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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
All I know is this: The Coy otes wouldn’t have gone bankrupt if Gary Bettman had been able to get “cost certainty” into the collective bargaining agreement.
Do you know what the Coyotes’ calamitous financial state tells us? It tells us that the league’s claims that a hard cap would ensure league-wide prosperity were bankrupt. It tells us that percentage of the gross means as much to low-revenue clubs as the commissioner’s assurances during the season that the media was blowing the Phoenix issue out of proportion.
continued plus some salary cap talk too…
Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Empty Netters is at the arena right now—you can check out his photos here. He also linked the video below, from CBC’s opening broadcast of the playoffs back in April.
A great video, and I thought it might be a good kick-off for tonight as well.
Puck drop, 1 hour 35 minutes, and counting…
From Tim Panaccio at CSN Philly.com:
Three separate times, Bettman stressed that his fight with Balsillie, which has been largely painted in Canada as a deeply personal one, wasn’t “personal” at all, but a matter of following league procedures and policy.
“The issue here is league rules and league processes and procedures,” Bettman said “… This is not just an NHL issue. This is not a Canada versus U.S. issue. This is not a Phoenix versus Hamilton issue. And this is certainly not a personal issue. Any notion to the contrary we think is simply off the mark.”
Bettman said he would welcome this issue before his Board of Governors.
“If and when the board is going to consider Mr. Balsillie as an owner, if I am asked an opinion I will express it,” Bettman said. “I’ll express it to the board first, before I express it to the world. If in the final analysis, the owners conclude that he is somebody they would like to have as a partner, then we will vote him in. If in the final analysis they don’t think he’s suitable to be a partner, for whatever reason, they’ll conclude to keep him out. If their opinion is one they are interested in, I will express it to them when asked.”
read on for more from Gary Bettman’s press conference today, on a variety of topics
Update 6:30 pm ET: Much more from Bettman’s press conference can be read here, from the CP via TSN.
Andrew Duffy at the Ottawa Citizen documents the many small and large errors on the Stanley Cup—
Even hockey teams themselves could be victimized by bleary-eyed silversmiths. In 1963, the TORONTO MAPLE LEAES won the Stanley Cup; in 1972, the conquering BQSTQN BRUINS were carved onto the mug; and in 1981, the NEW YORK ILANDERS became part of Lord Stanley’s lore.
read on for a whole selection of engraving snafus through the Cup’s history
From Ken Belson at the NY Times:
Tussles like these typically take place out of view of the public because most teams are privately owned and disclose as little as possible about their finances. The secrecy gives them an advantage in negotiations with potential buyers, as well as creditors who want to get paid.
But because the [Phoenix Coyotes] and the company that runs the arena have filed for bankruptcy, this fight is taking place in court, where some of the Coyotes’ financial laundry — including a list of its creditors and the more than $100 million that they are owed — is being disclosed for everyone to see.
This may put the National Hockey League and its 29 other teams in an awkward position. Other teams and the companies that do business with them are surely happy to get a glimpse of at least part of the Coyotes’ finances. In an industry where operational data is closely guarded, any information that helps teams and their vendors benchmark themselves against their competitors is valued.
Toronto, May 29, 2009 – Plans to transform Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum into a spectacular home arena for a new Southern Ontario NHL franchise were unveiled today by Jim Balsillie.
With a focus on fan-friendly cutting edge designs, the new Copps Coliseum would feature a soaring atrium-style entrance lobby, a range of luxury boxes, new lounges and restaurants, food and bar amenities throughout and capacity for more than 18,000 spectators. The design also fully addresses requirements the NHL has previously communicated for Copps Coliseum.
continued with more computer designed pictures…
from Sports Business International,
The National Hockey League is looking to be the first US league to offer a global rights offering, according to its Chief Operating Officer John Collins.
The NHL drew record crowds, greater television viewers and new sponsors this season through marketing strategies borrowed from the National Football League. The league’s current focus is to attract sponsors that will ultimately lead to more television money, says Collins.
“If we grow our share of the sports advertising marketplace, I think somebody will step up,” Collins said as quoted on Bloomberg. “We can be the first domestic league that looks at a global rights offering.”
The NHL names the Officials selected for the Stanley Cup Finals
Here they are:
Referees: Paul Devorski, Marc Joannette, Dennis Larue and Bill McCreary.
Linesmen: Derek Amell, Steve Miller, Jean Morin and Pierre Racicot.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate the Officials selected and wish them all the best for this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.
From Michael Traikos at the National Post:
“What have I gotten myself into?”
This is what I’m thinking as lab assistants duct tape my feet to the pedals of a stationary bike, block my nasal cavity with a nose plug and force a breathing tube inside my mouth.
Strapped in, I realize there is no turning back. I am at York University where I am about to undergo the dreaded VO2 max test as part of the standardized fitness evaluation that all NHL draftees are subjected to at the league’s draft combine today and tomorrow. While a player’s physical sacrifice might lead to a professional contract, I am told there are two ways in which this day will end for me: either in tears or hunched over a bucket.
continued… with more on how the players are evaluated
Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, a Detroit native, was neutral during last year’s Cup run, but this time, he’s rooting for the Pens.
“Now, I think it’s time for Pens to win it,” said Bettis. “Because these young guys have paid their dues. They’re ready to win a championship, and they need to bring it, bring it home to Pittsburgh.”
• How great was it to see Jim Gregory, Senior VP of Hockey Operations present the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl to the Wings last night. Mr. Gregory suffered a very serious heart attack a few months back and it was niceto see him out and about.
• I wonder what the decibel level in the Joe would have been if Chelios had knocked-in that rebound in OT?
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