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Predictions:  Northwest Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With the season almost upon us, it is time to start posting my predictions for the 2008/09 season.  Today, I am starting in the Northwest Division.  Conventional wisdom is that this division will be weaker this season than it was in the past as it lost more talent then it gained in the off-season, but I am not sure that conventional wisdom is right.  There are some solid teams in the division and none that I think should be among the bottom feeders in the conference.  I think this division will not be the weakest in the West Conference

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Fantasy Talk From Duhatschek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Durability is one of – if not - the most important criteria in determining where to put a player on your draft list. Take Martin Havlat for example – and the surprise is that so many choose to do so, even if Havlat has proven to be shockingly injury prone throughout his career. Two years ago, he produced 57 points in 56 games and was the dynamic offensive force the Chicago Blackhawks felt they needed to get their organization turned around.

more ‘fantasy’ talk from Eric…

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Adding Up Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Alex Ovechkin was modeling for the cover of ESPN Magazine a few days ago.  In the aftermath, ESPN came up with a simple equation…

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Ready for Anything

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com—

I am so ready!

Center Ice ordered along with NHL GameCenter Live. All cables and inputs checked and tightened on the back of the HDTV. The recliner is exactly 9 feet away from the 55 inch screen. Picture-in-picture x4 checked, which allows me to follow 8 games at a time. Climbed onto the roof, sprayed the satellite dish with anti-stick cooking spray (prevents ice and snow build-up).

Sound system has been checked…

continued… as Paul reminds me of all the ways that some of us are NOT ready! smile

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think the floor affects teams that aren’t doing very good at the gate, aren’t doing very good on the ice, which results in them falling into a position where they are entitled to revenue-sharing funds from teams that are doing well.

“Our plans and decisions are based as a team on the number of season ticket-holders we have, so we know what percentage of that will go towards salary and our overall budget, and what percentage has to go towards revenue sharing.”

-Flames GM Darryl Sutter.  More on the cap at CBC Sports…

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Fedorov Done In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

General manager Lou Lamoriello just said that he has given Fedor Fedorov’s agent permission to talk to other teams that might be interested in trading for him and the 25-year-old forward will not be play for the Devils.

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Is This The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Janoff of BrandWeek,

“Is this the year?” will be anchored by spots on Versus, the NHL Network and NHL.com, in addition to CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada. Support will include print and POP. Creative was handled in-house by the NHL. Y&R, New York and Toronto, served as creative consultants. Spend was not disclosed.

Four TV spots each feature a different NHL star: Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf, Patrick Kane and Henrik Lundqvist. In each of the spots, the players initially are seen in photograph, which then comes to live as the athletes share their personal feelings about the game.

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added 11:21am, much more on this from Rocky Bonanno at NHL.com and video has been added below.

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Name That Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Buccigross of ESPN breaks down the Western Conference with song lyrics… 

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head you feel left out or
looked down on.
Just try your best, try everything you can.
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away.

“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World

Any guesses on the team he is referring to?  Bucci has them ranked #3 in the West.  Read on for more…

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KK- A Tweak To The Homepage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last night we made a slight tweak to the KK homepage.

You will notice the author of the blog is now highlighted in a gray bar located just below the blog title.  We hope this change makes it easier for you to distinguish who the author is and what blog it belongs to.

This change is only on the KK homepage, all other areas remain the same.

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Burke Sends A Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

While the continuing need to create salary-cap space was the primary incentive, there was further motivation behind the Ducks sending veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnell to the Kings only hours before the Ducks scored a 2-1 shootout victory in exhibition action Tuesday night at Staples Center.

“It’s not why we did it, but hopefully some other guys will get a message here,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said, echoing sentiments expressed by Coach Randy Carlyle the past three days. “Our camp has been going pretty well, but we need some guys to pick up their game. We’re not going at a clip that’s satisfactory to us.”

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added 7:06am, Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Burke.  One thing that surprised me was Burke’s response to a possible NHL European expansion.

read it here (direct link)

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