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Chicago Blackhawks Hire GM Stan Bowman

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Stan Bowman has been seen as a future NHL GM for a couple years now.  He has served various roles with the Chicago Blackhawks in his eight years with the team (special assistant to the GM, director of hockey operations and assistant GM).  The question was where would he become a general manager and when.  If it was to be in Chicago, something would have to happen to Dale Tallon, who was their current GM.  In Chicago he has his father, Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman working as the senior advisor of hockey operations.  The Bowmans had a lot of power behind the scenes and were pressuring Chicago team president John McDonough to give Stan the GM job.  What was needed was a strong excuse to show that Tallon was not competent and this had been hard to produce given the Blackhawks rise in the standings.  However, Tallon made his mistake with the qualifying offers of several of the Blackhawks restricted free agents.  The offers were not properly tendered, but it didn’t cause too much problem as all the players in question have resigned and not for significantly more than they probably would have without the mistake (Kris Versteeg and Cam Barker probably got a bit more money but nothing significant).  This was the mistake used to push for Tallon’s replacement.

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City Of Glendale Spending Money To Keep Coyotes

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from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

Glendale is spending a small fortune defending its interests in the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy case, but city officials say the goldmine at stake is even bigger.

The city hired two law firms, three consultants on team financial affairs and one official spokesman to make sure the hometown hockey team doesn’t hit the road for Canada. Glendale also is putting to use in-house attorneys and marketing staff as behind-the-scenes support.

Losing the team could cost the city $500 million in lost revenue, court documents show.


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Hurricanes Sign Kostopoulos

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RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with right wing Tom Kostopoulos on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Kostopoulos $700,000 in 2009-10, $950,000 in 2010-11 and $1.1 million in 2011-12.

“Tom is a character player who adds grit to our lineup,” said Rutherford. “He is a strong penalty killer and plays a high-energy game that will fit our team’s style of play.”

note:  How nice is it that the Canes actually released the salary structure?  Too bad the majority of teams do not do this.

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Time To Sell The Thrashers

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from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

It starts at the top. It always starts at the top. I’ve stated this before but it’s worth repeating now more than ever: The Atlanta Spirit should just go ahead and sell the Thrashers because they’re doing a disservice to fans. The owners have shown through their actions that they care about basketball but not about hockey.

I know. The Thrashers signed forward Nik Antropov in free agency for $16 million over four seasons. They acquired defenseman Pavel Kubina, who will make $5 million in the last year of his contract. That must mean something, right?

In the big picture, not really. The Thrashers likely will have a team payroll of about $45 million next season, which projects to be one of the five lowest in the league.


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Staffan Kronwall Signs With Flames

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Staffan Kronwall.

Kronwall, a native of Jarfalla, Sweden, has over 50 games of NHL experience split between Washington and Toronto. Kronwall was originally drafted by Toronto in the 9th round (285th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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Stars Still Have Interest In Zubov

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from Scott Noll of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Heika just got off the phone with Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, and here’s the GM’s take on the ESPN interview with Sergei Zubov’s agent that made it seem like the defenseman might be headed elsewhere:

From Mr. Heika:

  Niewendyk said the door still is open for Sergei Zubov, but that the Stars want to make sure he is healthy. Nieuwendyk said he would like to talk with Zubov in a month or so if he has not signed with another team.


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Tallon Didn’t Deserve Being Re-Assigned

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In life, even in the mixed-up world of professional sport, the assumption is usually that good work will protect you. Provided you produce the necessary results, personality conflicts or internal politics or the fact that you were associated with a previous regime should not be held against you.

Presumably, that’s what Dale Tallon thought, too. Up until Tuesday when he was unceremoniously kicked upstairs, Tallon was the fourth-year general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the brightest and best teams – and stories – in the NHL last season.


added 1:13pm, from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I’ll talk more specifically about trades in a blog Wednesday before the NHL schedule is released, but the Blackhawks are in deep trouble when it comes to the salary cap. They’re almost $3 million over now and next year they’re at $42-plus million on a cap that will surely come down from $56.8 million. And, they have to sign Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith next summer. What if Toews and Kane want Malkin-Crosby-like second contracts?

If they do, one (Kane) would likely have to be traded.


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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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