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CIT Issues May Cause Problems For NHL Teams

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from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

The financial turmoil at CIT Group Inc. could ripple into Canada, where the company has been an important lender to everything from hockey teams and road projects to hospital expansions….

CIT Group has about $75-billion in assets and specializes in loans to small and medium-sized businesses. It is also a major lender to several National Hockey League teams and made a push into Canada in 1999 through the acquisition of Toronto-based Newcourt Credit Group Inc. for $2.4-billion (Canadian)....

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said yesterday that he was monitoring the situation and there were reports the government might do something. But many analysts now expect a Chapter 11 filing….

A Chapter 11 filing could be bad news for many NHL teams. It has been an important lender to several, including the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators.


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Blue Jackets Sign Mathieu Roy

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Roy has spent his five-year professional career in the Edmonton Oilers organization, tallying two goals and one assist for three points with 57 penalty minutes in 30 career NHL games. He has also registered 16-75-91 and 390 penalty minutes in 241 career American Hockey League games with Toronto, Edmonton, Hamilton and Springfield. In 2008-09, he notched 2-15-17 and 120 penalty minutes in 59 games with Springfield.

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Stan & Scotty Bowman Talk Hockey

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Stan Bowman, son of Hall-of-Fame Coach Scotty Bowman, talks about the path he has chosen in his hockey career.

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  Tags: scotty+bowman, stan+bowman

Islanders Shopping Just About Done

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Alex Tanguay is pretty much the last big-name forward with scoring ability left on the free-agent shelves. Speedy Maxim Afinogenov is available, but after his past down season in Buffalo, there’s no market. Veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has resumed negotiations with Carolina, his previous team, and physical winger Travis Moen recently received $4.5 million over three years from Montreal.

In other words, free agency for the Islanders pretty much began and ended with the signing of goaltender Dwayne Roloson to serve as the backup for rehabbing Rick DiPietro or as fulltime starter until DiPietro’s return. There’s not going to be any scoring help added from the outside by all indications nor any size on defense.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow is believed to still be shopping for help in the enforcement department.


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Blackhawks Make It Official

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The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted Stan Bowman to General Manager and have reassigned Dale Tallon to the position of Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations.

“We are very proud to promote Stan to his new position of General Manager,” Blackhawks President John McDonough said. “He brings a comprehensive knowledge of hockey, along with a tremendous intellect and methodical approach to building a successful team and sustaining success. His involvement with our organization and strong understanding of our roster and our system create a very natural and strong transition.  Dale will continue to be an important part of our organization, as he has been for many years.”

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  Tags: dale+tallon, stan+bowman

Rangers Moving In The Right Direction

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

In years gone by, an active summer like this has meant false hopes for fans because big names with big contracts have been coming in, talking about a fresh start and a new era for the Rangers, owned by Cablevision which also owns Newsday.

This time it’s a real fresh start. Over a dozen new faces in five months, and some of them were even cost-effective additions.

The changes may not mean a division title or a trip to the 2010 Stanley Cup finals—in fact, I’ll guarantee they won’t be there in June.

I had wondered a few weeks ago if this would be the summer Sather had learned from his numerous mistakes.

Even by making a ton of moves, the answer is a hesitant yes.


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Alfie Wants To Know

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson wants to reach out to Dany Heatley and find out why the disgrunteled winger wants to be traded.

“I want to, because I want to know — it’s all speculation from you guys (media), from myself and from everybody. Dany hasn’t spoken publicly about it. Nobody really knows how everything came to be.

“Was it a process throughout the end of the season that he thought, ‘I would like to do something else,’ or one day I woke up and needed a change. I’m not sure. So, I would definitely like to talk to him. I’ll keep trying to reach him, no question.”

Alfredsson spoke to Ottawa reporters Tuesday on a conference call from Paris, where he is attending NHL Players Association meetings.


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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, dany+heatley

Kings Shooting For The Playoffs

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Kings conducted a conference call late Monday in which fans were able to call in and pose questions to General Manager Dean Lombardi, assistant general manager Ron Hextall, team captain Dustin Brown and new acquisitions Ryan Smyth and Rob Scuderi.

Some interesting tidbits emerged:

Hextall, asked about the expectations for next season, was straightforward. “Quite frankly, I fully expect to be in the playoffs, but we’ve got some work to do to fill our team out,” he said. “Obviously, in training camp our guys have a lot of work to do. I think you go into every season with your goal to make the playoffs and I think for our club this year it’s realistic.”


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Caps/Habs Game At Olympic Stadium

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Montreal Canadiens’ regular-season game at Olympic Stadium is expected to be on the agenda when the 2009-10 NHL schedule is released tomorrow.

The final tinkering to the 92nd NHL regular season will be made in the next 24 hours, but a league source indicated yesterday that a Habs home game against the Washington Capitals and star sniper Alex Ovechkin “is still in the mix for late November.”

The indoor game at Olympic Stadium is expected to be contested on Nov. 28 or the previous Saturday to help commemorate the Canadiens’ centennial celebrations that will conclude on Dec. 5 with a match against the rival Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.


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Media Everywhere

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from Howard K. Brodwin of Marketing: Sports at MediaPost,

I grew up reading the latest issues of The Sporting News and SPORT, getting lost in the minutiae of The New York Times sports section, and watching Warner Wolf “go to the video tape.” ESPN’s arrival in 1979 signaled a major shift in sports media, and the early ‘90s ushered in the “sports jungle” and the rise of sports talk radio.

But now reporters aren’t the only ones who can comment on a late-inning rally, break news about a trade or evaluate draft picks. Today, everyone in sports is the sports media ...

...To a large degree, the power of blogging lies in the feedback channel, the great community discussion. It’s this collection of distinctive voices that sets blogs apart from “traditional media.” They might be opinionated, controversial, and oozing with sophomoric humor, but whether you agree with their takes or not, they’re uniquely genuine.

read on

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