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Katz Not Giving Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 8:24pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The offer, according to sources, is for $188-million and the difference this time around is, it appears to have a chance of succeeding. Katz’s previous offers for the team had fallen on deaf ears.

Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months.

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Rexall Founder and Chairman Daryl Katz has made a new offer to purchase the Edmonton Oilers and related assets. The terms of the offer, which were not publicly disclosed, are being delivered directly to the shareholders of the Edmonton Investors Group.

Mr. Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months. In particular, Mr. Katz called Cal Nichols, Founding Chairman of the Board of EIG this morning to outline the terms and conditions of the offer. Mr. Nichols said that it was an offer that he would enthusiastically support.

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Win One For Jeremy Jacobs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Traditionally, hockey players don’t go out and “win one for the owner”—at least not when he’s alive. But one can’t help thinking that Boston boss Jeremy Jacobs took great delight in his Bruins rolling over the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, earlier this week….

Sources tell SI.com that Jacobs took some offense during the recent Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, CA, when Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn was making an impassioned plea about opening up the game.

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GMs Are Talking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thrashers Blog,

First, Waddell on the Anaheim situation: “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

Thanks, Don.

But you have spoken with Burke?

“I’ve talked to him. In the last week I’ve probably talked to 15 GMs, there’s been more talk going on than there was before. Whether that means anything, I don’t know. We’ll see. “

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League In Denial

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Denial is all the rage in the NHL these days. The league denies it has any real problems on or off the ice to solve; GMs guiding wobbly franchises deny the need to make any drastic changes to their rosters; and goaltenders deny they could survive so much as a deflected wrist shot without the protection of gargantuan-sized equipment.

As a matter of fact, just about every team in the league has at least one area where idealism trumps the truth.

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On the Air from Kosovo

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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From Blackantehm Military News,

“My mom and dad in Michigan are watching,” said Army Spc. Graham Besonen. “It’s important for them to see me and know I’m safe. I’m really a Red Wings fan, but I came to enjoy a hockey game and for my family to see me.”

Most of the pictures were sent to Versus at least a week prior to the game. However, the network wanted to make sure all of the troops were recognized. Just prior to the start of the game, a group photo was taken and e-mailed to Baker. During the third period, the picture was shown on TV.

“I was really impressed with Versus and the NHL putting our pictures on during the game,” said Army Sgt. Rich Allen. “I’ve always been a hockey fan, and to be deployed and see myself on television during a game was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

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Numminen Participates In Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Teppo Numminen returned to the ice with his Buffalo Sabres teammates today, and if things progress as expected, he could rejoin them in a game in a matter of weeks.

The defenseman surprisingly took part in today’s practice in HSBC Arena, less than three months after having open-heart surgery to correct a faulty valve. He took part in skating, passing and shooting drills.

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Calm & Cool Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Go Inside the NHL with Nick Lidstrom.

Watch the video…

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Heated Debate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Evidently frictional drag from skates is a huge problem in the NHL, which makes me look at Wade Belak totally different now (not slow, just heat-deprived). Warming tiny strips of metal surely seems like a semi-rational answer, although I likely would have suggested a telethon to raise public awareness as a better first option.

And the technology is so involved and precarious it raises as many questions as it does provide answers….

What if one of the blades goes all haywire and starts melting ice at a brisker pace? Would the dude just go around in circles?

And will the technology become so advantageous that not having it will render a player virtually useless? Little Jimmy hasn’t seen a minute of overtime cause he’s recharging.

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  Tags: thermablades

Melrose & Hradek Give Props To Roberts & Savard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The young Penguins can learn from Roberts, and Savard continues to lead the Bruins.

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Take The Leap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Dwyer at the New Canaan News-Review,

I face off against an icy conundrum. Hockey is a sport that fascinates me, but also one I doubt I will ever follow as religiously as I do baseball, college basketball and football….

I don’t know why I never started to follow hockey when I was younger. The more and more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it sounded when I analyzed all the other activities that preoccupied my childhood.

I learned to ice skate where the New York Rangers practiced, though I never felt the need to attend a Rangers practice.

One of my favorite toys was a mini stick which I used in endless games of basement hockey. When above ground, I spent entire afternoons with that stick (which bears the Rangers’ logo), a baseball glove and some ridiculous type of mask while defending my friend’s bookshelf.

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