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Another Bidder For Phoenix

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from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL has been approached by another potential bidder for the Phoenix Coyotes who wants to keep the club in Arizona.

The NHL disclosed the new bid in a court filing yesterday but did not provide any details.

“The League has been informed that this bidder will submit an application for transfer of ownership, but does not know whether the prospective purchaser will submit a definitive bid by July 24,” the NHL said in the filing in the Arizona bankruptcy court.


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Future Hall Of Famer Joe Sakic To Retire

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I like to write a career perspective when future Hall of Famers retire.  Today Joe Sakic is expected to announce his retirement in a press conference in Denver. This retirement is one that I feel close to because I grew up near Joe Sakic and first met him (though I doubt he would remember) when I was a four or five year old child and Sakic was a slightly older child starring in Burnaby Minor Hockey.

Joe Sakic was born on July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, British Columbia.  He grew up playing in the Burnaby Minor Hockey Program.  He was first noticed by scouts in 1985/86 playing for the Burnaby Selects of the BC Amateur Hockey Association when he scored 156 points in 80 games.  This was good enough to get him a three game tryout with the Lethbridge Broncos of the WHL.  Lethbridge moved to Swift Current the next season and this is where Sakic became a junior star.  In his first full junior season, Sakic scored 133 points in 72 games and was named to the WHL East Second Team All Star, WHL East Rookie of the Year and WHL East Player of the Year.  This was good enough to get him selected by the Quebec Nordiques 15th overall in the 1987 entry draft.

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Iginla Talks Flames

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from Peter Zuubrier of CalgaryFlames.com,

“It’s very exciting to get Jay (Bouwmeester) to join us… that’s a great defence group that we have, it’s definitely the strength of our club,” said Iginla.

“They’re guys that can play all different ways, move the puck, skate, play defensively, chip in and help out offensively; they’re very well rounded… If you look at our team we have very good defensemen, but they’ll also contribute offensively. You look at some of the top offensive teams in the league and the defence is a big part of it

The bitter taste leftover from the ending of last season seemed to linger briefly for Iginla, who took responsibility as team captain for the coaching turnover.

“It’s always hard as players when there’s a coaching change. We didn’t achieve the results we were hoping for (last season) and the responsibility is definitely on us… We can improve, we need to improve, and we will improve,” said Iginla who is nonetheless anxious to play for his new coaches.

“It’s very exciting. As a player (Brent Sutter) was very successful and coaching at every level he’s been very successful… I’ve talked to Brent and he’s definitely talked about the defensive side of the puck. Starting there and working out… That can be a strength of our team, we want it to be, and we need to get back there, but we also know it can’t end there and we need to do better on both sides.”


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  Tags: jarome+iginla

Lightning Sign Kurtis Foster

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via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Kurtis Foster today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

“We are extremely excited about adding Kurtis as we continue to strengthen our blue line,” Lawton said. “He is a big, mobile defenseman that gives us a heavy shot for the power play.”

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  Tags: kurtis+foster

Koivu Would Not Have Felt Comfortable In Minnesota

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“It was an interesting choice,” said Koivu. “We spoke to Minnesota a few times. All the talks went well, but it was more for personal reasons that I didn’t feel comfortable ... I felt that Minnesota was Mikko’s place at this point. I wanted him to have his own privacy in a way, make his own name and his own career. I just felt there were too many risks for us as brothers and as family members to join the same team and compete for the same ice time. I felt we were better off playing somewhere else.”

more from Koivu plus Zubov is up to a new challenge and has talked to 6-7 teams…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: saku+koivu, sergei+zubov

Any Penguins Fans Vacationing In Alberta?

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from the CP via The Record,

STRATHMORE, Alta. - An autographed limited-edition photo print of NHL star Sidney Crosby was just too difficult to resist for a brazen thief in a small town east of Calgary.

RCMP Sgt. Kevin Reilly says a man in his 20s walked into the Tim Hortons in Strathmore, waited until staff weren’t looking and took off with the picture of the Pittsburgh Penguins captain from the wall.

Reilly says it was obvious that the suspect had planned the heist carefully.

The photo is emblazoned with the Tim Hortons logo, shows Crosby in his Penguins uniform and includes a 1993 Timbits hockey card with Crosby as a youth.

Reilly won’t reveal how much the print is worth except to say it was over $1,000 and was valuable.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Fistric Re-Signs With Stars

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Mark Fistric to a three-year, $3 million contract through the 2011-12 NHL season.

“Mark made some great strides with his game last season, both here in Dallas as well as with the Manitoba Moose,” said Nieuwendyk. “He is a big, physical presence with a great deal of potential, and he’ll be counted upon to solidify our blue line for the next three seasons.”

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The Better Player- Sakic Or Yzerman?

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’ll weigh in with my choice later, but let’s hear it from you all first.

A couple of stats:

Yzerman 3 Cups, Sakic 2.
Yzerman 1,755 points, Sakic 1,641.
Career playoff points: Sakic 188, Yzerman 185.
Postseason goals: Sakic 84, Yzerman 70.
Conn Smythe trophies: Sakic 1, Yzerman 1.
Olympic MVP awards: Sakic 1, Yzerman 0.


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  Tags: joe+sakic, steve+yzerman

Stars Trade For Auld

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Alex Auld from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for San Jose’s sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired).

“Alex is a proven NHL veteran with a track record of success in this league,” said Nieuwendyk. “He has size and ability, and we expect him to be an excellent goaltender for us.”

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  Tags: alex+auld

Atlanta Re-Signs Slater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Atlanta—The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent forward Jim Slater, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Slater, 26, has recorded 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 274 career NHL games over four seasons with the Thrashers.  He also appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games with Atlanta during the 2006-07 post-season.

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