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from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
You don’t get a spot at the best table with the hockey cognoscenti if you mention the possibility that NHL players might – shhh – use steroids or human growth hormone or other performance enhancers. Nope. No sport has come under less scrutiny for PED use than the NHL, mostly because nobody in the U.S. Congress follows hockey or knows who Gary Bettman is and mostly because the cadre of hockey analysts who are ex-players, coaches or general managers act like gate-keepers, preferring to drop juvenile nicknames on each other than speak truths.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Reacting to the real possibility that billionaire Jim Balsillie might withdraw his $212.5 million offer for the Phoenix Coyotes, bankruptcy court judge Redfield Baum acted today to speed up court hearings.
The judge ordered all parties to file their legal arguments on relocation by June 5 with a hearing set for June 9 – 13 days sooner than the June 22 date he’d previously set.
The judge interrupted arguments over when the Coyotes auction might be held, calling the relocation issue “the 10,000 pound elephant in the room.”
added 2:04pm, Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal is Twittering the court proceedings today if you are interested.
added 4:18pm, from the Globe and Mail,
A U.S. bankruptcy court judge has temporarily ended the dispute over who controls the Phoenix Coyotes by putting the current owners largely in charge.
Judge Redfield Baum has ruled that three executives of the current ownership group, led by Jerry Moyes, will run the team on a day-to-day basis. Moyes’s group and the National Hockey League will also appoint one person as a “point person” who will review the finances on a weekly basis. If the two point persons can’t agree on something, either one can bring the issue to court.
via Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Coach Joel Quenneville just announced that neither goalie Nikolai Khabibulin nor forward Martin Havlat will play in tonight’s Game 5 against Detroit. Khabibulin skated today, but isn’t ready to play. He left Game 3 after the second period and hasn’t played since.
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Owner Jeremy Jacobs and principal Charlie Jacobs have concluded a conference call in which they looked back at the 2008-09 season and shared their insight on other team and league matters….
Jeremy Jacobs said he expects the 2009-10 Winter Classic to be played at Fenway Park, although the league will not confirm it until July….
Negotiations continue with Peter Chiarelli on extending the GM’s contract. Chiarelli will be entering the fourth and final year of his deal. Charlie Jacobs said he anticipates an agreement taking place this summer.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Quick update from the start of Wednesday’s morning skate: Nicklas Lidstrom (lower-body injury) and Pavel Datsyuk (bruised foot) aren’t skating. Will update shortly.
update 11:13am, In the same post as above, Babcock states both are out for tonight.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
By the time he retired as Red Wings coach in 2002, he had brought the organization three Stanley Cups. His success earned him a lifetime contract with the Red Wings, where everyone thought he’d wind down his career as a consultant to Detroit G.M. Ken Holland, an arrangement that allowed him to scout games from his home in Tampa. It was a sweet deal.
But Devellano got a phone call last summer that he says shocked him.
“Jimmy,” Bowman told him, “I love the Red Wings. I love Detroit. However, I’ve had a request from my son wanting me to join him in Chicago.”
Scotty’s lifetime deal with the Red Wings ended—at age 74.
Stan’s wife, Sue, remembers her husband struggling with how to express his desire to work together in Chicago with his dad. He didn’t want to pressure his father, but at the same time he wanted him to know how much it would mean to him.
“You kind of have to tell him something,” Sue says. “Don’t beg him or anything. Tell him what you’re thinking.”
A Russian sports newspaper reports that the Montreal Canadiens have offered the team’s captaincy to pending unrestricted free agent Alex Kovalev and that Saku Koivu is no longer in plans for the team.
According to Sovietsky Sport, the Canadiens don’t intend to re-sign Koivu and would opt to re-sign Kovalev to a one-year deal worth between $6 million and $7.5 million. The story also claims that Kovalev would be awarded the captaincy.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Late Tuesday night, Roy phoned Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix to tell him that, because of family reasons, Roy will not accept the Avs’ offer to coach the team this coming season. Roy will continue with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but said the door is not shut on his returning to the Avs at some point in the future.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Sports Properties Investment Corp. – a New York investment firm that’s flush with cash – was working with Chicago sports magnate Jerry Reinsdorf to buy the Phoenix Coyotes one day before the team filed for bankruptcy protection.
According to documents obtained by the Arizona Republic, Tony Tavares, a former baseball executive who runs Sports Properties Acquisition Corp., signed an agreement May 4 with the city of Glendale, where the Coyotes play their home games at Jobing.com Arena.
The document did not reveal a purchase price, but the Republic says Sports Properties has $215 million (all figures U.S.) in a trust account to buy “sports and leisure properties.” The publicly traded firm refers to itself as a “blank check” business that last month was trying to acquire the NHL’s Florida Panthers, according to published reports.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,
When it comes to job security, Darryl Sutter’s deal with the Calgary Flames is beyond long-term.
So says his boss, Ken King.
“Darryl does not have a year left on his contract,“King, the team president and CEO, said Tuesday. “Darryl has an employment agreement that does not have an end term on it.
“It’s unique in the league and it’s the best thing to build a long and deep relationship as part of our culture. We’ve deviated from the norm, and it’s a very positive situation.”
In other words, any talk of Sutter having to win next year or else—as general manager or head coach—is completely groundless, according to King.
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