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The Future Of Nashville Is In Forsberg’s Hands

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

In so many ways, the Nashville Predators represent how the National Hockey League, in its cash-grab expansion phase, got it dead wrong.
When peddling franchises was the league’s real core business, the ruling conceit — which, to be fair, predates the Gary Bettman era — was that you could sell the game anywhere, just so long as you had the right demographics, the right arena deal. The pre-existence of a hockey culture was beside the point.
Just find an owner ready to pay whatever price the market would bear, by whatever financial means necessary. Let him in turn find compliant local politicians with an empty arena desperate for a tenant.

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Habs Feeling The Pressure

from the CP via Yahoo,

Media pundits and talk show callers have been clamouring for general manager Bob Gainey to make a trade with the club in an 8-16-1 slide and a once-secure playoff spot clearly in jeopardy.
“Every year you go through this,” defenceman
Sheldon Souray said of the trade talk. “And playing in a city like Montreal, everyone has an opinion.”
“We’ve got one GM, not 300,000 of them. We worry about what we can control and we can’t control what goes on in the front office, There’s more speculation than usual. but that’s normal at this time, especially with us in the situation we’re in,”

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KK- Friday Night

I will be in and out most of the night, so let’s make this an open post.
Any news, feel free to post in the comments or KK members have the option to post in the KK Forums too.

I will be checking in and have remote capabilities, so I will update when possible.

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If Healthy

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP,

Yes the Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks remained solid Stanley Cup contenders. But the rival Nashville Predators may have put themselves one step ahead of that group with Thursday night’s acquisition of superstar centre Peter Forsberg.
“He’s a very good player. He’s one of the best,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said Friday. “There’s a risk-reward involved with what you give up, and two, the health and productivity. The crystal ball will tell us.
“If he’s healthy and plays like he’s capable of, it’s a very good move for Nashville.”
“If he’s healthy, Nashville’s a better team,” said Ducks GM Brian Burke. “The issue with Peter Forsberg isn’t whether or not he’s a potent offensive weapon, he is. He’s a great player.”

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Sharks Get Korolyuk From Devils

via the SJ Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired forward Alexander Korolyuk from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a third round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
We are very excited to have Alex rejoin our organization and we look forward to him integrating quickly into our line-up,” said Wilson.  “He brings an added element to our team that has been very effective in the past.  Alex knows our style of play and we expect him to be a natural fit.”

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Huet Out Indefinitely

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens took another hit to their lineup on Friday, as netminder Cristobal Huet will be sidelined indefinitely with a left hamstring injury.

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The Rent-A-Player

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Poile wondered: Has there ever been a better rental player traded at the National Hockey League deadline — and his conclusion was, probably not.
It would depend, of course, upon how you would compare Forsberg, a future Hall Of Famer and two-time Stanley Cup champion to, say, Raymond Bourque, who is already in the Hall Of Fame and in most people’s minds, might be among the top half-dozen defencemen ever to play the game.
In the twilight of his career, Bourque took the unprecedented step of asking the Boston Bruins to trade him to a contender so that he could have a chance of winning a Stanley Cup.

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Soccer With Sticks

from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

“You take (fighting) out of the game, it’s not going to be hockey any more. It’s going to be soccer with sticks!” Janssen says. He is 22. His lip is swollen from a teammate swiping him in practice. “At least now, a guy knows if he take a run at somebody, he’s got to step up and pay the piper.
“The guys will go crazy if there’s no fighting,” he says. “The fans will go crazy, too.”
I miss fighting. I think most hockey fans miss fighting. It isn’t gone from the game entirely—Janssen had a doozy on Wednesday night against Montreal’s Garth Murray—but it’s down more than 40 percent from 2003, which means you have about a puncher’s chance of seeing one for your $60 ticket.

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A Different Atmosphere

from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

Top 12 Observations Peter Forsberg will make in Nashville:
-Snakeskin boots have been known to cure most foot problems
-Vernon Fiddler actually plays the banjo
-It’s OK that he doesn’t shave. No one in the state does either

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Jokinen Not At 100%

from the Miami Herald,

Panthers center Olli Jokinen has been playing in pain since last season and said this week he probably will need surgery in the offseason—if not sooner.
Jokinen has been suffering from a previously undisclosed abdominal injury he said is the result of overcompensating for nerve damage in one of his legs. That has been bothering him since last year.
‘‘It’s been a year and a half already,’’ Jokinen said. ``I have numbness in one of my legs, and my stomach has really been hurting. The numbness usually comes when I’m resting or lying down. I have some sort of nerve problem in the leg and got treatment for it all summer.
“I thought it was going to get better, but nothing really happened. It’s been bothering me, but right now we’re at the point where I have to wait and see how it’ll go the rest of the year.’‘

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