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Trying To Get Back To Normal In Phoenix

from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

Phoenix Coyotes executives are upbeat about the team’s ownership picture, season-ticket sales and prospects for having another winning season next year.

President Doug Moss and General Manager Don Maloney met with reporters this week to talk about the Coyotes’ future….

Corporate partners and groups wanting suites that were silent last year are calling sales staff since the team put on a stunning season of wins that culminated in a playoff round against the Detroit Red Wings in the spring, he said.

“We found out the phone does ring,” Moss said.

In the first three days of season-ticket sales that began this week, 500 new fans bought seats, team officials said, almost as many as all of last season. The total number of new season-ticket holders in 2009-10 was 626.



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Why Not The Blues?

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Now that the Chicago Blackhhawks have finally won another Stanley Cup, perhaps the Blues can win one, too.

There are some interesting parallels. Both teams endured long playoff droughts. Both did heavy retooling through the draft, piling up lots of high draft picks.

Both teams lost or fired the executives and coaches who oversaw the organizational overhaul.


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Dallas May Have Interest In A Few Chicago Players

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

There are some solutions being kicked around, which include sending goalie Cristobal Huet to the minors (where his $5.6 million salary has to be paid but will not count against the cap) and trading defenseman Brian Campbell along with either a top prospect or solid draft pick so that another team would pick up the six years and $7.1 million a season that is left on Campbell’s contract.

The Stars don’t have the money to make the Campbell situation work, but it would be an interesting option. Obviously, the commitment to Campbell would be ridiculous, but he still is a solid puck-moving defenseman and if the Blackhawks really are desperate you could get them to toss in Dylan Olsen or Niklas Hjalmarsson (think what it would mean to Chicago to be rid of Campbell’s contract and you see just how much negotiating strength you would have in this situation). If you were willing to take that kind of money commitment, you could make over your defense in one fell swoop and probably with very little going in the other direction.

The other players who are probably up on the trade market are Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg . I would say the Stars would love Dave Bolland _ a right-handed center who has the offensive upside to be a No. 2 center _ but I just don’t think the Blackhawks would let him go.

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Caps & Wizards Or Wizards & Caps

from Ted Leonsis at WashingtonCapitals.com,

By now you have probably heard the news that my partners and I have completed our purchase of the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center and created a new company – Monumental Sports & Entertainment – that owns those entities as well as the Capitals and the Mystics.

You’re likely to see and hear more from me on this news in the coming days – in the media, on my blog (tedstake.com), at the NBA Draft. It’s big news, and something my partners, my family and I are very excited about.

But I’m here to assure you that even if you hear me talking about the Wizards a lot, I haven’t – and never will – overlook the Capitals and our commitment to bring a Stanley Cup to Washington. I will continue to be focused on your well being and happiness.

A few people have asked how I expect to juggle these new responsibilities. I believe I’ve always been someone with great “bandwidth” to cover a variety of interests, including different companies, film projects and, foremost, my family. The Wizards will have a place in those interests, no bigger or smaller than the Caps – just as I don’t choose between my son and my daughter!


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Guy Boucher Officially Named Lightning Coach

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Guy Boucher’s superb rookie season in as an AHL bench boss earned him an NHL job on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Lightning named the 38-year-old as their new coach during a introductory press conference at St. Pete Times Forum.

Boucher becomes the youngest coach in the NHL—and the second new coach named this week. Columbus hired Scott Arniel on Tuesday, one day after Boucher turned down the job. Atlanta and New Jersey are still without coaches.

Getting the Lightning job caps a meteoric rise for Boucher.


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Watching Game 6 SCF On NBC

NEW YORK – June 10, 2010 – Last night’s series-clinching Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers registered a 5.8/10 overnight rating (8:15-11:15 p.m. ET), the best overnight for any Stanley Cup Final game in 36 years (7.6/27, Boston-Philadelphia, Game 6, 1974 on NBC).

The rating peaked for the final 15 minutes of the game (11-11:15 p.m. ET) with an 8.0 rating and 14 share. The 5.8 overnight is up 41 percent vs. last year’s 4.1/7 overnight for Game 6 between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

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Hossa Finally Has The Cup

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

Following Chicago’s series-clinching 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Hossa finally let down the guard he’s had up for nearly three years and admitted he truly was afraid of leaving the ice a loser once again.

“Oh my God,” said Hossa, who was grinning ear-to-ear on the Wachovia Center ice. “When we go to the Finals again, I was so happy to be in the Finals, but at the same time, it was scary. I’m so glad, what a relief. Third time’s the lucky charm. I won it and I got a Stanley Cup and ... what a feeling. This is unbelievable.”

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The Comeback Is Complete

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This is an Original Six franchise that had fallen off the map in its own city; a franchise in the heart of America that lost its soul under the stewardship of Bill Wirtz. The Hawks had been stripped off of WGN television long enough for that old Indian head on their jerseys to become a stranger to two generations of Chicagoans.

Five seasons after they remade the game and its economics during the lockout of 2004-05, Chicago now represents the template for how teams are supposed to built in the new game - and the way they should play the game as well.

Chicago drafted Toews, Kane, Keith, Brent Seabrook, Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Nik Hjalmarsson and Adam Burish. The work was done by deposed general manager Dale Tallon, the new Florida GM who should get a ring for this, surely, in a ceremony held when the Panthers next visit Chicago.

Today the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions.

And that old Indian? No wonder he’s smiling again.


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That’s A Wrap

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN with their SCF coverage from Philadelphia.

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Anyone Else Think It Is All About The Money?

from Russia Today,

There is a high possibility that New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will return to Russian hockey in the summer, the player’s agent told Sport-Express newspaper.

Yury Nikolaev has confirmed the info that Kovalchuk, who has not signed a new contract with his club in the NHL, is now in talks with KHL side SKA Saint Petersburg….

“The $40 million figure has been pulled out of a hat and is clearly overstated. But the information about the length of a contract is correct,” Nikolaev stressed, adding that such exaggerated reports “help them in the negotiations.”

“Ilya has a desire to play in Russia until the Sochi Olympics [in 2014],” he added.


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