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Report: Purchase price agreed on for Devils

Jason Brough

Aug 9, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

If a report from FOX 29′s Howard Eskin (Philadelphia) is accurate, the New Jersey Devils could have themselves a new owner very soon.

Eskin tweets that billionaire Joshua Harris, the managing owner of the NBA’s 76ers, has agreed on a purchase price to buy the Devils from current owner Jeff Vanderbeek. That purchase price would apparently cover Vanderbeek’s debt, which has been reported in the neighborhood of $230 million.

If Harris (and his investment group) do end up buying the Devils, it has to be considered good news for fans of the financially-troubled franchise. According to Forbes, Harris — the co-founder of private equity firm Apollo Global Management — is worth $2.1 billion.



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http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/stories/2013/08/10/fan-favorite-jody-shelley-joins-blue-jackets-front-office.html

Blue Jackets: Fan favorite Jody Shelley joins front office in multipurpose role

By Shawn Mitchell

The Columbus Dispatch Saturday August 10, 2013 6:25 AM

The Blue Jackets officially announced the hiring of former enforcer and fan favorite Jody Shelley yesterday morning, appointing him to the new position of broadcast associate and team ambassador.

Shelley, 37, will be a jack-of-all-trades for the Jackets, occasionally contributing to team radio and television broadcasts as an analyst. He also will have a hand in the production of video for the team website and will work in business and community relations.

Shelley, his wife, Mandy, and their two children moved back to Columbus this summer after he ended his playing career with the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

“Jody was highly thought of as a player because of his work ethic, toughness and leadership, both on and off the ice, and you can’t have enough of those types of people in your organization,” said John Davidson, the Blue Jackets’ president of hockey operations.

Shelley made his Blue Jackets debut on Feb. 17, 2001.

He went on to appear in 380 games with the club, racking up a franchise-record 1,025 penalty minutes while registering 11 goals and 18 assists. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 29, 2008, and later played for the New York Rangers and Philadelphia.

Overall, Shelley had 18 goals, 36 assists and 1,538 penalty minutes in 627 NHL games.

Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has 963 penalty minutes in 388 games and likely will surpass Shelley’s team record this season.

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Preds getting creative to Keep the Red Out (sorry Chicago fans)

By Jeremy K. Gover

When the Chicago Blackhawks come to town, there’s typically a sea of red inside Bridgestone Arena. Chicago, Illinois is a huge market (the third largest in the United States) so it stands to reason that they would have fans everywhere and, in addition, their fans would travel well.

Of course, winning Stanley Cups helps too.

“Remember that game we had against them where there were probably 100 Blackhawks fans here, give or take?” Nashville President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry asked sarcastically. “All in really new jerseys with crisp name plates? Some of them live here obviously but others came down. And why did they come down? Their team was on fire, they couldn’t get a ticket back home and it was a lot cheaper to come down and have a great weekend here.”

Sorry Chicago fans but it’s about to get a lot tougher for you to repeat that.

The Predators unveiled the Keep the Red Out campaign when they were set to play their arch rival, the Detroit Red Wings, in the opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They furthered the effort by offering a Predators Pro Shop deal to the numerous Detroit transplants that live in Middle Tennessee. If you traded in your Detroit jersey, you could get 50% off a new Preds gold jersey. The promotion was met around the league with both heavy skepticism and respectful applause but, regardless of the perception, it had success. According to the Predators, roughly 300 Red Wings jerseys were exchanged. After many years of seeing less and less winged wheel in the stands, now Nashville had tangible evidence that there was a transition happening.

Fast forward a year and a half and the Predators are continuing the effort. This time, however, due of the sudden explosion of Blackhawks fans that seem to have come out of the woodwork.

“If I said we were doing this plan five years ago, you would’ve said ‘Oh, for the Red Wings!’ of course,” Henry said. “When we played them in the playoffs, we kept the red out there. Why? A lot of their fans that live here really converted over.”

So Nashville is getting creative. This season, for the first time, you will not be allowed to buy single game tickets for the November 16, December 17 and April 12 home dates against the Blackhawks. In order to get tickets to those games, you’ll be required to purchase a second game as well.

“For Blackhawks games, we want to make sure that we preserve this building as much as we can for those who live in Smashville,” Henry said.

That’s a great thought and all but how do they intend to do that?

“The best way to buy a Blackhawk ticket is to have a season ticket, a half season ticket or a 15-game plan,” Henry said. “But we also realize that we’re still going to have to sell 3,000-4,000 single tickets for that game. What it’s going to do by forcing another game is we’ll almost direct it toward people that live in the general area, for the most part. And (for the pre-sale) only those in the zip codes that we unlock can buy the Blackhawk game and a second game. So we’re breaking down every barrier we can to Keep the Red Out.”

That helps keep Chicago fans at bay, for sure. But what if Blackhawks fans really want to jump through hoops to see their team play in Music City?

“They’re going to have to earn it,” Henry said. “And they’re going to help us continue to grow our roster by building our (revenue at the) gate. It’s that simple. In the end, we’re building something pretty special. If we have to do it off the backs of their fans a little bit, I’m not apologizing for it.

“We don’t want to build those ticket grosses off of our core — our lifeblood — the season ticket holders. We want to build it off the single game buyers who only want to buy those games.”

Not able to go to that second game you’re forced to buy but still really want to see the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions? The Preds have that covered as well.

“We’ve built in a plan where they can donate the ticket back to members of the military,” Henry said.

Whether you like the idea or not, you have to applaud the organization for the attempt. When it’s all said and done, however, it’ll be interesting to see how this goes over. Nashville sold out 25 of its 41 home games in 2011-12. Then, coming off of a lockout that should have driven fans away, they sold out 20 of 24. Can they keep that momentum up while making it harder to get the most sought-after ticket? Or is it just good business, like how airlines charge more for more popular destinations? And, if it is just good business, is the Nashville market ready to accept that in order to go to a hockey game? We see both arguments and are very curious as to how it’ll turn out.

One thing is for certain: we’re very excited to see more gold and less red at 501 Broadway, regardless of how it happens.



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http://toomanymenonthesite.com/2013/08/15/colorado-avalanche-extend-gabriel-landeskog-for-7-years/

Colorado Avalanche Extend Gabriel Landeskog For 7 Years
Aug 15th, 2013 at 3:41 pm by Andrew Slawson

The Colorado Avalanche have agreed to a 7 year extension with 20 year old, Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog was drafted 2nd overall in 2011 by the Aves, and was named captain of the team in 2012, becoming the NHL’s youngest captain at age 19.

This season would have been the last on Landeskog’s current entry level contract. Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012 for the league’s best rookie. He played in all 82 games that season, scoring 22 goals and posting 30 assists for 50 points.

Landeskog returned to Sweden during the lockout to play with Djurgården. He played 17 games with the team putting up 8 goals and 6 assists in the short time. He returned to the U.S. after the lockout, and played in 36 games for the Avalanche. He totaled 17 points this season, putting up 9 goals and 8 assists.

Joe Sakic and company in Colorado are clearly putting the faith of the future in Landeskog. He’ll be a great player and a great leader for the Aves for years to come. The Avalanche may not be contenders just yet, but with the youth the organization has, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before they’re back in the races



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Colorado Avalanche Extend Gabriel Landeskog For 7 Years
Aug 15th, 2013 at 3:41 pm by Andrew Slawson

The Colorado Avalanche have agreed to a 7 year extension with 20 year old, Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog was drafted 2nd overall in 2011 by the Aves, and was named captain of the team in 2012, becoming the NHL’s youngest captain at age 19.

This season would have been the last on Landeskog’s current entry level contract. Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012 for the league’s best rookie. He played in all 82 games that season, scoring 22 goals and posting 30 assists for 50 points.

Landeskog returned to Sweden during the lockout to play with Djurgården. He played 17 games with the team putting up 8 goals and 6 assists in the short time. He returned to the U.S. after the lockout, and played in 36 games for the Avalanche. He totaled 17 points this season, putting up 9 goals and 8 assists.

Joe Sakic and company in Colorado are clearly putting the faith of the future in Landeskog. He’ll be a great player and a great leader for the Aves for years to come. The Avalanche may not be contenders just yet, but with the youth the organization has, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before they’re back in the races



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Lamoriello has faith in new Devils owners

Jason Brough

Aug 15, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

As expected, the New Jersey Devils, in addition to the rights to operate the Prudential Center arena where they play, have been sold to a group headed by billionaire Josh Harris, who’s also the principal owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.

“It is with great pride that I stand here today …and share with you the sense of excitement we have as the new owners of the New Jersey Devils,” Harris said Thursday at a press conference in Newark, per NHL.com. “I can assure everyone here that David [Blitzer, co-owner] and I take the responsibility for being stewards of this great franchise seriously and we look forward to building excitement on and off the ice.”

Also present today was Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said he’s been impressed by the new owners and feels they’re committed to winning.

“Everyone wants to win but not everyone knows how,” he said. “They’re creative, they’re intuitive and they want to get an edge in every way they can. I’m comfortable with that and I’m honored to be here and stay here in New Jersey with the New Jersey Devils.”

Former owner Jeff Vanderbeek will remain with the Devils as a senior adviser and will reportedly retain a partial ownership share in the team.

Scott O’Neil, the former president of Madison Square Garden Sports, has been tapped to run business operations.

All in all, the change in ownership has to be seen as good news for Devils fans who’ve had to hear about the club’s financial struggles for some time now.

Lamoriello said he is comfortable knowing the new owners are committed to giving him the tools to put a winning team on the ice.—
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Blitzer on keeping Lamoriello in role: " This team has stood for excellence and we don't want to fiddle with excellence."—
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Flyers captain Giroux to miss 5-6 weeks after finger surgery

Joe Yerdon

Aug 15, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

After an initial report from CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio saying Flyers captain Claude Giroux pulled out of a charity golf tournament in Ottawa due to an injury to one of his surgically repaired wrists, it turns out he had a freak accident to contend with instead.

The Flyers updated the situation saying Giroux had surgery to repair his right index finger on Thursday after hurting it during a round of golf. The team says Giroux’s club shattered sending splinters of the shaft into his finger.

While he didn’t break any bones, there was severe damage to the tendons in his finger. The team says it’ll take 5-6 weeks for a full recovery.

This is an unlucky blow to the team just a month before training camp was set to open. If there’s an upside here, it’s that Giroux likely won’t miss any time in the regular season and will still have a couple weeks in the preseason to get up to speed.



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Blue Jackets’ Prout to miss six weeks after abdominal surgery

Joe Yerdon

Aug 16, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

After an impressive rookie season, Columbus’ Dalton Prout is going to have to wait to show what he’s made of this season.

The Blue Jackets announced Prout would miss the start of preseason after undergoing abdominal surgery. GM Jarmo Kekalainen cleared up what was going on with the 23-year-old defenseman.

“Dalton has been experiencing some soreness for a number of weeks and after initial tests indicated a muscle strain, we discovered this week that there was actually a small tear and that surgery would be his best option,” said Kekalainen.  ”They typical recovery time for an injury like this is six weeks, so our hope is he will be ready by the start of the regular season.”

That six week timeline times out to put him back in action in late September, just in time for the start of the regular season.

The question for Prout is how this affects his ability to compete for a starting job. With four spots likely spoken for (Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski, Fedor Tyutin, and Nikita Nikitin) he’ll be up against 2012 first-round pick Ryan Murray and Tim Erixon for the final two spots.



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Second-line center spot up for grabs in Chicago

Jason Brough

Aug 16, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

There wasn’t a lot to dislike about the Chicago Blackhawks when they entered the 2013 playoffs. This was, after all, a team that had gone 36-7-5 in the regular season, easily winning the Presidents’ Trophy.

But if one had to nitpick, it might’ve been about the team’s second-line center, which at the time appeared to be veteran Michal Handzus.

The ‘Hawks had recently given up a fourth-round draft pick to get Handzus from San Jose, where the 36-year-old had scored just two points in 28 games. He was a bit more productive in 11 games with the Blackhawks, but productive enough to be a second-line center on a Stanley Cup contender? There were doubters.

Handzus ended up proving those doubters wrong, finishing with 11 points in 23 playoff games as the ‘Hawks went on to win their second championship in four years. He then re-signed for one more season in Chicago, at a modest salary of $1 million. Plus, he had a couple of surgeries.

Despite his surprisingly strong playoff performance, Handzus isn’t really the player the Blackhawks want playing second-line center next season. Nor will it be Dave Bolland, who was traded to Toronto.

Ahead of training camp, it’s young Brandon Saad who seems to have the inside edge.

“Saader is probably the guy we’re thinking maybe grab that spot, would be an option,” head coach Joel Quenneville said in late July. “It’s something we talked about as a staff late in the year. It’s something going into the season we could be exploring.”

Saad, 20, is coming off an outstanding rookie season, but that was playing on the wing. At center, there are additional responsibilities, particularly in the defensive end.

“Defensively, I think we can get him up to speed,” said Quenneville.

“At the end of the day, I mean I don’t really care who’s going to grab it, but it’s a nice spot for somebody.”

Other options include Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger, Handzus, Brandon Pirri and Drew LeBlanc.



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Pirri leads list of ‘Hawks prospects to watch

Jason Brough

Aug 16, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

Since 2008, when the Chicago Blackhawks took Kyle Beach with the 11th overall pick, the highest they’ve drafted is 18th. Which is to say, they’d be excused if their system wasn’t chock-full of top prospects.

But after a championship season in which home-grown youngsters like Brandon Saad (43rd overall in 2011) and Andrew Shaw (139th in 2011) played key roles, there could be even more of those stories in 2013-14.

Brandon Pirri is one name ‘Hawks fans can expect to hear often during training camp. Drafted 59th overall in 2009, the 22-year-old center is coming off an AHL-high 75-point season with Rockford.

“Brandon has done everything we’ve asked him to do,” ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman said in July, per the Chicago Tribune. “He’s slowly grown his game each year. He’s not just an offensive guy, he played in all situations. To lead the whole league in scoring as a 21-year-old — it’s pretty impressive. (It) showed he’s got a lot of talent. We’ve brought him along slowly and we’re excited about what he brings.”

Pirri is one of the candidates to grab the open second-line center job. However, that’s traditionally a role that demands responsibility at both ends of the ice, not just a points producer.

“One of the things we really worked on in Rockford the last three years is his defensive responsibilities in his own end and when he doesn’t have the puck, just trying to make him into a well-rounded two-way player,” said IceHogs coach Ted Dent, per ESPN Chicago.

Besides Pirri, there are others that ‘Hawks management is hoping are ready to take the step to become full-timers in the NHL, like forwards Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith.

“We’ve built this team for the most part from the ground up, adding a few pieces from the outside,” Bowman said in June, per the Sun-Times. “Really, the core from this group came from drafting. We’d like to continue this process.”



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Even after Cup win, Crawford’s future in Chicago is cloudy

Jason Brough

Aug 16, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

Corey Crawford finished the 2013 playoffs with a record of 16-7-2, a goals-against average of 1.84, and a save percentage of .932.

Oh, and 1.0 Stanley Cups hoisted over his head.

To say the 28-year-old proved his detractors wrong this past spring would be an understatement. Crawford only had one really poor outing, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final when the Boston Bruins put five behind him. Fortunately for the Blackhawks, they got six behind Tuukka Rask that night.

After the Cup was won, the ‘Hawks were all but lining up to lavish praise on their goalie.

“He obviously took a lot of heat over the last couple of years. And all he’s done is just played unreal from start to finish this year,” defenseman Duncan Keith said. “I can’t say enough about him. The pressure on him, to do what he did was unbelievable.”

Of course, Antti Niemi was pretty good for the Blackhawks in 2010, and he ended up signing with the San Jose Sharks that summer. A salary cap can lead to tough choices for teams that spend to the max.

Which brings us back to Crawford, who has one year remaining on his contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent. Currently, his cap hit is around $2.7 million; barring injury or total meltdown next season, it will be going up with his new deal. The questions are: how much will it be going up? And, will the Blackhawks be the ones responsible for it?

Per CapGeek, Chicago already has over $56 million allocated to just 12 players in 2014-15. On top of that, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are pending UFAs in 2015-16. And with all due respect to Crawford, those two take priority.

On the other hand, there isn’t a sure-fire successor to Crawford in the system. The ‘Hawks recently signed veteran Nikolai Khabibulin to a one-year deal to replace backup Ray Emery, who went to Philadelphia in free agency.

Could Finnish free-agent signing Antti Raanta be the goalie of the future?

Raanta, 24, was named SM-liiga playoff MVP this season, capturing the Jari Kurri Trophy (Finland’s equivalent to the Conn Smythe) and while posting a 1.33 GAA and .955 save percentage for Assat, backstopping the club to the league championship.

“He had a great season,” said general manager Stan Bowman. “Hats off to him. I think we were very fortunate to get him. Our staff worked hard and had discussions with him and his agent. We tried to explain where we see him. We think he has a bright future, and now it’s just a matter of getting him acclimated to the North American style. We think he’ll do very well.”

It figures that Raanta is headed for the AHL to start the season, and he’s comfortable with that.

It also figures that how he performs with Rockford could have an impact on Crawford’s future with the club.



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I'm pretty sure that's enough Chicago Blackhawks news for today.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: I'm pretty sure that's enough Chicago Blackhawks news for today.
LOL it was Black Hawks day on Pro Hockey Talk:shock:



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CanadianHorseman wrote: I'm pretty sure that's enough Chicago Blackhawks news for today.
LOL it was Black Hawks day on Pro Hockey Talk:shock:


You know that I'm still a bit bitter.......well maybe more than just a bit. :X



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CanadianHorseman wrote: I'm pretty sure that's enough Chicago Blackhawks news for today.
LOL it was Black Hawks day on Pro Hockey Talk:shock:


The Blackhawks are part of the NBC Sports family. That's one of the reasons on why They get a lot of coverage.



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