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from the Chicago Sun-Times,
It’s just one 19-year-old rookie’s first NHL game in his hometown, but Patrick Kane has been thinking about the Blackhawks’ visit to Buffalo for quite awhile—and with good reason.
The NHL thought it was a big enough deal to schedule a media teleconference so Kane could give his thoughts on Saturday’s game. The Buffalo media sent representatives to Chicago this week to shadow Kane for a few days, and the Sabres took the unusual step of opening Saturday’s morning skate to the public so more fans can see the No. 1 draft pick skate live.
‘‘It’s not just another game. It’ll be a special night for him,’’ Hawks coach Denis Savard said. ‘‘I’ve been through it. There are a lot of distractions. A lot of people want to see you, and you want to see them—but you’ve got a job to do.’‘
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Kaberle admits he had trouble adjusting to the coach’s adage of keeping it simple. Once he did, things got better, although part of that was Maurice reuniting him with McCabe, his familiar partner for so many years. That move made both of them better, mainly because they’re comfortable with each other on the ice.
“We know everyone has to start with himself,” Kaberle said of efforts to improve as a team. “Then everyone looks better afterward and that’s what we did. We simplified our game in our zone and tried to play in [the opposition’s] zone. And keep it simple.
“Sometimes, the big play is not there and the simple play is just getting the puck out of the zone and keep it simple in the neutral zone.”
from the St. Petersburg Times,
If nothing else, the attempt being made by Hollywood producer Oren Koules to buy the Lightning put on hold any decision owner Palace Sports & Entertainment could make about cutting payroll.
That means any discussions about trading Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Brad Richards or Dan Boyle are, for now anyway, off the table
via Duffer’s Dabbles,
Wings coach Mike Babcock admitted he knew of a hockey player who’d taken a performance-enhancing substance, but felt it was wrong to label such athletes as cheaters.
“I don’t believe for one second that the guys who did this looked at it like they were cheating,” Babcock said. “They looked at it as, ‘I’ve got to do what I can to be the best that I can be.’ They looked at it as a way to have a good career and it’s come back to haunt them. And when they looked back at it in hindsight, they probably said, ‘Geez.’ That’s when you look at yourself as a human being and you see the difference between right and wrong. It’s a terrible thing to be stripped of medals and be stripped of your integrity, because integrity is everything in this world.”
from the Anaheim Ducks,
With a decision looming on Friday’s game against Minnesota, Niedermayer said he feels prepared to play if it’s decided for him to do so.
“I would be ready,” Niedermayer said. “Would I be 100 percent? Probably not, but I probably won’t be. I’m going to need to get some games under my belt and go from there. I think Friday’s a possibility, but it’s really no up to me.”
A factor still being sorted out in getting Niedermayer on the ice is freeing up a roster space and the tagging room specified by Brian Burke when he announced the defenseman’s return on Dec. 5.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker was handed a one-game suspension by the National Hockey League for his actions in Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
added 8:24pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The offer, according to sources, is for $188-million and the difference this time around is, it appears to have a chance of succeeding. Katz’s previous offers for the team had fallen on deaf ears.
Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months.
Rexall Founder and Chairman Daryl Katz has made a new offer to purchase the Edmonton Oilers and related assets. The terms of the offer, which were not publicly disclosed, are being delivered directly to the shareholders of the Edmonton Investors Group.
Mr. Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months. In particular, Mr. Katz called Cal Nichols, Founding Chairman of the Board of EIG this morning to outline the terms and conditions of the offer. Mr. Nichols said that it was an offer that he would enthusiastically support.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
Traditionally, hockey players don’t go out and “win one for the owner”—at least not when he’s alive. But one can’t help thinking that Boston boss Jeremy Jacobs took great delight in his Bruins rolling over the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, earlier this week….
Sources tell SI.com that Jacobs took some offense during the recent Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, CA, when Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn was making an impassioned plea about opening up the game.
more and additional NHL bits…
from Thrashers Blog,
First, Waddell on the Anaheim situation: “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
But you have spoken with Burke?
“I’ve talked to him. In the last week I’ve probably talked to 15 GMs, there’s been more talk going on than there was before. Whether that means anything, I don’t know. We’ll see. “
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Denial is all the rage in the NHL these days. The league denies it has any real problems on or off the ice to solve; GMs guiding wobbly franchises deny the need to make any drastic changes to their rosters; and goaltenders deny they could survive so much as a deflected wrist shot without the protection of gargantuan-sized equipment.
As a matter of fact, just about every team in the league has at least one area where idealism trumps the truth.
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