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from Lightning Strikes,
Palace Sports financed $70-million of team sale
Why is this interesting? Because the company that wanted so badly out of the hockey business is still so entwined, and even more deeply (about $20-million more deeply) than we originally believed. It also is in a position, though unlikely, to regain control of the team if OK Hockey cannot repay the loan.
A billboard in Toronto kicking off the Leafs season.
Defenceman Kyle Quincy was placed on waivers on Saturday.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A comparatively slow team that struggled mightily on special teams last season, the Flames shuffled the deck chairs in the summer, thinking their off-season acquisitions (except for Todd Bertuzzi) made them quicker overall — able to play a more straight-ahead style and compete far better with the rest of the Western Conference powerhouses.
One game does not a season make, but the Flames need improved goaltending from Miikka Kiprusoff, better special teams and more balanced scoring.
The New York Islanders received some unwanted news just one game into the new season as the team learned that goaltender Rick DiPietro has swelling and fluid around his surgically repaired left knee.
The 27-year old DiPietro was expected to start Friday’s opener against the New Jersey Devils, but was a surprise late scratch as Joey MacDonald took his place between the pipes, making 27 saves in a shootout loss.
DiPietro, who has been plagued by knee injuries throughout his career, underwent meniscus surgery in June and played in only one of the Islanders pre-season games.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Every new season brings with it a list of approaching milestones, special marks deserving of recognition from the hockey community.
But the marks Martin Brodeur is approaching in 2008-09 are almost surreal causes for celebration. Consider what’s within reach:
continued with more hockey notes too…
via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
According to the Bruins, Chuck Kobasew is out indefinitely with a fracture in his right leg that he suffered in the second period of Thursday’s 5-4 win over Colorado.
Because of the new rules regarding injury disclosure, clubs do not have to disclose specific information about where the injury is located and approximate time the player will miss.
What appeared to be an awkward fall could turn out to be a serious injury for Florida Panthers’ defenceman Bryan McCabe.
Early indications suggest McCabe may have broken his back after colliding with Boston Bruins’ defenceman Dennis Seidenberg into the boards. McCabe will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury.
added 2:38pm, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
TSN is reporting that Bryan McCabe’s back injury is very serious, with X-rays showing he has at least one broken vertebrea.
According to the Panthers, that’s just not true and is “absolute speculation” on their part.
added 5:26pm, TSN has now updated the same link as above with this…
The Florida Panthers breathed a huge sigh of relief Saturday as an MRI revealed that defenceman Bryan McCabe did not suffer a fractured vertebrae in his back as was originally feared.
Although the veteran defenceman was in significant pain following the injury, it is believed that his condition has been upgraded significantly to day-to-day.
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
If the excitement of tonight’s season opener isn’t enough for you, this should get you going…late last night—very late—Anze Kopitar agreed to a contract extension with the Kings. I don’t know the length and value of the contract yet…
added 12:48pm, Seven year deal and read more about the signing at LAKings.com & thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.
added 1:58pm: Deal is for $47.6 million, via TSN.
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