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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
The regular season winding down also means 14 teams will be missing out on the Stanley Cup playoffs. As a result, some owners will start wondering if they have the right people at the helm of their franchises. Rather than pointing fingers at who is out, it’s probably fair to look at who will be in or back in the NHL. We’ve already talked about Steve Yzerman here, so add Doug Risebrough, Craig MacTavish, Greg Gilbert to the list. As well, Bob Boughner from Windsor in the OHL and Mike Johnston of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks have to be given some consideration. And while he’s a valuable member of the Oilers coaching staff, Tom Renney might just get another head coaching opportunity.
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NEW YORK (March 29, 2010)—Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement:
“In response to the many inquiries we have received in light of the story in the Phoenix Business Journal this morning, we would like to make clear that at this point in time the National Hockey League has no “deal” in place to move the Coyotes’ franchise to Winnipeg—or to any other city for that matter—in the event a transaction cannot be timely consummated in Glendale. Our focus continues to be on completing a transaction with local ownership that is committed to operating the team in Glendale. Based on the communications and information we are receiving on a regular basis, the stakeholders involved continue to express a high level of confidence that that can be successfully achieved. We will not focus on completing arrangements for one or more alternative option(s) until such time as it may become necessary.
“With respect to Winnipeg and Messrs. Chipman and Thomson, we have had ongoing discussions over time regarding their potential interest in owning an NHL franchise (as we have had with a number of other individuals and cities around North America) and potentially bringing an NHL franchise back to Winnipeg. It remains an intriguing possibility and one we would consider given appropriate circumstances, but there is nothing new to report on that front at this time.”
BUFFALO, NY (March 29, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today that forward Patrick Kaleta had surgery on his thumb Monday, and is expected to be out a minimum of 2 weeks.
from Collin Orcutt of Men’s Fitness,
The Washington Capitals star on how he uses fitness to dominate the ice throughout the season….
What do think is your biggest asset when you’re on the ice?
My power. And sometimes I have luck—I don’t know why.
What’s the most important thing when it comes to training for an athlete?
Just work out. Don’t be lazy. If you take a day off, you’re going to be fat and you’re going to look terrible.
via Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
Sharks star Joe Thornton said today that he’s not seriously injured and hopes to return to the lineup sometime on the four-game trip that opens Wednesday night in Dallas.
“I expect to play, but I just don’t know when,” Thornton said. “It’s just day-to-day. Every day I wake up and hope I feel a little better.”
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
There’s no denying Duncan Keith’s play has dropped off since before the Olympic break.
Keith is minus-7 in the last 13 games, eight of which the Blackhawks have lost.
While Keith is not one to make excuses, the all-star defenseman did admit Monday he has not been happy with his skates since before leaving for the Olympics.
Skating is a huge part of Keith’s game and there isn’t a Hawk more particular about his skates and how they fit and feel and how they are sharpened.
Whereas Keith normally goes through three or four pairs of skates in a season, he said he already is on his ninth or 10th pair with the issue still not resolved to his liking.
Thanks again to the NHL PR department, a look at the remaining NHL Regular Season Schedule, tie-breaking procedure, etc.
Anyone think a non-playoff team as of today will make it into the top 8?
from Jamie Bell of TSN,
Stop if you’ve heard this one before, but it appears as though the Ottawa Senators have finally found their number one goaltender.
Dominik Hasek, Ray Emery, Martin Gerber, Alex Auld, Pascal Leclaire - since the lockout, all five of these men have been deemed the savior between the pipes for the Senators at one point or another.
All five were handed the number one job, and all five relinquished that role due to injuries, off-ice issues or poor play.
Heading into the season, Brian Elliott was largely an afterthought.
Count down the top 10 goals of the week in the NHL.
from Mike Sunnocks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
The National Hockey League is working on a backup plan with Toronto billionaire David Thomson and Winnepeg-based True North Sports and Entertainment that could send the Phoenix Coyotes back to Canada if a deal with Ice Edge Holdings or Jerry Reinsdorf to keep the team in Arizona falls through.
Two sources with knowledge of the Coyotes finances and ownership said a deal between Thomson and the NHL has been completed in principle and could have the Coyotes back in Winnipeg next season if necessary. Thomson, also considered a possible buyer of the Atlanta Thrashers, is a partner in True North and chairman of Thomson Reuters. True North owns the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and MTS Centre in Winnipeg, which seats 15,100.
added 5:06pm, Same publication and writer as above,
A renewed bid for the Phoenix Coyotes by Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf may hinge on the National Hockey League and city of Glendale giving him an out to move the franchise to another market if the team’s bottom line does not improve.
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