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Reflecting on the Dustin Penner Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Robert Tychkowski at the Edmonton Sun,

Much ado, it turns out, about nothing.

“It’s just so typical of how people jump to conclusions,” Edmonton’s general manager said yesterday in a telephone interview from the World Championships.

Lowe took enormous heat at the time of the deal, and was forced to defend himself during every subsequent attack from Burke.

Now that the draft order is complete (except for 27, 28, 29 and 30, depending on how the final four play out), and the evidence is there in black and white, there has to be a sense of vindication. Unfortunately there’s no undoing the bad blood and the black mark the the feud left on Burke, Lowe and the NHL.

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Update 12:18pm ET: More on the adventures of Penner, Lowe, Burke & Co. from David Staples in the Edmonton Journal today.

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  Tags: brian+burke, dustin+penner, kevin+lowe, nhl+entry+draft

Drop the Puck, Already!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Do I really need to know, and why should I even care, how many bags of peanuts will be sold, or who has the greatest team-orientated men’s room, complete with flashing goal light? Soon I expect an overhead view from the local news chopper chasing a car on the highway that is displaying the home team’s flag flapping from the window.

There will soon be pictures plastered on the web of five-year-old kids, with their faces painted, a feature of some guy who mowed the team logo into his lawn, even live broadcasts by a radio station giving away free tickets to anyone who can do the stupidest thing involving worms and raw eggs.

Drop the puck. I am ready for hockey and just hockey.

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(I dunno, Paul. Personally, I kinda like the idea of U.S. television stations so excited about the NHL playoffs that they’ve got choppers chasing down cars with team flags…!)

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  Tags: playoffs

Artists Love Hockey, Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Until June, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is featuring at exhibit titled Arena: The Art of Hockey.  Part of the exhibit’s promotion was a regular street hockey game among artists.  More from The Coast.ca:

image“You don’t usually associate art with hockey, but it’s inherent in our identity as Canadians,” says SUNSCAD president Stefan Hancherow. “But the arts community is never seen as sports-oriented.”

“We have some really good artists and some really good players,” says design student Cody Petruk, who creates the group’s fun promotional posters.

“Anyone with any skill level can play,” says Logan. “We have students, faculty, friends…even a few Dal students. There are some regular female players, which is good, because it’s not male-dominated. Painters, sculptors…”

Note: the painting featured in this post is by Lisa Birke, titled “Great Canadian Hockey Quarry,” 2005. Many more images available online at the NS Gallery website.

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  Tags: culture, hockey+art, street+hockey

Stars Want A Quick Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

However, with no championship since 2002, the Red Wings are in a mood to push past the Stars, even if there isn’t the rivalry between the teams that exists, say, in the all-Pennsylvania Eastern Conference final.

The goal, for the Stars tonight, is to do what they did in the previous two rounds — sweep the first two games, on the road, and get the home team back on its heels.

“Every series is different,” said Stars’ captain Brendan Morrow. “Every team is different. We’re just going to try and play to our strengths, get pucks deep, try to finish some checks and see where the chips fall.”

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Blackhawks Ticket Prices Shoot Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune,

“I knew this day was coming—I think we all did,” said Eric Rabbers, a season ticket-holder in the 300 level of the United Center for three years who saw his tickets increase from $13.50 per game to $25. “We realized, especially in my section, the prices we were paying were pretty cheap.

“The problem I have is [accepting] an 85 percent increase for my tickets in one year. I think that’s out of line, especially seeing the team didn’t make the playoffs. I have a buddy who sits in the 100 level and his seats went up from $67.50 per to $115. I know the prices have been cheap for the past 10 years, but to try to make it up in one off-season is kind of ridiculous.”

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  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans, tickets

Malkin Doesn’t Like Those Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

After he had a goal and three assists in a 4-3 win Feb. 10 that broke a four-game losing streak to the Penguins’ cross-state rivals, Malkin said he didn’t like the Flyers, playing against them or playing in Wachovia Center, where, he said, fans pelt the Penguins’ bench with popcorn.

Despite gaining that insight on the rivalry, he wasn’t quite willing to repeat that with the playoff matchup looming.

“I don’t like anybody,” Malkin, 21, said in what would have been a snappier retort if it hadn’t had to be cycled through interpreter George Birman. “If I like them or not, we have to play them.”

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

Take That Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andy Vineberg of the Buck County Courier Times,

For you non-hockey fans out there, the Penguins’ Crosby is Sidney, not to be confused with David or Bing. But really, what kind of a name for a hockey player is Sidney? Of course, compared to the first names of the Penguins’ other two top scorers — Marian and Evgeni (the Russian form of Eugene) — Sidney sounds positively manly. Seriously, Sidney, Marian and Eugene?

Sounds more like the starting lineup of a chess team than a hockey team.

I’ll take my chances with Mike, Jeff, Danny and R.J., thank you very much.

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Stars Have “Mo”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

Guys like him may not walk away. It doesn’t mean they do not think about it, especially when they are 37 going on 38 and being asked to embrace the role of “the old guy.”

“I think about it a lot now lately, certainly when you have gone this deep,” Modano said. “And so you wonder if this will be it.”

If so, if this indeed turns into his final season, then this West Finals against Detroit might well be his last kick at the Cup. Like .001 percent of hockey experts give the Stars a flying Fig Newton of a chance in this series.

They are underestimating this Stars team.

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  Tags: mike+modano

Fighting Still Part Of The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The club still glorifies fighting on the video board at the Wachovia Center, but the game has changed dramatically since the Broad Street Bullies captured the hearts of their fans by ripping the hearts out of any team that got in their way.

Bench-clearing brawls have been legislated out of the game, and the third man in on a fight faces a game misconduct. Still, there remains a place in the NHL for the guys who bring that certain element.

The Penguins, the Flyers’ opponent in the Eastern Conference finals that begin tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, have the game’s most feared fighter in Georges Laraque, who carries 245 pounds behind his bad intentions. Laraque’s tough-guy reputation is such that few among the league’s fighters will even take him on. One of them is the Flyers’ Riley Cote.

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Spector Picks…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

The Western Conference finals pit a Red Wings team that finished first overall during the regular season and cruised past Nashville and Colorado in the first two rounds against a Stars club that finished fifth overall in the conference and nearly 20 points back of the Wings.

It’s the “Battle of Pennsylvania” in the Eastern Conference, featuring a Penguins team that finished second overall and quickly dispatched of the Senators and Rangers against a hardworking Flyers team that required a strong finish in the regular season to clinch sixth overall.

While the regular season stats favor the Red Wings and Penguins, both clubs must be wary of their upstart opponents. The Stars advanced to the conference finals by knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and the Pacific Division champion San Jose Sharks, while the Flyers bounced the Southeast Division champion Washington Capitals and the conference-leading Montreal Canadiens.

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