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Here Come The Kids

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Griffs got swept.  Here come the reinforcements.

Abdelkader, Howard, Kindl, Ville Leino and Aaron Downey next will join the parent club Detroit Red Wings as “Black Aces.”

But not Darren McCarty?  Interesting.



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Phoenix Bankruptcy And Potential Sale

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The financial problems have been known for a while.  The NHL had been propping up the team financially and looking for a new owner who would keep the team in Phoenix.  They had been trying to do this quietly, but the media got wind of it.  It looked like the NHL had found their owner to keep the team in Phoenix.  Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, was willing to buy the team at a cheap rate.

This idea didn’t go over very well for current owner Jerry Moyes.  Why should he have to sell the team for a low price?  He had a back-up plan.  He had been negotiating with Jim Balsillie (the man who had earlier attempted to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators and move them to Southern Ontario).  These negotiations had been ongoing - but unknown to the NHL.

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Bettman Under Pressure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

It was Bettman, sources have said, who went to Moyes on Tuesday and presented a conditional offer from Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf that would have paid down a portion of the team’s indebtedness as long as Moyes walked away.

Moyes walked, all right. He went right to Balsillie and finalized a $212.5-million (U.S.) transaction — with another $17-million for bridge financing — that would ensure every creditor got paid. That has put Bettman between a rock and a cactus, and those in the know say he’s not happy about it.

The thing is: That unhappiness is certain to spread among the owners, some of whom have begun to question Bettman’s handiwork, along with his vision. For example: His decision to have NHL games broadcast in the United States on Versus has been a spectacular dud, despite claims to rising viewership. His decision to keep teams in their current marketplaces no matter how much money they lose has created all manner of stress and strain throughout the league.

“Bettman’s smart,” a source said, “but he’s under tremendous pressure, maybe the most he’s ever felt.”


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You Have To Wonder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Phoenix area newspapers, business journals, TV and radio stations are all reporting on the current financial situation of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Maybe if they provided this much coverage on the team itself, you know, during the regular season, the Yotes would not be in this situation.

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Ducks Have Concerns Heading Into Game 4

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

A 2-1 series lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings would be cause for at least some sense of accomplishment in many NHL locker rooms.

The Ducks had far too many areas for concern to harbor any such sentiment Wednesday as they prepared for Game 4 of their second-round playoff matchup Thursday night at Honda Center.

Dealing with repeated inquiries regarding referee Brad Watson’s quick whistle that wiped out what would have been a tying goal by Detroit’s Marian Hossa late in the third period of Tuesday night’s 2-1 Ducks victory was only the start.

“We got a break,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said, boiling down the controversial call into simple, short truth.


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Corey Perry Involved With EA Sports NHL 10

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Gaudiosi of IGN,

Corey Perry already has a Stanley Cup ring at the age of 23. Now the Anaheim Ducks forward is gunning for a second. The 2003 first round pick had 72 points this season, including 32 goals and 40 assists. The eighth-seeded Ducks already toppled the first place San Jose Sharks and now have their sights set on the Detroit Red Wings.

In addition to focusing on his team’s latest run for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Perry lent EA Sports a hand with its motion-capture for its upcoming NHL 10 hockey game. He donned the skates, helmet and a special suit with reflective balls to have his on-ice maneuvers captured for inclusion in this fall’s latest hockey game. Perry talks about his love of videogames in this exclusive interview.

IGN: What’s it like to know that your actual moves and trick shots are now going to be part of NHL 10?

Corey Perry: It’s pretty exciting. It’s something that you really don’t think about as a kid – all of the stuff that it takes to make a videogame like this. When you’re part of it, it’s special.


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Lemaire Looking For Work In The East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning has spoken to former Wild coach Jacques Lemaire about perhaps coming on board as a consultant.

“Anything can happen,” Lemaire said Wednesday from his Palmetto home. “It could be Tampa it could be Florida. I’d like to work with an eastern team.”


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A Burning Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Finnish blueliner Sami Salo made himself available to the media and he may have delivered the line of the playoffs.

When pressed by a Chicago reporter to reveal the nature of his injury, whether it was a groin or an ankle or a knee, Salo didn’t miss a beat.

“Maybe it’s just a burning sensation when you pee. You never know,” Salo said as the scrum exploded into laughter.

OK, so he remains day to day with the undisclosed injury. Is there a chance he’ll play Thursday in Game 4?

“There’s always a chance for anything,” said Salo. “We’ll see how it is tomorrow and go from there. The good thing is that it’s been getting better every day and that’s a positive thing.”

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St. James:  Rafalski and Draper Still Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don’t even know what to say about this anymore.

Update from Honda Center here in Anaheim today: Brian Rafalski didn’t practice and will miss a fourth straight game when the Wings take a 2-1 deficit up against the Ducks tomorrow night.

Rafalski (undisclosed injury) said he’s doing better, but doesn’t know when he’ll skate.

Mike Babcock said there would be no lineup or line changes for Game 4.

Thanks to Captain D. Polonich for the pointer.

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Indications Are Sutter Will Be Back With The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

I’ve tried to reach Niclas Havelid’s agent, Mark Stowe, the last two days to get him to confirm the reports out of Sweden that Havelid has decided to play in his home country next season and has no intention of returning to the NHL. I’m still waiting for him to call me back.

I just spoke to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he had not spoken with Havelid about that subject, but added, “I would not be surprised.”

Havelid is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

There is still nothing on Devils coach Brent Sutter’s future. Although Sutter hasn’t said so officially, all indications are that he will be back next season.

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