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New Edmonton arena plan on the verge of approval (Update: Approved)


Edmonton city councilors are poised to approve a new downtown arena financing plan that will see the Oilers move into a new $480 million home by 2016.

From the Globe and Mail:

The city would provide a total of $219-million in funding, including $140-million for the arena itself. The Katz Group would provide $143-million, including $115-million for the arena itself. $125-million would be provided by a ticket surcharge, all of it directed to the arena project.

It should be noted the plan still calls for the province to chip in $100 million for the arena, which may be easier planned than actually accomplished.

If you’re into this sort of thing, the Edmonton Journal has been running a live blog of today’s meeting.

Update: Deal approved.

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal

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Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.


Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.