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Reading A Confidential Report May Have Cost Kelly His Job

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Some details began to leak out yesterday, including charges that Kelly peeked at a confidential transcript from a private session at the NHLPA summer meetings in Las Vegas two months ago.

The players were burned by the previous executive director Ted Saskin, who was fired after allegations that he monitored players’ e-mails for personal gain. So after learning about Kelly’s actions, mixed in with other concerns, they felt they could no longer trust him after he read the minutes of the private session.

When an executive board member was contacted yesterday to confirm the private session was part of the reason for Kelly’s dismissal, the phone line went silent. He then said, “The players have agreed not to say anything.” The player was given a chance to refute the story and did not deny the allegations.


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Can Any Of The Problems Be Solved?

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

It seems like just yesterday that the Winter Classic in Buffalo on Jan. 1, 2008, seemed to suggest the league was getting its act together after blowing up an entire season.

Now, that game looks like the highlight of the NHL’s post-lockout era.

Today, the league is being overwhelmed by multiple quagmires of which the Coyotes are only one. It’s like the highway to the future is suddenly pockmarked with sinkholes.

They include:...

Then there’s the game itself. Last year’s Stanley Cup final between Detroit and Pittsburgh was terrific except for the undeniable truth that the more open brand of hockey produced after the lockout was replaced by something more akin to the old hooking-and-holding days.

Now, officiating boss Stephen Walkom has quit to go back to refereeing, and the NHL, as always, appears set to let the lowest common denominator rule.

When you add up all these issues, there’s a pattern of the NHL allowing serious problems to fester and deteriorate, rather than solving them.


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Bert Is Back

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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Big, bad Bert claims to be not quite as big nor as bad as he’s been made out to be after enjoying his first informal skate with his new Detroit Red Wings teammates Wednesday at City Arena.

A rather chatty Todd Bertuzzi, the six-foot-three forward who has trimmed down to a svelte 225 pounds, dealt with the usual issues of his weight and the ugly Steve Moore incident before moving on to discuss his good health and the opportunity to return to Detroit.

Bertuzzi had a brief stop in Detroit in 2007 after being acquired at the February trade deadline.

“(I’m) really happy to be back, especially knowing pretty much everyone in the room,” said Bertuzzi, who had five goals and 11 points in his 24 games as a Wing coming off back surgery that season.


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Phoenix Situation Still Not Settled

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from the CP via TSN,

Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes remains on hold.

A U.S. bankruptcy hearing adjourned Wednesday without a decision on whether the BlackBerry boss could take part in an auction for the troubled NHL franchise. There was no immediate word on when Judge Redfield T. Baum will rule.


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Phoenix Signs Pyatt

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed left wing Taylor Pyatt to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pyatt, 28, recorded 10-9-19 and 43 penalty minutes (PIM) in 69 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season while also appearing in four playoff games for the Canucks. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Pyatt has registered 91-100-191 and 315 PIM in 532 career NHL games with Vancouver, Buffalo and the New York Islanders. He has also collected 2-9-11 in 30 career postseason contests.

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Blue Jackets Appear Ready For Camp

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Doesn’t look like the Blue Jackets will be making a trade anytime soon. Things can change quickly, of course, but right now there’s nothing even resting on the back burner. That’s the word from sources within the ogranization, anyway.

The Jackets will likely go to camp with too many forwards (re: wingers), so the competition will be fierce. That’s a good thing, right?

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Panthers Still Looking To Fill Roster Spots

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via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Assistant general manager Randy Sexton said Wednesday he’s still talking to the agents of some available players as well as other teams about potential trades.

“We’re not going to rest in terms of improving our team,” Sexton said. “Will anything happen? I don’t know. Are we working to improve our team? Yes.”

As it stands, it appears one spot on the Panthers’ fourth line and in their third defensive pairing will be filled by a player who was not an NHL regular last season.

Sexton had left open the possibility of bringing back veteran defenseman Jassen Cullimore when the team allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

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Nathan Perrott Makes Pro Boxing Debut

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from the Fight Network,

PHILADELPHIA (September 2ND 2009)—On Friday night September 11th, former NHL tough guy, Nathan Perrott will be making his pro debut against Makidi Ku-Tima in a four round Heavyweight bout as part of a HUGE eleven bout card at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.

continued and watch Perrott in action against Chris Neil in the video.

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Versus/Directv Not Talking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Reynolds of MultiChannel News,

Versus president Jamie Davis said the network’s distribution fallout with DirecTV is about positioning, not price.

Davis said network talks with the nation’s No. 1 DBS operator broke down over DirecTV wanting to remove it from some 6 million subscribers. Before the plug was pulled on Sept. 1, Versus, which had resided on the Total Choice Xtra package, counted 14 million DirecTV subs among its 75.5 million base.

“DirecTV wanted to take Versus away from 6 million subscribers who were receiving it for no additional cost. That was simply not acceptable for us. We hope to resolve things amicably, but that’s a non-starter.”  Davis, noting that the network wasn’t called by the DBS operator late Monday that it was about to be “turned off,” said there haven’t been any discussions since the service was disconnected Tuesday morning.


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Flames Go Retro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Zuurbier of CalgaryFlames.com,

Old is new, and nostalgia is the new black, or in this case red, as the Flames released their vintage third jerseys Wednesday.

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Flames in Calgary, the sweater is a throwback to the days of yore, an identical replica of the original and intended as a tip of the hat to the teams that built the foundation for the organization.



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