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One Week Later:  Readers Have Questions

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The emails keep pouring in.  Thousands of Wing fans wanting my opinion, seeking my views.  It’s almost too much for me to handle. If not for the crack A2Y staff and interns from Saginaw Valley State University, I’d be in over my head.

Oh yes.  It’s time for reader/Chief Q and A. 

It’s time to go…back to the sack.

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Boots’ Legal Problems Linked to Predators Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brad Shrade at The Tennessean,

Predators investor William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III’s trail of financial and legal troubles drew closer to Nashville Wednesday, as the FBI subpoenaed documents from Metro concerning the California businessman and his role in the purchase of Nashville’s pro hockey team last year.

It also has become more clear in recent days that as much as $27 million in debt Del Biaggio incurred on his way to bankruptcy may have direct ties to the Predators deal.

An arena management company, AEG Facilities Inc., is the latest to accuse the high-flying 40-year-old San Jose venture capitalist of fraud, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The company is a division of entertainment giant AEG, which manages sports arenas and owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and says it loaned Del Biaggio $7 million to help him buy a share in the Nashville Predators.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: william+j+del+biaggio

Kukla Will Return, I Promise!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Since I’m getting so much mail about this—understandably—I thought it would be best to provide another update here on KK.

Paul is definitely going to be okay and will be back to KK in top-form soon. His recovery has been slow and with some unexpected setbacks, but he’s definitely improving. Meanwhile, because the problem is seriously affecting his eyesight, he can’t respond to emails so please have patience if you’re waiting to hear back.  If you have anything urgent that you’d like me to pass onto him, just .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

P.S.  KK’s server hijacked my email yesterday for several hours, and when it finally landed in my inbox I got seriously backlogged. So please accept my apologies for the delayed responses. 

Thanks to everyone for all the support.

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Osgood on Jim Rome

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Yesterday, Chris Osgood spoke to Jim Rome on ESPN.

Video below:

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chris+osgood, espn, jim+rome

Rangers Wooing Wheeler

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Larry Brooks in the NY Post,

The Rangers New York Rangers spent yesterday romancing a free agent right wing, and his name isn’t Jaromir Jagr.

Rather, even as No. 68 told The Post that he hasn’t spoken to general manager Glen Sather since the May 6, post-elimination breakup day, the Blueshirts were attempting to entice 21-year-old Blake Wheeler into signing an Entry Level deal with the club.

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Wheeler was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2004 and recently turned down their offer of an entry-level contract at the maximum allowable salary.

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  Tags: blake+wheeler

Dallas Drake, etc

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News,

Holland said he expects veteran forward Dallas Drake to decide about retirement in the next two weeks.

plus more notes on the Wings future

*hat-tip to Spector who summarizes all the latest rumors & news on Brian Rolston, Darcy Tucker, Jose Theodore, Brendan Morrison, Derek Roy and others today.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dallas+drake, rumors

Big Heart

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun via Faceoff.com,

Immediately after his packed, televised press conference at General Motors Place, Linden handed over to the Canucks’ charity the $25,000 he received last month from the National Hockey League as part of a humanitarian award.

It won’t be Linden’s last act of community service even if he never skates another shift in the NHL.

“No, I don’t think that will stop,” Linden’s wife, Cristina, said.

“During my time at Nike ... I got to spend time with Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods,” Canuck president Chris Zimmerman said. “They are extraordinary people. But I have never met another athlete with a bigger heart than Trevor Linden.”

read on…

*Video of Linden’s retirement speech was posted here yesterday

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: charity, trevor+linden

Helm Still in Disbelief

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kirk Penton via the Winnipeg Sun,

[Darren Helm] leapfrogged an awful lot of talent to go from Grand Rapids Griffin in the AHL to fourth-line centre on the Stanley Cup champs.

“Guys that I’ve played with, they just can’t believe it,” Helm said. “... My coach from last year (Medicine Hat Tigers boss Willie Desjardins), he told me he can’t believe how well I played and the fact that I won. He said it’s just such an unbelievable turnaround from last year. I feel the same way. It doesn’t happen ... almost ever.

“My goal this year was to play about five games in the NHL regular season and just be along for the ride in the playoffs. It’s starting to catch up to me now, all the things that have happened.”

more

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  Tags: ahl, darren+helm

Richard Peddie Won’t Go Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Damien Cox at The Star,

So while the headlines today will note the fact that Cliff Fletcher will be GM of the Leafs through the 2008-09 season – oh gosh, aren’t we all shocked? – the truly important news is that Peddie will remain as team president.

Like a bad odour, you just can’t make this guy go away.

From the day Peddie ascended to the power position of having both the Raptors and Leafs report to him in 2003, the hockey club has gone straight downhill. You’d think his bosses might wonder why there hasn’t been a Stanley Cup playoff game at the ACC since 2004.

Instead, he’s managed to survive. Again.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cliff+fletcher, richard+peddie

Watch Out For Fakes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rick Westhead at the Toronto Star,

A prominent hockey memorabilia dealer faces a bizarre $3 million lawsuit several years after police raided a store in Vaughan and seized photos and hockey cards that featured allegedly forged signatures of NHL star Steve Yzerman.

The lawsuit is the second to surface in the past week involving Derrick Luck, who runs Mississauga’s Lucky Sports Management Inc. Luck is one of the top sellers in the hockey memorabilia industry and has had contracts with players including Yzerman, former Leaf Doug Gilmour and Ottawa Senators star Dany Heatley.

The case is certain to increase scrutiny of the multimillion-dollar memorabilia business, one that several leading dealers say is rife with fake signatures and misrepresented hockey jerseys.

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Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hockey+memorabilia

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