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Who Inherits Hull’s Voice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Brett Hull. Gone, not with a quip but with a tear, unable to play in the kind of league he always pined for. Going. Chris Chelios, who once remarked that maybe Gary Bettman should worry about some ill-defined misfortune afflicting his family. Chelios is 43 and pointless in what should be his last tour of duty in Detroit. Another concussion, believed to be his 112th, knocked Jeremy Roenick out of the pre-season but did nothing to still his tongue. "They just love to complain about me because I'm an American who gets more press than their Canadian players," Roenick said of the Canadian media.

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Coffey’s Jersey Hangs From The Rafters Tonight

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Wayne Gretzky and Grant Fuhr are two of the coolest customers to ever grace the Hockey Hall of Fame. Nothing rattled them, nothing ruffled them, nothing ever made them nervous. No matter what the situation, they always seemed in complete control. Then they had their numbers retired in Edmonton. On those nights, neither were any match for the rush of emotions that comes from seeing your dynasty sweater lifted to the rafters while the building you made famous rises for one last standing ovation. They thought they were, but they weren't.
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Lindros Paying Off

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from the Toronto Star,

Never mind that the Leafs' meagre offer for Lindros fell apart just days before he signed -- Lindros himself had actually given up hope on playing here -- and the negotiations began to rekindle only because the Ottawa Senators were knocking on his door. That doesn't matter now. This is what matters: Accidental or not, Lindros has been the buy of the free agent summer. He is the 206th-highest-paid player in a National Hockey League where every dollar now counts. He is the best bargain since gas was 65 cents a litre.

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Wings Fan

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Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY writes the Wings logo is the most recognizable NHL insignia,

I recently saw Paul McCartney in concert in Detroit and on one of his acoustic guitars — the one he played on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 — he has the Red Wings logo. Paul was attracted to the logo in the 1970s when he was fronting the band Wings. That got me thinking about NHL team logos and how many of them have been used successfully as branding tools. I believe, with all due respect to the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs, that the Red Wings' logo is the most popular among people who don't necessarily follow the NHL.
more of Ted's tour around the NHL...

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A Bigger Bure

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

As much as Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee understood that 2004 No. 1 draft pick Alex Ovechkin would be a high-yield, long-term investment, he didn't fully appreciate what a significant short-term capital gain he would also become. McPhee was with the Vancouver Canucks when Pavel Bure arrived, and although Bure was smaller and less bullish, McPhee sees similarities in their crowd-pleasing abilities as a rookie. "Every time Pavel touched the puck there was an anticipation that something special was going to happen, and Alex is the same way," McPhee said. "He's bigger and stronger and at this point he's more rounded than Pavel, but they are both pure attack players."

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OLN Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Appears a few, smaller type, cable companies are getting the OLN game tonight. Cablevision and Dish Network are still being blacked out. I hope OLN and the NHL address this issue ASAP, at least inform the fans what to expect this season.

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A Young Man’s Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

The NHL is once again a young man's game. It is speed and skating, and I wanted to see if for myself. So, I took Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo's invitation to sit with him during a Penguins-Flyers game, and his season tickets were five rows from the ice. As a thank-you to Mickey, I contacted the Flyers' manager of game operations, Michael Wurman, and asked whether he would play the Ween song "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" at some point. Sure enough, during the first intermission, the song came on, and Mickey, as laid-back as he is, was visibly touched.

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Russians Playing Hardball With Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Imagine an Olympic hockey tournament with Nikolai Khabibulin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Fedorov, Alexei Zhamnov and Sergei Samsanov not playing for Russia. As incredulous as it sounds, it looks like this is where Russia is headed. The Russians - like all other countries that will compete in the '06 Games in Italy - have until next Monday (Oct. 24) to submit a list of candidates to their National Olympic Committee for the '06 Games in Turin, Italy. And the buzz in the international hockey community is that the Russians are seriously considering not having the aforementioned players at the Olympic competition. The Russians are expected to name Khabibulin, Kovalchuk and company to the list of candidates next week but it is doubtful they will make the trip to the Olympic competition. "We will not crawl on our knees asking players to play for Russia," Russian coach Vladimir Krikunov is quoted as saying in Russian newspapers. Krikunov is also quoted as saying, "There is no way Khabibulin is our No. 1 goalie."

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LaFontaine & Gare Will Have Numbers Retired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres will announce at a Monday afternoon news conference that former captains Pat LaFontaine and Danny Gare will become the fifth and sixth players to have their numbers retired by the team.

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Havlat Gets Five Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The NHL has handed Ottawa forward Martin Havlat a five-game suspension for kicking Boston's Hal Gill during Saturday night's game between the Senators and Bruins. Havlat was not penalized on the play, but the kick was duly noted by the NHL's hockey operations department and the league reviewed the kicking incident late Saturday evening.

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