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Battle Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The first thing you need to know is that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in Phoenix today, ostensibly to put the finishing touches on an intent to purchase agreement from Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, whose intention was to apparently keep the financially-troubled Coyotes in their current home of Glendale, which is also home to Reinsdorf’s spring-training baseball facility (a mile away from the Coyotes’ Jobing.com Arena). That offer was expected to materialize within the next few days.

We don’t know a lot about the Reinsdorf deal but suffice to say it likely wasn’t in the $212.5 million range….

The NHL, meanwhile, is likely to battle Balsillie on the issue of ‘‘control.’’ While the league will get destroyed in the court of public opinion in Canada, it is quite likely to exert what it perceives to be its legal rights on how it does business. That is, the league believes it ultimately controls who owns NHL franchises and where they are located.

To do that, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will ultimately require the backing of the board of governors, but he has had it in the past. It remains to be seen whether he has it this time, but this has all the makings of a battle royale.


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Wings Need To Be Better

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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

On the play, Scott Niedermayer made a horrible misplay under pressure behind the Anaheim net, and the puck skittered in front into Hiller’s crease. The Anaheim goalie sprawled awkwardly but never came close to covering the puck, which rolled into the blue paint inches from the goal line.

Marian Hossa tapped it in from there, but not before Watson, inexplicably, had blown his whistle on what could charitably have been called a quick whistle even if Hiller had successfully covered the puck.

That will leave a sour taste in the mouths of the defending champs, who are now in some degree of danger in the second round of the post-season against a tough, rough-and-ready Anaheim team that is getting just enough offence out of its top players while squeezing the top Detroit attackers.

Hossa has been nearly absent, while MVP finalist Pavel Datsyuk has yet to score in the series against Hiller, who has 104 saves in the last two games, both Ducks victories.


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Wing Fans: Settle Down, Give Hiller “His Props” And Blame It On Fashion

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m sure the reaction will be wide, varied and explosive today.  After six hours I’ve mellowed a bit.

Worse call than the ‘99 fiasco.  Completely reflective of the incompetence that surrounds the Bettman regime like a pathetic cloud of horrendous body odor that can’t be scrubbed, washed, sprayed or prayed away.  Oh, and the excuses are already starting from the bone-jobs who claim to represent NHL officials.


McGuire indicated Watson might have lost sight of the puck because of Anaheim’s uniform colors.

“A combination of the black puck and the black pants may have been a factor,’’ McGuire said. “But when he didn’t see the puck, he blew the whistle.’‘

Not Pierre, but I see how you could be confused.  That’s E.J. McGuire, the “series manager and spokesman for officials.”


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World Hockey Championships Update

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The World Hockey Championships are underway in Switzerland.  Games are being played in Bern and in Kloten.  The initial Preliminary Round began with 16 teams that were sorted into four different four team groups.  Each group plays a round robin tournament with the top three teams moving forward.

Group A:  This group was won by Canada.  They were not seriously tested as they outscored opposition 22-4.  Martin St Louis and Jason Spezza led Canada’s offence with Shea Weber leading the defence.  Dwayne Roloson and Chris Mason split the duties in goal.  Second place was taken by Belarus-  They were led offensively by Alexei Kaliuzhny and Mikhail Grabovski, with Ruslan Salei leading their defence.  Andrei Mezin was the top goalie.  Slovakia finished third with a shootout loss to Belarus.  Marcel Hossa was their offensive leader with Rastislav Stana leading then in goal.  Eliminated was Hungary, who was led offensively by Imre Peterdi and used Levente Szuper as their top goalie.

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Canucks Lower The Decibels In Chicago

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They brought in the legendary Hall Of Famer Bobby Hull for the ceremonial opening faceoff. They filled the United Center with 22,659 screaming fans, brought to their feet by Jim Cornelison’s stirring rendition of the national anthems. They came ready to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks’ next step down the NHL playoff path.

Then ... nothing.

The Vancouver Canucks spoiled the party with a methodical and defensively sound performance last night, grinding out a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final, with Game 4 set for tomorrow night.


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Quick Whistle Helps Ducks

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from CBC,

Scott Niedermayer’s power-play goal 8:16 into the second period proved to be the winner as the Anaheim Ducks prevailed 2-1 over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal on Tuesday night.

Marian Hossa of the Red Wings looked to have forced overtime with 65 seconds remaining, but a hasty whistle negated the tying goal.

continued (game recap)

video added 1:43am...

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James Wisniewski Takes A Puck To The Chest

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via Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Wisniewski was elbowed in the mouth by Tomas Holmstrom at about the same time he blocked Pavel Datsyuk’s shot with his chest. Wisniewski was taken to UCI Medical Center (because of the shot to his chest) for precautionary reasons. He left the game on a stretcher, bleeding from his mouth (because of the elbow).

Not really sure if I agree with that description.

added 8:24am, After tests tonight at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski has been diagnosed with a lung contusion. He will remain overnight at the hospital as a precautionary measure and is doing well. 

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you haven’t seen it, you will.

The officiating in this league is the most pathetic of anything just south of professional wrestling.

But the league’s healthier than ever, eh Gary?  Is this how you want your playoff games decided?

I’m two games away from being done with this whole charade.

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Twelve Hours Out Of Mackinaw City And It’s Time For A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

One: there’s no frigging way the Chicago game’s over by 2230.  Thanks Gary. Ass. 

Two: I just spent the last three hours walking the sidewalks of my neighborhood, making a list.

By my count there are sixteen domestic pets on the east side of my street.  Twelve on the west.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just to up the ante, Balsillie should offer to give 10% of the Coyotes to Gretzky (who coaches the team), locate the team in Brantford—driving distance from Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo and west-end Toronto—and name the arena after Walter. Then watch Bettman squirm.

-Kelly McParland of the National Post when writing about the Phoenix situation.  More from Kelly….

added 9:57pm, from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,

...the Coyotes might have stood some chance of survival had they put a competitive team on the ice. Fans will brave rush hour traffic to see a winner. But it’s been seven years since the Coyotes were in the playoffs, and they never won a postseason series. By the end, only die-hard hockey fans were venturing to the arena, and there aren’t enough of those in the Valley to support a team.

For that, Wayne Gretzky has to take responsibility. He was supposed to bring a Stanley Cup to Phoenix, but he surrounded himself with cronies and yes men and turned out to be a mediocre coach. His reputation will survive — he’s still the greatest player ever — but when the eulogy is given, he won’t be spoken highly of.


added 10:52pm, from Scott Morrison of CBC,

According to NHL governors, the league is still very much of the opinion that you cannot join the league or move a franchise without league approval. So that smells like a major court battle ahead if everything unfolds as such.

Will the league want to welcome Balsillie? Presumably they will watch to see if any other bidders step up and with a lease in place in Glendale, a judge might opt for less of a bid if it means keeping the team. Or not.

The judge’s ultimate goal is to try to get as much money for the secured and unsecured creditors as possible. So far Balsillie is offering the best deal amongst proposals discussed.


added 10:54pm Balsillie met with the media tonight.  Read a transcript at the Globe and Mail.

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