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Troubles in the Hockey Business

From Arthur Staple at Newsday:

The Coyotes are just the biggest problem in a league that has had trouble stabilizing small-market franchises and now has the economic woes felt by everyone around the world on top of that. “I’m sure that Phoenix isn’t the only team in trouble,” Balsillie said.

Bettman and the league’s owners killed the 2004-05 season to gain “cost certainty” via a hard salary cap and revenue sharing while still trying to grow the sport around the United States with a national television deal that would put hockey on par with the big three of football, baseball and basketball. Five years later, the product has vastly improved. But what else has?


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Read All About It

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The secretive world of the NHL’s backrooms is now out in the open.

The NHL’s constitution – how it works, how the league is operated – is revealed thanks to the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy case.

The entire document was included in filings that go to the heart of the legal case as to whether a bankruptcy court judge has the power to sell the Coyotes against the NHL’s wishes and allow it to move to Hamilton, also against the NHL’s wishes

continued and a link to the NHL Constitution and NHL Bylaws is availailable for you to read in pdf format.

Update 4:45pm ET: From TSN, more on buyers for the Coyotes—

The owners of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts are among four potential buyers that have expressed an interest in purchasing the Coyotes and keeping them in Phoenix, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a court filing.

Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon have sent the league one of the four preliminary applications to buy the troubled club, and each has “indicated an interest in operating the franchise in Phoenix,” according to Bettman’s declaration filed with an Arizona bankruptcy court.

The other applicants are: Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and John Kaites; Coyotes minority owner John Breslow; and a Phoenix businessman who requested anonymity pending the NHL’s due diligence.

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Leafs Threaten Legal Action If Team Moves To S. Ontario

from Ken Peters of the Hamilton Spectator,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have threatened to sue the National Hockey League if a franchise is located in Hamilton, the lawyer for Jim Balsillie has advised.

In a brief to a Arizona bankruptcy court Richard Rodier said the Maple Leafs believe they have power under the NHL constitution to veto another southern Ontario franchise.

Indeed Rodier said the Leafs received a $150,000 payment from Hamilton sports promoter Russ Boychuk in 2006 to allow a exhibition game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I have been advised and it has been reported in Canadian news media that the Maple Leafs have threatened to sue the league and its constituent members is a team is located in Hamilton,” Rodier’s brief states.


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Just A Matter Of Time For Another NHL Team In Southern Ontario

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Gary Bettman swears up and down his league has no immediate plans to expand from its current 30 teams. But that has not stopped rich dreamers and schemers from pursuing a second team in Toronto.

And why not?

With each passing day it becomes more evident Toronto - or at least a location in Southern Ontario - will one day be home to an NHL team. It may be Hamilton; it may be Kitchener-Waterloo—but rest assured, it will happen sooner rather than later.

Southern Ontario is North America’s most fertile yet undeveloped location for a future NHL team - a much surer bet than Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas or anywhere else in Canada and the United States. To be fare, Quebec City and Winnipeg, in my view, easily trump any potential American location, too.


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Forgetting About Step One

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

It seems everybody with a pulse these days has plans for another National Hockey League team in Toronto.

It is, for the record, getting a bit silly out there.

Today, a group of investors will announce plans to bid for an expansion franchise for Toronto for the 2012 hockey season. All that is nice, but it would have been much nicer had the group bothered to contact the NHL first.

That might have bought them some credibility. But in these Jim Balsillie make-some-noise times—and never mind the rules—why bother with credibility when public relations and chest-thumping rules the day.

You would think people would learn by now: If you want to play in the NHL, you have to play nice with the NHL. That isn’t so hard. That isn’t so complicated.


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Paul Kelly Says Head-Shot Talk Not Over

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

NHL Players Association head Paul Kelly says the fight to eliminate blows to the head isn’t over, just because NHL general managers expressed “no appetite” to change the rules when they met Tuesday prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.

“I respect the general managers’ views, but that’s not the end of the dialogue,” Kelly told reporters. “This issue will come up again in the competition committee meeting.

“The rule that our players have proposed … No. 1, it has to be a player who’s in a vulnerable position. No. 2, in the judgment of the official, the attacking player has to target the head of that vulnerable player, and No. 3, he has to make contact with that head with any part of his body, including the shoulder. So there’s elements of intent, targeting and vulnerability.


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Do You Know This Guy?

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All In

NEW YORK (June 3, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) has partnered with PokerStars.net to bring together some of the most recognizable names in NHL hockey, entertainment and professional poker for a charity poker tournament during the 2009 NHL Awards celebration in Las Vegas.

Held on Wednesday, June 17, the NHL Charity Shootout™ Presented By PokerStars.net will feature NHL® stars sitting elbow to elbow with some of the greatest poker players in the world, entertainment celebrities, plus winners of an PokerStars.net fan play-in qualifying tournament, all at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The proceeds will go to charities designated in advance by each participant.

The NHL Charity Shootout Presented By Pokerstars.net will be taped to create four hours of TV to air on ESPN Classic and ESPN2 in the US and TSN in Canada and NHL Network™ throughout North America.  Stars scheduled to participate in the tournament include current NHL players Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers), Jeremy Roenick (San Jose Sharks), Sheldon Souray (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Sullivan (Nashville Predators) and Kris Versteeg (Chicago Blackhawks). NHL legends Pat LaFontaine, Cam Neely and Luc Robitaille also will play alongside celebrity participants and poker professionals Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Vanessa Rousso.

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GM’s Don’t Want to Add a Penalty for Head Shots

From Darren Dreger at TSN:

National Hockey League general managers are not interested in a penalty for head checking.

The topic was discussed again today in Pittsburgh and the majority of the leagues 30 gm’s agreed there is no reason to change or add to the rule book.


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Afternoon Line

“I think they are letting a few things go that maybe were called during the regular season, but I like it this way.  This allows a lot more battles. You can see it out there. Guys are able to fight for the puck.

“As a player, a fan or a coach, all you ask is that it’s called equally both ways, and I think they’ve done a great job of that. It’s fun. It’s not back to what it was in the eighties or seventies, but it’s nice that you can go in and guys are fighting for the puck, or you’re in front of the net, and there are some battles. That’s the way it should be at this time of year.”

-Kirk Maltby of the Detroit Red Wings on the officiating during the SCF.  More on this topic from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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