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Finding Ways To Keep The Blue Jackets In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Bell of Business First of Columbus,

At best, the Columbus Blue Jackets lost $30.4 million over the last three years, and at worst $43 million, according to a report released Thursday that outlines ways to keep the financially strapped hockey team from leaving town.

Chief among the nearly 20 options are ideas for public-private partnerships that would provide the National Hockey League club relief from its lease agreement at Nationwide Arena, although at the expense of taxpayers in some of the scenarios.


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Where Is Everyone?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What gives? Seriously, what’s up? I want to know what the reasons are why more of you wouldn’t show up tonight to see a team that had the most points in the Western Conference coming into tonight’s game with Phoenix (and added on to them when it was over)?

If the reason why attendance was down last year was the perfectly justifiable reason that the team was awful, what is the excuse for tonight?

There was not a single person in sections 330 and 334 a few minutes into the game tonight. Not one. I think a couple souls showed up a while later and sat there, but that was…it.

You definitely did not dissuade critics who say Denver is just a bandwagon hockey town tonight, folks. The announced attendance was definitely not the actual number in the building either. I’d say the real number was about 8,500, maybe a bit less actually.


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Not The Way You Want To Lose A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

The new World’s Worst Way to Lose a Hockey Game is to outshoot the opponent 40-22, surrender the lead in the final minute, have a phantom delay of game penalty called on your defenseman in overtime and then allow the game winner on the ensuing 4 on 3 powerplay.

What a steaming, feces-encrusted way to decide a hockey game.

Sure refs are human and they make mistakes, but seriously!? If you watch the replay one of the two refs was just 5 or 6 feet away from Grossman when he allegedly shot the puck out of play from behind his own blueline. If the guy is so incompetent that he can’t make a proper judgment on a play like that - a call that could potentially decide the game – then he probably should be in a different vocation.

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Do remember a delay of game can be called from anywhere on the ice, not just from the defensive zone.  In this instance, I think the refs just missed the call, since I don’t think Grossman deliberately shot the puck out of play.

added 11:15am, Video of the OT goal by the Flames followed by the delay of game call can be watched below…

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Jimmy D: “We’d Be Happy With A Top Ten Pick”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, he didn’t say exactly that.  But pretty damned close.  You’re gonna love this one.


“We’re going to have to fight just to make the playoffs and it’s going to be a grind,” said senior vice president Jim Devellanno, the first person owner Mike Ilitch hired when he bought the team in 1982. “To get home-ice advantage would be a miracle. A miracle.”

A miracle, he says.  A miracle.

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Shane O’Brien Suspended One Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Shane O’Brien has received a one-game suspension for sticking it to Sean Avery on Tuesday at GM Place.

The Vancouver Canucks defenceman, who had been benched after taking a double-minor penalty late in the second period, stormed the length of the players’ bench early in the third period to challenge the agitating Avery and stuck his stick into the abdomen of the New York Rangers winger.

O’Brien was so worked up that he had to be restrained by Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

“You never want to be suspended and I don’t think it deserves one, but I’ll take my punishment,” said O’Brien, who won’t be eligible to play Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild.


You can view video of the incident below…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“As players get older, people say they are going to start slowing down.  “But Homer isn’t going to go much slower. His game is he knows where to go….he still knows how to play the front of the net. I say he and Ryan Smyth are maybe the two best net front presence players in the game today.”

-Wings GM Ken Holland speaking about Tomas Holmstrom.  More on Holmstrom from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding.

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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Get Ready, Here Comes The Lecavalier Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Some people believe Lecavalier is untradeable because of the contract. I disagree. He remains one of the better centers in the world when he’s on his game and in the right environment.

Maybe we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves because perhaps none of this trade talk will ever come to pass. But if it does, it’s fun to wonder which teams will call, no? How about the Los Angeles Kings? I think GM Dean Lombardi has the green light to add a major piece this season. Anyone fancy a Lecavalier-Anze Kopitar 1-2 punch at center?

And what of the New York Rangers. Marian Gaborik is flying in the Big Apple. Imagine if he had a bona-fide No. 1 center?  Imagine a reunion with coach John Tortorella?

more on Lecavalier…

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More On The Heatley Grievance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Publicly, the NHL’s position – on the rare occasions when commissioner Gary Bettman will discuss the NHLPA’s trials and tribulations – is that the league believes a strong union is good for business.

Deep down, it is hard to imagine they truly believe that. Otherwise, would they have not have discouraged Sens owner Eugene Melnyk from filing a complaint that seems like a sure-fire loser, given that Heatley – whatever you may think about him asking for a trade after negotiating a no-movement clause - did not technically breach his contract….

In some ways, the NHL has inadvertently done the players a favour by heading down this path. Just in case the players association required further evidence of the need for strong leadership heading into the next CBA talks, this pre-emptive shot across the union’s bow can only reinforce that belief.

And the NHLPA does have one card to play – the option of extending the CBA to 2012, or for an extra year beyond the original six-year term, to prepare for the battle that lies ahead.

That extension, you’d think, is as good as done…


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  Tags: dany+heatley

Will Mike Green Make Team Canada?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Completely unprovoked, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau spent Tuesday morning lobbying for defenseman Mike Green to make the Canadian Olympic team.

“If I’m Stevie Yzerman, I’m looking at him as one of your top pair,” Boudreau said.

According to people that follow the Capitals closely, it’s the first time Boudreau has publicly made a pitch on Green’s behalf. It’s also an about face from last spring, when after the playoffs were over Boudreau admitted his disappointment in Green’s overall effort through 14 postseason games.


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  Tags: mike+green, team+canada

There Goes Some Income

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

In case you haven’t heard, the Fort Lauderdale law firm RRA isn’t having a very good week.

One of its founders is accused of bilking hundreds of millions of dollars from the firm and from clients. He flew to Morocco (apparently to avoid extradition) but returned to Lauderdale yesterday.

So what does this have to do with hockey?

Well, RRA is a huge sponsor of South Florida sports teams including the Dolphins, Heat and of course, the Panthers.

Word is the team is trying to separate itself from the scandal. I’m also hearing the law firm hasn’t paid off the team for its signage and sponsorships since it’s so early in the season. And now, with the firm’s funds down to about $500,000, that’s a check that isn’t coming.


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