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NHL Gets A ‘Near Investment Grade’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,

How well is the sports industry navigating the turbulent economy? Pretty well, according to Standard & Poor’s. The biggest threat on the horizon: the new collective bargaining agreements that must be negotiated in all four major North American sports leagues over the next couple of years.

At this year’s Sports Executive Leadership Conference at the posh Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, attendees were chewing over the latest risk assessment and outlook note for the industry by S&P managing director John Bilardello. His take: Despite economic woes that have curtailed sponsorships and knocked ticket prices down for many clubs, strong league oversight through salary caps, revenue sharing and luxury taxes has played a big role in controlling costs (i.e. payrolls) and limiting damage to weaker franchises….

S&P’s debt ratings for the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball remain investment grade, with the NHL “near investment grade.”

read on if you are interested in the business side of sports…

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Florida/Chicago Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired C Marty Reasoner from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for C Jeff Taffe.

“We are very pleased to have acquired Marty,” said Tallon. “He is a hard working, veteran center who is good on face-offs and can be counted upon to play in all game situations. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”

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  Tags: jeff+taffe, marty+reasoner

The 2010 USA Hockey Hall Of Fame Class

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from USA Hockey,

Art Berglund, Derian Hatcher, Kevin Hatcher, Dr. V. George Nagobads and Jeremy Roenick make up the United States Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010, as announced today by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be enshrined into the Hall on October 21 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.

“These five individuals truly represent the very best of our sport in many different facets and their contributions have been truly extraordinary,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “We look forward to their formal induction in Buffalo this October.”


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  Tags: art+berglund, derian+hatcher, dr.+v.+george+nagobads, jeremy+roenick, kevin+hatcher

Would Asham Be A Fit In Yzerman’s System?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The team, apparently, has inquired about free agent Arron Asham. Agent Jarrett Bousquet said he has spoken to Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, though he added he hasn’t spoken to Yzerman in about a week and characterized Tampa Bay’s interest only as “mild.”

The level of the Lightning’s interest is difficult to pinpoint. The team, under Yzerman, has adopted a policy of not commenting on potential player acquisitions, and Yzerman has been busy the past week or so with the acquisition of Simon Gagne in trade from the Flyers and the signing of two assistant coaches.

read on

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  Tags: arron+asham

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Our goal has always been to try and develop our own players to build a core group of players that are going to grow up together.  It takes time to develop players, and it takes time for them to develop into National Hockey League players. But there are some kids that are really starting to come in the right direction now.”

-Glen Sather, President & GM of the New York Rangers.  More from Jim Cerny at Rangers.com.

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  Tags: glen+sather

Atlanta Walks Away From Clarke MacArthur

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Salary arbitration hearings began on Tuesday.  Here is the arbitration schedule.  Notice that most cases have been settled before the actual hearing.  So far only two cases have been heard.  On Tuesday, Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks had his case heard and yesterday Clarke MacArthur of the Atlanta Thrashers had his case heard.  Usually there is a 48 hour delay after a case before the result is announced.  The Hansen case has yet to be resolved.  However, the MacArthur case was heard quickly and we have a result.

Clarke MacArthur was awarded a $2.4 million contract, but Atlanta walked away from the deal instead of accepting it.  This was rumored before the arbitration hearing occurred.

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Keep An Eye On These GMs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL.com has identified seven of the League’s GMs that should be exciting to follow for the next several months because they’re still trying to make their marks on their teams and cities:

Rick Dudley, Atlanta

The new man in control of the Thrashers’ roster decisions began the overhaul by pilfering several key pieces off the Chicago Blackhawks’ championship roster. Dudley traded for Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd and Brent Sopel in late June. He also signed former Blues goalie Chris Mason earlier this month.

The Thrashers have made the playoffs just once in their 11-year history, and they didn’t win a game in that series against the New York Rangers in 2007 after capturing their only Southeast Division title. Dudley is trying to change the culture in Atlanta, and he’s still got work to do.

read on

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Guess The Player?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So first off, the idea that (The Player) misses the net a lot or gets his shots blocked a lot are both accurate… BUT - the thing is, he takes so many effing shots that he misses and gets blocked way more times than most players. I explored his stats from last season using a combination of the NHL shots on net and missed shot totals, and his blocked shot against totals from Gabe Desjardins’ BehindTheNet.ca.  (The Player) hits the net with roughly 50% of his shot attempts. That includes the shots he tries that are blocked or miss the net.

Who is it and Detroit fans, it is not ‘Sammy”.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(David) Carter (executive director of the Sports Business Institute at USC) said (LeBron) James’ move from a relatively small market in Cleveland to South Florida is akin to the 1988 NHL trade that sent Wayne Gretzky—hockey’s biggest star at the time—from Edmonton to Los Angeles, a move that gave the game new cachet in the United States and especially the Sun Belt.

-via Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald.

One big difference, Gretzky went to LA with multiple Cups, LeBron going to Miami without a championship.

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  Tags: lebron+james, wayne+gretzky

Pavelec Staying In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Allan Walsh tweet,

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec of the Atlanta Thrashers has agreed to terms on a new 2 yr contract with the club. “The Pav” is back!

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  Tags: ondrej+pavelec

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