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Ford Field Prepares For The Frozen Four

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

Fresh off their success with the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championships, Ford Field is already preparing for next year, when it will play host to the Frozen Four, the NCAA men’s hockey championship. Monday, Dan Craig, the National Hockey League’s ice expert and the man who put the ice surface in Chicago’s Wrigley Field for this year’s Winter Classic game between the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, will be at Ford Field to explain how it will be configured for hockey. The ice surface will be placed directly in the centre of the football playing field and there will be seating for 70,000 spectators.

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Missing The Playoffs Could Hurt The Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean via the Leaf Chronicle,

The Predators’ failure to reach the playoffs will mean more than just an absence of postseason hockey in Nashville this spring, it will also impact the franchise’s finances.
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NHL teams rake in far bigger per-game profits during the playoffs than they do during the regular season because player salaries have been completely paid by then. Players make comparatively small revenue-based bonuses during the postseason.

So the Predators will miss out on roughly $750,000 in gross profit for every home playoff game, a sum that over the past four seasons helped the franchise reduce its overall losses.

In addition, missing the playoffs could make it more challenging for the Predators to retain current ticket-holders and sponsors, lure new season ticket-holders and sponsors, and increase next season’s player payroll.

read on

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11 More Aprils In The D

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

An amazingly, even for the NHL, inept call cost the Wings a win today and it just doesn’t matter.  I was about 19 minutes behind you guys on the live blog all afternoon as domestic issues delayed my viewing pleasure.  I haven’t read the comments yet.  Wanted to let my mind wander without influence. 

About what?

Thank you for asking.

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You Make The Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dustin Byfuglien was awarded a penalty shot on this play late in today’s Chicago/Detroit game.

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Expect Martin Back In Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Owner Alan Cohen told me in an email today that Martin will continue to oversee the team’s hockey operations. Martin was relieved of his coaching duties after last season and reportedly signed a four-year deal to remain on as general manager.

‘‘Yes, Jacques’ job is safe for certain,’’ Mr. Cohen wrote. ‘‘He has made the team and the farm system better. Hopefully we keep doing that.’‘

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Frozen Four Title Game Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Albright of ESPN,

Some facts and figures to digest prior to tonight’s national championship game between No. 4 West Regional seed Miami and No. 1 overall seed Boston University (ESPNHD and ESPN360, 7 p.m. ET) at the Verizon Center:

Boston University (34-6-4)

• The Terriers have won four national championships (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995).

• BU is 4-5 all time in NCAA championship games….

Miami University (23-12-5)

• First national championship appearance in any sport.

• Miami has the best winning percentage (.693) in Division I hockey over the past four seasons with a record of 106-43-14….

read on

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Canucks Clinch Northwest Division

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With their

shootout

OT victory today, the Vancouver Canucks win their division.

Also, the top five seedings in the West are set:

1. San Jose
2. Detroit
3. Vancouver
4. Chicago
5. Calgary

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Will Hossa Buy-In?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

So Johan Franzen gets his $43.5 million and the Red Wings get the cap number they want, $3.95 million for the next 11 years.

Starts at $5 million per, ends at $2 million, $1 million and $1 million for the last three years. If The Mule can’t play by then, he’ll be making his money in Grand Rapids.

But the real question the Franzen deal produces is this; can the Wings now still sign Marian Hossa and keep their core of star forwards together?

The answer is its up to Hossa.

Basically, the Wings can now give him a contract that produces a cap number between $5 million and $5.5 million.

If he’s looking to average the $7.45 million he’s making over a long term deal - and his production probably warrants it - it won’t be in Detroit.

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added 5:21pm, from Set Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Just glancing at NHLNumbers.com, it looks like Detroit will have approximately $7-8 million of cap space next season. In addition to Hossa, forward Mikael Samuelsson and goaltender Ty Conklin are scheduled to become free agents this offseason. Neither player is irreplaceable, but they have been significant parts of Detroit’s success this season. And stalwarts Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom will become a free agents after the 2009-10 season. When you consider the fact that the salary cap could come down due to the malaise of the economy, it doesn’t seem the Red Wings will have the type of money available that Hossa, even at a reduced rate, would command.

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Peca Not In The Lineup Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Veteran center Michael Peca will not play on fan appreciation night against the Wild.

“Day off,” coach Ken Hitchcock said when asked why Peca was out of the lineup.

Is he injured?

“Day off,” Hitchcock responded.

Are you happy with the way Peca is playing?

“Day off,” Hitchcock said.

There’s two ways to view it. Hitchcock is trying to hide an injury or he’s sending a message to his 35-year-old alternate captain. Interesting.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Live Blog?  Sure.  And Here’s My Entry…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...stay healthy. That’s it and that’s all.

And for your enjoyment, an image from our man Guralnick.

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