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from Matthew Coller of The Biz of Hockey,
Here’s an outline of the Reinsdorf and Ice Edge proposals…
Terms of the two Coyotes deals
Reinsdorf Group (Glendale Hockey LLC) would:
• Buy the team from the NHL for $65 million, less than half of what the league paid for the Coyotes in bankruptcy court.
• Fund the team’s purchase price and up to $100 million in losses over seven years through a community facility district, which the city would create around the arena within 120 days. The independent taxing district would sell bonds and collect other revenues….
Ice Edge Holdings LLC would:
• Offer the NHL between $140 million and $150 million, the price paid by the league for the team last fall, through bank financing.
• Raise $14.5 million per year from landowner fees, parking fees and ticket surcharges, including non-hockey events, paid through a community facility district, to cover team losses….
from Chris Yzerman of the CP at the Ottawa Sun,
Facing Crosby, Malkin and Co. will be a trial by fire for much of the Senators’ regular blue-liners after Phillips and Volchenkov.
Twenty-five-year-old Chris Campoli is the most-experienced of the bunch when it comes to the post-season, with five games on his resume. The 35-year-old Sutton has just four career playoff games to his credit and the 29-year-old Carkner has yet to appear in the post-season. Rookie blue-liner Erik Karlsson will also be making his playoff debut.
“It’s always a good challenge, those are really dynamic players,” Sutton said of facing Crosby and Malkin. “The key to defending those guys is a collective team defence, limiting turnovers in the wrong spots, just making them work extra hard in corners and getting hits on them when you can.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Proving once again that there is sometimes a major disconnect between public perception and internal evaluation, the Calgary Flames held a press conference Monday to assess what went wrong in an underachieving 2009-10 season, and guess what?
Apparently almost all is well in Calgary’s world. President Ken King noted that 97 per cent of season-ticket holders have put down deposits to renew for next season; that the team turned a profit, even after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03; and that general manager Darryl Sutter’s overall work, notwithstanding this year’s little hiccup, has been exemplary.
King began by stating how “gravely disappointed” he was that the team missed the playoffs, then quickly skipped ahead to all that they’ve accomplished since Sutter joined the organization.
The top goals from the past week in the NHL.
Jim Gintoniio, beat writer for the Coyotes at the Arizona Republic, held an online chat today…
[Comment From MarkMark: ]
I think the RedWings biggest weakness is going to be goaltending. 0 playoff experience will start to take it’s toll.
That’s an interesting observation. Jimmy Howard is a rookie but has a 13-0-2 mark in his last 15 games. You’d think, though, that sooner or later, the big run both he and Detroit is one will come to an end.
from the CP at TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens are hoping that Columbus forward R.J. Umberger was right when he said the Washington Capitals play the “wrong way” to win in the playoffs, but they’re not counting on it.
The Canadiens will be decided underdogs when they face the top-seeded Capitals in the opening round of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final on Thursday night in Washington (TSN, 7 p.m. ET).
The Capitals finished 33 points ahead of the Canadiens in the regular season and scored 101 more goals. The 70 points amassed by Montreal’s top scorer Tomas Plekanec would place him fifth on the Capitals.
But for all their firepower, led by Alex Ovechkin’s 50 goals and 109 points, the Capitals are perceived by some as vulnerable to a playoff upset because of their loose defensive play and lack of a top-notch goaltender.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I just got off the phone with former Stars president Jim Lites and he confirmed that he and Mike Modano are part of a local group that is trying to buy the Stars.
William J. “Billy” Quinn, one of the managing partners of Natural Gas Partners based in Irving will be the main man behind the money, while Lites will be the front man of the group and could hold a role in management if this group ends up buying the team.
Modano said he is excited about the proposition.
“There is a lot of pride in this organization and where it’s been and where we want it to go, and we think that if we can do this with a local group, that’s the best way to accomplish things,’’ Modano said. ``I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. It’s the first step in this process, and we all know it could very complicated, but I think we can do this. It would be great for us and great for the team.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Just about everybody chattering away on the television this past weekend said pretty much the same thing about the 2010 NHL playoffs - it is wide open, anything can happen, never closer etc. etc.
Sounds good in theory, but when it comes right down to it, where are all these playoff dark horses hiding?
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
If it had faith in the shootout, the NHL would increase the number of shooters to make it more of a team exercise. Then the league would ditch the loser point in favor of a fan-friendly, transparent standing table that reads W, L and maybe GB.
And if it truly trusted the shootout, we would eventually see it in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Feel free to cringe, but this is where the 21st century is heading. Life should move fast, to borrow from umpire Cowboy Joe West, so how much of a good playoff hockey game is too much? Three overtimes? Four? A Keith Primeau five? If somebody scores at 2:05 a.m. and nobody is awake to see it, is it still a classic?
I understand the sanctity of playoff overtime as much as the next fellow who bought a scalped upper-balcony, end-arena ticket to watch Bobby Orr as a rookie—$5, double the face value—but I would not take it as a personal affront if the evening concluded with the drama of a shootout.
NEW YORK (April 12, 2010)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Apr. 11.
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