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Nashville Deal In Doubt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The leader of a local group trying to buy the Nashville Predators said Monday that he doesn’t expect the deal to work out.

The group on Saturday asked for new tax money and several improvements to the Sommet Center, where the Predators play. According to leader David Freeman, the city has rejected the requests.

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Sharks #1 Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

The Sharks will open their season in Edmonton on Thursday with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo on the same line.

And Coach Ron Wilson is ready for any critics.

“When I hear, ‘Oh, they’re putting all their eggs in one basket.’ . . . If those are the only two eggs we have, people haven’t even watched our team,” Wilson said after Monday’s two-hour practice. “We’ve got eggs on every line.”

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“Hockeytown” Under Fire Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ted Kulfan’s weblog last night had a few nuggets you might be interested in.  First off, he mentions the fact that the trend of disinterest continues.  Opening night, against the Cup champs the Wings should have beaten in the West Final, is far from a sell-out.  The only redeeming factor is that the game will be played on Versus!!!, thereby ensuring the majority of the country won’t see the empty seats.

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A Masterpiece from the Detroit News

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There’s a headline I’ll bet you’d never expected to see here, eh?  It’s well-earned.  John Niyo, Ted Kulfan and Bob Wojnowski recently sat down with Mike Ilitch, Jimmy Devellano, Jim Nill, Scotty Bowman and Ken Holland.  Name a hot topic the last twenty five years and they touch on it: the defections from the Eastern Bloc, the brilliant drafts of ‘83 and ‘89, the near-trade of Steve Yzerman and the current mindset of us against the NHL.

Devellano: Kenny Holland and I have been in the company of at least two general managers—and I won’t tell you who they are—(who said), ‘We can hardly wait until we have a salary cap so we’re on a level playing field with you.’ (They were) intimating that once the salary cap is in place, they’re going to come and pass us. Well, one team missed the playoffs last year, now that they’re on an even playing field, and the other just about caught us but didn’t quite do it.

Spend the next three seconds of your life trying to guess who Devellano’s referring to, then read the rest of the story here and the full transcript here.

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Tampa’s Injury Epidemic

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune

The training room inside the Lightning locker room resembled a corner coffee house during the preseason - it’s where everyone seemed to assemble.

And it wasn’t all just for social hour.

Tampa Bay’s media relations staff found itself dealing with daily injury reports as much as any other request since training camp opened Sept. 13. It got to be so epidemic-like that by the end of the second exhibition game - and on more than one occasion since - Lightning coach John Tortorella informed his players not to discuss anything related to injuries with members of the media.

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Can Gaborik Play a Full Season?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Murphy at the Pioneer Press,

Playing wire to wire is all that remains for Gaborik, 25, to prove he belongs in the same company with Heatley, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Marian Hossa, next-generation superstars with equal talent but more durability.

“I think that’s fair,” Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said. “The true picture of him persevering for 80 games and being productive in all situations, he’s just got to play the 80 games.”

Pierre McGuire, a former NHL coach and current TSN and NBC hockey analyst, said it is time for Gaborik to elevate his stature.

“When you’re talking about great players like Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, no matter what they did individually, over time, you have to prove you can do it for an entire season,” McGuire said. “Very few players can do what (Gaborik) does. But it’s longevity, durability. Do they have the determination? Are they willing to pay the price? It’s a huge recognition year for him.”

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Coyotes Spy Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Gintonio at the Arizona Republic,

And the opening night goalie for the Coyotes is…

“What do they call it in football? The spy game?” joked coach Wayne Gretzky. “It’s top secret. I’m not gonna decide until Wednesday. All three of them have played pretty hard, all three of them have been strong, all three of them really worked hard in practice each and every day.  I know who we’re gonna start. I’m just gonna keep it close to the vest until Wednesday.”

The goalie trio: returning backup Mikael Tellqvist and two free agents, David Aebischer and Alex Auld.

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Paying Their Respect To Bill Wirtz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via USA TODAY,

Hundreds of mourners from the world of hockey and sports gathered Monday for funeral services for Wirtz, 77, who died Wednesday of cancer.

Befitting Wirtz’s place in Chicago’s sports landscape, those in attendance included Blackhawks greats such as Stan Mikita and Chris Chelios, as well as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.

“I came here as a young boy, to Chicago, and to be fathered and grandfathered by Mr. Wirtz was a privilege,” said Darryl Sutter, a former Blackhawks player and coach and one of several former players who recalled Wirtz’s role as a father figure.

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Panthers in Basic Training

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at the Miami Herald,

Now that the Florida Panthers’ roster is complete, it’s time for them to grow a little closer.

To facilitate this, the team will spend the next three days training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While the team will do plenty of work at the Army hockey rink, what coach and general manager Jacques Martin hopes is the most beneficial is the stuff done off the ice.

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Pre-Season Power Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joy Russo at ESPN,

Now, keep in mind that this is the preseason edition, but we’re not factoring in the preseason scores here, folks. They are about as relevant as Megan Fox’s role in “The Transformers” (I know Michael Bay wanted her in it, but she was not in the classic comic). Back to my preseason point: Chicago went 7-1 before the start of last season and we know how well things turned out there.

So, my Optimus bitterness aside, here we go!

1. San Jose Sharks

Yes, they’ve been ousted in the second round of the playoffs for two straight seasons, but is this the season the Sharks turn things around for good? Any team that has Joe Thornton (114 points in 2006-07) has more than a decent chance.

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