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Top 50 Coaches

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from Jeff D’Alessio of The Sporting News,

Headlining the new issue of Sporting News Magazine: our list of sports’ 50 greatest coaches of all time, as selected by a panel of 118 Hall of Famers, championship coaches and other experts….

1. John Wooden, college basketball
2. Vince Lombardi, NFL
3. Bear Bryant, college football
4. Phil Jackson, NBA
5. Don Shula, NFL
6. Red Auerbach, NBA
7. Scotty Bowman, NHL
8. Dean Smith, college basketball
9. Casey Stengel, MLB
10. Knute Rockne, college football

read on and does Scotty deserve a higher ranking?

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Harding Re-Signs With Wild

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via NHL Twitter,

Josh Harding re-signs with Wild

added 11:45, via Michael Russo’s Twitter,

Wild re-signs Josh Harding to one-year deal prior to arbitration hearing

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Newspapers & New Media

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Today Defending Big D presents the second half of our two-part discussion on the changing landscape of sports journalism. In this half of our discussion we switch gears a bit and talk about blogs and the business of sports websites.

Eklund, and his website HockeyBuzz.com, has made a living off spreading rumors and has become a well known figure for online hockey writers. Do you feel that the fact that this arguably semi-credible hockey blogger has obtained mainstream credibility (supposedly) and press credentials has set back the efforts of hardworking writers to obtain credibility in the eyes of the traditional media?

Wyshynski: If the traditional media wants to believe that all bloggers are as unethical as Dwayne Klessel, that’s unfortunate ... but it’s ultimately their issue of perception. Again, it’s no different than a blogger believing all newspapers behave like the New York Post.

First, it should be said that Dwayne Klessel has a business model that works, and has put together an impressive hockey community…

Heika: This goes in hand with the answer above. Because of the rules set up by my organization, we need to get a source to say he will be a source, and we need to have that source have direct knowledge of the situation we are reporting.

much more at Defending Big D.

On the Dwayne topic, many of the MSM have no idea what Dwayne did to bloggers in the past.  From flat out lies, to deception, to things that will go unmentioned, but the bloggers know and will always remember those days.


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Flyers In Holding Pattern When It Comes To Signing Dman

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from Bill Iezzi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers are in a “holding pattern” regarding unrestricted free agent Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Although Tollefsen, a 6-foot-2, 211-pound defenseman with a history of injuries, passed a physical Saturday at the Flyers’ practice rink, Holmgren was noncommittal about signing the former Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman.

“He is one of the guys we have interest in,” said Holmgren, who would not identify other players eyed by the Flyers.

“A decision will not be made anytime soon. It is July. We don’t start training camp until the middle of September, and we have time.

“We’re doing due diligence.”


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Lawton Wants A Top-Six Forward To Replace Prospal

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

“I’d like to add another top-six forward, one that adds a little different chemistry, a little more speed. We want to play a more up-tempo game. And we really want guys that care.”

What free agents are out there? If willing to take one-year deals at lower rates for a chance to play with Lecavalier and juice careers that took steps back last season, Alex Tanguay and Petr Sykora would top the list.

Lawton said he also could trade for a forward, which would better control payroll because of the salary shipped out.

“The question is whether we can get anything done,” Lawton said. “It’s a tough equation. There haven’t been a lot of moves by teams. The faucet was shut off by about July 4, and that is because the league is oversold. But there are some good players out there.”


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IS The NHL Behind The Lack Of Recent UFA Signings?

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

A high-profile agent told Sun Media yesterday that the current environment for free agents is “all being orchestrated” by the NHL and the plan all along was to make these players sit to see if they’re willing to sign for less money.

Four weeks into free agency, players like Alex Tanguay, Petr Sykora, Manny Fernandez, Marcus Nilson, Dennis Seidenberg, Dominic Moore, Rhett Warrener, Miroslav Satan, Mathieu Schneider, Robert Lang and Brendan Shanahan have yet to sign.

None of these guys are superstars, but they’re household names and in a few cases, it’s a surprise they haven’t been signed. It would appear teams simply aren’t willing to pay their asking price or don’t have the money.

“I think what you’ve got here is something that has been in the works for a while,” said the agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bunch of guys sitting around like this looking for work. This is something teams have been looking at for a while.

“What they’re trying to do is make these guys wait and sweat so they’ll take less money. A lot of these guys aren’t going to do that.”

A league executive, meanwhile, said that’s not the case

read on

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BOG May Be Talking Panthers Sale Today

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Got a tip late Tuesday night that the Florida Panthers sale to the Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. is not only not dead, but could be voted on Wednesday.

The NHL’s Board of Governors is meeting in Chicago this week with the sale of the Panthers from the Alan Cohen ownership group to the SPAC apparently on the agenda….

We will see what happens on Wednesday. Bill Torrey is in Chicago representing the Panthers; others may be up there as well.

Andrew Murstein, who led the charge for the SPAC, has previously been reported as the new face of the ownership group….

f Murstein comes in to run the team, I would think Randy Sexton staying on as general manager is probably unlikely (yes, I wrote today I thought he was keeping the job).

Murstein is reportedly close to former New York Rangers/Islanders GM Neil Smith, who I have been told is one of a handful of finalists for the job as it stands today.


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Canucks GM Talks Long Road Trip

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHLcom via VancouverCanucks.com,

“Obviously when you’re away for that length of time you get concerned,” Vancouver General Manager Mike Gillis told NHL.com. “But the Olympic break does break up the trip, so it’s really two segments of a trip as opposed to one long month away from home. We’re making the best of a situation that’s really beyond our control, and we’re trying to manage it and be as competitive as we can.”...

“The Olympics are an extremely important event, and we could possibly have up to eight players participating from our team,” Gillis said. “It’s a huge event for British Columbia and Canada and we’re going to do our part to make sure it’s as positive and as well-managed as it’s going to be. It’s really up to us to manage it appropriately and get our players ready for it and that’s what we intend to do.”


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Previewing Tomorrow’s BOG Meeting

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from David Shoalts and Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

While even the leaders of a group of Canadian and American businessmen admit their 11th-hour attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes is a long shot, they will find an attentive audience when they face the NHL’s board of governors tomorrow in Chicago….

In addition to taking part in the examination of the Ice Edge group, they will also question Jim Balsillie about his bid for the team and his relocation plans. Balsillie, the co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion Ltd., has offered $212.5-million (U.S.) for the Coyotes on the condition he can move the team to Hamilton.


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  Tags: bog

Wild Name Flahr Asst. GM

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SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Brent Flahr Assistant General Manager. Flahr will oversee all aspects of player development and evaluation and assist Fletcher in player personnel decisions, contract negotiations and league related issues.

“Brent is one of the top talent evaluators in the NHL and was an integral member of Anaheim’s scouting staff on their 2007 Stanley Cup team,” said Fletcher.

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