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Financial Problems In Nashville Mount

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The Nashville Predators have had a tenuous financial existence for the last couple of years.  The problems started in earnest when original owner Craig Leipold decided to get out of the financial losses.  There was an offer by Jim Balsillie to buy the team and bring it to Hamilton.  This was turned down for a local group (that offered less money - but has made it easier for the NHL to approve his purchase of the Minnesota Wild).  The team was eventually sold to that local group, but they have never been on strong ground financially.  In order to get the deal together, the Nashville group asked for and received concessions from the city.

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No Prucha In Prague?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

What in the world could coach Tom Renney be thinking? How on earth could he deny Prucha, who has been among the most energetic Rangers throughout training camp, a uniform in his homeland and hand one instead to Fredrik Sjostrom, Nigel Dawes or Aaron Voros, three players whose preseason work was lukewarm, at best?

If No. 25 does not play today, and that certainly appeared the plan yesterday when Prucha remained on the ice late following practice and then stormed away from the O2 Arena, this will be nothing less than humiliation, and coming from a coach who is nothing but decent, kind and caring.

It doesn’t compute. None of it computes. This entire disjointed training camp does not compute.

read on

added 7:43am, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Good morning, all…Yesterday, Czech Republic native Petr Prucha believed he wasn’t going to dress for tonight’s game against Tampa.

This morning, however, Prucha and assistant coach Perry Pearn had a heart-to-heart discussion along the boards near the red line at the morning skate here at O2 Arena, and a visibly relieved Prucha will play tonight, likely on the third-line with center Lauri Korpikoski and Ryan Callahan.


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Battle Of Alberta Starts Early

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Call it pre-season, but don’t call it boring. Not with five fights in the second period, much to the delight of 19,289 spectators at the Pengrowth Sattledome.

The fight card featured Robyn Regehr vs. Zach Stortini, Jim Vandermeer vs. Steve MacIntyre, and Ethan Moreau vs. Andre Roy….

With Jason Strudwick already headed to the penalty box for hooking, MacIntyre tried to pick a fight with Jamie Lundmark . The Oilers enforcer earned a roughing penalty for his efforts, as the Flames centre refused to go.  Clearly enraged, MacTavish verbally sparred with the officials before refusing to send out his players to kill the penalties - a move that saw the Oilers coach receive a game misconduct.


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Versus Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Lepore at The NHL Arena Program,

...other notes upon a brief overlook of Versus’ talent schedule:

-Gone are play-by-play man Rick Peckham and analyst John Vanbiesbrouck.

-There are no new additions to the talent list, though look for NY Islanders color man Billy Jaffe to take more of a color commentary role this season than the reporter slot he’s usually slated to serve.

-A lot less Mike Emrick this season.  Doc will only call 8 regular season games.

read on and a new ice-level reporter too…

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Top Ten Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fox Sports has a photoshow of the top 10 NHL goalies:

10. Marc-Andre Fleury
9. Vesa Toskala
8. Rick Dipietro

more and my question is, who voted?


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Reflecting on Last Years Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Peter O’Neil of Canwest in the Leader Post,

Former Ottawa Senators defencemen Wade Redden and Andrej Meszaros rejected Friday speculation that their former team’s collapse last year was linked to excessive partying.

The two players, who will play against each other here Saturday when Redden’s New York Rangers face the Tampa Bay Lightning, also said they never witnessed inappropriate off-season behaviour involving former teammate Ray Emery, who was asked during an interview with ESPN.com in August about whether he used recreational drugs.

Both players cited other reasons - Redden spoke of a failure to maintain the team’s historic commitment to team defence, while Meszaros suggested that exhaustion over the long playoff run the year before ultimately led to Ottawa’s second-half flop.

much more

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The Players Have Never Been Richer

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The senior (Jeremy) Jacobs remains optimistic that the players will not opt out of the CBA. Based on all-too-familiar history, NHL players without a collectively bargained deal usually end up locked-out, and out of work.

‘‘Pragmatically,’’ said Jacobs, who is also director of the league’s Board of Governors, ‘‘I think they should continue the course they’ve got—they’ve never been richer.’‘

Recognizing that, added Jacobs, he doesn’t have a firm read what the players will do in the weeks and months ahead.

more on Jacobs and the Bruins…

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Checking Out Finnish Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shawn Roarke at NHL.com

The fun in Helsinki started with our arrival at Hartwall Arena, where our two-bus caravan was met by a small horde of diehard fans, so happy and eager to see the Pittsburgh Penguins in the flesh. It reminds you just how lucky, as a North American, that the NHL game is so accessible to most of us.

Shortly after I settled into the press room, on of the NHL PR people asked if I had ever seen the practice rink here. I’ve seen hundreds of practice rinks in my day, so I almost passed on the offer to take in this one. I am glad I didn’t.

As I think I mentioned in my last post, Hartwall Arena is cut out of the surrounding bedrock and there are rock outcroppings along the corridors on the event level. Well, the practice rink is three floors below the event level and is carved entirely out of rock! 

That’s right, the Jokerit practice facility is a cave with an ice surface. Amazing!

read on for more from Europe

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Drury Named Rangers Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As expected…

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers will open the season in Prague tomorrow against the Lightning with Chris Drury wearing the captain’s “C” and current linemates Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund wearing the associate captains’ “A,” The Post has learned.


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Ducks Send Ryan Down & Lindstrom Claimed By Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has made the following roster move:

Assigned to Iowa Chops (AHL) Training Camp:  Bobby Ryan – Right Wing

In addition, the Ducks announced that left wing Joakim Lindstrom has been claimed on waivers by Chicago.

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