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Hockey Tunes on a 300,000 Watt Organ

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Ladewski at Daily Southtown,

At a time when live organ music has been drowned out by computer-programmed rock-‘n’-roll in most sports arenas, Blackhawks organist Frank Pellico is a survivor.

About half of the 30 NHL teams employ keyboard players, but Pellico is among the few who play an actual organ at the games.

What’s more, Pellico said, “to my knowledge, the Blackhawks are the only team that has an organ of this size and capacity. I mean, a real pipe organ.”

continued…

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  Tags: arenas, chicago+blackhawks

Some Rangers Want A “Home” Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

Having opened this season in London with a two-game series between Anaheim and Los Angeles, the NHL is close to awarding the opener for next season to a more avid hockey country - the Czech Republic. As you might imagine, there are several prominent Rangers who are dying to be a part of such a venture.

“I would love it,” winger Martin Straka said. “The Rangers are the team in the Czech Republic, because of Jags (Jaromir Jagr), of course. I think it would only make sense for us to go.”

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, prague

Plan In Place In Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,

Let’s be honest. The Coyotes are more irrelevant now than they’ve ever been. You could ask a philosophical question of the franchise: If a hockey team starts a season and nobody cares, does it count?

There’s little doubt Phoenix will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Coyotes may wind up with the worst record in the NHL.

But you know what?  That’s OK.

Because for the first time since they arrived in the Valley, the Coyotes are losing the right way: With young players that should get better and provide the franchise some stability — and success — down the road.

more

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes

Blue Jackets Thinking About Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The puck drops for the Blue Jackets against the Canucks today in Nationwide Arena.

But will it ever get past Luongo?

“I’ve played against him a lot of nights when it’s … well, it’s never impossible, but it seems like it,” said Blue Jackets left winger Fredrik Modin, who saw a lot of Luongo—too much, he might say—when Modin played for Tampa Bay and Luongo played for Florida two seasons ago.

“Guys get frustrated. What would be goals against other goalies, Luongo saves. So you feel like you have to be perfect to beat him, and it gets into your head.”

more

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, goalies, roberto+luongo, vancouver+canucks

Dinner On “Boots”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

The Nashville Predators spent the night before their game with the Sharks in a getting-to-know-you session with one of their prospective new owners, San Jose banker William “Boots” Del Biaggio.

Del Biaggio, who will no longer be a member of the Sharks ownership group if his new group’s bid to purchase the Predators is approved, treated the entire team and its road entourage to dinner at Sino, a Santana Row restaurant Friday.

“They haven’t had much of a sense of direction in the last year,” Del Biaggio said, referring to questions of ownership and the team’s future in Nashville. “I thought I’d give them a face of the new ownership group.”

continued

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Save Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Lundqvist robs Marc Savard with a fantastic save yesterday. 

Savard thought so too- Notice the tap on the pads Marc gives Lundqvist at the end of the video.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, henrik+lundqvist, new+york+rangers

Leafs Searching For Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs had just suffered another third-period meltdown last night, and Jason Blake was peeved.

“Every time we have a lead, we get burned,” the speedy winger calmly said after yet another Leafs collapse, an inexcusable 6-4 defeat to the fatigued Chicago Blackhawks at the Air Canada Centre.

“We sit back, don’t play as hard, and that’s why you take penalties.”

“I agree,” said Sundin, whose two-goal effort was one of the few bright spots for an otherwise hot-and-cold Leafs team. “That third period was terrible. We were soft. We took penalties. We didn’t skate well.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but this is a big concern. When you are up 3-1 going into the third period against a (tired) team, you should be able to close it out.”

read on

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs

Be Your Own Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Even before the players had finished voting on the nomination of Paul Kelly to become the NHLPA’s new executive director, the presumptive leader of the union was being warned last week by members of the Canadian media to seek compromise in his dealings with the league, not to be confrontational, and last but not least, not to become a clone of Bob Goodenow, for goodness sakes.

Right, that’s all the players need, someone like Goodenow to look after their interests rather than his own, the way Alan Eagleson did and Ted Saskin appears in many cases to have done, though in no way approaching the felonious maneuverings of the man Kelly helped prosecute as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

continued

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  Tags: nhlpa

Report: Forsberg May Return by November 15

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,

Is Peter Forsberg ready to return to the NHL?

The unrestricted free-agent centre continues to skate with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League amid talk he could be back in the NHL by mid-November if his rehab goes smoothly.

The one thing you can count on with Forsberg, who is recovering from off-season groin and ankle surgeries, is that he won’t return unless he’s 100%. NHL insiders are saying that Forsberg could be targeting a Nov. 15 return.

Sources say the Avalanche, Stars and Flyers have all made serious overtures to Forsberg in the past 10 days or so.  Make no mistake about it, Forsberg is going to attract plenty of interest.


continued…

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Making Money in Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sheila Wissner at The Tennessean,

While Nashville officials and the would-be owners of the Nashville Predators struggle to reach new terms for an arena lease, one man stands to walk away from it all with more than $30 million.

Team owner Craig Leipold, who says he’s unloading the hockey team because it’s a money-loser, would gain a windfall of more than three times his initial investment, according to an analysis by The Tennessean. That’s even after covering $70 million in operating losses Leipold has claimed.

continued…

*Very good overview of the ownership structure and financial origins of the team.

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  Tags: craig+leipold, nashville+predators

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