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Thrashers Say No Truth To The Atlanta To Winnipeg Rumor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

A spokesman for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers organization said this morning that there is no truth to a report that a Toronto-based group is working to purchase the club and move it to Winnipeg.

“There’s two words that you can quote to our general manager, Don Waddell,” Thrashers spokesman Rob Koch told the Free Press this morning, “which is ‘Completely false.’

Koch said it’s not the first time the Thrashers, who are mired in a legal dispute between their own owners, have been reported to be on the move and not the first time the team has had to deny it.

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Versus/Directv Still Battling

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from Greg of PuckDaddy,

Yet this dispute lingers on, and one can’t help but sense DirecTV winning a war of attrition. It’s suffered PR backlash from college football, MMA and hockey fans in the last several weeks. It’s been the target of national ads and an open letter on NHL.com urging fans to take action. Now, Versus is sending drones to canvass arenas like the network’s running fro state delegate.

DirecTV has acted unprofessionally and hypocritically in this dispute, but Versus is working PR channels extremely hard and not getting that much traction. Whatever losses DirecTV is taking in subscribers, it wasn’t enough to get into serious talks before the NHL season started; so what will it take?

And how much longer are hockey fans going to have to suffer through this?

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A Look At The UFA All Star Team

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Just before free agency opened up this year, I listed a UFA All Star Team.  This was the best 23 man roster I thought could be made by signing unrestricted free agents.  This is an exercise to see how good a team can become by investing heavily in free agency.  It is usually a method to show that free agency is not as big a contributor to team success as building through younger players via drafts and trades.  It shows that despite all the media attention that free agency gets, it doesn’t significantly change the playing field.

All 23 players on the 2009 UFA All Star Team have signed new contracts in the NHL this season.  A couple signed slightly before they hit the market as unrestricted free agents (as I picked the team hours before the free agent market opened up). 

Here is the 2009 UFA All Star Team listed with their new team, their new salary cap hit from their new contract and their old team.

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KK- Back Soon

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I have an appointment that I must attend and will not have web access for about the next 2 hours or so.

So, any news that breaks, feel free to add it to the comments of this post or discuss anything hockey related.

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Relax People

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

In Toronto, where president and GM Brian Burke spent the summer overhauling his defence, his Maple Leafs lost twice and allowed 10 goals. His two prized pickups, Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin, played poorly. Even worse for Leaf fans, returning goaltender Vesa Toskala struggled and some want to hang him from the CN Tower.

Take a deep breath people, there’s plenty of hockey left. With a short training camp, coach Ron Wilson did not have much of an opportunity to implement a defensive system. The Leafs can’t be this bad, can they?

The reigning Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings dropped a pair to the upstart St. Louis Blues and already people in Motown are harping that the goaltending is no good. Let’s give the Blues a little credit here. They had an outstanding second half last season and simply picked up where they left off.

more plus some Oilers and Emery talk too…

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Stars May Have To Address Cap Issues Next Season

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Basically, just to bring back the exact same roster, the team already has added about $4.5 million in raises for Eriksson (who makes $1.6 million this season) and Robidas (who makes $1.5 million this season).

Now, mix that with the fact that they still have unrestricted free agents in: Marty Turco, Mike Modano, Jere Lehtinen, Steve Ott, Alex Auld, Toby Petersen, and Krys Barch as well as restricted free agents in: James Neal, Fabian Brunnstrom, Nicklas Grossman, Matt Niskanen and Tom Wandell, and you have some interesting decisions to make.

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How Would You React?

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If a player from your team went out ‘partying’ with members of the opposition?

from Tammy Stables Battaglia and Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,

Miguel Cabrera had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he was involved in a physical altercation with his wife early Saturday morning, according to the Birmingham Police.

Cabrera had been partying with buddies from the Chicago White Sox after Friday night’s game at Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel, Birmingham Police Chief Richard

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The Most Affluent Fans

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from Austin Kelley of the Wall Street Journal,

Marketing-research firm comScore analyzed online traffic to nhl.com, nba.com, nfl.com and mlb.com in the U.S., and found that more than half the puckheads had household incomes of at least $75,000. About 36% came from households making six-figure sums or higher. Baseball ranked second with 32.7 percent of its web-browsing fans in the $100,000 or more bracket, followed by football with 28.3 percent. Nba.com, by contrast, had only 27.7% of its users among the top-earning households, giving it the least-affluent fan base.

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thanks to Darren Rovell’s tweet for the pointer…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The scariest thing about going to an NHL game is seeing decent, non-mouth-breathing types among the media and hockey executives huddle around a television set whenever Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner segment is on. Most of us learn at an early age that it’s impolite to rubber-neck at car accidents.

-Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail.

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The ‘Winnipeg Is Getting An NHL Team’ Talk

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from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

There was more NHL/Winnipeg speculation on Saturday night’s Hockey Night in Canada’s Satellite Hotstove.

On the season’s opening weekend, the captivated nation was told that big money from Toronto has done plenty of work already to buy the Atlanta Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg. Is it just another episode of wishful thinking or a real indicator of what’s afoot?

True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman wasn’t saying on Sunday, taking his usual tack of the less said the better. There are several known quantities to this ongoing story:

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