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Predictions: Atlantic Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I continue onward with pre-season predictions.  I have already done the West Conference and the Northeast Division.  I continue to march onward through the East Conference by looking at the Atlantic Division.  The Atlantic Division is usually one of the stronger East Conference divisions.  In both of the last two years, four teams from this division have qualified for the playoffs.

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Preseason Means Something

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie of TSN,

“These are like playoff games to me,” (Rhett) Warrener says. “I am a lot more nervous now for these than I have been for regular season games in years. I used to hate them (preseason games). Now I wish there were more.”...

“This is still my dream ... to play in the NHL,’’ Warrener says. ‘‘Calgary is my home. Playing for the Flames is my life. It scares me to think it could be taken away.”

more players mentioned too…

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Hand Surgery For Scott Walker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Scott Walker underwent successful surgery on his left hand this morning. Dr. Harrison Tuttle of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic performed the procedure to repair a torn ligament in Walker’s hand, and the Hurricanes’ winger is expected to miss six weeks of action.

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Get Your Hockey Broadcasting Questions Answered

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We did this feature about two years ago and once again, John Shannon, Sr. Vice President of NHL Broadcasting, has agreed to answer your hockey broadcasting questions.

Feel free to spread the word and I will forward the questions to Mr. Shannon at the end of this week and post his answers in the next few weeks.

I asked John about HNIC on the NHL Network in the U.S.(Saturday games only)  and he wanted hockey fans to know the NHL Network will be picking up the national HNIC games and the regional games will be available on Center Ice for those of you that subscribe to it.

So start leaving your broadcasting related questions and comments and look for the answers soon.

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Hockey’s Greatest Days

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageIn Scott Morrison’s upcoming book Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day turns to 50 great hockey people and asks them to describe their greatest day in hockey.

An excerpt at CBC quotes Scotty Bowman on this greatest day:

“I really had to think about it, but I would say my last game. The fact I had made up my mind not to coach the following year. I’m very fortunate because most coaches lose their last game and get fired.”

Book also includes the stories of 49 others—including hockey players, management, officials and even a decorated Canadian General—sharing their greatest hockey days.  It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com.

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Wild Addition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Minnesota Wild,

The Minnesota Wild is excited to welcome the newest member of the Team of 18,000, Nordy. Nordy hails from way up yonder and is a lifelong resident of The State of Hockey. Born in Eveleth, Minnesota, he was raised with a stick and a pair of blades and cut his teeth on the ponds and lakes throughout the Iron Range. He now resides at Xcel Energy Center and calls the Capital City home.

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Therma Blade Waiting For An Answer

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from Bertrand Marotte of the Globe and Mail,

The tryouts are over and Therma Blade Inc. is dying to know if it made it into the big leagues.

The fledgling Montreal-based company has been working for the past year-and-a-half to win converts in the National Hockey League and get its heated blades onto the skates of pro players….

“It’s frustrating for us in terms of the time it’s taking to get this done,” he said.

“I doubt very much that there is any other hockey equipment that has to live through the process we are living through.”

read on

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The Rebuilding Of The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal,

With his father, Bill Wirtz, in the hospital and the 2007-08 hockey season about to begin, a memo from the Blackhawks finance department landed on his desk. The team needed an immediate infusion of $34 million to start the season, the memo said, or it wouldn’t be able to make payroll.

The eight-figure request stunned Wirtz. As president of Wirtz Corp., he oversaw a family-owned business with interests in liquor, wine and beer distribution, insurance, real estate, banking and co-ownership of the United Center. The enterprises generated more than $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and none ever came close to missing a payroll.

read on (paid subscription, so hopefully the link will continue to work)

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Top 50 NHL Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Yvon Pedneault at Sun Media,

Ovechkin makes the top of our list because he had an incredible season last year. He managed some truly exceptional goals, the kind of goals that made the difference in some especially close wins for his team.

1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington

An exceptional talent, a born scorer, a player who brings intensity to every game.

2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

He’s maintained an average of 1.56 goals per game since his start in the NHL.

3. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit

He can do anything on ice.

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Keep Your Head Up Jason Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen of the Blue Jackets lines-up Toronto’s Jason Blake…

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