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How Much Does It Cost To Move An Elephant?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via CTV,

Former hockey pugilist Georges Laraque is offering up $100,000 if the City of Edmonton will move Lucy, a zoo elephant he says is suffering from cold and isolation.

Laraque has written a letter to Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel, saying he will put the money toward a new downtown hockey rink or to other projects if the city will move the 35-year-old Asian elephant to a warm-weather elephant sanctuary.

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How To Handle Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

When old Blue Jacket teammates Manny Malhotra and Raffi Torres think back to their days in Ohio, it’s not to reflect on the Columbus night life.

“We find ourselves talking about Hitch a lot,” Torres said. “Manny has big time Hitchcock impersonations.”

Ken Hitchcock may be gone, but he is not easily forgotten even if Torres only played for him for a year and a half.

He had some interesting — uh, old school ways — of motivating.

“When I first got there, Hitch was riding me on the bench,” Torres said. “I had just got there.  “Manny says to me ‘You got to give it back to him. He wants you to get into a confrontation with him.’”

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Sturm Finally Arrives

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

Coach Terry Murray said he’s targeting a Dec. 23 debut for Sturm, who has yet to play this season after undergoing surgery on his right ACL and MCL in May. Sturm joined the fourth-line pool and wore a red jersey in practice along with Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, John Zeiler and Kevin Westgarth. Murray later said Clifford, Lewis and Westgarth will play Thursday against St. Louis.

Sturm participated in every drill and didn’t have to hold back. He said he has no knee pain but must work on his conditioning. He had been skating with the Bruins for the past few weeks.

“It was not easy. It was always up and down, but I knew eventually it’s going to get done,” Sturm said of his wait for the trade to go through. “I’m glad now everything is over and I can focus on hockey again.”

The German-born winger said knowing Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who drafted him in 1996 when Lombardi was general manager of the San Jose Sharks, was a minor factor in waiving his no-trade clause and agreeing to join the Kings.

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Habs ready for two big tests

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Remember that big lead the Habs had, battling at the top of the Eastern Conference? Well, now they have a two point cushion on eighth.

Tomorrow? Boston. Tonight: Philadelphia.

Not the easiest way to pad the win column.

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  Tags: max+pacioretty, max+pacioretty, scott+gomez

Highest Scoring Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

So far this season the Colorado Avalanche have been the top scoring team in the NHL.  They have 3.53 goals per game so far this year.  This is about 0.2 goals per game more than any other team and a 0.6 goals per game improvement on last season. 

For the most part this improvement has come from a deep young offensive team.  Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk are all scoring at about point per game rate.  Duchene is a talented second year man in the NHL who seems to be on his way to stardom.  Paul Stastny has been a good scorer in Colorado for a few years, but has also missed time to injury.

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Was Just The Cup Enough?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Maury Litwack of RealClearSports,

This week the Stanley Cup took to Capitol Hill where it was shuffled from office to office to be photographed and admired by Members of Congress and their staff. The Stanley Cup was used as part of “Hockey Day on Capitol Hill” in conjunction with the Congressional Hockey Caucus. Hockey and Stanley seem to have missed an opportunity here to really push some sports influence.

The NHL can’t simply give away the attention and star power that comes with their greatest trophy and not ask for something in return.  When any form of celebrity ventures to meet with their elected official they typically come with an “ask” relating to an issue or concern. For an elected official to meet with the celebrity, get a picture and the subsequent press coverage the elected official has to listen or buy in to the issue the celebrity is lobbying. So to with sports lobbying, no sports player or organization should give away the attention that comes with their presence or in this case their famous trophy for free.

continued and the picture of the Cup needs to be updated since the NHL logo hasn’t been seen for years…

Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.

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Which Phaneuf Will Show Up In Calgary?

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

He’s back. In all his glorious, maddening imperfection. Who knows what on earth he’ll be up to Thursday night?

Dion Phaneuf could clock a mid-ice loiterer or two and launch them into the Calgary Flames’ owners’ box or end the night minus-4. He might score the overtime winner with an absolute screamer from the point or be on the ice for every goal, both sides, in a 6-5 win. Or a 6-5 loss.

And therein lies the fun.

Utter unpredictability has always been his quirky entertainment value.

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The Best In The East- Flyers Or Pens?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Frankly, there’s really not much separating these two Eastern powers. Both have played 32 games with the Flyers having lost just seven times in regulation time and the Penguins nine times. The Flyers have out-scored the Penguins 108-103, but Pittsburgh could make the case it had a disadvantage with Evgeni Malkin missing five games and Jordan Staal the entire season because of injury.

Malkin returned to the lineup Tuesday night and looked more engaged than he has all season, scoring twice—good news for the Penguins; bad news for the rest of the NHL.

Both teams have been exceptionally strong on the road with the Flyers building a 9-2-3 record away from home compared to Pittsburgh’s 11-4-1. At home, they are similar. The Flyers are 11-5-2 while the Flyers are 10-5-1.

The Flyers’ rotten start last season wound up meaning nothing. They made peace and found their game when they needed it most and the lessons they learned seem to be paying dividends this season. That alone could make them the most dangerous team in the East.

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What Happened To The Ilitch/Pistons Deal?

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from Mike Ozanian of SportsMoney at Forbes,

According to one person familiar with the negotiations, after agreeing to a price in excess of $400 million (my source was not more specific), Ilitch discovered the revenues presented in the prospectus were inflated. Ilitch, one of the great gentleman owners in sports, got pissed, lowered his offer price and the deal quickly blew up.

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  Tags: detroit+pistons, marian+ilitch, mike+ilitch

Glendale Had No Other Choice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

The lesson of the latest episode in the long-running Phoenix Coyotes soap opera is, or ought to be: once you’ve used public money to build a sports team an arena, your private parts are in a vise forever - and the league is leaning on the screw.

Tuesday night’s 5-2 vote by City Council in Glendale, Ariz., in favour of a $197 million sweetener to entice the Coyotes to sign a new, long-term lease for Jobing.com Arena - one that runs through 2033 - was a foregone conclusion. The city basically had no choice but to turtle, unless it wanted to see the $180-million, seven-year-old palace it built for the hockey club sit empty while still paying considerable sums of money to maintain it.

The National Hockey League successfully carried off a gun-to-the-head negotiation by threatening to move the club elsewhere unless Glendale met its terms - and sure enough, it did, turning over to prospective new owner Matthew Hulsizer $100 million for the right to collect future parking fees, and giving Hulsizer another $97 million over the life of the deal to run the arena, plus an option to buy it.

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