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Potential Phoenix Sale

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

After a summer spent in bankruptcy, the Phoenix Coyotes may finally have new owners.  The NHL bought the team out of bankruptcy, but that solved little.  The NHL was still committed to keeping the money losing team in Phoenix, where the market has been destroyed.  The NHL was committed to finding an owner who would buy the team and keep them in Phoenix despite a bleak future economically.  Perhaps that owner has been found.

Ice Edge Holdings LLC has signed a letter of intent to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.  The purchase price is believed to be around $150 million (the NHL paid $140 million to buy the team from bankruptcy).  Ice Edge Holdings is a group of five owners that have been fronted in the media by Anthony LeBlanc, who is a former executive at Research In Motion (Jim Balsillie’s company).  There are questions regarding this group’s finances.  It isn’t clear that they have the money to keep this struggling team afloat.

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Your Turn—Pick My Next Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

So I found myself short a fantasy hockey player after I finally dropped Ales Kotalik’s lazy ass to the wire.  He did so well in the early going there, it was tough to do.  Then I took to finding who’s next on the free agent list that I wanted to pick up, and I found myself in a troubling position.  In a league that allows 3C, 3LW, 3RW, 6D, and 1G to start any given day, I have 7C, 5RW, 5LW, 3D, and 3G on the team, one man short.  (I counted a couple of C,RW players twice there.)  So what’s an armchair manager to do?  My experience is having 6 of any wing position is just too crowded for the average NHL schedule.  More than 6 C’s and you’re definitely not rolling one or two guys on big game nights.  The 3G’s is plenty.  I run a short bench on the D position simply because most D men can’t put up forward numbers and a forward who gets 60 points and plays 2/3 of the time is more valuable than a D man who chips in 30 points.

So my question to you is, what to do?  How do you balance your roster?  Help me pick a guy off the free agent list.  I’m just crazy enough, after a couple of days of your suggestions, I’ll pick up your top vote.

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Gerber Injury Not As Bad As First Reported

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RussianHockeyFans,

Swiss goalie Martin Gerber, who was hospitalized yesterday with a neck injury, underwent advanced examination Monday morning. Fortunately it didn’t confirm the preliminary diagnosis “compression fracture of the fourth cervical vertebra”. According to the new information Gerber has spinal contusion and recovering will take weeks, not months.

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I avoided posting information on Gerber’s injury yesterday, I just had a feeling the early reports were not correct.  Glad to hear the injury is not as serious as first thought to be.

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Keane Remembered In Denver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Is Mike Keane not one of the best sports stories out there?

Keane returns to Denver on Tuesday night to be honored by the Avalanche as part of its Alumni Night series this season. Of course, the Avs had to find a night on the Moose’s schedule when they weren’t playing to get Keane to visit.

Keane is in the middle of his fifth consecutive season with the Moose, playing for chump change after 1,161 games of making NHL money. At this point, Keane really is playing for the love of the game, as it seems hopeless any NHL team will give him another chance.

He has been eyed by many NHL teams, but only as a coach or a front- office guy. But Keane stubbornly resists, believing he can still be of good use to a team in a jersey and skates, not a suit.

I have a lot of great memories as a writer covering Keane. He was always a personal favorite, not just because he gave a great quote — who can forget his “They’re all a bunch of homers” rip on the Red Wings in 1997? — but because he was smart and funny and a merciless needler.

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Flyers Trying To Adjust To New System

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“There’s good players in that room,” Laviolette said, pointing to the Flyers’ locker room. “I’m not looking for a trade. We’ve got good players coming back at some point this week. I’m looking for our guys to dig in.”

He says that his system - which includes a risky offensive style, a strong and structured team concept and rigid discipline - takes time.

“These guys don’t like change,” Laviolette said. “Change is hard. Change is tough. This is a complete change in philosophy. In Carolina, it didn’t happen right away.”

Laviolette called out Danny Briere yesterday for his crosschecking penalty against the Devils and made him skate in front of the entire team.

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Rangers In A Fight To Make The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Henrik Lundqvist, who shares the distinction with Michal Rozsival of being the only two players who have been Rangers since the first training camp following the lockout, is under no illusions about what’s ahead in his fifth season on Broadway.

“I didn’t think we were going to be one of the top teams at the start because of all the new guys we brought in over the summer and the time it was going to take everyone to get used to a new system,” The King told The Post. “Now it looks like it’s going to be a year where it’s going to be a battle to make the playoffs.

“If you look at the standings you can see that there are a lot of teams in the middle. We’re one of them. We’re not up with Washington or Pittsburgh. We’re going to have a fight on our hands the whole year to make it.”

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No Urgency In Flames Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Sutter didn’t explode like Mount Vesuvius after his team’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche, but he came awfully close.

“It was a carry over from the other night,” he said. “We played three terrible periods at home the other night and it carried over for two periods here tonight. That tells me a little bit.”

Asked what it told him, Sutter said: “I don’t want to get into it.”

But he did give a solid hint.

“There was a sense of urgency in the third (period) that hasn’t been there for five periods,” he said.

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Monday Morning Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

• On Saturday, the NHL’s holiday roster freeze goes in effect for eight days, meaning the last day for GMs to do their pre-Christmas player shopping is the 19th. In recent years, the Christmas deadline hasn’t elicited much action on the trade front, and with the Philadelphia Flyers signing goaltender John Grahame to a minor-league contract as insurance until Ray Emery gets back, it pretty much puts an end to speculation that they are in the market for netminding help.

• How can 14 of the 15 Western Conference teams go into today’s eight-game schedule with winning records – more points in the standings than games played? Obviously, the answer is three-point games – the bonus points awarded for shootout or overtime losses that distort the standings and create the illusion that no team is really struggling, even if they are.

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added 8:28am, from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

You are Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. You wake up yesterday to discover your team, one of the NHL’s sad sacks not so long ago, is tied for top spot in the Western Conference at 45 points with the suddenly free-falling San Jose Sharks, the club you ran before being replaced by Doug Wilson.

Life certainly is good in Mr. Lombardi’s world these days.

A huge key to the Kings’ meteoric rise up the standings can be attributed to their success in the shootout. Los Angeles has reeled off six consecutive shootout victories.

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Those Are Some Serious Michigan Accents

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For some reason, and I can’t explain it, I think this is gonna be really frigging cool.  Wing bloggers, a podcast, a weekly thing, babbling.  Brought to you by a new Wing site called The Obstructed View dedicated soley to hosting the writers you read every day, talking about the Organ-I-zation.

Three different bloggers every week, with a new episode every Monday morning.

Michael Patrella from The Production Line, Casey from Winging It In Motown and Kris from Snipe, Snipe, Dangle, Dangle....they’re first on the docket.

The Obstructed View Podcast, episode 1.

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The Coyotes Could Be A Success In Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Cybulski of TSN,

The Coyotes saga had to be one of the most painful to follow in 2009 so there’s no point in trying to rehash the NHL versus Jim Balsillie saga, but the end result may yet have a happy ending. With Ice Edge Holdings signing their letter of intent with the league on Friday, it shows that there is reason to believe that hockey may yet live in the desert. No people, I’m not drinking while writing this.

Here’s why it has reason to work. Despite what others may say to the contrary, these new owners are legit.

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