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Edmonton Looks At Nationwide Arena Development

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.”


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Mid-August UFA Talk

Peca in Columbus, Belfour In Sweden, Forsberg in Edmonton- See Spector’s for all of the UFA signing talk…

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Time A Factor In Nashville Sale

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.


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Traverse City Prepares For Wings Invasion

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.

read on

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KK- A Slow Weekend

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!
If you have a story you feel folks should be made aware of, feel free to post it in the comment section or, as always, KK members can post in the KK Forums.

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Buy High

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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Tocchet A Longshot To Return

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL has enough trouble becoming a more important presence on the U.S. sporting scene. At a time when its reputation needs to remain as squeaky clean as possible, to be viewed as condoning gambling would do far more harm than good. The path of least resistance — imposing further sanctions beyond Tocchet’s current indefinite leave — will almost certainly be the one it takes.
The Coyotes, for their part, have begun exploring assistant coaching options in case Tocchet does not return, discreetly making inquiries to available coaches around the league. The suspicion here is their course of action will constitute a wise, prudent and ultimately necessary precaution.

more and welcome back Eric…

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Columbus Statement On Alexander Svitov Signing With Russian Team

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson issued the following statement today after learning that center Alexander Svitov has signed a contact with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League and will play with the club in the 2007-08 season. He signed a two-year contract with Columbus on July 2, 2007.
“We were informed by Alexander’s agent today that he has signed a contract to play with Avangard Omsk this season,” Howson said. “We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander’s contract status and will make a decision after reviewing our options. While this news comes as a disappointment, it creates an opportunity for other players when we open training camp next month.”

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Barry Smith’s Summer Camp

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Those who assume Russian hockey players spend their summer on a borscht-and-bourbon bender should have a conversation with Barry Smith, the longtime NHL assistant coach and now first-year coach-GM of SKA-St. Petersburg in the Russian Superleague.
“Working with these players has been terrific so far,” said Smith, who has been putting his new team through training camp workouts since July 3. “Having NHL-level talent to train with really raises the standard of practice, and adds something new for the boys who’ve been here right from the start.”


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“All” Teams

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

SI senior writer Michael Farber picked his three NHL Dream Teams—one for the best of all time, one that will win right now and one built for five years from now. How did Farber do? What changes would you make to his lineups?
The instinct is to include center John Tavares, who broke Wayne Gretzky’s Ontario Hockey League scoring record as a 16-year-old last season, and Carey Price, the goalie who led Hamilton to the Calder Cup this spring, but there are mitigating factors in both cases.

read on and I am pointing to the future team. To see the others, look at the tabs at the top of the page at SI.

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