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from the Sun-Sentinal via the Santa Barbara News Press,
Thursday night, in a conference room of a New Jersey hotel, Kelly met with his 28th team - the Panthers - for more than an hour and a half.
Afterward, he noted some of the issues that matter to players:
This is a ‘‘big issue’’ with them, Kelly said. Players would prefer to increase the number of regular-season games from 82 to 84 and play no more than five preseason games - the current limit is nine.
Players are concerned about poor ice conditions they say increase the chance of injury and affect scoring. And cities with warm climates aren’t the only ones struggling to maintain a quality surface - Calgary and Boston are among the worst, Kelly said.
Players want to see revenues continue to grow and there’s growing support of ‘‘globalization.’‘
Darryl Sutter was asked by Elliotte Friedman on HNIC if Alex Tanguay has agreed to waive his NTC. Suter said Tanguay has not asked him about NTC/trade but if they did trade him, it would have to be for a significant return, since he feels he is one of the top left wingers in the game.
from Watchdog Blog at Newsday,
Spies in the TV and/or hockey worlds tell me that Jaromir Jagr was so mad about recent comments from NBC analyst Mike Milbury about him that he refused to sit for interviews with NBC producers sent out this week to gather interviews for Sunday’s Bruins-Rangers tilt.
NBC got several other prominent Blueshirts on tape, but not Jagr.
With the new chat rooms opening up this week, I felt it would be cool if we had sort of a weekly “Hockey Gathering”. Where there’s pretty much 1 important game going on at the time, the numerous and widespread KK readership could just talk intelligently (hopefully) about the game and the sport in general. So I thought long and hard on a cool title, and came up with “The KK LiveChat Game of the Week”. Please, feel free to suggest a better one.
Anyway, we’re going to start with tomorrow’s Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, and will continue with the All-Star Game next week.
It doesn’t look as if there’ll be any pre-game tomorrow, so make sure to be in the KK Hockey Chat Room Sunday at 12:15 ET for some lively hockey discussion!
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Sidney Crosby was examined by Penguins trainers on Saturday, but a prognosis will not be known until next week.
Crosby’s injured right ankle will be examined thoroughly within the next couple days once the swelling decreases.
added 6:14pm, via TSN,
Sidney Crosby underwent treatment Saturday in Pittsburgh on what was inititially diagnosed as a high ankle sprain.
Sources say the treatment was very painful for the reigning MVP and Crosby will have an MRI on Monday to officially diagnose the injury to his right leg.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing Fredrik Modin and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen off Injured Reserve and assigned defenseman Duvie Westcott to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Modin and Tollefsen will be available to return to the lineup this afternoon when Columbus visits the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
from the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators will have to go without their leader tonight.
Senators coach John Paddock confirmed this morning that captain Daniel Alfredsson will not suit up against the Tampa Bay Lightning and he’s 50/50 for tomorrow’s visit to Philadelphia.
“It’s not life-threatening,” said Paddock. “He’ll play this week. He’s going to try skating tomorrow. I’d say he’s 50/50.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Eleven minutes to go in a 6-1 game and the crowd was on its feet.
Not because of Daymond Langkow’s hat-trick minutes earlier or because the Flames turned in the type of beat-down fans have expected to see more of all year.
This time, it was for Miikka Kiprusoff.
Yep—the guy relegated to backup status if only in the sports pages as the collective hearts of the city were aflutter over the signing of Curtis Joseph this week.
from the St. John’s Telegram,
Now that he’s found his groove in Hockeytown, U.S.A., Cleary doesn’t see any reason to leave. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season and doesn’t feel the need to test the open market.
“I certainly hope I don’t leave,” said Cleary, who is pocketing US$662,500 this season and is likely due for a healthy raise. “We’re talking now about contract extensions, so hopefully something can get done. We’re talking long term.
“I’d like to play here as long as I can.”
much more on Cleary…
from the Tennessean,
With more than half the Predators’ 2007-08 home games in the books, the team’s paid attendance average is below the level of two crucial goals set during the offseason.
But Ed Lang, the Predators’ president of business operations, is forecasting an attendance surge in the next three months that should ensure the franchise qualifies for the NHL’s full revenue-sharing plan.
Qualifying for the full revenue-sharing plan means the Predators would receive an estimated $12 million to 13 million from the league, money that could be used to re-sign players currently on the team and to court free agents.
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