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Mark Bell Confident In Lifestyle Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Bell will not talk about the carnage of twisted metal on the road and what led up to it. Partly, he said, because of his desire to put it behind him and partly because of pending legal issues.
He faces a lawsuit from the other driver, but he said he’s “not concerned at all” about it.
Bell said he could see his career slipping away because of his irresponsibility and vowed to alter his life and the crowd he hung out with.
He realized he had to grow up.
That included the decision to swear off alcohol, a lifestyle choice he said he made without professional help.
“It’s been a learning experience this whole past year. I feel I’ve really grown as a person. I’m very confident in the way I live my life now. It’s taking one step at a time,” he said.


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St. Louis Get An “A”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

It should make for a balanced leadership mix then, as St. Louis next season will wear an A on his jersey and join Lecavalier and Richards as alternate captains.
St. Louis’ first NHL letter comes as captain Tim Taylor prepares for hip surgery that could sideline him all season.
General manager Jay Feaster said Taylor will remain captain as he rehabs with the team and St. Louis gets public recognition for a strong leadership role that has been behind the scenes.
“This is a natural extension of the leadership in the room already,” Feaster said. “He’s a veteran who has delivered in the clutch on a consistent basis. And certainly, when Marty St. Louis speaks, he has the respect of the other guys in the room.”

read on

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Tax Money May Be Needed To Keep Preds In Nashville

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from the Tennessean,

If taxpayers don’t pay an additional $3 million per year to support the Nashville Predators hockey arena, a deal to keep the team in town could fall apart, the leader of a local buyers group said Thursday.
David Freeman, CEO of 36 Venture Capital and leader of the group, said the partners are working with the city to have the public money come from sources like sales tax generated by the hockey team.
“We are trying to identify revenue streams that reflect incentives associated with having the Predators in town,” Freeman said. “For example, sales tax revenues generated out of the arena are an appropriate revenue stream to consider donating to this cause because those revenues would disappear without the team.”
Freeman’s comments came late in the day, after Tennessean.com reported on a city analysis that said the buyers group was seeking Sommet Center lease changes that would cost taxpayers $5 million more per year at the city-owned facility.


added 11:59am, from the Tennessean,

The Predators have surpassed last season’s season ticket total.
The team finished Thursday with a total of 8,764 full-season ticket equivalents, topping the 8,758 the Predators finished with in 2005-06.
Predators vice president Steve Violetta said he feels confident Nashville can hit the 9,000 level by Labor Day, and added that ticket sales traditionally pick up in September, just before the season starts.


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“Screwed”: Fedorov Still Bitter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Woops.  Sergei Fedorov, steadfast in his refusal to speak with Russian media, spoke with the Russian media again yesterday.  And, if the reports are accurate, it would appear the chances of a return to Hockeytown are as slim as ever.  A2Y’s Russian correspondent, working out of his Wisconsin home office, provides this translation to a Sport-Express article that ran last evening.

It’s the business.  And when in this business someone tries to screw you, it greatly activates those qualities I used to fight through and win all those years.  Perseverance, judgment of the general situation, my career…  Do you understand what I am talking about?  We agreed about a certain contract with the club’s management, and I found a completely different one the next day when I came to sign it.  No one really knows of this story.  I really didn’t have a good “aftertaste” after leaving Detroit.


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Time For Cammalleri To Step-Up

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from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Now, it’s time for some of the younger guys to step forward, and Cammalleri’s name is at the top of that list. Lombardi said it himself, in so many words. Goals are nice, but a guy like Cammalleri also has to take responsibility for winning and losing, and now’s the time for that.
Based on what I’ve seen, it’s coming. Under Murray, Cammalleri was a bit bland in public, most likely because he was afraid to say the wrong thing. Last year he seemed to become a bit more confident and is always available in the dressing room to be a team spokesman. That’s important, as far as team leadership. At the end of last season, Mike was very vocal about his optimism for the future and his belief in the young players.

more, including the recent arbitraion ruling should be a motivating factor for Cammalleri…

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McGuire and Milbury Plans At NBC

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

His work on TV includes studio commentary and game analysis. For the coming NHL season, he will double as NBC’s game analyst and also intermission-show host with recently hired commentator Mike Milbury.
“Between periods, I’ll be scrambling to get to the right location to work with Mike,” he said.
McGuire sees the intermission spot more as dialogue between two commentators than a conventional host-analyst relationship.
“I think what we’ll be doing is breaking down the other games that are being played, providing highlights but also talking about the important issues surrounding the game,” he said. “I think we can create a situation that can be insightful and entertaining.”

a litle more on Pierre…

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Ball In Sather’s Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Blueshirts Blog,

In short, the puck remains on Glen Sather’s stick and the Rangers’ GM has yet to decide whether to shoot or pass.
“He is thinking about it,” was agent Don Meehan’s response tonight when I asked him if any progress had been made in his discussions with Sather.
Meehan insisted that, though he anticipates no problem working out a contract, no conditional agreement has been reached that would be consummated if and when Sather decides he wants Peca to join the Rangers.


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Martin- The New Niedermayer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

The first is that I’m tickled that Martin is returning to New Jersey. The second is that Paul sits precisely where Nieder sat—in the far right corner of the Devs’ dressing room. The third is that Martin—like it or not—is the new Niedermayer in New Jersey….
Whatever the case, Martin now has the opportunity to prove a point that his agent made when Lou Lamoriello signed Paul in the first place.
The rep said that Martin—then a complete unknown—will eventually remind Devils fans of Niedermayer.
It seemed a preposterous claim at the time.
It sounds less so now.

more... and notice no mention of Martin being traded…

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Ummm, Terry!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

It’s early, or the equivalent of it still being before the Iowa caucuses. But it’s not too early to look ahead at who might have trophy seasons in 2007-08. The “contenders” are divided by conference.
Norris Trophy
East: Brian Campbell, Sabres; Brian Rafalski, Devils; Chris Phillips, Senators.
West: Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Ducks; Dion Phaneuf, Flames.
The torch is about to be passed, either way. A long shot comes in: Phillips.

read on if you wish…

update 5:39pm, As a KK reader noted in the comments, Rafalski just got replaced by Dan Boyle.

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Hedberg Back With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Anders Hedberg has been added to the club’s scouting staff as the Head Professional European Scout. Hedberg will be responsible for assessing free agent talent playing in Europe.
Hedberg, 56, joins the team after working with the Ottawa Senators organization for the past five seasons. Hedberg served as Ottawa’s Director of Player Personnel from 2002 to 2006 and spent the 2006-07 season as the team’s North American and European Hockey Coordinator.


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