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from Nate Rau of the Tennessean,
The Nashville Predators will play hockey here for at least two more years after the team’s ownership group said Friday it had reached an agreement with the Metro Sports Authority, which serves as the city’s landlord at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators and the Sports Authority had been in negotiations in recent months to address a $3.3 million federal tax lien against lead owner and former chairman David Freeman.
Uncertainty has surrounded the Predators’ future in Nashville for years. Three years ago, the team was nearly sold to an out-of-state owner, and more recently financial questions have plagued the team’s new ownership group
from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News, H
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On his way to a Sabres game, he had stopped at a light on Oak Street when a a car behind him rammed his BMW, which hit the car in front of him, Robitaille said. Almost instantly, he knew he was in trouble.
“I couldn’t move my arms; I couldn’t move my legs,” he said. “My nose was itchy, I couldn’t scratch my nose. I couldn’t get my cell phone. I couldn’t do anything. ... I knew it was spinal. My arms and legs — there was nothing there.”
Some feeling returned later that night, but so did pain and fears. Five weeks later, after Dr. Kevin Gibbons — the same neurosurgeon who treated Bills tight end Kevin Everett — attached his vertebrae to a metal rod, Robitaille walks slowly with a cane, wears a neck brace and is on painkillers.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
The schedule certainly does not favor the Phoenix Coyotes - 11 of their final 15 games are on the road - but coach Dave Tippett thinks the current four-game trip is coming at an opportune time….
“When you’re in one place too long, a change of scenery is good for you; it tweaks you,” Tippett said.
“It’ll just be a nice time to get out on the road and play some good road hockey. By the end of these two weeks, when we’re on the road for a week, come back for one game and go back out on the road for a week, I guarantee you by that last game of that next trip, we’ll be dying to get home. That’s the way it goes in our life.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
While I think Joe Sacco is a very good coach and will stay that way for a long time, I just have to respectfully disagree with his decision lately to bench Kyle Quincey.
Sacco said last night Quincey needs to get back to playing an assertive, aggressive game. Was he really that bad though, to warrant being a healthy scratch? Look, I know the Avs have seven healthy D-men right now (eight, when Ruslan Salei comes back, probably some time next week), so somebody has to sit. But count me as one who believes Quincey is one of the team’s top six D-men and should be out there.
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via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Flyers forward Dan Carcillo will not be suspended for pushing off linesman Greg Devorski during an attempt to fight Boston’s Matt Hunwick’s during Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Bruins.
Devorski tried to separate the two late in the two period when Carcillo struck him.
Ironically, the decision was left in left Devorski’s hands, and he cut the Flyers a break, CSNPhilly.com was told.
“I have spoken to Stephen Walkom about the play,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Discipline in an e-mail to CSNPhilly.com.
“And IF Greg Devorski, who was the linesman with Carcillo, decided Carcillo needed discipline, they could apply three, 10 or 20 games themselves under Rule 41, Abuse of Officials. They decided not to and I am fine with their decision.”
As we get closer to deciding which teams will make the top 8 in each conference, it is important to note the games remaining for the teams still in the playoff hunt.
Thanks to the NHL PR department, you can view below a breakdown of the remaining games.
“I don’t question too much about what people think. I believe in myself. I know I can do great things for the team.”
-Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet. More on Huet from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss the Hart Trophy candidates.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
If the Detroit Red Wings miss the playoffs for the first time in 20 years, a primary contributing factor will be their inability to win games in overtime. Detroit is just 6-12 overall in extra time, with eight of the losses coming in shootouts. Only the Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins (9) have lost more. The Calgary Flames, Detroit’s closest challengers, aren’t much better in extra time (5-9, with six of shootout losses), but the Nashville Predators are (8-5), the primary reason they’re seventh and still in the thick of the race with two more talented squads.
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