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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Todd Neilson, the San Fransisco-based trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of William (Boots) Del Biaggio, says the team has not been complying with court requests to forward documents surrounding the team’s economic viability….
Now the trustee is asking Judge Thomas Carlson to order the team to release current and recent audit reports, financial statements, game-by-game paid attendance, documents that refer to individual and packaged and season-ticked sales, and sponsorship agreements.
10,567- Announced attendance for the Buffalo @ New Jersey game last night.
10,184- Ditto for the Columbus @ Islanders game.
via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
According to sources, veteran RW Mark Parrish has ended his AHL contract with Bridgeport and has been signed by co-GM Brett Hull to an NHL deal with the Stars. It’s a two-way deal. One year, prorated $500,000 in the NHL. In the minors, $100,000.
via Helene Elliott and Chris Foster of the LA Times,
The Ducks are $900,000 below the salary cap and would have to make major moves to sign the 37-year-old.“He’s intrigued. They’re a good hockey team, and one of his criteria is that he wants to play for a good team,” said Sundin’s agent, J.P. Barry. “He hasn’t made any decisions at all yet.”
from Lightning Strikes,
St. Louis has just one goal and 21 shots in 10 games. And while he readily admits “that’s not enough,” he also said his spot on the point has made him think more about passing than shooting. Melrose said he hopes that will change.
“I hope it increases (St. Louis’ shots) because he has the puck more,” Melrose said. “Marty has to be selfish on the point. He has a great shot that he gets away quick.”
St. Louis had zero shots Saturday against the Senators and missed the net on a shorthanded breakaway. That followed a four-shot, three-post effort Thursday against the Sabres.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Alexander Nikulin from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Drew Fata.
Nikulin, 23, has scored two goals in five games this season with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL). Last season, the native of Moscow, Russia recorded 14-36-50 and 34 penalty minutes (PIM) in 71 games for Binghamton. He also appeared in two NHL games with Ottawa.
“I didn’t know you weren’t allowed to hip check any more. It is a new rule? I didn’t see the referees’ arm go up. You’re allowed to hit.”
-Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars when asked about the hits he delivered on a few of the Bruins. A little more from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
I find it hard to believe that Igor Larionov, one of the classiest people ever in the game, is finding an ally in the Kontinental League with president Alexander Medvedev.
Larionov was always all about principle. Instead of defecting from Russia to play in the NHL in his prime, he bided his time and went through the proper channels before coming to the NHL. Once he got here, he proved to be a great teammate and person and was part of the success of several teams along the way.
Now he’s working with a man who has no respect for the sanctity of a contract, as evidenced by the KHL’s poaching of Pavel Valentenko and Matt Murley recently by teams in Russia.
read on plus Leafs/Sundin and Stars/Avery notes…
NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2008)—The National Hockey League just completed a record October that saw more fans attend and tune in to games than ever—while being treated to close games, more scoring and some spectacular individual performances.
Among the highlights from the season’s opening month, which began with the Premiere Games in Stockholm and Prague:
October Attendance Records
The per-game attendance average of 17,388 and the percent of capacity (94.1%) set NHL records. It was the first time in League history that average October attendance surpassed 17,000 per game. October’s total attendance was up 3.1% over October, 2007. Leading the way were dramatic percentage increases in Chicago (+71%) and Washington (+24%).
NEW YORK/CHICAGO (November 3, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the Chicago Blackhawks today jointly announced ticket information for NHL Winter ClassicTM 2009. Similar to last year’s inaugural NHL Winter Classic in Buffalo, the event’s home team season ticketholder base (Chicago Blackhawks) as well as NHL Winter Classic partners will have the right to purchase tickets for the event during the initial on-sale phase.
A general public random drawing will be held to determine who will have an opportunity to purchase the remaining tickets with a limited number of tickets set aside for the community ticket initiative described below. Fan registration for the random drawing will be conducted through the Chicago Blackhawks’ official website beginning on or about Noon ET/11 a.m. CT, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, through on or about 11:59 a.m. ET/10:59 a.m. CT, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008.
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