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Old 05-10-2007, 12:53 PM   #101
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Default Re: Offical 2006-2007 National Hockey League Thread.

Ok.....we got Detroit versus Anaheim and Buffalo versus Ottowa.

What are your picks?

Since Barry Melrose likes the Ducks and they're the favorite team of Dr. Perry Cox from Scrubs, I'll take the Red Wings.

Just because I have a lot pf pity for people from Buffalo, I'll take the Sabres.
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Ottawa vs Buffalo: Buffalo.

Anaheim vs Detroit: Anaheim.
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:31 PM   #103
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Buffalo I understand. I'm curious as to why you're taking Anaheim.
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I'm curious as to why you're taking Anaheim.
I just feel the Ducks are the better team. More importantly is the fact that Detroit is injury ridden. Losing Schneider (#2 blueliner) for the remainder of the playoffs is a huge blow. Also, the Ducks have played two fewer games than Detroit has up to this point. The Ducks are fresh. Unlike the Sharks, the Ducks will find ways to score on the PP. Hasek will be tested unlike in the past series.

If the Ducks stay out of the box (even though they have the best PK in the PO's which is another huge plus) and play Detroit physical along with the help of a goaltender (Giguere) who is back to his old self and Selanne who started coming on strong in the last round I see no reason why the Ducks can't take them in six. Nevermind having Pahlsson, Moen, Niedermayer and Pronger.
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:10 PM   #105
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i think Detroit will beat Anaheim but the Senators will beat Buffalo. the Senators are just the hottest team in the playoffs right now. i know one thing its goin to be a great ending to the playoffs
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I just feel the Ducks are the better team. More importantly is the fact that Detroit is injury ridden. Losing Schneider (#2 blueliner) for the remainder of the playoffs is a huge blow. Also, the Ducks have played two fewer games than Detroit has up to this point. The Ducks are fresh. Unlike the Sharks, the Ducks will find ways to score on the PP. Hasek will be tested unlike in the past series.

If the Ducks stay out of the box (even though they have the best PK in the PO's which is another huge plus) and play Detroit physical along with the help of a goaltender (Giguere) who is back to his old self and Selanne who started coming on strong in the last round I see no reason why the Ducks can't take them in six. Nevermind having Pahlsson, Moen, Niedermayer and Pronger.
That's reasonable.
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:45 PM   #107
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Default Re: Offical 2006-2007 National Hockey League Thread.

And to the surprise of a good number of hockey fans, the Senators easily put down the Sabres in 5. Also, the Ducks put down the Redwings in 6.
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:13 AM   #108
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Well, well, well...lookie who's back in the news?

Balsillie attempting to buy Predators

Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie

5/23/2007 11:55:57 PM

Jim Balsillie is at it again.

After a failed bid to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins, sources tell TSN the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research In Motion has an agreement in place to purchase the Nashville Predators.

The transaction is subject to league approval and that may take some time – sources suggest weeks as opposed to days – and it remains to be seen whether that approval will be granted.

Balsillie's proposed deal to purchase the Penguins fell apart in large part because of conditions set by the NHL. That was because the NHL believed strongly in Pittsburgh as an NHL market and did not want Balsillie buying and moving the team. It's no secret Balsillie would like to put a second NHL franchise in southern Ontario, either in Hamilton or the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Whether the league would look more favorably on a relocating of the Predators remains to be seen, but serious questions about the long-term viability of the Nashville market have been raised this season.

Current Predators owner Craig Leipold met with the NHL's executive committee on Wednesday to advise them of the agreement to sell the team to Balsillie. He then informed Predators employees of the pending sale. Leipold is expected to address the media Thursday afternoon in Nashville.

For the moment, neither Balsillie nor the Nashville Predators are prepared to comment. Nashville media outlets are reporting a news conference is scheduled for Thursday.

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If this deal goes through, say hello to the Kansas City or Hamilton Predators. IMO, the league would allow this move to take place, unlike the Penguins, for this reason alone:

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The "long-term viability" they are talking about is the fact that several major corporate sponsors, including Gaylord Entertainment Co., who once held the naming rights to the Nashville Arena, have pulled their support from the team, and there aren't any lining up to take their spots. They also aren't selling their luxury suites at the arena, which of course is a major source of revenue for the team - the building itself is only 8 years old. Not to mention the fact that there really isn't a whole lot of fan interest in the city, which should surprise no one. Therefore, they are losing money hand over fist and probably will in the forseeable future. It's just as well, because how the league EVER thought hockey would be viable in a city like Nashville is beyond me. But that's Gary Butt-Head for you.
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:40 AM   #109
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Here's the exact lease agreement the Predators have with the city/arena, and the reasons why the team likely will be moved (for reference, Nashville Arena, or Sommet Center as it is now called, seats 17,113 for hockey):

Details on Predators lease agreement

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5/23/2007 11:55:32 PM

According to the Predators lease agreement with the Sommet Center in Nashville, the team has until the middle of this June to exercise a clause in the agreement that would allow the owner to move the team if the Predators don't average at least 14,000 in paid attendance next season.

The Predators were 25th in the NHL with an average attendance of 14,428, but that was total attendance including all free tickets. Their paid attendance was somewhere closer to 12,000 and the team has had a terrible time getting the Nashville corporate community to support the team.

There are several caveats to the deal, however. First, even if the Predators average fewer than 14,000 paid – which would also seriously cut into their take in revenue sharing – whoever owns the team would have to pay the city $18 million to move the team. The city also has an option in the deal to make up any shortfall in revenues that would result in fewer than 14,000 paid and if it did that, it would force the Predators to stay in Nashville.

No matter what the lease agreement is, the Predators have long been seen as a vulnerable franchise, one that is a prime candidate to be moved. Despite that, and yearly losses for the team, owner Craig Leipold is expected to recoup all his losses by selling the team.

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Enjoy your retirement Brian Leetch. It was a joy watching you play for the last 18 seasons. A consummate pro on and off the ice to say the least.

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