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The Nashville Arena

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from the Nashville City Paper,

The Nashville Predators have notified Metro the team intends to drop the “Gaylord Entertainment Center” appellation of the downtown arena it calls home and to re-title the complex, at least for the time being, the “Nashville Arena.”...
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President Ed Lang notified Metro Sports Authority Chairman Kevin Lavender of the intended name change in a Feb. 26 letter, stating, “It is the Predators’ ultimate intention to secure a long-term naming rights partner for the facility. In the interim, though, we believe it most appropriate to return the venue identification to its original name — the Nashville Arena.”

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Preds Suffer More Injuries

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from the Tennessean,

The Predators lost two more players to injury Tuesday when center Scott Nichol suffered a broken thumb and defenseman Marek Zidlicky suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Nichol said he took a two-handed slash to his hand from Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda near the end of the first period. No penalty was called on the play.
“Hopefully the league will review it and we’ll see what they say,’’ said Nichol, who expected to be out at least a couple of weeks.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Zidlicky suffered the injury. Coach Barry Trotz said he didn’t know how long the defenseman would be out, but didn’t think the injury was too serious.

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Penguins Officials Head To Vegas

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins will travel to Las Vegas today to explore a possible move, as state and local leaders try to arrange a meeting with the team to get talks here back on track….
Team officials also are hoping to set up a meeting this week, possibly in Los Angeles, with representatives of Anschutz Entertainment Group, manager of the $276 million Sprint Center being built in Kansas City. They also are trying to set up a meeting in Houston, another city trying to attract a National Hockey League team.

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Canes Need More Corporate Involvement

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from the News & Observer, A

lthough corporate sales and partnerships have jumped about 60 percent this season, team president and general manager Jim Rutherford said, the Hurricanes are 30 percent shy of the team’s high-water mark after its run to the 2002 Stanley Cup finals.
“We’re still not back to where we were at one point,” Rutherford said Tuesday, declining to discuss specific figures. “And it’s important that we do that as we move forward in order to share in [league] revenue sharing. ... It’s very encouraging, the jump we’ve taken related to the worth of hockey coming off winning the Stanley Cup, but we still have to improve on that.”

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Hunter Brothers Not Contacted By Flyers

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from the Courier Post,

Amid recent whispers the Flyers might be interested in Mark and Dale Hunter replacing Paul Holmgren and John Stevens after this season, Mark Hunter told the London (Ontario) Free Press that neither he nor his brother has been contacted by the Flyers.
Mark Hunter, general manager of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, said he was surprised to hear his name mentioned in connection with the job currently held by Holmgren.

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The Goalie Fights

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from the OC Register,

The testosterone was balled up and flying now, not unlike the fists were all around him.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, seeing each of his five teammates paired with an opponent and attempting to rid those opponents of their molars, suddenly challenged the goalie watching from the opposite end of the ice.
“I started it,” Giguere says, “but it didn’t work out too good for me.”
How is that?
“I ended up getting my butt kicked,” he says.

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Report- Kaberle Done For The Season

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from the National Post,

Welcome to life without Tomas Kaberle. Kubina, and others, might have to get used to it.
Kaberle, who is by far Toronto’s best defenceman, is still suffering from the effects of a concussion suffered Friday night after a cheap-shot hit from New Jersey goon Cam Janssen. The club set a target goal of a week to 10 days for his return—a timeframe that Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, immediately downplayed. But sources familiar with the situation have told the Post that Kaberle will not, in fact, return this season.
“He’s done,” one source told the Post.

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added 1:05pm, from TSN,

Injured Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle has refuted a published report that claimed that the blue liner’s season was over.

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Drury Back

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from the Buffalo News,

It’s been 13 days since Chris Drury was knocked out of the lineup, but time has an interesting way of moving for players unaccustomed to being on the sidelines.
“In some ways it feels like a couple months,” he said.
The time away ends today for the Buffalo Sabres co-captain. He will be in the lineup at 7 p.m. when his first NHL team, the Colorado Avalanche, visits HSBC Arena.

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The Euro-Captain

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fropm the Star-Ledger,

What must Cherry be thinking these days, with fighting and physical play way down in the new-rules NHL, and the league so heavily populated by European players that no one bats an eye at the fact that 11 of the 30 teams are captained by a European?
Cherry passed on a request to answer that question, but others in the NHL aren’t that surprised by the influx.
“The NHL’s come a long way,” Brendan Shanahan, the Toronto-born left wing and Rangers assistant captain said a few weeks ago when asked about the proliferation of Euro captains. “In past years, there was definitely a stereotype and a prejudice against Europeans, and probably for some people, there always will be.
“But most knowledgeable hockey people realize that it doesn’t matter now where you’re born or where you grew up playing; desire is desire and leadership is leadership.”

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Nash Learning To Be “The Man”

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

“This is really important. If your best players are your best players by the way they play the game and not just because they have skill, then everyone is forced to follow,” said coach Ken Hitchcock, who deserves credit for demanding that Nash become more than a scoring threat. “If Peyton Manning is his team’s best athlete, great, but if he doesn’t play a team game — make everybody else feel valuable — then they never can have success. The same with us.”
The evolution of Nash reminds Hitchcock of Mike Modano’s transformation under the coach’s tutelage in Dallas.

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