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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
In an e-mail to Sporting News Today, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote that Hudler lost his free agency rights when he elected salary arbitration on July 5.
“It continues to be our position that Hudler is contractually obligated to the Detroit Red Wings,” Daly wrote in an e-mail to SNT. “It’s just another example of the KHL having no regard for NHL contracts.”
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
New Rule No. 1: Regular-season standings must change
If a game is tied after the traditional 60 minutes, it is recorded as what it is: a tie. Should a team prevail with an extra goal in overtime or a shootout a team is awarded “bonus points,” points that are noted as such in the standings. In that scenario, there would be no “Win” recorded in the standings or personal coaching or goalie stats for a victory in extra-session time….
New Rule No. 2: Team options on the playoff seedings and formats
The higher seeds get a variety of options. It could be they retain the 2-2-1-1-1 format if they think it fits their travel plans or their view of what plays to the their strength (unbeatable at home or really good history of success after winning Game 1), or exploits an opponent’s weakness (poor road record or possible fatigue from a closing kick that could cause problems with a long-trip to a quick series start)....
from Carl Bialik of the Daily Fix at the Wall Street Journal,
On Puck Prospectus, Gabriel Desjardins tapped into the fan-generated database at hockeyfights.com to find out when fights happened last season, and who was deemed by voting fans to have won each tussle. Then he cross-referenced each fight with what happened in the rest of the game, when players were focused on scoring goals instead of landing punches. The result: A fight’s winner boosts his team’s goal differential by 0.07 over the next 10 minutes.
That may suggest that it’s good for the goons to drop the gloves more often, but few hockey pugilists win more than half the time — and for each who does, there’s another who’s a habitual loser.
from CBC Sports,
The NHL’s rejection of Jim Balsillie’s application to purchase the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes is the latest attempt by the league to prevent another team in Canada, the Canadian billionaire’s spokesman, Bill Walker, told CBC’s Newsworld….
“I think that hockey fans can judge what this is really about in terms of the NHL trying to block Canadians from having a seventh professional hockey team in Canada,” Walker said.
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
...sources familiar with the meeting told the Post’s Theresa Tedesco that it was a remarkably contentious affair, with governors taking turns lambasting Balsillie for his failings, real or imagined.
Sources told Tedesco that during the 90-minute meeting, deputy commissioner Bill Daly peppered Balsillie with questions about his withdrawal from buying the Pittsburgh Penguins for US$185-million in 2006.
Former Nashville owner Craig Leipold, now the owner of the Minnesota Wild, accused Balsillie, who offered US$238-million for the Predators in 2007, of using the team’s trademark without permission, and of destabilizing the already-fragile hockey market in Nashville by selling season tickets in Hamilton….
Sources also told Tedesco that George Gillett, the outgoing owner of the Montreal Canadiens, hammered Balsillie for telling a French-language newspaper in November of last year that the Canadiens were for sale, claiming that Balsillie’s comments destabilized the franchise and directly contributed to Montreal’s failure in the playoffs.
According to 640am in Toronto, the Reisdorf bid was 100% approved, the Balsillie was 100% declined and the Ice Edge Holdings bid was ruled incomplete in reference to the Phoenix Coyotes.
CHICAGO – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement following today’s Board of Governors meeting:
“The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors met this afternoon to review the ownership applications of three prospective ownership groups for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Board’s process today represents the League’s best efforts to comply with the League’s review procedures pursuant to NHL Constitution Article 3.5 and NHL By-Law 35 within the timetable imposed by the ongoing court process.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
A high-profile agent told Sun Media yesterday that the current environment for free agents is “all being orchestrated” by the NHL and the plan all along was to make these players sit to see if they’re willing to sign for less money.
Four weeks into free agency, players like Alex Tanguay, Petr Sykora, Manny Fernandez, Marcus Nilson, Dennis Seidenberg, Dominic Moore, Rhett Warrener, Miroslav Satan, Mathieu Schneider, Robert Lang and Brendan Shanahan have yet to sign.
None of these guys are superstars, but they’re household names and in a few cases, it’s a surprise they haven’t been signed. It would appear teams simply aren’t willing to pay their asking price or don’t have the money.
“I think what you’ve got here is something that has been in the works for a while,” said the agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bunch of guys sitting around like this looking for work. This is something teams have been looking at for a while.
“What they’re trying to do is make these guys wait and sweat so they’ll take less money. A lot of these guys aren’t going to do that.”
A league executive, meanwhile, said that’s not the case
from David Shoalts and Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,
While even the leaders of a group of Canadian and American businessmen admit their 11th-hour attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes is a long shot, they will find an attentive audience when they face the NHL’s board of governors tomorrow in Chicago….
In addition to taking part in the examination of the Ice Edge group, they will also question Jim Balsillie about his bid for the team and his relocation plans. Balsillie, the co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion Ltd., has offered $212.5-million (U.S.) for the Coyotes on the condition he can move the team to Hamilton.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
“We absolutely need to look at term limits,” Burke told THN.com Friday afternoon, before embarking on a week-long west coast vacation with his wife. “I personally do not believe some players have any intention of fulfilling some of these long-term contracts.”
Another rule Burke has lobbied to change for some time is the so-called “four-recall rule,” which limits NHL teams to just four player promotions from their American League affiliate after the trade deadline – as long as that AHL affiliate is still in contention for a playoff spot or playing in the post-season; if their affiliate is out of the playoff mix, there is no limit as to the number of players an NHL team can call up.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
With Canadian teams reportedly accounting for over 30 percent of league revenues and having no problems selling out their respective arenas, the improved value of the “loonie” throughout the coming season could have a positive impact upon league revenues.
Of course there are other variables which could adversely affect revenues. Concessions, souvenirs, advertisement and broadcast revenues have yet to be collected for the upcoming season and the current volatility of the economy could still take its toll. It’s difficult for the league’s general managers and their “capologists” to gauge what the immediate future will bring, and combined with the flat-lining of this coming season’s salary cap makes it difficult to plan out long-term roster building forecasts this summer.
A significant decrease in the 2010-11 salary cap is still a possibility and any general manger worth his salt has to anticipate this, but it’s also possible it may not be a certainty.
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