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Luongo Wants Contract Done By Training Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“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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IIHF Bans Hudler Fron Sanctioned Games

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via David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Peter Adler, the Edmonton-based Euro-hockey expert, passes on these items . . .

The International Ice Hockey Federation is refusing to grant Jiri Hudler his transfer card, which means he is not allowed to practice or play for his new team, Moscow Dynamo, reports Sovietski Sport.

Without this card, Hudler can’t play in any IIHF-sanctioned game. The Russian league is under the domain of the IIHF, hence Hudler’s current problem.

The IIHF’s stance is baffling to Alexander Medvedev, chief of the KHL, because both the Detroit Red Wings, Hudler’s NHL team, and the Czech federation have given permission to Hudler to play for Dynamo, according to Medvedev.


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  Tags: jiri+hudler, khl

NHL Pulls Out All Stops To Keep Balsillie Out

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Phoenix Coyotes situation is quickly becoming an even bigger mess than it had already become.  The team is in bankruptcy and goes to auction on September 10th.  Various hearings will be held in between now and the auction to try to sort out a mess of legal wranglings. 

The NHL was dismayed to learn that Jerry Reinsdorf`s group (he is the Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner - and the NHL`s preferred Phoenix owner) has pulled out of the bidding.  He has been unable to get sufficient concessions from Glendale, Arizona, where the Coyotes play and cites negative publicity from this sale as having eroded demand in the Phoenix market. 

Stepping in to bid is a group called Ice Edge Holdings who are prepared to offer about $150 million and claim to be interested in revitalizing hockey in Phoenix and the Southwestern US.  They are a group of local owners, who likely will be strapped financially with an NHL franchise and as such are not the NHL`s ideal solution.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“To play the sport of hockey, something I’ve had a passion for all my life, at the professional level for the past 17 years and to be able to support my family has been a dream come true.  From playing this game I have met some of my best friends and will cherish the memories we made forever.”

-Mike Sillinger announcing his retirement today.  More from the New York Islanders.

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