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Empty Dates At MSG Means Loss Of Income

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Belson of the New York Times,

With two games left on their schedule, the Rangers are in danger of missing the N.H.L. playoffs for the first time in five years. That possibility would certainly be a disappointment for the team’s fans. But it would also sting the Rangers’ front office, which would forgo several million dollars for each playoff game missed.

Madison Square Garden Inc., which owns the Rangers, will certainly survive if the team misses the playoffs because the Rangers are only one part of a $1 billion enterprise that includes the Knicks, the Liberty and other sports properties; Radio City Music Hall and other theaters; and the MSG Network.

But because all N.B.A. and N.H.L. teams must keep dates open at their arenas in case they make the playoffs, the elimination of the Knicks and the Rangers from the postseason means the Garden would remain empty for many more nights in April and May.

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Who Can Clinch Tonight & Possible Seedings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

EASTERN CONFERENCE
#2 New Jersey Devils would clinch the Atlantic Division…
* if they defeat the Florida Panthers AND the Pittsburgh Penguins lose in regulation to the New
York Islanders
#4 Pittsburgh Penguins would clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs…
* if they get at least one point against New York Islanders
OR
* if the Ottawa Senators lose (in regulation or overtime/shootout) to Tampa Bay
#6 Montreal Canadiens would clinch a playoff berth…
* if they get at least one point against the Carolina Hurricanes

WHO CAN FINISH WHERE?

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Ice Edge Holdings Has Had It With The City Of Glendale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Camwest News Service at the Vancouver Sun,

One of two groups interested in purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes is threatening to pull out of the bidding.

Connecticut-based Ice Edge Holdings said Thursday that it has been frustrated in its efforts to work out a lease deal with the City of Glendale and Jobing.com Arena. And as a result, the group’s $160-million US proposal to purchase the team from the National Hockey League could be off the table.

“The city may leave us no choice,” Ice Edge’s CEO told Canwest News Service in an e-mail. “Their most recent proposal takes a number of steps back from prior agreements we have had with them.”

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Bowman Says Watch Out For The Red Wings

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province at Faceoff.com,

On Wednesday, Scotty Bowman was just wrapping up his time in Florida, where he lives most of the year, on his way to Chicago to join the Blackhawks as they attempt to win the Western Conference and their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

His insight is always more than you expect and, as always, delivered in the stream of consciousness that was his trademark as a coach, and the sign of a mind that never rests and is as bright and as clear as ever:

“Detroit is a team that would scare me because they had eight guys out at one time, and they’ve got those two great defencemen in [Nick] Lidstrom and [Brian] Rafalski who make so many great plays for them. You know, how many points they [the Red Wings] would have had if they’d been healthy all year? 115 maybe. The way the game is played now, with so much room in the end zones now, that they’ve taken room away from the neutral zone, so much depends on your defence.

“Ninety-five per cent of your teams have decided they’re going to protect the area right in front of the net. That leaves the guys with the most time and space, your defencemen at the points, and those guys Lidstrom and Rafalski, they make so many plays from back there. And [Niklas] Kronwall, he’s not as good as those two but he’s a great No. 3 with [Brad] Stuart.

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Masterton Nominations

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I have never thought that the Masterton Trophy nominations make sense.  They do them while the season is still underway, which allows for the possibility that something happens to change the circumstances of a nomination before the season is over.  Each team nominates a player regardless of if they have anyone who is a serious candidate.  Could you imagine if the other awards were run this way?  Does it really matter who the Columbus Blue Jackets would nominate for the Calder Trophy or the Tampa Bay Lightning might pick for Norris?  We know neither nominee has a hope of winning the award.

What is the Masterton Trophy for anyway?  The NHL says The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey, but what does that mean?  Teams seem to nominate players for being veterans or for overcoming an injury or for sticking around the game as a fringe player and eventually winning an everyday role or in some cases for being a good guy that they want to celebrate.

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It Wasn’t The Igloo Without Mario

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“Voice of the Penguins” Mike Lange, like Lemieux a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, recalled to the Tribune-Review some of Lemieux’s most super moments at the Igloo that became Mario’s personal Super dome:...

FIVE GOALS FIVE WAYS (12.31.88, Devils): “Quite frankly nobody was aware until the score sheet came down and you looked at it. The first thing you think is, ‘Has anybody ever done this?’ The actual truth is that nobody said, ‘Look, if he scores an empty-netter…’ No, it wasn’t that way at all.”

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Modano May Be Playing His Last Home Game In Dallas

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Modano could be playing his last home game tonight, as he turns 40 in June and his contract is up at the end of the season. The Stars’ all-time leader in just about every offensive category said he will wait until the summer to decide if he wants to retire, but he acknowledged that this indeed could be the end.

“I have to be aware of it, definitely,” he said. “So you make plans just in case.”

Modano is inviting his parents to the final game of the season, Saturday in Minnesota, and said he’s prepared for an emotional send-off from Stars fans tonight. But he also added that whether he retires or not, he’d like to be involved in hockey with the Dallas Stars.

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Time For Some Prayers For Pat Burns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Former NHL coach Pat Burns, stricken with terminal lung cancer, has been admitted to hospital in Florida, according to reports.

Burns was hospitalized outside Tampa, Fla., on Sunday — his 58th birthday — according to Montreal sports radio station CKAC.

The former Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs coach is a daily commentator on the station’s morning sports show.

Officials at the station said Burns is now on leave from the program and is in hospital.

He is reportedly suffering from pneumonia.

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update 3:20pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Pat Burns is home from hospital and taking antibiotics for pneumonia. His cousin Robin wants people to know Pat’s departure is not imminent.

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Buzzer Beaters & Comebacks Of The Year

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Keith Tkachuk On The Way To The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

As Keith Tkachuk retires, the inevitable question will be asked: Is Keith Tkachuk Hall of Fame worthy?

I say no.

Tkachuk had some very good career totals, but not as good as Dino Ciccarelli, Dave Andreychuk, Pat Verbeek, Pierre Turgeon and Adam Oates. They are likely to continue their wait for the Hall of Fame, so Tkachuk’s numbers will not be enough to get in him.

That is because Tkachuk has a poor reputation in playoffs and big games.

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