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Bill Daly On The Phoenix Situation

NEW YORK (August 25, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tonight released the following statement regarding the NHL submission of a bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes franchise out of bankruptcy:

“Today, the League filed its own bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes’ franchise out of bankruptcy in an effort to maximize the likelihood that the Club ultimately will be sold to an acceptable purchaser who is committed to operating the franchise in Glendale.

“We remain supportive of the other efforts that have been and are being made to purchase and operate the Coyotes in Glendale, and we will continue to do everything we can to assist interested groups in those efforts leading up to the scheduled sale hearing on September 10, 2009 and thereafter, if the NHL is the winning bidder.

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Panthers Begin Informal Workouts

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Nathan Horton appears to have spent plenty of time in the gym as well, although he’s not bigger. He’s markedly smaller.

Horton2 And looks a lot quicker and faster.

Word is he is clocking in at 205, about 10-15 pounds lighter than he played at last year. In past summers, Horton did NFL type training to get stronger. Now, it looks like he wants to play at a faster pace.

At any rate, Horton has shown—again—a commitment to his offseason training.

more on Florida…

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Highly Ranked Russian Prospect Facing Suspension

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

A 17-year-old Russian touted as the possible No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 N.H.L. entry draft faces almost certain suspension by the K.H.L. after he refused to sign a contract that contained no clause allowing him to depart for North America.

The player, Kirill Kabanov, was singled out for discipline by K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev during a Tuesday news conference in Moscow, the latest episode in an ongoing series of K.H.L.-N.H.L. disputes over player contracts.


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What Is Versus Worth?

from fredfa, an AVS moderator,

On some of Versus’ most popular programming, NHL regular season games, the network averaged a little over 300,000 viewers last year. (Even early round Little League World Series games on ESPN outdraws that by a wide margin: over a million viewers watched the LLWS games Monday night.)

Two weeks ago, in the summer dodlrums, TNT AVERAGED 893,000 prime time viewers.

A&E (which charges about 25 cents a sub a month) averaged 690,000.

So given the marketplace, YOU assign a cash figure to what Versus is worth.


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Gagne Hurts Hip At Team Canada Camp

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,

Flyers left wing Simon Gagne injured his surgically repaired right hip on the first day of Olympic workouts in Calgary on Monday, the Courier-Post has learned.

Speaking by phone from the Pengrowth Saddledome, Gagne said he felt soreness in his right hip during a fast-paced practice on Monday and will not return to the ice this week.

“For now it’s nothing serious,” Gagne said. “The pace was a little faster than I was used to this summer.  I think I’ll be OK for training camp.”


added 2:12pm, Other reports coming out of camp claim groin injury.

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Goaltending Numbers

from James Mirtle of From The Rinks,

There’s something about goaltending that, when it’s bad, it can hang on a franchise like an odour, weighing on fans and netminders alike. Pre-Luongo, for example, Vancouver was always pegged as a goalie graveyard (although some would argue a few of his predecessors were stiff upon arrival). In Ottawa, they seemingly haven’t had a lot of luck at the position either, with Patrick Lalime’s ugly turn in the 2004 postseason serving as just one reminder of failures past.

Anyway, it all made me wonder which franchises have really been home to the worst goaltenders in recent years and where exactly teams like Flyers, Sens and Canucks fit into the picture. So I made a chart.

read on

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Walkom Going Back On the Ice

from the Globe and Mail,

Stephen Walkom has decided to haul his referee’s sweater out of mothballs.

Walkom, who had his 46th birthday on August 8, is stepping down as the NHL’s director of officiating with the intent of staying with the league as an on-ice official, a league source confirmed Tuesday. Walkom is expected to be at the NHL officials training camp which begins on Sept. 7. It’s believed that when Walkom accepted the executive position during the 2004-05 NHL lockout that it was on the condition that he would be allowed to return as an on-ice official if/when he made that decision.


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I Shall Return

Off to a follow-up with my doctor after my annual physical yesterday.

I am not really sure how long this will take, so if anything happens, feel free to leave a comment below.

After today, my schedule is clear all the way through the hockey season and it is getting closer.

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Have The Canucks Spent Too Much On Too Few?

from J.J. Guerrero of Canucks Hockey Blog,

I believe the Sedins and Luongo is as good a group of three players to start building a team around. The Sedins are generally acknowledged as top-20 players in the NHL and both are signed to reasonable cap hits of $6.1 million each. If Gillis hadn’t re-signed them, his alternatives would have been to either start a full-blown youth movement and promote the likes of Kesler, Burrows, Hodgson, Grabner and Schroeder to more prominent roles, or take his chances that he could’ve signed two marquee unrestricted free agents to replace the Sedins. The former would kill the Canucks’ chances of signing Luongo to a contract extension; in hindsight, the latter wouldn’t have been likely considering what the marquee free agents signed for


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Crosby Not Ready For The Team Canada ‘C’

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

This will be Sidney Crosby’s team, one way or another.

Having delivered the Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh, a truly blighted hockey town before he arrived there four years ago, it is now expected by his home and native land that Crosby will deliver an Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey next winter in Vancouver.

But it would appear that anointing the Penguins superstar as the captain of Team Canada was at best premature and apparently closer to dead wrong.

More than anything, you see, those organizing the Canadian team want Crosby to play, to deliver points and passion and important moments.


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