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“We want to go to camp and have competition for jobs. That’s going to be sorted out in training camp. If we get good luck with injuries, I believe we’ve got the potential of having a team that can contend with any team in our division and compete for the West(ern Conference).”
-Wings GM Ken Holland. More on the Wings from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner.
via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Ed Belfour, a longtime villain in St. Louis as goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks, has been hired by the Blues as a goaltending consultant.
Blues fans no doubt recall with fondness the days when the derisive chants of “BELLL-four! BELLL-four!” rained down from the rafters at the old Arena on Oakland Avenue.
Belfour played 18 seasons in the NHL with Chicago, San Jose, Toronto and Florida.
“Ed is one of the winngest goaltenders in National Hockey League history and we’re thrilled to have him on our staff,” Blues president John Davidson said in a news release. “His knowledge of the position will be invaluable for our goaltenders in Peoria and the young goalies in our ogranization.”
The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Jason Williams to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bill Daly was on Hockey This Morning with Scott Laughlin this morning. He talked about the future of the Coyotes, the Olympic insurance controversy, and the investigation into the Hossa/Pronger deals by the NHL.
You can listen to the interview here.
thanks to the guys from XM204 Home Ice for passing the link along to me.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Chris Neil has the same simple question for Dany Heatley that everybody else in Ottawa wants answered: Why does he want a trade?
Neil isn’t sure what prompted the club’s two-time 50-goal scorer to ask to be dealt out of the capital in June, but Neil said yesterday if Heatley shows up at training camp next month, he must come prepared to give everything he’s got.
“If Dany is in our dressing room when training camp rolls around, it’s because he wants to be here,” said Neil. “Anyone who shows up and wants to be here, we’d welcome. But if he doesn’t want to be here, then don’t bother showing up. I’ve said that from Day 1.
“Dany has been a great guy in the dressing room. As a teammate, you can’t say enough about the guy, and that’s why everybody finds this so surprising. We’re his teammates. If he comes back here, we’re going to welcome him with open arms.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
When asked last night what would happen should Balsillie be granted the franchise by the court on Sept. 10 after the NHL has already vetoed him as an owner, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sun Media: “I don’t anticipate that happening.”
The truth is, the NHL didn’t anticipate Balsillie getting this far, or for that matter, the dealings on the Coyotes getting this messy.
In fact, the NHL may find itself in a less than enviable position no matter what occurs in the auction next month. The NHL’s preferred bid for the Coyotes is the one headed by Chicago sportsman Jerry Reinsdorf who is heading up a group, although we are told none of his own money is involved with the bid, which would see the team remain in Phoenix.
The Reinsdorf offer, like Balsillie’s offer, like a still unofficial third offer from the Ice Edge Holdings group, is conditional.
via the Twitter of Bolts beat writer Erik Erlendsson,
Have been told tonight that discussions between TBLightning and free agent Alex Tanguay remain positive
“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.
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