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How To Attract & Keep Players In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

It might be a helluva good idea for the Oilers to rent out some beautiful houses on the river valley, houses with great views of the city, near good schools, so that when new veteran players come to town, they can be rapidly set up in excellent quarters, nearby to their teammates.

How about the team buying up some houses in Daryl Katz’s neighborhood? Then the players and their kids can go for a dip in that his pool. That might even have kept a society lady like Lauren Pronger happy….

Over-paying any player is the new dread disease of NHL management. Why couldn’t all the Oiler contracts be so fine as Hemsky’s $4 million a year deal? I know there are reasonable answers to this question, but it’s also an issue that haunts the Oilers, a franchise that is pressed right up against the top end of the cap, but isn’t pressed right up against the top end of the standings.

Some NHL hockey bosses, such as Ken Holland, spend dozens and dozens of hours with their top prospects, impressing on them the lessons they will need to learn if they are going to make it as good people and good players. If an NHL exec isn’t doing this, if it’s not out there constantly teaching and mentoring these young draft picks, that NHL team is squandering its talent base.

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Henrik Sedin’s Version Of The Spin-O-Rama Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Bill Davidson Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Drew Sharp & Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press,

Six months after he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson died Friday at the age of 86.
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Davidson became majority owner of the Pistons in 1974. He also owned Palace Sports & Entertainment and the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. He owned the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning until 2008.

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The Lowest Scoring Team In The NHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Typically, the lowest scoring team in the NHL is not a very good team, but this year they will probably be a playoff team.  The New York Rangers are the lowest scoring team in the league with only 2.38 goals per game.  If the season ended now, the Rangers would finish seventh in the East Conference with 78 points.  They are part of the race for the final eastern playoff spots and are only one point ahead of the currently non-playoff Florida Panthers.

In order to be in the playoff race despite being the NHL’s lowest scoring league, the Rangers must be pretty good at keeping the puck out of their net.  Their 2.65 goals against per game is sixth in the NHL.  This is due to a good goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist, who has had a solid season.  This is due to a good defence which is made up of several proven talents in Michal Rozsival, Paul Mara, Wade Redden, Marc Staal and the recently added Derek Morris.  This is due to a good defensive system brought in by ex-coach Tom Renney.  All of these are reasons that the Rangers have a good defence, but none of them make it great, and given their lack of goal scoring it makes the overall team not particularly impressive.

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Sather Bails Out Pocklington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Peter Pocklington, one-time owner of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, was expected to be released on bail Friday after the former coach of the team said he would put up the bail.

In a California courtroom, Glen Sather put up $1 million piece of property as security to allow Pocklington to be released on bail.

Pocklington has been in jail since being arrested on bankruptcy fraud charges on Wednesday.

continued and more on this topic at TSN.

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How The NHL Awards Show Ended Up In Vegas & Would A Team Make It There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Slover and Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The Maloof family’s business interests include big-league professional sports, but SN’s Craig Custance reports George Maloof has not been approached by the NHL about a potential NHL franchise in Vegas.

“We’ve never had that conversation,” he told Custance. He also said that nobody has spoken to him about the Phoenix Coyotes, which is in the process of being sold.

That said, Maloof thinks the NHL could work in Las Vegas.

“Vegas would be a great market for a basketball or an NHL team,” Maloof told Custance. “Is this a testing ground? I don’t know. I think this is an event that the community is real excited about.”

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Will The Money Be There For UFA’s?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Amid all the financial doom and gloom coming out of the GM Meetings in Naples, Florida this week, it seems like an appropriate time to look ahead to this summer’s free agent market, when teams will be forced to make a lot of tough decisions.

Here’s an early look at the unrestricted free agent market:

Marian Hossa, LW, Detroit - Signing a one-year deal with the Wings seemed a little risky at the time and seems that way even more with the prospect of a shrinking salary cap in years to come. Nevertheless, Hossa’s done his part, scoring 34 goals in 61 games.

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OHL Suspends Jordan Nolan For 20 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Toronto Star,

The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Jordan Nolan for 20 games.

The OHL announced the decision Friday after conducting a review of an incident in last Saturday’s game between the Greyhounds and Plymouth Whalers.

The incident resulted in a head injury to forward R.J. Mahalak. He was not seriously hurt. Nolan was given a two-minute minor for instigating, a five-minute major for fighting and a game misconduct for being the aggressor of an altercation.

The 19-year-old is the son of former NHL coach Ted Nolan.

Watch video of the incident below…

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Celebs & The Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Fans who come out to see the Ottawa Senators play may have noticed a little more glitter in the stands these days — two of the players’ celebrity girlfriends.

Singers Carrie Underwood and Hilary Duff have Ottawa abuzz with celebrity sightings and gossip.

Underwood is rumoured to be dating Mike Fisher and Duff has been spotted around town with Mike Comrie.

For those who follow the singers and not the Sens, Fisher and Comrie are both forwards with the Senators.

Stories of sightings have appeared in People magazine and on Entertainment Tonight.

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NHL Awards Coming to Las Vegas

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NEW YORK (March 13, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that its annual awards celebration will take place in Las Vegas June 18 and will serve as the inaugural event of a three-year agreement with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The 2009 NHL Awards, the first ever to originate from Las Vegas, will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

“Las Vegas specializes in shining the spotlight on outstanding performers,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.  “Its innate energy offers an exciting setting for our celebration of excellence.”

This year’s event will bring together more players, celebrities, business partners and fans than ever and will provide more opportunities for all to participate in the celebration. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to attend the NHL Awards. Tickets to the 2009 NHL Awards will go on sale on Tuesday, March 24 at Ticketmaster.com and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office.

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