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Report- Wild Being Sold

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via the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE) has announced a major press conference regarding the organization on Thursday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m. CT

via KSTP,

The parent company of the Minnesota Wild will announce this afternoon that the team is being sold, a source close to the situation tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

added 11:53am, via Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

While the announcement was unclear Thursday morning, there have been indications for months that majority owner Bob Naegele was considering selling the team.

Recently, there have been reporters that Craig Leipold, the Racine, Wis., native who finalized the sale of the Nashville Predators in November for $193 million, was interested in buying into the Wild.

Update 1:50pm ET: From Russo again,

Bob Naegele’s tenure as owner of the Minnesota Wild ended today when it was announced he sold his interest in the team to former Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold.

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Too Many Ifs

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

It’s time to play the IF game.

If, as The Maven asserts, Sean Avery is the most valuable member of the Rangers, how good are the Blueshirts without him?

If, as The Post’s Larry Brooks declares, Avery may be sidelined for substantial time because of his latest (left) hand injury, what can be done to compensate for his absence?

And, if—as it appears apparent throughout the NHL—Avery truly is an inimitable personality, how can he be replaced?


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  Tags: sean+avery

Top Defensive Core

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

But the main difference in the Ducks may be that the core of the team, its blue-line unit, is now even stronger. The trio of Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin that gobbled up all those minutes in 21 post-season matches last spring has an extra partner this season in veteran Mathieu Schneider.

Together, it may be the NHL’s top defence group.

Ottawa has attractive depth, Detroit has Nicklas Lidstrom and the league’s flashiest defensive numbers while Calgary is getting there with Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf.

But the Ducks’ quartet has talent, pedigree and experience, and you could even argue all four are playing as well as they ever have.

That includes the 38-year-old Schneider, added as a free agent from Detroit in July.


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Get Tougher Columbus

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from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets are a very good group of guys. I wouldn’t say that if it weren’t true. They are, without exception, good guys to deal with, even after brutal losses when nobody would want a microphone stuffed in their face.

On the ice, they’re way too nice, too, and this is unfortunate.

The most recent come-out-of-my-chair moment happened during the St. Louis game on Tuesday, when Nikolai Zherdev was run over by Blues forward David Backes.

read on

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Hot HD

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from Allison Moore at TVPredictions,

Every day here at TVPredictions.com, I scan the HD programming aisles and serve up 10 programs so good—so hot!—that you can’t miss them.

We call this list, “The Hottest Shows in HDTV!” And here they are for Thursday, January 10, 2008: (All times Eastern; smart remarks are the opinion of the author alone.)

1. NHL Hockey
Buffalo takes on Ottawa.
HDNet, 7:30 p.m.

more (but no more hockey) and great to see a NHL hockey game is listed as the hottest show in HD!

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Coyotes Have Will To Win

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from Dave Strader at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

It’s impossible to overstate what the addition of Ilya Bryzgalov has meant to this team.  As Wayne has stated many times, goaltending wasn’t really an issue in the first six weeks of the season. The team got several strong outings from Auld, Aebischer and Tellqvist…but Bryzgalov brought something that my partner Darren Pang likes to call “presence”. Bryz has presence because of his size, athleticism and attitude. Since Bryz has become a Coyote, the entire team has begun to take on a presence.


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Yzerman Goes Into Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Y

zerman, who will be inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame tomorrow, played another nine seasons, completing his 22-year NHL career with one team….

“It’s obvious he was a great talent and very gifted offensively,” said Senators GM Bryan Murray, who coached Yzerman for a four-season span that ended in 1993.

“He made a commitment to the team that forced him to give up some offence. And he became one of the great captains, one of the great leaders and one of the best two-way players in the game.”


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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Shop.NHL.com Sales Figures

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New York (January 10, 2008) ­– Sales of NHL-licensed product on Shop.NHL.com for December increased 44% compared to the same period last year, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today. The holiday sales period experienced an additional boost due to the demand for official Amp Energy / NHL Winter Classic merchandise. The most searched term on Shop.NHL.com was “Winter Classic,” while four of the six top-selling items were of the NHL Winter Classic variety.

Twenty-six NHL teams increased online merchandise sales for December 2007. The Pittsburgh Penguins, winners of the Amp Energy / NHL Winter Classic, led the pack with a sales increase of 164% in comparison to December 2006. Other teams who experienced a significant increase for December sales year-over-year were the Chicago Blackhawks (92%), Washington Capitals (89%), St. Louis Blues (87%), Buffalo Sabres (85%) and the Anaheim Ducks (84%).

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Rangers Not In Panic Mode

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There will be no band-aid deals in which the Blueshirts surrender value for emergency replacements. In other words, Petr Prucha is not being sent to Columbus for David Vyborny.

And here’s a third piece of good news: on Tuesday, with his team needing Jaromir Jagr to be at his best, the captain responded. Jagr is elevating his game as the season progresses; steadily if not necessarily dramatically.

If the Rangers are going anywhere other than home on April 7, they need their best player to be their best player.


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A Helping Hand

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from Spector,

This site is currently in the midst of a server migration and thus may not be available from time to time today. I’m working on the problem with my host server and hope to have this problem rectified as soon as possible. As always, I appreciate your patience and support.

- Lyle Richardson, Spector’s Hockey.

Lyle sent me this temporary url that you can visit for updates…. http://server4.fusednetwork.com/~spector/

added 9:53am, Lyle is back online, all is well.


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