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Example Of Non-Traditional Market- San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Most hockey fans would agree that the sport belongs more in Canada than California, but count me out of any discussion that warm-weathered U.S. cities aren’t good for the NHL.

However, the league would be wise to get out of dodge in select sunny sites where puck support is weaker than conservative backing for health-care reform bills.

Don’t say goodbye to Hollywood (or Tampa Bay and Dallas), but bid adieu to Phoenix, Atlanta and South Florida.

Fox Sports Pittsburgh Penguins analyst Bob Errey agreed with me this week when I suggested San Jose, where he served as the Sharks’ first captain, was the model for how the NHL should have viewed placing teams into nontraditional markets.

Too bad the NHL failed to follow its own lead.

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Sunday With Brooks

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Please don’t quote me, but it appears as if Jacques Lemaire is back where he belongs, behind the bench in New Jersey, able to get more out of what appears to be less.

• Now it’s the Blue Jackets who need the public to chip in their tax dollars in order to ensure that the privately owned franchise that caps its employees’ wages remains in place. The NHL is filled with franchises that simply cannot produce enough revenue to thrive and please, please, let’s not always blame “the lease.”

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the league would be in substantially better condition had it adopted a meaningful luxury tax plan with those proceeds plus revenue share money flowing to small market teams, instead of the hard cap.

But then the NHL wouldn’t have its cost certainty, under which the only certainty is that small-market, U.S.-based clubs always will be on life-support.

• I’m sorry, but Phil Kessel became Frank Mahovlich, when?

more NHL talk including Brooks taking on the head shots debate…

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Hotstove Hockey Talk

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Pierre LeBrun, Mike Milbury and David Shoalts join Ron MacLean on the HNIC Hotstove.

Make sure to check out the “fight-helmet” Pierre introduces.

added 11:10pm A recap of the Hotstove talk at CBC if you wish to read instead of watch.

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Cam Ward Cut By Skate Of Rick Nash Tonight

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Ward left the ice bleeding from the upper leg area and taken to the hospital.

update 10:15pm, Ward will spend the night in a Columbus hospital.

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Jason Williams Has A Broken Right Leg

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In an innocent play along the end boards, Jason Williams right leg was caught underneath him and he was helped off the ice during the first period of the Wings/Leafs game tonight.

Wings TV crew just announced he has a broken right leg.

added 10:02pm, Video of Williams breaking his leg.

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The Battle In The NHLPA Continues

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

On the surface, the fight inside the NHLPA is all about Paul Kelly’s firing. But, it goes deeper than that. Right now, the union finds itself at a crossroads, in the middle of its most important decisions since the overthrow of Alan Eagleson. It’s not only about who will lead - it’s also about where to go with the next CBA, how to motivate a disinterested majority and how to rebuild an organization rife with distrust.

“I don’t know how it got this bad,” one player, active within the union, said this week. “We have a lot of work to do.”

read on (suggested reading)...

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73 Men Sailed Up For This Live Blog and It Was 19 Who Led Them

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

One of my favorite tunes of all time and a tribute to the best frigging Captain in the history of professional sports.  What became inevitable on June 7th, 1997 won’t actually occur for 48 more hours.  But you just know tonite’s all about 19.

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Afternoon Line

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“For 15 years I’ve said that it should be mandatory and should never be the players’ decision, because you give us a choice and the chances are we make the wrong one. In saying that, I haven’t worn a visor my whole career and I’ve had no problem with it, either. So I think when it comes down to it we’re all men, we should have the choice, but for myself, if they tell me to wear a visor because I have to, then I have no problem with it.”

-Brad May of the Detroit Wings stating visors should be mandatory for NHL players.  More on this topic from May by Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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Lundqvist Out With Minor Injury

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from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

Less than 24 hours after coach John Tortorella declared that Henrik Lundqvist would start the final game of this three-game trip, he reversed gears and said backup Steve Valiquette would be in the nets for his second consecutive game. “Vally is going. It’s just rest for Hank,” was all Tortorella would say, but the Rangers No. 1 goalie is fighting a nagging injury.

        Lundqvist (8-5-1, 2.52 GAA) mentioned the other day that the ice pack on his “stiff” right upper thigh/groin was for something minor, and indeed, both goalies participated in the skate at the Saddledome and Valiquette left the ice first while Lundqvist chatted at center ice with Sean Avery and other players. In the dessing room, Lundqvist removed his equipment and disappeared for treatment for more than an hour. When he emerged he said that was pretty confident that he would play against Atlanta on Thursday, a nine-day layoff.

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“Celebrate The Stevie”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pavel said we have to and so we will.

And check out who congratulates The Captain first in goal #2.  Irony.

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