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Tampa Bay Lightning - Next Team In Bankruptcy?

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A lot has been written this summer about the bankruptcy of the Phoenix Coyotes and its aftermath.  Phoenix is not the only team with financial difficulties.  It is a very reasonable expectation that the Tampa Bay Lightning could follow them down that path in the near future.  As we have learned from the Phoenix bankruptcy, the NHL will attempt to hide and deny problems for as long as possible (they are probably doing so already). 

Here is the case that something is amiss in Tampa Bay.  The OK Hockey Group (Oren Koules, Len Barrie and some other minor investors) bought the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008.  They could not afford to buy the team through normal means and required former owner Bill Davidson to extend financing for the purchase.  Davidson has died since the purchase, but his heirs remain major creditors to the Lightning and could use their leverage to attempt to take control of the team, if they decided that was in their best interests.

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Luongo Officially Signs

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that goaltender Roberto Luongo has agreed to terms on a 12 year contract extension through the 2021-2022 season.

“Today is a very exciting day for the Canucks organization,” said Mike Gillis. “Roberto Luongo is the leader of our hockey team; he is in the prime of his playing career and has a tremendous desire to make the Canucks a championship team. His leadership, competitiveness and character are what this team will represent for many years to come.”

“This is a great day for me and my family,” said Roberto Luongo. “I love playing in a passionate hockey city like Vancouver and along with my teammates I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this a championship team.”

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When It Comes To Fantasy Forwards- The Top 125

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from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

The biggest challenge of ranking the top 125 forwards is not predicting who will finish first, but determining which player from the entire league other than a member of the “Big Three” will place fourth. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are the consensus top three picks, the only debate being their order (last season I ranked them Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin).


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Sharks Go Door To Door Delivering Season Tickets

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View more news videos at: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/video.

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All Ovechkin - Video Style

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It’s Been A Bad Summer For The Sens

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

By the dozens, Senators players, themselves, will soon be gathering for fall training camp. Not soon enough will the real game on the ice replace the head games of summer.

Have the Senators had a worse summer, the summer of Heatley/Mlakar/Kovalev and Balsillie-bites-Melnyk?

Emphatically, no, other than the offseasons eclipsed by labour interruptions, in 1994 and 2004—blackout periods for all NHL franchises.

The Senators haven’t had a summer quite like this one. Looking back, missing the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring turned out to be the least of the team’s worries after the 2008-09 season ended.


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Wings Preparing For Another Run

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“It was a tough ending for all of us, but I think we all got some time to think things through and also get re-energized,’’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall said Tuesday. “What bothers me the most is, I feel like we had a great team and we didn’t play as good as we could. That’s something you always have to live with.

“At the same time, we had some injuries to key players. That was a part of it, but all teams go through injuries. We were close to pulling it off but just couldn’t get there.

“When you win, people tell you how good you are. When you don’t win, people congratulate you for a good season. It’s almost like you get offended. There’s nothing but (a championship). No one counts the second guy.’‘


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Jason Smith Retiring

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Smith is calling it a career.

The 35-year-old defenceman has called a news conference for 10 a.m. with team general manager Bryan Murray this morning at Scotiabank Place where he’s expected to announce his retirement after an NHL career that has spanned 17 years.


added 10:36am, from the Ottawa Senators,

“I have been fortunate to have played in the NHL for 16 years. I have played alongside many great teammates and for organizations that I was proud to have been a part of,” said Smith. “I would like to thank all of my teammates, owners, coaches, managers and staff that I have had the privilege of working with through the years and would like to recognize the fans for their tremendous support.

“It has been an honour and a privilege for me to have played in over 1,000 career National Hockey League games, and I would especially like to thank my wife, Wendy, my daughters, Britney and Jordan, my mother and father, my brother and sister, and my many loyal friends for their support through the ups and downs, and for always being there for me.”

more on Smith…

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Morning Line

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“I want to take some time to let my emotions settle before I talk about this.  Quite frankly, I’m still stunned and saddened at what has happened. I need a little time to figure out exactly what I want to say to the players and to the public.”

-Paul Kelly.  More from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail.

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Baum, Betteman & Balsillie In The Spotlight Today

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

From Ancaster to Stoney Creek, Hamilton-area hockey fans could see their dream of landing an NHL franchise dry up in an Arizona courtroom today.

Of course, Blackberry moneybags Jim Balsillie is not about to let that happen without a fight.

Both Balsillie and his arch-rival, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, are scheduled to be on hand in Phoenix when U.S. bankruptcy Judge Redfield T. Baum makes a key decision that will help determine if a seventh Canadian NHL team will, in fact, become a reality.

With Bettman sitting in the room, Balsillie will be available to answer any questions the court might have concerning his attempt to purchase the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes and move the team to shinny-starved Steeltown.

It now rests in Baum’s hands.


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