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Trying To Sell The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Gary Bettman was in Phoenix the other day, spinning a few tales about the impending sale of the Coyotes.

Well, impending may be stretching things a tad, as the NHL commissioner is now saying he expects the sale to be completed by the end of the hockey season. And local fans shouldn’t worry about that Dec. 31 deadline the league established to give priority to buyers who will keep the team in its suburban Glendale arena. As Bettman told the Arizona Republic, “I’m not concerned about Dec. 31 or Jan. 1.”

Besides, the commish said, he has six potential buyers on the line. But as anyone selling real estate knows, a potential buyer is anyone who stops in front of your For Sale sign.


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Dr. Rob Blake

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Well, Well, Well…It’s Somebody’s Special Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This is A2Y specific.  So if you’re reading this on the main page, you probably aren’t gonna get it.  Email Paul with complaints.

While many disliked the violence of hockey back in the 1970s, he makes no apologies for the way he played.

“I played with a lot of emotion and I tried to get the team to play with emotion,” he said. “In hindsight, some of the time it was called for, and maybe some of the times it was unnecessary. But that’s the way I played and that’s what I had to do to survive.”

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Humor…Why It’s Necessary And A Guy Who Had It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First, I don’t think the Gore could handle another Wing/Pens Final.  The whole thing would just implode.  I can’t remember if it was Game 6 or 7 of the SCF last year but I was in some airport somewhere flying back to DC.  Saw a guy in one of those slick powder blue #87 jerseys. 

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Ducks Get Home From Long Road Trip… And Practice

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from Mark Medina of the Fabulous Forum,

Despite the Ducks having a week-long, winless, four-game trip, Coach Randy Carlyle held a noon practice Tuesday hoping that more time on the ice will change the team’s fortunes….

“We should try to and get on the ice as much as possible to try to improve our overall execution level,” he said after Tuesday’s practice at Honda Center. “That, first and foremost, was missing last night. It wasn’t where it needs to be in the last three games, four games. That’s been frustrating for everybody.”


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You Call This A Goal Celebration?

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Henrik Andersen with a goal, and then…

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The ‘Skinny’ On The Chicago Signings

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Hawks are in the process of finalizing long-term contract extensions for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.

Kane and Toews are believed to be getting five-year extensions, with each of them worth in excess of $6 million per year. An announcement on those two deals appears to be imminent.

Keith’s deal is said to be more complicated, perhaps as long as 13 years, and worth less than what the Hawks will pay their two star forwards, which is to suggest it will likely average less than $6 million per year. Because the NHL is so closely scrutinizing the ultra long-term contracts, it may take longer to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s on the Keith extension.

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Evening Hockey Bits

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Another reason: Imagine you’re the Florida Panthers. You’ve committed $25.5 million to David Booth. He may never play again. Tell that to your owner.

What does this say for Chris Pronger? Traded from St. Louis in 2005, the Blues need three years to get back to the playoffs. Traded from Edmonton in 2006, Oilers are 0-for-3. Now, Anaheim’s in trouble.

Why does anyone think Toronto would trade for J-S Giguere? It makes no sense.

read on for exactly 27 more hockey bits from Elliotte…


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Injury Talk

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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings’ injury updates are not good.

Ryan Smyth will not play tomorrow night and will be out “longer than that, for sure,” according to Terry Murray. Smyth, still officially listed with an upper-body injury, is scheduled to see a team doctor tomorrow for an evaluation. Hopefully we’ll know more after that.

Murray said Rob Scuderi came to the practice facility for treatment this morning but also will not play tomorrow. Murray said he is “progressing, but not ready.”

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Semin played through the wrist injury (and other bumps and bruises) while Ovechkin was out, but apparently the wrist was not improving.

It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Shanahan was one of the few players willing to buck the Pollyanna flow and actually say what was on his mind – to his ever-lasting credit. He will be missed, not just by the scribblers who enjoyed crowding around his locker to exchange views about the state of the game, but by anyone who could appreciate his rare combination of skill and physicality.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.  Much more on Shanahan…

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