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Fans Will Decide Winner Of ASG Breakaway Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2009) – When Alex Ovechkin attempts to defend his title in the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge on Saturday night, Jan. 24, in Montreal’s Bell Centre, he’ll have to do more than just out-perform challengers such as Sidney Crosby. The competitors must win over fans in arena and those watching the 2009 Honda/NHL SuperSkills at home on RDS, CBC and VERSUS – and their fellow NHL All-Stars.

        For the first time in NHL All-Star Game and NHL SuperSkills history, fans will choose the winner of one of the competitions via text messaging powered by NHL partner Telescope, Inc.

        Voting will begin as soon as the last Breakaway Challenge competitor completes his routine, with fans in the Bell Centre, those watching on television throughout North America and all of the 2009 NHL All-Stars and YoungStars able to cast one text message vote per mobile phone.

        The polls will remain open throughout the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck. Following that high-energy, three-on-three contest between the League’s top rookies and sophomores, the fan-selected champion of the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge will be crowned.


The SENShobo broke down the challengers earlier today.

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Just Another Game?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interesting conversation going on in the comments here as to just how critical tomorrow night’s game in San Jose is.  I can tell you from experience that this is how I’ll determine the import: 

If the Wings win, it’ll be a huge victory, one that signals a guaranteed 12th Cup and most likely a life-long supply of juice boxes.

If the Wings lose, the game will mean nothing.  A 3-hour bump in the road, and probably one I won’t even discuss on Sunday.

But that’s me.  How are the Sharks viewing a game that will determine who leads the Western Conference after it’s over?

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Armenian Night In LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am half Armenian, so here goes…

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings are offering a special Armenian Heritage Night ticket package to their fans for the Kings-Atlanta Thrashers game at STAPLES Center on February 16. 

Fans who purchase the Armenian Heritage Package will receive a discounted ticket to the game – which takes place one month from tonight—along with a pass to a private post-game party at Club Nokia at LA Live, a special Kings/Armenian mini flag and one premium Armenian beer or soda.  The post-game party will feature a special appearance by Armenian DJ Vick One from Power 106 and a performance by popular Armenian hip-hop artist R-Mean.

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The Lost Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I must chime in on this quote by Peter Budaj that was in Terry’s story of our beloved and worthy Denver Post.

The quote was this: “I lost the net before and I knew it was going to happen this season, that there were going to be times Rayzor was going to be playing. That’s the nature of the business sometimes.”

Look, I know things get said sometimes that are taken out of context and sometimes guys who are from a different country say things that might not mean exactly - or that they think they mean.

But, geez, if I’m Tony Granato or Francois Giguere or Stan Kroenke and I’m reading that statement, I’m having a little sit down with Boods to ask him about it. So, basically, you knew you’d be no good eventually and lose your starting job, is that what you’re saying?

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Trying to Move Around the Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

With Gerber’s current cap hit at $3.7 million, he is virtually untradeable for the Senators. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, the Senators could find a team looking for some goaltending depth for the last two months of the season. Any team wanting to trade for Gerber would owe him $1.4 million for the remainder of the season if it made a deal Feb. 1.

And there’s absolutely no way any team is going to commit that kind of cap space to Gerber. But what if the Senators were willing to pick up half - or more - of the remainder of the contract? Then Gerber might be a more viable option.

The only problem is that isn’t allowed under this collective bargaining agreement.

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Kovalchuk’s Learning Curve as Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News:

In Kovalchuk’s opinion, he doesn’t have to change a thing because he has a C on his sweater. But he’s wrong.

Even something as simple as planning a Super Bowl party was a task he didn’t have to bother with before Sunday. Guys like Mellanby and Holik were always the last person out of the dressing room following games, wins or losses. If nothing else, it helps deflect some of the attention away from teammates who can quietly sneak out while the captain handles the media.

Following his first game as captain, a 3-2 loss to Ottawa on Wednesday, reporters said Kovalchuk was already gone when the media entered the room. To their credit, the PR staff brought him back out to talk. They shouldn’t have to.

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You Must Think I’m Stupid Or Something

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I know what you’re doing.  And I fall for it every time.  I know you send me things not because you want to let me know you care, but because you enjoy watching me spin up like a large dad at a birthday party with his nose on the end of the bat, going in circles while the kids all laugh and his wife sneaks sips from the gin bottle.

Some of you forwarded things to me today, and I tried to resist.

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Vinny Trade Talk Brings Back Memories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Lightning general manager Brian Lawton issued the obligatory public denials this week, which must of necessity be taken at face value. Lecavalier is not on the block; has never been on the block; and never will be on the block.

OK, we can go with that officially - for now.

But just in case the Tampa brain trust ever changes its collective mind, a Lecavalier deal would be reminiscent of the landmark transaction that saw Eric Lindros go from the Quebec Nordiques to the Philadelphia Flyers for what eventually amounted to a one-for-eight deal. And something for the Canadiens to keep in mind: In hindsight, if Peter Forsberg hadn’t evolved into one of the most dominant players of his era, the decision to give up quantity for quality wouldn’t really have hurt the Flyers too much.

read on with many more NHL topics..

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You Want Stress?  Try Being The Canadiens Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lindsay Berra of ESPN The Magazine,

...But love can fade. Montreal’s fans and media, all famously fickle, have forgotten that they were a
little too quick with the anointing oil last season—and the boiling oil when things went south. It’ll take another run in the playoffs to see which kind is on hold for Price these days.

continue for a look at Canadiens goalie Carey Price…

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Lightning Need To Fix Their PR Problem

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

As much as fans and media in more “traditional” hockey markets love to disparage the fans of Sun Belt franchises such as Tampa Bay, Lightning fans aren’t fools.

They’ve seen a Stanley Cup champion built only to be torn apart by salary cap constraints and questionable moves. They gave the new ownership a chance but have been sorely disappointed by the results so far. They’re openly questioning the business savvy of Koules and Barrie and the management ability of rookie GM Lawton.

Thanks to the off-ice bungling and the on-ice mediocrity, the Lightning have a serious PR problem in Tampa Bay. Dealing away Lecavalier — be it for financial reasons, by his request or a serious attempt to rebuild — would be like tossing gasoline on the fire, especially if the return fails to significantly address the club’s needs.

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