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An Old Name Returns To Dallas

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from Candace Carlisle of the Dallas Business Journal,

The Dallas Stars have hired Jim Lites back to helm the franchise.

The Stars hired Lites after a bankruptcy court in Delaware approved the sale of the team on Friday to Tom Gaglardi….

“When the ownership is in disarray, when fans don’t see a guy ultimately responsible for the next decisions that have to be made, the stability of the franchise struggles,” Lites said. “Any kind of perception that we are not rock solid will be removed (with Gaglardi), and that’s really the first step.”

Beyond that first step, Lites said Gaglardi will have no problem stepping up as the visible owner of the Stars franchise. Gaglardi has had a passion for hockey his entire life, Lites said.


added 4:51pm, below is the official release from the Dallas Stars introducing their new owner…

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Has It All Been One Big Tease?

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Life is all about expectations and in the case of Alexander Ovechkin, he’s not meeting them and he’s certainly not exceeding them.

Whatever it is we thought Ovechkin would become, whatever it is he teased us with, it hasn’t happened away from the commercial world. It hasn’t happened where it’s mattered most, on the ice, in games, where he gets the opportunity to strut his stuff.

This was supposed to be a 1 and 1a gathering of stars in the National Hockey League. That’s been the sell. Turn on one commercial and you see Sidney Crosby. Turn on the other, and there’s Ovechkin. Only one problem in Ovechkin’s situation. The guy doing adds from Mr. Big isn’t playing like Mr. Big.


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Avalanche Having Problems At Home

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from Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated,

For opponents of the Colorado Avalanche, trips to Denver used to be like going to the dentist. You took your drilling, left the building feeling numb, and hoped the calendar didn’t call for a return visit anytime soon.

And now?

Let’s just say a lot of pearly white smiles baring visitors’ remaining teeth have been seen after games at the Pepsi Center during the past calendar year.

Trouble, like charity, begins at home. That has certainly been true for Denver’s once-proud NHL franchise, which was slated to start a record eight-game run there on Friday night against the Dallas Stars. Like the weather in Honolulu, such a favorable schedule would ordinarily be cause for some easy forecasting. Avs teams of yore would be expected to win a minimum of six and most likely did. But this most recent edition carried a 2-6-1 home mark into its game against Dallas, and was 5-19-2 overall in its previous 26 home outings. Colorado’s road record, even after consecutive losses to Pittsburgh and Minnesota this week, was a healthy 6-4-1 for the season. Tthe next two weeks will surely be the ultimate Pepsi challenge.


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Reimer Back On The Ice, But More Injuries Hit The Leafs

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from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun,

(James) Reimer, out since suffering a head injury Oct. 22, against Montreal, last practised on Oct. 26 in Manhattan.

Toronto’ starting goalie, 4-0-1 on the season, was on the ice for about 15 minutes, taking shots from assistant coaches.

Head coach Ron Wilson cautioned Reimer’s conditioning has fallen behind due to his absence and he is still at least 10 days away from returning to action.

The team’s most recently sidelined skaters will miss more than that.

Wilson said defenceman Mike Komisarek and forward Matthew Lombardi will both miss at least three weeks due to undisclosed upper body injuries. Lombardi appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Nashville.

Colby Armstrong remains out long-term, while Mikhail Grabovski is a couple of weeks away from game action.

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Senators May Make A Move To Bolster Lineup

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from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

After their first 20 games this season, Ottawa Senators are sitting in a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The club was not expected to compete for a playoff spot, as they started a significant re-building process 10 months ago. But now that they are in the race at the quarter-mark of the season, Bryan Murray admitted he may look at adding a piece or two to his team.

“Going forward, we may address an issue if we feel there is one, ” Murray told reporters in Vancouver on Friday morning. “Obviously, management and coaches will talk as we get towards the next twenty games and see if there is something realistic that we can add to the team that will make us better. Then we’ll see what the cost is.”

Murray said he is not close to any deals at this time, despite the fact he was with his counterparts at the GM meetings in Toronto earlier this week.


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The First Place Team

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We are almost a quarter of the way through the NHL season and the first place team in the league is the Chicago Blackhawks.  They have a 12-7 record with three regulation tie points.  This gives them a total of 27 points in 19 games.  This is not an overwhelming first place record but it is good enough for now.

Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010 but had salary cap difficulties to deal with.  They have had to part with some key talent since then including Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Kris Versteeg and Brian Campbell.  Though all of these players have potential all star abilities, they were not core players in the Chicago Stanley Cup run.

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Why Goalies Prefer Wooden Sticks

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from Chris Gorski at PHYSORG.com,

Compared with state-of the-art composite materials favored by the other players on the ice, the age-old wooden material dampens the sting of vibrations more effectively, making it simply more comfortable for goalies to wield a wooden stick.

In Flint, Mich., Kettering University undergraduate student Linda Hunt studied the way goalie sticks respond to impacts along with her adviser, Daniel Russell. Presented earlier this month at the meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego, the project quantified a feeling often expressed by many goalies playing at higher levels….

Most NHL goalies use wooden sticks, officials from the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets said. Hurricanes equipment manager Bob Gorman explained that one of their goalies does use a composite stick, primarily because it weighs less than a wooden one.

The energy of a frozen puck traveling 100 mph is quickly absorbed by the thick padding of a goalie’s leg pads. But the sticks—wooden or composite—are not as forgiving. The puck transfers its energy to the stick, which vibrates violently.

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All W. Brett Wilson - A New Nashville Investor

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from Corey Erdman of The Score,

W. Brett Wilson is known to Canadians as “the man with the golden heart,” famous for his time on the hit CBC show Dragon’s Den, where he likely dished out more money than any other mogul on the investment reality show. This week, he forked over even more, nabbing a 5% investment in the Nashville Predators….

CE: Most people would look at Nashville and say “this isn’t a hockey market, why would you invest in that?” How would you respond to people who say that?

BW: Well I don’t know what it takes to be a hockey market if Orlando and Tampa and Southern California can be defined as a hockey market, then anywhere can be a hockey market. It’s a matter of selling it. If you ever attend a Nashville game—and I did, I go to about half a dozen games a year—the fanbase there is extraordinarily passionate. I’ve been to games in about ten different stadiums now, and I would say they rank as high as any team in terms of the passion.

The problem Nashville had was that the passion wasn’t shared by enough people. You know, they were running 11-12,000 people in the seats quite regularly, but this past year, under the new ownership group, there was a new ownership, there was a new level of commitment to the team. As long as there was a “we’re gonna move if it doesn’t work,” that’s not a real good way of parenting. “We’re gonna spank you if you don’t eat your supper.” It was a punishment-based push, and it really became a reward-based push.

When the new ownership group came in, they said, we’re here to stay, we’re here to be a competitor, we’re going to make it interesting. And all of the sudden, slowly but surely, people started coming out. This past season, we sold out 16 games, which is more than the previous two seasons in total.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

After having watched him play another uninspired game for the Columbus Blue Jackets, I can’t help but think that a trade would be beneficial for both player and club. Let’s face it. The ship has sailed on Columbus. Their season is already over. With just under 20 games played, they are on pace for less than 15 wins for the season.

-Mike Milbury on Rich Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  More from Milbury on this topic at CBC.

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New Owner In Dallas

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from Mark Stepneskiof ESPN Dallas,

The Dallas Stars officially have a new owner after a bankruptcy court in Delaware approved the sale of the team to Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi and confirmed the Stars’ prepackaged bankruptcy plan Friday.

The NHL Board of Governors have already approved the sale.

It will be the end to a tough chapter in the franchise’s history, beginning when the Hicks Sports Group ran into financial difficulties, defaulted on $525 million in loans in 2009, put the club up for sale in early 2010 and eventually saw the team run by the league and lenders.

Gaglardi is president of Northland Properties Corporation, which he and his family run. The company owns and operates hotels and restaurants in Canada and employs more than 10,000 people.


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