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ESPN Picks

The ESPN ‘Experts’, David Amber, John Buccigross, Scott Burnside, Linda Cohn, E.J. Hradek and Pierre LeBrun make their division, conference, Stanley Cup and individual awards predictions.

Wings fans won’t be happy!

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Mark Bell Available

Numerous sources reporting Toronto has waived Mark Bell.

Anyone want him for $2.5M?

added 1:10PM, via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Mark Bell on waivers on Monday, while the Calgary Flames have put defencemen Anders Eriksson and Rhett Warrener and forward Jamie Lundmark on the waiver wire.

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  Tags: mark+bell

The Leonsis Plan

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Asked what he had learned after just about 10 years as an NHL owner, Leonsis said:

“You know, I’ve always worked in public companies, but here’s a private company (in the Capitals).

“So I said, ‘OK, we don’t have shareholders like Wall Street. We have stakeholders – our fans.’ And you always hear businessmen being criticized for not taking the long-term view; that they have to meet the next 90 day’s quarterly results. So they view things for the short term, at the detriment of the long term of the company.

read on

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

Preseason Means Something

from James Duthie of TSN,

“These are like playoff games to me,” (Rhett) Warrener says. “I am a lot more nervous now for these than I have been for regular season games in years. I used to hate them (preseason games). Now I wish there were more.”...

“This is still my dream ... to play in the NHL,’’ Warrener says. ‘‘Calgary is my home. Playing for the Flames is my life. It scares me to think it could be taken away.”

more players mentioned too…

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  Tags: rhett+warrener

Hand Surgery For Scott Walker

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Scott Walker underwent successful surgery on his left hand this morning. Dr. Harrison Tuttle of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic performed the procedure to repair a torn ligament in Walker’s hand, and the Hurricanes’ winger is expected to miss six weeks of action.

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  Tags: scott+walker

Get Your Hockey Broadcasting Questions Answered

We did this feature about two years ago and once again, John Shannon, Sr. Vice President of NHL Broadcasting, has agreed to answer your hockey broadcasting questions.

Feel free to spread the word and I will forward the questions to Mr. Shannon at the end of this week and post his answers in the next few weeks.

I asked John about HNIC on the NHL Network in the U.S.(Saturday games only)  and he wanted hockey fans to know the NHL Network will be picking up the national HNIC games and the regional games will be available on Center Ice for those of you that subscribe to it.

So start leaving your broadcasting related questions and comments and look for the answers soon.

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  Tags: john+shannon

Hockey’s Greatest Days

imageIn Scott Morrison’s upcoming book Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day turns to 50 great hockey people and asks them to describe their greatest day in hockey.

An excerpt at CBC quotes Scotty Bowman on this greatest day:

“I really had to think about it, but I would say my last game. The fact I had made up my mind not to coach the following year. I’m very fortunate because most coaches lose their last game and get fired.”

Book also includes the stories of 49 others—including hockey players, management, officials and even a decorated Canadian General—sharing their greatest hockey days.  It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com.

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  Tags: cbc, hnic, scott+morrison, scotty+bowman

Wild Addition

from the Minnesota Wild,

The Minnesota Wild is excited to welcome the newest member of the Team of 18,000, Nordy. Nordy hails from way up yonder and is a lifelong resident of The State of Hockey. Born in Eveleth, Minnesota, he was raised with a stick and a pair of blades and cut his teeth on the ponds and lakes throughout the Iron Range. He now resides at Xcel Energy Center and calls the Capital City home.

continued

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Therma Blade Waiting For An Answer

from Bertrand Marotte of the Globe and Mail,

The tryouts are over and Therma Blade Inc. is dying to know if it made it into the big leagues.

The fledgling Montreal-based company has been working for the past year-and-a-half to win converts in the National Hockey League and get its heated blades onto the skates of pro players….

“It’s frustrating for us in terms of the time it’s taking to get this done,” he said.

“I doubt very much that there is any other hockey equipment that has to live through the process we are living through.”

read on

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The Rebuilding Of The Blackhawks

from Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal,

With his father, Bill Wirtz, in the hospital and the 2007-08 hockey season about to begin, a memo from the Blackhawks finance department landed on his desk. The team needed an immediate infusion of $34 million to start the season, the memo said, or it wouldn’t be able to make payroll.

The eight-figure request stunned Wirtz. As president of Wirtz Corp., he oversaw a family-owned business with interests in liquor, wine and beer distribution, insurance, real estate, banking and co-ownership of the United Center. The enterprises generated more than $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and none ever came close to missing a payroll.

read on (paid subscription, so hopefully the link will continue to work)

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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