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Another Report On The Canadiens Up For Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

As the Montreal Canadiens unveiled a series of initiatives as part of the club’s Centennial celebrations, Forbes magazine is reporting that team owner George Gillett has put the franchise up for sale.

“I’m here today to celebrate the 100th anniversary and I’m proud as punch to be involved and I look forward to being involved for a longtime to come” Gillett told Sportsnet before addressing the Forbes report. “I have no comment. I haven’t seen the article but had I seen it, I would have no comment.”

The reported asking price is $400 million, more than double the figure Gillett paid for the team ($181 million) back in 2001. In a recent report Forbes.com listed the team value at $334 million.

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added 4:58pm, from CBC,

On Thursday, the 70-year-old Gillett told reporters he is “angry” that he continually has to deny the hockey team is on the market.

“The club has never been for sale. As far as I know, no one has ever talked to anyone about the sale of the club,” said Gillett, who bought 80 per cent of the Canadiens and the Bell Centre for $185 million US in 2001.

“I’ve never authorized anyone to discuss it. We have received many inquiries about a possible sale [but] I’ve never entertained any of them.”

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The NHL Hour with Jim Devellano

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice-President Jim Devellano will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.  The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, jim+devellano, media, nhl+hour

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN, where I have had so many great years.  I look forward to analyzing people being fired, rather than being the guy fired.”

—Barry Melrose via The Daily Gazette

In his return to the network, Melrose will be joining Matthew Barnaby.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, espn, matthew+barnaby

John Grahame drinking his way out of the KHL

Blog: KK Members Blog By Carolina On Ice

From Caroilna On Ice, via Beyond the Blueshirts:

“More trouble for Avangard Omsk”

“Yesterday near the club “Atlantid” Grahame was noticed in an intoxicated state, after which a police squad arrived and took him to a detoxification center. Club president Konstantin Potapov and Avangard general manger Anatoli Bardin came shortly after to collect him from there. Later from a source in the club came information that the management of the Hawks is going to terminate the contract with the hockey player. Another option that is not ruled out is the possibility of trading the player. The press service of the club has not yet officially commented on the situation.”- Russian site, Sports Planet

So let me get this right.. a man can’t even get drunk in a bar anymore without losing his job? What’s this world coming to?

Strange news as the Russian translation is so vague on the description of events. Was Grahame just seen drunk and buzzed? Was he found passed out face down on the sidewalk outside the club? Did he almost Jimi Hendrix/Jim Morrison himself?

I’m not sure what exactly went down, but I do know that he hasn’t been playing well - and the team finding out that he’s piss-drunk and being arrested to detox would get just about anyone dismissed from any pro hockey team. This one here hopes he can get his act together to at least make a decent back-up goaltender in the NHL one day. Perhaps he could consult current River Rat Dan LaCouture - who gave up alcohol for the betterment of his personal life and hockey career.

After all, if you can’t handle your liquor - you shouldn’t be drinking in the first place.

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  Tags: hurricanes, john+grahame, khl

No Reason To Celebrate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Milbury of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

Today marks the official start of the Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary.

Pardon me if I don’t feel like joining the party.

For the Habs fans, this begins a few months strolling down memory lane. For me, it’s like bringing out the skeletons in the closet.

For three straight years from 1977-1979, my Boston Bruins squared off against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And three times, we were sent home a little too early.

If the two teams were cars, the Montreal Canadiens were the Porsches of the NHL. Sleek, fast, streamlined. The top of the line….

And the Bruins? We were just an old, rusty Dodge pick-up truck. Hey, nothing wrong with dependability.

read on for some memories from Mike…

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Quarter-Season Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Keep in mind these are my selections alone; so direct any fan furor my way, not towards the other (poor) THN souls.

HART TROPHY (most valuable player)
Jarome Iginla, Calgary – I know most non-Flames fans will be frothing with indignation at the thought of this pick, but stick with me for a minute. The Hart Trophy is “given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team,” not the league’s best player.

NORRIS TROPHY (top defenseman)
Shea Weber, Nashville – I said several times during the summer that Preds GM David Poile was genius in getting Weber, a restricted free agent to be, to sign a very reasonable deal before other teams had the chance to knock on his agent’s door with an offer sheet.

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Carolina Recycles Their Coach

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It was announced yesterday that the Carolina Hurricanes fired coach Peter Laviolette.  This is in response to Carolina starting the season with a 12-13 record (with two regulation tie points).  The surprising part of the announcement is that the new coach will be Paul Maurice.  Maurice was the Carolina coach prior to Laviolette.  He was fired during the 2003/04 season to allow for Laviolette’s hiring.  He returns to the Carolina organization after a two year coaching stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

There is no reason to imagine coaching was the problem in Carolina.  They have a team I predicted to finish 9th in the East Conference and are on track for about that kind of finish (currently they sit in 8th).  It looks as though Carolina GM Jim Rutherford wanted to do something to jump start the team and he couldn’t find any worthwhile player transactions (trades or otherwise) so he fired the coach.  It’s a bit of a desperation move.  When it looks like something needs to be done, but there is no other available move, you fire the coach.

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Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s,

Chris Foster (LA Times) reports Kings GM Dean Lombardi has plenty of available cap space to make some moves this season but those potential moves could depend on how the club performs over the next couple of months. Foster suggests the Kings need a top-line scorer and a legitimate number one goaltender and while noting neither becomes available very often anything is possible.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the Marian Gaborik and Nikolai Khabibulin to LA rumors! Meanwhile Lombardi will likely be patient and keep a close eye on the market.

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Wheeler A Key To Bruins Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

(Blake) Wheeler and linemates David Krejci and Michael Ryder have combined to be the Bruins’ most dangerous offensive threesome of late. Wheeler has a goal in each of the last two wins. Krejci has at least 1 point in the last six games. Ryder potted two goals against the Islanders and added two assists against Detroit.

All of that production comes with a rookie playing an unfamiliar position.

Before this season, Wheeler had played mostly center and right wing. But with the Bruins having less depth on the left side, they auditioned the righthanded-shooting Wheeler on his off wing during training camp. Coaches and management liked what they saw and have shown no hesitation in showcasing the rookie as a left wing during the recent hot streak.

“I think it gives us a little more luxury in moving guys around,” coach Claude Julien said. “At the beginning of the year, the question mark was whether we were going to keep him and where we were going to play him.

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  Tags: blake+wheeler

Recall On Reebok-CCM Helmets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A KK reader brought this to my attention:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Hockey Helmets

Units: About 1,000

Distributor: Reebok-CCM Hockey U.S. Inc., of Montpelier, Vt.

Hazard: The helmet’s chinstrap can unexpectedly disengage while in use. If this happens, the helmet can fall off, posing a head and neck injury risk to consumers.

more with model numbers…

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