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Preds Could Stay, Or They Could…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Now, the owners’ catchphrase seems to be Do What We Want or Kiss the Team Goodbye. Kind of catchy, don’t you think?
This may all turn out to be a wonderful plan that could work out for the team and the taxpayers. The Predators may enjoy a long and happy life in Tennessee and host many Stanley Cup parades.
Or it could all turn to dust.
Which makes you wonder why the NHL’s other owners would want to venture down this road at all—not when they’ve been down similar roads with other cash-strapped owners too often in the past, not when there are more stable, attractive offers on the table.

much more

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Niinimaa Gets Offer To Play In Sweden

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Expressen- rough translation follows:

NHL star Janne Niinimaa has [received] a serious inquiry [from] the Swedish championship finalist [Linköpings HC].
“[We may have] the possibility [to recruit] him so is he clearly interesting,” Linköping’s says sports manager Johan Hemlin.
...“We have contacted his agent, but they await enough [for] few [contracts] really from NHL first,” says Hemlin.

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Keeping An Eye On The Original 6

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

I’m not sure why, but I’m always drawn to the offensive storylines each season presents—contrary thinking for a former goalie, I know—and to looking at the state of the Original Six franchises. Maybe if you replace “former” with “old” goalie, you’ll get to the root here, but anyway, here are some of the things I hope happen during the 2007-08 season:
Original Six Prominence: With the Rangers making the bold offseason signings of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, they should be in the mix atop the Eastern Conference all season long.

continued

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The NHL Salary Structure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle,

In order to get a closer look at how the NHL’s salary structure is evolving, I took the 20-man rosters of all 30 teams from two time periods — early in the 2003-04 season and at the end of the regular season of 2006-07, this past campaign — and ran that 600-player sample through a spreadsheet.
So, what’s the difference between salaries prelockout and postlockout?

read on

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Sabres Still A Playoff Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

It will be interesting to see how Vanek and Derek Roy, both still young players, respond after signing new long-term contracts. Those kinds of contracts bring added pressure to produce, and both were vital to the club’s attack last season. With Briere and Drury gone, they’ll have to perform at the same high level.
I don’t expect the Sabres to be better than last season, but I don’t see them falling off the playoff map, either.

more on the Sabres…

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KK- Radio Appearance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am scheduled to be on The Hockey Central Show on TheFan 590 in Toronto today between 12p-1p ET.  The show is also simulcasted on Sportsnet.

Update 2:10pm ET:
You can listen to the audio of Paul’s guest appearance here (the mp3 you can download) or play it below on our audio player. 
*Special thanks to FAN590 for passing on the clip.

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The “Devils Cave”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Jersey Journal,

In 2001, off-duty Jersey City cop Domenick Infantes was killed while trying to stop an argument at a Fourth of July party.
Now, his memory lives on in his brother, Erik Infantes, who also is a Jersey City cop and who - with the help of the Do-It-Yourself Network’s “Man Caves” crew - has transformed his backyard garage into a tribute room to his brother and their favorite hockey team, the New Jersey Devils.
Despite the hard and dirty work, Infantes - armed with a nail gun instead of his typical 9 mm Glock - was all smiles as he described the end plan for his new lounge. The room will be painted in Devils’ red, white and black, with a couch and a coffee table built from hockey sticks, he said.
The highlight, Infantes said, was working one-on-one with Daneyko to build the hockey stick table.
“He showed up, and I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It was sort of a cool gift to me from these guys.”

more

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David Beckham- Ice Hockey > MLS

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Metro,

Becks, who added that he was “honoured” to be called into the England squad again and was looking forward to facing Germany at Wembley next week, said he wants to keep raising the profile of Major League Soccer.
“I’m not silly enough to sit up here and say it’s going to be bigger than baseball, basketball, American football and ice hockey… I’m never going to say it is going to be,” he said.
“But if we can raise it to a certain level, and take it to a certain level - a level that’s higher than it’s ever been…

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Purchase Of Predators Hinges On The Lease

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Whether you’re in favor or against the city agreeing to the lease changes proposed by the prospective owners of the Predators, there’s no arguing the bottom line:
If the lease changes aren’t approved, the bid of the primarily local group will crumble, leaving current owner Craig Leipold looking for a buyer just weeks prior to the start of the season.
David Freeman, who’s heading the primarily local group, made that clear last week.
He’s confident that if the group’s bid is on the docket at the Sept. 18 NHL Board of Governors meeting, it will be approved by the league. But he said it’s essential for the group’s purposes that the lease changes are approved shortly thereafter by the city.
“Our banks will not fund the deal without the amended lease because our banks have looked at the deal and said this team won’t survive financially without it,’’ Freeman said Friday. “Our bankers are unemotional about the transaction.

continued

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Gretzky’s Last Game In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

There’s a storage area under the bench and it’s accessed by lifting up the seat.
Written in red marker—along with a bunch of other names now—are the words announcing Wayne Gretzky used the stall for his last game in Canada, April 15, 1999.
In my mind, it stands out as the most significant game ever played in the rink and will be until the Senators win a Stanley Cup there. A few words carefully printed with a red Sharpie are the tangible evidence.
Everyone who was there that night carries something much more alive, still remembers the look on Gretzky’s face during the national anthem, the ovation as the game wound down, the chants of “One more year! One more year!” as Gretzky came out for two curtain calls.

read on

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