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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

On the Sharks lack of playoff success in recent years:

“For the last four years, this team has been built to win the Stanley Cup – legit, like we were right there every single year. But we were missing a little bit, something was going wrong all the time.

“Is this the most disappointing year? Maybe because there’s been three previous years where we lost and this was the last kick in the you-know-where. Where do we go? It’s all up to the management. As players, we have the same mentality – we’ve suffered for so many months and now it’s time to put it behind us and go on the ice again.

more plus how the Marleau rumor started…

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Evening Line

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“You feel for everybody.  Wayne gets a lot of the attention and it probably puts a lot of undue pressure on him, but you feel for everybody. I’ve got to know a lot of people pretty personally in the organization that are on pins and needles.

“From the training staff to the security guys to our PR guys – those guys are waiting to see if they have jobs. That’s a lot of pressure.”

-Shane Doan of the Coyotes.  More from Doan by Chris Johnston of the CP via the Toronto Star.

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Kings Want To Get Noticed

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Consistently missing the playoffs while your biggest rival wins the Stanley Cup and your primary Staples Center co-tenant hangs another NBA championship banner will reduce your profile in a busy sports town.

The Kings, though far enough along in another rebuilding phase to challenge for a playoff spot this season, are still battling for a greater presence here and a bigger fan base. Operating from a position of relative weakness means that to make an impression they must be bold and come up something with more than slick slogans that turn into bad jokes when the team goes sour.

They’ve come up with an idea that isn’t original but is a first for them and could become a regular event.

Starting Friday the Kings will hold a three-day Hockey Fest at LA Live and the Nokia Theatre, across from Staples Center.


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Anyone Know A Gazillionaire?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The reality is, the chances of some anonymous deep-pocketed gazillionaire doing commissioner Gary Bettman that favour over the long term is virtually nil – which brings up a delicious scenario for anyone hoping to see a seventh Canadian team join the NHL sooner rather than later.

What if the NHL is successful in its bid, but predictably, a year down the road, drops the usual $30-million in operating losses in Phoenix? Would there not be tremendous pressure from the board of governors to ponder relocating the team at that juncture, rather than continue to pour dollars down what has, at this stage, been a bottomless money pit? And if that does become the over-riding sentiment, wouldn’t the Toronto Coyotes – operating out of the Air Canada Centre – sound like a financially appealing alternative?

Think of it this way. The Maple Leafs will have any number of objections to a team entering into its market, but the biggest must surely be the threat of a rival team coming in and constructing a new state-of-the-art facility that would compete with the ACC for Fleetwood Mac and Britney Spears and all the major touring showbiz acts that arenas use to fill the dates around their anchor sports tenants.

read on

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IIHF Bans Hudler Fron Sanctioned Games

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via David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Peter Adler, the Edmonton-based Euro-hockey expert, passes on these items . . .

The International Ice Hockey Federation is refusing to grant Jiri Hudler his transfer card, which means he is not allowed to practice or play for his new team, Moscow Dynamo, reports Sovietski Sport.

Without this card, Hudler can’t play in any IIHF-sanctioned game. The Russian league is under the domain of the IIHF, hence Hudler’s current problem.

The IIHF’s stance is baffling to Alexander Medvedev, chief of the KHL, because both the Detroit Red Wings, Hudler’s NHL team, and the Czech federation have given permission to Hudler to play for Dynamo, according to Medvedev.


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NHL Pulls Out All Stops To Keep Balsillie Out

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The Phoenix Coyotes situation is quickly becoming an even bigger mess than it had already become.  The team is in bankruptcy and goes to auction on September 10th.  Various hearings will be held in between now and the auction to try to sort out a mess of legal wranglings. 

The NHL was dismayed to learn that Jerry Reinsdorf`s group (he is the Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner - and the NHL`s preferred Phoenix owner) has pulled out of the bidding.  He has been unable to get sufficient concessions from Glendale, Arizona, where the Coyotes play and cites negative publicity from this sale as having eroded demand in the Phoenix market. 

Stepping in to bid is a group called Ice Edge Holdings who are prepared to offer about $150 million and claim to be interested in revitalizing hockey in Phoenix and the Southwestern US.  They are a group of local owners, who likely will be strapped financially with an NHL franchise and as such are not the NHL`s ideal solution.

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Afternoon Line

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“To play the sport of hockey, something I’ve had a passion for all my life, at the professional level for the past 17 years and to be able to support my family has been a dream come true.  From playing this game I have met some of my best friends and will cherish the memories we made forever.”

-Mike Sillinger announcing his retirement today.  More from the New York Islanders.

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Blues Deny Nerve Issue With Brewer

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I received a couple of phone calls earlier this week saying that Blues defenseman Eric Brewer may be out for the 2009-10 season, and that his sciatic nerve issue could be career threatening.

That much has been speculated in recent months, but neither the Blues nor Brewer have confirmed or even suggested that he could miss the entire season.

I spoke with Blues President John Davidson last night, and Davidson said that the rumor was not true. Davidson said that he spoke with Brewer yesterday and that Brewer was continuing to make progress and everyone was still hopeful he could play this season.

a bit more...

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No Winners Here

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Someone will end up with the franchise, but there will be no winners here. The legal battle has poisoned the well for a franchise that was once proudly known as the Winnipeg Jets.

Either Balsillie gets awarded the team by the bankruptcy court - after which months of legal wrangling would ensue before his team ever skated onto the ice of Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum for an NHL game - or he walks away from the burning wreckage, leaving the NHL with a smouldering pile of rubble down in Glendale, AZ.

No fans, not enough advertisers, likely nonexistent suite sales - if Balsillie can’t have the Coyotes, through this process he has ensured they are not worth having by anyone.

read on

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League Responds To Versus/Directv Dispute

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

When asked Tuesday if the league was concerned enough to involve itself in the process, NHL spokesman Frank Brown simply pointed to the calender.

“Today is August 25. The next NHL telecast scheduled for VERSUS is Oct. 1,” he said.

The “what, me worry?” approach may seem a little cavalier to fans whose only access to hockey is through the netlet, but it’s also revealing about the nature of the dispute.


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