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New Nashville Owners Have A Marketing Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors is expected to approve Craig Leipold’s $193 million sale of the Predators to Freeman’s group this afternoon. Freeman and his colleagues could take control of the team as early as today.
The new owners plan to give Poile some guidance on the budget he can work with, which will allow him to start working on new contracts for players whose deals expire at the end of this season….

Freeman said the new owners will make their presence felt most in the Predators’ efforts to get more people into the Sommet Center’s seats for 41 home games a year.

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Update 9:50pm ET (alanah): BOG has approved the sale of the Nashville Predators.

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  Tags: marketing, nashville+predators, nhl+board+of+governors

Pointing At Keenan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

Very often the Flames appear confused on defense. On many nights it looks like they are not on the same page. It’s Keenan’s responsibility to make sure Calgary’s defense is organized and has a sound defensive system. But Keenan has never been a system driven coach. He wants emotion, energy, combativeness and competiveness. It’s hard to win in today’s NHL with just those qualities. Teams need a comprehensive defensive system.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan

Pandolfo Will Miss At Least A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fire & Ice,

Left wing Jay Pandolfo said he will not play in Friday night’s home game against Montreal because of the “pelvis area” injury he sustained in the third period of Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Dallas. “I won’t be able to play tomorrow,” he said. “It’s disappointing. You never want to be hurt, but, hopefully, it’s not that bad. I think it’s day to day.”

Pandolfo’s ironman man streak will end at 307 consecutive regular season games (the third longest in team history). He last missed a regular season game on Jan. 18, 2003 against Carolina because of a mild concussion (that was the last of four consecutive games he sat out).

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Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: injuries, jay+pandolfo, new+jersey+devils

Coaches Not Charged In Kids Brawl

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

No criminal charges will be laid against adult hockey coaches for allegedly assaulting each other during a brawl that also involved eight-year-old players in Guelph, Ont., police say.

Police said Thursday they came to the decision not to lay charges after speaking to witnesses, investigating the case and reviewing a videotape of the fracas.

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More about this here on KK several days ago. Watch the just released video below…

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Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, Youth Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fighting, ontario+minor+hockey+association

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

Hitchcock was asked if he was planning to “go with Malarchuk” tonight against the Canucks:

“Hey, he wasn’t bad for a guy in the 1970s. I don’t think you’ll see him (Thursday night). It was hard enough to get him out there for practice. He kept holding out for a better deal. We didn’t get it done until right before practice.”

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  Tags: clint+malarchuk, columbus+blue+jackets, ken+hitchcock

Ranking Iginla on Flames List of Greats

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Carroll at TSN,

Jarome Iginla is set to become the Flames all-time leader in games played on Thursday when he hits the ice against the Anaheim Ducks.

The 30-year-old is one of the NHL’s biggest stars and has an impressive list of awards and accomplishments. Iginla has won “Rocket” Richard Trophies, a Lester B. Person Award and an Art Ross Trophy.

He can score and, when needed, can mix it up but where does he rank on the list of Flames all-time greats?

continued…

How do you stack Iginla against players like Joe Nieuwendyk, Al MacInnis, Gary Suter, Theo Fleury, Lanny McDonald, Paul Reinhart and Mike Vernon and others?  There’s also a poll available on the TSN front page.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: calgary+flames, jarome+iginla

Avery Gets His Retraction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The FAN590 in Toronto will retract, on air, its report alleging that New York Ranger Sean Avery had ridiculed Toronto Maple Leaf Jason Blake’s fight with cancer during a trash-talking session at the Air Canada Centre on Nov. 10.

In addition to strongly denying the report, Avery also served the radio station with a notice of libel. The Fan’s Howard Berger had quoted a Ranger source saying Avery had alluded to Blake’s chronic leukemia during an exchange at centre ice before the start of the game.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: howard+berger, jason+blake, media, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

Dowell Out With Broken Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that center Jacob Dowell has been placed on the injured list because of a broken foot.  Dowell will be out of the lineup for two-to-four weeks.  Center Colin Fraser has been recalled from the Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, colin+fraser, injuries, jacob+dowell

Hartigan Called Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Kirk Maltby didn’t skate again today, or at least didn’t practice due to a sore shoulder.  Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod reports that the Wings have reached down to Grand Rapids.

Mark Hartigan is on the ice for this morning’s skate, being called up from Grand Rapids yesterday. Hartigan flew in from Toronto (the Griffins played the Marlies yesterday afternoon) this morning. Kirk Maltby (shoulder) didn’t skate for the second consecutive day and won’t be in the lineup tonight. Matt Ellis had his first practice with the team since suffering a concussion last Thursday. Ellis might return to the lineup next Tuesday at the earliest.

 

 

 

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Mirtle On The Selke

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

James Mirtle has some telling stats regarding Selke candidates.  Naturally, I wouldn’t be mentioning it if Zetterberg wasn’t rightfully at the top of his statistical breakdown.  I would like to, however, point out this from a reader in the comment section.

Even if Brind’Amour is not yet a Selke Trophy candidate, I would rather have him on my team than every player on this list. Yes, I am including Zetterberg.

I’m sure you all agree with that.

 

 

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  Tags: fellow+bloggers, zetterberg

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