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Oh The Linesman Goes Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Colton Orr & George Parros battled last night and Orr basically ‘tells’ the linesman, don’t break us up yet.

I was watching the Ducks TV feed of the game and they pointed out the officials didn’t make a big deal of the push from Colton Orr. 

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Patrick Kane - Top Shelf

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Kane with a laser last night.  Top corner, great shot.

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Leafs Win!

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I will let the video tell the story.

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How’s Your Uncle Mike Meter Today?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mine’s pretty good, as usual.  As a matter of fact, I just did a quick count:  29 Tuesdays until the Cup comes home to Hockeytown. 

Oh, you misguided, myopic piece of trash.  Did you just think that to yourselves?  Noted. But I also considered this before admitting my optimism this morning.

Dan Cleary had this to say.

“He knows when to push and when not to push. I think he’s the best coach in the league. It’s his work ethic. His staff cares about the little things that go unnoticed and win games.”


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All About Ratings And HDTV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

High-definition television images are luring more American eyeballs to professional hockey and invigorating the NHL’s prospects in the U.S., say leading sports industry experts.

“HDTV will have a greater impact on hockey than any other sport,” says Matthew Pace, a lawyer with prominent sports law firm Herrick, Feinstein in New York. “You can follow the puck much easier (on HDTV broadcasts). The action is clearer. I think the television future of the NHL is bright.”

The holy grail of professional sports – routine access to 115 million American television households– has long eluded the NHL despite efforts dating back to the infamous glowing puck of the 1990s.

While the NHL has built a national U.S. footprint that includes hockey-tepid cities across the sunbelt, major U.S. broadcast deals still haven’t come.

And without the billions of dollars in revenues that come with a major TV deal, the league is left to contend with financial basket cases in cities such as Phoenix, Florida and Nashville, which have no cultural connection to hockey.


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Big (Not So) Bad Bert

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sound familiar?
Vancouver Sun

Bertuzzi won’t let us know how - if at all - he has changed as a person. He continues to refuse to discuss Steve Moore or offer introspection. But he has changed as a player. And if he is capable of evolution on the ice, which seemed doubtful at the end of his eight years as a Canuck, it stands to reason he has evolved away from it, too.

Good story from Iain MacIntyre, one that should have been written by the Detroit Deep Diggers a long time ago.  Oh. Woops. I didn’t offend anybody there did I?  You may recall that we discussed this last weekThanks to Malik for the pointer.

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No Panic In Babcock

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

He could have screamed. He could have slammed his stick against the glass. He could have turned red and let loose with a blue streak of profanity.

Mike Babcock did none of the above Monday at GM Place.

Despite a three-game losing streak and three teams ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the Central Division, the head coach calmly called a centre-ice huddle after every practice drill.

With an even temperament and hand gestures to point the way, the man who will guide Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics got his message across without getting cross.

“I’m a big believer of steady on the rudder,” said the unflappable Babcock.


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Phoenix/NHL Deal Could Be Finalized Next Week

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via NHL.com,

The National Hockey League has purchased the Phoenix Coyotes from owner Jerry Moyes in a deal that could be finalized by early next week.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly made the following statement about the pending deal on Monday night:

“In Phoenix today, a tentative agreement was reached among the parties to amend the NHL’s offer to purchase the Coyotes franchise out of bankruptcy, and a proposed order, mutually agreed to by the parties, will be filed with the Court seeking approval of the NHL’s amended bid.

“If there is no objection from the parties involved, and subject to any potential objections and a hearing if necessary, the parties hope to close the sale of the Club to the NHL by Monday, Nov. 2.

“It remains the NHL’s intention upon taking control of the Club to stabilize the Club’s operations and, as quickly as possible, to re-sell the Club to a new owner who is committed to operating the Club in the Glendale/Phoenix market.”

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Size Will Be A Key Factor For Team Canada

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,

He was standing in the visiting coaches office in the Pengrowth Saddledome, putting forward a unique theory about the 2010 men’s Winter Olympics hockey tournament and what Canada can expect from the opposition.

This was Ken Hitchcock, the thoughtful Columbus Blue Jackets coach, who doesn’t mind tilting against occasional windmills - or conventional thought.

“I see this as being very much a North American style of game - NHL players playing on NHL surfaces with international rules,” said Hitchcock, one of Canada’s three assistants for 2010 Games in Vancouver. “Size will matter. There will be more shots on goal - lots more. There is going to be more physical play. There is going to be more dump-and-chase.

“You can’t stand back in the neutral zone in a small rink because the rink is tighter, so it’s easier to chip the puck in and then go in and get it again. You can’t do that stuff.”


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  Tags: ken+hitchcock, team+canada

Anderson Building Fan Following In Denver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Craig Anderson hasn’t made the Colorado Avalanche faithful forget about the heroics of hall of famer Patrick Roy, but the new netminder has eased the pain.

After Roy closed his career in 2003, David Aebischer, Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj took turns trying, but failed to adequately replace the four-time Stanley Cup champion.

The 28-year-old Anderson is only 11 games into his tenure with the Avalanche — but so far, so good. He has not only won a place in the hearts of the local hockey fans and his teammates, he has played himself into the United States Olympic team picture.

“A lot of it has to do with opportunity, but some of it also has to do with being prepared for getting that opportunity every night,” said Anderson when asked to explain his success in the first four weeks of the NHL season.


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