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We’re starting with this, because we should. 

But we’re also starting early because I want you reminded of what this year has been like.  What you’ve said about it, and what still could be.

 

 

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Read All About It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The secretive world of the NHL’s backrooms is now out in the open.

The NHL’s constitution – how it works, how the league is operated – is revealed thanks to the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy case.

The entire document was included in filings that go to the heart of the legal case as to whether a bankruptcy court judge has the power to sell the Coyotes against the NHL’s wishes and allow it to move to Hamilton, also against the NHL’s wishes

continued and a link to the NHL Constitution and NHL Bylaws is availailable for you to read in pdf format.

Update 4:45pm ET: From TSN, more on buyers for the Coyotes—

The owners of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts are among four potential buyers that have expressed an interest in purchasing the Coyotes and keeping them in Phoenix, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a court filing.

Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon have sent the league one of the four preliminary applications to buy the troubled club, and each has “indicated an interest in operating the franchise in Phoenix,” according to Bettman’s declaration filed with an Arizona bankruptcy court.

The other applicants are: Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and John Kaites; Coyotes minority owner John Breslow; and a Phoenix businessman who requested anonymity pending the NHL’s due diligence.

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Coach Bylsma Before Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Can you compare what you sensed from your team in terms of what it’s thinking about right now, and the one you played for in Anaheim going into that Game 5?

        COACH BYLSMA: I wasn’t ready for that one (laughing). You know, I think you know you have to win one on the road as the road team. In both the situations, you feel like you miss those opportunities in Game 1, you had to really fight back to get back to even. And this is a game where we think we’re going to have to play our best.

        We think they’re going to come out really hard, and we think they’re going to play a very good game after having regrouped and coming home with their fans here. And this is going to be, in my estimation, probably the hardest fought game will be here tonight. To this point.

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Cleary A Game Time Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dan Cleary’s status for Game 5 tonight will be determined after the pregame warmups. Cleary, who didn’t skate this morning, said he sustained a “lower-body’’ injury in Game 4. Cleary was vague, as you would expect this time of year. Asked if it was a new injury or something that had been bothering him, he said, “a little of both.’’ He also said he had tests done but has not gotten the results back yet. He said it’s nothing that would require a pain-killing shot.

 

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Penguins Need To Win Game 5

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

...And, no matter how rattled Detroit looked the other night, it would be a terrible mistake to assume Pittsburgh’s coronation. Truth is, the Penguins need Game 5 more than the Wings do.

“I expect Pittsburgh will be really fired up Saturday night,” said one NHL coach. “If they win, they have the chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice. If they lose, then they know they have to win it on the road. The chance to win it at home is a huge motivator.”

Who would you bet on in a Game 7 at Joe Louis?

The schedule, which favoured the Penguins early in the series, helps Detroit at the end.

Battered and bruised much worse than they’re letting on, the Wings would be hugely helped by the two days off before Games 6 and 7.

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Leafs Threaten Legal Action If Team Moves To S. Ontario

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from Ken Peters of the Hamilton Spectator,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have threatened to sue the National Hockey League if a franchise is located in Hamilton, the lawyer for Jim Balsillie has advised.

In a brief to a Arizona bankruptcy court Richard Rodier said the Maple Leafs believe they have power under the NHL constitution to veto another southern Ontario franchise.

Indeed Rodier said the Leafs received a $150,000 payment from Hamilton sports promoter Russ Boychuk in 2006 to allow a exhibition game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I have been advised and it has been reported in Canadian news media that the Maple Leafs have threatened to sue the league and its constituent members is a team is located in Hamilton,” Rodier’s brief states.

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Mike Babcock This Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. I’m under the impression you may be unveiling once again the lucky McGill tie tonight? I’m wondering if that’s accurate? And I understand you even have some former teammates and alumni in town, talk about that?

        COACH BABCOCK: Well, I’m getting a lot of pressure to do that, I can tell you. I got so many emails, there’s like 34 of them. I’ve already talked to security. I said to the security I don’t want them to do anything that could be embarrassing. I like them to have as much fun as they want, but keep them confined to a reasonable amount of consumption and carrying on (smiling).

        So I haven’t decided on the McGill tie. I actually bought a tie to wear today, and it wasn’t the McGill tie, but I am getting some pressure. But we’ll decide, I’ve got a little bit of time.

        Q. Game time decision.

        COACH BABCOCK: There’s a lot of that going on (laughing).

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GDT - S.C. Finals, Game 5: Red Wings (2-2) host Penguins (2-2)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Been undecided about this post, vacillating between hockey minutiae and other content.  The numbers are, as usual, below.  However, understanding that this is game 5 of the SCF, I really don’t think they matter all that much anymore (well maybe the exception being the Wings inept PK).  The series will be decided on heart and courage, or as Uncle Mike puts it, will.  Is it coincidence then that this pivotal game is being played tonight? 

I am confident that most of you realize the signifigance of this day, June 6,  D-Day: The largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000 troops landing. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coastline.  Total allied casualties (killed, wounded, missing, or captured) are estimated at approximately 10,000.  May God cradle all of the participants, those still living, and those who gave their last full measure, in his arms.

The imagery of WWII is indelibly punctuated by British PM, Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill:

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender.

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Datsyuk Skating With Z & Mule

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via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter this morning,

Datsyuk is practicing on the left wing of Zetterberg’s line with Franzen on teh right side. Filppula centering second line.

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Babcock Behind His Wings

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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

In every great hockey coach, there are elements of tactician, bench manager, student of the human condition and snake-oil salesman — the latter coming in particularly handy just now for Mike Babcock.

His Detroit Red Wings have just finished letting the Pittsburgh Penguins up off the mat in this Stanley Cup final, having looked at times mentally tired and at other times physically whipped while doing so — and the same team that left Joe Louis Arena Sunday night up 2-0 with ideas of putting a hasty end to the Penguins are now, by all appearances, hanging on the ropes for dear life.

Babcock’s mission Friday — and how successfully he managed it may show itself Saturday in Game 5 — was to make a strong public affirmation of his faith in the embattled defending champs, while perhaps encouraging an “us against the world” frown to begin forming upon their knitted brows.

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