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Anyone Know A Gazillionaire?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The reality is, the chances of some anonymous deep-pocketed gazillionaire doing commissioner Gary Bettman that favour over the long term is virtually nil – which brings up a delicious scenario for anyone hoping to see a seventh Canadian team join the NHL sooner rather than later.

What if the NHL is successful in its bid, but predictably, a year down the road, drops the usual $30-million in operating losses in Phoenix? Would there not be tremendous pressure from the board of governors to ponder relocating the team at that juncture, rather than continue to pour dollars down what has, at this stage, been a bottomless money pit? And if that does become the over-riding sentiment, wouldn’t the Toronto Coyotes – operating out of the Air Canada Centre – sound like a financially appealing alternative?

Think of it this way. The Maple Leafs will have any number of objections to a team entering into its market, but the biggest must surely be the threat of a rival team coming in and constructing a new state-of-the-art facility that would compete with the ACC for Fleetwood Mac and Britney Spears and all the major touring showbiz acts that arenas use to fill the dates around their anchor sports tenants.

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IIHF Bans Hudler Fron Sanctioned Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Peter Adler, the Edmonton-based Euro-hockey expert, passes on these items . . .

The International Ice Hockey Federation is refusing to grant Jiri Hudler his transfer card, which means he is not allowed to practice or play for his new team, Moscow Dynamo, reports Sovietski Sport.

Without this card, Hudler can’t play in any IIHF-sanctioned game. The Russian league is under the domain of the IIHF, hence Hudler’s current problem.

The IIHF’s stance is baffling to Alexander Medvedev, chief of the KHL, because both the Detroit Red Wings, Hudler’s NHL team, and the Czech federation have given permission to Hudler to play for Dynamo, according to Medvedev.


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  Tags: jiri+hudler, khl

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.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  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.


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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