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Hockey Greats Gather In Windsor To Pay Respect To Ferguson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Windsor Star,

Friday night’s visitation saw Ferguson’s son, John Jr., the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his three sisters and their spouses accept condolences from a long line of friends.
The family members stood by a wooden urn containing the ashes of Ferguson, who was cremated earlier.
A video montage played on a screen above the urn, and the room was filled with flowers from many in the hockey community, including Thomas Steen, father of current Maple Leaf Alex, who played for Ferguson on the Winnipeg Jets.
There were several collages of photos showing Ferguson playing hockey, with his racehorses, and going about everyday life.

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And Your Vote Would Be For…

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ESPN SportsNation is asking you which Detroit pro sports team “matters the most”.  Pretty overwhelming results so far. Check them out here.

If I had to rank them, I’d say (1) Wings (2) Tigers (3) Lions (4) Pistons.

Edited 21 July:  that’s my personal ranking.  If I had to guess what the rest of the state feels, I’d probably rank them this way:  (1) Tigers, (2) Wings, (3) Lions, (4) Pistons

I’ll always believe that the Tigers have a certain place in the heart of all Michigan sports fans.  As someone said below, ‘68 was an amazing year and it affected much more than the Detroit hardcore baseball fan.

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Did Bettman Stop The Balsillie Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has accused NHL commissioner Gary Bettman of forcing the owner of the Nashville Predators to break off discussions about the sale of the team to Balsillie, ESPN.com has learned.
The Canadian ownership group also alleges Bettman directed Predators owner Craig Leipold to focus on closing a deal with William “Boots” Del Biaggio III, who is the front man for a group trying to bring an NHL team to Kansas City.
“We were advised by Mr. Leipold that the commissioner had found out about the existence of the negotiations and ordered him to immediately cease any further communications with us,” Balsillie’s legal representative, Richard Rodier, told ESPN.com this week.

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Hmmm, Forsberg & Lidstrom Close?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well Dwayne is up to it again talking about Forsberg…

I am also hearing that the Red Wings will get into this, but i have yet to hear Peter say that he would go there. However, he is tight with Lidstrom…

That’s news to me and about 99% of the Wings fans…
from Nicklas Lidstrom,

Peter and I aren’t really close. I’m a few years older than he is, and we only played together on the national teams. So we haven’t really played together in the Swedish League before I turned pro.

Geez Dwayne, make up something you can’t be called out on!!!

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Joni Pitkanen Signs For 1yr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year contract, US$2.4-million contract, a source said Friday.
The 23-year-old was acquired from Philadelphia earlier this summer in a trade that saw Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul go to the Flyers.
Pitkanen had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing after the Flyers requested one - something teams can now do under the collective bargaining agreement.

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Right To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you haven’t been following the diary Andrew Ference is keeping while in Africa, you should be..

I can truthfully say that today was, culturally, the most amazing day of my life.
The chance to be invited into the home of a villager of Nyamburi is something that cannot be bought from any safari company and has not found the pages of a travel guidebook.
Through the local connections and relationships of the “Right to Play” volunteers, our morning was spent as guests of one such villager, Mr. Pius Cha Cha, his five wives and fifteen children.

more at BostonBruins.com…

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Report- Yashin Will Play In Russia

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from Sport Express with a rough translation… As it became known to the correspondent “SE” to Paul STRIZHEVSKOMU, on 33-years [center] some clubs of a superleague apply. But most likely Yashin will appear in Yaroslavl “Locomotive” in which it has lead an ending [lockout] a season—2004/05. Moreover, mother of the hockey player last night has confirmed this information to the correspondent “SE” to Igor Larin.

from Lokomotiv with a another rough translation… Aleksey [Yashin] [provedet] the season of 2007-2008[gg]. in “the locomotive”
As a result [pregovorov] between hockey club “locomotive” and Aleksey [Yashin] with the participation of the governor of region Anatoliy Ivanovich Lisitzin, the side they came to agreement, that in the following season Aleksey will speak in favor of Yaroslavl command.

added 1:26pm, from the CP via TSN,

The Russian centre agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Locomotiv (Yaroslavl) of the Russian League on Friday, bolting the NHL after 12 seasons. Russian teams do not disclose financial terms but The Canadian Press can confirm the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.

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Preds Display New Jersey

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from the Nashville Predators,

The Nashville Predators entered the newest era in equipment innovation, unveiling their newly redesigned and technologically-advanced jerseys for the 2007-08 season at a team rally held Thursday inside the Sommet Center….
“It is going to be a change that I think is needed,” Legwand said. “Obviously they are going to be tighter-fitting, and that will be weird at first, but I think we will all get used to it. The game changes, and I think it is time for a change – there really hasn’t been a jersey change since the ‘70s and ‘80s. This is going to be a big one, but people should like them.”

read on and see a few pictures of the new design…

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Balsillie Would Decline Revenue Sharing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Hamilton Spectator,

Jim Balsillie’s bid to bring an NHL hockey team to Hamilton includes a promise not to accept any money from the league’s revenue-sharing program, The Spectator has learned.
“We’d waive any revenue-sharing entitlement that we would have under the current collective bargaining agreement,” Balsillie’s lawyer Richard Rodier confirmed to The Spectator yesterday.
Rodier would not say why Balsillie made that pledge to the NHL, through Commissioner Gary Bettman, but it was likely intended as a show of good faith about the Hamilton market.

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A New Kasparaitis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

It would be an understatement to tell you that the (still) Rangers defenseman looks fabulous. He told me that he’s dropped something like 20 pounds, looks 10 years younger than the last time he skated for the Blueshirts and is determined to make a comeback.
“They (Rangers) didn’t buy me out,” he chortled. “And I saw Glen (Sather) recently and even he was surprised at how good I looked.”
If Kasper performs in training camp as well as he looks now, I believe that he has a good chance of making the New York varsity, no matter who the competition might be.
I only hope he has a fair chance.

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