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Do The Stars Still Have The Winning Formula?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I was told by several people after last season that the expectation was that Les Jackson would return as GM and the coaching staff would return intact. Hicks felt otherwise. He made a bold move in hiring a new GM and coaching staff at a significant cost to the organization, and it appears he made the move pretty quietly and pretty much on his own.

So when he says he wants to remain the owner of the Stars, I believe him. He likes this team. He wants this team to win, and he believes it can win and make money.

That last part is important, and it should be. Owners can’t be expected to just lose money season after season.

But the reason it should be important to fans is that the formula for making money on a Sunbelt hockey team is to win. There’s really no other way to be profitable. Hicks wrote the book on the strategy in the 1990s, and other teams have tried to copy it. Spend money, win games, get into the playoffs, go a few rounds, and your team will make money.

Now, it will make money as long as the ceiling for payroll doesn’t go too high.

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‘Must-Have’ Blackhawks Books

Blog: KK Hockey By David Morris

The history of the Chicago Blackhawks has all the color and brashness of their Indian Head jersey. Founded by American coffee tycoon Major Frederic McLaughlin in 1926, the team was named for the World War One battalion he commanded.

Hockey is both physique and mystique: its legends, folk tales, heroic deeds, mischief and tragedies amplify the events on and off the ice. The Blackhawks’ mystique exceeds their Championship status. With just three Stanley Cups since the franchise’s entry into the league, the mere compilation of winning statistics would not explain the passion and devotion Hawks fans have for their favorite team.  These ‘must-have’ books, all about that mystique, will stoke their passion and stimulate their Hawkey talk.

 

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Heard This One Before?  Datsyuk’s Got A “Minor” Injury

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And how, you’re wondering, did it occur?  Ready. Set. Vomit.

St. James

In addition to contributing two goals and one assist in Tuesday’s 5-4 victory at Vancouver, Datsyuk also prevented the Canucks from scoring.

“I have blocked shot,” he said today. “I’m surprised myself, too. Today, it’s hard to put on skates.”

According to people who lie professionally, AKA the Red Wing coaches and trainers, Datsyuk is, umm, good to go.  Kinda like last year’s Finals, I guess.

Oh, and Jimmah’s starting tomorrow.  Maltby and Home Keys will be healthy scratches.

And…speaking of the Finals? Uncle Mike’s got some humor for you.  Gather the kids because this is just plain funny.

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Despite Broken Thumb, Boyle Continues To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

A few times this season, I’ve asked Dan Boyle to talk about his game, wondering frankly if he sees some of the same deficiencies that others, including his coach, have and what the explanation might be. The last time, Boyle talked a little, then politely suggested I ask again in a couple weeks.

I asked again today. Turns out Boyle has been playing this season with a broken thumb on his right hand. It’s healed to the point he’ll talk about it now.

“I don’t want to use it as an excuse so I didn’t want to say anything, but it is what it is. I’ve been playing with a broken thumb for a month and a half,” Boyle said. “I’m looking forward to being healthy again and I’m definitely feeling better than I have in about a month. It just sucked it happened.”

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Looks Like Surgery For Gagne

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Flyers left wing Simon Gagne will need surgery to repair two hernias in his right groin area but will seek second opinions from two doctors in Canada on Thursday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgreen said today.

Holmgren said Gagne has agreed that surgery is needed but would like to “cover all his bases” by visiting another specialist. Holmgren said the length of Gagne’s recovery period can only be determined once his surgery is performed.

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Another Flu Victim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the morning of tonight’s pivotal date with the league-leading Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames centre Dustin Boyd was nowhere to be found, the latest NHL player to come down with the flu – and forced into isolation from his teammates.

This, of course, goes against the normal NHL ethic – that a player, injured or felled by an illness, attempt to play unless he is absolutely bed-ridden.

“That’s a little bit more of the old-school thinking that goes along with coaches who’ve been around for a long time,” agreed Flames’ defenceman Robyn Regehr. “For us as players, though, we don’t want guys who are sick around because even it’s one guy, he can affect the group – 20 or 22 guys.

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Islanders On Their Way Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Even with first-overall draft choice John Tavares, the Islanders managed just one victory in their first 10 games. Ironically, it was Tavares that secured the win with his shootout goal.

The funny thing about the Islanders is, with a little luck, they could be riding the same wave that has carried the upstart Colorado Avalanche to the very top of the standings.

Say what?

Think about it. With five successful shots, the Islanders could be 6-4-0 and right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference. And if my aunt had ...

Well, you get the picture.

The point is, the Islanders have not been the dog’s breakfast this season they have been in the past. Regardless of their ongoing fight to have a new home built and the fact there are no guarantees the franchise will remain on Long Island, you could make a strong case that a corner has been turned.

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Luongo Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks will be without their best player, goaltender Roberto Luongo, for an undetermined number of games after he suffered an undisclosed injury during Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Province will publish more details as soon as we know them

added 2:48pm, The Province has updated the same link, but really nothing new, stating the Canucks have not released anything yet.

added 3:22pm, TSN says hairline rib fracture, out at least a week.

added 3:20pm, TSN (same link) has updated and stated Luongo suffered the injury when facing the Leafs on Saturday and re-agravate it when in a collision with Betruzzi last night.

added 4:21pm, via the Vancouver Canucks,

Goaltender Roberto Luongo will not make the trip to California for the team’s back-to-back games this week as he suffered a hair line fracture to his rib midway thought Saturday’s game against Toronto.

“It happened in the third period against Toronto,” explained Luongo. “It was a band angle shot. I went one knee down against the post and the puck hit me just hit me in the seam of my chest protector. The next day was a bit uncomfortable but I was able to play through it without any problems. Just last night, during the first period it aggravated itself, not on a particular play, it just gradually got worse.”

With no clear time line for Luongo’s return, backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft will get his first start between the pipes Thursday against Los Angeles.

The Canucks are expected to call up Manitoba Moose Goaltender Cory Schneider.

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Ducks Sign Calder

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Kyle Calder to a one-year contract. Calder was subsequently assigned to Bakersfield, Anaheim’s development affiliate in the ECHL. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

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50 Years Behind The Mask

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You can watch the show on November 1st at 7:00pm ET on the NHL Network.

added 1:02pm, from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Today, goalie masks are part of the fabric of professional hockey, designed to not only protect the wearer from injury, but also as an artistic vehicle to express the goalie’s creativity and entertain millions of hockey fans.

But there was a time—not so long ago—when such protective measures were seen as not only unnecessary, but as an affront to the game.

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