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New Jersey Devils Planning Ticket Increase

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star-Ledger,

Devils fans could see this day coming as clearly as Scott Stevens lowering his shoulder to nail some hopeless left wing. But that didn’t make the 114 percent increase in the price of the best season tickets feel any better.
It’s a basic fact of life in the modern sports industry: A new arena means higher ticket prices. This week Devils fans are learning just how much more they will pay to maintain their seats when the team moves to Newark’s Prudential Center this fall.
We knew it was going to go up,” said Gary Mouridy of Readington, who has been a season-ticket holder since 2001. “We didn’t expect it to double.”

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All Ted Nolan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

Ted Nolan is finally back in the NHL doing what he does best: win hockey games. The Islanders coach has his team thinking about a long playoff run after going 14 seasons without a postseason series win.
Q: You played part of three seasons in the NHL. Why couldn’t you land a regular spot in the NHL?
A: I never went to hockey school or did power skating. I played house-league hockey until I was 12 years old. I never played travel hockey. My season was from November until March. I never trained in the offseason. I just played hockey ‘cause I had fun at it. When I got drafted to the NHL, I still couldn’t cross my left foot over my right foot; I couldn’t do crossovers on one side. I just didn’t have the proper training to be an everyday NHL player.

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Fisher In The Woods

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marcie Garcia of NHL.com,

Though you can take the boy out of the country that Fisher calls home, you can’t stop him from hunting.
Returning to one of his favorite outdoor activities—whether it be strapping on a bow and arrow, toting a shotgun or smearing camouflage paint on his face—is the normalcy Fisher welcomes.
He admits, however, that he doesn’t have the patience to sit up in a tree stand for more then an hour when hunting. He needs to walk around and get his feet dirty in the leafy soil.
“After practice, just going out, it’s a good way for me to get away and have a little bit of balance,” Fisher says. “To get away from the game and just relax and enjoy the outside and God’s creation. It’s just something I love to do.”

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KK- You Know The Playoffs Are Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

IwoCPO at A2Y has docked his ship and is writing away, while Alanah at Canucks & Beyond is still in shock after Vancouver’s favorite son joined the hated Wings.  I wonder what she has in store for the return of Bert…
Also, I have been making a steady progress with the KK Shopping Section.
Using the KK Affiliate links helps keep KK in business, and remember, we don’t ask for donations or charge for any content, and never will.
More on the future of KK in a week or so, but I can tell you it will only be getting bigger and better.

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Please Send Me The Address

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...to NHL Headquarters. Because I might just have a reason to send Gary Bettman some fan mail soon. It would appear that the little bugger's finally seeing the light regarding potential re-alignment and moving the Wings eastward.

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Moore’s Tact

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve read a few articles regarding Steve Moore’s comments of yesterday.  He wants to play, but can’t.  He’s frustrated and we understand it, and he’s biting his tongue.

“I think it’s best we avoid that,” Moore said when asked if he would be able to forgive Bertuzzi.

Moore said he feels frustrated that he has been unable to overcome head injuries he suffered in the on-ice attack while Bertuzzi continues to pursue an NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Just Imagine Rachel Ray…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Onion,

NEW YORK—Flanked by Food Network president Brooke Johnson and cooking-show host Rachael Ray, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced yesterday that the NHL has opted out of its contract with the Versus cable channel (formerly the Outdoor Life Network) and has reached a long-term broadcasting deal with the Food Network starting in the 2007-08 season.

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Scratch Vegas Off The List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Reading the following story, it sounds like Vegas is not a destination for the Pens, or for any team in the near future.

from the Las Vegas Review Journal,

Thomas & Mack Center director Daren Libonati said he has not spoken to anyone from the Penguins and that the facility has no ice floor and no chiller.
He said a major league team would need corporate signage, control of suites and revenues from food and beverage sales, none of which would be available at the Thomas & Mack.
Reid said studies should be done to determine whether there would be sufficient public support for an NHL team in Las Vegas.
Given the urgency of the Penguins’ situation and the lack of an arena, Reid said the process might be too far along for Southern Nevada to make a serious play.

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added 10:55am, from the Las Vegas Sun,

But the fact is Ogie Ogilthorpe is more likely to win the Federal League’s sportsmanship award before Las Vegas lands the Penguins or any other National Hockey League team.

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AO Stands Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jody Vance at Slam,

Prior to being swarmed by the media throng Tuesday, my Leafs TV gig afforded me an exclusive one-on-one with Alex Ovechkin.
This was certainly an interview I won’t soon forget.
Ovechkin is a presence even in an empty NHL visitors’ dressing room: Young, yet with eyes filled with the wisdom that comes from having shouldered so much pressure in his 21 years.
We go right to the flashy yellow laces and tell-tale tinted visor on his No. 8 helmet resting on the shelf above. Fashion statements, he says, “Laces to not be like others—same with visor—I do not want to be same as everyone. To stand out.”

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Chicago Thinking Tougher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

But as the Hawks begin a four-game trip Saturday in Phoenix, that number could rise. The Hawks are expected to recall defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Dave Koci on Thursday.
In the case of Byfuglien, he likely will replace James Wisniewski, who will have surgery Thursday to repair his right ACL, which he injured Tuesday. Wisniewski is out for the season.
Koci, on the other hand, won’t be asked to carry the puck out of the Hawks’ zone. According to the Web site hockeyfights.com, Koci has had 85 fights in four seasons in the American Hockey League, including 20 this season through Tuesday.
“He’s a big boy,” Savard said of the 6-foot-6-inch, 238-pound native of the Czech Republic.
“We’ll see next week. We may have to dance, I don’t know.”

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