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Guess The New Group Interested In Buying The Coyotes

from Mike Sunnucks of Phoenix Business Journal,

A mystery buyer has stepped to the forefront in efforts by the National Hockey League and city of Glendale to sell the Phoenix Coyotes to a new owner who will keep the team in Arizona.

An undisclosed wealthy buyer is leading a new ownership group that is interested in buying the Coyotes from the NHL. The league has owned the team since October when it bought the Coyotes via Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Details of the new ownership group are very limited, though Glendale and the NHL could announce details and developments soon, according to sources familiar with the situation. The ownership group has asked for the city and league to keep negotiations private. The new buyer would keep the Coyotes in Glendale and is not a household name. In addition, sources say progress on the purchase is serious and substantial.


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Eric Staal Ready For A New Season

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,

The captain is back.

Eric Staal is healthy. He says he’s a little leaner. He says he’s ready to get back on the ice, ready to lead the Canes by example.

While much has changed for the Canes, Staal is a constant. He’s the player everyone will look to for the big goals, for the big plays. He’s a player many believe belongs among the NHL’s elite, but also a player going into this season with something to prove.

“I’m like everybody else on this team, making sure we’re pushing forward and getting better every day,” Staal said today. “For me, it’s about getting to know some of these (younger) guys and making sure they’re pushing themselves to be better and to make our team better.”


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It’s too easy to get lost

Help me welcome Samantha to the KK blogging world.  She has great insight on our game and I have always enjoyed her past blogs.

Her KK blog, like all the other new bloggers, will be up and running sometime in September and yes, there are more bloggers coming.

Hello from Portland, Oregon, where I live and will be blogging for Kukla’s Korner. I’ve been blogging about hockey for about a year now, and I’m very honored and excited to be joining the KK community.  If you’ve already visited 87in107, then you know how I ended up here. Sometimes I wonder myself. I grew up in Arizona (pre-Coyotes), and my hometown had exactly one ice rink. But that didn’t stop me from discovering hockey. Of course, it was on television and far away in Lake Placid in 1980.  Despite my humble beginnings in a desert, I still thought I knew and understood the sport. Until the 2009 playoff season, when I was watching Malkin’s no-look, back-handed shot into the Carolina net, and I realized that I didn’t even know what a hat trick was. And I certainly didn’t know the rules. So I learned them: all 87 in the NHL Rulebook in 107 days before the 2010 Olympics, the 30th anniversary of the day I discovered hockey. Since then, I’ve learned the entire IIHF Rulebook and I’m moving on to the collective bargaining agreement and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Continue Reading »

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Joe Thornton Wants To Stay In San Jose

from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,

Joe Thornton has fallen hard for the San Jose lifestyle. And that’s funny considering he didn’t even think it was possible for him to be here in the first place….

Thornton, 31, has had preliminary talks about extending his contract with the Sharks—which ends after this season—and makes it abundantly clear that he wants to stay with the organization.

When it comes to the South Bay, Thornton sounds like a man ready to sign a lifetime contract. He and wife Tabea are building a new home in the Los Gatos-Saratoga area. He has a farmhouse in St. Thomas, Ontario, where he grew up, and the couple has an apartment in Tabea’s native Switzerland.

But, he added, “This is where the Thornton family has put down roots.”


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Stempniak Staying In Phoenix

via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Unrestricted free agent Lee Stempniak signed a two-year contract Sunday night, according to league sources.

The deal reportedly is worth $1.75 million per year and officially will be announced Monday.

added 1:23pm,

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed right wing Lee Stempniak to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have signed Lee to a two-year contract,” said Maloney. “He played a key offensive role with our team down the stretch last season. He is just entering the prime of his career and we look forward to him having continued success with our organization.”

Stempniak, 27, split last season between Toronto and Phoenix, recording 28-20-48 and 26 PIM in a total of 80 games. His 28 goals on the season represented a new career-high for the six-year veteran. After collecting 14-16-30 in 62 games with the Maple Leafs, Stempniak was acquired by the Coyotes on Mar. 3, 2010 in exchange for defenseman Matt Jones, a fourth round choice and a seventh round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Oilers Reach A Two Year Agreement With Gagner

via Oilers.com,

Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Details to follow.

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Senators Team Doctor In Critical Condition After Motorcycle Accident

from Tony Spears of the Ottawa Sun,

A motorcyclist is fighting for his life after a two-vehicle collision on Fisher Ave. Saturday afternoon.

Reports Sunday are the man is Ottawa Senators team doctor Donald Chow, but Ottawa police would not confirm that when asked Sunday morning by the Sun.

Dr. Chow is an orthopaedic surgeon in Ottawa.

It appears the 53-year-old motorcyclist T-boned a car driven by an elderly woman at Kintyre Pt. at about 3 p.m.


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Is The NHL System Working?

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Last season, the Avalanche’s Matt Duchene — the No. 3 choice in the 2009 draft — made $900,000 in salary and his cap hit, because of potential bonuses, was $3.4 million. It’s a bit tricky because the NHL draft age is 18 (oversimplifying), and only the very elite step right into the NHL rather than remaining in major junior hockey or heading to college for a year or four.

That kind of “reasonable” deal makes the NFL jealous, not so much because of the dollar figure (everyone knows the NFL figures would be multiplied many-fold), but the concept of making rookies, even the most accomplished and highly prized, wait their turns.

There isn’t a lot of cross-ownership in the NBA and NHL, but I’m surprised that Stan Kroenke and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, for example, haven’t more forcefully said in NBA meetings: “You know, the hockey system is working. It’s relatively simple, it has held up, and it makes sense for everybody.” Now Kroenke can go into NFL meetings and say the same things.

The horses are out of the barns in some ways. The football and basketball players associations aren’t going to just say: “Sure!”

But the NHL has a system that’s working.


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  Tags: nba, nfl

New Jersey Will Have To Clear Salary If Kovalchuk Is Indeed A Devil

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It is believed Lamoriello already has some moves ready to make should the Kovalchuk contract be accepted. Sources said important defenseman Bryce Salvador ($2.9 million) was on the market, and that Dallas might be a possible destination. Dainius Zubrus is another with a significant cap hit ($3.4 million) who may be outbound, both Salvador and Zubrus are vulnerable because they lack no-trade clauses.

Patrik Elias (no-movement), Colin White, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Arnott, Brian Rolston, Martin Brodeur, Johan Hedberg and Anton Volchenkov all have no-trade deals, though each could agree to a trade.


Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey has an opinion on this plus some other NHL talk…

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Keep The ‘C’ Roberto

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

He’s said he likes being captain. If he doesn’t now, what has changed? And if nothing has changed, then is he not being pressured by the media or the club to give up his ‘C’? A ready-made excuse for a poor year.

Wouldn’t it be better if Luongo had a huge motivation to carry with him every time he woke up this season? Would it be better to have a world and Olympic champion goalie motivated to ram this captaincy controversy right up the media’s backside by winning a Cup or at least performing brilliantly while wea ring a ‘C’?

Wouldn’t trying to become the first goaltender captain in NHL history ever to win a Cup be a nice little extra goal to shoot for? Isn’t that preferable to him standing in front of the cameras and saying, “It was my decision and my decision alone to give up the captaincy.”

Nobody believes that. Why start the season with a farce nobody is buying?


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  Tags: roberto+luongo

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