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Pressure On Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars named Brenden Morrow team captain last week. He has earned the position, coach Dave Tippett said, and many who have watched Morrow said he was born to be a captain. But to pull this switch off, the Stars had to take the "C" away from Mike Modano. And that's a horrible thing to do. Bottom line, it just doesn't happen much in the NHL unless there is a change of coaching staff or a battle within the team. Brett Hull was stripped in St. Louis in his battle with Mike Keenan. Vincent Lecavalier had it taken away in Tampa Bay when they decided it was given to him at too young an age. But to just take the "C" away from the face of the franchise? That's harsh.
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Balsillie Buys Pens

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Sportsnet:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been sold, Sportsnet has learned. It is believed the team was bought by Jim Balsillie, owner of Research In Motion (RIM), the Waterloo, Ont.-based company that manufactures Blackberry devices, for a price of $175 million, according to KDKA in Pittsburgh. Balsillie had wanted to move the team to Hamilton at one point but more recently indicated he will keep the team in Pittsburgh.
continued added 8:04pm, from the Globe and Mail,
A spokesperson for Mr. Balsillie declined comment last night. However, a source said Mr. Balsillie is expected to be in Pittsburgh Thursday night for the team's opening game against the Philadelphia Flyers. While a deal is expected to be announced shortly before the game, other sources cautioned that last minute details still needed to be worked out and that the agreement could fall apart.
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Talking Versus & Versus HD

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Post your comments about the first game of the NHL season. One thing I noticed right off the bat, even though the introduction was in SD, it was stretched to fit the 16:9 format. Last year, we had the sidebars. By the way, I am watching on INHD via Comcast.

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Q & A With Saskin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

Question: What are your expectations for league revenues this year, in other words, where do you think the salary cap is headed? Saskin: Well I think we're still going to see growth. I don't think we can expect that tremendous, one-year boost above the projected number that we had last year. Last year we exceeded by the projections by over $350 million, which is fantastic but also unusual because there was a lot of uncertainty in the projection.
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Frei’s Ouija Board

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

After a long session with the Ouija board, here are predictions for the 2006-07 NHL season: The Avalanche sellout streak will officially end, prompting many scribes and other media members to opine that it proves this wasn't "a hockey town," after all - just a bandwagon tied to a successful franchise.... After last season's increase, NHL scoring will flatten or slightly decrease.... NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's greatest accomplishment would be to convince the Wirtz family to sell the Blackhawks, but he again won't have the nerve to try it this season....
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Attention NHL Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hire an NHL HOCKEY Fan. Purchase is for 1 fan for 1 Game. Multiple purchases are allowed. Buyer to pay in advance and will receive the following within 24 hours of the completion of the game. -A digital photo of the fan you hired cheering for your team. -A brief summary of the game as written by your hired fan. read on...you can also get paid to be a fan...

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Abel To Yzerman Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many bloggers and Red Wings fans have been interested in what happened to the Abel to Yzerman blog. I just heard from Bill's wife and all is well. Bill has been on assignment but should be back in action in a couple of weeks. His internet access is very limited and wanted to pass along that everything is OK. That is good news for the hockey fans and bloggers.

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Win A Ring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the team will raffle off a “#1 Fan” Stanley Cup championship ring this season. Raffle tickets will be sold at Hurricanes home games beginning with the home opener against the Buffalo Sabres at the RBC Center, with all proceeds going to benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation. The ring is identical to the rings each Hurricanes player from the 2006 Stanley Cup championship team received. It is a 14K white gold ring with the Hurricanes logo surrounding the Stanley Cup, set with quality rubies and black sapphires. There are more than 100 assorted collection quality diamonds on the ring. Thanks to a KK member for passing this along. image

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G & M RT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

The new National Hockey League begins on Wednesday night with a trio of games, including the latest meeting in the Battle of Ontario when Ottawa travels to Toronto. Several members of the Globe's sports team were online Wednesday to discuss a range of issues surrounding the league both on and off the ice. Eric Duhatschek, David Naylor, Allan Maki, Grant Kerr, William Houston and David Shoalts took questions on a variety of topics.
Answering a question that basically asked, "Can the NHL get any better"?,
William Houston writes: It had better improve. Despite the NHL putting a happy face on the new game, scoring last year was up only marginally. And power plays seemed to account for most of the offensive production. The league has done its part by cracking down on obstruction. Now it's up to the teams to deliver compelling, offensive hockey five on five.
read on...long, but hey, it is hockey season...

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So Many Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at FoxSports,

Which teams have the potential to become "dark horses" in the NHL playoff race? In the Eastern Conference, the Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers could surprise their critics to nail down playoff berths.... In the Western Conference, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks could pull off some surprises.
read on...many questions answered but Spector passes on the Stanley Cup winner...good decision...

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