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One Final Payment For Mario

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.

He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.

Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.

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  Tags: mario+lemieux, pittsburgh+penguins

You Are All Losers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you’re joining me to stay up for this pivotal October matchup, you have issues.  You need to look yourselves in the mirror and determine just what’s important to you in life.  My god.  You’re up?  You’re all pathetic.

Whatever. Crack ‘em if you got ‘em, it’s a late night West Coast live blog courtesy of Gary Leonore Bettman.

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The European Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

...And then the league would move to Europe, to large northern and central European cities where hockey is a major sport. But instead of expanding, it would relocate six existing but failing teams.

Said Thun, “You would go to the six lowest revenue producing teams in the NHL and say, ‘Listen, we’ve got owners in Europe. We want to set up a European division. And we want to move six teams at one time. Are you willing to sell your franchise for $250-million?’ I can’t imagine a lot of people would say no.”

A fee of $250-million would certainly be well above market value for clubs such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville and Florida.

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Bettman Recovering From Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Yahoo,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman showed up at Thursday night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning with a cast on his left arm. Asked whether he had dropped the gloves against one of the league’s enforcers, Bettman said he actually had tendon surgery on Monday.

He then joked, “It’s a result of reporters asking (stupid) questions.”

continued... a little outlook of the NHL…

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Pre-Game Info

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m still recovering from exactly 120 minutes of sleep after the Anaheim game but should be good to go for this evening. Live blog will commence for the matchup with The Team We Used To Not Speak Of at 2145.

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Causing A Stir In Sabre Land

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Check out the video at Sportsnet, then go to Sabres Edge for the story…

Update 4:33pm ET:

In case you’re having problems viewing the video at Sportsnet, the YouTube version is now included below:

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, media

Last Night’s Game Recaps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you need a recap of the on-ice action from last night, catch NHL Rewind…

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Breaking Records in the Modern Era

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Terry Frei at ESPN,

I’m a whole-hearted subscriber to the cliché: You have to judge players against their own eras. In any sport. Equipment. Travel. The degree of eliteness of the major-league talent pool and opposition. Rules. Style of play. In some sports, the potential chemical enhancements. It’s all different, changing, fluctuating and sliding over the years. Haven’t we all recognized that blind adherence to numbers as the measuring standard across time, in any sport, is an absurdity?

Maybe this isn’t fair, but black-and-white footage and scratch voice tracks on the old and accompanying play-by-play descriptions still seem to add credibility, whether it’s when comparing Frank Mahovlich’s 533 goals to Mike Gartner’s 708, or any other careers.

Some people mistake that kind of sentiment for a belittlement of the modern era, and those who unreasonably don blinkers and refuse to consider the overall picture are just as silly as the isolated few who refuse to acknowledge the greatness in the past.

more…

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Top Milestones

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

A perfect time for “10 Degrees” to count down, in reverse order, the Top 10 all-time NHL milestones and records.

10. Martin Brodeur: 11 consecutive 30-plus-win seasons

After breaking the single-season wins record with 48 victories in 2006-07, Martin Brodeur should extend his NHL record of 11 straight 30-plus win seasons in 2007-08. Brodeur, just like Patrick Roy, wants to leave the NHL as the game’s winningest goalie, and he will.

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Worst Trades in NHL History

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

When asked recently during a radio interview if the Roberto Luongo trade to Vancouver prior to the 2006-07 season was the worst in the history of the sport, Florida Panthers coach and general manager Jacques Martin answered “True.”

Maybe this is a stretch. After all, the Montreal Canadiens handed Colorado what amounted to three Stanley Cups when they traded goalie Patrick Roy to the Avalanche in December 1995.

continued… *a look at a few other “worst ever” trades around the NHL, plus a closer look at what’s happened in Florida

 

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  Tags: florida+panthers

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