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The Cold Facts

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

But the cold fact is, Nashville wasn’t buying what they were selling and Leipold, who had the benefit of one of the most forgiving leases in the history of sports arenas, simply couldn’t make it work.
And that’s the scary part for a great many hockey markets in the U.S and Canada.
Nashville was, and is, bleeding red ink. According to Liepold’s open letter to the hockey fans in that community the team lost $27 million in real cash losses over the last two seasons despite a team that garnered 216 points in the standings over the same time span.
That means one of hockey’s great winners on ice was one of its biggest losers at the gate.

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Davidson Avoids Budget Cuts

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from the St. Peterburg Times,

The Lightning general manager got word this week from owner Bill Davidson that payroll will not be cut, as was feared, and might even end up higher than last season’s $44-million.
In a perfect world, Feaster said, that would end speculation one of his high-priced stars - Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Brad Richards or Dan Boyle - will have to be traded.
“It should, ” Feaster said Thursday. “I hope it does. It’s one of the things Feaster and Davidson talked about. He likes those players. He recognizes we’re very close. He’s bullish on this team.”

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For more talk on off-season movement, check out Spector and make sure to go back a few days too.

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Significant Research

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OTTAWA, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Clinical researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute announced today a number of unique findings relevant to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The range and relevance of Heart Institute research is well known in Canada and abroad, but many will be surprised to learn of some of the startling, recent discoveries that have emerged as a result of focused studies by a number of the UOHI researchers.
“In a carefully considered survey of large numbers of our patients we observed quite specific evidence that supporters of the Ottawa Senators had greater cardiac capacity - ‘big hearts’ in lay terms - than did those who expressed a preference for other, lesser quality NHL teams,” noted Dr. W.E. “Will” Win. “This suggests that the endurance and tenacity of Senators fans are clearly unequalled among those with less discriminating hockey tastes.” Almost universally, Heart Institute research shows that Senators’ supporters reported lower levels of spectator anxiety, greater levels of confidence, and a more refined appreciation of skill-based hockey than those who indicated their support for ‘other’ unidentifiable teams.

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The Right To Drink

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

And so it begins. Endgame. The glorious battle set in motion. On one side, a warrior, a gladiator - a Senator. On the other, uh… a Duck.
The two best teams face off for the rights to Lord Stanley’s Cup. The right to hoist it aloft. The right to drink champagne from its bowl. The right to take it home, share it with friends and family, dress it up in women’s clothing and refer to it as Penelope, sweet sweet Penelope.

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All Over The Stanley Cup Finals

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NEW YORK (May 25, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) is intensifying its online coverage for the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, which begins May 28. For the first time ever, the NHL will offer hockey fans in the United States the opportunity to purchase and download full-length Stanley Cup Final games from the iTunes Music Store for $1.99 per game. A “Season Pass” also will be available and will include all games from the 2007 Stanley Cup Final for $6.99. The games will be available for download the day after the contest concludes and can be viewed on a computer or iPod.

Podcasts of recent conference-call interviews with general managers, coaches and NHL players, as well as NHL Radio programming such as Mike “Doc” Emrick’s “Classic NHL,” which takes a look back at great NHL moments, will continue to be available through the iTunes Music Store.

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Show Your Passion Anaheim and Ottawa

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I am looking for your pics and videos.  Let’s start the party!

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Tocchet Plea Will Close Case

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from the Star-Ledger,

Tocchet, who took a leave of absence from his job as associate coach of the Phoenix Coyotes after the State Police busted the ring in February 2006, is expected to plead guilty to third-degree conspiracy and third-degree promoting gambling, according to two people with knowledge of the case. The presumption in third-degree crimes is no prison time for first offenders.

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update 11:41am, from the CP and TSN via TSN,

Former NHL star Rick Tocchet has pleaded guilty to running a sports gambling ring.

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All Colby Armstrong

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from the StarPhoenix,

As a regular feature, StarPhoenix sports reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Colby Armstrong talks about winning the world hockey championship, dressing in drag and what it’s like to get chased by Sheldon Souray.
The SP: If you were writing a tell-all book about your teammate Sidney Crosby, which detail would be the juiciest?
Armstrong: I think he has a moat around his house with a dragon guarding the front gate.
The guy is a legend. He’s the only guy in the world with a dragon. I think Tim Hortons hired a dragon to guard him.

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Doubtful In Nashville?

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from the Tennessean,

Not to discourage anybody in Nashville, but I think their team is gone,’’ said Ken Campbell, a senior writer at The Hockey News. “You’ve got a Canadian owner who’s passionate about hockey and who has all but publicly said he wants to bring a team to Canada.
“He paid $220 million for the team. Billionaires don’t become billionaires by throwing dollars at money-losing investments, and unfortunately, that’s what the Predators are right now.’‘
Bob McKenzie, a hockey analyst at the Canadian-based TSN network, was pessimistic about Nashville’s chances of holding on to the Predators in the long run.
“I don’t think the prognosis is overly bright,’’ McKenzie said. “I hate to say it, but the Craig Leipold press conference was almost a textbook session on why hockey is not going to make it in Nashville….”

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Wings Should Target Giguere

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from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

Plan A for Ken Holland should be gauging Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s interest in switching allegiances and becoming a Red Wing, if he’s available. How could the Wings not target him, especially if Giguere wins a second Conn Smythe Trophy in the upcoming Stanley Cup finals?
The bidding might reach $5 million a year. It doesn’t matter. Get it done and the Wings remain serious Cup contenders for at least the next two years.
If Jiggy isn’t giddy about coming here, then Hasek becomes a viable alternative.

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