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Booth Not Close To Playing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The only news out of practice this morning: Coach Pete DeBoer said winger David Booth (concussion) is “weeks away from playing.”

The Panthers have taken great caution to bring Booth along slowly since he suffered his first-ever concussion Oct. 24 in Philadelphia. He has started exercising lightly, but has yet to start skating.

I feel bad for Booth because the Panthers will play the Red Wings on Friday in his hometown of Detroit and once again Booth won’t be able to play because of injury. He missed the teams’ matchup in Motor City two years ago because he was hurt, though he did make the trip so he could at least be there.

DeBoer said there’s a chance he’ll go along with the Panthers this time, too. Personally, I think it’ll happen. Plus, it’d be good for his morale to be around his teammates a bit.


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Potential Florida Panther Sale Kept Out Of Mainstream Media

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Alan Cohen led a group of Florida businessmen in purchasing the Florida Panthers from Wayne Huizenga of Blockbuster Video fame in 2001.  Since that point, the Panthers have been one of the have not teams.  They have failed to make the playoffs during Cohen’s ownership.  According to Forbes Magazine the Florida Panthers have the fifth least value in the NHL and faced the second largest operating losses last year (beaten only by the Phoenix Coyotes).  As a result, Alan Cohen decided he wanted out. 

Over the summer, Cohen agreed to sell the team to Sports Properties Acquisition Group.  This is a publicly traded company set up with the purpose of buying a sports franchise.  Should they fall to do so by the end of the year (which appears likely), they will be dissolved and money will be returned to shareholders.  The sale was to be for $240 million and included the Panthers franchise, the BankAtlantic Center where they play and some surrounding real estate.

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Empty Seats Around The League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

As half-full arenas become the norm on too many nights, hurting teams are getting aggressive in novel (and cheap) ways to get peole in the seats.

The bargains are enough to make ticket buyers in Toronto sick.

A tour around some of the more challenged teams revealed the following offers:

- In Tampa, try the Holiday Pack where $96 US gets you a pair of tickets for three games of your choice, an autographed Victor Hedman hat and a $10 food and beverage voucher.

- In Columbus, the Guys Night Out promotion gives you two tickets, two beers and two cheese coney dogs for a mere $60.

- In Anaheim, for select games fans can get two tickets, a pair of hot dogs and wash them down with two beers all for $41.

- Even in Detroit, the self-professed Hockey Town of the U.S., the Wings are all but giving away tickets again this season.


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In Or Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Inconclusive was the final ruling on the no-goal in last night’s Leafs/Blackhawks game.

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Who Do You Hate?  The Poultry, That’s Who

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In case you’d forgotten…

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Lemaire Having Fun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

Despite a slew of injuries, Lemaire is off to as good a start in his second stint with the Devils as he had the first time around.

The Devils head into tonight’s game against Washington at Prudential Center in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 13-4 record. That’s the same record they had in their first 17 games under Lemaire in 1993-94.

“It’s been fun,” Lemaire said Friday. “Coaching is fun for me. Maybe after the first couple of games, I thought it would be a little different. But as soon as we started to win a few games, you’re back in the pack and now the team is going well. You know it’s always winning that takes care of the good part.”

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Leafs Still Without A Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Kaberle had modestly mentioned in the past his captaincy of the Czech national team and that he was one of Mats Sundin’s deputies for many years, but he won’t outright lobby for the job.

“I think a whole bunch of guys in here can step forward,” Kaberle said. “Whether you’re 19 or 35, you have something to say. When I feel I have to (be vocal) I am.”

Among the forwards it is slim pickings. Matt Stajan and Wilson aren’t seeing eye to eye, as the former’s demotion from the first line to the fourth will attest. John Mitchell only has one full year of NHL experience. Phil Kessel is a scorer, not a screamer. And the others either don’t have the ice time or off-ice presence.

“What good would it do,” asked one keen observer, “if a .146 hitter got up in the middle of a losing baseball team’s clubhouse and started making speeches?”


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A Look At The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five pressing questions regarding the Red Wings:

1. Were the past two games a turning point in goaltender Jimmy Howard’s career?

For Howard, it’s a matter of confidence and consistency. His performance was a huge boost, not only for his own confidence but for the team’s confidence in him. After playing well in Columbus Wednesday, he stole Thursday’s game against Vancouver.

In his past seven periods, plus a 5-minute overtime, Howard has only allowed two goals, stopping 66-of-68 shots in 145 minutes (.971 save percentage)....

2. What are the chances the Red Wings acquire Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere?



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Nash On One Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers describes the Rich Nash shootout winner…

Nash caught a rut, teetered (smoothly), stuck his left foot in the air as if searching for a fire hydrant and went roof.

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Blues Owner Says It Is Time To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I’m frustrated like everybody else,” Checketts said. “And I think it’s frankly time to declare the wait over. I think our fans have been patient, I think we’ve been patient.

“This is a team that the time has come ... it’s time to win. The waiting is over. We don’t need to be patient anymore. We have a right to expect. We’re spending enough and we have a terrific group of guys. It’s time to win.

“There is no reason for the kind of effort we saw last night. This team has everything it needs and now is the time to win. All year long, we should compete for first or second in our division. This team is good enough and that’s what we expect from them. I think everyone can expect that. And it’s top to bottom ... everybody in the organization has to be on that page. It’s time to win. We have everything we need to win. There’s no excuse.”

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