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NHL Extends Line Of Credit To $200M

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Taking Less Pay To Play In Anaheim

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Detroit Red Wings, in great position to win a second consecutive Stanley Cup championship and fifth in 12 seasons, have often attributed much of their success to the fact that numerous players have taken less money than they might have received elsewhere in order to remain in Hockeytown….

A number of current Ducks players who stand to become unrestricted free agents July 1 are in position to make similar financial concessions that could help the organization build on this season’s impressive playoff run that ended with Thursday’s 4-3 loss at Detroit in Game 7 of the second round.

Four key members of the Ducks — defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin, center Todd Marchant and right wing Rob Niedermayer — are set for unrestricted free agency. As players went their separate ways Saturday, at least two expressed potential interest in the idea of taking less money to remain with the Ducks.

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Just Because You’re Old And Stupid Doesn’t Give You An Exemption From Sucking It

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My grandma used to cheat at Scrabble.  We all knew it but we let it go because as she got up there in years it just didn’t seem fair to point it out to her. 

Stan Fischler’s a frigging idiot.  But he’s an old shriv so it’s not really nice to harp on that too much, on the fact that he’s a senile dumbass.

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Report- Roy Has Been Offered Coaching Job In Colorado

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Former Avs star Patrick Roy has been offered Granato’s job and is mulling over the offer, according to multiple NHL sources who are close to Roy. The Hall of Fame goalie could not be reached for comment Sunday night, and the Avs had no comment about the possibility of Roy replacing Granato. Granato has not yet been told he’s out of a job.

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added 2:15pm, from TSN,

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy has denied a report in the Denver Post that stated he had been offered the head coaching job of the Colorado Avalanche.

“I never received an offer . . . but anyway, I’m not commenting,” Roy told French language website SRC.ca.


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Will Hockey In Phoenix Ever Succeed?

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from Craig Harris and Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Ray Artigue, executive director of the MBA sports-business program at Arizona State University, said being a non-playoff team and playing in Glendale makes it difficult to regularly attract fans throughout metro Phoenix, especially those on the other side of the Valley.

Moyes, through a spokesman, declined to comment. But Jeff Shumway, the team’s former chief executive, said the Coyotes mounted numerous efforts to stimulate interest, were competitive much of last season, but still couldn’t attract fans and lost millions.“At this point in time, hockey isn’t financially viable here,” said Shumway, who ran the team from April 2006 to January 2009.

He said an NHL official told him a team needs to make the playoffs four out of five years to generate a loyal following….

Unable to meet minimum paid attendance and revenue-growth figures in 2007-08, the NHL docked the team at least $3.6 million, or 25 percent of a full revenue share. This past season, the Coyotes again failed to meet those standards and received a 40 percent cut, or more than a $6 million reduction, according to Shumway.

The NHL last year told the Coyotes to “do whatever they needed to do” to hit the minimum requirements and receive a full share, Shumway said. The team, through an accounting move, then sold Moyes about 1,000 tickets a game and deducted the cost from the millions of dollars in loans he provided the team.

Daly said the NHL, which has contended it has been in control of the team since November, became aware of the situation in January and told the Coyotes to stop.



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Gold Or Bust

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,

Hockey Canada’s annual general meeting concluded in Vancouver yesterday with two recommendations for the game’s future.

For starters, delegates from across the country decided to hold a second hockey summit that will focus on “the player” and will take place next summer at a location to be determined.

More immediately, however, the membership told Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson to ensure three gold medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler next winter. Concerned by a string of recent international results, the message from Hockey Canada’s board was simple, according to Nicholson.

“Silver isn’t good enough,” he said. “We shouldn’t be satisfied with silver. I was given an endorsement to do everything in my power to win three gold medals.”


While on the subject of Canada, Happy Victoria Day to all of the great folks in Canada!

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Cam Ward Could Be The Difference

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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

So no matter how well the Hurricanes play defensively, they’re still going to need Ward in this series. The Penguins are going to get their chances. Ward is going to have to stop them.

Those are difficult circumstances for a goaltender, but they are the kinds of circumstances in which Ward really thrives. He’s a big-game goalie, and he showed that in the regular season when he denied Crosby on a breakaway and Malkin on a penalty shot in a 3-2 Carolina overtime win on April 4.

At 25, he has never lost a playoff series, and watching him shine in the playoffs after a two-year absence drives home what a missed opportunity those two seasons really were for the Hurricanes.

Because with Ward in net, there’s always a chance. Had the Hurricanes made it in 2007 or 2008, they might have gone as far as this team has. But they didn’t, and if anything, that has sharpened Ward’s resolve.


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Wings Will Be Tough To Beat

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from Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Because it’s Chicago and Detroit, it’s hard not to think about a young Bulls team led by Michael Jordan needing to conquer Isiah Thomas and the NBA champion Pistons before winning championships. Those Bulls had to be frustrated by Detroit before maturing into winners, and these Hawks probably need more time, too.

The problem is, now that they have handled Calgary and Vancouver, it’s only natural to want more. It’s easy for hungry fans to rip into Kane, who followed up his hat trick against the Canucks on Monday with a dud at Joe Louis Arena. Nobody could make Kane feel any worse than he already felt, though.

‘‘We tried to make a statement,’’ the boyish Kane said glumly. ‘‘This was a big game for us. We had the start we wanted. We got off to a 1-0 lead. But they took it to us the second half of the game.’‘


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The Maven Observations

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

• The Red Wings are not unbeatable; it’s just that it’s hard to catch them.

• I’d like to see what would happen if Chris Osgood REALLY was tested in the Detroit goal.

• If Nik Lidstrom got any better he’d be Zdeno Chara.

• I’m very interested in seeing how Sid (Days Of Whine and Roses) Crosby plays against team that can spell D-E-F-E-N-S-E; otherwise known as Carolina.

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Hall Of Fame Class Of 2009

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Since the Hall of Fame inductees for the year are announced quickly following the Stanley Cup playoffs, I like to discuss the probable inductees at some point during the playoffs.  Today is as good a day as any.

There are five players who are first time Hall of Fame eligible who I think should one day be inducted.  In order of the strength of their Hall of Fame credentials they are: Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Dave Andreychuk.  Since a maximum of four players can be inducted in any given season, it is clear that at least one of those five will get overlooked this year.  Dave Andreychuk is the likely candidate.

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