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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Todd Neilson, the San Fransisco-based trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of William (Boots) Del Biaggio, says the team has not been complying with court requests to forward documents surrounding the team’s economic viability….

Now the trustee is asking Judge Thomas Carlson to order the team to release current and recent audit reports, financial statements, game-by-game paid attendance, documents that refer to individual and packaged and season-ticked sales, and sponsorship agreements.

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I Don’t Like These Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

10,567- Announced attendance for the Buffalo @ New Jersey game last night.

10,184- Ditto for the Columbus @ Islanders game.

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Another Russian On The Way Out

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last Friday I wrote about the leaky pipeline of Russian talent coming to North America that lost Pavel Valentenko.  There have only been two Russian rookies to play in the NHL so far this season (Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nikita Filatov of the Columbus Blue Jackets) and the NHL is on the verge of losing its second Russian prospect to the KHL.  Alexander Nikulin, an Ottawa Senator prospect, has demanded that Ottawa trade him (with a deadline of tonight) or he will return to Russia. 

UPDATE:  It turns out that Nikulin is not leaving North America yet.  He has been traded to Phoenix for Drew Fata.

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Report- Parrish Signs With Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

According to sources, veteran RW Mark Parrish has ended his AHL contract with Bridgeport and has been signed by co-GM Brett Hull to an NHL deal with the Stars. It’s a two-way deal. One year, prorated $500,000 in the NHL. In the minors, $100,000.

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Sundin “Intrigued” By Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Helene Elliott and Chris Foster of the LA Times,

The Ducks are $900,000 below the salary cap and would have to make major moves to sign the 37-year-old.“He’s intrigued. They’re a good hockey team, and one of his criteria is that he wants to play for a good team,” said Sundin’s agent, J.P. Barry. “He hasn’t made any decisions at all yet.”

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Shoot The Puck Marty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

St. Louis has just one goal and 21 shots in 10 games. And while he readily admits “that’s not enough,” he also said his spot on the point has made him think more about passing than shooting. Melrose said he hopes that will change.

“I hope it increases (St. Louis’ shots) because he has the puck more,” Melrose said. “Marty has to be selfish on the point. He has a great shot that he gets away quick.”

St. Louis had zero shots Saturday against the Senators and missed the net on a shorthanded breakaway. That followed a four-shot, three-post effort Thursday against the Sabres.

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Phoenix Gets Nikulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Alexander Nikulin from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Drew Fata.

Nikulin, 23, has scored two goals in five games this season with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL).  Last season, the native of Moscow, Russia recorded 14-36-50 and 34 penalty minutes (PIM) in 71 games for Binghamton.  He also appeared in two NHL games with Ottawa.

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An Evening Spin?  Excellent…And Exciting

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hello all.  Perusing the Gore this pre-election eve and came across some ditties you may be interested in.

First, the moment you’ve all been waiting for.  Yes, our friends in the Bettman enclave have graced us with ticket information about the Winter Classic.

Similar to last year’s inaugural NHL Winter Classic in Buffalo, the event’s home team season ticketholder base (Chicago Blackhawks) as well as NHL Winter Classic partners will have the right to purchase tickets for the event during the initial on-sale phase. 

A general public random drawing will be held to determine who will have an opportunity to purchase the remaining tickets…

I’m sure that “random drawing” will be just nifty.  I’m sure you, Wing fans, will have ample opportunity for premium seating and plenty of it.

In other words…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I didn’t know you weren’t allowed to hip check any more. It is a new rule?  I didn’t see the referees’ arm go up.  You’re allowed to hit.”

-Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars when asked about the hits he delivered on a few of the Bruins.  A little more from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog.

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  Tags: steve+ott

Why Igor

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

I find it hard to believe that Igor Larionov, one of the classiest people ever in the game, is finding an ally in the Kontinental League with president Alexander Medvedev.

Larionov was always all about principle. Instead of defecting from Russia to play in the NHL in his prime, he bided his time and went through the proper channels before coming to the NHL. Once he got here, he proved to be a great teammate and person and was part of the success of several teams along the way.

Now he’s working with a man who has no respect for the sanctity of a contract, as evidenced by the KHL’s poaching of Pavel Valentenko and Matt Murley recently by teams in Russia.

read on plus Leafs/Sundin and Stars/Avery notes…

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  Tags: igor+larionov

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