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Will Lecavalier Be Ready For The Opener

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Bear with me here, even though this is more speculation and reading between the lines than anything.

We read in Tuesday’s paper that hockey ops chief Brian Lawton said he would not hesitate to keep star Vinny Lecavalier and defenseman Paul Ranger out of at least the season opener Oct. 4 in Prague if their rehabbing right shoulders were not ready to go. He said he might even put them on injured reserve to help the team manage their numbers. That’s a big hint not to be taken seriously, especially after watching Jussi Jokinen star at center this preseason.

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  Tags: paul+ranger, vinny+lecavalier

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I know there’s a lot of people this is going to bother, obviously. But you can’t let it stop you in your tracks. This is a good organization that’s going to work hard to overcome something like this.

“We’re not going to sit there and feel sorry for ourselves ... it doesn’t make any sense. If you feel sorry for yourselves, where do you get yourselves? We’re not going to do that. We’re going to go forward.”

-Blues President John Davidson on the year-ending injury to Erik Johnson.  More on the Blues at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch….

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  Tags: erik+johnson, john+davidson

Tampa Bay Lightning: Are They For Real?

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were not only the joke of the Eastern Conference, but also the entire National Hockey League finishing with the worst record at 31-42-9 for 71 points.

Going into this season, however, the Lightning may turn out to be one of the better teams in the league with new acquisitions Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, Olaf Kolzig, Jussi Jokinen, Vaclav Prospal, Radim Vrbata, Mark Recchi, Andrej Meszaros, Matthew Carle and oh yeah, the No.1 draft pick of 2008, Steven Stamkos.

Put those players with the likes of new team captain Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, you’re suddenly looking at a team who has as good a chance as any to win the Southeast Division and make a run deep into the playoffs.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, martin+st.+louis, steven+stamkos, vincent+lecavalier

Blues Lose Johnson For Extended Period of Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues defenseman Erik Johnson has a torn ACL in his right knee and will undergo surgery in a couple of weeks, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.

Johnson, 20, is expected to be sidelined six to nine months after injuring his knee in a golf-cart incident last week at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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  Tags: erik+johnson

Sides Are Far Apart In Gaborik Contract Negotiations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Marian Gaborik was nowhere to be seen today.

Negotiations are clearly at a delicate juncture, very delicate. The two sides are far apart, although Risebrough said he plans to keep trying to get Gaborik inked to an extension. He again maintains he has had no trade talks and doesn’t plan any in the foreseeable future.

The irony here is the big risk in paying Gaborik Ovechkin money or Crosby money or Malkin money or Staal money or Lecavalier money is he’s so injury prone.

And here Gaborik is seeking to be paid like a top two or three player in the NHL while he’s out with a strained quad aggravated on the first day of training camp.

more on the Wild…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

John Muckler Back In Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darren Dreger during Leafs Lunch on AM640 reports John Muckler is in Phoenix today and will be joining the Coyotes as a consultant.

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Atlanta Could Be Destination For Schneider

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen at Mucking & Grinding,

The Atlanta Thrashers are still pondering a move to land a defenseman, and Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider would seem to be a logical choice if the Thrashers can fit him into their budget.

The Thrashers are only near the $41 million mark, and based on their off-season moves they don’t want to venture too far north of that figure….

Of course the Thrashers would have to convince Burke to probably take Ken Klee ($1.25 million) and another $500,000 player to make it work.

read on

added 12:07pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

When Schneider is dealt, it’s possible it could be rolled out to a larger deal. Some teams have inquired about forward Bobby Ryan’s availability and the truth is Ryan, the second overall pick in the 04 draft behind Sidney Crosby, may be expendable on this Ducks’ roster.

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  Tags: mathieu+schneider

GameCenter Live Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephanie Kang of the Wall Street Journal,

Professional hockey, long overshadowed on television by the likes of the National Football League, is making an aggressive push online, introducing a service that allows subscribers to watch nearly every game live on its Web site.

The National Hockey League sees the new service, called GameCenter Live, as a way to serve its young, tech-savvy fans, many of whom don’t live in the hometown of their favorite hockey team, and can’t catch its games on television.

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thanks to a KK member for the link…

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Chicago Sets Record With Season Ticket Sales

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that for the 2008-09 season the organization has surpassed its previous franchise record of 13,425 season ticket holders established in 1994-95, during the inaugural campaign at the United Center. In addition, a near-capacity crowd is expected for tonight’s home preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, marking the most tickets sold for a home preseason contest in franchise history.

“Chicago is a hockey city and this is a tribute to our great fans and their hunger for a return to the glory days of the Blackhawks,” Senior Vice President of Business Operations Jay Blunk said. “We would like to thank our fans for giving us their trust and support and remind them we never forget that excellence on and off the ice is what they richly deserve.”

Season ticket sales for the 2008-2009 Blackhawks season have increased 300% from October 2007 when the base was 3,400.  The increase for the upcoming campaign marks one of the biggest one-year turnarounds in sports ticket sales history for a team that did not qualify for the postseason.

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Jason, Wanna Come Out & Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elizabeth Payne of the Ottawa Citizen,

According to the local grapevine, children have beaten a path to his front door hoping to catch a glimpse of one of their hockey idols, or, even better, to nab an autograph. And, apparently, Mr. Spezza has charmingly complied in many cases, handing out autographed hockey cards to awe-struck neighbours….

I have no idea what Mr. Spezza, a young hockey star in a country that idolizes hockey players, thinks about the attention his move to the neighbourhood is getting. The fact that he bought a house in a part of the city that is full of children and answers the door when some of them come calling tells me that he sees himself as part of the community, and that is probably as important to the future of the Senators in Ottawa as how the team does this season.

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  Tags: jason+spezza

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