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Talking Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,

Infused with hope after a judge’s decision to keep the Coyotes in the Valley, team President Doug Moss is optimistic about the future.

  “As the league said, they don’t give up on their franchises, they don’t give up on their markets,” he said. “I think that the next step is for the league to conduct an auction process and find and owner who wants to operate this team in Glendale and be a success.”

  A September auction is likely, and four bidders could be in the mix. The team needs a new owner to step up and make a commitment to keep the team in the Valley—and one who is willing to make some bold moves in the free agency arena. 

  It will be interesting to see if more than the die-hard hockey fans appreciate an NHL team. This season’s attendance will go a long way in determining that.


added 1:29pm, Shane Doan was on Leafs Lunch today…

He says all this talk about moving the team north of the border makes for a tough situation. “You love Canada and you’d love to come back to Canada, but you’ve been in (Phoenix) for a long time so it makes for a delicate situation.”

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Late Night With Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Rangers,

Avery chatted with (Jimmy) Fallon for several minutes before Fallon surpised the 29-year-old Blueshirts winger by challenging him to an accuracy-shooting contest. Fallon agreed to donate the suit he was wearing to Career Gear, an organization that gives job-interview clothes to the homeless and others trying to get a fresh start in life, if Avery won the shootout.

If Avery lost the shootout, Fallon said Avery would have to put on a Philadelphia Flyers jersey to honor the members of his show’s band, The Roots, who hail from Philadelphia.

Avery accepted the challenge and went on to easily defeat Fallon in the shootout, breaking four of five targets before Fallon had broken his first.

more and watch a video of the Avery appearance below…

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Targeting The Coyotes?

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from Joe O’Conner of the National Post, Sure,

Scottie Upshall wants to resign with the Phoenix Coyotes, and yes, the Coyotes have indicated they hope to make the sixth overall pick from the 2002 NHL draft happy, whenever the time comes.

But nobody knows when the time will come. And what might happen when it actually does.

“We are certainly working towards getting Scottie Upshall signed in Phoenix, that is the intention,” Gerry Johannson, Upshall’s agent, said yesterday. “We have had good conversations. But obviously, there is some stuff going on in Phoenix.”

The Coyotes are trapped in bankruptcy court limbo, with an undecided new owner and an unclear operating budget for the days ahead, including July 1, the day Upshall and Keith Yandle, a promising young puck moving defenceman, are set to become restricted free agents….

Phoenix general manager Don Maloney was not taking calls yesterday, and neither was Burke, now with the Leafs. Yet one wonders how the men would label a scenario where an opportunistic GM targets Upshall or Yandle, or both, with an offer sheet, knowing the Coyotes could be too tied up in court—or too bankrupt in general—to match.


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Wild Headed In A New Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

With former offensive defenseman Todd Richards set to become the Wild’s next coach, even Nick Schultz—known more for his defense on the back end—might have carte blanche to step up in the play.

After a recent meeting with new GM Chuck Fletcher, Schultz was told the handcuffs were coming off.

“I said, ‘Can you get your butt up ice?’” Fletcher said, laughing. “I said, ‘You don’t have to be Brent Burns, but I remember Nick Schultz in junior hockey, and that guy got his butt up ice.’”

Yes, this new rendition of the Wild will look a whole lot different than the Wild of yesteryear.

“Everything I read [Monday] about Todd Richards, everywhere he’s been, he’s won,” Schultz said. “This is very exciting. He’s a young guy with a maybe different approach to things than we were used to in the past, which is exciting for players.

“New GM. Now a new coach. These are big changes for our franchise, but I think it’s for the best and we’re headed in the right direction.”


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Party Time In Pittsburgh

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Anyone Interested In Briere?

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens are not interested in acquiring centre Daniel Brière and it has nothing to do with the fact he snubbed the team two years ago when he was an unrestricted free agent.

Brière has a no-movement clause in the eight-year, $52-million contract he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007, but the franchise has hopes of creating some cap space.

The folks in Philly have talked to the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings, but neither team was interested. There also is a report that they have talked to the Phoenix Coyotes, although you have to wonder whether anyone has the authority to talk on behalf of the team that may or may not be bankrupt and/or on the way to Hamilton.

Montreal passed on Brière because, despite their previous interest, the last thing they need is a small centre with a cap hit of $6.5 million for each of the next six seasons.


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Ducks Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Ducks held their annual Select-a-Seat Sunday and GM Bob Murray had a lot to say to the fans…

• Scott Niedermayer promised he would let Murray know his decision about next season before Murray leaves for the draft, which is on Sunday the 21st.

• Murray and Francois Beauchemin had a long talk after the season ended and Murray feels he “has earned the right” to explore free agency. Murray hopes Beauchemin might offer the Ducks a hometown discount, “but I don’t know.”

• Some fan asked about the possibility of the Ducks getting Dany Heatley (who has asked for a trade out of Ottawa) and he said that wasn’t possible financially. Another fan asked about possibly signing impending free agent Marian Hossa and Murray also said there was no way. “Good,” yelled out one fan, which got a laugh.

more from Adam Brady at Ducks Blog at AnaheimDucks.com…

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Burke Will Be Busy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Yessir, the Maple Leaf hockey boss has been a busy man of late, hiring here and firing there. But he has yet to touch the actual player roster.

The next 14 days should, or could, be critical to Burke’s short-term ambitions. Then again, about 20 other clubs are saying the same thing. But here’s Burke’s four-pronged attack plan:

1. Sign goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. “The Monster” is expected to be secretly spirited into town this week to be wined and dined by the Leaf brass, including new goalie coach Francois Allaire, after first meeting with Colorado, Dallas and San Jose.

2. Try to figure out the uncertain equation between teams looking to dump expensive contracts and what they’ll be willing to pay to loosen the salary cap noose.

3. Move up in the entry draft.

4. Prepare to make an immediate, aggressive pitch for unrestricted free agent defenceman Jay Bouwmeester on July 1 or the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.

read on

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‘The Monster’ North American Tour Begins

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Jonas Gustavsson received the burgundy-carpet treatment from the Avalanche.

Gustavsson, the 24-year- old Swede considered one of the best goalies in the world not currently playing in the NHL, wrapped up an approximately 24-hour trip to Denver on Monday. The Avalanche is one of four NHL teams he is considering joining.

Denver was the first stop on his four-city North American tour that will proceed to San Jose, Dallas and Toronto.

continued and if you want to see Gustavsson in action, check out the video below…

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Tuesdays Without The Cup

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By my count, there are approximately 50 more of these left.  So make ‘em good.  Oh. Woops.  Was that “arrogant”?  I forgot the new internet rules that Wing fans are no longer allowed that luxury. 

If you’re a guy, and if you really sit and think about it for just a second…you can probably feel a sharp pain.  Will it hurt as much as Nick Lidstrom’s injury?

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