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Phoenix Winning But Losing Money

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from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

The club is 12-9-0 as of yesterday, but it lost $5-million (all currency U.S.) in October, the first full month of the NHL season, according to documents filed in an Arizona bankruptcy court this week.

So far this fiscal year, which began July 1, the Coyotes have lost $15.9-million, the filings show. If that pace continues, the Coyotes could lose close to $50-million this season.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly isn’t fazed by the reported losses and said they won’t impact the league’s efforts to sell the club.

“I don’t expect that publicly reported loss numbers will have any impact whatsoever on our ability to sell the club,” Daly said in an e-mail yesterday. The “losses in the short term don’t seem to be factoring into the interest of potential buyers. They have much bigger, longer-term vision of the investment.” Daly added the league has fielded a number of inquiries about the club. “Lots of calls and discussions [i.e., more than six]. Not sure I would classify them all as interested bidders.”

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Scott Niedermayer Stick Toss Causes A Ruckus

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“Faux”...Interesting.  Do You Use “Faux”?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, that was quite the day eh?  The league came out and tried the “intent to blow” reach around.  That didn’t work, because it’s a crock.  But they tried, and now they’re even a bigger piss pot than they were before.  You know our league is the absolute laughing stock of the sporting world when Tony Kornheiser is using it as a punchline because of the May no-goal.

The night it happened, we said it would be interesting to note how various people covered this farce.  In my opinion, how various bloggers reacted said a lot about their character and their product.

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The Latest On Chicago Signing Kane, Toews & Keith

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via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie,

Chicago cannot finalize Kane, Toews, Keith contracts just yet because there is, for now, a “tagging” room issue. A move will need to be made

read more Tweets from Bob on this topic and Elliotte Friedman chimes in via Twitter too.

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NHL Looking At Mandatory Soft Shoulder Pads

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

There are a number of NHL players currently wearing soft-capped shoulder pads. If NHL general managers have their way, these shoulder pads will be mandatory next season.

Kris King, the NHL’s VP of hockey operations has been overseeing the initiative for five years and is in the process of finalizing guidelines for manufacturers with the goal of outfitting all NHL players in time for the 2010-11 season.


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James Neal Hit On Derek Dorsett Tonight

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Neal received five for boarding and a game misconduct.

added 11:56pm, from Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas,

James Neal will have a hearing with NHL officials on Friday morning in regards to his boarding penalty on Derek Dorsett in the second period. Neal hit Dorsett in the back and Dorsett’s head hit the glass. He was helped off the ice. Neal was given a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct.

“I didn’t have any intent to injure him,” said Neal, who watched the rest of the game from the dressing room area. “I hope he’s OK.”


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  Tags: derek+dorsett, james+neal

Sedins Happy With What Is Going On With MoDo

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

(Daniel) Sedin and his brother Henrik are both pleased to see what’s happening back home in Ornskoldsvik, where their hometown Swedish Elite League team, MoDo, has been revitalized by the addition of Peter Forsberg and the impending return of former Canuck captain Markus Naslund.

“They are struggling right now,” Daniel said of MoDo. “There are not a lot of people in the stands and financially they are not doing that good. This is going to help them a lot. They are pretty much sold out tonight (Thursday night).”

That sell-out crowd went home happy after Forsberg scored two goals and set up another in MoDo’s 4-0 win over Lulea. That’s two wins and six points in two games for Forsberg since he joined the team.

Both Daniel and Henrik acknowledged this week that they think about doing what Forsberg and Naslund are and return to play there in the twilight of their careers.

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin, modo

Evening Line

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Booth has struggled this season, but watching the camp and also watching David Booth I could argue that he is the best pure “sniper” the Americans have and his slow start is a testament to this. Snipers are by their nature streaky players. Right now he is ice cold, but if Booth gets hot at the right time you would probably want him on your top unit. Booth is the Joey Mullen of this group.

-Dwayne (Eklund) in his Team USA outlook today.  Dwayne has David Booth on the taxi-squad (there isn’t one) and by his remarks, is oblivious to the fact that Booth has been out with a concussion since October 28th.

Not the first time Dwayne has showed his lack of hockey knowledge and won’t be the last. 

added 8:02pm, Craig Custance of the Sporting News spoke with Booth recently.  You have to feel for the guy and let’s hope the NHL does something about the hits to the head.

added 11/20/09 7:36am, Well what do you know, Dwayne changed his post without mentioning any correction.  This folks, is how he deceives people…

Booth has struggled this season, but watching the camp and also watching David Booth I could argue that he is the best pure “sniper” the Americans have and his slow start is a testament to this. Snipers are by their nature streaky players. Prior to his injury he was Ice cold, but if Booth gets healthy and can get hot at the right time you would probably want him on your top unit. Booth is the Joey Mullen of this group.

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  Tags: david+booth, team+usa

Take That Sergei

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from Mike Stone at The Stoney Express at Mlive,

Look, there is no doubt Sergei Fedorov was one of the greatest players to ever play for the Red Wings. I also believe there were people who treated him differently and did not give him enough credit because he was Russian. But, please Sergei, let’s not revise history here. You were also very jealous of people like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan. You certainly did not play 100 percent all of the time.

I believe the fans who booed you when you came back as an opponent were idiots. You were one of the best playoff players ever in Detroit and should have No. 91 retired someday.

But please, Sergei, do not play the diva card now. I do not buy it. The organization and the majority of the fans loved you and still do. If there is anyone who appears to be jealous, it is you, so let it go. Jealousy does not become you.


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  Tags: sergei+fedorov

Protecting The Players

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Atlanta Thrashers Equipment Managers Bobby Stewart & Joe Guilmet explain some of the protective equipment players wear.

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