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Islanders Sign Bergenheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders and forward Sean Bergenheim have agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.725 million. The energetic forward will earn $800,000 in 2008-09 and $925,000 in 2009-10. Bergenheim has also voluntarily made a large donation to the Islanders Inspire.

“We’re very happy to have Sean locked up for two years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He’s another young player who we’re excited to see at training camp and competing.”

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All For The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

I understand the risks that come with playing outdoors - the unpredictable weather, the horrible playing surface among other things. But the upside is too hard to overlook. It was a rare U.S. television ratings hit on NBC and I don’t think it’s a leap to think it helped give the sport momentum on the network when the playoffs rolled around.

I get the idea of trying to keep it special, but once a year is hardly overkill. I’m already excited about the prospect of covering this game as a working member of the media, even it means I have to type with mittens on.

The other interesting aspect about all of it is the matchup: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks. I think the only way the NHL could have done it better was to match up the Penguins and Red Wings in Pittsburgh or Detroit.


Wings fans, are you planning on attending?  I am considering taking the Amtrak, so let’s all meet in the bar car!

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Rangers Sign Dawes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Nigel Dawes.

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A Hint Of Racism In Hockey

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from Mike Toth at Sportsnet,

So, why are the rules different for Ray?

In my opinion, there’s a hint of racism in the air. Canada is becoming more multi-cultural by the day, especially in major cities. But for the most part, the hockey culture is still predominantly white and many NHL power brokers grew up in a Canada that was completely different. Unlike their compatriots in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball, NHL general managers don’t have any experience dealing with the Allen Iverson’s of the sports world. Many black people have their own distinct culture and when a guy like Emery walks into a dressing room with his flashy clothes and hip-hop spirit, some hockey people tend to raise their eyebrows.


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Brrrrrrrrring Me Another

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep.  New Year’s Day.  Chicago.  Wings/Hawks.  Outside.  Confirmed.


Jan. 1, 2009 figures to be another historic day for the venerable old ballpark when it opens its doors to the National Hockey League for NHL Winter Classic 2009, which this time features an Original Six matchup.

The host Chicago Blackhawks will square off against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Detroit Red Wings, in a 1 p.m. ET game.


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Bettman On WCII

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“TThe NHL is delighted to bring its most historic rivalry to one of the most historic venues in sports,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We thank Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for their vision. We thank Mike Ilitch and the Red Wings for their cooperation. And we thank Mayor Daley, in advance, for the warm welcome we know the City of Chicago will extend to our newest tradition.

“We also acknowledge the interest and efforts of the New York Yankees and the City of New York throughout the NHL Winter Classic 2009 site selection process. We look forward to continuing discussions regarding the possibility of a future Winter Classic game at the new Yankee Stadium.”

much more on the Winter Classic…

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Sabres Sign Paille

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from the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that forward Daniel Paille has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Danny is a talented young player that can make a difference at both ends of the ice,” Regier said. “Danny has been a key component to our penalty killing unit and we look forward to helping him continue to develop with our club for years to come.”

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Winchester Signs With Blues

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from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed free agent forward Brad Winchester.

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‘Hot Rumor’ Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector,

Don Brennan reports “a hot rumour in NHL circles” has the Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and LA Kings on the verge of a blockbuster deal, which would see G Martin Gerber and D Andrej Meszaros shipping to the Kings, F Anze Kopitar dealt to the Blackhawks and G Nikolai Khabibulin and either D Brent Seabrook or Cam Barker moved to the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: ...this deal sucks for the Kings, moving their best forward (and perhaps future franchise player) for an overpaid average goalie and a young defenseman which they’ve already got in abundance.


added 7:10pm
, The Universal Cynic points to a few blogs that are discussing this topic…

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Wings Adjust Ticket Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

If you’re a Red Wings season-ticket holder, you’ll likely be receiving renewal information today….

A total of 1,869 tickets for seats in the upper bowl, which were priced at $44, have dropped to $33, while some $54 seats have gone down to $44.

And the first three rows off the ice in the lower bowl, which were $85 last season, have gone up to $125 (although the Wings stress they’re still the second-least-expensive such ticket in the league).

Steve Violetta, the Red Wings’ senior vice president of business affairs, said the opportunity to lock in to last season’s prices has existed since February, when the team began selling playoff ticket packages.

Violetta said renewals had been running at about 60 percent through the playoffs.

read on

Season ticket renewals at 60%?  That has to be a red-flag for the Wings organization.  The Sabres announced yesterday their renewals are at 97%.

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