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If you are interested in what is going on with Nashville, the Nashville Scene has a long editorial sub-titled…
A fishy deal-in-progress threatens to throw good money after bad.
From David Shoalts blog post at the Globe & Mail,
News that Kid Rock was given a Stanley Cup ring by Carolina Hurricanes owner Pete Karmanos, a fellow Detroit native, set off some discussion in the hockey world today.
On The Fan 590 in Toronto, John Garrett was appalled and rightly so that some pop star would get an exact replica of the ring given to the players when they won the 2006 Cup just because he’s a buddy of the owner. The Sportsnet commentator said his daughter got a ring when she was a staffer for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won in 2004, but it was a much simpler model than the one given to the players.
“You think of all the former players and the sweat they put in trying to win a ring,” Garrett said. “The ring has to stand for something.”
From the Puck-Rakers at The Columbus Dispatch,
Following morning skate on Wednesday, Gretzky offered his assessment of Nash:
“There are few guys in the league of that caliber at power forward. He goes to the net and sees the ice extremely well. Good goal scorers have one thing in common: They love to score, they can never score enough.
“Everyone likes to score, but good goals scorers love to score. There is no question (Nash) loves to score goals.
more comments from Gretzky
From Frank Deford at SI,
...the National Hockey League and the ice hockey federations of the United States and Canada should advise the IOC that after the 2010 Games in Vancouver, the U.S. and Canada will no longer compete in hockey in the Winter Olympics. It is perfectly ridiculous for major-league team sports to kowtow to the Olympics. [...]
What basketball and hockey ought to do is set up joint international tournaments for exactly this time of year—just as the NBA and NHL seasons begin. These world championships would be held every four years, in an odd-numbered year, like this one. I think 2011 would be a good start.
via Red Wings Corner,
Lingering pain above Dominik Hasek’s knee means that Chris Osgood will get his first start of the season tonight against Calgary.
Hasek will back-up Osgood.
via the Ottawa Citizen,
Hossa caught his skate in a rut at the end of practice on Monday and pulled a groin muscle. This morning, coach Bob Hartley ruled him out of tonight’s game against the Senators.
“He really wanted to play but this is not the case where we’re going to bring him back if he’s 80 per cent or 90 per cent,” said Hartley.
“We are all in agreement that he won’t come back until he’s 100 per cent.”
From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Rookie defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the Blues’ home opener tonight with a hairline fracture in his right foot.
Johnson, 19, suffered the injury in the season opener at Phoenix on Oct. 4. An X-ray taken after the game did not reveal the fracture. He played in the Blues’ second game two nights later at Los Angeles and scored the game-winning goal.
“I took a (shot) off the foot in the Phoenix game, and didn’t really notice any pain in the Los Angeles game or any practices until yesterday,” Johnson said this morning.
An X-ray taken Tuesday revealed the hairline fracture.
From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,
But not even Hollywood would need to embellish the life story of Bruins center Glen Metropolit, and the immense disadvantages and obstacles he overcame on his way to being an NHL player. If you think his story would also make a good movie, you’re not alone: The 33-year-old Metropolit has already been approached by filmmakers.
“It’s a firm out here somewhere, and they’re very serious about doing it,” said Metropolit. “I think it may happen, but I told them, ‘You know what? The story’s not done yet. I’m not done yet. Let’s wait ’til the story’s over.’ ”
From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,
“The rest is up to the coach. I’m just waiting for my start, my chance. There’s no pain - everything is feeling really good. I feel as strong as ever. It was hot in the building, too, so I could test my conditioning. I wanted to make sure that, when I play here, I was ready.”
Theodore skated for about a week before training camp when he felt pain in his knee. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a tear under the kneecap, and he underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 29.
It was an unexpected setback for Theodore, coming off a 13-15-1 season and begins 2007-08 as Peter Budaj’s backup with plenty to prove in the final year of a contract that pays him $6 million.
From John Glennon at the Tennessean,
When Paul Kariya signed with the Predators two summers ago, general manager David Poile called it a groundbreaking moment for the franchise. Sure enough, Kariya boosted the team’s ticket sales, led the Predators twice in a row in scoring and helped guide Nashville to two straight regular seasons of more than 100 points.
But largely because of the uncertainty involving the Predators ownership situation, Kariya has taken his talents a few hours away, where he’s already made an impact on a St. Louis organization seeking to regain respectability on the ice and in the community.
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