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Here Come The Capitals

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from Tim Lemke of the Washington Times,

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he believes he has built a team that will contend for the Stanley Cup for the next decade, and that sooner or later the team will win the first championship in franchise history.

“It’s like a portfolio strategy,” he told editors and reporters of The Washington Times Wednesday. “We’re there enough and we’re good enough, we will get there.”


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Evening Line

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“I saw Mats in Vegas at the awards and he told me wasn’t going to come back.  He had a great career and I really enjoyed my time with him. I thought he was a great guy and, obviously, we saw glimpses of what he could do at times.”

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.  More on Sundin from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Balsillie Will Not Appeal Phoenix Ruling

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from CTV,

BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie will not be appealing a ruling by a U.S. bankruptcy court judge that rejected both his and the NHL’s bids for the beleaguered Phoenix Coyotes.

The ruling effectively ended Balsillie’s long legal battle to relocate the team to Hamilton.

“From the beginning, my attempt to relocate the Coyotes to Hamilton has been about Canadian hockey fans and Canadian hockey. It was a chance to realize a dream,” Balsillie said in a statement. “I believe I got that chance. I respect the court’s decision, and I will not be putting forward an appeal.”

The ruling was clearly a victory for the NHL, even if it didn’t win outright.


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  Tags: jim+balsillie

Danny Gallivan Honored By CBC

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

The late Danny Gallivan, whose inimitable play-by-play on Hockey Night in Canada telecasts brought the Canadiens into the living rooms of millions, is one of four broadcasters today named to the CBC Sports Hall of Fame.

continue to read the release and if you are too young to remember Mr. Gallivan, here is a short goal call from Mr. Gallivan…

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  Tags: danny+gallivan

Now What?

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via the Twitter of Damien Cox,

Arizona bankruptcy judge denies BOTH Balsillie and NHL bids…...sheesh!

added 4:41pm, via Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

Bankruptcy court judge Redfield T. Baum has rejected both bids for the Phoenix Coyotes.

“In hockey parlance, the court is passing the puck to the NHL, who can decide to take another shot at the sale net or it can pass off the puck,” Judge Baum wrote.

“In the final analysis, the court cannot find or conclude that the interests of the NHL can be adequately protected if the Coyotes are moved to Hamilton without first having a final decision regarding the claimed rights of the NHL and the claims of the debtors and [Balsillie],” the judge ruled.

added 5:47pm, Read the ruling if you wish, posted at CBC.

added 7:03pm,

NEW YORK (September 30, 2009)—Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding today’s ruling by Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum:

      “We are pleased that the Bankruptcy Court has confirmed the League’s rights to select its owners and the location of its franchises. We are reviewing the opinion and considering how we can best address the Court’s concerns regarding our offer to purchase the Coyotes. It remains our goal to secure the long-term stability of the Coyotes in Glendale.”

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Off The Ice

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Don’t miss the newest episode of NHL Network’s ‘Off the Ice’ featuring Henrik Lundqvist, Niklas Backstrom, and Jonas Gustavsson.

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, jonas+gustavsson., niklas+backstrom

Productive Role Players

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Everyone knows the importance of role players to a team’s overall success. We don’t talk about them much—especially at this time of year as we load up our fantasy teams with offensive talent. But after the great response to the piece here a few weeks ago that focused on Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot, I dug a little deeper to see who were the five most productive players in limited minutes….

With that in mind, here are my top five role-player contributors:

5. Kyle Brodziak, Wild

Playing just 12:43 per game, Brodziak netted 11 goals—three of which were game-winners. He won 51.6% of his face-offs and over his two seasons in Edmonton, exhibited remarkable consistency. He signed with the Wild for this season, but a change of scenery shouldn’t effect his night-in, night-out unsung contributions.


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Captain Rob Blake

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via the San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks have named Rob Blake as their captain for the coming season. Joining Blake in official leadership roles are alternate captains Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle.

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Watch These Players

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Scott Burnside: 10 rookies/sophomores to watch this season

We all know about John Tavares on Long Island. Watching the No. 1 pick in the June draft will be a given, as will be keeping an eye on the second overall pick, Victor Hedman, in Tampa Bay. But here are some other rookies and sophomores to keep an eye on this season:

Steve Mason, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
Full value for rookie of the year honors last season, Mason was the main ingredient in Columbus’ first drive to the playoffs. But can he replicate those gaudy numbers in his second NHL season? He’d better.

Pierre LeBrun: 10 players with something to prove this season

Steve Sullivan, C, Nashville Predators
The Timmins Tornado was the comeback story of the year last season after returning in January from a career-threatening back injury that had sidelined him for two years. He put up 32 points (11-21) in 41 games, showing enough spark for the Preds to sign him to a $7.5 million, two-year deal in July.

more players in each category…

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All About The Sweaters

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from Paul Lukas of ESPN Page 2,

It happens every year: You’re all pumped up for October baseball, you’ve finally broken in your favorite sofa cushion for Sunday football viewing, and then you suddenly see a bunch of guys scooting around on skates and you’re all, “What the hell is that?”

That, dear reader, is hockey, and it has sneaked up on us yet again. Fortunately, Uni Watch is here at the ready, poised to break down all of this season’s uniform changes and other aesthetic adjustments. So with the NHL season set to begin Thursday night, grab yourself a hat to throw onto the ice (or an octopus, if you’re from Motown), and let’s get started:

• No official confirmation on this, but reliable sources indicate that the Avalanche will unveil an alternate jersey in November…


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