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from the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson left Columbus yesterday to meet his family for a vacation in Calgary, Alberta. But it won’t be relaxing right away. The Jackets are intent on using Svitov’s money to add another player, and they will either shore up the roster at center or on defense before training camp opens Sept. 14.
Other centers the Jackets likely will consider if they can’t sign Peca are Jason Allison and Mike Johnson. The top target among defensemen is Danny Markov.
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• If anyone in the NHL truly believes Andrew Raycroft is a No. 1 goalie, they’d make a pitch to the Leafs for him. At $2 million a year, the price is cheap for a starting netminder. But to date, no real offers of consequence.
• Why is it news when an NHL general manager contacts Peter Forsberg’s agent to inquire about the player? Shouldn’t it be news if a GM doesn’t contact Don Baizley to ask about the most talented free agent left in the pool?
It’s that kind of grace under fire - not to mention the ability to wear a midriff crop top with pride (hey, every job has its dress requirements) - that Beach no doubt was looking for at the tryouts, held at Islanders’ Iceworks, the team’s practice facility in Syosset.
“We have nothing but fun,” says Kelli, 24, of Manhasset, who had the well-publicized showdown with Lundqvist. (For privacy, the Islanders do not release last names.)
She just rolls her eyes when asked about the incident. “It’s all behind me,” she said. “I’m moving on, starting fresh.”
more (with video)...
Read more on the new squad at the Islanders website…
from the Czech News Agency, translated below…
Knee injury stopped Martin Straka’s training for upcoming NHL season. 34-years-old NY Rangers player had surgery at doctor’s Petr Nepras office on Thursday. Nepras is the only Czech doctor with NHL licence to do surgery for NHLers. This information comes from the daily newspapers Blesk and Aha!
Straka should be okay in three weeks. After surgery he will not attend tonight’s Golden hockey stick (which is Czech player of the Year).
Thanks to KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz for the pointer and translation…
added 3:34pm, update from Roman… Straka was at the awards show tonight for the Golden Stick Awards. Jagr was named the best Czech player (8th time), followed by Hasek and Straka.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, could be the model for a multipurpose facility to create jobs, housing and tax revenue in downtown Edmonton, says Lyle Best, chairman of the Arena Feasibility Committee.
He and five other committee members visited Columbus recently to see the benefits of thinking big.
In Edmonton, with about the same population as Columbus, “just an arena would not have much economic impact,” Best says. “It’s unlikely that just hockey and concerts could generate enough revenue.”
Peca in Columbus, Belfour In Sweden, Forsberg in Edmonton- See Spector’s for all of the UFA signing talk…
from the Tennessean,
Time is becoming a factor in a primarily local group’s bid to buy the Nashville Predators.
The group failed to complete a binding agreement with owner Craig Leipold on Friday as hoped, but believes it will wrap up the extensive paperwork next week….
David Freeman, who’s leading the local group, said delays arose after details of the local group’s proposed changes to the team’s lease with the city became public on Thursday.
The group’s letter of intent and its purchase agreement with Leipold expire in October on a date to be determined. At that point, Leipold could explore other options.
“We would no longer have any kind of agreement in place if the sale doesn’t occur by then,’’ Freeman said.
added 8:59am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Nobody, absolutely nobody, outside of the group that has very tentatively purchased the Nashville Predators believes the NHL can work long-term in that city.
This is a mess that’s going to get worse before the team is shifted to Kansas City, a shame, really, when the best hockey market in the world in southern Ontario is ready, willing and able to welcome another franchise.
from the Niles Daily Star,
Each autumn for the past 10 years, the Detroit Red Wings have been bringing their fall prospects tournament and training camp to the Traverse City’s Centre ICE arena. For that brief time, Traverse City is transformed into “Hockeytown North,” where hundreds of fans from the U.S. and Canada come to watch and meet players from Detroit and seven other major hockey franchises in what may be the sport’s most “up close and personal” events.
“Last year we had people travel here from 38 states and Canada, and we always end up selling out for all the events,” says organizer Pete Correia, who persuaded the Red Wings to bring their fall camp to Traverse City in 1997.
I believe this may be a good weekend to relax, take some time off and enjoy the beautiful weekend in Michigan.
I will be around, but moving a little slower than normal. A big week ahead for KK readers, just a little hint there folks!
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from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,
So what’s pushing values so high despite the NHL’s apparent downward trend in popularity in the United States and the fact that salary expenditures this coming season are equal those of the final season before the lockout?
The answer seems to be that, while NHL teams remain money-losing ventures in many cities, investors are attracted to businesses where they can at least project what those losses will be.
In other words, “cost certainty” - the buzz term of the 2004-05 lockout - apparently has a lot of value to both to those looking to buy into hockey as well as those cashing out.
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