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Broadcasters Need To Walk A Fine Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Every once in a while we come under fire for our work. That comes with the job. Every one of us has been called on the carpet by our superiors for transgressions on the air. In those situations it’s usually because we were harsh and negative about the Sharks. We have never been told what to say but we are reminded that we have to strike a balance between journalistic objectivity and positive exuberance for all things teal. We are reminded we are not journalists. To be smart and don’t insult the intelligence of the fans but at the end of the day the people should know who you work for. The problem with that philosophy is that it’s hard to cover the parade when you are marching in the band.

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They Are Coming From Everywhere

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from Alex Clark of USA Hockey,

The 2009 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp is packed with teenagers from traditional hockey hotbeds. Of the 43 camp invitees, 17 hailed from either Michigan or Minnesota.

As hockey continues to spread in popularity across the United States, however, elite players are emerging on USA Hockey’s radar from areas of the country not known for their hockey devotion.

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A Lot Of Talk In Phoenix Today

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Judge Redfield T. Baum served notice early in Tuesday’s hearing that no major decisions will be made today.

When an NHL lawyer told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge that the league wanted the issue of the difficulty in moving the Phoenix Coyotes in time for this season dealt with first, and that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in court and ready to testify why, the judge stopped him.

“This wasn’t scheduled as an evidenciary hearing,” Judge Baum said. “You all may talk me out of it but I wasn’t prepared to have an evidenciary hearing.”

The NHL also asked the judge to rule quickly on their request to have Jim Balsillie’s bid rejected because the league rejected him as an owner.

Judge Baum rejected that, saying, “Let’s assume [Balsillie] wins. I don’t think we will have to confront that unless [Balsillie] wins.”

continued

added 7:00pm, David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail has another update on the Phoenix situation.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Looking ahead, if the Atlanta Thrashers don’t sign Ilya Kovalchuk by next summer, the KHL probably would offer to make him the highest-paid player on the planet.

Right now the KHL is inflicting pin pricks on the NHL, but if they ever landed a prime player such as Kovalchuk, it could turn the league into a foreign version of the World Hockey Association.

-Kevin Allen of Mucking & Grinding at USA TODAY.  More on the KHL from Kevin…

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Bylsma With The Cup

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from Mark Brooky of the Grand Haven Tribune,

The Grand Haven native brought the Stanley Cup, the prize for winning the NHL championship, to the city’s Municipal Marina.

Bylsma is head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the Cup by beating the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in June.

He took it fishing on Lake Michigan this morning aboard the Tammy Too III, then hoisted it from the back of the boat down the Grand Haven channel to the marina. The NHL Eastern Conference trophy followed in another charter boat.

The line to view the trophy up close began forming around 11 a.m. — and, by the time Bylsma carried the trophy from the charter boat docks to the marina lawn at noon, it wound east of the Chinook Pier buildings.

continued with a cool video too…

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The Kane Incident May End Up Like This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

The cab driver, who has his own share of problems that include a drunken driving conviction and revelations that he was driving Kane and a cousin with a suspended New York State drivers license, will likely support his lawyer’s claim that the entire incident was “blown out of proportion.” IN addition, the cab driver may concede that he may have actually contributed to the situation by not having the proper change necessary to accommodate the fare the Kane cousin offered and that he might have accelerated the incident by locking the doors of his cab with the two young men inside.

There might even be “photo op” showing the 20-year-old hockey player and the 62-year-old cab driver shaking hands and making a statement designed to show the youth of Buffalo that reasonable people can settle disagreements like men truly should, without the need to resort to violence or harsh words.

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added 2:40pm, from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Kane deserves a break, as does Radecki. Kane deserves his day in court, and not the court of public opinion. Radecki deserves a modicum of privacy concerning his past – although he did open himself to criticism by doing that TV interview and his lawyer’s assertion that something can be ‘worked out’ doesn’t help.

But please, people, remember that Kane and Radecki are people, too. Just like you and me. And I’m sure we’d all hope everyone wouldn’t jump to conclusions at the first reports of something being amiss in our lives. I know I would.

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Objectivity Can Suck It. This Time At Fanhouse.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And I can say that, why? 

Because I make no claim to be objective.  Anyone who clicks after the page break knows what they’re in for.  You know it’s going to be slanted toward the Wings, biased toward the greatest team in hockey, the best-run franchise, with the best 19 fans in North America (or Brazil, and anywhere around the world where our military members split time between kicking ass and loving them some Red Wings).

When I signed on with KK it was as a Wing blogger and those expectations have never changed.  Ever.  So when I say this, keep in mind that it’s not hypocritical. It’s just…what it is.

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Oilers Dealing With Salary Issues

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If you’re wondering why the Edmonton Oilers haven’t filled an obvious hole and signed free-agent centre Blair Betts, it’s all numbers.

Not Betts’s numbers.

The team’s salary cap numbers….

The Oilers could certainly use Betts, a 29-year-old Edmonton product who was played a huge role on the NHL’s best penalty-killing unit with the New York Rangers last season. He’s also a big, energetic body—six-foot-three, 200 pounds—which is something the Oilers could use.

But the Oilers have 22 players who saw NHL action last season already signed and 14 of those are forwards. They still have to sign centre Gilbert Brule and defenceman Ladislav Smid.

They have a shade more than $55 million US committed this upcoming season. About $2.5 million will likely be going to Smid and Brule when they sign shortly. Brule will be given a shot at the fourth-line centre spot.

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Zherdev Signs With KHL Team

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via RDS (translated),

Nikolai Zherdev crossed the Atlantic in his turn. The former Rangers player would accept a new contract with the team Yulaev Salavat Ufa in the KHL.

added 4:57pm, from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Hedges (zherdev’s agent) also said Monday that Zherdev – who’s three times in five years topped the 20-goal mark – was currently working out with a Russian team. But he also said Zherdev was still talking to a handful of NHL teams, and that Zherdev probably wouldn’t make any decisions until next week.

So when I saw the RDS report today, I followed up with an e-mail to Hedges, asking him to clarify the situation. His response from just over a half hour ago: ``(Zherdev) has not signed at this point.’’

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Talking Fantasy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fantasy Hockey Scouts asked bloggers from the 30 NHL teams to pick two breakout players from their teams… 

Written by Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,

Fabian Brunnstrom
If you look at Fabian Brunnstrom’s numbers from last season, they weren’t too bad. He picked up 17 goals and 12 assists in his rookie season and his first in North America. Those numbers are better when you consider he played in just 55 games and averaged only about 11 minutes per game. It was an up and down season for Brunnstrom. He scored three goals in his first game, but struggled with his play away from the puck, found himself a healthy scratch at times and had some injury issues too.

more...

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