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Here Comes Another Owner For Phoenix

from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

A third ownership group has been talking to the National Hockey League and city of Glendale about buying the Phoenix Coyotes and keeping them in Glendale.

A source familiar with the Coyotes situation confirmed the discussions, but declined to say who that group is. The NHL owns the Coyotes, and Glendale owns Jobing.com Arena where the hockey team plays.


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Afternoon Line

Detroit VP Steve Yzerman hasn’t pulled himself out of the running for the Tampa Bay Lightning job officially. It’s his if he wants if. He’s not sure. He has been with the Wings his whole life. A tough call for him to make. The belief is he’ll stay with the Wings and see what opens up down the road around the NHL.

-Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

A Quiet Ovechkin

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

...At the world championships, currently being held in Germany, Ovechkin is back to being silent. Apparently, the Russian paparazzi took videos of some players smoking cigarettes. And in response, Ovechkin and the rest of the team has decided the boycott all Russian reporters.

Even if this is a team policy, it is inexcusable.

We like Ovechkin. We really do. We think he is one of the most talented players to have ever played in the NHL. And the fact that he decided to represent Russia after being eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs shows his dedication to the sport.

But the NHL needs him to be more than just a goal-scorer. They need him to entertain. They need him to be available to the media after every win or loss. They need him to wear silly hats and sing silly jingles.

But, most importantly, they need him to talk.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia

Will Chicago And Florida Be Trading Partners?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Tallon is, above all else, a smart hockey man and one that isn’t afraid to pull the trigger on a deal. Maybe the best news of all is that Chicago, his old team, may be in the market to move a couple of warm bodies in the off-season because of a pending salary-cap crunch. With the cap space he has in Florida, and the hands-on knowledge of who makes a difference in the Chicago line-up, Tallon will be perfectly positioned to deal with his former understudy, the current Blackhawk GM Stan Bowman, if they need to dump salary in the offseason.

more on Tallon…

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  Tags: dale+tallon

Risk Comes With Those Long-Term Contracts

froom Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Nicklas Backstrom was not thinking about money. He was not thinking about how old he would be in 2021. And he certainly was not thinking about how much room his team would have remaining under the salary cap.

All the 22-year-old was thinking about when he signed a US$68-million contract with the Washington Capitals on Monday was that he would be spending the next 10 years feeding passes to Alex Ovechkin….

For the player, taking less money over a longer period provides security in the event that his production falters. For the team, spreading the salary over a number of years allows more flexibility under the salary cap. But as the following examples show, there is both risk and reward.

Rick Dipietro, New York Islanders
Term: 15 years
Salary: US$67.5-million (US$4.5-million per year)
2009-10: 2-5-0 2.60 GAA .900 SV%
The Skinny: The Islanders traded Roberto Luongo after drafting Dipietro first overall in 2000. Six years later, they signed Dipietro to the longest contract in the history of the NHL. The hope was that US$4.5-million annually would be a steal for an elite goaltender who will be 39 when his contract expires. But with Dipietro having played a combined 13 games in the last two seasons, it was a risk that has not yet paid off.


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Willing To Win

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

There’s one every year, or near enough. A goaltender nobody wanted, or believed in. A goaltender that’s too new, or too old. A goaltender who was once released, waived, cut, traded or simply perforated enough times to be considered as a guy who cannot be trusted.

Until, somehow, he is. And this year, that goaltender is Michael Leighton, owner of 112 career regular-season starts in the National Hockey League; veteran of the Norfolk Admirals, the Rochester Americans, the Portland Pirates, the Albany River Rats; and, oddly, player of just one full period for the 2006-07 Nashville Predators, four days before Christmas.

Oh, and a big reason the Philadelphia Flyers are three wins from the Stanley Cup final.

“I know it’s a big deal, and obviously I’m in a different situation now,” says Leighton, who is 3-0 in four playoff appearances, all wins, with a 1.11 goals-against and a .959 save percentage. “I’m getting a chance to play, and that’s what I want.”


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  Tags: michael+leighton

Time To Order More Bandwagons

from John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It’s getting cramped. If everyone could just move toward the back of the bandwagon to free up space for the people who are trying to push their way on board, that would be great. Suck in those guts and hold your breath. We’re trying to squeeze in as many as possible. It’s for the best.

All of a sudden the Flyers - an inconsistent team during the regular season that hit every possible pothole on the road to the playoffs - are offering the best ride in town. Before the Flyers began one of the greatest comebacks in sports and got past the Bruins in seven dramatic games, only the team’s hard-core fans had asked for a lift. Now it appears everyone in Philly has his thumb out in the hopes of hitching a ride to another parade courtesy of the Orange and Black.


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Booing Brian Campbell Is Wrong

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Proof positive that no honest-to-goodness bad blood has developed yet between the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks?

The fans here boo Brian Campbell every time he touches the puck.

Brian Campbell, for gosh sakes! The carrot-topped Chicago defenceman is a sweet skater and a nice puck-handler but he isn’t anybody’s idea of a villain. But evidently the good people of San Jose have memories like elephants, because two seasons ago — for all of two months — Campbell was a late-season rental who elected not to re-sign with the Sharks when free agency season opened.

The fans ought to throw him a parade. No knock on Campbell, who had cost the Sharks a first-rounder and winger Steve Bernier to acquire from Buffalo, but his decision to sign in Chicago that summer made San Jose GM Doug Wilson go beat the bushes for another offensive defenceman, and the result was Tampa’s Dan Boyle.


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  Tags: brian+campbell

Sharks Could Use Some Goals From Heatley

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Sharks winger Dany Heatley has two goals in his past 18 games, including the regular season. San Jose needs him to put the puck in the net in the West finals against the Blackhawks.

“He does,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Monday. “You know, that’s why Dany’s a part of our organization. That’s what makes him a tremendous player, is the fact he had the ability to put the puck in the net. I’m going to answer the question with a collective reply. I think we all have to find a way to get one more past [Antti] Niemi and not leave it on Dany Heatley’s shoulders.

“But he does have to find a way to put the puck in the net, especially on the power play. That’s what he’s here for. That’s what we believe he can do. I believe he will get that done as the series goes on.”

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Top RFAs

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

For those willing to pay the price, whether through an offer sheet or a deal similar to the one that sent Kessel to Toronto, these three potential restricted free agents are now the most attractive.

Jaroslav Halak, Canadiens G

Halak is on a playoff run for the ages, which is great news for the Canadiens and the partygoers in Montreal. But just wait until the bill arrives. This is going to cost the Canadiens a fortune. Both Halak and Carey Price are restricted free agents, and there’s no way now Montreal can let Halak walk. The better play for rival general managers looking to raid the Canadiens might be to make a pitch for Price. There’s still considerable upside in Price—he’s 23 with a career save percentage of .912—and it’ll be challenging for Montreal to sign both.

read on including updated on Joe Paveleski and Bobby Ryan…

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