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McKenzie Loves Hockey

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Bob McKenzie of TSN tells you Why He Loves Hockey at Puck Daddy….

Sudden-Death Overtime.

And not just in the NHL. Have you ever been at a minor hockey game that goes into overtime? The sense of drama, anticipation and palpable fear and tension, on and off the ice, is unlike anything in any other sport.


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NHL/Russia War Just Heating Up

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

You can put your money on the fact that the February Games in Vancouver will be the last time the NHL participates in the Olympics.

Expect a reversion to the old formula when collegians and other top amateur players, a la 1960 and 1980, when Uncle Sam won Gold Medals with the likes of Ken Morrow, Mike Eruzione (Winthrop, Mass.), et. al.

Remember this—the Russkies host the 2014 games in Sochi. The way the NHL feels about the KHL stealing of North American stars such as Jiri Hudler and Alexander Radulov, there’s no way Bettman Inc. will want to do any favors for the Europeans.

read on for more hockey observations…

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Can You Imagine Chelios In Nashville?

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

One of the names being tossed around is 47-year-old Chris Chelios, whose abrasive style of play and frequent conversations with referees often made him a target of Predators fans.

Coach Barry Trotz and Chelios recently had a light-hearted talk on the topic.

“I said, ‘Chris, are you sure you’d have the interest of playing in Nashville, because you’re not exactly well-liked here?’ ‘’ Trotz said. “He said, ‘Trotzy, trust me, I’m not well-liked anywhere.’ I said ‘Yeah, I guess you’re right.’ ‘’

read on

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Luongo Wants Contract Done By Training Camp

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from the Globe and Mail,

The Vancouver Canucks and goaltender Roberto Luongo are under a Sept. 13 deadline to agree to new contract terms. Luongo, who is attending Hockey Canada’s summer orientation camp for 2010 Olympic hopefuls, said he will not negotiate once the NHL team’s training camp begins at the University of British Columbia next month. He said he is unwilling to let his expiring contract become a daily distraction….

Gillis and Luongo denied reports yesterday that said the sides had agreed to a six-year pact worth $6.5-million (U.S.) a season. Luongo, 30, is entering the final year of his current deal, and is to earn $7.5-million.


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Relocation Talk In The NHL Bid

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from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL offers $140-million (all currency U.S.) for the team, plus up to 20 per cent of whatever profit (not to exceed $20-million) the league might earn by reselling the team within two years of the closing date of its purchase from the bankruptcy court.

Since the NHL states in its bid that it “does not anticipate there would be a net profit upon a resale of the team to a Glendale buyer,” its own interests, and those of the creditors, would likely be best served by relocating the team to a market where its value could be maximized beyond $140-million.

The league’s apparent openness to relocating the Coyotes flies in the face of its commitment to Glendale, dating back to when the team’s troubles surfaced last season and throughout the league’s four-month fight with Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie…


added 8:48am, from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

...the NHL’s plan is nothing but a stay of execution. In the short term, it will give Glendale one last chance to lure a local investor or bring Reinsdorf back into play. If it doesn’t work, the Coyotes will be off for greener pastures.

Along the way, a horrible falsehood has spread across the globe, the myth that hockey can’t work in the desert. Wrong. The Valley can support hockey, and has supported hockey in the past. This is a Glendale problem, one born from bad teams and long commutes and a bad decision to build an arena in a cotton field. This is not an Arizona problem.


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Lemaire Now A Part Of Team Canada

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

...partly of his own choosing, the proud Lemaire became the ultimate Hockey Canada outsider. He wasn’t deliberately excluded necessarily, but he was never included.

“If you’re not invited, you’re an outsider,” he said. “You have to be invited to feel you’re in. But I guess you’re not good enough.”

Now, at 63, apparently Lemaire is finally good enough. It was Steve Yzerman who first thought of Lemaire as a possible assistant coach on Mike Babcock’s 2010 Team Canada staff, a concept Babcock quickly endorsed.

“I was surprised,” said Lemaire, who will work alongside Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff. “Mike is probably the only guy who would call me for the job. He said he watched a lot of our tapes, checking our penalty killing because of the success we had, looking at our 1-2-2 and how we play it.


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All Evgeni Nabokov

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

On the Sharks lack of playoff success in recent years:

“For the last four years, this team has been built to win the Stanley Cup – legit, like we were right there every single year. But we were missing a little bit, something was going wrong all the time.

“Is this the most disappointing year? Maybe because there’s been three previous years where we lost and this was the last kick in the you-know-where. Where do we go? It’s all up to the management. As players, we have the same mentality – we’ve suffered for so many months and now it’s time to put it behind us and go on the ice again.

more plus how the Marleau rumor started…

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Evening Line

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“You feel for everybody.  Wayne gets a lot of the attention and it probably puts a lot of undue pressure on him, but you feel for everybody. I’ve got to know a lot of people pretty personally in the organization that are on pins and needles.

“From the training staff to the security guys to our PR guys – those guys are waiting to see if they have jobs. That’s a lot of pressure.”

-Shane Doan of the Coyotes.  More from Doan by Chris Johnston of the CP via the Toronto Star.

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Kings Want To Get Noticed

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Consistently missing the playoffs while your biggest rival wins the Stanley Cup and your primary Staples Center co-tenant hangs another NBA championship banner will reduce your profile in a busy sports town.

The Kings, though far enough along in another rebuilding phase to challenge for a playoff spot this season, are still battling for a greater presence here and a bigger fan base. Operating from a position of relative weakness means that to make an impression they must be bold and come up something with more than slick slogans that turn into bad jokes when the team goes sour.

They’ve come up with an idea that isn’t original but is a first for them and could become a regular event.

Starting Friday the Kings will hold a three-day Hockey Fest at LA Live and the Nokia Theatre, across from Staples Center.


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Anyone Know A Gazillionaire?

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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.

read on

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