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Who Knew Henri Richard Had A Playlist?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MontrealCanadiens.com,

Okay, so the odds that you’d catch him telltale white earbuds grooving to an iPod might be slim at best, but Henri Richard still digs the tunes just like anyone else.

My Way- Frank Sinatra
The Power of Love- Céline Dion
Le temps qu’il nous reste- Fernand Gignac
Diana- Paul Anka


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  Tags: henri+richard

Your Kings Questions Answered

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jim Fox of the LA Kings broadcasting crew answers questions from Kings fans at Inside the Kings…

Are we there yet? Is this team going to be competitive? Black hole, better than Black hole or worse? Could you comment on pieces/parts you can’t wait to see together. Thanks Jim

I think the personnel has improved from last year…not many “impact” pieces have left and the acquisition of Smyth and Scuderi bring 2 impact players to the lineup…both guys do not need to change their game…they need to play the way they have for years…Scuderi’s style is be a simple “shut-down” defenseman…many time this is not thought of as an “impact” role…but if you are as effective as Scuderi, then the impact is invaluable…

much more...

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Flirting, NHL Executive -Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Province:

Florida Panthers executive Uri Man hit on Fox News anchor Ainsley Earhardt on live TV Saturday, and the footage is proving a hit on YouTube.

Man, author of Getting Good Jobs In Tough Times, was appearing as a business and financial analyst during a segment about unemployment in the U.S. In the clip, he begins by complimenting Earnhardt on her yellow dress, and later reveals he has researched where she went to college.

Man is vice-president of real-estate development with the NHL’s Panthers, and appeared recently on the Bravo TV reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, which helps rich bachelors find the women of their dreams.


Video below:

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  Tags: ainsley+earhardt, uri+man

Burke Talks CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

“We absolutely need to look at term limits,” Burke told THN.com Friday afternoon, before embarking on a week-long west coast vacation with his wife. “I personally do not believe some players have any intention of fulfilling some of these long-term contracts.”

Another rule Burke has lobbied to change for some time is the so-called “four-recall rule,” which limits NHL teams to just four player promotions from their American League affiliate after the trade deadline – as long as that AHL affiliate is still in contention for a playoff spot or playing in the post-season; if their affiliate is out of the playoff mix, there is no limit as to the number of players an NHL team can call up.

read on

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  Tags: brian+burke

An Early Look At The Salary Cap- 2010-11 Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With Canadian teams reportedly accounting for over 30 percent of league revenues and having no problems selling out their respective arenas, the improved value of the “loonie” throughout the coming season could have a positive impact upon league revenues.

Of course there are other variables which could adversely affect revenues. Concessions, souvenirs, advertisement and broadcast revenues have yet to be collected for the upcoming season and the current volatility of the economy could still take its toll. It’s difficult for the league’s general managers and their “capologists” to gauge what the immediate future will bring, and combined with the flat-lining of this coming season’s salary cap makes it difficult to plan out long-term roster building forecasts this summer.

A significant decrease in the 2010-11 salary cap is still a possibility and any general manger worth his salt has to anticipate this, but it’s also possible it may not be a certainty.


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Shanahan Will Be In Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

There is enough interest around the league in Brendan Shanahan that the veteran winger is already looking forward to training camp and his 22nd NHL season.

But agent Rick Curran wouldn’t say on Monday if Shanahan and the Devils were getting close to a deal. Shanahan, 40, is an unrestricted free agent….

Curran said he didn’t know if a decision on Shanahan’s future would happen in the next few days or weeks, but said the future Hall of Famer would be reporting to an NHL training camp. He will not have to wait until mid-season before being signed, as he did last season.

a little more...

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Where FA Goalies Could Land In The 2010 Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Duff at The Hockey News,

Biron did suggest he feels the Islanders will surprise a lot of teams this year and he hopes to be a part of that. But the interesting angle in all of this is where Biron believes/hopes he will end up next year as a No. 1.

Here’s a look at the teams that, barring contract extensions between now and then, will have their No. 1 goalies coming up for free agency, restricted and unrestricted, next July….

Dallas Stars – Marty Turco turns 34 this August and is coming off a terribly disappointing season. Two in a row might spell the end for him with the Stars.

San Jose Sharks – Evgeni Nabokov’s contract runs out. Depending on the 2010 playoffs, it could be time for dramatic change.

St. Louis Blues – If Chris Mason follows up last year’s strong second half with similar numbers, it would be hard to imagine there would be an opening here.


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All Kinds Of Different Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

If, as the saying goes, every picture tells a story—well, so do a lot of the numbers we never think about.

Here are a few of the more interesting NHL facts and figures involving position players that you might not have known:

Ready, aim fire—In 2008-09, Alex Ovechkin became only the second player in NHL history to take more than 500 shots on goal in a season….

Where did he find the time?—Players who pile up lots of penalty minutes are rarely big scorers—among the 15 most-penalized players in 2008-09, only St. Louis’ David Backes (31) had more than 20 goals….


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An Embarrassing Chapter In NHL History

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

“I’ve got to tell you,” said Del Biaggio, who’d bought the Nashville Predators from Leipold in late 2007, “I lied to you.”

“What are you talking about?” Leipold asked.

Weeks later, after he returned from France, Leipold learned exactly what Del Biaggio meant, and just how far those four words had taken him.

The young, relatively unknown venture capitalist from San Jose had made one of his first confessions of guilt in what would be one of the most embarrassing recent chapters in NHL history.

read on & thanks for the pointer to everyone here...

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  Tags: william+del+biaggio

The Walleye Mascot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Monroe of the Toledo Blade,

He may be a fish out of water, but the ice suits him just fine.

“Spike” the yellow walleye will be unveiled today as the mascot for Toledo’s new hockey team that begins play in October. The costumed mascot with the mischievous gap-toothed grin will greet the public for the first time at the Mud Hens game at noon at Fifth Third Field.

“Spike is our most enthusiastic fan,” said Scott Jeffer, assistant general manager and director of marketing for the Walleye. “He’s our head cheerleader.”

The yellow walleye will wear an oversized version of the team’s jersey and will don a hockey helmet. Spike’s home is “The Fish Pond” at the new Lucas County Arena downtown.

continued and checkout the official Toledo Walleye site too…


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  Tags: toldedo+walleye

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