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Nashville Deal Put On The Table

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Mayor Karl Dean made a final, take-it-or-leave-it offer to the Nashville Predators’ potential new owners Friday, proposing a more generous arena lease in exchange for a commitment to stay in Nashville for five years.

Under his deal, the Predators could still leave town in three years – after the 2009-10 season — if the investors lost $20 million in that time and paid attendance fell below 14,000 per game.

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Miroslav Satan’s Career Timing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Timing is crucial for a big goal-scorer such as Miroslav Satan, who was just where he needed to be when he needed to be there in each of the Islanders’ past two games. His timing has been good ever since he grew up at just the right moment to be a hockey player in Slovakia.

As a boy in what was then Czechoslovakia, he never pictured himself in the National Hockey League because he barely knew there was such a thing.

“There wasn’t a lot of information before ‘89. After all the changes in Russia and Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin Wall, basically, the information stream opened up,” he said at Islanders practice Friday, the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Sakic Nearing a Milestone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Morris at the CP (via Yahoo)

But won’t it be special to become only the 11th player in league history to reach 1,000 assists?

“We’ll see when we get there I guess,” Sakic said after a pause. “Not that many players have gotten to that. It would be a tremendous honour, obviously. I haven’t thought too much about it.”

From some players the false modestly would sound contrived. But from Sakic the words sound as honest as the work ethic he delivers each night.

more… about Sakic and the team

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, joe+sakic

Malkin Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin didn’t practise Friday because of an unspecified knee injury but said he expects to play Saturday night in Philadelphia.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, injury, pittsburgh+penguins

Gretzky More In Control - Yotes Start Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via The Hockey News,

With veteran assistant coach Barry Smith gone to Russia last summer and Rick Tocchet not allowed back until February from his leave of absence, Gretzky has had to take on more. And Morris said the players have responded.

“With our coaching situation having changed, I think he’s taken on a bigger role and he’s demanding a lot more out of us,” said Morris. “And it’s good to see him take that step and really say listen, ‘This is my team, and we’re going to play the way I want us to play. And if you don’t like it, you’re not going to play.’

“I think everybody on our team has bought into his system. He’s not a screamer or a yeller, but he’s an honest guy and he demands a lot out of us.”

more

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, wayne+gretzky

All Over The Map

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Cazeneuve at Sports Illustrated,

To date, players born in 40 different countries have appeared in NHL contests. Using the current definitions and geographic partitions recognized by the United Nations, here is my list of the greatest NHL players born in each of the countries represented. Debate is encouraged, but not required:

ENGLAND: Ken Hodge
The former All-Star who potted 328 goals in 880 games for the Blackhawks, Bruins and Rangers (1964-78) was a sticky wicket pick over Steve Thomas and Byron Dafoe.

FINLAND: Jari Kurri
Gretzky’s sidekick as well as Finland’s all-time leading scorer netted 601 goals and was solid defensively, too.

read on for the other 38 countries…

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Aaron Ward Out With Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Aaron Ward suffered a concussion in the third period last night when he was hit by a Francis Bouillon elbow. GM Peter Chiarelli said there is no timetable on Ward’s return. Chiarelli has not heard back from the league about any possible discipline for Bouillon.

more on the Bruins…

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Rotating Goalies Working For Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

Colorado takes a 10-5 record into tonight’s game at Vancouver, with Budaj having six of the wins to the four for Theodore, tonight’s starter. The two have alternated starts the past six games and, while Quenne- ville said the rotation might not stay equal for various reasons, he sees no reason to change things now.

“I just think both guys are playing pretty well, and keep ‘em both playing,” Quenneville said. “I think it’s competitive among the two of them. I think it’s healthy, but I think there’s a genuine sincerity that the other guy does well. Both guys had an opportunity to get the net at the start of the year, and they’re both doing what we were hoping they’d do.”

more

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, goalies, jose+theodore, peter+budaj

Future HHOF Classes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

In our “Friday Faceoff,” ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: It’s Hockey Hall of Fame time, always an interesting time given some of the controversies that have dogged the institution in the past. Not much debate over this year’s class, but what about 2008 and beyond?

Damien: Agreed. A truly excellent class, and superb individuals, too. Scott Stevens might end up being the last truly defensive defenseman to get in. If there’s any disagreement, it’s that I would argue Igor Larionov deserves induction, possibly ahead of all but Mark Messier.

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  Tags: hhof

Shake-Up The Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Losers of four straight and participants for maybe 20 minutes in each of those contests, the Flames are a team that has yet to become comfortable with the demands of Mike Keenan. To the fiery coach’s credit, he’s been patient during the process, allowing his players time to adjust. But it’s becoming clear that not everyone is on board, and a shakeup seems inevitable.

Stephane Yelle, a solid defensive player who could add something to any team’s penalty kill, could be available. Center Craig Conroy, who has just two goals this season despite playing alongside Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay for long stretches, is another candidate. His contract brings a $2.85 million hit, but it only goes through this season and becomes more manageable for another team to assume with each passing day. Calgary would like to add scoring (who wouldn’t?), but might be willing to take on a veteran forward with leadership experience and a winning background.

Atlanta’s Bobby Holik, perhaps?

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