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Under The Radar: Underrated Fantasy Free Agents

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

Perhaps one of the most valuable bits of knowledge to be armed with going into your fantasy hockey draft is a clear idea of who the talented players will be this year that did not produce last year.  This can be due to season-hampering injury in the prior year, or because a player is a rookie just beginning to ramp up their production.  Knowing who isn’t showing up in your auto-ranked draft list can yield you some great mid to late round steals.

Today we’ll look at 20 of the most promising producers this year who weren’t even on the radar statistics-wise last year due to injury.

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What Will The NHL Look Like In The Future?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Given the recent controversies surrounding the futures of the Phoenix Coyotes (Jim Balsillie and the NHL dueling over a bid to buy the team) and the New York Islanders (owner Charles Wang fighting for a new arena on Long Island, or else), we wondered what was the best plan for the NHL moving forward.

Should Phoenix and New York stay in their respective cities? Should other franchises move? More teams? Less teams? European expansion? We put the question to some of our NHL experts and asked them how the league should look.

read on to see what the ESPN experts, LeBrun, Buccigross,, Melrose and Burnside have to say…

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A New Atmosphere In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

Jacques Martin got on Sergei Kostitsyn today.

“What the f—- are ydou doing over there?” Martin bellowed.

Later in the morning drills, Martin made a chalk-talk point and asked: “You got that, Sergei?”

“This was really my first practice with him,” Martin said in his post-practice press conference, pointing out that Sergei has skated with a split squad to date. The coach said Kostitsyn, like the other players still in camp, have to “develop the habits we want.”

The veterans are saying that the new coach runs a tough training camp. And they like it.

For his part, Martin said team fitness levels need some work.


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Issues In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Another huge concern is the team’s goaltending. With Nikolai Khabibulin departed for Edmonton, the starter’s job falls to Cristobal Huet. Yikes! Huet has enjoyed a certain level of success in his five-year NHL career with Los Angeles, Montreal, Washington and now the Blackhawks, but he has done absolutely nothing to suggest he can be the No. 1 goaltender on a winning team.

Finally, the Hawks got more bad news this week when it was announced agitating winger Adam Burish would be lost to the club for six months after blowing out his knee. His loss will most certainly be felt.

There is every chance in the world the Blackhawks will be a very competitive team this season and they could challenge for another berth in the Western Conference final. But it would be foolhardy to ignore an unhealthy number of concerns facing this team.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When will this all end? Who knows, though both sides certainly would want some resolution by the start of the season, to make sure the focus stays where it needs to be, on a team that some analysts around the league say is much improved and, if everything falls right, could squeak into the playoffs.

-Damien Cristodero of Lightning Strikes on the Tampa ownership issues.  More on this topic from Damian…

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Fantasy Hockey, Anyone?

Blog: KK Members Blog By ColdWar

Hey Everybody.
Dunno if this is the spot to post this ... thought there was a forum ... can’t find it.

I’m starting a Fantasy League through ESPN.  It’s a Keeper League, Head to Head, 22 weeks with 4 weeks of playoff.  It’s free, and user friendly.  I wanna live draft, but haven’t set a date.  10 teams, 8 slots open.

Any Takers?
Email me if interested!


Cold War.

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A Question Of Time For Pat Burns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

This time it is incurable lung cancer, which has taken a noticeable toll on the once-robust former cop. Burns has lost 57 pounds, and now weighs 184, his voice is very weak and he has decided to forego any further treatment.
“That’s all done. It wouldn’t do much. It’s not going to help. It’s a question of time, really,” Burns told me from his home in New Hampshire.

“I feel so-so. It’s a struggle. But we knew that. It’s not getting any better. It’s progressing.”

Usually, Burns soon would be heading to his other home in Florida. He remains a Devils special assignment coach and scout, doing most of his work watching games in Tampa and Sunrise, Fla.

But that is in jeopardy because the risk of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus makes it dangerous for Burns to be around crowds.

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MSG Blacks-Out Game They Don’t Plan On Covering

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WGRZ,

The NHL network will air the Buffalo Sabres preseason game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday but the game will blacked out in Western New York.

MSG has exclusive rights to Sabres games in the Western New York market and in order to protect the rights, Wednesday’s game will not air in the Buffalo television market, according to a spokesperson with the Sabres.

Two On Your Side has a call into MSG network for more information on the broadcast agreement and an explanation about why they are not allowing Wednesday’s game to air in Western New York even though they have no plans of carrying it.

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  Tags: msg

Premiere Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

The Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues will be featured on NHL media conference calls today. St. Louis coach Andy Murray will be available at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by Blues forward Patrik Berglund at 1:45 p.m., Red Wings coach Mike Babcock at 2 p.m. and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom at 2:15 p.m.

The calls will be streamed live on NHL.com beginning at 1:30 p.m.

If the stream can be embedded, I will post it here.

added 1:24pm, the audio stream is available below.

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Kansas City Didn’t Fail The Islanders

Blog: KK Members Blog By J.J. from Kansas

Last night the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders met for a preseason game in Kansas City’s Sprint Center.  As reported on the main page, Jim Baumbach seems to think that, with attendance just below 10,000 (around 9,700) in an 18,000 seat arena, Kansas City hockey fans missed a large opportunity to show the Islanders and the Town of Hempstead that they were serious about wanting a hockey team.  Sorry, Mr. Baumbach, but our poor showing is your team’s fault, not our city’s.

First off, this isn’t our first dance with a team that wants to take us to the prom to make his girlfriend at home jealous.  We fell for it hook, line, and sinker when Mario Lemieux and the Penguins used similar tactics to get the hometown crowd motivated to build a new arena for their team.  So we went out and bought a sexy $275 Million dress and tarted ourselves up for a team that likely would have never been allowed to move out of Pittsburgh in the first place.  Don’t blame us for being a little more demure and blocking off sections of seats when we hear the exact same words out of another team’s mouth.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

I’m very happy with the attendance numbers from last night’s game.  It shows that there’s enough hockey-starved fans in Kansas City that we may just be able to support a team after all (something of which I’m still not wholly convinced), but not so excited as to horribly frighten the Town of Hempstead back home that we’re a threat.  Tell me, what happens if 17,000 people show up to that game?  Does Kansas City get any closer to having the Islanders move here?  I don’t think they do.  I believe that a very large turnout would only serve to scare people into getting the Lighthouse Project passed.  The best thing those thousands of other Kansas City hockey fans could have done is to have either stayed home or gone out and enjoyed another wonderful pitching performance by Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke. 

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  Tags: charles+wang, islanders, jim+baumbach, kansas+city, lighthouse+project

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