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Blame The NHL Owners & League For The Kelly Mess

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

People have got this whole story wrong – and I’ve had it up to here (picture me with my hand stretched high above my satellite-sized noggin) with the outrageous amount of player bashing that’s followed Kelly’s dismissal.

I’ve got nothing against Kelly, by far the most humble, progressive and thoroughly decent man ever to hold the PA’s top post. The players may yet come to rue the day they cut him loose.

But how team owners and league brass have evaded any sort of blame for the environment that led to Kelly’s firing is beyond me.


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More Teams With Financial Problems

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The NHL has several markets that are in poor shape financially.  The most prominent example is that of the Phoenix Coyotes, who are in bankruptcy.  The team will be auctioned off very soon, with no clear end in sight to all the litigation and potential financial issues.  The Tampa Bay Lightning are probably the NHL’s next serious problem.  Owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie have barely had enough money to keep the team afloat.  With Barrie apparently dropping out due to his financial difficulties, it leaves behind Oren Koules to run an underfunded team with declining fan support.

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Good For Ovechkin

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Good for Alex Ovechkin. He spoke from his heart yesterday about his desire to play in the Olympic Games in 2014 in his homeland. He is the two-time reigning MVP. He speaks with passion and he cares deeply about the game and his country…

Several folks have written to me about Alex’s comments. My response is simple. We love and respect Alex Ovechkin. He does everything with passion. He loves the game. He loves our team and our city and he is all about winning a Stanley Cup. We have his back and we will work together to do what is in the best interest of the game, the NHL and our team.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

All Eyes On Phoenix

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The Globe and MailTSN & CBC will be using Cover It Live while reporting on the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy hearings today.

Follow along if you so desire and numerous people will also be Twittering from the court too.

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Columbus Looking For A Dman

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

When asked if the Blue Jackets were closing in on signing any veterans to training camp tryout deals, Howson acknowledged that the Jackets had tried to bring two or three such players to camp. So far, no takers.

The reason? Players want to go to camp with clubs who have obvious needs, needs that they can fill. Columbus used to be a desired location in that respect, but the 2009-10 Blue Jackets’ roster is pretty much set.

“We’re not a real attractive team anymore to come in on a tryout,” Howson said. “Unless you’re a defenseman, I guess, or a natural (fourth-line) center. We got the message from the agents: “Why would we want to come there?”

“There is a void, particularly at defense. We’d be open to bringing in a veteran NHL defenseman who has played but doesn’t have a contract. But so far that hasn’t happened.”

more on Columbus…

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The Latest Comrie Talk

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from Robin Brownlee of Oilers Nation,

...as it stands right now, after a 15-minute, face-to-face conversation I had with Comrie this afternoon, I’ve got to tell you we’d all better get used to the idea of seeing MC in Oilers silks again.

While I’m told there’s no deal done as of now and that there’s at least one other option for Comrie — I believe it’s the Atlanta Thrashers — I’d be willing to wager MC will be an Oiler by noon Friday.

In what stands as a classic case of letting bygones be bygones, Comrie and the Oilers have settled their differences to the point where I believe the ink is a formality and the unlikeliest of do-overs will begin when Comrie reports for training camp physicals Saturday.

read on and thanks to The Cult of Hockey for the pointer…

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  Tags: mike+comrie

Adam Oates Wants To Get Back Into The Game

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via Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Adam Oates was out at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon today talking with Rick Tocchet and Brian Lawton for quite sometime. Apparently Oates is looking to get back into the game in some kind of capacity and he might wind up as a power play coach/consultant that would float between Norfolk and Tampa Bay helping out in that capacity. While nothing appears imminent at this point, with Oates in town you can bet there are some serious discussions taking place and that Oates will be brought into the fold in the very near future.

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Twitter Talk

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Add two more main-stream media people you follow on Twitter.  Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out and the Montreal Gazette and Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice and the Record.

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Doug MacLean Takes On Advisor Role For Balsillie

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via Sportsnet,

If Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie is successful in his bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes through bankruptcy court, it appears he is getting ready to hit the ice running.

Sportsnet has learned Balsillie will soon name former Columbus Blue Jackets president and current Roger Sportsnet panellist Doug MacLean an advisor to Balsillie’s company PSE.

MacLean, who brings 22 years of hockey experience to Balsillie’s team, is expected to help bridge the gap between getting the Coyotes out of the courts and on to Hamilton ice in the event Balsillie lands the team.

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  Tags: doug+maclean

The Men Behind The NHLPA Takeover

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

First, veteran defenceman Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins has been clearly identified by several sources as the key player who led the charge against Kelly that culminated in his 4 a.m. firing in Chicago 11 days ago.

“This was a well-planned, well-thought-out coup d’état,” said one prominent NHL star yesterday, requesting anonymity. “Players are starting to realize what happened in Chicago.”

Second, while anti-Kelly forces are trying to portray him as a second coming of Ted Saskin for gaining access to minutes from a closed-door meeting, left out of the story so far is how the players learned of Kelly’s supposed misconduct.

He told them about it himself.

Third, more and more sources are suggesting that while former union ombudsman Eric Lindros was not involved in the Chicago meetings, Ference is viewed by many as a Lindros confidante. Many believe Lindros will soon rejoin the union after quitting eight months ago.

“My only question is, do they wait one month to rehire (Lindros), or six months? In my opinion, everything that happened proves he never really left,” said one respected NHL veteran.

read on

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