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Kaberle Keeping It Simple

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Kaberle admits he had trouble adjusting to the coach’s adage of keeping it simple. Once he did, things got better, although part of that was Maurice reuniting him with McCabe, his familiar partner for so many years. That move made both of them better, mainly because they’re comfortable with each other on the ice.

“We know everyone has to start with himself,” Kaberle said of efforts to improve as a team. “Then everyone looks better afterward and that’s what we did. We simplified our game in our zone and tried to play in [the opposition’s] zone. And keep it simple.

“Sometimes, the big play is not there and the simple play is just getting the puck out of the zone and keep it simple in the neutral zone.”

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Hold Off The Bolts Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

If nothing else, the attempt being made by Hollywood producer Oren Koules to buy the Lightning put on hold any decision owner Palace Sports & Entertainment could make about cutting payroll.

That means any discussions about trading Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Brad Richards or Dan Boyle are, for now anyway, off the table

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NHLPA Thinking Progressive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Its members may not be able to skate, pass or shoot a puck without falling down but the NHL Players’ Association believes its soon-to-be-appointed, six-person advisory board will be an off-ice powerhouse, a dream team of support.

The NHLPA, with the help of Reilly Partners, a Chicago head-hunting firm, is presently assembling candidates to sit on a formal advisory that will be the first of its kind among the major professional sports unions.

The board will be composed of experts in the field of law, corporate affairs, finance, marketing, labour relations and player representation.

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Evening Line

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via Duffer’s Dabbles,

Wings coach Mike Babcock admitted he knew of a hockey player who’d taken a performance-enhancing substance, but felt it was wrong to label such athletes as cheaters.

“I don’t believe for one second that the guys who did this looked at it like they were cheating,” Babcock said. “They looked at it as, ‘I’ve got to do what I can to be the best that I can be.’ They looked at it as a way to have a good career and it’s come back to haunt them. And when they looked back at it in hindsight, they probably said, ‘Geez.’ That’s when you look at yourself as a human being and you see the difference between right and wrong. It’s a terrible thing to be stripped of medals and be stripped of your integrity, because integrity is everything in this world.”

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No Gimmicks. Just Wings and Oil.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last live blog I had to lure you in with a contest. Tonite? We harken back to the words of Rocky Balboa in II when Mick suggested he go back to southpaw prior to the 15th round.

“No tricks. I ain’t switchin’.”

You’re damn right Rock.  No tricks.  Live blog starts here.

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Homer-cam

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You won’t be seeing him on the ice tonite, but here’s Tomas Holmstrom, Inside The NHL.

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Suggestions For The NHL Hour

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

But it all did get me to thinking: What issues should Bettman tackle on his show?

I understand subscription radio is, at least in theory, completely immune to ratings pressures and rather is driven by purchase and subscription revenue. But Bettman still should be thinking about quality, and perhaps even controversy, so here are some suggestions:

• “Creative Math”: Bettman explains how ticket prices, the league’s single biggest problem because they provide rationalizations for bailing out and staying away, remain startlingly and stiflingly high in the wake of the lockout and the implementation of the salary cap.

read on

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Niedermayer Ready

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from the Anaheim Ducks,

With a decision looming on Friday’s game against Minnesota, Niedermayer said he feels prepared to play if it’s decided for him to do so.

“I would be ready,” Niedermayer said. “Would I be 100 percent? Probably not, but I probably won’t be. I’m going to need to get some games under my belt and go from there. I think Friday’s a possibility, but it’s really no up to me.”

A factor still being sorted out in getting Niedermayer on the ice is freeing up a roster space and the tagging room specified by Brian Burke when he announced the defenseman’s return on Dec. 5.

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Scott Walker Gets A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker was handed a one-game suspension by the National Hockey League for his actions in Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

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Katz Not Giving Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 8:24pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The offer, according to sources, is for $188-million and the difference this time around is, it appears to have a chance of succeeding. Katz’s previous offers for the team had fallen on deaf ears.

Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months.

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Rexall Founder and Chairman Daryl Katz has made a new offer to purchase the Edmonton Oilers and related assets. The terms of the offer, which were not publicly disclosed, are being delivered directly to the shareholders of the Edmonton Investors Group.

Mr. Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months. In particular, Mr. Katz called Cal Nichols, Founding Chairman of the Board of EIG this morning to outline the terms and conditions of the offer. Mr. Nichols said that it was an offer that he would enthusiastically support.

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