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The Dallas Stars Sale Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The next owner of the Dallas Stars will be a Canadian, according to an NHL source familiar with the sale negotiations.

The sale is now down to a two-horse race between Calgary oil man Bill Gallacher and Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi. A third group, headed by former Stars president Jim Lites and Dallas businessman Billy Quinn, which got some attention because it courted Stars hero Mike Modano, has dropped out of contention, according to two sources.

As usual in these cases, no one would speak publicly about this. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined to comment. Neither Gallacher nor Gaglardi responded to requests for comment.

At this point, there is no favourite in this race but the clear winners barring any surprise developments will be the NHL and Dallas hockey fans. If either Gallacher or Gaglardi is presented to the league governors for approval this summer, it will be a second home run on the ownership front for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after some embarrassing whiffs. Both men have deep pockets, something of a rarity among NHL owners in recent years.

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Blackhawks Celebrate At Wrigley

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from Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago,

A world championship has finally been celebrated at Wrigley Field

The only problem for the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908, is that it was the Chicago Blackhawks who were the object of everyone’s affection.

The freshly minted Stanley Cup champs were honored before Sunday night’s Cubs-White Sox game as fans from all across the city were given another chance to cheer for their beloved hockey team. Red and black jerseys, flags and sweaters dotted the stands at the old ballpark on Clark and Addison.

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Regarding Alfred Hitchcock And A Knife To The Heart

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

I tried to watch hockey since the Wings were eliminated but I couldn’t.  I couldn’t stomach it.  I tried to post here several times and started, but couldn’t finish.  It hurt too much.

You see, while I typically take a week or so to watch hockey once the Wings are eliminated, this year was different.  I knew what was going to happen and it did.  Steve Yzerman left the Red Wings.  Even typing those words makes me gag and turn my head from the screen in disgust.  Literally.

Yzerman’s departure has been more disturbing to me than I thought possible.  Even though this is for the best and I know Stevie is the prodigal son who will return later, losing The Captain has been a knife to my heart.

So forgive me, 19, I can’t talk or think about hockey yet.  I can’t even read your comments about the end of the season, the return of Happy Days, Lidstrom re-signing, Holland and Nill being locked up long-term, any of it.  Not yet.

While I recover, allow me to share this non-hockey anecdote with you instead.

When I was on a beach as a kid, I used to mimic a seagull’s food call to get them to swarm sunbathers.  It was hysterical and I did it for years to torment strangers on a beach.

Karma is a bitch, bitches.  I was reminded of that earlier this week.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I was going about 115-120 miles-per-hour, and that was very fast….”

-Nick Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings on taking a few laps at Michigan International Speedway today.  More on Lidstrom being the honorary pace car driver at MIS by Bill Roose at DetroitRedWings.com.

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Phoenix Coyotes Season In Purgatory

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It was May of 2009, when the Phoenix Coyotes declared bankruptcy.  Last summer was spent in bankruptcy court where Jim Balsillie attempted to purchase the team and move it to Hamilton and when other potential suitors dropped out, the NHL attempted to purchase the team as well.  Neither were awarded the team in the courts, but the NHL soon bought the team directly from Moyes.  The plan was for the NHL to sell as soon as a suitable buyer was found.  After a year of trying, it looks like none will be found willing to keep the team in Glendale, Arizona.

In December, a potential sale to Ice Edge Holdings was announced.  This sale has not come together.  Ice Edge Holdings is a group fronted by Anthony LeBlanc and Daryl Jones, who would keep the team in Phoenix, while playing a few games a year in Saskatoon.  The problem is nobody in this group has enough money to buy the team and they have failed convincing banks to give them the credit to do so.  The mere idea that the NHL is considering such an ownership group shows their level of desperation.

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Talking UFAs

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The Hockeycentral panel at Sportsnet takes a look at some of the top UFAs come July 1st.

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Edmonton Veterans May Face Buy-Out

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Ethan Moreau is on the clock, starting Tuesday. It may be the same story with Patrick O’Sullivan and Robert Nilsson.

National Hockey League teams have a two-week window from June 15-30 to buy out players, but the Edmonton Oilers aren’t going to rush into anything.

They will try to trade their captain first, just as they tried at the deadline in early March. A contending team may be interested in Moreau for a draft pick.

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Possible Spezza Destinations

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Incoming Panthers GM Dale Tallon watched from a distance as his former Chicago draft picks—Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane—led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup. He has also said repeatedly that the proper way to rebuild the Panthers is through the draft.

Accordingly, Tallon isn’t likely to give up the third pick and a chance to draft Fowler or Gudbranson. He is, however, interested in cleaning house of veterans if the right deal arrives….

Could Spezza answer Florida’s call for a true first-line centre for the first time since Jokinen was traded away? Horton, 6-2 and 229 pounds, has scored at least 20 goals in all five of his NHL seasons, but hasn’t topped the 31 goals he scored in his second NHL season.

Would a trade to Hockey Country inspire a new attitude? Horton has a salary cap hit of $4 million per season on a deal that has three years remaining. Interestingly, his no-trade clause also kicks in on July 1, the same day as Spezza’s.

more teams mentioned…

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Another Playe From Mimico With The Cup

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from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

The venerable Blue Goose Tavern is in need of a revamping this summer.

The popular century-old watering hole in Mimico, Ont. has adorning its walls several pictures of the neighbourhood’s favourite son, three-time Stanley Cup-champion Brendan Shanahan. There also are a few photos of another Mimico native, Dave Bolland, from his days with the London Knights and winning world junior gold with Canada in 2006.

But now that the 24-year-old Chicago Blackhawks centreman has become a Stanley Cup champion, he expects Blue Goose owner Terry Chemij to make room for a picture of Bolland with the prized trophy.

“There better be,” Bolland said. “If there isn’t I’ll be pretty pissed.”

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A Simple Fact- Flyers Need Better Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

This space has been a big Michael Leighton supporter all season. His regular-season numbers with the Flyers (2.48 goals-against average, .918 save percentage) were as good, if not better, than most of the goalies that are available in the off-season. If you add his Carolina numbers from this season, he finished with an overall 2.83 GAA and .905 save percentage.

Leighton, a waiver-wire wonder, was clutch in the last 2½ games of the miracle comeback against Boston , and was lights-out in the conference finals against Montreal, collecting three shutouts and a 1.41 goals-against average.

But . . . .

In the glare of hockey’s biggest spotlight, the Finals, Leighton played like a journeyman. He became the first goalie pulled from two Finals games since 1991. He had a 3.96 goals-against average and .876 save percentage, and he surrendered bad game-winning goals to Ben Eager in Game 2 and Patrick Kane in Game 6.

Holmgren is in a quandary. Does he re-sign Leighton - who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 - or go after a more-proven goaltender?

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