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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pete Maher at the Calgary Sun,

The best broadcast location I ever worked in was in the old Olympia in Detroit, but for only two seasons before it was replaced by the Joe Louis Arena.

The Saddledome now has the best broadcasting seat.

Our location is suspended from the roof just over the final row of seats in the lower bowl on the penalty-box side.

Broadcasters are also additionally stimulated by crowd response—when the Sea of Red is in prime form, nothing rivals the Saddledome.

The new location in San Jose is just below the roof.

more of the best and worst broadcast locations…

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Burke Speaks Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

“I think it’s a great idea to have player input, but the competition committee should report to the managers,” he said. “Which players are on the competition committee? Which group do they speak for? Sixty per cent of our league plays a certain kind of hockey, 10 per cent play a certain kind of hockey ... what’s the composition of that group, and what’s their goal? What are they trying to accomplish? Are they trying to do what’s best for their particular group?”

Currently, the players on the committee are Brendan Shanahan, Jarome Iginla, Trevor Linden, Marty Turco and Rob Blake. The GMs are David Poile (Nashville), Don Waddell (Atlanta), Bob Gainey (Montreal) and Burke’s arch-enemy, Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe. Philadelphia chairman Ed Snider rounds out the group.

“Players don’t vote for rule changes in any other sport,” said Burke. “So either we’re revolutionary, and it’s a great idea, or we’ve got it bass-ackwards. And I think we’ve got it bass-ackwards.”

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Bryzgalov Feels At Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Ticker via Yahoo,

“I think I found a home,” Bryzgalov said after stopping 30 shots in the Coyotes’ 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. “I feel here it’s my best year in the NHL.

“I feel trust. I believe in the guys. The guys believe in me. I think we have a great future if we continue working hard and believe in ourselves.”...

Bryzgalov has started 22 of 24 games for his new team, posting a 13-8-1 record with a 2.15 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

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  Tags: ilya+bryzgalov

Phaneuf Only At General Discussion Stage With Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

Standing near the Calgary Flames dressing room yesterday morning, Don Meehan scoffed.

The agent confirmed that those numbers blowing out of the east all winter—a five-year extension at US$30-million for Dion Phaneuf, a 10-year extension worth $60-million—are, in fact, fabrications.

“You know, I think it’s people making guesses, really,” said Meehan, who, of course, would know—he is the representative of Phaneuf, who is facing restricted free agency this summer. Calgary’s young defenceman yesterday was elected as a starter for the first time for National Hockey League All-Star Game later this month.

continued

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Crawford Points To Himself After 7-0 Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Inside the Kings,

“This is first game in months we played poorly and we played awful tonight,’’ Crawford said. “It was a stinker, there’s no two ways about it. You can’t mask this one in any way. It was awful and we all have to take responsibility for it.

“I think it starts with me. You have to look at the coach and say hey, these guys got scored on quite a bit early in the game. We’ve addressed that but we’re still having it happen. We can’t point fingers at (the players). I think we’ve all got to look at having some ownership and some accountability of it, myself included, and look at some ways we can address our games right now. From our coaching staff, I can assure you we’re burning the midnight oil analyzing and maybe overanalyzing our games.’‘

read on

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Looking For Secondary Scoring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Interestingly, while goals decline, individual accomplishments have not. Nine players, including Vincent Lecavalier, Jarome Iginla and Sidney Crosby, at mid-season were on pace for 100-point seasons, and seven had a legitimate shot at 50 goals.

The league has been invigorated with the double-whammy presence of Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, and fans should be salivating with the idea that John Tavares will make his NHL debut in October 2009.

If anything, though, there could be a wider gap now between the league’s best and everyone else. More than a few coaches this season have made note of the lack of secondary scoring throughout the league. Many teams have a couple of fairly prolific forwards, precious little afterward.

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Another Trophy For Gretzky?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Indeed, one could argue that at the midpoint of the NHL season, Gretzky is the leading candidate for the Jack Adams trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year for what he’s done with his Phoenix Coyotes to date. The Coyotes were expected to challenge for top spot in only one category this year - the draft lottery - after cleaning house and deciding once and for all to go with a youth movement.

While many of the other long-time Western Conference also-rans bolstered their line-ups with free agent signings, the Coyotes made a few tweaks around the edges of the line-up, but mostly decided to play their kids (Peter Mueller, Michal Hanzal et al) and take their lumps.

read on

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Ducks Look Forward To Leafs Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle hails from Sudbury, Ontario, the home province of Toronto, so it is safe to assume he was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan growing up rather than a Montreal Canadiens follower.

“Those were the days when it was French vs. English in northern Ontario,” Carlyle said. “It made for a natural rivalry.”...

“They’re easily the most recognizable hockey franchise,” he said. “Some people might argue Montreal. Having played there a number of years ago, and with the branding that’s taken place in the game, Toronto is front and center.”

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Don’t Try This At Home

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

DVR’ing the game.  Neighborhood function.  Actually posting when I should be “checking on the kids”.  Not reading comments, or checking scores. 

Torture.

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Darren McCarty Back in the Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From HockeyFights.com,

Darren McCarty has signed with the IHL’s Flint Generals.  The IHL consulted with the NHL before approving the deal.

The Generals play the Muskegon Fury tomorrow night.  McCarty is expected to be in the lineup.

*More at Our Sports Central

added 9:02pm, from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

According to a league source, McCarty met recently with the Red Wings’ brass and a plan was outlined to see if he could fast track his way back to the big leagues.

It’s a no-risk proposition for the Wings, who recognize that if McCarty, an unrestricted free agent, still has what it takes to play in the league, he gives them a physical presence and would make Detroit a much unfriendlier opponent.

The scenario is very familiar to the winter of 1996, when the Wings rescued Joe Kocur from the beer leagues of Michigan and installed him on a very effective checking line with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby during Detroit’s Stanley Cup wins of 1996-97 and 1997-98.

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Of course, if you read Abel to Yzerman, you knew this about 4 days ago…

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  Tags: darren+mccarty

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