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‘Old’ Wings May Be Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Red Wings still lead it, three games to two.

But it was the Red Wings who lost The Marathon.

And recent history is replete with examples of teams that end up losing such games being unable to recover.

And those teams, unlike the Red Wings, didn’t belong to AARP as well as the NHLPA.

The Penguins know both ends of the equation


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Balsillie A Wanted Man

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from Theresa Tedesco of the National Post,

As many as eight National Hockey League teams have been in discussions or made overtures to Jim Balsillie in recent months about a possible sale or minority partnership with the Canadian billionaire, sources say.

A struggling U.S. economy, strong Canadian dollar and weak hockey markets south of the border have combined to make the deep pockets of the 47-year-old co-founder of the BlackBerry device too irresistible to some NHL owners, despite Mr. Balsillie’s tempestuous relations with the league’s head office in New York.


Update 1:26pm ET: (alanah) The ‘war of words’ continues via TSN,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was quick to address the quote from Balsillie’s camp, maintaining that the league’s decisions on the matter are based from what the owners want.

“That certainly is inconsistent with anything I have ever heard the commissioner say,” Daly told TSN on Wednesday.  “Ultimately, Mr. Balsillie’s ability to be an owner in the NHL will depend on his ability to find an existing owner who wants to sell him a team, and his ability to persuade the 29 other team owners - his prospective partners - that he would be a good owner and good partner in the league venture. That’s not something the Commissioner decides. Maybe Mr. Rodier would be better off confining his comments to subject matters as to which he might have some small level of knowledge; this subject isn’t one of them.”

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  Tags: jim+balsillie

Who Feels The Pressure Tonight

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

I’ve got to believe that the Red Wings are looking back to their series with the Dallas Stars where they were up 3-0 before Dallas came back to win two straight.  At that point everyone was talking about how the momentum had shifted heading to Game 6 in Dallas.  Well the Red Wings came in and obliterated the Stars in their home arena.

I’m not saying that Detroit will obliterate Pittsburgh in Game 6, but this is a team with a lot of composure and I don’t think they are very happy right now.


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Pat Quinn on Burke & Wilson

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Joe O’Connor at the National Post,

He gave both men [Brian Burke and Ron Wilson] their first big breaks in the NHL back when he was the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Quinn met Burke well before that, in 1977, when Burke was a player and he was the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Maine Mariners.

“Brian really took a shine to me,” he said. “I think he liked that I was someone who would always give him an honest answer.”

Burke lasted one season with Maine before deciding law school was a better idea. He was reborn afterwards as a hard bargaining players’ agent, just as NHL salaries were rocketing to the moon. And a lot of hockey people didn’t like it when Quinn recruited failed minor league pro to work for him in Vancouver in 1987.

and more

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  Tags: brian+burke, pat+quinn, ron+wilson

Boots Faces More Legal Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,

The latest development is a second lawsuit filed against [Boots] Del Biaggio. It alleges further acts of fraud to secure a $4-million loan. The suit has been launched by the Heritage Bank, which was founded by Del Biaggio’s father.

Both suits were filed after Del Biaggio, 40, said he was unable to repay the loans. Since then, the businessman has dropped out of sight and cannot be reached by telephone. [...]

Del Biaggio’s plight has caught the NHL’s attention, even though league officials have declined any direct comment. One NHL club official wondered what effect Del Biaggio’s difficulties will have on the Predators: Did Del Biaggio make good on his roughly $60-million investment in the team and will his legal woes have any bearing on the Predators’ long-term credibility as they try to gain sponsors and sell season tickets?

The Predators have insisted Del Biaggio’s problems have no bearing on the club. However, should Del Biaggio declare bankruptcy, his personal finances would become a matter of record and include his dealings with the Predators.


Update 10:00am ET: John Glennon at the Tennessean with the fallout in Nashville,

Targeted by three multi-million dollar lawsuits over the past few days, Predators minority owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio III may soon see his role with the hockey club coming to an end as well.

Sources familiar with the team and the National Hockey League said that all interested parties are helping Del Biaggio divest himself of any interest in the club.

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Numbers For Game 5

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Penguins’ 4-3 triple overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.

7171: Pennsylvania Big 4 Lottery numbers Monday.

71 to 17: Combination on winning goal—71 (Evgeni Malkin) to 17 (Petr Sykora).

130: Shots the Red Wings launched toward the Penguins’ goal (58 on net; 41 wide; 31 blocked).


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Tuesday with Osgood, Draper, Rafalski & Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q. Chris, could you talk about the mood of the team, maybe compare it as it is right now as to maybe immediately following the end of last night’s game?

CHRIS OSGOOD: We were all right after the game. We played hard. It was another great game. We just fell in the wrong end. That’s the way we looked at it. It was an end to end game. We had plenty of chances. It just didn’t happen. Sometimes it’s a game of bounces. It didn’t go our way, but we managed to fight back.

It didn’t happen. We have another opportunity tomorrow night, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: brian+rafalski, chris+osgood, interviews, kris+draper, media, nik+lidstrom, transcripts

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The referees should never dictate an overtime game, but that’s precisely what happened Monday night, uh, rather Tuesday morning.

Nothing short of decapitation should merit a man-advantage in overtime. It’s the antithesis of the hockey code – play until you bleed and then play even harder. The overtime officiating was an insult to the players’ unflinching commitment to sacrifice their bodies at any cost for the ultimate prize.

-Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.  Read more from Drew…

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Babcock On Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.  How do you physically recover from a long game like that, whether you win or lose, how tough is that physically on a team?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  You know, what I did is I had Jim Peck, one of our minor league coaches, post everybody’s ice time head‑to‑head to see how it was.  The ice times were pretty even.

        So we’ve both been through the same thing.  So there’s no sense worrying about that part.  To me it’s not a physical thing anyway.  It’s a mental thing.

        When we got up this morning, as tough as it was at times last night.  We are up 3‑2 in the Stanley Cup Final and let’s get ready.

Continue Reading »

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Can Game 6 Top Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

The ratings—whatever they were—be damned. This Final round IS major league hockey at its pulsating best. Beyond thrills, Game Five at Joe Louis Arena was IT.

The Maven is hard-pressed to imagine how much more arresting, Game Six will be in Pittsburgh. The question is: How does one top no less than three regulation periods, two full overtime sessions and a third sudden-death period before the issue is resolved by Petr Sykora’s power play wrister that cleanly sailed past Chris Osgood? Got all that?


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