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Hockey In Beijing

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Vito from Woodbridge is part of the Morning Show on Fan590 in Toronto.  Yesterday he filed a report from the Beijing Olympics which I found pretty funny.

Listen to it here..

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The Wendel Clark Way

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from Crash the Crease,

During his career Wendel played taller and heavier then he actually was and that took a toll on his body, he did everything in his power to protect his teammates and anything for his team to win, if he had to score a hat-trick he would, if he had to fight Bob Probert he would, if he had to take on a much bigger Marty McSorley who just dropped Doug Gilmour with an elbow he would and he would do it very well.

There has not been many players in the history of the NHL who could do this on a night to night basis and there has been even fewer who could do it that actually would do it

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Pre-Season Western Conf. Schedule Breakdown

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from HockeyTownTodd,

The pre-season schedule is predictably weird.

Find your own theories….

I have heard all the yada-yada about venue availability and Franchise requests every year, but personally….

I think the scheduling chimps were rushed trying to make their tee times.

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Blackhawks Tickets Moving Fast

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

The Hawks sold 57,000 single-game tickets Monday, and with their increasing season-ticket base have sold more than 500,000 tickets for the upcoming season, an increase of more than 300 percent from this time last year.

While no games are officially sellouts because the team is withholding tickets for season plans, many games — including the home opener Oct. 13 against Nashville, the Feb. 27 game against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins and games against the Red Wings — were unavailable to some buyers Monday….

McDonough said the Hawks’ season-ticket base had increased from about 3,400 at the beginning of last season to more than 12,000 so far this season. Full-season ticket-holders will get an opportunity to purchase tickets for the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Red Wings at Wrigley Field.

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Detective Dater

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

But I’ll go on record right now and say his decision will be to come back. There are too many clues to say otherwise.

Among them: Sakic is still working out hard. If you were about to retire after two decades in the NHL, would you still want to hit the gym every morning, or might you want to tip back a few every afternoon on the 19th hole?

When he talks to teammates, he’s still using the word “we,” not “them.” True, Gordie Howe still refers to the Red Wings as “we” when he talks about them, but that didn’t happen for at least a decade after he left Detroit and played in Houston and Hartford.

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All About Craig Leipold

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

... And if you ever run into the man with a hockey mullet and infectious laugh, he’s as approachable as a miniature bichon.

“This is a big business guy who runs in big political circles, but he walks with kings with the touch of a common man,” said close friend Joe Sweeney, an investment banker who used to be marketing agent for Brett Favre, LeRoy Butler, Barry Alvarez and Robin Yount, among others. “Craig is as down to earth as anybody I’ve ever met.

“The greatest thing I can say about Craig Leipold is he’s got 100 best friends. He’s so busy. He’s got five kids, a wonderful, successful wife, tons of business ventures, yet he’s there for so many people, a hundred people call Craig Leipold their best friend.”

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BS Rumors

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from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

First off, the Florida Panthers are not shopping defenseman Jay Bouwmeester….

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe may apparently be willing to consider waiving his movement clause to accept a trade but that doesn’t mean he’ll be dealt soon….

The Minnesota Wild are not shopping Marian Gaborik. That rumor is pure BS….

Oh, and while I think of it, Bouwmeester isn’t being shopped for McCabe or Gaborik.

How do I know this? Because most NHL general managers are either on vacation, just back from vacation or soon to be heading out on vacation.

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Here is the story folks, 99.99% of the people spreading this stuff are either fishing for web hits or don’t know the game and in some cases, a combination of both.  The reliable, trusted sources they refer to are made-up and the vagueness of who they are meant to lead you on and on and on!

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Burke & Fletcher Talk

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Hope that headline did not confuse you!

The Bill Waters Show on AM640 Toronto had Brian Burke and Cliff Fletcher on the air today.

Brian Burke did his first live radio interview since the tampering charges and did admit he is considering options other than Anaheim for “family reasons”. He also talked about the Selanne situation that we are familiar with and a few other hockey items.

Cliff Fletcher discussed a few topics…

1) Bryan McCabe will be invited to training camp
2) He was quite complimentary of McCabe’s contribution to TML and says “he’s a nice guy”.

But they are still trying actively to trade him….and as far as Sundin goes, they haven’t gotten to whether the contract offer for him will include a NTC/NM Clause.  They have only discussed salary and year.

You can listen to both interviews at AM640.

Thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up and providing some of the above material.

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Arenas Bringing In The Money

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from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,

How is an arena like an airplane? From a business standpoint, it’s all about putting butts in seats for the most money possible….

To see which sports arenas squeeze the most mileage out of each seat, we added up sports-generated revenue from gate receipts, concessions, luxury box sales, naming rights and other various arena sponsorship and advertising deals. (Most venues supplement their earnings with concerts and other events, which aren’t counted here.) Most luxury box, sponsorship and concession numbers were estimated based on the number of boxes and formulas offered by industry insiders who match them with attendance figures.

Not surprisingly, nine of the 10 most lucrative arenas are indoor basketball/hockey venues that seat between 18,000 and 21,000…

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Oops, Can’t Do That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Listening to the Fan590 in Toronto and they are talking about the trade scenarios for Bryan McCabe.  The host suggested the Leafs may have to ‘eat’ some of McCabe’s contract in order to move him.

Sorry, the current CBA does not allow that.  On to the next scenario!

update 3:50pm, The producer of the show just corrected the host on this issue.

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