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Panthers Sale Agreed Upon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Klaymen of Reuters,

A publicly held company formed last year to acquire sports properties has agreed to purchase the Florida Panthers hockey team for $240 million, a source familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.

Sports Properties Acquisition Corp has agreed to buy the National Hockey League team; its home, BankAtlantic Center; an arena management company and some land surrounding the arena, said the source, who asked not to be identified because the deal has not been announced.


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Good Thing You’re Not Superstitious

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Because if you were?

You’d be fetal right now.

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Chatting About the Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last night, Papa Joe Chevalier of Las Vegas radio’s KLAV1230 spent some time chatting with Paul Kukla.  Papa Joe is a long-time Penguins’ fan and he and Paul looked back at the first two games of these Stanley Cup Finals, then looked forward to tonight’s game.

You can download the audio at this link, or listen on the player below. 


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All Amy Grant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Levin of the Nashville Predators,

NP.com: What is it about Preds games that have hooked you on the sport?

Amy: It’s just fun. It’s a great night out for Vince and me. This past season we had a pair of tickets, so it made for a great date night. We’ve spent our last two Anniversaries at a Predators game; all of Vince’s guy friends are like, ‘Man that’s some kind of wife.’


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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Only the best goal, hits and saves from the past week - just over 4 minutes long.

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Babcock Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Has Draper been cleared to play by doctors and if so, will he play tonight?

        COACH BABCOCK: Yeah, he was cleared before last game. Don’t know if he’ll play tonight. It will be based on Samuelsson. Samuelsson didn’t take the morning skate, so we’ll see what happens there.

        Q. Second injury, we just saw Pavel out on the ice. Just your thoughts on him and how does he look today?

        COACH BABCOCK: Well, I guess he had his best overnight experience that he’s had. And he seemed to have a big turn around. So he was real optimistic here today. I don’t assume that affects today’s game whatsoever, but it could really affect the following game.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think they are letting a few things go that maybe were called during the regular season, but I like it this way.  This allows a lot more battles. You can see it out there. Guys are able to fight for the puck.

“As a player, a fan or a coach, all you ask is that it’s called equally both ways, and I think they’ve done a great job of that. It’s fun. It’s not back to what it was in the eighties or seventies, but it’s nice that you can go in and guys are fighting for the puck, or you’re in front of the net, and there are some battles. That’s the way it should be at this time of year.”

-Kirk Maltby of the Detroit Red Wings on the officiating during the SCF.  More on this topic from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Wings Lineup Talk For Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter,

Babcock said that Draper’s status for tonight depends on Samuelsson. If Sammy plays, Draper won’t play.

Babcock just said that Datsyuk won’t play tonight, but might play in Game 4.

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Stop The Whining

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

The fact the refs have let the teams play and decide the games themselves has been a breath of fresh air. Now, I’m all for getting rid of the obstruction that once ground this game to a halt, but it’s almost as if these two teams are so good and filled with so many great players they won’t take those dumb penalties, anyway. The way the refs have put their whistles away and not called the chincy little taps by the defender that simply let the attacking player know he’s there – without slowing anything down – has provided us with some great games unimpeded by man-advantages that shouldn’t be a main story in any battle for the glorious Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup.

But, amazingly, there are still complaints. They focus not just on the refereeing, but a range of topics from the instigator rule to conspiracy theories. This really sticks in my craw, because if all you can do is whine and complain while this great display of skill, grit, desire and hunger is going on in front of us, then, I’m sorry, ya just ain’t a hockey fan.

read on

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GDT - S.C. Finals, Game 3: Red Wings (2-0) at Penguins (0-2)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Ozzie has been a friggin brick wall.  In the Wings last four games, his GAA is 1.00, simply unreal. He is 10-2 in the SCF, his goals-against average is 1.47 and his save percentage is .937 in his 13th appearances. According to Ken Holland:  “. . . he’s playing the best hockey of his career.’’  Man alive, how sweet is it for the Wings to have the hot goalie in their own net.

Have any of you noticed, and I’m reasonably sure you have, that the vast majority of the MSM are PIT apologists?  My lord, lucky bounces were the main excuse in game 1 (nothwithstanding the fact that the MSM, prior to 2008 SCF game 1 were also discussing the lively JLA boards, AND I seem to recall that MAF was “victimized” by Buckets short-hander scored off the boards).  Game 2, another Hank in the crease controversy and the ridiculous Hossa slash/hook excuse (great work Moocat).  Excuses, excuses, excuses.  He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else, Benjamin Franlkin.

Consider this, “It’s one thing to lose because you’re in over your head. It’s an entirely different matter when you give it your best and it’s still only good enough for second best. Any way you add the numbers up, it reveals a bad outcome for Pittsburgh, which didn’t even face injured MVP finalist Pavel Datsyuk in Detroit. Defending champions are 17-0 when taking a 2-0 lead in a final series. Home teams are 33-1 when going ahead 2-0 in a final series.”  And consider too the tremendous work by Z and his line:  Crosby, who only had two pointless games in the first three rounds or the playoffs, has been blanked on seven shots and is a minus-one in the first two games of this year’s finals.

PIT have 1 ES goal in this series, the Wings have 6, and a ridiculous 2.05 5-5 f/a thus far in the playoffs. The Wings/Grand Rapids Griffins have 3 goals (Gator-2, Big “E”-1), the Eastern Conference Champions 2 goals.

Seeing you on the rails of the Hasek, Bitches.  2 to 12.

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