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The Four Point Plan For Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

For the Canes, the key will be maintaining their play in four important areas that brought them success on the road:

1. CAM WARD. Amid all the talk about how Ward’s hard work over the summer restored his quickness, it’s important to remember that quickness was only half of his problem last season.

Consistency was the other, and this is a chance for Ward to prove that he can not only play at a high level—which he did at times last season—but do it on a night-to-night basis.

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Eat It Lefties

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Slow down.  My use of the term “lefties” has nothing to do with politics. It’s a geographical slang term referring to California…and Ian. You know, the Sharks used to frighten me.  I’d have bad visions of power plays and teal and big teeth and Ronald McDonald chasing me around the empty halls of my elementary school. 

I’m not so scared anymore.

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Increasing Revenue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pagnotta at NBC Sports,

The NHL still has a number of concerns it needs to address before it can confidently say its numbers are heading in the right direction.

Questions continue to surround the league’s national television contracts and the stability of its current markets. But these are just two of five important factors facing the league as it attempts to maximize its revenue potential.

So what needs to be done? How can the league generate a significantly greater revenue base? I’ll tell you…

1. Get back on ESPN…

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One Final Payment For Mario

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.

He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.

Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.

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  Tags: mario+lemieux, pittsburgh+penguins

You Are All Losers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you’re joining me to stay up for this pivotal October matchup, you have issues.  You need to look yourselves in the mirror and determine just what’s important to you in life.  My god.  You’re up?  You’re all pathetic.

Whatever. Crack ‘em if you got ‘em, it’s a late night West Coast live blog courtesy of Gary Leonore Bettman.

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The European Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

...And then the league would move to Europe, to large northern and central European cities where hockey is a major sport. But instead of expanding, it would relocate six existing but failing teams.

Said Thun, “You would go to the six lowest revenue producing teams in the NHL and say, ‘Listen, we’ve got owners in Europe. We want to set up a European division. And we want to move six teams at one time. Are you willing to sell your franchise for $250-million?’ I can’t imagine a lot of people would say no.”

A fee of $250-million would certainly be well above market value for clubs such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville and Florida.

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Bettman Recovering From Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Yahoo,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman showed up at Thursday night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning with a cast on his left arm. Asked whether he had dropped the gloves against one of the league’s enforcers, Bettman said he actually had tendon surgery on Monday.

He then joked, “It’s a result of reporters asking (stupid) questions.”

continued... a little outlook of the NHL…

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Pre-Game Info

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m still recovering from exactly 120 minutes of sleep after the Anaheim game but should be good to go for this evening. Live blog will commence for the matchup with The Team We Used To Not Speak Of at 2145.

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Causing A Stir In Sabre Land

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Check out the video at Sportsnet, then go to Sabres Edge for the story…

Update 4:33pm ET:

In case you’re having problems viewing the video at Sportsnet, the YouTube version is now included below:

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Last Night’s Game Recaps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you need a recap of the on-ice action from last night, catch NHL Rewind…

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