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The Problems of European Expansion

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The NHL’s move to start its regular season in London, England is renewing debate about the viability of the league expanding to Europe.

Jim Kelley, a semi-regular host at the Fan590 in Toronto, correctly noted that “finding some schlep” in Europe to buy out owners of the sad-sack franchises in the American south – Florida, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, to name a few – would save the NHL the enormous cost of contraction.

Problem is, there’s no evidence the league has plans to give up on the U.S. television market by contracting.

continued…

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Preparing For London

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blogging at NHL.com today, we prepare for London!

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Gordie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Simcoe.com,

In a real coup, Simcoe.com had an opportunity to interview the Hockey Hall of Famer for this special, Internet-only story.

Born in Floral, Sask. in 1928, Howe spent most of his youth in Saskatoon, where he played hockey as often as he could, including at night.

“I built a net myself and put it on the street underneath the streetlight because we didn’t have an outside light at our house. And when it got dark, I was still shooting away. And you had to be accurate because you had to look for the dumb puck in the snow if you missed. Basically, I just had a love for the game,” Howe said from his home near Detroit.

read on... recommended reading…

This was posted on 9/24/07, but the link wasn’t working.  It appears to be fine now, so I have moved it up so all can read if they wish.

Filed in: NHL Talk, Old School, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gordie+howe

Downie Impressing Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier Post,

With Mike Knuble, Scottie Upshall and Sami Kapanen holding down the Flyers’ top three right wing spots, Downie has emerged as a serious threat to win a job on the club’s opening night roster in Calgary in 10 days.

“We’re going to have to make that decision,” Flyers’ coach John Stevens said Monday night after watching the Flyers fall to the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in their preseason home opener at the Wachovia Center.

“He’s certainly a guy that’s making an impact on our team right now. He’s exceeded my expectations at this point. I just love the fire he plays with and he’s played with discipline every game he’s played. He’s been a wonderful surprise so far.”

“He wins a lot of puck battles,” Stevens said. “He has good vision with the puck and sees lanes a lot of kids his age don’t see. He’s got a combination of determination and skill you don’t see every day.”

more

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, steve+downie

Pick It Up Red Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Detroit Red Wings- Time to get your website up-to-date.

Searching for information on last night’s Wings/Bolts game, I was kind of shocked to see the lead story at the Wings website was, “Chelios bags overtime winner vs Pens”.  An AP story from 4 days ago.

Thanks to the Tampa Bay site, I was able to get a complete rundown of the game last night.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: detroit+red+wings

Player Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Spector has a large update today, including talk Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is seeking a contract worth $7M a year.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, rumors

Center Ice Information

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

InDemand has Center Ice information up.  Today is the first day it appeared online.

Free preview is September 29th - October 9th.

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Simon Should Not Have Been On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison of CBC Sports,

Where is the common sense?

Simon shouldn’t have been anywhere near the ice against the Rangers for all the obvious reasons. And especially since the Rangers decided to dress Ryan Hollweg, the player Simon chopped down his with his stick back on March 8 to earn the supreme wrath of the league.

Can you say retribution?

But there they were together on the ice Monday night in Long Island and the mayhem was, well, as predictable and it was entirely avoidable. Hollweg and Simon sparred and jabbed with each other.

read on

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  Tags: fighting, new+york+islanders, new+york+rangers

Penguins Depend On Eaton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“If I can chip one in every once in a while, that’s great, but that’s not my role” said Eaton, who has 16 goals in 348 regular-season and 23 playoff games with Philadelphia, Nashville and the Penguins.

“There’s no mystery what my role is. I’ve got to be solid defensively, good in my own end, block shots.”

That, and not any offensive prowess, on the power play or otherwise, is why the Penguins signed him as a free agent in July 2006.

It’s what the Penguins got from him last season, just not enough of it.

more and Empty Netters shows just how valuable Eaton is…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mark+eaton, pittsburgh+penguins

“Sweat”-er Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Having now sampled the new, high-tech togs unveiled by all 30 NHL teams this year for a handful of pre-season games, Flames players are understanding why the word sweat is in sweater.

“My undershirt is just soaked,” said forward Owen Nolan. “I find I’m changing them in between periods and a lot more frequently than before. I feel like I’m working out in a sauna.”...

“With the other ones, you had holes and got more of a breeze in there—maybe that’s why you got that drying out effect,” said blueliner Cory Sarich. “These seem to heat you up more because there’s not that two-way air flow.

“Besides, the jerseys don’t feel much different than the old ones. I don’t know if they’ve accomplished what they want. From talking to guys, I don’t feel they’re making a difference on the ice.”

more

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  Tags: calgary+flames, rbk

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