi service will be available at the Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Any Red Wings fan who's been to the Joe knows that the WiFi system is spotty at best--even if someone happens to sneak the press box password to you--but today, the Red Wings announced that they're going to make significant improvements to their WiFi network:

... Wi-Fi System to Enhance Fan Engagement, Provide Faster Uploads to Social Media, Allow Fans Easy Access to Red Wings Official App …

DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings today announced the launch of free high-speed public Wi-Fi at Joe Louis Arena to improve reliability when sending and receiving phone calls and text messages, provide faster uploads to social media and enhance fan engagement when attending Red Wings games and Olympia Entertainment sporting and entertainment events at The Joe.

In partnership with SignalShare, the leading provider of mobile engagement solutions for mass audiences, and Extreme Networks, Inc., a leader in high performance networking, the Red Wings will officially unveil the new Wi-Fi system for fans at Joe Louis Arena when the team returns home from a two-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 31 to face the New York Islanders.

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The Los Angeles Kings Will Head To The White House On February 2nd

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, February 2, President Obama will welcome the 2014 NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings and the 2014 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy to honor the teams on winning their Championship titles.  This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. 

WHEN:   Monday, February 2, 2:00 PM EST

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They Are Good, No They Are Good

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning enter tonight's showdown with the Red Wings trailing by just one point atop the Atlantic Division.

But coach Jon Cooper made the pecking order pretty clear.

"People can say what they want, we're playing the best team in the league, the Eastern Conference right here," Cooper said. "I think everything goes through them. They're the real deal. This is a game to see where your'e at. That's how good I think these guys are."

But Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was pretty complimentary on Tampa Bay, too.

"Elite, elite skill," Babcock said. "They've built up a ton of young kids. They have a real special group. They have a real opportunity for a long run here it looks like."

While the Red Wings have a much richer history, having made the playoffs 23 straight seasons, Cooper said the organizations "mirror" each other more recently in terms of how they've been built, as well as their styles. Their minor league teams each won the Calder Cup in back-to-back years, with several of the players in the game tonight.


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It’s A Gray Day At The Wings’ Skate In Tampa

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Sheahan wearing gray non-contact jersey as Wings file onto ice for skate. Not sure why. We'll see after the skate.

Helm also wearing gray jersey.

More news as it becomes available.

added 11:40am,


added 11:41am, via Khan tweet,

Cleary rotating in.

added 11:44am, Khan tweet,

Defense is the same:
Lashoff/Kindl healthy scratches.

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