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No Bites On Preds

from the Tennessean,

Predators owner Craig Leipold said with the exception of some folks hoping fortune smiles on them, he hasn’t heard from anyone wanting to buy a piece of his team.
“I have heard from a lot of fans indicating that if they win the Powerball, they will want to buy into things,’’ Leipold said with a laugh.


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Another Heads Up For Versus

On Monday I mentioned the Versus NHL Forum is filled with porn links and garbage.  I emailed and called them and suggested they either clean it up or shut it down.
As a hockey fan it is embarrassing to see the “Official Home” of the NHL in the USA filled with this junk.  If sort of makes you wonder if Versus even cares.
Just imagine a fan going to that forum for the first time and seeing pure trash.
As of this morning, nothing has changed, except for more porn links.

update 11:10am, Well I think they got the message…

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Wings Want A Top 6 Forward

from the Ottawa Citizen via the Windsor Star,

The Wings are after a top six forward, who ideally will have some sandpaper to his game. A certain Swedish forward in Philadelphia (Peter Forsberg), who used to torment Detroit regularly when he played for Colorado, is known to intrigue the Wings should he become available as expected.
However, Holland expects more than just one big fish to be available in the trade market.
“We’re a month away from hearing more and more names,” Holland said.
“Look at the standings, there’s 14 (teams) in the east and 12 or 13 in the west, so 26-27 teams feel they have a chance to make a legitimate run at the playoffs. They want to give their teams another month or 15 games to see where they’re at.”


thanks to a KK reader for the link…

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Following Forsberg

Ah, Forsberg is very comfortable in Sweden, enjoying his vacation with his Canadian girlfriend.
Afton Bladet story with a rough translation below…


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Find The Right Direction

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

...Bettman, however, must find a new route for his bus.
If he’s going to make household names of Sidney Crosby and the other youngsters who are beginning to have an effect on the scoreboard, if he’s going to add new fans without alienating the small but loyal group of core fans, this is the time to do it.
Maybe it can’t be done.
Or maybe Bettman’s not the man to do it.

more (reg. req.)

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The Schedule Vote

from Mark Spector of the National Post via Canada.com,

“It’s the same eight guys. They’d vote against free Viagra,” said one Western Conference executive.
What kind of stings Canadians though, is that heading into a 2007-08 season in which the Northeast and Northwest Divisions are not scheduled to meet at all, the Montreal Canadiens were one of 10 teams who twice voted against altering the current NHL schedule. But it gets worse.
What really hurts is, the swing vote for the whole day came down to the Ottawa Senators, who changed their minds from one motion to the next, thus ensuring that Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton do not meet Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa next season. Not to mention submarining the CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada triple-header, which will likely now become four games, with Buffalo and Detroit drawing into the picture.

read on

added 9:27am, from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Why would Ottawa, Montreal and nine other franchises vote no?
This is about the Washington Capitals not having a game outside their time zone after they played the Oilers here on Oct. 28.
This is about the Rangers, Islanders and Devils playing each other eight times without having to leave home and, at the same time, fill each other’s rinks using each other’s fans.
This is about players sleeping in their own beds after most of their scheduled games on the road in most Eastern markets.
This is about having the hammer in negotiations with players who would rather play in the no-travel East than the West.


added 9:40am, from Ed Willis of the Province,

You’d like to think that, just once, the NHL board of governors would focus on the good of the game instead of their own self-interests.
You’d like to think that, just once, these men would demonstrate they’re worthy of the responsibility with which they’ve been entrusted and they’d be able to put the fans’ wishes ahead of their team’s concerns.
You’d like to think the BOG—and seldom has an acronym been more telling—would listen to the uproar from the game’s stakeholders and plot a course that suggests their league is no longer mired in 1973.


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KK Contest- ASG Addition

note: moved to top of page, originally posted on 1/23/07 1:38pm

Win a 2007 ASG hat!!!  KK members (not a member, see the left sidebar to register), let me know who scores the last goal in regulation in Wednesday’s NHL All-Star Game.
If more than one member picks the correct answer, a random drawing will be held to pick a winner. 
If the correct answer is not submitted, everyone who gave an answer will be entered in a random drawing.
Your answer must be submitted in the comments of this post by 6pm ET on Wednesday.

Roster reference....


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Shannon Is Watching

from the New York Times,

Shannon’s job, as the senior vice president for broadcasting of the National Hockey League, is to improve the productions of all the games in the United States and Canada and on local and national networks, including tonight’s All-Star Game in Dallas, which will be on Versus.
“We want consistency,” he said in an interview last week. “We want to raise the bar and do certain things that let us give existing fans, and new ones, something to latch onto.”

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Dress Down The Goalies

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Rangers W Brendan Shanahan, a member of the NHL’s competition committee, said the league doesn’t need bigger nets. “I don’t think we need to make the nets bigger. I think we’ve failed a little bit with the goaltenders,” said Shanahan. “So much of the focus was on the width of their pads and it’s really about their upper body. I just don’t understand how a cop can dress in a bullet-proof vest and look normal. Yet our goaltenders have to look like lacrosse goalies and Michelin Men in order to stop a puck.

more plus some Corvo trade talk…

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Dump The Young Stars

from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,

After sitting through the NHL’s third-ever YoungStars game Tuesday night, I can only say I hope it is the last. I’m betting the sparse and snoozing crowd at the American Airlines Center would agree. The two-day All-Star party is a fine event, festive and entertaining. But this game, dull and miscast, is no way to get it going.


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