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No Decision Expected In Phoenix Today—UPDATES

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Star,

There will be no decision today from a judge at a bankruptcy court hearing on the sale and possible relocation of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is hand for today’s sesssion. The NHL commissioner is expected to fly to Pittsburgh right after the hearing.

Sports reporter Kevin McGran is in Arizona for bankruptcy proceedings involving the NHL Phoenix Coyotes. Follow his updates on Twitter directly at twitter.com/kmcgran or watch in the live blog below.

Update 2:36pm ET: More from Dan Rosen at NHL.com, summarizing today’s issues.

Update 3:16pm ET: From TSN

Bankruptcy judge Redfield T. Baum believes the NHL is entitled to a fee for the right to put a team in Hamilton, and that unknown number is crucial to his decision on the fate of the Phoenix Coyotes.

His statement, coming during a combative and entertaining court hearing today in Phoenix, ran counter to arguments made by lawyers for Jim Balsillie that no fee is owed.

Update 4:23pm ET: How much of a fee? From the Toronto Star

The NHL would charge billionaire Jim Balsillie $100 million (U.S.) as a relocation fee to move the Coyotes to Hamilton.

Balsillie lawyer Susan Freeman let slip the amount — a dollar figure blacked out in all court documents — in a relocation hearing Tuesday.

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GDT - S.C. Finals, Game 6: Red Wings (3-2) at Penguins (2-3)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

SCF Game 6, and the Wings have an opportunity to hoist Lord Stanley at Mellon Arena, for the second consecutive year.  No need for storylines, numbers, quotes, or anything else, the Holy Grail will be in Pittsburgh and only for the Wings.  The only question is whether Detroit will be flying high again

I’ll see you Bitches on the Hasek, and in the true faith of Kate:  Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Time Moving Slowly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My contribution at NHL.com today- Trying to kill time!

I am sure many of you are feeling the same way.

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Mid-Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pre-Datsyuk, the Penguins had been playing the Red Wings, and hanging in there shift for shift.

Since Saturday they’ve been playing the defending champions.

It’s going to take a lot more than slashes and elbows to survive such a daunting confrontation.

-Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  More on the problems Datsyuk creates for the Penguins…

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

A Snapshot Preview

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Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review previews game 6.

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Pay To Play In Nashville

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from Chris Echegaray and John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Every athlete who plays the Predators in Nashville would get slapped with a $2,500 “jock tax” for the privilege under a proposal a Tennessee Senate committee may take up today.

The Preds’ active roster would pay, too, but with a three-game cap of $7,500 a season. For team captain Jason Arnott, it’s just one more state getting its piece of his five-year, $22.5 million contract.

“We’re kind of used to it anyway,” he said. “They’re doing the same thing when we go into other states. So I guess why not pick up on that and make some money for Tennessee?”


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Enough Garbage Tracking

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HockeyBuzz Hogwash goes out with a bang!

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Is It Crosby’s Time?

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I picked the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup final in six games because Sidney Crosby was playing out of his mind and wasn’t going to let the team lose. I’m still sticking with ‘em even though Crosby hasn’t done so much against the Detroit Red Wings and the Penguins find themselves in a big jackpot, needing to win Game 6 tonight at home and Game 7 Friday night in Detroit. I’ve learned from these Penguins in the Washington series that it’s never too late. I’ve been watching the great Crosby too long to think he can’t have two terrific games when it matters most.

Positive thoughts ...

Hey, it beats dwelling on the alternative.

Oh, what the hay.

Let’s dwell for just a moment.

If the Penguins fail—tonight or Friday night—no one will lose more than Crosby.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

The Best Way To Beat The Wings

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The last coach to win a playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings takes pride in that distinction, and he should. With Detroit poised to win its second straight Stanley Cup championship tonight with a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena, Randy Carlyle might hold on to that honor for a while.

Carlyle’s Ducks defeated the Red Wings in the 2007 Western Conference finals before defeating Ottawa to win the Cup. The Ducks didn’t face Detroit in the 2008 playoffs but caused anxiety in Hockeytown during the second round this spring….

“The thing about Detroit is that the depth they’ve got throughout their lineup is starting to be the difference-maker in the games and inside the games,” Carlyle said by phone Monday.

“Pittsburgh seemed to have them on the run in the two games they won in their building, but the other night it seemed after the first seven minutes it was all Detroit.”...

At their best, the Penguins—like the Ducks—have initiated an aggressive forecheck and maintained a quick tempo. They’ve also tried to pressure Detroit’s defense by dumping the puck behind the defensemen and making them chase it while targeting them for punishing hits.

“I thought at times, especially in Pittsburgh, they really were able to get the body on them,” Carlyle said. “But again, you’ve got to put the puck into areas and skate off of it.”


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  Tags: randy+carlyle

All About Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Not only do players want to come, they want to stay. Stars such as Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen worked creative, albeit lucrative, long-term deals in order to reserve a spot in Motown.

Goaltender Chris Osgood came back after leaving. So did Dominik Hasek, who retired again but not before winning a Cup.

That potential influx of players each summer allows the Wings to keep potential future stars such as Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson or Justin Abdelkader on the outside looking in until they are definitely ready or needed for salary cap purposes.

Despite that ability to sign new talent or consistently discover it through the draft, the Wings have four players who could win their fifth Stanley Cup with the team tonight. Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby are all looking for thumb rings. A fifth, Darren McCarty, was on those first four Detroit winners. McCarty played only 13 games this season and practises with the subs but the Wings could ask for his name to be included on the Cup.

To have a core of name players stay that long and have success – along with a GM in Ken Holland who has held that post since 1997-98 – only adds to the image of Detroit as a stable franchise.


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