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Walkom Going Back On the Ice

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from the Globe and Mail,

Stephen Walkom has decided to haul his referee’s sweater out of mothballs.

Walkom, who had his 46th birthday on August 8, is stepping down as the NHL’s director of officiating with the intent of staying with the league as an on-ice official, a league source confirmed Tuesday. Walkom is expected to be at the NHL officials training camp which begins on Sept. 7. It’s believed that when Walkom accepted the executive position during the 2004-05 NHL lockout that it was on the condition that he would be allowed to return as an on-ice official if/when he made that decision.


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I Shall Return

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Off to a follow-up with my doctor after my annual physical yesterday.

I am not really sure how long this will take, so if anything happens, feel free to leave a comment below.

After today, my schedule is clear all the way through the hockey season and it is getting closer.

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Have The Canucks Spent Too Much On Too Few?

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from J.J. Guerrero of Canucks Hockey Blog,

I believe the Sedins and Luongo is as good a group of three players to start building a team around. The Sedins are generally acknowledged as top-20 players in the NHL and both are signed to reasonable cap hits of $6.1 million each. If Gillis hadn’t re-signed them, his alternatives would have been to either start a full-blown youth movement and promote the likes of Kesler, Burrows, Hodgson, Grabner and Schroeder to more prominent roles, or take his chances that he could’ve signed two marquee unrestricted free agents to replace the Sedins. The former would kill the Canucks’ chances of signing Luongo to a contract extension; in hindsight, the latter wouldn’t have been likely considering what the marquee free agents signed for


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Crosby Not Ready For The Team Canada ‘C’

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

This will be Sidney Crosby’s team, one way or another.

Having delivered the Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh, a truly blighted hockey town before he arrived there four years ago, it is now expected by his home and native land that Crosby will deliver an Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey next winter in Vancouver.

But it would appear that anointing the Penguins superstar as the captain of Team Canada was at best premature and apparently closer to dead wrong.

More than anything, you see, those organizing the Canadian team want Crosby to play, to deliver points and passion and important moments.


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  Tags: team+canada

Can Heatley & Clouston Work Together?

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

It sure would be fun to be a fly on the wall when Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston greets Dany Heatley at training camp.

“How’s it goin’?” Clouston might ask.

“Good. You?” Heatley could reply.

“Not bad. How was your summer?”

Well, maybe not.

Regardless of where you stand on the Heatley mess, it’s hard not to feel at least a touch of sympathy for Clouston.

Judging by the comments of many Senators fans, they might be inclined to drive a Zamboni over Heatley if they were in the coach’s shoes.


added 9:11am, from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The ‘A’ worn by Dany Heatley stands for Asinine.

The reluctant Senator proved he also worthy of an ‘A’ for Arrogant and ‘P’ for Pompous with all the whining he did on a conference call late last week.

Right now, without further delay, his ‘A’ should officially be removed. If not dramatically ripped off with threads flying everywhere during a ceremony at Parliament Hill, at least quietly by the Senators’ Chris Cook in his equipment office at Scotiabank Place.


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  Tags: dany+heatley

Yzerman Talks Team Canada

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Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman talks to the media prior to Team Canada’s first on-ice practice yesterday.

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Balsillie Wants The Coyotes By Mid-September

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from the CP via TSN,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has submitted an amended proposed agreement to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes for US$212.5 million and immediately move them to Hamilton, with or without the NHL’s consent.

The document filed Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court says Balsillie can walk away from the deal if the contentious issues in the complex case have not been resolved in his favour by Sept. 14. That’s four days after the scheduled auction of the team and one day before the Coyotes are to play their first pre-season game.


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Directv & Versus Battling Over Pricing

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from Stuart Levine of Variety,

Versus may be off DirecTV as of Sept. 1.

Comcast-owned sports cabler that has made strides recently with the NHL playoffs and Tour de France is in a fight with DirecTV over an increase in carriage fees.

According to research firm SNL Kagan, Versus earns about 18¢ per subscriber and is asking for more.

The net is available in 75 million homes, up from 62 million three years ago.

Versus says it’s asking a fair market price for a network on the rise and is hoping a deal gets worked out by next week.


To see what other sports networks receive per subsciber, check out this post at AVS Forum.

As we know, most of these talks go down to the wire and then some.  Hopefully for the sake of NHL fans who have Directv (me), this will be settled soon.

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  Tags: directv

The Canadian Expectations

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

You said you didn’t give a f—- about hockey
And I never saw someone say that before
You held my hand and we walked home the long way
You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr

I still get chills every time I hear that Bobby Orr line from lead singer Gord Downie. Somehow, right in that instant, Downie’s unique voice captures Canada’s obsession with the sport it invented and still clings desperate ownership to.

All of which should help underline to my American readers here at ESPN.com just what kind of pressure and hype await the host country in less than six months. When Canadian hockey fans stop me to chat Olympics these days, it’s not to ask me who I think will win men’s hockey gold in Vancouver, but rather which country I think will lose to Canada in the gold-medal game. Gulp.

read on

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  Tags: team+canada

Who Starts In Goal For Canada?

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

“This is it for me,” said Brodeur, swatting away any suggestion that he might still be in the goaltending picture during the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

The grand old man of Canadian goaltending would be 41 in 2014 and he knows he can’t stop pucks forever.

As it is, he might not stop them every night at the 2010 Olympics. There is a reasonable possibility Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo, seven years younger and cognizant he’ll be playing in his home rink, might actually beat him out as the starter.


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  Tags: martin+brodeur, roberto+luongo, team+canada

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