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From the Nashville Predators,
Predators Holdings LLC announced today that the group’s purchase of the Nashville Predators and Powers Management (the company that operates the Sommet Center) for $193 million from Craig Leipold has completed, and the local ownership group will immediately take over the day-to-day operation of the National Hockey League team and the Sommet Center.
“On behalf of the ownership group, we are thrilled to complete the sale,” said David Freeman, chairman of Predators Holdings LLC. “We look forward to contributing to the Predators’ success on and off the ice and solidifying the franchise’s future in Nashville.”
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Ty Conklin from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) on an emergency basis, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
added 7:59pm, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Penguins coach Michel Therrien today characterized starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s injury as a mild ankle sprain.
He is listed as day to day because the injury is not severe enough to warrant placing him on injured reserve.
from the Ducks Blog,
“It’s business as usual,” Schneider said. “It’s a unique situation. Everybody knows something is going to happen. There’s always speculation. Rumors are flying, and something’s going to happen. It’s in Brian’s hands right now, but as a player, all you can do is just show up every day and go out there and work, keep going. It’s nothing new to me. I think it probably affects young guys more than it affects veteran players.
I wasn’t naïve. I knew it was a possibility at any time. I signed my deal without any kind of trade clause in it, so it’s always a possibility. But at the same time, who knows what’s going to happen right now? We really don’t. No one has any kind of inkling. There are a lot of different scenarios that could unfold. Until it happens, there’s no sense really worrying about it.”
more on the Ducks…
From the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins leading scorer Marc Savard will appear on this weekend’s edition of VH1’s “VSPOT Top 20 Countdown.” The show will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 a.m. ET/PT and re-air on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. ET/PT and Tues., Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
VH1’s “VSPOT Top 20 Countdown” features music videos and stars that are voted onto the countdown by viewers. The two-hour show was filmed at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in midtown New York City. For more information on the show, visit vh1.com.
*Also, more on Savard today from HockeyJournal.com.
From Ryan Dixon at THN,
Trotz acknowledges Weber and his former world juniors teammate, Dion Phaneuf, share many attributes. But the coach feels there’s another comparison that’s more appropriate when describing Weber’s game.
“He (reminds me) of a young Rob Blake,” Trotz said. “He’s going to be real strong, he can shoot the puck, he can play offensively and he can step up defensively.”
His championship-laden path to the NHL ensured Weber would receive a healthy amount of recognition. But the 49th pick from the stellar 2003 draft class doesn’t mind one bit playing for a team that, despite sporting mustard uniforms, can often fly under the radar.
“That doesn’t matter to me,” Weber said. “My teammates know what I can do, I know what they can do for me. That exposure just is not that big of a deal to me. If someone notices, they do. If not, just keep paying attention to the little things.”
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Usually a pointless exercise, in the gridlocked NHL, except in the week of Scott Niedermayer’s return to the Anaheim Ducks, the team he helped to win the 2007 Stanley Cup. Before they can activate Niedermayer, the Ducks need to trade away a player signed to a contract through to the end of the 2008-09 earning around $900,000 to make the salary-cap numbers work. It would be easiest to move defenceman Mathieu Schneider, for a whole lot of reasons: First, Schneider was signed as Niedermayer’s replacement; with Niedermayer returning, the need to have him in the line-up is greatly reduced.
more… NHL talk, including Sid the Kid, Mark Recchi, etc.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
I’ve been exchanging emails with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly all day and I was on the phone with an NHL executive for one hour, seventeen minutes and 14 seconds and I’m still no closer to deciphering the NHL’s “tagging” rules than I was before the exercise….
Let’s take, for example, Exhibit 50.5 (e) (iv) (C) (2), shall we? It explains part of the tagging rule this way:
“In order for a Club to sign (a player) to a multi-year SPC after Dec. 1 of a season, the Club must have Payroll Room equal to or in excess of the Averaged Amount of the Player Salary and Bonuses for the remainder of such season. If, however,...
read on, but that was enough for me…
from Russo’s Rants,
Good afternoon from gloomy Detroit, which from my experience, is usually the way Detroit is.
As I told Kent Youngblood — aka No. 2 — the other day, I must have been asleep at the wheel when I didn’t give Kent this trip.
But fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me (I got that right, right?). No. 2 will be coming to Detroit next month, guaranteed, when it will be cold and gloomy, guaranteed.
continued... at least a little game talk…
from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
Turco’s job is to keep pucks out. But he also cares deeply about the game, and believes the league needs more pucks going in. Unlike many keepers who shriek in terror at the thought of more equipment shrinkage, Turco is open to the idea…As long as it is in the right places. And for him, that means those darn kneepads and flaps.
“The problem is a lot of the guys wear a pad under their socks, and then another one over their socks. So when they go down, they are several inches higher. Then you have these flaps which are like putting a board in front of the five-hole.”
He told the NHL’s Competition Committee in the summer that all this extra knee “protection” was excessive. Nothing came of it.
From the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward David Legwand to a six-year, $27 million contract extension.
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