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Paul Kelly Faces Challenges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Now a month on the job, the former Boston trial lawyer and assistant U.S. attorney has formed a general impression on how his command will work.

“There are business issues, maybe on television, marketing or promotional issues where I might lay alternatives and make recommendations, and hope they have significant faith and trust in my judgment to support me,” Kelly said. “But on game issues, players are in a far better position than I am. It’s incumbent upon me to get a sense of the majority.”

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Filed in: NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

Predators Deal Approved

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors have approved the sale of the Nashville Predators to a local group headed by David Freeman.

The Freeman group is expected to close on the sale within the next few days.

The group came together to make an offer to owner Craig Leipold after he originally announced a deal to sell his team in May to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie for $220 million. Balsillie’s deal fell through in June when he started taking season-ticket deposits in Hamilton.

Marketing plan by the new ownership group noted earlier today on KK.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: craig+leipold, david+freeman, nashville+predators, nhl+franchise

Nude Bobby Orr

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Geez, scary headline… (sorry, Bobby!)  From UPI via Earthtimes.org,

Kurt Kauper’s 7 1/2-foot-tall oil painting of Boston Bruins icon Bobby Orr is unique—it shows the NHL Hall-of-Famer in the altogether.image
Orr didn’t pose for the painting. He didn’t know it existed until recently, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

Then there is the painting of former Bruins center Derek Sanderson, who is painted standing next to his locker with nothing more than his hockey stick.

“Hey, you know, he has poetic license, he can pretty much bloody well do what he bloody pleases,” said Sanderson, now a 61-year-old investment manager for Boston’s Howland Capital Management, who, like Orr, did not pose for his portrait. “I just hope he’s a good artist.”

Kurt Kauper’s Boston Bruins hockey paintings can be be seen here.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bobby+orr, boston+bruins, derek+sanderson, kurt+kauper

More Variety in the NHL Schedule - Changes Approved

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Spector at the National Post,

“I understand the different arguments to keep the schedule the way it is, the travel and the expenses, but we need more variety,” said Colorado’s John-Michael Liles. “If Ovechkin is out west, it’ll draw more people to the buildings. There’s a lot of great players in the West, but the ones in the East - maybe seeing them only once every three years, that’s not right.

“Crosby came into our building this year, got two goals in the first period, and our fans were going, ‘All right, we should get this guy out west more often.’ We’re still talking about the spinarama move Crosby put on Rob Blake in Crosby’s rookie year when we went to Pittsburgh. Blakie came to our bench and said, ‘What was that?’ “

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Updated 8:48pm ET— From TSN:

For its new-look schedule, the National Hockey League will be going to an old look.

Sources tell TSN the NHL has approved a schedule that will have each team play 24 divisional games, 40 in-conference matchups, 15 games against non-conference teams and three wild card games against out of conference teams.

The new schedule, which received the necessary two-thirds majority vote, will swing into play next season.  The format - which was used prior to the NHL lockout - allows for every team to play every team at least once in a season, but it would still be every other year before a player like Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin would play in every building.

Update 9:30pm ET— More from Pierre LeBrun at the CP (via Globe & Mail)

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+schedule

New Nashville Owners Have A Marketing Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors is expected to approve Craig Leipold’s $193 million sale of the Predators to Freeman’s group this afternoon. Freeman and his colleagues could take control of the team as early as today.
The new owners plan to give Poile some guidance on the budget he can work with, which will allow him to start working on new contracts for players whose deals expire at the end of this season….

Freeman said the new owners will make their presence felt most in the Predators’ efforts to get more people into the Sommet Center’s seats for 41 home games a year.

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Update 9:50pm ET (alanah): BOG has approved the sale of the Nashville Predators.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marketing, nashville+predators, nhl+board+of+governors

Pointing At Keenan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

Very often the Flames appear confused on defense. On many nights it looks like they are not on the same page. It’s Keenan’s responsibility to make sure Calgary’s defense is organized and has a sound defensive system. But Keenan has never been a system driven coach. He wants emotion, energy, combativeness and competiveness. It’s hard to win in today’s NHL with just those qualities. Teams need a comprehensive defensive system.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan

Pandolfo Will Miss At Least A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fire & Ice,

Left wing Jay Pandolfo said he will not play in Friday night’s home game against Montreal because of the “pelvis area” injury he sustained in the third period of Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Dallas. “I won’t be able to play tomorrow,” he said. “It’s disappointing. You never want to be hurt, but, hopefully, it’s not that bad. I think it’s day to day.”

Pandolfo’s ironman man streak will end at 307 consecutive regular season games (the third longest in team history). He last missed a regular season game on Jan. 18, 2003 against Carolina because of a mild concussion (that was the last of four consecutive games he sat out).

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Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: injuries, jay+pandolfo, new+jersey+devils

Coaches Not Charged In Kids Brawl

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

No criminal charges will be laid against adult hockey coaches for allegedly assaulting each other during a brawl that also involved eight-year-old players in Guelph, Ont., police say.

Police said Thursday they came to the decision not to lay charges after speaking to witnesses, investigating the case and reviewing a videotape of the fracas.

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More about this here on KK several days ago. Watch the just released video below…

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Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, Youth Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fighting, ontario+minor+hockey+association

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

Hitchcock was asked if he was planning to “go with Malarchuk” tonight against the Canucks:

“Hey, he wasn’t bad for a guy in the 1970s. I don’t think you’ll see him (Thursday night). It was hard enough to get him out there for practice. He kept holding out for a better deal. We didn’t get it done until right before practice.”

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: clint+malarchuk, columbus+blue+jackets, ken+hitchcock

Ranking Iginla on Flames List of Greats

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Carroll at TSN,

Jarome Iginla is set to become the Flames all-time leader in games played on Thursday when he hits the ice against the Anaheim Ducks.

The 30-year-old is one of the NHL’s biggest stars and has an impressive list of awards and accomplishments. Iginla has won “Rocket” Richard Trophies, a Lester B. Person Award and an Art Ross Trophy.

He can score and, when needed, can mix it up but where does he rank on the list of Flames all-time greats?

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How do you stack Iginla against players like Joe Nieuwendyk, Al MacInnis, Gary Suter, Theo Fleury, Lanny McDonald, Paul Reinhart and Mike Vernon and others?  There’s also a poll available on the TSN front page.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: calgary+flames, jarome+iginla

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