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An Embarrassing Chapter In NHL History

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from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

“I’ve got to tell you,” said Del Biaggio, who’d bought the Nashville Predators from Leipold in late 2007, “I lied to you.”

“What are you talking about?” Leipold asked.

Weeks later, after he returned from France, Leipold learned exactly what Del Biaggio meant, and just how far those four words had taken him.

The young, relatively unknown venture capitalist from San Jose had made one of his first confessions of guilt in what would be one of the most embarrassing recent chapters in NHL history.

read on & thanks for the pointer to everyone here...

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The Walleye Mascot

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from Mark Monroe of the Toledo Blade,

He may be a fish out of water, but the ice suits him just fine.

“Spike” the yellow walleye will be unveiled today as the mascot for Toledo’s new hockey team that begins play in October. The costumed mascot with the mischievous gap-toothed grin will greet the public for the first time at the Mud Hens game at noon at Fifth Third Field.

“Spike is our most enthusiastic fan,” said Scott Jeffer, assistant general manager and director of marketing for the Walleye. “He’s our head cheerleader.”

The yellow walleye will wear an oversized version of the team’s jersey and will don a hockey helmet. Spike’s home is “The Fish Pond” at the new Lucas County Arena downtown.

continued and checkout the official Toledo Walleye site too…


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Plans For Gretzky

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from CBC Sports,

One of the groups interested in keeping the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona has offered some unique ideas on how it would proceed with the club.

In a letter of intent submitted Friday to Arizona bankruptcy judge Redfield T. Baum, Ice Edge Holdings said that Wayne Gretzky would play a significant role with the Coyotes under its ownership.

“Ice Edge is seeking to solidify the Team’s relationship with its managing partner and head coach, Wayne Gretzky, and intends to offer Mr. Gretzky the opportunity to participate … as a major shareholder of the newly constituted Coyotes franchise,” the group said in its filing….

The letter of intent also said that the presence of the all-time NHL scoring leader hasn’t been fully maximized in the club’s dealings with potential corporate sponsors.

It’s in sharp contrast to the bid for the Coyotes officially submitted by Friday’s deadline by a group led by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

The Reinsdorf bid details the assumption of 170 contracts, including those of Coyotes players and management. Conspicuously absent from the list is Gretzky.

read on

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Axelsson Signs With Frölunda

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from .Frolundaindians.com (translated),

Frölunda Hockey Club and forward Per-Johan “Pebben” Axelsson has signed a contract for four seasons.


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Talking Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I was a guest on a podcast this afternoon hosted by Crash the Crease.  Then Lyle Richardson joined in on the hockey talk after my segment was complete.

You can listen to it here.

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Do You Consider Derek Morris A #2 Dman?

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from James Murphy at NESN,

Both Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien have stressed the importance of a quick transition game, mobility and that first defensive pass out of the zone. And with the addition of Morris, Chiarelli believes he has completed his plan of putting together a blue line that excels in those areas. Despite losing some physical presence with the trade of Aaron Ward and departure of Shane Hnidy, Chiarelli thinks Morris can bring the right combination of skill and size and maybe even join captain Zdeno Chara on the club’s top defensive pairing.

“We feel we’ve added a No. 2 defenseman to our mix,” said Chiarelli. “We feel we’ve upgraded. He’s a guy who brings more skill to our lineup. He can retrieve pucks, he can get to pucks and he can compete. I really like the makeup of our defense now.

read on

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On The Farm With Brent Sutter

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Turning off the gravel range road upon reaching the Sutter family mailbox, the first thing you’re greeted by are a pair of donkeys the kids gave Brent Sutter one Father’s Day.

Winding your way up along a tree-lined driveway he had paved using bonus money from his first year in Chicago, you soon approach impeccably kept garden beds that soften the family homestead he longed to return to each of the last two winters.

After parking amidst the handful of cars driven by wife Connie, daughter Brooke and his two sons, you see a sturdy pickup truck with a suitcase in the passenger seat—a clear indication which vehicle the well-traveled Flames coach uses.

It’s Sunday morning and aside from a gentle breeze ruffling the trees, all is quiet, including a 10-year-old German Shepherd named Dakota, which is sleeping next to a cowboy boot-shaped planter on the farmhouse stoop.


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Ovechkin Will Miss His Russian Friends

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via Russia Today,

Washington Capitals superstar Aleksandr Ovechkin says it’s a pity that his partners Sergey Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov quit NHL and returned to Russian hockey.

“My attitude towards their departure is negative. We became great friends – that’s why I was a little upset when they left. But it’s their decision and I won’t judge them,” Aleksandr Ovechkin said to Sportbox.ru.

NHL veterans 39-year-old Sergey Fedorov and 34-year-old Viktor Kozlov will continue their careers in the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League), having signed deals with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Salavat Yulaev respectively.

However, Aleksandr the Gr8 is not going to follow the example of his elder friends and return to Russia any time soon.

“It’ll happen only in case of an NHL lockout, if there’ll ever be any, of course,” he said.

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Blue Jackets May Be Done Dealing

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson might be staring down the fairway on the first tee as you read this.

On Thursday, the day after the Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Marc Methot to a two-year contract, Howson declared the club’s offseason action pretty much finished.

Howson would like to add an offensive defenseman to the mostly stay-at-home blue line, but, like lots of clubs around the league these days, the Blue Jackets are showing restraint….

Despite the obvious connection to coach Ken Hitchcock, the Jackets have not had talks with free-agent defenseman Sergei Zubov.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Where Are The Offer Sheets?

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

This summer, not a single offer sheet has been extended. With the salary cap expected to decrease prior to the 2010-11 season, it’s hard to imagine any offer sheets next summer either.

“I don’t know if it’s a thing of the past,’’ said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, who could still see Phil Kessel accept an offer sheet. “But teams are very cautious now because of the uncertain cap situation and the economy. The offer sheet is an inherently inflationary tool. It doesn’t jive right now with the cautious approaches that we’re taking.’’

The very nature of extending an offer sheet to a restricted free agent is for one club to pay a premium and make the resulting salary so steep that the original team can’t afford to match. Two summers ago, when the current financial crisis and corresponding cap crunch had yet to strike, the Ducks determined that a $4.5 million annual salary to Penner (more per year than Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, in comparison), a developing power forward, was too rich for their books. Anaheim let Penner walk, Burke took his shots, and the Ducks claimed first-, second-, and third-round picks from Edmonton in the 2008 draft as compensation.

more plus other NHL notes…

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