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Canada Should Be Thanking Bettman

from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

Balsillie may indeed be a patriot, and he may even have a superhero’s cape hanging in his closet. But he is no Captain Canada, and it is Bettman—the cartoon villain in the Arizona bankruptcy court—who deserves to be thanked by the Canadian public.

“All this B.S. about Jim Balsillie, the pied piper of RIM, stirring up all of Ontario and making the NHL out to be against teams in Canada, all of it was B.S.,” said Jim Devellano, a senior executive with the Detroit Red Wings and a voting member of the NHL Board of Governors, which rejected Balsillie’s ownership application by a unanimous vote. “This fight was never about a team in Hamilton. Thank goodness the courts ruled that the league decides who it wants as partners, and where its franchises are going to be located.”

Give Devellano a pen and he would be among the first to sign a thank you card postmarked for the commissioner’s office. He thinks that hockey fans in Edmonton, Calgary, Canada at large—and even Detroit—should consider signing it, too.

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Retribution & Integrity Being Questioned In Ref’s Court Hearing

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

The NHL removed senior official Dan Marouelli from playoff duties for the first time in memory last season as retribution for supporting colleague Dean Warren’s wrongful dismissal case against the league, Warren’s lawyer told a hearing on Tuesday.

In an intense exchange, lawyer Tom Curry alleged Stephen Walkom, the league’s director of officiating at the time, iced Marouelli out of playoff action for agreeing to testify in Warren’s Ontario Labour Relations Board hearing.

“When (Marouelli) phoned you and told you he was going to come here and assist Mr. Warren, you put him out of the playoffs,” Curry charged.

Walkom chaffed at the allegation.

“You’re questioning my integrity right now. That had nothing to do with it.”

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Can’t Watch The Game On Versus Because I Have Directv

I am sure I am missing out on one of the great, early season regular games, Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers.

Sure there are ways to get the game, but I want to watch it on my HDTV 55 inch Sony!!!

You too, let Versus, Directv and the NHL know how you feel.

Please keep the comments civil in nature.

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Big Opening Week For The NHL

ATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE BEGINS 2009-10 SEASON BY RECORDING

STRONG BUSINESS RESULTS ACROSS ALL LEAGUE PLATFORMS

League Continues Momentum As Fans Around The World Welcome Arrival Of A New Season

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NHL Headline News

from Charlie Teljeur of The Hockey News,

LEAGUE DROPS VERSUS; SIGNS WITH CINEMAX
“It’s more exposure for the NHL,” Bettman says. “More nudity, yes, but more exposure.”

BETTMAN AND BALSILLIE SECRETLY FRIENDS?
Facebook scandal rocks hockey world.

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On The Other Side Of The Glass

from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

It’s a weird feeling walking into a hockey rink these days.

It’s like walking into your old apartment and remembering the person you used to be.

There’s where we had some laughs. There’s where I felt some pain. There’s where I made decisions that affected my life.

I went to the Coyotes-Kings exhibition game, the first game I’d been to since a puck hit my jaw in December – a puck that forced my teeth wired shut for almost seven weeks, resigned me to the couch for months, and incidentally launched my writing career.

But being at this game hurts in a different way. For the first time I’m watching a hockey season start without me, with uncertainty, excitement and potential buzzing throughout the rink like a skate sharpener. And just then, the questions started creeping up on me: am I really on this side of the glass?

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Talking Hockey In The War Room

I will be on NHL Home Ice XM204 and in the War Room with Mick Kern at 11am ET today.

I always enjoy these segments and I am looking forward to the hockey talk.

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Fired Ref Dean Warren Gets His Hearing

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

Warren, who was fired last year and is seeking reinstatement, has filed a complaint against the league claiming he was wrongfully terminated for his union work on behalf of the NHL Officials Association.

The league claims Warren was fired for “substandard performance.”

“In my mind there was a number of penalties called in the last two games that didn’t exist,” said Walkom, a former president of the officials’ assocation and who remains an on-ice referee with the league.

Those calls led players to react to Warren in a “contemptuous way,” he said.

Asked why Warren was chosen as one of 22 officials to serve in the playoffs that year, Walkom said Warren “was one of the top guys focused on calling the (NHL) standard.”

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12.9% Is Final Escrow Number For Last Season

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The final escrow number (basically the percentage of player salaries the players gave back to the NHL for league overspending) for last season has been made official and it’s 12.9 per cent.

That means whatever the face value of a contract was for 2008-09, the player actually receives 12.9 per cent less than that.

But since the amount of escrow money withheld last season was around 18 per cent, the players will be getting a cheque cut, worth about five per cent of their salary. It’s not a refund per se, since the money collected belonged to them in the first place.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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