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League Files Injunction Against Rangers Lawsuit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

...The NHL on Friday filed an initial response that asks a federal court in New York to reject Madison Square Garden’s demand for a preliminary injunction that would keep the league from taking over the Rangers’ website—and stop the league from imposing a $100,000-per-day fine. The filing also linked the lawsuit to “the sour grapes of one disgruntled NHL team owner.”

The league filing included supporting statements from Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, Minnesota Wild Chairman Bob Naegele and Pittsburgh Penguins Chief Executive Ken Sawyer—all supporters of the league’s new media plan.

read on (reg. req.)

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  Tags: media, new+york+rangers

Draper on Verge of Multi-Year Extension

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ken Daniels just reported on FSN Detroit.

Game live blog continues below.

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Start The War Chant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

...Already, we’ve heard from one prominent agent who makes it clear that he’ll be surprised if the majority of players allow Kelly to lead them into another no-win war. “There’s too much to lose,” the agent insists. The problem is this: will the small, but dominating, Chelios clique take another one of their macho, war-like stances?

more NHL bits from Stan…

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Skoula Impresses Lemaire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

...Again, we’re talking about Martin Skoula here.

Lemaire simply loves him, as displayed by Skoula’s ice time in critical situations. Late in tight games, one constant will be Skoula ... on the ice ... every other shift.

Lemaire has complete faith in him, which is why Lemaire asked Risebrough three times at June’s NHL draft, “What’s going on with Skoula?“He’s the only guy he cared about,” said Risebrough, who then got on the horn and re-signed the veteran to a two-year contract.

more

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  Tags: martin+skoula, minnesota+wild

Poultry Pre-game: Marchant Joins Stillwuzzi

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All of our employers can thank one Gary Leonore Bettman for our lack of productivity tomorrow morning…again.  Those of you staying up to watch this game have serious issues.  You, most likely, have to be up for work in roughly 7 hours.  Look at yourselves.  Where are your priorities? 

Exactly.  Crack ‘em if you got ‘em.  Ducky broadcast team just announced Todd Marchant’s out too.  They also said the primary goal is to shut down the ______ line.  Shocking.

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Chelios Responds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

Never one to soften his words, Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios delivered a simple message to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday.

“I can’t believe my good friend Gary would want to leave me in Russia,” Chelios said, and it must be noted the “good friend” was deeply sarcastic. “I’d like to have a private talk with Gary one of these days, see what he means.”

Chelios was referring to the latest turn of events in the soap opera that debuted in the aftermath of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, starring Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and former NHL Players’ Association boss Ted Saskin.

continued

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  Tags: chris+chelios, detroit+red+wings

Paul Kelly Closer To Being Named NHLPA Executive Director

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

TORONTO (October 15, 2007): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Board, which consists of the 30 Player Representatives, held a conference call on Monday evening during which Paul Kelly was nominated for the position of NHLPA Executive Director. The Executive Board will immediately conduct a secret ballot vote.

The NHLPA’s constitution requires that the Executive Director be elected by a majority of the members of the Executive Board. This process will be completed by October 23, 2007.

continued

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Eur An Idiot Too

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Attendance Dilemma even has the reputable mainstreamers sniffing glue.  Bob Duff, who typically keeps a level head for the Windsor Star, has bought into the Euro-conspiracy.

Study the history of this so-called Hockeytown and one thing you’ll learn is this: They don’t take a hankering to foreigners.

When things went wrong for the Wings in the 1990s, it was always Sergei Fedorov’s fault. Hasek and Datsyuk took much of the heat for last season’s playoff departure.

And…

Whether they come on four wheels or two blades, the Motor City won’t pay for imports.


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  Tags: attendance, mainstream+idiots

Bruins Starting Okay

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,

Aaron Ward, more than most of his teammates, has been steamed ever since the preseason by the league-wide crystal-ballers who have pegged the Bruins for yet another rotten season.

“Most people,” said Ward about the season-opening five-game swing, “would have predicted that we’d be lucky to get 2 [points].”

Instead, the Bruins finally flew east - they had been on the road for 10 days - late Saturday night as owners of 6 hard-won points, probably more than any Black-and-Gold homer would have predicted for the West Coast trip.

“We’re struggling for attention in the city of Boston,” said Ward. “We’re kind of the redheaded stepchild out of the four teams.”

continued…

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Roenick Looking for a Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Morris at the CP,

Roenick is on course to become the 40th NHL player, and just the third born in the U.S., to score 500 goals.

“That would be great,” said Roenick, who signed as a free agent with the Sharks this summer after a couple of frustrating seasons in Phoenix and Los Angeles. “That would be a true treat but that’s not my goal right now. That will be something I can look back at when I’m done and really feel good about myself.  No. 1 would be the Stanley Cup.”

Roenick, a 37-year-old native of Boston, headed into the game against Vancouver with 497 career goals. The two goals he scored this year both came in a 3-1 win over the Canucks on Oct. 5.

more…

*I’m guessing he gets his 500th against Vancouver—it seems like everyone scores their milestone goals against the Canucks.

So it’s either a hat trick tonight, or Sharks fans better not expect him to score his 500th till December 13th…

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, san+jose+sharks

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