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OK, One Exception

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger at TSN,

The NHL’s injury disclosure police are out in full force. While mindful of players’ safety, the league is reminding teams to follow the guidelines of a policy introduced last week that encourages clubs report proximity of injuries.
On Tuesday night the Ottawa Senators reported Patrick Eaves suffered a “lower body” injury after getting hit with the puck.
According to policy, “lower body” is no longer acceptable.
Based on the video evidence that clearly shows where the puck made contact…in this case, an exception is understandable.

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Nashville Needs To Get In Playoff Mode

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

“They forecheck really well; they finish their checks well; and their forwards also chase you hard back to their zone,’’ Hamhuis said. “They just do a good job protecting the middle. That has to do with their speed and smarts.’‘
In a strange twist from yesteryear, the Wings’ tough defensive tactics also had the Predators complaining that they weren’t getting enough calls from the officials.
“There was an awful lot of clutching and grabbing going on out there,’’ Predators center David Legwand said. “It looked like the old NHL out there. But in the playoffs, that’s what we’re going to have to work through.’‘

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Blame The Band

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

If Dany Heatley doesn’t get 50 goals for the second straight season, it won’t be because of defencemen like Andrei Markov or goaltenders like Martin Brodeur.
Blame The Pussycat Dolls.
The Senators winger won’t decide until this morning if his sore ankle is good enough to allow him to play tonight against the hot Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.
Heatley, who has 46 goals with five games left, caught his toe in some bad ice Tuesday night against the Bruins and twisted his ankle.
The Senators said the ice was soft and in poor condition after the Christina Aguilera/The Pussycat Dolls concert the night before.
When asked if Aguilera is to blame, Heatley replied: “Maybe just The Pussycat Dolls. They were melting the ice, apparently, and it made for bad ice for the game.”

continued

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Ducks Increase Ticket Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the LA Times,

The Ducks announced they would raise their ticket prices on individual and season seats for the 2007-08 season, marking the first such increase in three years.
Season tickets will increase by an average of 7.9%, and individual tickets will jump by an average of 1.1%. All tickets will continue to have a Honda Center facility fee, beginning at $1.50 for the most inexpensive ticket.
Several seating sections were also reclassified under additional varying prices. Tickets for some seats in the lower bowl were reduced by 15.8% from this season.
“Our primary objective in evaluation our pricing structure was to keep tickets affordable,” said Tim Ryan, president and chief executive officer of Anaheim Arena Management.

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NHL Numbers Better Than NBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The National Hockey League is widely perceived to be a sport going nowhere in the United States.
Hockey? Hardly worthy of a place at the table with football, baseball and basketball.
But audience results from last Sunday afternoon suggest otherwise.
The NHL telecast on NBC (Boston Bruins-Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers-New York Islanders regionally) drew a larger national audience than ABC’s National Basketball Association telecast (Phoenix Suns-Sacramento Kings).

cotninued

Now if some national media types in the US would pick up on this…

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Coaching In The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

As it does with players, the spotlight shines brightest on coaches come the NHL playoffs.
For those behind the bench, putting their stamp on playoff success can come about through various means and methods.
Here’s a look at a group who are ready for all the postseason can throw their way. But before I get into my list, a couple of keys on what helps mold a top-caliber NHL coach.
There’s the need for a strong personality—one that never cracks, one that never rattles under pressure.

continued

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So I Took A Week Off

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s not like anything important’s been going on.  Back in the nation’s capitol (capital) for the day, then it’s on to the State That Hockey Forgot for the weekend.

Continue Reading »

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Canucks Extend Salo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenceman Sami Salo to a four-year contract extension. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
‘‘We are pleased to have agreed to a long-term extension with Sami today,’’ said Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis. ‘‘Sami is an elite defenceman who compliments our group very well. We are confident that he will continue to perform at the high level he has established for himself over the next four seasons.’‘

continued

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Another Dose Of Cheli

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Normally, this would fall under the A2Y blog, but the sailor is a busy man these days.
Chris Chelios does a weekly interview on WDFN and this week talked about the Preds, Zetterberg, Osgood and the Detroit Tigers Opening Day.
Thanks as always to WDFN for the use of the audio.

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KK- Why Does Your Team Deserve the Stanley Cup?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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This is a big one folks!  The latest KK Challenge is well worth your effort. 

Tell us why your team deserves to win the Stanley Cup.

In 250 words or less, email me your best story. 

Get creative and you may win an authentic, personalized NHL team jersey (your choice & yes, you can wait for the new RBK jersey).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

1) Must be a KK member (Free registration here if you’re not already a member).
2) Must be received by email, including your real name and member screen name.
3) In the subject of the email, please use “Stanley Cup Challenge”.
4) Entries MUST be 250 words or less. Longer entries will be disqualified.
5) All entries must be timestamped by 10:00pm EDT, April 10, 2007.

Of course, even if your team is not playoff bound, you are encouraged to participate. 

Entries will be judged by the KK Krew & the crack reporters at NHL.com.

note: This post will be sticky (top of Front & Hockey page) on occasion through April 10th.

UPDATE April 27, 2007:

Winners announced here. Thanks to everyone for contributing!

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