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Lawsuit Filed Between Prospective Tampa Bay Buyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WTSP,

Florida Real Estate developer Jeff Sherrin, TV show executive producer Oren Koules, and and long-time hockey executive Doug MacClean are three of the principals in Absolute Hockey Enterprises, the group which was trying to purchase the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning confirm a lawsuit was filed between two of the partners in the ownership group.

The current owners are still hopeful they will be able to sell the hockey team to Absolute Hockey Enterprises or members of that group.

added 8:57pm, via Sports Network,

The sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning to Absolute Hockey Enterprises came to a screeching halt Monday due to a legal disagreement between Jeff Sherrin and Oren Koules, the principal partners in the deal.

Sherrin, who owns a vast amount of real estate, and the Venture Capital Group, is suing Koules in excess of $75,000. In court documents filed Monday in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, Sherrin sued Koules for using highly confidential information for trying to broker his own deal to acquire the team, circumventing the partnership plan.

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  Tags: tampa+bay+lightning

Power Play An Issue For Rangers

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

When I addressed Tom Renney with that point, he paused and then hit the nail on the head.

“We’re legitimately in the top four or five of the conference,” said the coach. “But if the power play is bad - or we beat ourselves - the stats will bear out where we belong. And we should be humbled by that.”

“There’s a level of excellence that’s acceptable and we expect.”...

When I asked Sean Avery about it, he was blunt.

“The power play is all about work ethic and there are not enough guys working hard at it,” said Avery, who labored as energetically as any Ranger against Dallas.

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, sean+avery, tom+renney

MySpaced NHLers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chuck Gormley at the Sporting News,

“Go on MySpace and type in anybody in this (locker) room and there will be someone posing,” said [Flyers’ center Jeff] Carter, who is single. “I have a friend who said she sent pictures to my MySpace and I don’t even have a MySpace. She said, ‘Oh, I’ve been talking to you for the past month and a half.’”

Umberger, who is married, went online and discovered there were four people posing as him on their own web pages. When he found that some were soliciting women, he had all four accounts canceled.

“They talk to girls on there like they’re me,” he said. “People out there think they’re talking to me and they’re asking, ‘Aren’t you married?’ It’s ridiculous. Everybody on this team has a fake one and people believe it.”

more…

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  Tags: jeff+carter, philadelphia+flyers, r.j.+umberger

Suggestions For Therrien

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from Mike Madden at the Beaver County Times,

Could Michel Therrien do a better job as Penguins coach?

Let me count the ways:

Marc-Andre Fleury should start every game unless he physically needs a rest….

Sidney Crosby should play the entire two minutes of every power play…

Use Crosby and Malkin to kill penalties, especially when the Penguins have committed several infractions in a short span….

more

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  Tags: michel+therrien, pittsburgh+penguins

Christina and the Hawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageApparently the Chicago Blackhawks are finding their way to television in more ways that expected.  A little mainstream, pop culture exposure:

In tonight’s edition of the ABC hit comedy series, “Samantha Who?,” Samantha (played by Christina Applegate) inadvertently leads her blind date, Kevin (played by Eddie Cibrian) to believe that she’s an avid hockey fan. When he invites her to a Chicago Blackhawks game, Samantha turns to her ex-boyfriend Todd (played by Barry Watson) for help. The episode, “The Hockey Date,” which features game footage licensed by NHL Productions, will air tonight on ABC.

 

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, christina+applegate, nhl+entertainment

The GM’s Talked

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the end, the league asked each general manager to submit his team’s position on the proposal. If the results of the straw poll show an overwhelming support for the Burke initiative, then the matter might go forward.

“It was discussed and the league has asked each of the managers to get back to them on their position on the issue,” said Jay Feaster, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “I would anticipate that once that happens, there’ll be a more in-depth discussion in February.”

more GM talk…

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NHL Network Schedule For December - USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With the successful U.S. launch this season of NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, the network today unveiled the live regular-season game telecast package in the U.S. for the month of December. To ensure fans receive the best match-ups, NHL Network’s game telecast schedule is released on a monthly basis.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: nhl+network, nhl+schedule

Pens Just Need To Make Plays

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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

I asked Crosby about the team’s rather uneven start, postulating that maybe the young core group overlooked how well teams would prepare for them after the Penguins’ successful 2006-07 campaign. He replied, “I don’t think that’s it. We went through it last year when there was a lot of attention paid to us. We are a young group and we’re gaining experience all the time. We’ve been playing good hockey lately and hopefully we can start getting some results.”

They have been losing a lot of close games, which is disconcerting in that they excelled at winning them during the second half of last season. “The difference is in making plays” Crosby offered. “Whether it is a pass, a hit, blocked shot or save, we need to make plays at the right time. We’re starting to do that more consistently.”

more

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

The GM’s Talk

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Brian Burke has a bee in his bonnet. Two of them, actually, and it may surprise you to know that neither has anything to do with Kevin Lowe.

So the Anaheim Ducks’ general manager has requested the NHL hold a conference call with all 30 NHL GMs today at 12 noon (EST) and the league has agreed to stage it.

Two topics are up for discussion.

One is the issue of whether GMs should be able to trade “salary” when they trade players, which is currently against the rules in the new CBA.

The other is the mega-suspensions recently given to Steve Downie (20 games) and Jesse Boulerice (25 games) and whether NHL GMs ever signed off on or were fully apprised of a new standard for supplementary discipline.

continued

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  Tags: brian+burke, general+managers, nhl+suspensions

Stars of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 25.

continued… with video available featuring each player’s highlights

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  Tags: dallas+stars, daniel+briere, ilya+bryzgalov, mike+smith, philadelphia+flyers, phoenix+coyotes

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