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Uncle Mike Lays Down The Law

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Edit:  Banner will be back up there some time tomorrow.

First, hope you’re all enjoying the third iteration of the Empire…this time complete with a whole slew of quality bloggers.  What a concept.  First-rate writers representing a number of teams, blogging consistently.  And you don’t even have to pay for it, not even the trade rumors.

Fan of Uncle Mike?  Of course you are.  Why? 

Here:

“You know what I did because everyone kept telling me it was a short summer?” Babcock told ESPN.com. “I said, ‘OK, let’s do the math.’ I said to [assistant coach] Paul [MacLean], ‘How many days did we have off last year?’ He said, ‘113.’ ‘How many this year?’ ‘106.’ ‘OK, then, don’t anyone tell me it was such a shorter summer.’ We had seven fewer days. Who cares. So let’s gas that thing right away so we don’t have to hear about that anymore.”

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Tale of Two Cities

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

During the summer months and pre-season, hockey pundits and fans alike make their hockey-related predictions for the upcoming season whether it’s line combinations, potential trades, standings and some even go as far as predicting which teams will battle it out for hockey’s greatest prize: the Stanley Cup.

I, Patrick Hoffman, do not claim to be a hockey expert but I’ve been around the game almost all of my life, seen hundreds upon hundreds of NHL games live, held media credentials to New York Rangers games and even play the sport. I know what it takes to win hockey games and I believe that if you were to look at two teams in particular, you would see that they both have a chance to win the Cup.

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Justin Williams Tears Achilles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terrell Williams of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that right wing Justin Williams will have surgery this week to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. Williams suffered the injury on Wednesday morning and is expected to be out for four to six months.

continued

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  Tags: justin+williams

Out-of-the-Blue MVP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Most teams have a star player who can take a run at the Hart Trophy as league MVP in any given year. But what about their supporting casts? Here is a rundown of potential MVP candidates who you may not see coming.

Boston
Patrice Bergeron could get more than a few sympathy votes if he comes back with a vengeance after a washout of a year last season when he missed 72 games due to concussion symptoms.

Buffalo
Two seasons ago, Maxim Afinogenov burst out of the gates and had people making Pavel Bure comparisons. Last year…not so much, after he scored just 10 goals in 56 games. He’s no Bure, but Afinogenov is much better than last season’s debacle.

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Money Counts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

And now that a group that wanted to build an arena in Las Vegas that could house an NBA team has backed off, it is an opportunity for the NHL to become the first major sports league to put a team there. That, too, is tempting.

But would it work? And more importantly, what will owners be left with after they deposit their share of the expansion fees into the bank accounts? I’ll tell you what: a further watered-down product and two more teams on shaky ground from the moment of inception.

They can get in line behind Phoenix, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Florida and Atlanta. Even Tampa Bay, which generated a lot of buzz with new ownership and an aggressive rebuilding program this summer, isn’t out of the woods in terms of being able to generate a profit.

more

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KK- An Updated KK Will Soon Be Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Around 5:00pm ET

tomorrow

today, KK will be down between 45 minutes to 2 hours.

When we come back online, you will see the 3rd edition of Kukla’s Korner.  Stay tuned, we are very close.

Note: This post was originally put on KK yesterday afternoon. Just bumping it up now as a reminder that we’ll be offline briefly, later today.

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Bill Daly Addresses NHL-Russia Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Our thanks to Fan 590 for sending this report our way today.  We’ll also post a link to the audio when available. (Update 1:23pm ET: Audio now available at Fan590).

TORONTO – Toronto’s Hockey Station THE FAN 590 welcomed NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly to Hockey Central at Noon with Darren Millard and Nick Kypreos on Wednesday.

When asked about the current legal process involving former Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov and the KHL league in Russia Daly broke the news that “They have suggested they are amenable to the arbitration in the Radulov matter in connection with the arbitration on a couple of other players.”

 

 

 

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Schneider Clears Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch, no team put a claim in for Schneider.

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  Tags: mathieu+schneider

All Bettman And Daly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL PR,

Following yesterday’s NHL’s September Board of Governors meeting yesterday in Toronto, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with the media to answer questions.  Among the topics discussed: the Alexander Radulov situation; the absence of an NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement; the North American economy and its possible impact on the NHL, and the possibility of expansion.

continue for the transcript…

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  Tags: bill+daly, gary+bettman

The Vishnevski Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lamoriello also cleared up some things concerning defenseman Vitali Vishnevski, who is playing in Russia, but remains Devils’ property.  The Devils retain Vishnevski’s NHL rights and his average salary ($1.8 million) will continue to count against the team’s cap until the regular season begins, though the team is not paying him. When teams trim their rosters before the regular season opens—and players begin being paid their salaries—then Vishnevski will come off the team’s cap.

more plus some other Devils talk, including Lamoriello not interested in claiming Schneider…

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