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NHL Expects Local Bid For Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

The National Hockey League says it will have a firm local offer for the Phoenix Coyotes by the end of this week.

“The NHL remains confident that a local bidder will put in a firm bid on or bevfore the June 26th deadline set forth in its proposed bid proceedures,” the league said in a fillng in an Arizona bankruptcy court today.

The league also disclosed that it expects to have a decision on Jim Balsillie’s bid to buy the club and move it to Hamilton by the end of July….

The league said its board of governors plans to interview Balsillie soon about his bid to relocate the club. The board is expected to question him about his two previous attempts to buy and move clubs, the filing noted.


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Dudley Officially With The Thrashers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Atlanta Thrashers have named Rick Dudley associate general manager, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.  Dudley will be responsible for assisting in all facets of hockey operations with a primary focus on overseeing scouting and player development. He will join the club this week at the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Rick Dudley to our front office.” Waddell said. “He has had noted success at all levels as a player, coach and general manager, and his nearly 40 years of professional experience will certainly prove beneficial to our organization. His ability to both evaluate and develop talent is evident in the remarkable turnarounds made by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, both with players acquired during Rick’s tenure.”

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TSN Draft Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If you go strictly by the numbers, it’s an empty-net tap in - John Tavares should be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft.

In its annual survey of 10 NHL scouts, the London Knights’ goal-scoring centre is TSN’s unanimous No. 1 ranked prospect, getting 10 of a possible 10 first-place votes to head up TSN’s Top 60 Final Rankings for the 2009 NHL entry draft.

But the New York Islanders have their own ideas on whom they will choose with the top pick and have been adamant about not revealing anything to anyone until the moment general manager Garth Snow steps to the podium to make the announcement on the draft floor of the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday night.


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Capitals Name Bob Woods Asst. Coach

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have hired Bob Woods from the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears as an assistant coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Woods, 41, served as Hershey’s head coach last season and guided the Bears to a Calder Cup championship in six games against the Manitoba Moose. He was an assistant coach with the Bears and helped current Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau lead the Bears to a Calder Cup title in 2006. Woods was appointed head coach of the Bears when Boudreau was hired by the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007.

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Kane The Face Of EA Sports NHL 2010

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Chicago winger Patrick Kane is the new cover boy of EA Sports made-in-Vancouver NHL 2010 video game.

Kane follows in the footsteps of Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who was on the 2009 cover.

EA has also signed top draft prospect John Tavares to promote the game.

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The Going-Rate For Bouwmeester

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via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

To talk to Bouwmeester before July 1, Florida Panthers want a draft pick, which would become a 1st rounder if he signs.

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

How About A Lemieux Statue?

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from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,

As the Consol Energy Center rises across the street from Mellon Arena, plans for accessorizing the Penguins’ new digs should be forming.

Even though it’s not his style, those plans must include a statue of the team’s greatest player and current owner, Mario Lemieux.

As the euphoria of the franchise’s third Stanley Cup fades — and that’s going to take a while — we should never forget the gamble Lemieux took to keep the team in Pittsburgh and keep his sweater alive.


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Nashville Options

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

One of the reasons Poile said he has to be careful about the deals he makes this offseason is that there may well be some more long-term deals down the line.

“We have other players that are due new contracts that we’d certainly like to do something with, whether it be a goaltender or someone like (defenseman) Dan Hamhuis,’’ Poile said. “It’s not just about next year and signing Steve Sullivan. It’s about the future and what we can or should be able to spend.’‘

If the Preds wind up not re-signing Sullivan, they’ll certainly have to look at a trade or the free-agent market in order to boost the team’s offense.

It would be hard to imagine the Preds having any chance at signing big-money players like Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat, Alexei Kovalev or Alex Tanguay.

Some players that might be able to add offense with less of a price tag include: the New York Rangers’ Nik Antropov, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, Carolina’s Erik Cole, Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, New Jersey’s Brian Gionta, Edmonton’s Ales Kotalik and Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson.


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Recruiting The Monster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

OK, it’s gone a little too far I think. Jonas Gustavsson “The Monster”, the Swedish goalie who has yet to play a second of NHL hockey and is 24 years old, is being treated like the hybrid genetic offspring of Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy and Glenn Hall put together….

Listen, the guy really could be the next great NHL goalie. But all this fuss - with the Avs recruiting Peter Forsberg and the Maple Leafs doing the same with Borje Salming, in trying to sweet talk Gustavsson into signing with their old teams - well, it’s getting a little ridiculous now.


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  Tags: jonas+gustavsson

Selke Trophy Voting:  All Messed Up

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

They asked 131 sports writers to name the five best defensive forwards in the NHL in the 2008/09 season and found they received 70 different answers.  Even the most popular answers were missing from 10% or more of the ballots.  The winner Pavel Datsyuk was named on 120 of 131 ballots.  The runner up Mike Richards appeared on 113 ballots.  Clearly there isn’t any uniformity in the way hockey writes judge defensive forwards.  The voting can be found here.

Some of the choices which were relatively popular look like pretty poor choices.  David Krejci of the Boston Bruins faced a near average quality of opposition and posted a league leading +37 +/- rating.  He wasn’t used as a shutdown guy in Boston.  He finished in sixth place in the voting.  Travis Zajac was another high +/- guy.  He led the New Jersey Devils with a +33 rating.  He wasn’t their main shutdown player.  He finished seventh in the voting.  Among many voters, there was a tendency to vote for high +/- ratings who are not exactly defensive forwards.

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