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Equity’s What The Lockout Was All About

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George Malik: As one peruses the Forbes report on NHL franchise values, something stands out immediately--21 of the league's 30 teams made less than $5 million in operating income, and most barely broke even--before taxes. The Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils lost over $5 million apiece, and yet their teams experienced 21% and 19% increases in value, respectively. Why? Larry Brooks, love him or hate him, was right about one thing: the NHL's owners don't get make their financial hay from gate receipts and operating profits. It's all about equity.

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Game 1 To Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I know. This is Bubba's year. It's his division. This is finally the season he waddles to the top of it and stays there for decades, establishing the dynasty in America's Mid South that we knew was coming down the pike. It's got to be frustrating for Barry Trotz, the Nashville faithful and the 6 Pred fans outside the Nashville area. Just when the geniuses were certain the Wings were ready to fade into mediocrity, they do the unlikely. I'm not talking about winning one game, or even 8. What we may be seeing is a philosophical transformation. First, the game...more deep ruminations (sorry Bubba..."thoughts") later. Andres Lilja and Brad Norton scratched. Lilja may never see the ice again in Detroit. I'm serious. Well, not completely serious. But considering the type of defense the Wings are playing, I can't imagine Mike Babcock is too willing to make even the slightest blue line change unless he has to (which he might...see below).

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Bye Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2120 CST: Mike Babcock said Kronwall had a slight groin strain prior to tonite and it apparently flared up a bit. They held him out of the third as a precaution. Babcock says he should be fine for Tuesday. Wings take the first of an eight-game season series from Little Brother Bubba. A few details tonite, with a full game recap tomorrow morning * Dominik Hasek's second consecutive shutout, third on the year and 71st of his career. * Wings and Hasek haven't allowed a goal in 153:28 * Wings goals: Lang (5), Lidstrom (3), Cleary (4, EN) * Three Stars: Hasek, Lidstrom, Chelios * Wings now lead Bubba by 4 pts in the Central. Scary news: Kronwall didn't play a shift in the third. Neither the Wing tv or radio announcers have mentioned his absence. NHL.com scoresheet ESPN game recap

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HHOF Worthy Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illiustrated,

Here's a look at the key NHL players who will become Hall of Fame eligible during the next three years, and their chances for induction. Let's also look at some players who are already eligible but have yet to receive a call. The Hall requires that players be retired for three seasons, and a maximum of four can get in during any given year. Al MacInnis He'll get in for sure, but not on the first ballot. Scott Stevens He'll very likely get in, but not on the first ballot. Luc Robitaille He'll get in, but not on his first try. Phil Housley He'll probably get in, but he doesn't deserve it.
many more players...and you can read why Brian thinks some will make it and some won't...

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Flyers Crash & Burn

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Associated Press via TSN,

Peter Forsberg really is sick of losing. The Flyers captain and former NHL MVP skipped practice with the flu and might miss Saturday's game against Buffalo, leaving Philadelphia without its best player against one of the Eastern Conference's top teams. Even with a sniffle-free Forsberg in the lineup, the Flyers have been the worst team in the league this season. While Philadelphia wasn't picked as a legitimate pre-season Stanley Cup contender, no one could have predicted this dramatic freefall to the bottom of the standings.
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Full Mailbag

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Phil Coffey of NHL.com had his hands full this week answering some of the fan mail he received this week. Take a step back and read some of the comments and questions, then ask yourself if you fall into the same category. If you do, take another step back, have a laugh, then enjoy the game.

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KK- Settling In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well it looks like Abel to Yzerman is settling in nicely here at the Kukla Kompound. A few details are still being addressed over at Bill's site, but overall, I think everything went smoothly. The growth of KK is continuing and should take place by the first of the new year, more on this as we get closer to that date. Have a great weekend and thanks for your continued support.

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Doan Out With Back Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Phoenix Coyotes,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan will be out of the lineup 2-3 weeks with a back injury. Doan met with Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles this morning and it was determined that the injury will not require surgery. The Coyotes also announced today that defenseman Nick Boynton has a bruised foot and is listed day-to-day

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Game Day: Bubba’s in Town

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sit down. A new feature. Game day previews every day around this time, sometimes earlier. We'll feature various write ups from both teams' papers, game day threads from the message boards and any other witty stuff I can dig up. Enjoy. On The Wings

The Predators had a rough start to the season, losing three in a row - twice to the Blackhawks and once to the Wild - before rebounding with a 9-0-1 record ever since. They are coming off a 4-3 win over the Wild on the 4th in the second-to-last stop of a five-game road trip during which they’ve also played in Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton, winning each time.
Nashville City Paper
“It is a little bit of statement game,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “It is a litmus test to see what they have this year versus what we have. It won’t be the end of the season one way or the other, but it will be a good barometer.”
MSNBC Cootie's Game Day Thread Let's Go Wings Game Day Thread Kukla's Forum Game Day Thread

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Forbes NHL List: Leafs, Rags, Wings “MVFs”

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Toronto Star:

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of team valuations and the Leafs remain the NHL's richest franchise with a value of $332 million (all figures U.S.). That's up slightly on the $325 million figure the magazine attached to the team last season, when it also topped the list. Toronto edges out the New York Rangers, valued at $306 million, and the Detroit Red Wings, third on the list at $258 million.

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