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The Direction Of The KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League — considered to be the greatest threat to NHL stability since the WHA — is undergoing its own growing pains in its inaugural season, with teams missing payroll, uncertainty over the fate of its smaller franchises and worries about the possible impact of the growing world economic crisis on its well-moneyed backers, many of them who rely on high world oil prices for their wealth.

“I should be and I must be and I will be honest with you — that is a big concern,” said Igor Larionov Monday, on the day he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, after a distinguished 27-year career, mixed between international and NHL play….

Larionov said the economics of the KHL make little sense today, given that some teams in the Moscow draw as few as 1,000 to 2,000 people per game and ticket prices are so modest - $5, $10, $15 max. At that rate, he does not believe the sort of salaries they were offering to players last season — as much as $10 million to Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Evgeni Malkin — were sustainable over the long term.

read on

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  Tags: igor+larionov, khl

Let’s Talk Term Limits

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from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

...should there be a “term limit” on the Commissioner’s office? And if so, then should there also be a limit on the time any one individual heads the NHL Players Association? Would the game be better served with this idea in place? Would more get done? Would views be broader? Would it be worse? Lots of queries.

Take the current Commish for instance. If you were to break Gary Bettman’s tenure into 4-year segments he would be approaching the end of his fourth term.

more

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Tests For Sakic

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via the Rocky Mountain News,

Avalanche captain Joe Sakic didn’t practice today because of a sore back and is undergoing tests to determine how serious the problem is. He played the first period Saturday against Nashville after missing Thursday’s game with Minnesota. Hoping to get some sort of results later today.

Meanwhile, forward Scott Parker’s contract with the Avalanche has been terminated by the team. The “Sheriff” was assigned to the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League on Oct. 17 after being activated from the injured list—he had a concussion—but he never reported.

The Avalanche said he has become an unrestricted free agent. I’ve been trying to get in contact with his agent and with the NHL Players Association to get their take on the situation.

added 7:24pm, from the Rocky Mountain News,

The good news for the Avalanche and Joe Sakic is that no structural damage was found today during tests on the captain’s back.

Sakic is being listed as day to day. He’ll be evaluated on a daily basis, so it isn’t known if he’ll be able to play Wednesday in Vancouver.

more on the Avs…

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  Tags: joe+sakic, scott+parker

Kostopoulos Suspended Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press release from the NHL:

Montreal Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #197 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 8, the National Hockey League announced today.

“While it is my determination that Kostopoulos did not deliver a check to an unsuspecting opponent, his actions caused injuries,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Kostopoulos is considered a repeat offender. Accordingly, he forfeits $32,926.83 based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

added 7:35pm, from Habs Inside/Out,

A statement from Kostopoulos released by the Canadiens:

“First and foremost, I sincerely regret the injuries suffered by Mike Van Ryn. This is an unfortunate turn of events. I was just trying to get in on the forecheck and get the puck. I didn’t anticipate him turning and couldn’t stop.

“I was trying to finish my check and obviously it did not end up well. I never intend on injuring another player. I feel bad. I hope he is going to be all right and resume playing as quickly as possible.”

more

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  Tags: mike+van+ryn, suspension, tom+kostopoulos

Watch The HHOF Festivities

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fans can watch all the festivities from tonight’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on the NHL Network as well as NHL.com.

At 6:30 p.m. ET, the Hall of Fame Pre-Show will feature a red-carpet style entrance by the honored guests as well as other celebrities.

At 7:30 p.m., NHL Network will televise the 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, featuring the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame—Igor Larionov, Glenn Anderson, Ed Chynoweth, and Ray Scapinello, as well as Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner Mike “Doc” Emrick and Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award winner Neil Stevens.

NHL.com will have live streaming coverage of all the festivities.

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  Tags: hhof

Can’t Pay Your Mortgage? The St. Louis Blues Want to Help.

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the St. Louis Blues:

imageFannie & Freddie Mortgage Saturdays

At every remaining Saturday home game this season, one lucky fan will have their mortgage or rent paid for four months! 

A fan will be randomly selected during the game, and all you have to do is be at Scottrade Center when your seat is called. Hold on to your ticket stub and watch for an announcement that you’ve won.

Read on for contest rules, plus more ways the Blues want to save you money.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, nhl+promotions

Three KHL Players Found to Have Heart Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last week the KHL announced it was undertaking medical evaluations across the league and invited media members to observe the process.

Today, after the first round of evaluations have been completed on some 67 players under the age of 20, some preliminary results were made public:

Based upon the first round of examinations, three KHL players were found to have heart problems.  These athletes were referred to cardiologist specialists to undergo more testing.

The KHL’s Medical Center won’t be banning players as yet; the cardiologists will make that determination.

Full text of the press release is below:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: khl, kontinental+hockey+league

Five Questions From Burnside

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What has been the best offseason trade so far?

No doubt the New York Rangers are more than pleased with their acquisition of Nikolai Zherdev from Columbus, but the deal that has had a somewhat surprising impact through the first month of the regular season has been the arrival of defenseman Filip Kuba in Ottawa.

read on plus more questions, including Hossa talk, Bolts, Thrashers and teams that don’t get it…

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Rinkside View Continues

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

No matter how harsh the emails or nasty the message boards become, Tom Feuer likes the Rinkside View.

Feuer, executive producer for FSN, has been the target of a majority of angry hockey fans who don’t care for the network’s unorthodox broadcasts of selected Ducks and Kings games this season.

Yet after meeting with representatives from both teams and reviewing the ratings for the games, Feuer has not been dissuaded from continuing the “Rinkside” telecasts.

He said the ratings for the games have been up despite continued negative feedback.

continued

I watched the first Rinkside View broadcast and thought it was ok, but when switching from the camera view behind the net to the side view, it was a bit confusing at times…

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Comparing Kiprusoff and Toskala

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

It figures to be an interesting goaltending match-up Tuesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs open their western Canadian trip in Calgary to play the Flames. Not only do the Flames’ Miikka Kiprusoff and the Leafs’ Vesa Toskala both hail from Finland, they were both groomed in the San Jose Sharks’ organization and both traded away so that Evgeni Nabokov would be that organization’s clear-cut No. 1 netminder.

Kiprusoff and Toskala are considered among the NHL’s goaltending elite, but their numbers don’t reflect that at the moment…

continued…

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff, vesa+toskala

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