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from the CP via TSN,
Jim Balsillie’s attempt to bring the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton has been rejected by an Arizona bankruptcy judge.
Redfield T. Baum’s much anticipated ruling came down Monday night, nearly a week after a dramatic hearing in his Phoenix court.
In the 21-page document he said the court didn’t believe there was enough time to resolve all the various issues before the sale of the insolvent team to Balsillie for US$212.5 million that was due to close June 29.
That nullifies the proposed June 22 auction for the team and other related deadlines.
NEW YORK (June 15, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tonight released the following statement regarding the ruling by the United States Bankruptcy Court pertaining to the Phoenix Coyotes:
“We’re pleased the Court recognized the validity of League rules and our ability to apply them in a reasonable fashion. We will turn our attention now toward helping to facilitate an orderly sales process that will produce a local buyer who is committed to making the Coyotes’ franchise viable and successful in the Phoenix/Glendale area. We are confident that we will be able to find such a buyer for the Coyotes and that the claims of legitimate creditors will be addressed.”
from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
For anybody heading to Las Vegas for Thursday’s NHL awards show and think you might have an idea on next year’s playoff outcome, here are the early odds from bodog.com on who has the inside track to capture next year’s championship:
Odds to win the 2009/2010 Stanley Cup
Detroit Red Wings 5/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1
San Jose Sharks 8/1
Boston Bruins 9/1
Chicago Blackhawks 10/1
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,
When it comes to rumor reporting, I’m always a skeptic. The vast majority of rumors don’t pass the common sense or salary cap test. And some of those that do pass, get knocked down with even the tiniest bit of good reporting with people who know what is going on.
But it occurs to me that much of the reports that I don’t believe for even a second, end up with thousands of people reading them.
Maybe I would be better off reporting what I don’t believe. OK, here is what I don’t believe:
1. That the Vancouver Canucks will let the Sedin twins leave town as unrestricted free agents…
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Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings on occasion answers questions from the fans regarding the LA Kings,
Question: Given the events of this weekend, it made us all ponder the massive possibilities. With that said, of all of the possibilities which one do you personally see as a good fit for the team (Gabs/Hossa/Vinny/Heater et al)? I realize this answer depends utterly on the conditions of the trade but I’m talking character and talent only.
Answer: I like the way you phrased the question, because when Lombardi looks at these players, character does play a big part in it. But that makes it more difficult. I’d say the best talent is Hossa and the best character is Lecavalier. The best combination of talent and character? Wow…I don’t know. Hossa would probably be the best fit all around, but given the circumstances, he’s probably the least-likely addition. The most likely is probably Gaborik, but I personally don’t think that would be the Kings’ best move. If I’m Lombardi, I’m still hoping for a Kovalchuk miracle.
many more questions answered and make sure to check out the home page too, since questions could go on for a few days.
NEW YORK – June 15, 2009 – Friday night’s deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports was the most-watched NHL game in 36 years with an average of 8 million viewers (5/10/73, Stanley Cup Final Game 6 on NBC, Montreal-Chicago, 9.4 million). Overall, the series averaged 5.6 million viewers for the five games on NBC, the best since 2002 on ABC (three telecasts, Detroit-Carolina, 5.8 million).
Friday’s Game 7 earned a 4.3 rating and an 8 share, the best for a series-ending game in six years (6/9/03, Game 7, Anaheim-New Jersey, 4.6/8).
NBC Sports’ Game 7 broadcast finished No. 1 for the night in every category including viewership and household ratings.
from the Ottawa Senators, OTTAWA –
Senators Sports & Entertainment owner and chairman Eugene Melnyk today announced the creation of an executive leadership team. Current president and chief executive officer Roy Mlakar will be leaving his post at the end of his contract on June 30, 2009.
“Roy Mlakar’s leadership over the past 13 years has been an impressive journey of achievement and success,” said Melnyk. “Roy has worked in professional sports for nearly 40 years. That depth of experience and leadership, along with his constant compassion and support for Ottawa’s many charitable organizations has contributed greatly to defining the Ottawa Senators and our relationship with our community and our fans….
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs announced today that the club has signed General Manager Peter Chiarelli to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Charlie Jacobs and Chiarelli will hold a press conference on Tuesday, June 16 at 12:00 p.m.
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
Todd Richards will be the second coach in Wild history, multiple sources around the NHL tell the Star Tribune.
Sources say an official offer has been made, negotiations are underway and a news conference could come as early as Tuesday to introduce Richards, an assistant with the San Jose Sharks.
from the CP via TSN,
Henrik Zetterberg says it was disrespectful for Penguins captain Sidney Crosby not to shake hands with all of Detroit’s players after Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup.
“I think that’s one thing you should do,” the Red Wings’ Zetterberg said as the players cleaned out their lockers at Joe Louis Arena on Monday. “I don’t know why he didn’t do it, it’s disrespectful.”
The biggest snub after Friday night’s game was to Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who waited while Crosby celebrated winning the Cup with his teammates. But he finally left the ice with a few other Detroit players.
“Sidney was probably caught up in the emotions and everything,” Lidstrom said, adding that Crosby would learn from the situation.
from Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal,
If you missed this contest, choosing to spend quality time with family, all we can say is, big mistake. It was a turbulent, fast-paced, anxiety-producing evening. Yes, that’s exactly like a Friday night with family, but still, you missed a classic.
No matter which side you were on, you spent the last five minutes of this game yelling at the TV. Hockey gets a bad rap as a TV sport—whiners moan they can’t see the puck, and critics complain its ratings place somewhere between “Last Call with Carson Daly” and a board of assessors’ meeting on public access. But NBC’s coverage was enthusiastic (we’ve grown to love sideline—sideice?—reporter Pierre McGuire) and its camerawork was spectacular.
The behind-the-net video of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury flopping around, holding off a furious last-minute Detroit charge made us feel like we were right there on the ice.
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