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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The NHL is threatening an indemnity fee on top of a relocation fee – pushing the price tag for the Phoenix Coyotes to perhaps more than $400 million – if bankruptcy court judge Redfield Baum allows the team to move to Hamilton.
“Relocation is separate from indemnity,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “There may be indemnity fees owing if a franchise were ever located in Hamilton.”
It’s expected the league could ask for more than $100 million (all figures U.S.) as a relocation fee and perhaps as much again in payment to the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres in indemnity for the Coyotes encroaching on their territory.
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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
...And when Lidstrom appeared tired and mistake-prone in the Final against Pittsburgh, questions were raised again about his fitness to play. Was it an ankle? A knee? Under the NHL’s Orwellian injury disclosure policy, a postal-code approximation of the hurt was all that was given to the media.
Actually, Lidstrom had a damaged testicle from being pitch-forked by Chicago’s Patrick Sharp in Game 3 of the Western final. He needed all the time between the cheap shot and Game One of the final to rehabthe injury. As Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you know the rest of the story”.
While it’s considerate to Lidstrom that such an . . . er, intimate injury be hushed up, the cover-up damages the league’s credibility in several ways.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province via Canada.com,
In short, you couldn’t ask for much more of a series. But has anyone else noticed outside the game’s traditional fan-base?
That’s the big question and, again, the signs are encouraging for the NHL. The American TV numbers are up significantly and Friday night’s Game 7 should provide a ratings bonanza for the league. But this is also about something different, something that can’t be measured by viewer-households or audience shares.
This series, more than anything, has given the NHL an event which has made an impact on the American sporting conscience and when was the last time the league could say that? Crosby and Malkin have cemented their place as crossover stars. Pundits are actually expressing an opinion on the game’s finer points. There is interest everywhere and it doesn’t hurt that the Kobe-LeBron dream matchup didn’t materialize in the NBA final.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
After years of doing everything to keep Hamilton out of the National Hockey League, the NHL may be ordered today to attach a price to the southern Ontario relocation of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes.
And they are not at all happy about it.
“I don’t think we are prepared to put out a number,” said Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the NHL. But Daly did say, if the matter was ordered by the court, the NHL would have to comply.
Judge Redfield T. Baum indicated late yesterday he will think overnight about whether he will order the NHL to put a relocation and indemnification price on the proposed sale of the Coyotes and move to Hamilton. He could order the NHL, as early as today, to put a figure alongside the $212.5 million US figure BlackBerry boss Jim Balsillie has bid for the franchise in Chapter 11 bankruptcy that would compensate the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and the league for the franchise move.
The price attached to the potential move could pave the way for the Coyotes’ move to Hamilton or, in fact, squash Balsillie’s bid completely.
from KC Joyner of The Fifth Down at the NY Times,
It isn’t just that there have been missed calls that is troubling. It is also the alarming lack of consistency. Stu Hackel may have put it best in his June 3 post on the Slap Shot blog when he said, “And the officiating standard is inexplicably loosened, then suddenly tightened.” From game to game, it has been next to impossible to tell what the officials are going to call and what they aren’t.
What may be most troubling about the inconsistency is how many commentators seem to be glossing over the issue or, even worse, giving it a blind eye altogether.
The NBC analyst Darren Pang might have epitomized this best in his postgame review last night when, while getting ready to criticize the officials for a missed call, he said that “the referees have done an outstanding job” this postseason. That obviously isn’t the case, but he isn’t the only one who doesn’t want this part of the game to put a damper on what has otherwise been a really good series — the NHL seems just as culpable.
added 9:13am, from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
This time the Penguins got away with one.
A very, very big one, Ruslan Fedotenko’s hook on Detroit defensive ace Nicklas Lidstrom, that led directly to a crucial Pittsburgh goal.
It happened in the third period, the Red Wings down by only one goal, but on Pittsburgh’s home ice in Grade Six of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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.
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?”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It’s a mess that could blow up in the NHL’s face in court tomorrow, according to one legal expert who believes Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has a strong enough case to win because his offer of $212.5 million (all figures U.S.) for the team ought to carry a lot of weight with Judge Redfield Baum.
“(If) Judge Baum is focused on helping creditors, (it) means Balsillie should win,” says Penn State law professor Stephen Ross. “But many judges are reluctant to challenge the tradition of sports, which helps the NHL.”
From Arthur Staple at Newsday:
The Coyotes are just the biggest problem in a league that has had trouble stabilizing small-market franchises and now has the economic woes felt by everyone around the world on top of that. “I’m sure that Phoenix isn’t the only team in trouble,” Balsillie said.
Bettman and the league’s owners killed the 2004-05 season to gain “cost certainty” via a hard salary cap and revenue sharing while still trying to grow the sport around the United States with a national television deal that would put hockey on par with the big three of football, baseball and basketball. Five years later, the product has vastly improved. But what else has?
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