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The Major Investor In The Coyotes?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, 

The Tohono O’Odham Nation, which is in a court battle with the City of Glendale over the native tribe’s bid to build a resort and casino adjacent to the suburban community, has emerged as a key player in the potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes.

A source familiar with developments in Greg Jamison’s attempts to buy the financially troubled NHL team said the Tohono O’Odham will be his major investor (whether as a partner or lender has yet to be revealed). The tribe could hold as much as a 50-per-cent interest if Jamison is able to complete the $170-million (U.S.) purchase.

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Video- When The Leafs Were Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You have to give the old-timer an A for effort.

 

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One Red Wings European player signing, I can confirm: Jakub Kindl to Pardubice

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

With Pavel Datsyuk's KHL destination a mystery, disinformation and rumors rampant about Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson's playing plans and Cory Emmerton's destination unknown, following the Wings players' European playing options has felt like tiptoeing through a minefield. Thankfully one player pressed the "easy button" as Jakub Kindl shared his employer's identity with everyone via Twitter:

 

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Red Wings overnight report: preparing to predate, signing bonuses, Q and A’s and junior hockey news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This lockout sure as hell feels like a line Mel Brooks uttered while playing "Yogurt"--Spaceballs 2: the Quest for More Money!--but in that sense, the Red Wings don't have a horse in this dogfight, save perhaps in increasing their profit margins. As the National Post's Guy Spurrier poitns out, the Wings are making a very sizable operating profit from ticket sales, and as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes, the Wings have been able to convert their cachet (or prestgious reputation) into excellent sponsorship deals, including a $20 million-a-season broadcasting deal with Fox Sports Detroit, "presenting" sponsorships with Amway and Belle Tire, and as members of the NHL, chunks of the NBC and CBC broadcasting deals (to the tune of somewhere between $7-10 million).

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Will Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk sign with the Ak Bars after all?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Trying to figure out Pavel Datsyuk's lockout playing destination has involved more feints than a Datsyukian deke. First he was supposedly going to sign with the Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, and then he wasn't...On Tuesday, Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov reported that Datsyuk would end up playing for CSKA Moscow or Dynamo Moscow, and Lysenkof offered the following in Russian (roughly translated)...

Agent Gary Greenstin, who represents Datsyuk, let me know that he's negotiated and prepared a contract offer. Now the puck's on Pavel's side. And if he gives consent, then the deal will be announced.

Greenstin himeslf is now in Moscow, so it's logical to assume that Datsyuk will return to Dyanmo, which won the Russian championship in 2005.

"On the topic of Datsyuk, I won't comment!" said Dynamo GM Andrey Safronov. But there's no fire without smoke: so negotiations are underway.

Well that might not be the case after all, if we are to believe Allhockey.ru (again, roughly translated):

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Anschutz Entertainment Group puts Kings, Staples Center up for sale

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Los Angeles Times' Walter Hamilton:

The company that owns the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Kings announced late Tuesday it is being put up for sale, sparking a potential billion-dollar bidding war for some of the sports and entertainment world's glitziest properties.

The Anschutz Co., run by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, said it is seeking a buyer for its AEG subsidiary, which also has stakes in the L.A. Live entertainment venue in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Kings professional hockey team and the Los Angeles Galaxy pro soccer team.

It's unclear how far along the process is or whether any likely buyers have emerged.

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Red Wings evening news: on Nyquist’s detour, the necessity of canceling camp and delicate coverage

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Three members of the Detroit Red Wings--and two who still remain in North America--can't practice with their teammates when the locked-out Wings resume practicing next week. Damien Brunner, who's headed back to Switzerland for a bit, Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith have all been assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and thanks to the NHL's lockout policies, the gents have to find their own places to skate and train until the Griffins' camp opens on October 1st.

While Brunner's essentially a pro player who needs to find out whether he can hack the pace and intensity of North American hockey, and Smith defines the term "overripe," Nyquist may actually benefit from working on his strength, conditioning and shooting in the AHL, as he acknowledged to MLive's Ansar Khan:

“It’s a great place, and we’ll get (former Red Wings assistant coach) Jeff Blashill as the coach now,'' Nyquist said. “It worked for me last year, and it’s a great group of guys there, so I’m just excited to start playing.''

Nyquist is doubtlessly right up there with Teemu Pulkkinen and Calle Jarnkrok as the jewels in the "next generation of Red Wings star forwards" crown, but as he's undersized and still inexperienced, which has Wings GM Ken Holland both excited about his Nyquist's potential and is a little concerned about his

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Regarding those IIHF transfer cards

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Yahoo Spots' Dmitry Chesnokov reported that the NHL may or may not be pushing the IIHF to slow down the transfers of locked out NHLPA members to Europe earlier this afternoon IIHF director of communications Szymon Szemberg asked Chesnokov to post the following clarification regarding the process at the end of his article:

Whenever a club has signed a player to personal contract, the club that has recruited the player must start the international transfer card (ITC) procedure. Most likely, a professional club either has a card in the club office or acquires one from its national federation.

An ITC needs three signatures -- outgoing federation, ingoing federation and the player -- to be approved by the IIHF; and when it has the three signatures, the IIHF immediately approves the transfer, informing the relevant parties that the player is cleared to play.

The IIHF never stalls or delays any transfers. As soon as it has the three approvals, the player is good to go.

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NHLPA will cover cost of players’ plain old health insurance premiums

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

With Aftonbladet reporting that it'd cost Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Allsvenskan $730,000 a month to insure Niklas Kronwall's contract, and NT.se reporting that 1st division team Vita Hasten would be faced with a $500,000-per-month insurance premium on Jonathan Ericsson's contract, it would seem that the vast majority of the Red Wings' players are going to be staying in North America unless this lockout drags on for half a season or more...

But ESPN New York's Kate Strang, via RedWingsFeed, reports that the NHLPA is offering a very differnt kind of contract insurance--with the PA ensuring that the players and their families receive something Americans are arguing about as a right and/or privilege in basic health insurance:

The NHLPA has stepped in to cover the premiums for players during the lockout, a union source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. The measure was taken after the NHL asked insurers to cancel all coverage for players once the lockout began, according to several reports.

According to the union, the league's request was not a surprising one considering it made a similar one during the past two lockouts in 2004 and 1994. The players' association anticipated it would happen again when the current bargaining agreement expired last Saturday and has since made sure to devise a plan to suit its constituency.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

From here, it looks as if nothing’s going to change any time soon – and the stalemate could drag on so long that it costs both sides another full season. It would be wasteful, it would be unnecessary, but make no mistake about it. These are not rational people acting in a rational manner. It could easily happen again.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on this.

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