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History Repeats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”

Once upon a time, John Spano owned the New York Islanders.

Until the cheque bounced….

Eleven years after Spano was exposed as a fraud, the folks in the NHL front office are maintaining a low profile as they deal with another business deal that has gone terribly wrong.

William (Boots) Del Biaggio III was one of the investors who helped keep the Nashville Predators in Music City and out of the predatory hands of Jim Balsillie. When the local investors came up short in their bid to buy the team from Craig Leipold, Del Biaggio came to their rescue and paid $60 million for a 27-per-cent stake in the team.

It seemed like a strange marriage.

read on

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Different Paths For Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

Most people in hockey will tell you Hartsburg and DeBoer are both excellent choices to be NHL coaches. But the paths they’ve followed this spring read like some warped coaching version of The Tortoise and The Hare.

Bryan Murray interviewed Hartsburg very early in the process, and then Hartsburg went home and waited, with little apparent interest from other clubs.

DeBoer, meanwhile, has been the coaching version of Steven Stamkos the past few weeks: a junior star with a glowing résumé that had a bunch of teams pursuing him. He has been a candidate for almost every NHL job opening so far.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: craig+hartsburg, peter+deboer

Be Like Mike (Ilitch)

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Stouffer of the Edmonton Sun,

Daryl Katz will officially become the new owner of the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

If Katz is looking for an owner and an organization after which to model the Oilers, he should look no further than Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Red Wings.

With their fourth Stanley Cup victory in the last 11 seasons to complement seven straight seasons with 48+ wins, it goes without saying that the Red Wings are far and away the best organization in the NHL.


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  Tags: darryl+katz

Time To Do Something

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“If you are going to do something, now is the time,” Fletcher said yesterday from Arizona. “A lot of trade discussions have already taken place.”

A month from now, the likes of Darcy Tucker, Bryan McCabe and even Mats Sundin—the team’s veteran core dating back to the Pat Quinn era—all could be wearing different NHL jerseys. There are rumblings that McCabe would be willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to go to the New York Islanders on Long Island, the site of his off-season home.

“Hopefully, our team is going to look substantially different,” Fletcher said. “If we can bring in at least five or six players, new faces, that would be good.”

read on

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  Tags: cliff+fletcher

Hossa A Priority In Pittsburgh

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins have made signing right wing Marian Hossa to a long-term contract their No. 1 priority, according to several players, agents and team officials who spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the condition of anonymity.

All other offseason moves will be determined by the Penguins’ success or failure in this pursuit of Hossa, who scored 12 goals and recorded 26 points in 20 Stanley Cup playoff games skating alongside star center Sidney Crosby.


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  Tags: marian+hossa

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

But, allegedly and according to Mick, providence somehow assists in providing what your spiritual advisors determine to be your greatest need.


Because I’d say we have the whole “wants” thing covered.  Now? Well, now it’s up to Tick Tock to determine the “needs”.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: abbadabbadoo, babcock, datsyuk, fedorov, franzen, helm, holland, mccarty, ryan+malone, samuelsson, sundin, zetterberg

Looking At A Faceoff Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail (Sat. edition),

The five players on the NHL competition committee are in agreement that there is room to further reduce the size of goaltending equipment and also suggested a couple of intriguing faceoff regulations that could be adopted.

The competition committee assembled at the NHL offices in Toronto for about six hours yesterday in an attempt to hash out several issues that will continue to be debated in the summer….

One of the faceoff rules that could change is when an offensive player rings a shot off the opposition’s crossbar and the puck flies out of play. Currently, when this action transpires in a game, the ensuing faceoff comes outside the blueline. But there is a movement to have the faceoff stay in the opposition’s zone, so the team that shoots the puck is not penalized for a bad bounce.


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Khan(!) Makes A Bid To Maintain Deep Digger Captaincy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s this kind of reporting that keeps Ansar ahead of his peers.

A couple of readers pointed out that the boy on stage next to Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom last night at the Awards Show had on a jersey that read “LINDSTROM.’’ Each award winner was accompanied on stage by a kid wearing his jersey. What was that Henrik Zetterberg was saying about Lidstrom not getting enough credit in Sweden?

A “couple of readers” pointed it out.  Odd.  A “couple of readers” here saw it the minute it happened.  Did you, you know, watch the awards Ansar?

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  Tags: deep+diggers, lidstrom, richard+lindstrom, zetterberg

Late To The Party: Hank Named TSN Player Of The Year

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m late, not Hank.  I’m sure you’ve all read this over on the varsity page (like Malik, AlanaH is a posting machine), but somebody seems to think Zetterberg’s pretty good.

The inaugural TSN NHL Player of the Year featured a showdown between playoff co-scoring leader and MVP, Zetterberg, and regular season scoring leader and MVP, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  Zetterberg prevailed with 97 points including 13 first-place votes, while Ovechkin was runner up with 81 points and 12 first-place nods.  Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom finished third with 38 points including three first-place votes.

More from TSN.

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  Tags: fellow+bloggers, zetterberg

Wild Have UFA Decisions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said today that he will make restricted free agent Pierre-Marc Bouchard a multiyear offer after July 1 and that either Brian Rolston or Pavol Demitra could be signed for next season, but not both.

Speaking at the team’s entry draft luncheon, Risebrough said the team expects to make Rolston, an unrestricted free agent, another offer this afternoon.

“We’ll see how that goes,” the GM said.


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