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The Del Biaggio Case Is Over

from Scott Herhold of the Mercury News,

In the end, it was almost anti-climax, an end to a case never destined for trial. William “Boots’’ Del Biaggio, the man who flew too close to the sun, answered with a single word Wednesday when the clerk in federal court asked how he pled. “Guilty,’’ he said.

And with that, a year’s worth of haggling was all but done. Del Biaggio’s attorney, Elliot Peters, and Assistant U.S. Atty. Tim Crudo had signed off on an agreement that could give Del Biaggio between six and eight-plus years of prison.

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added 10:13pm, The Globe and Mail takes a look at this situation as it relates to the Predators…

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Kane Struggling For Goals

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Kane has 1 goal in his last 16 games. Who would have thought this could happen after the way he started?

Can it all be related to the high right ankle sprain he suffered on Dec. 30 in Detroit? Or is Kane getting gun shy from being targeted by the opposition every night?

Maybe gun shy is too strong an indictment. But there was another instance in Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Edmonton where Kane had a lane to the net on a rush and instead went to the left side and tried to pass.


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Fighting For A Playoff Spot In The West

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

In the West, I believe it’s Vancouver, Minnesota, Columbus, Edmonton and Phoenix competing in for the final two spots.

Some make a case that Dallas is still vulnerable, but the Stars have been prideful since the Sean Avery messiness, and they don’t look like a team that is going to be denied a playoff spot. In the spirit of high brow journalism, I’m ready to declare the Stars a winner well before the polls close.

And I’m not feeling the love for the Nashville Predators, even though they have won three of four. The are too offensive-challenged.

Here are the factors that I believe are crucial for the teams trying to survive in the West:

Vancouver Canucks: As long as Roberto Luongo performs like he’s the top goalie in the West, I think the Canucks will make it

more & a little East talk too…

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Is Mr. Wilson Interested In The Coyotes?

from Patricia Best of the Globe and Mail,

Calgary investment banker W. Brett Wilson has come right out and said he’s interested in owning a piece of the ailing Nashville Predators hockey team. In fact, the publicity-embracing Mr. Wilson has made no secret over the years of his desire to own a couple of NHL teams.

Well, how about the Phoenix Coyotes? Word circulating among business people in Calgary is that Mr. Wilson is trying to snag ownership of that benighted team (although NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said only this week in Toronto that while the Coyotes “will be fine,” there was no new owner in sight). So after chatting first about the Predators we asked Mr. Wilson about Phoenix yesterday, catching him, it seemed, by surprise. “I’ve been there. I’ve golfed there,” he said. Yes, but what about his interest in the Phoenix team? “I’ve been there, I’ve golfed there,” he repeated.


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Brian Burke On Chris Pronger

Brian Burke appeared on Fan590 about an hour ago.  Burke talked Leafs and then was asked about the Pronger to Toronto rumors.  His response, “He is not coming here, not a chance.”

Burke then went on to say the package Anaheim GM Bob Murray would get for Pronger is a “#1 pick and a kid.”  I found it a bit interesting Burke did not say if he is traded, but instead just said this is the type of package Anaheim will get for Pronger.

You can listen here and the Pronger topic starts at the 7:20 mark..

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  Tags: brian+burke, chris+pronger

Brind’Amour, Walker Both Out With Injuries

from SportsTicker via the National Post,

Due to an unspecified nagging injury, Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour returned home Wednesday and will miss the team’s upcoming games in San Jose and Phoenix.

The Hurricanes would not describe the specific nature of Brind’Amour’s problem, saying only that it was a lower body injury that has been bothering him for a number of days.

Carolina coach Paul Maurice did say the injury is not related to Brind’Amour’s knee problems….

The Hurricanes also announced Wednesday that right wing Scott Walker will be placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury.

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Ruff A Survivor

from the CP via the Sporting News,

Lindy Ruff figures there’s no way to put together this kind of streak without a little good fortune.

As the longest-tenured man in a volatile profession, the Buffalo Sabres coach doesn’t get surprised when he hears that another member of the fraternity has lost his job. It’s something he’s seen happen time and again.

There have been 137 coaching changes in the NHL since Ruff was hired by the Sabres in July 1997, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. While that number alone is staggering, consider the anecdotal evidence - Craig Hartsburg has now lost three NHL head coaching jobs over that period.

All the while, Ruff keeps plugging away with the Sabres.


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Looking At The Way The NHL Fights

from the CP via TSN,

The head of the NHL Players’ Association believes it’s time to consider a rule mandating helmet use during fights, and to examine the role of one-dimensional enforcers in the game.

While a “clear majority” of players want fighting to remain a part of hockey, Paul Kelly feels his constituency is open to new restrictions on how the gloves are dropped.

“A couple that we’ve talked about that ought to be looked at anyway is, do you consider a rule whereby players need to keep a helmet on during the course of a fight, and perhaps require officials to step in if a helmet comes off during a fight,” Kelly told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Conn Smythe Celebrities Dinner and Auction….

Kelly, however, didn’t stop there.

Acknowledging the role fighting has in policing the tenor of play on the ice, he added that so-called “staged fights” between two players with skill sets limited to chucking knuckles may no longer have a place on the ice.

read on

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Old Wood

from CBC,

A Quebec City man with a love of hockey and history claims to have a hockey stick that dates back to the mid-17th century.

However, historians suspect the one-metre long stick was simply crafted out of a very old piece of birch wood. They doubt it was used to play a hockey-style game in the age of Galileo.

continued with picture…

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If Vanek Were In Edmonton

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We can’t help but harp back to the Edmonton angle. Not only would the Oilers not have Penner on their hands right now if the Sabres had not matched, but they would have an elite forward to play with star winger Ales Hemsky, something the local Edmonton media has pointed out as a major issue with right now.

For as much heat as former Oilers GM/now team president Kevin Lowe got around the league in the summer of 2007, give him credit on this point—he was right about Vanek being worth the money.

more and some Pogge talk too…

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  Tags: thomas+vanek

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