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Edmonton Arena Deal Running Out of Time

From the Edmonton Journal:

The Katz Group must make a “very significant investment” by Oct. 31 to keep the downtown arena project alive, company officials say.

The company has been negotiating with the city since May for a final 17-point agreement to build the $450-million project, but vice-president John Karvellas says they need a firm deal by Halloween.

That’s when their option to buy land for the site expires, and they’ve exhausted their right to extend the closing date, he said in a news release.

As well, they’re already well past the point where the new home for the Oilers would be ready for the 2014 hockey season as they originally wanted, he said.

“Soon we will lose the opportunity to be in a new arena for the 2015 season. And construction costs are rising, as we have feared they would. These and other factors create a real and unavoidable urgency to get something done,” he said.

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Technology Can Screw Up Your Hockey Game

Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice asked Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello, “What’s Wrong with the Ice?”

Lamoriello said the problem has been with a malfunctioning computer that is supposed to regulate the ice’s temperature, hardness, etc. These things can be affected by numerous factors: the outdoor temperature, humidity, being covered for basketball games, concerts and other events. For Sunday’s game against Atlanta, they turned off the computer and changed the settings manually. The idea, however, is to get the computer working properly.

“We’ve been talking to CIMCO and had people from the NHL here to work on (the ice),” Lamoriello said. “This is the best system in the country. There’s no excuse not to have the best ice. We’re completely comfortable that this is all going to get straightened out.”

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Doubting the Devils

From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,

Those lucky enough to attend the Devils’ first game in the Prudential Center agreed that the $375 million structure has everything.

They were fairly certain the same cannot be said for the Devils, who seem to be lacking something 10 games into the season. Whether it is a goal-scorer to kick-start the offense or an experienced defenseman to solidify a shaky defense corps (did someone suggest Richard Matvichuk?), the Devils are very much aware that if they do not start winning on this three-game homestand the whispers about a shakeup will become a roar.

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The Rock Files

From Guest Contributor, Steve Lepore

“It’s ‘The Rock’, and it opens in 10 days” chimed Mike Emrick to open the Devils-Penguins broadcast on Wednesday night.  The reason I mention that quote is because, when I heard the esteemed, multiple-Emmy Winning broadcaster say it…it became real to me, for the first time since all this commotion began!  We will be playing in a new building in a mere week!  Bon Jovi will be there for 10 days starting next Thursday! 

OK, the third one’s not so exciting, but it’s amazing to think that the New Jersey Devils will be playing in a new home in the largest city in the state on October 27th against the Eastern Champion (and the Devils exit sign in the playoffs) Ottawa Senators.  Here is some info that will get you primed and ready for “The Rock” on the corner of Mulberry and Edison.

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