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Today at NHL.com, I am thinking hockey out loud.

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Those Hockey Cliches

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Are you like me? Do you cringe and/or grind your teeth any time you hear clichés and done-to-death buzzwords? Well, since the NHL doesn’t have much in the way of news to comment on, I figured we could take another periodical look at the verbal junk that passes for insight both inside and outside the hockey world and break that junk down to its nonsensical essence.

Aren’t particularly fond of that idea for a hockey blog in late July? Hey, it is what it is.

Moving Forward: Far and away the most widely overused cliché of the moment, this phrase usually is employed as utterly superfluous sentence-beginner (or ender). So instead of an NHL GM or coach saying this:

“We want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”

You get this:

“Moving forward, we want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”

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League Has Questions For Balsillie

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The value of a franchise in Hamilton is important because it would form the basis of how much Balsillie would have to pay – on top of his $212.5 million (all figures U.S.) offer for the team – in indemnity and relocation fees to the league and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The NHL letter to Balsillie’s company outlines 23 specific pieces of information the league says it needs before it can approve Balsillie as an owner including “all data, information and/or sources used in calculating the estimated value of an NHL expansion fee ($225 million – $265 million).”

The NHL has never put a price tag on an expansion fee for Hamilton.

Balsillie’s legal team indicates he’s a bit more than halfway to providing the information.

read on

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How Are You Handling Your Hockey Summer?

My blog today at NHL.com,

Over the last 10 months, I have been in hockey mode 24/7 and looked forward to a little break from the action. But the more I look for that break, the harder it is to find.

Friends just tell me to stay away from anything hockey—don’t visit the Web, don’t watch the NHL Network, don’t listen to NHL Home Ice. Go on vacation, go to the beach or go fly a kite.

If only they knew it is much easier said than done!

continued and I asked for people to email me with their stories.  Surprised over 50 emails received so far. I may have to do another article on this topic.

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CIT Issues May Cause Problems For NHL Teams

from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

The financial turmoil at CIT Group Inc. could ripple into Canada, where the company has been an important lender to everything from hockey teams and road projects to hospital expansions….

CIT Group has about $75-billion in assets and specializes in loans to small and medium-sized businesses. It is also a major lender to several National Hockey League teams and made a push into Canada in 1999 through the acquisition of Toronto-based Newcourt Credit Group Inc. for $2.4-billion (Canadian)....

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said yesterday that he was monitoring the situation and there were reports the government might do something. But many analysts now expect a Chapter 11 filing….

A Chapter 11 filing could be bad news for many NHL teams. It has been an important lender to several, including the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators.

more

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Len Barrie Needs $10M By Friday

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Another chapter in the story of the Lightning’s bickering owners will play out this week, as Len Barrie has a Friday deadline to come up with $10 million to prove he can continue funding the team.

The deadline was imposed by commissioner Gary Bettman, who has ordered the participants to not speak on the issue.

Bettman acted during a June meeting in his New York office when he demanded Barrie and co-owner Oren Koules settle their financial and philosophical differences about how to build the team.

Barrie must come up with cash or an irrevocable letter of credit from a financial institution payable to the NHL. The money is to cover his share of the team’s projected losses for the fiscal year that began July 1 and provide an additional cushion.

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Bettman & Daly Will Answer Questions Regarding Phoenix Bids

from Steve Church of Bloomberg,

National Hockey League officials agreed to answer questions about why potential buyers of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes dropped out in favor of Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, lawyers in the bankruptcy said.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner William L. Daly will be deposed later this month in New York by attorneys who question their roles in the proposed Reinsdorf bid, lawyers for the league and the Coyotes said today in court.

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Bettman In High Tax Bracket

via The Detroit News,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was paid $7.1 million in salary and benefits for the 2007-08 season, according to league tax filings and reported by Sports Business Journal.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, Bettman earned $4,197,694 from the NHL and $2,911,550 from NHL Enterprises, the league’s business arm, according to the report. The total package represents a 27-percent raise over the previous season and the highest level of compensation Bettman has received in 16 years as commissioner.

added 11:53am, The Sporting News has posted the full article from Tripp Mickle of SBJ.

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Reggie Fleming Passes Away

from Chicago Breaking News,

Reggie Fleming, a member of the Chicago Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup champions, passed away this morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, his son Chris said today. He was 73.

A hard-nosed defenseman known for the kind of grittiness that earned him the reputation as one of the toughest hockey players in his day, Fleming was especially valuable as a penalty-killer. He also set what was then a single-game NHL record for penalty minutes as a rookie with the Hawks during a matchup with the New York Rangers.

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Reggie’s son Chris did a series of interviews with his dad after he suffered a stroke and heart attack four years ago .  Watch the first of the series…

The rest of the interviews can be watched here, with the last interview done about a month ago.

If I may suggest, maybe take a few minutes of your day to watch the first video of the series which may in fact lead you to watch the rest of the series.

added 6:41pm, Chicago Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz and General Manager Dale Tallon have released the following statements regarding the passing of former Blackhawks forward Reggie Fleming, 73.

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They Provided Us Thrills

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

10. Mario Lemieux

The icon of Pittsburgh’s 1991 and ‘92 Stanley Cup champions did not have speed. But even without that fundamental building block of excitement, he was thrilling because of his unique ability to take time and make it stand still….

9. Dominik Hasek

A goaltender? Sure. Hasek was from the Czech Republic but he probably vacationed on Mars. For 16 seasons beginning in 1990, he tended the nets like an extraterrestrial, playing a style that had its own internal logic even if the rest of the world had no idea what he was doing….

read on...

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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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