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“I don’t think I’ve ever been put in a situation that I can’t handle. I’ve never backed down from a challenge and this year I’m not going to start.”
-Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. More on Price from TSN.
Jim Balsillie’s attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and relocate them to Hamilton, Ont., may not be dead yet.
An Arizona judge decided Wednesday to allow “any and all bidders” to be involved in a court ordered auction for the bankrupt National Hockey League team on Sept. 10.
Previously, only bidders who were willing to keep the club in the desert were to be involved.
added 7:45pm, from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
Recognizing that his ruling has opened a contentious can of worms, the judge has also scheduled a hearing for Aug. 11 to examine all the issues surrounding the auction.
read on for reaction from the Balsille camp…
NEW YORK (August 5, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly released the following statement regarding the Bankruptcy Court order issued in Phoenix:
“We are in receipt of and have reviewed the Court’s Order issued earlier tonight. Obviously, there is a lot to be done and possibly decided before September 10. We remain confident that the successful bidder will be one who is committed to continuing to operate the Coyotes in Glendale for the long term. We also remain confident that Mr. Balsillie’s bid for the team will never be approved by the Court for a variety of reasons, including that his application for ownership was overwhelmingly rejected by the NHL Board of Governors last week. We look forward to making significant steps toward resolution of this unfortunate situation over the next several weeks.”
from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,
...But my friend isn’t renewing his season ticket this year. He’s sick of the Coyotes’ ownership saga, so much so that he wouldn’t be incredibly upset if the team left town.
I can’t say I blame him.
This has become a disaster of Titanic proportions. The Coyotes still don’t know who their owner will be, and they may not have an answer by the Oct. 3 start of the regular season. They don’t have a TV contract. Their season-ticket base is dwindling, and sponsors are scurrying away like cockroaches when the light comes on.
With all due respect to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Coyotes are the most screwed-up organization in professional sports.
There’s plenty of blame to go around. But one man is primarily responsible, and it’s not Jerry Moyes and Jim Balsillie or Ed Beasley and Jerry Reinsdorf. No, this was orchestrated and then exacerbated by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
We’ve now had four seasons in which games that remain tied after overtime have been decided by a shootout—a breakaway competition of three (or more, as needed) rounds in which shooters go 1-on-1 with goaltenders.
Those four seasons have shown that some players and some teams are better at the shootout than others. Most interesting is the fact that some of hockey’s big names have struggled in the shootout, while a number of lesser lights have shone brightly.
Here’s a look at some of the best of the first four seasons of the shootout:
Mr. Perfect —Fifteen active players have scored on all of their shootout attempts—but 14 of those have only one try. Dallas captain Brenden Morrow is the only player in the NHL who’s perfect in more than one attempt: He’s 2-for-2, and both goals were game-deciders.
The 14 players who are 1-for-1 don’t include many household names—they’re guys who got their chance in a long shootout after teams exhausted their big guns. However, most of them did come through in the clutch; 10 of them scored the game-deciding goal.
Boston’s Chuck Kobasew is the complete opposite—he’s never scored in a shootout, although he’s had eight tries.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Sure, Roenick polarizes people in hockey circles to a degree few other NHLers have in the league’s history. Even the THN offices has its share of J.R.-loathers; when we caught wind of his looming announcement last week, there weren’t many tears being shed for a player whose best on-ice years ended when his stint as a Philadelphia Flyer did in 2004.
But focusing on the guy’s theatrics and dismissing his contributions because you believe all hockey players ought to be brainless drones with zippers for mouth-holes is a convenient way to overlook the stunning array of on-ice achievements that should make Roenick a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.
In his heyday with the Chicago Blackhawks, Roenick put up two 50-goal seasons and three 100-plus point campaigns. He played in nine all-star games, two Olympic tournaments, one Canada Cup and one World Cup. He retires as the league’s third-best American-born amasser of both goals (513) and points (1,216) and is the NHL’s 39th-best point-producer of all time.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
I do have it on good authority that there won’t be any big-time distractions between now and 11 a.m. Thursday, so don’t hold your breath on those Dany-Heatley-to-San-Jose rumors leading anywhere just yet.
I also have it on good authority that Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t at all happy with the efforts in some parts of the media to portray him as a hockey exec who promised there would be major changes and has yet to deliver on that promise. Some of those same stories have suggested that means the pressure is on him to up the ante for Dany Heatley and do it in a hurry.
more on the Sharks and J.R….
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...
from the NHLPA,
TORONTO (August 5, 2009) – Teppo Numminen, a 20-year veteran with the Winnipeg Jets/ Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres, as well as a decorated international hockey player, officially announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League.
Numminen, 41, a three-time NHL All-Star (1999, 2000, 2001) appeared in a total of 1,372 NHL games and recorded 117 goals and 520 assists for 637 points in his career.
“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with and against the best players in the world for so many years,” said Numminen. “Playing hockey in the NHL and also for my country, Finland, was very enjoyable. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans, and the media for all the great years.”
Risto Pakarinen gives his thoughts on Teppo too,
A Tampere native, Numminen fits the stereotype perfectly. The people from Tampere are said to be calm, slow, and modest, to a fault. “Let’s not make a big deal out of this,” is a phrase that echoes in the Tampere Arena. Numminen has never made a big deal out of himself.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
It’s only been three months since he was able to shed the “rookie general manager” tag. Now—apparently out of nowhere—Mike Gillis has been asked to be a rookie all over again.
A rookie president of a National Hockey League club.
He ought to take it as a compliment.
Even if adding another title to his nameplate should turn out to be mainly a money-saving device for a Vancouver Canucks ownership that is ever-vigilant for such opportunities, it underlines one thing quite clearly.
The mutual admiration society between Francesco Aquilini and his now sophomore GM is very much alive—maybe even stronger than 15 months ago, when Dave Nonis’s cologne was still hanging in the air as Aquilini was naming the former player agent and his ready-made coterie of ex-client/advisers to form the new regime.
“There’s no better place to be in the league right now. I think we’ve got the best group of young hockey players in the NHL, and I’m very excited to be a part of it and see where we can take it.”
-Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues. More on Paul from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
from the Universal Cynic,
Yes, it’s not a great sum of money from the Wings in the grand scheme of things, but one must remember that Eaves is injury-prone and has a history of concussions. One false move and he could potentially end up sitting in his closet, talking to his mittens for a third of a season. However, Eaves is still an excellent skater with capabilities along the boards that can be appreciated. And it’s safe to say that with a team like Detroit, his numbers are probably going to rebound, which only bodes well for him at this time, next year.
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