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Forget ESPN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,

Unless I see something that tells me otherwise, I’d rather see the NHL leave games on NBC and Versus. Yeah, an ESPN connection would raise the league’s public-relations image. And if NBC wants out of the deal, the NHL is right to do something to assure its TV presence on a high-level U.S. broadcast outlet, preferably one available to the highest number of viewers. Free TV, rather than cable.
Hard-core fans aren’t the NHL’s primary concern. They are hooked and in the creel. It’s casual fans the league needs to grow its base and popularity. And realigning with the magical machine that is ESPN would seem a bonanza in the making.
Nah. Leave the games on Versus. Better yet, go through with the proposed NHL Network. It’s better than being a second citizen on ESPN.

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Grading The Northeast Division

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,

The first-place Buffalo Sabres lost two of their best players, and the Stanley Cup finalist Ottawa Senators fired their general manager and will have a new coach, but both teams will look a lot like this year, which should be enough to separate them from the division pack.
Early returns make Toronto look to be the best of the Northeast also-rans, which isn’t difficult since the Canadiens and the Bruins seem to be selling only hope these days.

read on for the grades of the teams in the Northeast…

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Dallas Accepts Antti Miettinen’s Arbitration Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dallas Stars press release,

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that right wing Antti Miettinen has been awarded a one-year, $885,000 contract by a Toronto arbitrator.
Miettinen, 27, collected 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 74 games with the Stars last season. He ranked third on the team in hits (145) and logged an average of 14:19 minutes of ice time during the 2006-07 season. During the 2007 playoffs, he tallied two points (1-1-2) in four games.
“We’re happy to have this process behind us and to have Antti under contract for the upcoming season,” said Armstrong. “We accept the arbitrator’s decision as a neutral party.”

(If only they could all be so easy…)

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Jussi Markkanen Signs With Finnish Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just received a heads-up from James Mirtle stating Jussi Markkanen has signed to play with Jokerit (not translated) of the Finnish league.

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Avery Arbitration Hearing Completed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to Steve Zipay at Blue Notes blog, the Avery arbitration hearing is over.
The ruling most likely comes down tomorrow, if not, then Wednesday.

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The Value Of Marian Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Thrashers Blog,

Anytime I’ve asked Waddell about trading Hossa, he says it’s something that doesn’t even cross his mind. He said negotiations with Hossa’s agent are right where they need to be right now. “There’s no timetable, no rush.” Waddell said last week about the Hossa negotiations.
But I see that hasn’t stopped the trade speculation. So I’m curious - where do you fall in a possible Hossa trade? And when do you think he’d have more trade value - right now or at the trade deadline?

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A “Note Of Thanks”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sporst Illustrated,

Dear Mr. Lowe,
I’m writing you on behalf of all current and future NHL players and their agents. First, let me commend you on your brilliant use of the Collective Bargaining Agreement mechanism known as the offer sheet. In tendering both Thomas Vanek and, most recently, Dustin Penner you not only demonstrated keen insight into the minutiae of the binding agreement between players and management, you also exhibited an astute assessment of talent.

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Make Way For Khan(!): DD Captain Cracks The Kronwall Code

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just when you’ve recovered from the last riveting “Wings Scouting Report” Ansar Khan(!) punches you in the face with another one.  Today….Nik Kronwall.  Check out some of these outlandish statements:

“The hard-luck defenseman has sustained a significant injury in each of his three NHL seasons (he broke his leg in 2004 and tore a knee ligament in 2005).”

“Kronwall will need a new defense partner after Mathieu Schneider signed with Anaheim. He’s never played with Nicklas Lidstrom for any length of time.”

“The Wings have no doubt Kronwall will be an impact player. It’s why they locked him up to a five-year, $15 million contract extension last season. He’s going to be a top-four defenseman in Detroit for years to come.”

Outside the box.  Daring.  Courageous.  Khan(!).

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Dammit!!  Hammond Strikes Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Christy Hammond, founder of Behind The Jersey, has continued her disturbing trend of making the rest of us Wing bloggers look like fire watchers. 

Her latest?  This.

Probably the best Steve Yzerman resource in existence, and it’s like twenty minutes old.

Whatever.

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Entry #6: Fun For All Ages

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Another day, another contestant in the “Please, Will Someone For The Love Of Sweet Baby Jesus, Find A Replacement For ‘Fire On Ice’” campaign.  John, an A2Y reader from glorious Saginaw, has decided that an elderly roster could very well finally come to be an advantage for the Wings PR Geniuses.

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