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Trying To Get A Handle On The Cap Number

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

As they compile their wish lists for the start of free agency beginning July 1, GMs will likely be facing the first decrease in the salary cap since it was instituted for the 2005-06 season.

The cap could drop by as much as $2.5 million for the 2009-10 season from its current $56.7 million figure, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. Although Daly couldn’t say, it is not inconceivable that the figure could fall to $50 million for the 2010-11 season.

“At this point, we don’t really have a good estimate of where the cap will be,” Daly wrote in an e-mail to The Star-Ledger. “If the NHLPA wants a 5 percent inflator, and we agree, the cap should be relatively ‘flat.’ If there is no inflator applied, the cap will be down $2-$2.5 million.”

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Memories Of Gerry McNeil

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

For decades, the photograph was folded in half and archived in a wood barrel in the basement of former Canadiens goaltender Gerry McNeil, remarkable history unceremoniously stored.

It is a magnificent, early 1950s oversized glossy snapped by photographer James (Scotty) Kilpatrick, the sharp fold giving this end of Detroit Olympia ice a second crease: McNeil is sprawled on his back, wearing the tortured look of every maskless netminder, as teammate Émile (Butch) Bouchard arrives to clear the rebound.

Five years ago, upon the death of his father, David McNeil discovered the image in a dusty cardboard box stacked in the basement locker of the Pointe Claire condominium where his parents had lived.

McNeil has since learned more about the precious Kilpatricks his father had been given and squirreled away, photos he discussed during a poignant half-hour presentation at the Bell Centre last Saturday to the annual meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research.

continued and make sure to check out Gerry McNeil: Goaltender Under Pressure Manuscript Description that contains some fantastic old-school hockey pictures.

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A Look At The SCF Schedule

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

After lollygagging through the first three rounds of playoffs with nonsensical extra off-days thrown in willy-nilly, the NHL is prepared to play Games 1 and 2 of the Cup final on back-to-back nights, because NBC is weak in prime time on Fridays and Saturdays, and will deign to telecast both games if the NHL doesn’t mind twisting itself into a pretzel to co-operate….

If they play on the 5th and 6th, and go every second day from that point on, they would play Game 3 on June 8, Game 4 on the 10th, and so on, meaning a possible Game 7 on the 16th, a day later than the NHL’s written-in-stone pledge to have the season end by June 15.

So in order to keep its promise, the league would have to schedule another back-to-back within the series….

If the league’s owners had the stones they were born with, they might actually rise up and challenge the commissioner once in a while when his desire to be bigger than he (or the league) really is — regardless of the cost to its dignity — makes hockey look pathetic.

But he has led them this far, and they have drunk his Kool-Aid. Evidently, they are unwilling, or unable, to rally in the name of common sense.

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It’s Getting Nasty

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

However the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy proceedings go this week, the public scrap has become a zero-sum game for the two sides.

The release of private documents has embarrassed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, lifting the cloak of secrecy he and the league use to keep faltering franchises in line. The guerrilla attempt by Jim Balsillie to buy and relocate the Coyotes’ franchise to Southern Ontario has distanced him from even his most sympathetic supporters within the league.

But with no ceasefire in sight, the sides keep firing away. The release last Sunday of unprecedented Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. commercials supporting Balsillie’s makeitseven.ca website has ratcheted up pressure on the league, portraying it as anti-Canadian and self-serving.

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Follow The Bankruptcy Hearing

Mark Spector of Sportsnet is live blogging the proceeddings, or was at least trying to until he was told no mobile devices allowed in the courtroom.

added 5:14pm, If you would have told me I would be pointing to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, who is twittering the court hearing, I would not have believed you.

added 7:04pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

U.S. Bankrpuitcy court Judge Redfield T. Baum ordered the NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to take their dispute over which one controls the team to mediation.

The judge said he wants the matter resolved quickly and scheduled a hearing for May 27 for a report on their progress.

Both sides obviously want a sale of the Coyotes, the judge said, but cannot agree on the timing, although both agree it should be done as soon as this summer.

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Count Me In

from Bill Simmons of ESPN,

You can’t call hockey’s resurgence a comeback, because it hasn’t fundamentally changed. We changed. Twice. Hockey didn’t fit 10 years ago; now it does. I love having the NHL back in my life, even if it means dealing with Jacobs the Skinflint again. The sport is breathtaking to watch. The players are more brilliant than ever; games look gorgeous in HD. And like old times, all scores are settled on the ice.

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The Phoenix Bankruptcy Hearing Talk

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy hearing will commence at roughly 1pm Pacific, with no guarantee a ruling on this matter will be made by Judge Redfield Baum today.

However, with or without a ruling there is a good chance that the Arizona court will provide enough feedback throughout the day to give a strong indication as to which way the appointed Judge is leaning.

There are four key motions to be addressed today.

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NHL Extends Line Of Credit To $200M

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The Power Of Radio

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

It’s a bully pulpit his fellow sports commissioners wish they had. Every Thursday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman hosts his own private klatch on The NHL Hour on Sirius XM Radio. For the most part, Bettman has played harmless interlocutor on his program, hockey’s version of Art Linkletter asking, “Don’t players say the darnedest things?”

But with Jim Balsillie at the door, Bettman has used the unfettered radio access to talk over the heads of conventional media to fans. Bettman plays the reasonable fixer, the man who only wants solutions, not conflict in Phoenix….

While Bettman has told listeners in the fireside chats why Balsillie is a queue-jumping opportunist, he hasn’t said how Jerry Reinsdorf — his white knight in the desert — will succeed in Phoenix where others have failed miserably.

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The Crippling TV Contract

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If the first two rounds of the playoffs have been a showcase for the NHL’s greatest young players—start with Crosby and Ovechkin, go directly to Evgeni Malkin, then to Eric Staal, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews—it also has exposed the folly of Gary Bettman’s love affair with Versus and the grudge he carries against ESPN.

It has exposed the NHL’s empty approach to a television strategy, even as Bettman risks dislocating his shoulders in patting himself on the back for his league’s innovative approach to blacking itself out.

The commissioner may have been justified in not taking ESPN’s crumbs coming out of the lockout. He may have been justified placing the league’s immediate future into the hands of Versus, owned by Ed Snider’s Comcast, by the way.

But Bettman was not justified in granting Versus a contract that included unilateral options for the network to retain exclusivity through 2010-11—a six-year commitment as crippling in its own way as the Rangers’ six-year commitment to Wade Redden.

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