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Kane Doesn’t Say Much

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via ESPN,

“I cannot discuss the details,” Kane said, but added, “I sincerely apologize.”

Kane’s statement lasted less than a minute and added no new details of what transpired in Buffalo, given the ongoing legal proceedings.

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Creditors Want Answers From Hicks/NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daniel Kaplan of the Dallas Business Journal,

The more than three dozen creditors of Hicks Sports Group, the owner of the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers that defaulted on its debt in March, sent a letter to the NHL four weeks ago asking the league how it planned to help address their concerns, according to financial sources, but there has been no response.

At the same time, HSG owner Tom Hicks has suggested that he believes he can hold onto the Stars despite the default through August 2010, which is far later than the October deadline the creditors assumed existed for resolution of debt crisis, the sources said.

A process to sell the MLB Rangers is under way, but no such activities are believed to be occurring around the Stars. The situation could shape up as a major battle between the creditors on one side and the NHL and Hicks on the other.


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Finding A Leader In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cox of the Spin at theToronto Star,

Tomas Kaberle may be coming back to at least start the season with the Maple Leafs, but despite speculation in some corners, it won’t be to become the next Leaf captain.

Ditto for newcomers Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin. In fact, GM Brian Burke is setting the bar awfully high in terms of finding the player who will next wear the “C” in Toronto, making it a virtual certainty the club will again not have a captain this season.

“Look, we’re Big Blue,” he said yesterday. “We’re not naming a captain until we have someone who can rank with the captains that have come before.”

continued & some Team USA talk too….

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Predators Can Define Their Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

Where are the Nashville Predators headed? After 10 seasons of play, the question is legitimate and needs to be answered.

Nashville is not exactly a pushover, but neither is it a team anyone fears playing. The Sommet Center is not a hostile environment for visiting teams, the Predators have yet to win a playoff series, and their string of four straight seasons in the postseason was snapped in 2008-09.

Is that the genesis for a shakeup? Is the team really headed in the right direction? Rather than run off a string of wholesale changes, Nashville management feels it has the personnel internally to get back on track.


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The Most Protected Player In The NHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When we look at the top 20 offensive zone starters, we see that Ed Jovanovski leads the league.  He has a significant lead on anyone else in the league.  Jovanovski has 168 more offensive zone starts than defensive zone starts.  Patrick Kane of Chicago is in second place well back at 139.  This is an amazing total given that Phoenix had the worst team Corsi Number  in the league last season and had many more defensive faceoffs than offensive faceoffs to take last year. 

Given that Jovanovski is the highest paid player on the Coyotes with a $6.5 million salary cap, this isn’t good enough.  He should be the player who leads the team and does the hard work to make the team win.  In Phoenix, it is Zbynek Michalek and Kurt Sauer who play the tough roles.  They are on for the most defensive zone starts in Phoenix.

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Sunday Ditties

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

My peers have picked up the slack this summer.  As I’ve embarked on our own A2Y crusade (you know what it is, and how well it’s worked), Wing bloggers old and new have not stopped.  This weekend is no exception.  I’d like to give you some examples on this fine Sunday morning, just two days before a Tuesday that will be looked back on as just one of the 43 remaining until the Cup returns to a team that will actually earn it.  Right Gary?

Ready?  Awesome.

Here we go.

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Roenick Talks Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Verdi of the Chicago Tribune,

Jeremy Roenick has numerous options for what to do with the rest of his life, including stage, screen and television. But he will clear a busy schedule for one particular job title, should it be offered.

“I began my career with the Blackhawks and should have ended it with the Blackhawks,” he was saying the other day from his home near Phoenix. “And there should have been no in between the Blackhawks. I should never have left. I didn’t want to leave. I loved Chicago and felt loved in Chicago.

“Anyway, I’ve seen what they’ve done for some retired guys like me. Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, Denis Savard. They’re ambassadors for the club. I could go for that. As long as we’re at it, it would be cool if they retired my number, 27, too. I would be honored.”


Heck J.R. why not ask for the assistant GM job too?

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Report- Rangers Sign Prospal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

As contract negotiations with Brandon Dubinsky have hit a speed bump, the Rangers have signed 34-year-old free agent forward Vinnie Prospal to a one-year, $1.1 million deal, The Post has learned.


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Nothing New On The Kessel Front

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

(Phil) Kessel, who will turn 22 at the start of the NHL season, underwent shoulder surgery soon after the Bruins were eliminated by Carolina in Round 2 of the playoffs and likely won’t be ready to play until December. A restricted free agent without arbitration rights, he remains unsigned and has not said publicly what he wants to be paid in his next deal.

Meanwhile, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, who made the Kessel camp a requisite qualifying offer in June, remains hopeful that the sides can broker an agreement.

“Right now, there is nothing going on,’’ Chiarelli said. “This is a player that we still covet, and we’ll do anything to keep him - within reason, including matching an offer sheet and shuffling our roster around.’’

Kessel, with 66 career goals on his résumé, likely is being offered a deal in line with David Krejci’s new pact - three years at a $3.75 million average.

more plus other hockey notes…

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Were Changes Good For The Canadiens?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Extreme makeover? Or did the Montreal Canadiens really improve themselves by adding three new forwards and two defensemen at the cost of letting their first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-leading scorers walk?

This is a touchy situation, especially after the Canadiens were expecting to celebrate the team’s 100th anniversary with a run for their first Stanley Cup since 1993 ... and instead stumbled down the stretch, replaced coach Guy Carbonneau and then bowed out in the first round of the playoffs to the hated Boston Bruins.


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