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Financial Issues In Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

David Freeman, the chairman and governor of the Nashville Predators, has a $3.35-million (all currency U.S.) tax lien on his house and admits to cash-flow problems but both he and the NHL claim there are no concerns about the financial health of his hockey team.

However, since the Predators owners have to maintain a guarantee of up to $50-million with the city of Nashville that is based on their net worth along with other obligations, the lien raises a number of red flags.

There is also the security that has to be maintained with the team’s major lender, CIT Group, which is owed at least $85-million. CIT is in the middle of bankruptcy reorganization, which further complicates matters. Another problem is a drop in attendance this season, which could lower the amount the Predators earn from the NHL’s revenue-sharing plan.

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Strange Night In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Although the NHL rulebook does not specifically stipulate a fine or suspension for kneeing, supplementary discipline can be applied at the discretion of the commissioner.

And you’d have to think that’s exactly what will happen, given that Georges Laraque of the Montreal Canadiens recently received a five-game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit that injured Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. One big difference was that Gleason came back to play the rest of the game (Kronwall’s out for at least a month), while Ovechkin looked to take the worse of the hit, leaving the game and not returning.

Ovechkin also received a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding last week when he drilled Patrick Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres head-first into the boards. Ovechkin did not receive supplementary discipline for that hit, but likely won’t be that lucky this time around.

Although NHL vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell would not say whether Ovechkin will face a hearing, he did say that Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard will not be suspended for hitting his own goalie, Tomas Vokoun, with a two-handed baseball swing in the Panthers 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

“It will be on every sports highlight show for the next week,” Campbell said. “If that’s not enough of a punishment…”

more Ovechkin and Vokoun talk…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, tomas+vokoun

All Lindy Ruff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Question: Considering that the Sabres missed the playoffs last season primarily because goaltender Ryan Miller was injured for a lengthy period, can we assume that having Miller healthy and performing at an elite level is key to the Sabres leading the Northeast?

Ruff: He has played very well, but I think the team has played very well in front of him. He can play aggressively in certain situations because of the confidence he has that he has protection around him. For us, it’s been a combination. We have played more solid defensively, and when we do break down, he has made key saves at the right time. That has given our team confidence.

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Vokoun Hit In Head By Stick Of Teammate Ballard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CP at TSN,

Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was accidentally hit in the head by the stick of teammate Keith Ballard in the opening period of Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Vokoun had a laceration to his ear but was alert when he was placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital, a Panthers spokesman said.

The incident occurred after Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk scored a goal at 8:54 of the first period, knocking in his own rebound. In apparent frustration, Ballard swung his stick at the net, inadvertently striking Vokoun in the head.

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Ovechkin Knee-On-Knee Hit On Gleason

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you just follow KK Hockey, David Lee of Red and Black Hockey on KK has the video and commentary on the hit tonight.

added 8:47pm, Another video of the hit…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, tim+gleason

Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost two minutes of the best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Waiting in the Wings, Vol. 2: Fantasy Left Wingers

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

After posting my last entry on right wingers, I discovered a couple of folks are in deep enough leagues where finding talent at left wing is also a challenge.  With that in mind I’m going to assume your league has already snapped up those left wingers whose unexpected rise from obscurity has already been noticed and find out what other wire bait might be useful to your team.

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Did You Get That Live Blog From A Kitty Next Door?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For some reason, we’ve attached ourselves to Saturday’s win. 

RWBill

The dedication from every last player on every shift the last 30 minutes of the game was remarkable.  No team can play that way all game all season.  This determination was finally rewarded, albeit culminated in a truly bizarre Bertuzzi shootout goal.

Great heart, Wings, and you really can’t underplay what a huge win this was, one of the biggest regular season wins in recent Wings history.

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Yzerman Sent A Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Best story I’ve heard in a long time: With Vancouver holding a 2-0 lead over Detroit in the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs, Brendan Morrison lined up for a faceoff against Steve Yzerman. Morrison said Yzerman smiled and told him, “We’ve got you right where we want you.” The Red Wings would win four straight, eliminate the Canucks and take the Cup.

read on for 29 more hockey bits from Elliotte…

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

The ‘Stache Gear Is A Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

George Parros is far removed from the runways in Paris, but let’s give the Anaheim Ducks tough guy credit for having the gumption to throw himself into the fashion world.

OK, fashion might be a stretch, but last week the 29-year-old winger launched the ‘Stache Gear apparel line of T-shirts and hats with his personalized mustache as the trademark insignia. The ‘Stache Gear went on sale at the Ducks’ team store this past Friday after Anaheim’s 3-0 win over visiting Chicago, and much to his relief, the items were a hit.

Parros’ biggest fear was showing up at the launch and not selling anything. He put in a lot of hours—and some of his own dime—setting up the charitable clothing line. The time leading up to the launch was nerve-racking.

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