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Cherry On NBC

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A quick review of Don on NBC with Brett Hull and Bill Clement. Don said the the biggest mistake the NHL has made is the instigator penalty.  People want to see fights, just ask the fans.
Both Don and Brett can’t believe what Alfredsson did at the end of the 2nd, Cherry called him awful dumb if he did it on purpose and Brett said he has lost a lot of respect for him.
Feel free to add your comments if you saw Don on NBC.

If you happened to just land on Kukla’s Korner, make sure to check out the blog post Alanah did earlier today on Don Cherry.

added 6:18am on 6/5/07, from the Toronto Star,

“The fans love the fights,” he said, repeating his oft-heard claim. “The players love the fights. People go nuts on the fights and I have to laugh and I hate to give NBC heck and everything but I’ve been told the reason they cut it down they wanted U.S.A. people to watch it.
“Can you believe that? It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. U.S.A., NASCAR where there’s crashes, football, kill the quarterback, ultimate fighting.
“Who’s kidding who?”


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Alanis Live

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Courtesy of filmmaker Shawn P. Roarke at NHL Connect Stanley Cup 2007...
A great rendition of “O Canada”.

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Action All Night

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Keep an eye on the NHL Connect Stanley Cup 2007 Headquarters tonight.  Evan Grossman just added some video and I will let him describe it…

Here in Canada, one of the money shots to get for the game broadcast is of the players arriving in their street clothes. Here are some shots of the TV cameras recording the entrances of some players like Wade Redden.

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NHL Will Address Head Shots

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from the AP via Yahoo,

“There’s going to be an attempt to draft some type of rule about a hit directly to the head,” Ducks GM Brian Burke said. “My prediction is it’s going to be hard to draft it, but I think we owe it to our players to try.”
Added Sabres GM Darcy Regier: “For me, for our organization, I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

read on... plus others changes discussed but no resolutions…

added 7:11pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The league will almost certainly introduce a major penalty for interference (currently there is none on the books) to prevent another Tomas Kaberle-Cam Janssen sort of incident and will also ensure that all face-offs will occur at the nearest dot.
And while Nashville Predators’ general manager David Poile believes that bigger nets will eventually have to come, there was little support for that change in the here and now, according to the Minnesota Wild’s Doug Risebrough.

more on the head shots too…

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Bob Murray Withdraws Name For Columbus GM Job

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Bob Murray has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the Blue Jackets general manager, The Dispatch has learned.
Murray, the Anaheim Ducks vice president of hockey operations, interviewed with the Blue Jackets on Friday and notified the team on Sunday that he was no longer interested in the job.
“The Blue Jackets were extremely interested in (Murray),” said an NHL source, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Bob spent Saturday discussing it with his family, and he’s decided he’s in a very good spot right now with Anaheim, that he wants to stay put.”


thanks to a KK member for posting this in the KK Forum...

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Talk Heating Up

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from the CP via TSN,

Chris Pronger a backstabber? Corey Perry a headhunter? Chris Neil a villain? Dean McAmmond a faker?
Accusations and insinuations ruled the day Monday following Pronger’s one-game suspension for a shot to McAmmond’s head in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
The most heated talk was from Neil, the feisty Ottawa Senators winger who was accused by Anaheim GM Brian Burke of trying to take Ducks forward Andy McDonald’s head off with an elbow. McDonald was not hurt on the play.


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Sabres GM & Coach Expected Back - Players Another Story

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Sabres general manager Darcy Regier is confident he and coach Lindy Ruff will be back in Buffalo next season. Co-captains Chris Drury’s and Daniel Briere’s futures with the team are less certain.
“Both of us expect to be back,” Regier said Monday, referring to himself and Ruff, whose contracts expired after this season. “There’s been work that’s been positive and I don’t expect any changes going forward. We’ll get there at some point.”
What’s yet to been determined is the Sabres’ plans in attempting to re-sign Briere and Drury, both eligible to become unrestricted free agents July 1.


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This Could Have Been Avoided

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Fans are understandably sick of hearing about financial issues, but a couple of recent revelations bear noting.
One is that it appears that the NHL Players Association will exercise its right to have the salary cap raised to the maximum permissible level. That should push it over $50 million.
Those of you who remember commissioner Gary Bettman’s assurance that the salary cap he needed to impose would keep ticket prices down might wonder about this.
Bettman could have prevented the year-long shutdown of the league by accepting a PA proposal that would have set payrolls at approximately $42 million. He refused, saying that such a figure was beyond the reach of owners. Two years later, we’re at $50 million.

more on this, plus a few other NHL topics, including the Pronger suspension…

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Ducks Deserve More Ink

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from LAVoice.org,

I learned something this morning while glancing at page 4 of the LA Times Sports section: not only is hockey still played professionally but the team from Anaheim is actually in the Stanley Cup Finals. Who knew? And the game is on NBC tonight.
I don’t know a single guy who plays for the Ducks (apparently they dropped the “Mighty” from their official name) but I’m going to watch. Hopefully a lot of other people will too, because hockey really deserves more respect than it’s currently getting….
Why the Times can’t give a (sort of) local team that is 2 wins away from the championship better coverage than page 4 is also a mystery (but just one of many mysteries at the Times). [Note: below the fold on page 1 of the sports page thee is a column about a guy named Pronger who plays for the Ducks, but the actual series coverage is buried on Page 4.]

a little more...

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A Pat On The Back

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

After my rant about getting the runaround from a van driver the other night, it occured to me that I am risking my reputation with the NHL as one of the few rays of sunshine among a sullen media mob that is only too quick to explode into self-righteous anger over such trifles as the chablis not being exactly the right temperature or the wireless Internet connection cutting in and out all night.
So I come here today not to bury anyone but to praise Frank Brown, Gary Meagher, Julie Young, Jamie Horan and the rest of the NHL communications staff. They all did a tremendous job on Sunday, turning what could have been another long, frustrating day for the media into a piece of cake.

Yes, they are doing a great job along with everyone involved with the NHL.  I have been able to provide KK readers with numerous updates because of their efforts.  It is also a shame some of the MSM is not using the same resources made available, but hey, you do know where to find it if you are reading this!

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