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From Jeff Schultz at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
And then there’s the Teflon Don.
“I put myself in good company,” he said, managing a smile.
He’s employed. He’s fortunate. He knows that.
More than likely, if he worked in a bigger hockey market and for owners who cared about the sport and maybe something other than the next court hearing, he’d be out of work. So you could say heading an after-thought of a franchise has its benefits.
But I had to ask: Aren’t you surprised you still have a job?
“Not at all,” he said. “We’ve had to deal with a lot of adversity here . . .”
The Toronto Maple Leafs will not bring Curtis Joseph back for the 2009-10 season, reports the Toronto Sun.
General manager Brian Burke told the newspaper the Maple Leafs will look for another option as their backup goaltender in the coming season.
“Great service as a Leaf,” Burke told the Sun on Monday. “But we are moving on.”
*Original report from the Toronto Sun is here
From Al Cimaglia at ESPN Chicago:
Cam Barker is one Hawks defenseman who may not return next season. Barker has power play skill that would be desirable on the trade market. His Chicago future could be impacted because he is too similar to other players already on the Hawks defense.
Chicago general manger Dale Tallon may choose to trade Barker at the NHL entry draft for a pick and/or prospects. That would create approximately a $2.7 million salary cap savings.
We can’t forget about forwards Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg, who are also due significant raises. Plus Marty Havlat’s new contract could be a factor. By dealing Barker, the Hawks could use the savings for different needs or can seek help in the free agent market.
It would be nice to believe the current roster will stay intact and lead the Hawks to the Stanley Cup. But that is not going to happen. There will be some difficult choices for Hawks management, and they will become apparent very soon.
Paul Kukla will be on the air in a few hours, 5pm ET, joining the crew at ESPN 770 to talk about Game 6 tonight between the Penguins and Red Wings.
Head over here and follow the link on the left side of their web page to listen live.
update 5:26pm, Well, that did not go well. No call back from the show, I was listening and heard Buccigross on. I must have been bumped by him.
Guess that is the way the radio biz goes but a email would have been nice notifying me of what was going on. First time something like that has happened to me.
Q. Jonathan Ericsson got to hoist the Cup here last year. Obviously, he didn’t play. Can you talk about how he’s evolved this postseason, and how nice it is to have a guy like Nick being a calming influence in the situation like the one we have tonight?
COACH BABCOCK: Well, he’s come a long, long way, obviously. And his development, I think they’ve done a good job. When he came here, if I’m not mistaken, he was a forward. And they kept him in the minors for a long period of time, even though the coach wanted him to come sooner. By the time he got here, he was a good player.
As you can tell by watching him, he’s going to be a good player for a long time. He’s a good first passer, he can play against big people, he’s a good body, good reach, good on the penalty kill. He probably has more offensive flair than he’s shown this far.
But for guys like that in the League, like Cheli and Nick and those guys around you, to talk to you and help you watch where they put their stick and their feet, and how they handle themselves professionally on and off the ice, I think those are invaluable things for a kid.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
When asked what he will do now, Sutter replied, “I’m getting back to my life here as far as being in the office on a daily basis here with the Rebels and working between there and the ranch and spending some time with my family. I’m getting back to my life here that I’ve neglected somewhat over the last couple of years.”
There has been speculation that Sutter will join his older brother, Darryl, in Calgary. Darryl Sutter is the general manager of the Flames and fired Mike Keenan as head coach on May 22.
Brent Sutter said again that the Flames’ vacancy was not a factor in deciding his future with the Devils.
“I just want to get this out right now that that has zero impact on my decision-making here. None,” he said. “There’s been all of these rumors here before Edmonton had named their coaching staff. The reason why that’s all out there is because it’s an hour and 15 minutes from my farm and my ranch. It’s totally irrelevant.”
more on Sutter resignation today…
added 4:26pm, from Darren Dreger of TSN,
I don’t see Sutter returning to the NHL this year. I think he’ll get his affairs together both on the family front and the WHL front.
A year from now, who knows.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Is Senators winger Dany Heatley seeking his ticket out of Ottawa? Sources tell me that is the case.
Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, who, according to those sources, has been notified of Heatley’s desire for a change of scenery, is mulling his options. Murray could retool the Senators’ roster by moving Heatley.
Q. You’ve been bugging me about asking a question all week. So here it is. Is Sykora in, and please give me the right answer?
COACH BYLSMA: The right answer, and it always is, is game time decision. He’ll be out there for warm-ups.
Q. You’ve used Crosby and Malkin together sometimes. Is it reasonable to expect we’ll see more of both of them either together or in different line combination?
COACH BYLSMA: I don’t think it will be any different than what you’ve seen. There are certain times when the match-up favors that situation where they get out there together. But again, there have been times where they’ve played very well together. And there are times when it’s better keeping them apart.
So sometimes in the game dictates where it’s a good time to get them out together for a particular situation. And that will continue to be how I look at it for tonight’s game.
via the Toronto Star,
There will be no decision today from a judge at a bankruptcy court hearing on the sale and possible relocation of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is hand for today’s sesssion. The NHL commissioner is expected to fly to Pittsburgh right after the hearing.
Sports reporter Kevin McGran is in Arizona for bankruptcy proceedings involving the NHL Phoenix Coyotes. Follow his updates on Twitter directly at twitter.com/kmcgran or watch in the live blog below.
Update 2:36pm ET: More from Dan Rosen at NHL.com, summarizing today’s issues.
Update 3:16pm ET: From TSN—
Bankruptcy judge Redfield T. Baum believes the NHL is entitled to a fee for the right to put a team in Hamilton, and that unknown number is crucial to his decision on the fate of the Phoenix Coyotes.
His statement, coming during a combative and entertaining court hearing today in Phoenix, ran counter to arguments made by lawyers for Jim Balsillie that no fee is owed.
Update 4:23pm ET: How much of a fee? From the Toronto Star—
The NHL would charge billionaire Jim Balsillie $100 million (U.S.) as a relocation fee to move the Coyotes to Hamilton.
Balsillie lawyer Susan Freeman let slip the amount — a dollar figure blacked out in all court documents — in a relocation hearing Tuesday.
My contribution at NHL.com today- Trying to kill time!
I am sure many of you are feeling the same way.
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