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Burke & Fletcher Talk

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Hope that headline did not confuse you!

The Bill Waters Show on AM640 Toronto had Brian Burke and Cliff Fletcher on the air today.

Brian Burke did his first live radio interview since the tampering charges and did admit he is considering options other than Anaheim for “family reasons”. He also talked about the Selanne situation that we are familiar with and a few other hockey items.

Cliff Fletcher discussed a few topics…

1) Bryan McCabe will be invited to training camp
2) He was quite complimentary of McCabe’s contribution to TML and says “he’s a nice guy”.

But they are still trying actively to trade him….and as far as Sundin goes, they haven’t gotten to whether the contract offer for him will include a NTC/NM Clause.  They have only discussed salary and year.

You can listen to both interviews at AM640.

Thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up and providing some of the above material.

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Arenas Bringing In The Money

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from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,

How is an arena like an airplane? From a business standpoint, it’s all about putting butts in seats for the most money possible….

To see which sports arenas squeeze the most mileage out of each seat, we added up sports-generated revenue from gate receipts, concessions, luxury box sales, naming rights and other various arena sponsorship and advertising deals. (Most venues supplement their earnings with concerts and other events, which aren’t counted here.) Most luxury box, sponsorship and concession numbers were estimated based on the number of boxes and formulas offered by industry insiders who match them with attendance figures.

Not surprisingly, nine of the 10 most lucrative arenas are indoor basketball/hockey venues that seat between 18,000 and 21,000…

more

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Oops, Can’t Do That

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Listening to the Fan590 in Toronto and they are talking about the trade scenarios for Bryan McCabe.  The host suggested the Leafs may have to ‘eat’ some of McCabe’s contract in order to move him.

Sorry, the current CBA does not allow that.  On to the next scenario!

update 3:50pm, The producer of the show just corrected the host on this issue.

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Questions For Ducks

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from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

Drum roll, please – Have we seen the last of No. 8?

While popular and prolific right wing Teemu Selanne has been silent all summer, contradicting his statement at the end of last season that he expected to decide on his hockey future by July 1, there is good reason. With their salary-cap issues, the Ducks simply can’t sign Selanne right now. Handcuffing the Ducks further is a bizarre wrinkle in the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and its players union.

many more questions like- Does this season mark the last best shot at another serious Stanley Cup run?  Can the Ducks piece together a productive second line?...

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Chris Mason Works On His Game

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fromo Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

After a sub-par season in Nashville, where Mason was ousted as the starter and then forgotten, he’s been traveling to Calgary this summer to work with Tyler Love, who runs World Pro Goaltending. Love, who has worked with Montreal’s Carey Price and Los Angeles’ Jason Labarbera, is trying to help Mason upgrade his technique.

“It’s been a few things he wanted to work on ... when to stay down, when to get back to your feet,” Love said. “They are skills the new goalies coming up have ... like a Carey Price, who is very good technique-wise. Chris has been in the league awhile, and he wanted to go back and focus on his skills.”

The work appears to be similar to what Blues assistant Rick Wamsley has done with Legace over the past two years. Wamsley has spent countless hours improving Legace’s footwork, and Legace’s trip to the NHL All-Star game last season illustrated the success.

more

added 3:25pm, Just realized this story is about a month old… sorry!

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Sakic Will Make Decision Soon (I Hope So)

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from CBC,

Colorado Avalanche star Joe Sakic told a Denver radio station on Monday that it has been difficult deciding whether to return for a 20th NHL season, and he will make up his mind soon.

“I will say I don’t want this to linger too much longer. I should make my final decision pretty soon,” Sakic told radio station KJCD. “Whatever that is, I want to make sure it’s 100 per cent sure.”...

“At the end of the year, to be honest with you, I didn’t know if I was going to come back,” he told the radio station. “I needed that time to really think about my future. It was a tougher decision than I thought it was going to be at the end of the year.”

more

added 2:12pm, more from Sakic…

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

“It’s just how I feel,” he said. “At the end of the year, to be honest with you, I didn’t know if I was going to come back. I needed that time to really think about my future. It was a tougher decision than I thought it was going to be at the end of the year. . . It’s all about whether I feel I’m ready to go another year. That’s the biggest thing for me: Am I prepared to do what it takes to be successful for another year. I know how much time you have to put in off the ice because playing hockey is the easy part.”

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Top 10 NHL Cities

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Here is my top 10 cities on the NHL circuit. The criteria doesn’t have anything to do with hockey, it’s more about the city and what it has to offer, whether its nightlife, scenery or otherwise. At the end, I’ll add a group of places I’m not so crazy about:

10 Toronto - The hockey mecca of the world (self-proclaimed) offers some great sightseeing options, with the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre (formally SkyDome) when the Blue Jays are in town. But the highlight has to be the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is a must-see for any hockey fan

read on

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Afternoon Line

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“The Russians have not been part of it for a number of years, and at this point, my sense is that they probably will recluse themselves from any transfer agreement that might be signed in the near term,” Kelly told The Hockey News in an interview that will appear in an upcoming magazine edition.

“On the other hand, I do think there is a strong interest on the part of most of the other federations – certainly, the Finns, the Swedes, the Czechs, the Slovaks, the Germans, the Canadians, the U.S. – to sign off on a new agreement.”

more from Paul Kelly from an article by Adam Proteau of the Hockey News

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Zetterberg With The Stanley Cup

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Henrik Zetterberg has his day with the Cup.

Watch below…

Continue Reading »

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Complete NHL Pre-Season Schedule

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from NHL.com,

Highlighting pre-season action in North America, the Philadelphia Flyers will play a nostalgic final game in their former home, the Wachovia Spectrum, when they host the Carolina Hurricanes Sept. 27. The Spectrum, which is slated to close its doors next spring, was the Flyers’ home from the club’s inaugural NHL season in 1967-68 through 1995-96.

The people of Roberval, Quebec, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville contest, will celebrate the grand prize when the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres play a pre-season game in their community Sept. 23.

read on for the full schedule.  You can also view the schedule here.

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