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from Dave Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If Jim Balsillie ultimately fails in his bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, or any other NHL team for that matter, the Canadian billionaire will be able to look back on two events that shaped his fate more than any others.

One was entirely in his control and may be Balsillie’s single biggest mistake of the entire campaign, even though it had nothing to do with the Coyotes. The other was not, although its outcome, which has not yet been determined, will affect not only Balsillie but all four of the major professional North American sports leagues, their unions, companies that do business with them and their fans.

First, the matter not in Balsillie’s control: A lawsuit between a company called American Needle, which makes knit caps and baseball hats, and the NFL.

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Can The Wings Get To The Finals Again?

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Detroit coach Mike Babcock thinks about the challenge every time he reaches for another pen and starts jotting down line combinations.

“I’m wrecking lots of napkins this summer putting people all over the place,” Babcock told NHL.com.

A year ago, Babcock spoke about the challenge of overcoming the Stanley Cup hangover. This year, as the Red Wings prepare for training camp after losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, he is facing an even greater challenge—getting his team to the Final for a third straight season.

Not since the Edmonton Oilers in 1985 has a team gone to the Cup Final three straight seasons, but those Oilers didn’t have the obstacles in front of them that the Wings are staring at.

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Basillie Has Some Questions For The NHL

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from the CP via TSN,

Jim Balsillie wants the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to allow him to probe the rationale behind the NHL owners’ overwhelming rejection of him as a potential owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Canadian billionaire, in a court filing on Monday, also contends that Judge Redfield T. Baum has the authority under bankruptcy law to award the bid to Balsillie despite the actions by NHL owners.

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If The Kane Case Isn’t Cleared, What Will Chicago Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Craig Custance of the Sporting News has a statement from Patrick Kane’s agent, Pat Brisson, basically stating Kane will be cleared of all charges.

But what if he isn’t?

from Craig Custance of the The Sporting News,

John McDonough wasn’t talking specifically about Blackhawks players when he said it. Chicago was in the middle of its surprising playoff run when McDonough met with a group of reporters at the United Center.

He was gracious with his time. Even ordered some pizza for a small group of writers working a long shift. And during the long conversation, he shared his philosophy as team president of the Blackhawks.

There’s a Blackhawks Way, he said, and if one of his employees doesn’t get it, they’re out.

“I’m not really patient and have a tendency to call people on things because, to me, once is a trend,” McDonough said at the time.

Now, we’ll see if that trend includes star forwards.

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Sabres Sign Grier

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via Greg Bauch of WGR550,

WGR 550 has learned that the Sabres have signed forward Mike Grier. The free agent played with Buffalo for the two seasons surrounding the NHL lockout in 2004.

added 7:44pm,

BUFFALO, NY (August 10, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Mike Grier, who previously played in Buffalo from 2004-06.

Grier (1/5/1975, 6’1”, 225 lbs.) had 23 points (10+13) in 62 games for San Jose last season. He was third on the Sharks in hits with 147, and was tied for 12th in the NHL with four SH points. Grier missed 20 games with a knee injury last season, after averaging 77 games played during his first 11 NHL seasons. He has played at least 81 games in a season five times during his career.

 

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Zone Starts

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number.  I have published top 20 and worst 20 adjusted Corsi lists with Corsi Number treated as both a counting stat and a rate stat.  Here are the top 20 and worst 20 adjusted Corsi numbers as a counting stat and the top 20 and   worst 20 adjusted Corsi numbers as a rate stat.  It is clear that the players who made the top 20 lists were players who excelled in the situations that they played and those who were on the worst 20 lists failed in their situation.  However, it is not clear how tough the role they played on their team was.  One piece of the context, which helps to interpret if the player failed because they are not NHL calibre players or because they played in a tough role in which it would be hard for any player to excel is important to try to make sense of Corsi Numbers, is which zone they tended to take faceoffs in.

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Toronto Signs Joey MacDonald To One Year Deal

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the hockey club has signed free agent goaltender Joey MacDonald to a one-year contract.

“We are pleased to be able to add a goaltender of Joey’s caliber to our roster,” said Burke. “He brings experience and character to our organization and gives us depth at the goaltending position.”

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Predators Sign Ryan Jones

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (August 10, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent Ryan Jones on a two-year, $975,000 contract.

Jones, 25 (6/14/84), played 46 games with the Predators during his rookie season, amassing 17 points (7g-10a). The Chatham, Ont., native played his first NHL game on Oct. 10, 2008 at St. Louis and scored his first NHL goal five days later at Dallas. The 6-1, 206-pound right wing also posted 22 points (13g-9a) in 25 games with Milwaukee (AHL). He also tied for second on the Admirals in playoff goals (4) and led the team in postseason power-play markers.

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Bettman Deserves Credit For The Tampa Plan

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Regardless of how you feel about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ownership issues, no matter if you believe Len Barrie or Oren Koules should have control of the team or if you think former owner Palace Sports & Entertainment should come back in the picture, you have to give commissioner Gary Bettman credit for at least pushing to get the situation resolved.

As we read in Sunday’s paper, Bettman has given Barrie a 60-day exclusive window to see if he can buy out Koules. If he fails, Koules gets a shot. If he fails, the league could find another buyer or former owner Palace Sports, which financed about $70 million of the $200 million purchase price and lent OK Hockey another $30 million in operating capital, could take the team back.

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Official- Pogge A Duck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goaltender Justin Pogge from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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