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Atlanta Interested In Signing Hossa, Not Trading Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Thrashers Blog,

First, let’s address the Marian Hossa trade rumors. Despite rumors to the contrary floating around the internet, I want to stress that the Thrashers are much more interested in signing Hoss to a contract extension than trading him. There are no serious trade talks as of right now, and I don’t anticipate that changing any time soon.
So rather than fan those flames any more than we already have, let’s start a new debate. Who do you think the Thrashers are going to miss the most off of last year’s team?

continued... much more Atlanta talk…

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Something “The Entertainer” Should Read & Address

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Soapbox,

I realize there are other bloggers - some of them I like to consider my friends - who have legitimate issues with what he does, but that’s between them and Eklund to sort out.
I’ve publicly opted not to take sides, as I feel there’s plenty of room in cyberspace for he and I to peacefully co-exist and as long as he respects that so will I.
The only problem I’ve had with Eklund is his anonymity, which I felt was a detriment in terms of earning his peers respect, legitimacy for his work and gaining access within the ranks of the NHL media.

read on... and I am sure that is what many of the bloggers want.  Address the issues Dwayne, it is time to do so.

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Canadiens Owner Buys Into NASCAR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Habs Inside/Out,

Recognizing that the rate of change off-track has exceeded the change on-track in the past few years, Evernham forged a relationship with Gillett, whose diverse holdings offer unique business-to-business opportunities, sponsorship activation and fulfillment that will revolutionize what sponsors can expect from a NASCAR team.
Gillett is the owner of the Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League (NHL) team and a co-owner of the Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League. Gillett’s other business interests include the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens and Gillett Entertainment Group (GEG), producers of some 700 sporting and entertainment events in numerous venues throughout Canada and the United States.

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It Is August - Time To Think Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

August means getting on the rink for the first time in months for many players, as dry land training merges with on-ice exercises. Many times that means relocating from summer homes to one’s city of employment, as players congregate for informal ice sessions prior to camp. For veterans, that may also mean getting their kids situated in schools, and for those who are arriving in a city for the first time, it means getting acclimated to new living accommodations is also a part of the process.
The driving force, however, remains the pull of the game during that last lull before it all begins in earnest. It’s a time for clarity when goals and expectations can be set and measured from the relative calm of summer…

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Entry #8: Below The Fold

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It took us 8 contestants to reach this point, but our “Ditch The Fire On Ice Campaign Before The Rest Of The Hockey World Realizes Just How Sad Our Marketing Strategies Really Are” contest has finally attracted the attention of Cinemax viewers.

For some reason, I think this one may get a few votes in September.

Continue Reading »

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Edmonton No Longer A Small Market Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Last I checked, the National Hockey League was all about paying for production. Paying for potential is what got the NHL in trouble in the first place, leading to the salary cap.
So please, no more whining about small-market Edmonton. This Penner purchase should be the final nail in that coffin. Lowe seems to be spending the Edmonton Investors Group money like a drunken sailor who just settled in to the Victoria, B.C., harbour with a bunch of American coin in his pocket.

read on

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Tverdovsky Considering Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Sport-Express, with rough translation below:

TODAY TVERDOVSKY CAN SIGN THE CONTRACT WITH “SALAVAT”

Last night to Moscow from America there has arrived the defender of club of NHL ” Los Angeles Kings ” Oleg Tverdovsky.
I have some offers from clubs of the superleague. The most interesting - from “Salavat Yulaev.” On Monday with the agent we take off for Ufa for negotiations and, probably, signings of the contract, - has told Tverdovsky to the correspondent “SE” to Vladimir YURIN.

And how your contract with “Los Angeles” which a year operates as early as?
There are some variants to terminate the contract with “Kings”. I think, we shall find an optimum way to make it. In “Los Angeles” to me do not trust, and to play for this command I do not want.

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Blue Lines and Bowman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So I guess the stress train we all rode last May is kind of a rental, eh?  I’m thinking that while we had it bursting at the seams a few times, they may have to add a couple cars to fit all the Tiger fans aboard.  If you’re finding the other Ilitch organ-I-zation to be a cause of current (and hopefully temporary) sorrow, all I can offer you is a little hockey news to distract you for a few minutes. 

We start with the D. Markov Dilemma, a continuation of it.  Last week Khan(!)‘s wisdom prompted us to finally come to this conclusion

...public overtures to Markov may be for show.  As it stands right now, there’s just no room for the guy.  There’s no animosity there, just the reality of a stacked blue line and a bit of a bind where Meech is concerned.  It would seem, and it’s kind of embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to figure it out, that the day Rafalski signed Markov’s ticket out of Detroit was stamped.

Continue Reading »

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Bettman’s ABC Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Connolly of the Daily News,

The National Hockey League’s recent second rejection of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s bid to purchase an ailing American franchise in Nashville and move it to Canada has revived a familiar alarm in this country - we’re losing top-level control of our national game to the southern neighbours.
Spare the hand-wringing, folks. That was lost nearly nine decades ago and we won’t be getting it back in the present NHL that is structured around 24 American and six Canadian teams. Simple arithmetic dictates that the torch carriers from the north won’t win many votes on important issues, such as expansion to Canada. Not even when that makes perfect business sense, as in Balsillie’s proposal to move the terminally ill Predators to Hamilton….
For now and the immediate future, it’s Bettman’s ABC plan: Anywhere But Canada.

read on

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The Whalers Meet Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Harford Courant,

Thirty-five players and management types returned to Connecticut for a lobster bake at the farm Friday night and a golf tournament at nearby Willow Brook Golf Course Saturday before a barbecue that included a band playing under one of two tents.
The player gathering was a who’s who of the franchise’s 25 seasons in Boston, Springfield and Hartford, starting with Hall of Famers Ron Francis, who will be inducted Nov. 12, and announcer Chuck Kaiton (2004). Francis, Dineen, Rick Ley and Randy Ladouceur were former captains on hand. Francis, Dineen, Ley and Ulf Samuelsson are four of the six players to have their retired numbers hanging in the Civic Center rafters.

read on

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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