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Just Trying To Watch

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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

6:24pm—I call my cable company to order NHL Centre Ice.  I know, kids.  The host of the NHL on TSN should already have NHL Centre Ice when we’re three weeks into the season.  Except that he just moved and is starting over in life.  Cable life, anyway.


6:48pm—In the worst television development since The View, the cable lady tells me they do not offer NHL Centre Ice.  I laugh out loud at this, because it is clearly a new form of telemarketing where they joke with customers to gain their confidence, then steal all their money.  After all, this is freakin’ 2008.

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A Night At Staples

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Reaction.  Great game, good crowd.  Nice arena.

Hossome.  The guy’s amazing.  Kenny?  Make it happen.  Whatever magic silly trick you have to learn.  Whichever salary cap cheat maneuver you have to develop.  Doesn’t matter.  Just get it done.

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Islanders Going for the 70s Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the NY Islanders:

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The Islanders unveiled their new alternate uniform Monday night at an Islanders Business Club event prior to the start of their game against the New York Rangers. The new uniform, which is reminiscent of the ones the Islanders donned in the mid-1970s, is royal blue with white numbers and letters, outlined in orange.

The Islanders will take the ice in the new uniforms for the first time on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens on “Throwback Night,” sponsored by Modell’s. The Islanders will wear the new uniform a total of 15 times this season.

See the photo gallery here.

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He spent all night staring down at the lights of LA…It’s a West Coast Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ll not be participating in the live blog, not directly.  Since I’ll be making friends at the Staples Center. 

There was really no other option for a Seger-driven Live Blog was there?  That chick twisted our boy Bob in knots.  Just a young midwestern boy who headed west because we all know a little change does a world of good some times.  Next thing you know he’s whipped.  And just a minute later?

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Al (Strachan) is sort of like a spaghetti salesman.  Al just throws so much against the wall and hopes something sticks. … It’s total lies.”

-Lightning coach Barry Merose on Al Strachan.  More on the Lightning at the St. Petersburg Times…

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Two Words - Salary Cap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone at Between The Circles,

Now the Hawks are rumored to be one of the teams interested in Ottawa center Jason Spezza, who is said to be on the block.

Spezza is a nice player, but he’s going to make $8 million a year through 2013. The question is, could the Hawks take on that salary with Brian Campbell set to make $7 million for the next seven years and Toews and Kane’s deals up in two years? They’re going to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $6.5 million a year each.

And the Hawks also have Duncan Keith to pay soon and he’s going to require at least $5 million, likely more.

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Attendance Woes In Atlanta

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from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Attending a Thrashers game at Philips Arena this season has been a lot like riding an airline was 20 years ago: The seat next to you might very well be empty.

Announced attendance for the first four home games averaged 13,943, down 1,342 per game from the first four games of last season. The Thrashers have announced two crowds of fewer than 12,000 people, the lowest attendance in more than four years. And the announced attendance, the number of tickets distributed, has been thousands higher than the number of people in the seats.

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell blames the schedule, the economy and a wait-and-see attitude among fans disappointed by last season and unsure what to expect from 2008-09.

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The Best Of Everything

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the best Goals, Hits, and Saves from last week.

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Maltby’s Happy Again…Grind Line Back Together

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In front of what will probably be at least half-a-house of Wing fans, the Grind Line will reunite tonite at Staples Center.

And, oddly, Kirk Maltby has decided to speak to the media again.  You do recall he refused comment after a Saturday evening spent in the press box?  Well, he’s all miss chatterbox again.

“It’s always fun,” Maltby said. “It brings back memories whenever you have the three of us together. We’d love to be able to duplicate some of the things we were able to do back in the 90s, but we’re a little bit older and wiser. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage and have a solid game tonight.”

 

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Blogging With Access

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,

...This is a development you should welcome. Indeed, it is a world that is often confusing. After all, after knowing for a couple of decades that you only needed to pay attention to one or two dailies, a couple of radio stations and local television, you’re now faced with dealing with a multitude of voices. Yes, it means more work. But more work also means more opportunity—more opportunity for your players to talk to fans (in many cases your most passionate fans) and that means more opportunities to sell tickets, memorabilia, merchandise and pay-per-view packages.

In the end, it’s time to get busy listening to, but also talking with the sort of folks who promote your product without any expectation of realizing a financial return. And to quote one great American comedian, if you’re not careful, you might learn something before its done.

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