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The Value Of A 2nd Team In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The value of a second NHL team in Toronto would range between $400-million and $600-million, and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment would be entitled to a one-time territorial payment of up to $250-million for allowing the relocation of an existing team, according to sports economists.

The second team in Toronto would instantly become the third most valuable franchise in the league behind the Maple Leafs and New York Rangers and on par with the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens, sports finance expert Marc Ganis said.

Ganis, the president of SportsCorp Ltd. of Chicago and a consultant to professional sports clubs and leagues, said the size and strength of the Greater Toronto Area market would drive the new franchise’s value.

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Luongo Has Been Perfect Last Three Games

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Memo to boss: You know that chart you wanted done, the one that was going to document just where Roberto Luongo was getting beaten for all those goals? Well, unless you are a huge fan of white space, I think we may want to put that project on hold.

Although come to think of it, every picture does tell a story and a blank canvas would tell us pretty much all we need to know about the Canuck goalie these days.

Luongo is stopping everything, or at least he has for the last 201 minutes and eight seconds he’s been on the ice.

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Kolzig Will Face Caps Tomorrow

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from Lightning Strikes,

It is going to be an interesting evening Monday when the Lightning faces the Capitals at the Verizon Center and Olaf Kolzig faces his former teammates. Kolzig has never been shy about saying how emotional was his breakup with Washington, with which he played 16 seasons. But Kolzig, classy as always, said all the right things about his former employer.

“I still wish it hadn’t ended the way it did,” Kolzig said, but added that “there’s no bitterness. Obviously, going out there tomorrow, I want to beat them as bad as anybody, but there’s no malicious feelings or anything like that.”

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Victory At A Cost

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

A 6-3 Toronto victory, during which the home side outplayed Les Glorieux by a hefty margin, was marred in the first period when Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn was sent to hospital with a concussion, broken nose and broken left hand after he was smashed from behind into the boards by Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos. Later in the period, Leafs rookie defenceman Luke Schenn went hard into the boards when he was tripped by Andrei Kostitsyn.

Van Ryn, who was knocked out on the play, will be out for at least a month. Schenn was not hurt.

read on a and a video of the Kostopoulos hit on Van Ryn below

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Who Wants Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This probably isn’t what’s meant by giving the finger, but the Maple Leafs are already attempting to deal Jeff Finger, the defenseman whom they signed to a four-year, $14M free agent contract this July, we’re told.

Finally, for those people who say, “Lou would never do that,” when the possibility is raised of Lamoriello trading for Nikolai Khabibulin in the wake of the potentially shattering elbow injury to Martin Brodeur, they should never forget this:

Lou would do anything.

more for some CBA talk and other hockey notes…

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Top Coach This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Generally I disagree with the mainstream media when they pick coach of the year candidates.  I feel that picking the coach of the most improved team as coach of the year is usually wrong.  There are lots of reasons why teams improve.  Coaching is only one reason. 

If Bruce Boudreau is such a wonderful coach. why is he not a coach of the year candidate this season?  Is it because Carolina leads the Southeast Division this year?  That is likely because their goaltending is not so strong with Jose Theodore in net and they missed Alexander Ovechkin for a few games and he is not among the NHL’s top scorers.  Boudreau came into a good young team that was ready to take off and they did under his coaching.

For several years, including this one, I have believed that Jacques Lemaire is the best coach in the NHL.

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Notice The It’s Believed, Could Go After and According To…

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

With a trio of goalies—Kari Lehtonen, Ondrej Pavelec and Johan Hedberg—on their roster, the Thrashers have almost as many netminders as victories (five).

Many NHL observers think Atlanta GM Don Waddell wants to deal one of his surplus goaltenders in an attempt to kickstart his floundering team….

There are teams with obvious goaltending issues—the Senators, Kings and Oilers among them—but they won’t be the only teams that look at Lehtonen. Expect the Wings and Flyers to make inquiries as well….

The Senators would be interested in Bouwmeester, and it’s believed the asking price would be LW Antoine Vermette. Martin has always coveted Vermette and has tried to trade for him several times in the past, but the Senators have always resisted their offers and might be reluctant to give Vermette up for a UFA. Several other teams could go after Bouwmeester, including Edmonton, Vancouver, Boston, Montreal, the Rangers, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Anaheim

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And You Call Us A Trapping Team

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from Russo’s Rants,

Lemaire thinks of the Vancouver media with about as high a regard as Alex Burrows thinks of Bouchard (if it makes you feel better, I like you fellas).

“You notice there in the third, they’ve got five guys at their blue line and [their media’s] talking about our trap?” Lemaire said. “That’s a new trap.”

The Canucks media often interrogate Lemaire on the Wild’s style, which Lemaire abhors.

more on the Canucks/Wild game and Luongo’s 3rd consecutive shutout (he hasn’t been scored upon since Brodeur went down, coincidence?)...

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Carbonneau Embarrassed By Habs Performance

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from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

Guy Carbonneau didn’t hold back when he was asked about the Canadiens’ 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

“It was the most embarrassing game I’ve ever been associated with,” said the coach whose team has back-to-back games for the first time this season.

There was plenty of room for embarrassment here.

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Panthers A Mess

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from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

This team, for lack of a better term, is a mess. You can see it in their faces when they come into the rink. They are a beaten bunch. You can’t help but feel bad for their rookie coach, a guy who has to deal with this and try and figure a way out. This team almost has to play perfect hockey for 60 minutes—and even then they may not win.

So, instead of moping around Southern California on Sunday, they should all go to Disneyland. Check out the rides, have some cotton candy. Relax. Get some sun, take some goofy photos. Make the rookie (Michael Frolik) walk around in a goofy hat. Take more photos of that.

Then come in and see what happens against a Ducks team that was handled on Friday by Dallas and probably isn’t going to be in a real good mood.

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