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Time For Bell To Grow Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This kind of trouble is really nothing new to Mark Bell.
It was drunk driving in San Jose. It was allegations he beat up a taxi driver in Ottawa. In Chicago, the general manager just decided he wasn’t worth the difficulty anymore.
Everyone will tell you he’s a good guy. Isn’t that the hockey mantra? His friends will tell you he’s hilarious, fun-loving, enjoys life.
Wasn’t so hilarious to the cabbie who suffered a gash to the forehead, five stitches, a split lip, two black eyes and bruised ribs in 1999.
Bell was a kid back then, a junior hockey player who got the local hockey hero treatment in Ottawa.

continued

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Peca Decision Moving Slowly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Blueshirts Blog,

Finally just heard back from Michael Peca’s agent, Don Meehan. He said that as of 10 p.m., he still hadn’t heard from Glen Sather today. So the slow dance goes on.
When I spoke with Peca yesterday, he said he understood why the Rangers wanted to proceed slowly with this.
“They’re doing their due diligence on this, as they should,” he said.

continued

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National TV Coverage Of West Coast Teams Hard To Find

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from Farther Off the Wall at the Daily News,

As far as the networks are concerned, West Coast hockey may just as well be contained to the Aleutian Islands.
In releasing their NHL TV schedules for the upcoming season Wednesday, both Versus and NBC don’t see any mystery in the fact that the Stanley Cup champion Ducks and everyone else in this time zone isn’t on anyone’s radar. In fact, they seem to be saying the Western Conference can take pucks and sticks and just hope the New York Rangers someday return to Mystery, Alaska.

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Learning To Survive

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Although a little late on the subject…

from Sarah Schorno of the Huffington Post,

Professional hockey player Derek Boogaard has opened the Boogaard Fighting Camp, a day camp devoted to teaching youth hockey players how to fight properly. The purpose of the camp is to teach the attendees, who range in age from 12 to 18, to learn how to effectively handle the inevitable on-ice fight. If the camp stays true to its cause, which is self defense, then it’s not entirely a bad idea.

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We’ve Seen It Before

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

When’s the last time the NHL had a good idea that a far more successful league copied?
This was a promotional commercial NBC aired this past Sunday for the NFL’s kickoff weekend:

read on for an interesting comparison…

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Gretzky- Say Yes! To Edmonton

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

On reports that Edmonton is now considered the Siberia of hockey for pro players: “It’s a wonderful place to be an athlete. The facilities are outstanding and the support you get not only from fans but from corporate sponsorship is as good as anywhere in the National Hockey League.”

a little more from Wayne, including backing Kevin Lowe…

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Media Responsibility in Hockey Coverage

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Motivated by the recent story by David Shoalts which—incorrectly, it turned out—speculated that Scotty Bowman was offered a position with the Maple Leafs organization, Tom Benjamin comments on the issues facing those who write about the game of hockey.

-Shoalts could have avoided the error simply by picking up the phone and calling Bowman. Deciding not to do that because Bowman might not tell the truth was inexcusable. Steve Simmons made a similar mistake earlier this summer when he incorrectly reported that Mats Sundin required surgery. The error could have been avoided with a phone call.
-I do not understand why competition among reporters excuses sloppiness, particularly when the story is hardly a “scoop”. If the Leafs were going to hire Bowman, we’d all hear about it soon enough. There really isn’t any gain to anyone if the Globe breaks the story a day or two early. A real scoop involves a story that would not come to light but for the reporter’s work.

more… *looking at Shoalts, Simmons, Eklund and others

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Sam Pollock Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Habs Inside/Out,

Sam Pollock, Canadiens’ brilliant former GM, dies at 81.

They will have more details as they become available.

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Makes Sense, Doesn’t It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Soapbox at Spector’s,

You know it’s far too quiet for NHL news when really, really dumb trade rumours make the rounds.
Heard the one about the Canucks trading Mattias Ohlund to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis as the centerpiece of a blockbuster deal?
My, seems like only yesterday Ohlund was headed to New Jersey in a package deal for Patrik Elias. Oh, yeah, that was last month’s dumb rumour!
Of course Ohlund and St. Louis have no-trade clauses but hey, that shouldn’t stand in the way of a juicy, over-the-top trade rumour.
Or how about Patrice Bergeron to the NY Islanders for picks and prospects. Of course, that makes perfect sense! The Bruins would be crazy not to make that deal! Action it yesterday, GM Peter Chiarelli.
Yes, I’m being sarcastic, because these rumours aren’t gonna happen.

read on

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All Schedules for TV Networks Covering the NHL 2007-08

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You will find a breakdown of all the schedules in this area of the KK Forums.
Always a good resource during the season to find out what team is on what network.

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