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Here We Go Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN and LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, February 13, 2008 –
Palace Sports & Entertainment and OK Hockey LLC, an entity controlled by Oren Koules, announced today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby OK Hockey LLC would acquire the Tampa Bay Lightning, the leasehold rights to the St. Pete Times Forum and approximately 5.5 acres of land in Tampa’s Channelside District from Palace Sports & Entertainment. Completion of the transaction, which is expected to close within the next 105 days, is contingent on customary closing conditions and final approval from the National Hockey League.

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added 6:28pm, Lightning Strikes asks the key question…

The next question will be who makes the final calls as the trade deadline approaches.

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What The Next Leafs GM Can Expect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

The man who runs the Leafs, in other words, is surrounded by second guessers, many with inside ties to the organization and an ability to get information that often embarrasses management.

“Nobody needs that kind of pressure,” said one NHL general manager.

So is it a dream post or someone’s worst nightmare? Is it hockey heaven or shinny hell on earth?

Whoever takes over the job—Burke, Holland, NHL vice president Colin Campbell and Carolina GM Jim Rutherford are seen as the front runners—will need a thick skin to deal with the daily scrutiny and a total free hand to rebuild without interference, something the Leafs organization says it will allow but has been historically reluctant to grant.

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Holland: “We’re Not Opposed To Bringing Back Cory Cross”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 1835 (below) with severeal outright lies from Ken Holland.  Attaboy.  Oh come on.  Take a joke already.  Ken Holland didn’t say that in his giggles-for-all, four-way, no-holds-barred phoncon with the NHL media today.

But he might as well have.

The Globe and Mail

“At this time of year, you’re looking for experience,” said Holland. “Everybody would love to have a top-six forward or a No. 4 or 5 defenceman. Everything depends on price.”

 

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Atlanta Still Holding On To Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Ledger-Enquirer,

Atlanta began the day third in the division, one point behind second-place Washington and two points behind Carolina.

Waddell said his options include re-signing Hossa, keeping the veteran on the team even if he remains unsigned, or trading Hossa for players who could help Atlanta this season and in the future. He said he hasn’t decided when he would end attempts to re-sign Hossa.

“We haven’t tied ourselves to a date,” Waddell said. “Our No. 1 goal is to try to sign this player. In the meantime, we’re in a big race here. He’s one of our most important players. We’re utilizing our players as much as we can to try to make sure we stay in contention. If you end up trading the player for a lesser player right now, it makes more sense to keep your player for as long as you can to try to establish yourself within your division.”

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Just A Forsberg Mention

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have received numerous emails today asking me about the return of Forsberg to the NHL.

Time to ease up folks, when he decides what he is going to do, you will know, but the latest is he is still unsure if his foot/ankle will hold up.

End of story and no, we will not be posting every rumor about him.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

8 Worst NHL Trades Ever

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ted Montgomery at USA Today,

As we draw nearer to the NHL trade deadline (Feb. 26), let’s take a few moments to look back at some of the dumbest, most ill-advised trades ever consummated between two NHL teams. These aren’t the only bad trades ever made, but they are certainly among the worst.

To borrow an adage from another sport, any free-swinging baseball slugger will tell you that two extreme outcomes can happen when you take that big swing at a pitch: You can hit a home run, or you can look silly corkscrewing yourself into the ground after completely whiffing. That’s what happened in the following big NHL trades. (Keep in mind, however, that every foolhardy trade on this list made the opposite team’s brass look absolutely brilliant.)

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Raising Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times,

‘‘Things came pretty easy at the start,’’ Savard said Tuesday. ‘‘Now teams are fighting to make the playoffs, and the games are getting tougher to play in—but he’s capable of doing that.’‘

Kane’s smallish 170-pound frame may be wearing down, and the absence of center Jonathan Toews for 16 games didn’t help. They had been jelling as linemates.

‘‘With Toews not being around, that made things a little tougher for him,’’ Savard said. ‘‘It takes a [good] centerman to make a line, and not having Toews makes a difference. But they’ll get back to it.

‘’[Kane] has to come with a good work ethic in practice and get in the gym a little more to get stronger.’‘

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Simon Back in Practice with Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Simon will be eligible to return to the Islanders’ line-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning next Thursday. He has been serving a 30-game suspension for stomping on the leg of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu.

“What I love most is playing hockey and when it gets taken away I realize how much I love it. Ted has always been a great help and a great supporter. My teammates were amazing. The whole organization kept checking in on me and seeing how I was doing and what I was up to. I really appreciated that,”  Simon said after practice.

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  Tags: chris+simon, suspensions

Four NHL GMs in Press Conference Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, the NHL hosted a press teleconference call featuring four general managers of the NHL.  They can be heard on the audio player below, or downloaded here. Please have patience with loading or downloading, as it’s a very large mp3 file.

Each Q&A session is roughly 15 minutes each, and are featured in this order:

  • Ken Holland—Detroit Red Wings
  • Paul Holmgren—Philadelphia Flyers
  • Don Waddell—Atlanta Thrashers
  • Brian Burke—Anaheim Ducks

 


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note1: the Burke audio is extremely low due to technical issues.
note2: a printed transcript will be added below as soon as it’s available


Update 2:59pm ET: At the Globe & Mail, Eric Duhatschek provides some analysis of the commentary in this press conference.

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  Tags: brian+burke, don+waddell, ken+holland, media, paul+holmgren, press+conference

Trade Deadline Primer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Supplied by the NHL…

How is a trade made?

After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal. Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from February 26 on.

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