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from Nate Rau and John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The Nashville Predators said Tuesday the team will reach its critical attendance mark of 14,000 fans per game, positioning the franchise to reap a $10 million revenue-sharing payment from the National Hockey League.
The announcement comes a little more than a week after the Predators’ owners avoided a potential lease default with the city by promising to waive their early termination rights for the next two years.
“As of (last) Saturday, we’re now over the 14,000 mark, and based on ticket sales and how everything is going, I don’t see it being an issue at all,” Predators president of business operations Ed Lang said
Ruled no goal on the ice and held up by Toronto.
Volchenkov hits Gagne, Ottawa Scores, Gagne jumps Volchenkov.
Gagne received 5 for fighting, 2 for roughing and 2 for instigating (face shield). Volchenkov received 2 for roughing.
Anton Volchenkov hit on Dan Carcillo tonight. Under the proposed new rules, is this a head shot?
I am going to say no because the hit was not on a “unsuspecting player”.
Watch the video, slow motion comes at the end.
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors tonight unanimously approved a rule prohibiting “a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact.”
The timing and details of implementation are being worked on by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department in conjunction with representatives of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
added 10:59pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The prospect of a war between the NHL and the players union increased last night when the league announced its board of governors unanimously approved a rule change on head shots that officially does not exist.
continued and be sure to check the comments of this KK post for stories from TSN and Pierre LeBrun on this topic.
I am going to try to keep this topic under control and will not be posting all the stories that will be hitting the web in the next day.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider, I
s it too early in his career to start the “Doughty for Norris” campaign? Drew Doughty is only 20, in his second NHL season, but he enters tonight’s games tied for third in the NHL among scoring defensemen, with 53 points in 71 games. Doughty’s plus-17 rating is 14th among defensemen and his average ice time (24:56) is 12th.
Went for a walk, sorry I am late with this…
TORONTO (March 23, 2010) – Colorado Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker has been suspended for one game, without pay, for making excessive physical contact on an icing play, in NHL game #1079 against the Los Angeles Kings, last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Tucker will forfeit $11,658.03. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Tucker was assessed a minor penalty for tripping Kings player Matt Greene on the play, which occurred at 10:13 of the third period.
from Craig Simpson of CBC,
Evgeni Nabokov entered the Olympics as one of the NHL’s top goalies statistically, but has returned from the games a shell of his former self. His Olympic numbers were less than impressive with a 4.16 goals-against average and a .853 save percentage in three appearances.
The numbers however, are only part of the story.
In the biggest matchup of his life against the Canadians he served up a stinker of a performance. It was his worst game ever. Watching him finally get pulled from the game with the Canadians scoring at will, you had to wonder what lasting effect that kind of performance would have on his psyche. The answer - unfortunately for Sharks fans - seems to be, devastating.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Signing Ryan to a contract extension will also be on the front burner but if this becomes a Phil Kessel situation, would the Ducks used him as trade bait to land a young defenseman with high-end potential like Schenn?
So do you go the extra mile to keep Ryan, already a two-time 30-goal scorer who just turned 23? Or do you dangle Ryan as an attractive piece to beef up a problem area if he and the Ducks can’t hammer out a deal? The club doesn’t have to be rash as Ryan is a pending restricted free agent but the big winger will get a raise this summer. A big one.
The Ducks want to keep him. How much they’re willing to pay to do so will be the question? Just food for thought.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
The player coveted by six or more teams is Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, who many will remember as the diminutive forward who skated for Norway at the Vancouver Olympics wearing No. 48 and using an unusually long hockey stick. The Leafs are believed to be one of the teams in hot pursuit along with Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Edmonton and Chicago as this begins to turn into this year’s version of the Fabian Brunnstrom Sweepstakes.
Some have nicknamed him MZA or the Norwegian Hobbit, and this week he was named the winner of the Yellow Helmet in the Swedish Elite League as MVP according to the players, a Swedish version of the Lester B. Pearson Award (which may yet be renamed the Ted Lindsay Award if the NHLPA ever gets its act together).
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