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BOG Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to 640am in Toronto, the Reisdorf bid was 100% approved, the Balsillie was 100% declined and the Ice Edge Holdings bid was ruled incomplete in reference to the Phoenix Coyotes.

added 5:20pm,

CHICAGO – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement following today’s Board of Governors meeting:

“The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors met this afternoon to review the ownership applications of three prospective ownership groups for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Board’s process today represents the League’s best efforts to comply with the League’s review procedures pursuant to NHL Constitution Article 3.5 and NHL By-Law 35 within the timetable imposed by the ongoing court process.

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All Olympic Talk

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Red Wings’ Head of European Scouting Hakan Andersson talks about Team Sweden and the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Also, Steve Yzerman talks Team Canada and Ken Morrow talks Team USA.

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Petteri Nokelainen Re-Signs With Ducks

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Petteri Nokelainen to a one-year contract extension through the 2010-11 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Nokelainen, 23 (1/16/86), split his third NHL season with Anaheim and Boston in 2008-09, combining for 4-5=9 points with a +2 rating and 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 games. Overall, Nokelainen won 53.4% of his faceoffs (156-for-292) while averaging 11:15 time on ice (TOI) and 15.5 shifts per game. The 6-1, 195-pound center, who was acquired from Boston in exchange for defenseman Steve Montador on Mar. 4, 2009, made his Anaheim debut on Mar. 6 vs. Dallas and scored his first goal as a Duck on Mar. 11 vs. Vancouver. He also appeared in nine of Anaheim’s 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games, missing four contests with an abdominal strain.

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Yes. I’m Sure Jason Williams Is Chomping At The Bit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, Jason Williams isn’t closing the door on a return to Stanley’s Rightful Home. 

You believe that? Have you forgotten how “slighted” little Jason was the last time in Detroit?  Is Mike Babcock going somewhere? Because, if not?  Willie’s not a big fan.

Remember this quote after Williams was (finally) sent to the press box in 2007?

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Gary Bettman’s Sick Fantasy Headline:  Jason Williams On Wing Radar

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hello.  Vacation’s over, and so is the hockey-less existence I’ve forced on myself.  We’ll get to that in a minute.  First?  This from Craig Custance.

Former Columbus forward Jason Williams is part of a group of talented players still on the free agent market who would be a nice boost for teams looking to add scoring depth. Williams, who scored 19 goals last season for the Thrashers and Blue Jackets, is also a very useful player on the power play. The addition of Williams in mid-season helped get Columbus into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

I seem to recall that Williams on the Wing power play used to make me want to stab myself in the temple.

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Lecavalier On Prospal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Over the years, Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier and linemate Vinny Prospal have become great friends. So it was not unexpected that Lecavalier would react strongly to the news Prospal will be bought out of the last three seasons of his four-year deal.

“Obviously, I’m very disappointed,” Lecavalier said from his Montreal home. “I feel for him. I know he really loves Tampa, so I was disappointed. I always said I like to play with Vinny Prospal, and every time he had a bad year, he came back and had a great one.”


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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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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