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Quick Hits and Tidbits - August 10th

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Rumor has it that under-age Patrick Kane had been partying before going "Grand Theft Auto" on his taxi driver at 4AM Sunday morning.  "No comment" from his lawyer.
Rumor has it that under-age Patrick Kane had been partying before going "Grand Theft Auto" on his taxi driver at 4AM Sunday morning. "No comment" from his lawyer.

As the hockey world turns-

"Patty Cake" Kane delivers his biggest hit of the season on Buffalo taxi driver.

Everyone is talking right now about the early Sunday morning arrest of Patrick Kane and his cousin after an alleged assault of a taxi driver over 20 cents in a taxi cab.  There are two sides to every story, but it will be interesting to see how Kane explains his way out of the bruises on the cabbies' face.  Maybe it was his cousin's doing?

And all these years I have been tipping cabbies....that must not be the custom in Buffalo.

JR finally calls it quits.

One of the top scorers in USA hockey history, Jeremy Roenick, recently announced his retirement.  Gambling aside, he was always one of my favorite characters of the game because he normally would speak from the heart and say some pretty outrageous things.  I remember one All Star game a few years ago he actually delivered a big hit on one of the opposition, (which is usually a no-no),  and everyone was cracking up laughing on both benches.  

Then there was the time he was dancing on the ice during a break at a  preseason game in Las Vegas.  What a crowd pleaser!  He looks like possible "Dancing with the Stars" material. 

The Hockey News has a "Top 10 List" of his best quotes which is worth a look. 

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Canes Country not the only ones questioning the Bruins.

When the Boston Bruins traded Aaron Ward so that they could sign Derek Morris, Cory and I both questioned the move and the amount of money paid to Morris.  It seems that Adam Proteau of The Hockey News agrees as he gave the signing a "dishonorable mention" in his article titled the "Worst UFA Signings of 2009".  Number one on the list?  Nick Khabibulin.  The New York Rangers made the list three times with the signings of Marian Gaborik, Ales Kotalik, and Donald Brashear

Nothing new for the Rangers to over-pay for free agents.  We will see how it works out for them this time. 

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More Drama in the Desert.

James Mirtle has been doing a lot of research and work covering the battle in court regarding the Phoenix Coyotes.  It's sad to see this happening to the local fans, but it has been an interesting process to watch, and it's far from over

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Calamity Continues in Tampa Bay

Apparently, the NHL is attempting to force a buyout between the feuding owners in Tampa Bay.  Will these guys be in court next?  The economy seems pretty good for lawyers representing the various entities throughout the NHL.  Not a bad gig if you can get it.