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No Audience For Balsillie At BOG

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from the CP via TSN,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, had hoped to get an audience at the NHL’s board of governors meeting next week in New York to clear the air on his tentative purchase of the Nashville Predators and possible relocation to Hamilton, but it’s not going to happen.
Neither the relocation question or the actual vote on the ownership transfer will be on the board of governors’ agenda and Balsillie won’t be invited to the meeting, a source told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
Another source said that the NHL considers the request to deal with relocation ‘‘premature’’ because there is a valid and binding lease in Nashville.
Balsillie’s camp doesn’t seem concerned.

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Dear Lord Stanley Has Pull

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from Dear Lord Stanley,

Does New York Islanders management read Avalanche blogs? Last week, in a comment on DLS-favorite JibbleScribbits, I wrote that NHL teams should build “blog boxes”, separate from the traditional press box, to provide a space for bloggers to post in-game updates to their sites. Well, just seven days later, the Islanders have announced their plans to do just such a thing.
Now, I don’t want to take all the credit, but it’s hard to argue that my single comment on a relatively small Colorado Avalanche blog didn’t have some kind of profound effect on the executives of a major professional sports franchise in the largest US city. Obviously, the power I wield through Dear Lord Stanley is far greater than I ever imagined.

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Are You The Lucky Fan

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As the countdown to the Washington Capitals uniform unveiling and draft day party on June 22 continues, the team will give one lucky fan a unique opportunity to take part in the exciting event.

Fans that visit the team’s web site, WashingtonCaps.com, and correctly answer 15 Capitals trivia questions will be eligible for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One lucky winner will be randomly selected to become the “First Fan” to wear the team’s brand new red, white and blue Reebok EDGE jersey and take part in the team’s uniform unveiling. The winner will also receive two of the exclusive Red Rink tickets for the event, as well as a pair of tickets to the Capitals 2007-08 home opener. 

The trivia contest begins today, Wednesday, June 13, and concludes on Monday, June 18.The lucky winner of the “First Fan” contest will be selected randomly in a drawing and contacted by the team on Tuesday, June 19. Contest rules and other details are available at WashingtonCaps.com.

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A Blown Chance

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from Rick Stiebel at the Gold Stream News Gazette,

Even though it’s been two months since my journalistic mental meltdown, I’m still kicking my ink-stained ass over how badly I blew it with Ken Dryden.
I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the NHL hall of famer when he wandered out to the West Shore in April, and I handled it with all the poise of a doe-eyed student caught in the headlights of his first assignment for the Stumbling Bumbler Review….
When I was in Grade 3, I sent the Golden Jet a letter asking for an autograph, addressed, with the naivety of youth, to ‘care/of Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois.”
Within a couple of weeks, I received an 8 X 11 glossy of Bobby, with a hand-written message wishing me the best and saying “We’re always looking for fans in Montreal.”
When the Hawks won the Cup in 61 when when I was 11, my allegiance knew no bounds, despite the regular ribbing I took from my Hab-crazed buddies.
I wanted to tell Dryden about the picture from Hull; I wanted to ask Dryden if he ever talked to Steve Shutt, a former teammate who I got to hang out with when Steve stayed with his dad one summer in the same apartment complex I lived in.

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Report- Howson The Man In Columbus

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from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

After a long and somewhat strange search for a new general manager, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the final stages of negotiations to name Edmonton Oilers assistant GM Scott Howson to their vacant position.
Barring any breakdowns in the talks, the Blue Jackets could make a formal announcement as early as Thursday and probably no later than Friday.

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Anything Wrong With The College Player?

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from CSTV,

Countless young hockey players in the state of Michigan grow up dreaming of one day pulling on the Winged Wheel and skating out onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.
It goes without saying that few will ever get the chance, based on the long odds against most young players making it to the National Hockey League, but based on recent NHL Entry Drafts, the odds are particularly long in Hockeytown. From 2001 to 2005 (inclusive), the Red Wings selected only three college or college-bound players in the NHL Entry Draft, by far the fewest of any NHL team….
A total of 346 college or college-bound players were selected in the 2001-05 entry drafts, an average of just over 11.5 per team. Still, though, some teams’ preferences remain in place, as evidenced by the limited forays into the college ranks by teams like the Red Wings, the Toronto Maple Leafs (six college draftees), and the Montreal Canadians (six).

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Who Wins

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

But putting Hamilton out into the open signals open warfare which should lead to a battle royal between the Balsillie interests and Commissioner Gary Bettman who wants a territory rights fight about as much as he wants Bob Goodenow back as head of the Players Association….
This is one of the great tests of Bettman’s control in the history of his tenure with the NHL and there’s no sure sense of the outcome except that Balsillie and company have shown their hand and they aren’t going to back down.

more and other NHL topics…

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Tinkering Wtih The Trophies

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from Scott Morrison of the CBC,

It just might be time for the NHL to rejig its awards ever-so slightly.
In the past, of course, there had been a call to tinker with the Hart Trophy, which is technically awarded to the player judged to be most valuable to his team, but is often regarded as being given to the most valuable player. There is a difference.
In the past, the idea was keep the Hart the way it is and add another trophy, named after Gordie Howe or Wayne Gretzky, for instance, for the most valuable player in the league.

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Ducks Party - With A Czech Flair

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A great KK supporter, Roman Jedlicka of eNHL.cz, had a camera crew at the Ducks celebration.  Great stuff and thanks Roman for the pointer.
Some of it is in Czech, but you will get the picture…

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Ducks Extend Carlyle

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from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a one-year contract extension. He is now under contract with the Ducks through the end of the 2008-09 season.
“Randy has been the perfect fit for this organization with his hard-working, aggressive style,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke. “He has been a major factor in the success we’ve had the past two seasons.”

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