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NHL Pulls Out All Stops To Keep Balsillie Out

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“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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  Tags: mike+sillinger

Blues Deny Nerve Issue With Brewer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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  Tags: eric+brewer

No Winners Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

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League Responds To Versus/Directv Dispute

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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  Tags: directv

What If

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

I give you one reason for unrest in every NHL locale.

Anaheim Ducks Scott Niedermayer is one incredible defenseman, but what if Chris Pronger’s absence proves he was the blueline’s real stud all along?

Dallas Stars Last year wasn’t just an anomaly for 34-year-old Marty Turco.

Detroit Red Wings Playing 66 playoff games over the past three springs finally catches up with them.

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Clouston On Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston denied Wednesday that winger Dany Heatley’s role diminished on his watch.

In a media availability at Scotiabank Place, Clouston suggested any moves he made were meant to help the team, not punish the player.

“As far as a diminished role, it was very slightly diminished and, in my opinion, it wasn’t diminished,” Clouston said. “It was to try and spread out the scoring, as it’s been printed on several occasions.

“Everybody knows (Heatley’s) production actually went up over the last while as well,” he added.

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  Tags: cory+clouston, dany+heatley

Genius Via Twitter, Summer Agenda Deemed Success

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look. I understand that Twitter probably isn’t considered a “formal” platform for opinions.  If I want to know what a blogger or a journalist really thinks about something, I’m not going to rely on them to express it in 140 characters.  But, I just saw something that…well it may go down in history.  Check this out.

@Pensblog,

The 2009-10 Wings will not make the playoffs

Awesome.  Thank you.  Do you need further proof that our Summer Agenda has been successful?

 

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Fight Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Stortini breaks down NHL 10’s new fighting engine.

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One Of These Two May Not Be On Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The last time Vinny Lecavalier actually had to make a team was ... well, never.

And the last time Joe Thornton had to make a team ... was, well, almost never.

Making teams are for other guys, not the gifted and precocious and iconic. But as Canada Red and Canada White departed the Pengrowth Saddledome after Day 2 of the Most Serious Olympic Hockey Orientation Camp in the world, it seemed apparent that there would not be room for the both of them next February.

conitnued

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  Tags: joe+thornton, team+canada, vinny+lecavalier

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