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Adam Oates Wants To Get Back Into The Game

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via Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Adam Oates was out at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon today talking with Rick Tocchet and Brian Lawton for quite sometime. Apparently Oates is looking to get back into the game in some kind of capacity and he might wind up as a power play coach/consultant that would float between Norfolk and Tampa Bay helping out in that capacity. While nothing appears imminent at this point, with Oates in town you can bet there are some serious discussions taking place and that Oates will be brought into the fold in the very near future.

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Twitter Talk

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Add two more main-stream media people you follow on Twitter.  Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out and the Montreal Gazette and Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice and the Record.

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Doug MacLean Takes On Advisor Role For Balsillie

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via Sportsnet,

If Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie is successful in his bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes through bankruptcy court, it appears he is getting ready to hit the ice running.

Sportsnet has learned Balsillie will soon name former Columbus Blue Jackets president and current Roger Sportsnet panellist Doug MacLean an advisor to Balsillie’s company PSE.

MacLean, who brings 22 years of hockey experience to Balsillie’s team, is expected to help bridge the gap between getting the Coyotes out of the courts and on to Hamilton ice in the event Balsillie lands the team.

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The Men Behind The NHLPA Takeover

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

First, veteran defenceman Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins has been clearly identified by several sources as the key player who led the charge against Kelly that culminated in his 4 a.m. firing in Chicago 11 days ago.

“This was a well-planned, well-thought-out coup d’état,” said one prominent NHL star yesterday, requesting anonymity. “Players are starting to realize what happened in Chicago.”

Second, while anti-Kelly forces are trying to portray him as a second coming of Ted Saskin for gaining access to minutes from a closed-door meeting, left out of the story so far is how the players learned of Kelly’s supposed misconduct.

He told them about it himself.

Third, more and more sources are suggesting that while former union ombudsman Eric Lindros was not involved in the Chicago meetings, Ference is viewed by many as a Lindros confidante. Many believe Lindros will soon rejoin the union after quitting eight months ago.

“My only question is, do they wait one month to rehire (Lindros), or six months? In my opinion, everything that happened proves he never really left,” said one respected NHL veteran.

read on

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The Latest Heatley Talk According To “Two League Executives”

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Dany Heatley is expected to arrive in Ottawa today, but he could eventually find his way to San Jose.

Two league executives told Sun Media Wednesday they’ve heard talk the Senators, Sharks and Kings have discussed a three-way deal that would send Heatley to San Jose, centre Jarrett Stoll and winger Alexander Frolov to Ottawa and centre Patrick Marleau to the Kings.


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Dealing With The Kelly Firing

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...the NHLPA’s acting executive director and general counsel, Ian Penny, explained to ESPN.com on Tuesday that the work of the union goes on despite the criticism. Penny, a key voice in the move to oust Kelly, was in New York to meet with some of the game’s biggest stars as part of an annual media and promotional gathering here.

For him, it was a chance to both reassure those stars that the union is on track and hear concerns players might have about how the Kelly decision came about.

Although he wouldn’t go so far as to suggest the surprise dismissal of an executive director hired less than two years ago served as a wake-up call to a sometimes passive membership, Penny said he has heard from players who expressed an interest in being more involved in union affairs.

“What we’re hearing back is that there’s strong support for the process that the player reps went through [in making the decision to fire Kelly],” Penny said. “But at the same time, there are players that say, ‘You know what, these are pretty heavy decisions and I should be more involved, more informed.’


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This Could Be Only The Beginning For The Battle In Phoenix

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from Don McGowan at the National Post,

The next step in the Phoenix Coyotes saga could be determined in the next 48 hours, when U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum is expected to rule on just who can take part in an auction for the flagging National Hockey league team….

“It’s unlikely this is the last step,” said Gabriel Feldman, an associate professor of law and director of the sports law program at Tulane University in New Orleans. “We might be just at the introduction to this case.”

If Baum sides with Balsillie, the league has vowed to appeal.

If Balsillie - who’s making a third try at landing an NHL franchise with the intent to move it to Southern Ontario - is barred from taking part in the auction, it would likely prompt an antitrust lawsuit that some observers believe would be tied up in the courts for years.

“This is just a nightmare for the professional leagues if this goes they wrong way for them,” said Jeffrey Standen, a professor of sports law at Willamette University in Oregon.


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How They Spent Their Summer Vacation

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I took a vacation with friend in Spain,” said Pittsburgh Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin. “We just rested on the beach and I just slept all day.”

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas didn’t hesitate. His favorite summer moment was taking part in a taping with Charlie Moore’s fishing show.

“That was different doing that, just seeing how it works,” said the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who is an avid fisherman. “Plus, I caught better fish than him [laughs].”

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom mostly relaxed at his cabin in Finland, but did take time to rock out.

“I saw U2 a couple of times with some friends in Milan and in Paris,” said Backstrom. “That was a nice memory from the summer.”


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Traverse City Tournament Producing Talent

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Last year, the tournament produced NHL—ready prospects like Patrik Berglund, Zach Bogosian, Cal Clutterbuck, T.J. Oshie, James Neal and Jakub Voracek.

This year won’t be any different.

These five players competing in Traverse City are ready to contribute in the NHL—now:

1. Brandon Sutter, F, Carolina Hurricanes
In his first two games in the tournament, Sutter had a goal and an assist and was a plus-2. He’s the NHL veteran of the group, having played in 50 games last season. Right now, he’s known more for the hit he took from Doug Weight that led to a concussion than anything he has produced on the ice. He’s ready for that to change.


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Sale Of Panthers Does Not Meet NHL Requirements

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from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

The proposed sale of the Florida Panthers to Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. has been derailed, at least for now, because the terms of the deal do not satisfy the NHL’s ownership requirements, according to people briefed on the situation.

Owner Alan Cohen has been trying to sell the franchise but also would be receptive to adding a minority owner with a substantial stake and has had advanced discussions with at least one local businessman.

Cohen wanted to complete the sale to Sports Properties, but the NHL recently balked because the buyer, a public company, does not have a primary investor with a substantial equity stake.


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