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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Someone will end up with the franchise, but there will be no winners here. The legal battle has poisoned the well for a franchise that was once proudly known as the Winnipeg Jets.
Either Balsillie gets awarded the team by the bankruptcy court - after which months of legal wrangling would ensue before his team ever skated onto the ice of Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum for an NHL game - or he walks away from the burning wreckage, leaving the NHL with a smouldering pile of rubble down in Glendale, AZ.
No fans, not enough advertisers, likely nonexistent suite sales - if Balsillie can’t have the Coyotes, through this process he has ensured they are not worth having by anyone.
from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,
I give you one reason for unrest in every NHL locale.
Anaheim Ducks Scott Niedermayer is one incredible defenseman, but what if Chris Pronger’s absence proves he was the blueline’s real stud all along?
Dallas Stars Last year wasn’t just an anomaly for 34-year-old Marty Turco.
Detroit Red Wings Playing 66 playoff games over the past three springs finally catches up with them.
from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,
Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston denied Wednesday that winger Dany Heatley’s role diminished on his watch.
In a media availability at Scotiabank Place, Clouston suggested any moves he made were meant to help the team, not punish the player.
“As far as a diminished role, it was very slightly diminished and, in my opinion, it wasn’t diminished,” Clouston said. “It was to try and spread out the scoring, as it’s been printed on several occasions.
“Everybody knows (Heatley’s) production actually went up over the last while as well,” he added.
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
What makes last year’s electric run a potential precursor of even better things is that the Blues accomplished it without Erik Johnson, their most talented defenseman who was out for the season following pre-training camp knee injury, Paul Kariya, a seven-time All-Star who saw his season cut to just 11 games before having surgery on both hips, plus captain/defenseman Eric Brewer, whose surgically repaired back ended his season Dec. 11 after just 28 games.
“When I see Erik Johnson wind up and then rip one into the net now, I realize even more what we were missing last season and what we accomplished without him,” Blues President John Davidson said. “You don’t just assume that things are going to be better, but how can they not be with us getting Erik, Paul (Kariya) and Eric (Brewer) back this season?”
“I think we’re going to see a fired-up Paul Kariya,” added Murray. “I’m convinced, with his pride as a player, he’s going to come back very determined.”
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The Vancouver Canucks are committed to giving young players such as Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner opportunities to make the team this season, but age and experience will also be served when the NHL team begins training camp next month.
The Canucks are speaking with free-agent defenceman Mathieu Schneider about a contract, and have signed veteran forward Dave Scatchard. Schneider, who turned 40 this summer, is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, but Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said he has been assured the 20-year NHL veteran is healthy enough to participate at camp.
“Obviously, everything is always conditional on passing a physical,” said Gillis, who used to represent Schneider when he was an NHL player agent. “I believe he’ll be ready to go.”
from Johnny Diaz of the Boston Globe,
The campaign featured a seven-foot bear that enforced the rules of being a good Bruins fan, such as “Never Tuck In Your Bruins Jersey’’ and “Never Date Within the Division.’’
The latter spot featured a young guy dating a girl who was a fan of the Montreal Canadiens….
Stephen Larkin, senior vice president at Mullen, said his creative team will have the bear interact with players in spots for bostonbruins.com and NESN.
“Any time you haven’t met that person or know the whole story it’s tough to jump to conclusions, but that’s the way it goes,” Heatley said. “That’s what we, as hockey players, have to deal with sometimes, but the summer has been fine. I haven’t really been listening too much. I’m just getting ready for the season.”
-Ottawa forward Dany Heatley. More on Heatley from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune,
White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s group pulled out of its bid to buy the NHL Phoenix Coyotes.
The following is a statement issued by his group:
Glendale Sports and Entertainment, whose principals are John Kaites, Jerry Reinsdorf and Tony Tavares, regrets to inform all interested parties that despite expending a great deal of time, money, and effort, it is unable to comply with the court mandated deadline of August 25, 2009, for having a firm offer to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and keep them in Glendale.
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
In retrospect, we were always headed here. This was always the last line of defence, the big red button under glass that was only to be pushed in an emergency, the burning of the village in order to keep it from the invaders.
Or to put it in metaphorical terms more suited to a hopeless hockey team that kept stubbornly bleeding money into the desert, this - for the National Hockey League, pusher of a product that will never be one size fits all - was the very last line in the sand.
from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,
A lifeline for the financially stressed Phoenix Coyotes may end up coming from an unlikely source: El Mirage.
According to a city spokeswoman, El Mirage is looking at a pitch from developers of Main Street, the shopping and dining complex envisioned around Glendale’s spring training facility, that would extend loans for local manufacturing and renewable energy projects as well as the NHL team.
From a personal standpoint, I do hope this thing ends soon. It is hockey news but I think we have all had enough.
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