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Not A Small Market Problem

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

One of the prevailing themes in the wake of the shocking trade of Ryan Smyth to Long Island, at least in Canada, was that, somehow, the collective-bargaining agreement had failed small markets like Edmonton.
Now, hold on an oilfield second here.
Isn’t Long Island one of those small markets? And Nashville, which nabbed Peter Forsberg? And Atlanta, which nabbed Keith Tkachuk? And San Jose, which added Bill Guerin?

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Rangers Slipping Out Of The Race

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from TBM at NBC Sports,

The local patrons on Broadway are paying steep pieces for their S & M (sloppiness and mismanagement) as well, especially the hockey fans, who are watching the Rangers slip out of the eastern conference playoff race in spectacularly gruesome fashion….
All of this happened as season ticket holders began receiving their playoff ticket invoices, with the customary demand for cash up front, which will be held as a deposit on next year’s tickets should the Rangers fail to make it,
Someone call the cops.

more on the Rangers…

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Jersey Auction Raises Big Dollars

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NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 2, 2007) –The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) online game-worn jersey auction has earned $385,730 to be distributed to the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation and NHL club charities. The Pittsburgh Penguins took two honors, generating the top team total $37,170, and the leading individual figure of $12,131 for the jersey worn by sophomore center Sidney Crosby. Other notable final bids include jerseys from Crosby’s Pittsburgh teammate Evgeni Malkin ($7,520), and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals ($6,020).

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Why Refs Quit

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from CTV,

Two University of Regina students are conducting a study on the stress that hockey referees endure that can sometimes include verbal abuse, name-calling, and even physical attacks and death threats.
Kim Dorsch, an educational sports psychologist who’s a co-author of the study, says plenty of studies have been done on hockey players, coaches and even hockey parents, but few on referees.
“Officials are the forgotten person on the ice,” she told Canada AM. “We often forget they’re a person.”

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Bettman Joins Pittsburgh Arena Talks

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via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Gov. Ed Rendell said today the Penguins and state, county and city negotiators remain close to a deal for a new arena. But he cautioned that the team still could end up in Kansas City next season.
In the latest negotiations, Rendell said the two sides agreed to increase the arena bond issue to $290 million, the amount the Penguins believe is necessary to build a replacement for Mellon Arena, the oldest venue in the National Hockey League. Rendell said he believes an arena can be built for $250 million.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has joined the negotiations as a mediator. “(Bettman) would like to see this thing brought to a head, and so would I,” Rendell said.

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Looking At The Sellers

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...even if it’s difficult to identify which moves bolstered a team for the playoff drive, you can safely predict that seven of the contenders will eventually be identified as losers in the end.
In this new era of definitive buyers and sellers at the trading deadline, the upside is almost always with the sellers. The issue for them becomes, turning the assets they acquired at the deadline into bonafide NHL players — something that is easier said than done.

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Looking Ahead At The Kings

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from David Lassen of the Ventura County Star,

Since the present was already pretty wretched, the Kings did the sensible thing at the NHL trade deadline and wholeheartedly bet on the future.
But, while it may have been the right thing to do, and appears to have been done well, that doesn’t mean Kings fans should feel too much enthusiasm for the process.
It’s one thing to be asked to wait until next year. But wait ‘til next decade?
That’s a lot to ask. And that, essentially, is the premise underlying the deadline dealings.

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Hasek Out

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from the Detroit News,

The nagging injuries are mounting for the Red Wings.
The latest is goalie Dominik Hasek, who will miss Friday’s game against Chicago, and likely Sunday’s against Colorado, with a thigh injury.
The Wings recalled Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids to back up Chris Osgood this weekend.
Hasek wants to be careful.
“I had a little bit of tightness after the game against Chicago (Tuesday) and yesterday at practice,” Hasek said.

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Have Faith Habs Fans

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from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

As a Canadiens fans, I’m frustrated too over the seeming lack of real progress, but I also understand that it takes time to build a winner. Given Gainey’s track record as a GM in Dallas, where he built that team into a champion and perennial Cup contender, I’m willing to keep being patient.
Besides, there’s not a heckuva whole lot we Habs fans can do about it, now can we? It’s not as thought the fans won’t turn out to support them.
In the words of Guns n Roses, “all we need is just a little patience”.

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Off Wing Opinion Interview

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Great read!!!

from CultureCloud,

The latest interview is with Eric McErlain of Off Wing Opinion. Piano-bar peformers don’t tickle a keyboard as much as McErlain, 39, of Reston, Va. He’s been blogging since 2001, practically since the blog format grew little tiny legs and crawled out of the primordial ooze of the dialup-era web…
But it wasn’t long before a couple of folks, Dubi Silverstein and Jes Golbez in particular, started to question just what he was filling the vaccuum with. When you take a look at those early analyses, it’s pretty clear that Eklund’s brew was a mixture of 30% previously reported news and 70% baloney. When folks started to point out his errors online, he would respond by disabling comments on his blog or simply erasing content altogether.
One of the ways that Eklund drew people into his blog—and began charging them for access—was by constructing a farcical backstory of how he had become an NHL insider thanks to a long career working for a number of teams, the league and as a freelance hockey writer. When I, among others, challenged the particulars, he simply erased it all and constructed a new one….

read on... The interview covers numerous topic…

added 12:18pm, I am getting numerous emails today asking about Dwayne.  KK regulars have read this, but for those who haven’t, here it is...

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