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Spezza Next In Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

If Jason Spezza ends up as a RFA come July 1, Kevin Lowe will no longer be the lone rogue GM filing offer sheets on hot commodities.

With Dany Heatley taken care of, the focus for the Ottawa Senators shifts to linemate Jason Spezza, a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

A deal won’t get done soon. Spezza’s agent Rick Curran will probably wait until the New Year to get serious talks going, giving his client time to build up yet another monster season. That’ll give him just a tad more leverage in talks.

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  Tags: jason+spezza, ottawa+senators

NHL Fashion Police

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have noticed a few players have cut the inseam of their hockey pants and a few others have altered their socks too.

I thought I read a few months ago that the NHL would not allow these types of alterations…  Maybe I am wrong, maybe the NHL just hasn’t caught it, or maybe they will let it go.

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Dallas Stars Spaces

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Some Dallas Stars fan resources.  First, there’s a Stars MySpace page; this is only the second one I’ve seen, other than the Coyotes’ page. (Do other clubs have them? Do you care?) Plus there’s the Dallas Stars Icegirls MySpace page—probably a rather popular destination…

Also a reminder: the Stars “write your own billboard” contest is still going on—entry deadline is October 17th.

The image below is an example from the team’s own website. So I guess the gloves are off in Texas this season.

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Whoops!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pointed out by Smerri1029 on the HockeyFights.com forums earlier today, a rather bizarre screw-up by Sports Illustrated online:

It’s amazing, that in BOTH Conferences they think that divisional rivals can finish in the top three.  It’s just…wow…

Wow, indeed.  Here’s the screenshot, as of 2:50pm ET:

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Blackhawks Now In The Hands Of Rocky Wirtz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Rocky Wirtz will assume the role of Chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks. Peter Wirtz has resigned his position as Vice President of the team but will retain his role as President of Bismarck Enterprises.

“My brother Peter informed me of his decision to leave his role as Vice President of the Blackhawks. While I had hoped that Peter would stay on and help in rebuilding the Chicago Blackhawks into a winning and successful franchise, I respect his decision. He has worked at my father’s side for many years and has decided, at this time, to change his focus,” Rocky Wirtz said. “Peter will continue in leading Bismarck Enterprises and has pledged his complete support and loyalty to me and to the Chicago Blackhawks.”

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Canucks Coach Won’t Spare Feelings

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ed Willes at The Province,

Alain Vigneault concluded another press conference Thursday in which he appeared relaxed and confident while serving up a couple of bon mots for the media’s consumption.

He joked about his commitment to rookie Mason Raymond and second-year pro Ryan Shannon which could last “a period or two.”

He delivered a similar message to the rest of the team, saying: “It’s safe to say after the first game it’s what are you doing for me now.”

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Weber Out With Dislocated Kneecap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Tennessean,

Predators defenseman Shea Weber has a dislocated kneecap and will be out of action for three to six weeks.

Weber suffered the injury in Thursday’s season opener when he twisted the knee after getting his skate caught in a rut in the ice.

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Looking Good In Red & White

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My Dear Martine,

We could use you in Detroit.  It is my job to recruit any and all fans for our great hockey team. 

You will love following the likes of Zetterberg, Datsyuk and even Chelios (free food too).  Covering the greatest defeseman in the last ten years won’t be so bad either.

I can only dream of you in red, with the winged wheel in all of its glory!!!

With Anticipation,

Paul

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Super Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Saturday, October 6 is the NHL’s busiest day of the season with 14 games scheduled, involving 28 of the League’s 30 teams. Highlighting the numerous storylines are home openers, significant milestones, intriguing individual match-ups, family ties, ‘Original Six’ contests and rematches from the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Plus a pretty cool feature, Evan Grossman of NHL.com will be live blogging from the “War Room” in Toronto…

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Are Devils Playoff Worthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside and Damien Cox at ESPN,

Editor’s note: We are starting a new feature here at ESPN.com called “Friday Faceoff” where ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: Will New Jersey make the playoffs again or is this the season we see the demise of the Devils?

Scott Burnside: OK, I know, I’m late. Still, I’m in better shape than the Devils. I know Damien is a sensitive soul, so I’ll go easy on him knowing he believes the Devils to be infallible. So I will provide the one-word answer to the question in question—no. Next?

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