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A Sale Solves Nothing

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Bankrupt Phoenix Coyote owner Jerry Moyes has agreed to sell his team to the NHL.  This is after the Phoenix market has been basically destroyed due to a summer of litigation and bankruptcy.  Moyes would accept the NHL‘s $140 million offer.  This offer would pay nearly $80 million to SOF Investment (the Coyotes largest secured creditor - who had provided the team with a line of credit).  It would pay the NHL back $37 million for funding the team since last fall (that‘s right some of the money in the $140 quote paid by the NHL is paid to the NHL).  It pays about $13 million to other Coyote creditors.  This leaves about $10 million for Moyes (and possibly Wayne Gretzky who has a $22.5 million claim in the bankruptcy case). 

Basically, this offer has Moyes losing his shirt.  He accepted it because the NHL would continue to deduct the operating costs of running the team from their offer, if it ran into the future.  Jerry Moyes had no other options.  Wayne Gretzky has not agreed to this offer.

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Gagne Must Deal With Two Small Hernias

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via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Flyers forward Simon Gagne has two small hernias in his right groin area, the team announced today.

The diagnosis was made after an examination by Dr. Allen Schurict from Pennsylvania Hospital, after Gagne had an ultrasound procedure yesterday.

The Flyers said their medical staff will meet with Gagne on Wednesday to discuss possible treatments.

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Budaj Has H1N1 Virus

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from the Denver Post,

The Avalanche confirmed Tuesday that the national swine flu scare has hit the team’s bench. Goalie Peter Budaj, out since Friday with flu-like symptoms, is suffering from the H1N1 virus, the team said.

Craig Anderson, who has started in goal in a team record-long 11 games to begin the season, will again be in the net tonight as the Avs take on the host Oilers.

Budaj was set to start in goal last Friday in Denver against Carolina. But he fell ill Thursday afternoon and was scratched. Tyler Weiman was recalled from Lake Erie to backup Anderson and he will remain on the roster.

From the first sign of Budaj’s flu last week, the team was concerned it might be swine flu.

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Talking Montreal Goaltenders

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

If there is a problem with Montreal’s goaltending, it is not so much the ability of the two puck-stoppers but the dynamic. While all the “1 and 1A” stuff sounds swell, teams generally prefer defined roles—a clear-cut top guy and a reliable backup who can fill in competently or at times spectacularly as Craig Anderson (now with Colorado) did in Florida and Ty Conklin (now in St. Louis) did in Detroit last season.

But Halak is 24 and Price is 22, hardly the age in which either would care to play Sancho Panza to the other’s Don Quixote. And as they are similar in age, they are not all that dissimilar in ability even though Price, the 2009 All-Star game starter, has more renown. The situation should work fine in the short term, but if this construct doesn’t eventually change, some creative friction might arise that would not be as healthy.

more plus a look at the injuries throughout the league and a look at the Oilers…

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Keith Primeau Talks Headshots

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Former Philadelphia Flyer Keith Primeau was on Leafs Lunch today with Darren Dreger & Bill Watters.  He discussed headshots and the Mike Richards hit on David Booth.

“There is not a place in the game for those kind of hits.”

“Those hits are a punishable act.”

“If were going to make a change…there has to be a line drawn in the sand.”

“The head has to be off limits.”

“I’m a real live human being and I still have a life and it impacts the players life when he’s gone.”

listen to the full interview at AM 640...

 

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The Fans Ask

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN responds to some of the rants he has received…

Pierre, what will it take for Carolina to finally go after a decent Goaltender? Cam Ward has played well below par for starting goaltenders ever since winning the stanley cup yet he still gets signed to an extension like he is a Star Tender....

(Pierre)- Dude, have you been watching hockey the last few seasons? Cam Ward has been one of the very best at his position and is largely the reason Carolina reached the Eastern Conference finals last season after upsetting Boston in the second round. His .913 save percentage so far this season is only a bit off from the .916 he sported last season….

much more

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David Booth Update

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via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

David Booth met with his teammates and then the media on Tuesday. DeBoer gave him a warm greeting. Basically Booth says he gets bad headaches and can only read or watch tv for five minutes at a time. He has cuts on his nose and a bad black right eye. He says he doesn’t remember much but has seen replays of the hit. He was very diplomatic and would not say whether he thought the hit was dirty, nor if Mike Richards should be suspended. Booth also said that Richards text messaged him yesterday wishing him a quick recovery. Booth says he hasn’t replied yet, saying he gets headaches when he texts.

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Early Observations

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A few thoughts on the start of the NHL season and some Twitter talk too at my NHL.com blog today.

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Pat Dapuzzo’s Story

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On February 9, 2008, veteran NHL linesman Pat Dapuzzo suffered career-ending and life-altering injuries when he was accidentally struck in the face by the skate blade of Flyers forward Steve Downie during a game in Philadelphia against the Rangers. The damage to Dapuzzo’s face and head was far more serious than simply cosmetic.

In this exclusive for FanHouse, the 50-year-old Dapuzzo opens up for the first time about his memories of the incident, the countless surgeries, the deep depression, the support of the NHL community and his determination to live a normal life again. This is the story entirely in his own words, as told to Christopher Botta.

...When Steve Downie was checked by Fedor Tyutin and we became entangled along the boards, Downie’s leg whipped around and his skate blade cut my nose off. There was a hole in my face. I was on all fours and was bleeding badly. I thought I had lost my eye. Other than that, I don’t remember much about the immediate impact of the skate hitting my face. I was later diagnosed with a concussion from the collision, after they sent me to a trauma center in Camden, New Jersey.

read on at NHL Fanhouse…

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Ott Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk just confirmed that the NHL has suspended Steve Ott for two games for his hip check on Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo Saturday in St. Louis.

The NHL has not released its reasoning, and it generally does not take questions on its suspensions, so they will probably simply explain that Ott is a repeat offender and that the check was dangerous.

I disagree, but what do I know.

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added 1:07pm,

TORONTO (October 27, 2009) – Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott has been suspended for two games, without pay, as the result of a low-hit on St. Louis Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo in NHL game #138, October 24. 

The incident occurred at 8:33 of the second period.  No penalty was assessed on the play.

Ott, who was suspended for one game February 28, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $36,585.36 in salary based on the number of games (82) in a season, rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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