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Ducks Talk

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The Ducks held their annual Select-a-Seat Sunday and GM Bob Murray had a lot to say to the fans…

• Scott Niedermayer promised he would let Murray know his decision about next season before Murray leaves for the draft, which is on Sunday the 21st.

• Murray and Francois Beauchemin had a long talk after the season ended and Murray feels he “has earned the right” to explore free agency. Murray hopes Beauchemin might offer the Ducks a hometown discount, “but I don’t know.”

• Some fan asked about the possibility of the Ducks getting Dany Heatley (who has asked for a trade out of Ottawa) and he said that wasn’t possible financially. Another fan asked about possibly signing impending free agent Marian Hossa and Murray also said there was no way. “Good,” yelled out one fan, which got a laugh.

more from Adam Brady at Ducks Blog at AnaheimDucks.com…

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Burke Will Be Busy

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Yessir, the Maple Leaf hockey boss has been a busy man of late, hiring here and firing there. But he has yet to touch the actual player roster.

The next 14 days should, or could, be critical to Burke’s short-term ambitions. Then again, about 20 other clubs are saying the same thing. But here’s Burke’s four-pronged attack plan:

1. Sign goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. “The Monster” is expected to be secretly spirited into town this week to be wined and dined by the Leaf brass, including new goalie coach Francois Allaire, after first meeting with Colorado, Dallas and San Jose.

2. Try to figure out the uncertain equation between teams looking to dump expensive contracts and what they’ll be willing to pay to loosen the salary cap noose.

3. Move up in the entry draft.

4. Prepare to make an immediate, aggressive pitch for unrestricted free agent defenceman Jay Bouwmeester on July 1 or the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.

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‘The Monster’ North American Tour Begins

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Jonas Gustavsson received the burgundy-carpet treatment from the Avalanche.

Gustavsson, the 24-year- old Swede considered one of the best goalies in the world not currently playing in the NHL, wrapped up an approximately 24-hour trip to Denver on Monday. The Avalanche is one of four NHL teams he is considering joining.

Denver was the first stop on his four-city North American tour that will proceed to San Jose, Dallas and Toronto.

continued and if you want to see Gustavsson in action, check out the video below…

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Tuesdays Without The Cup

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By my count, there are approximately 50 more of these left.  So make ‘em good.  Oh. Woops.  Was that “arrogant”?  I forgot the new internet rules that Wing fans are no longer allowed that luxury. 

If you’re a guy, and if you really sit and think about it for just a second…you can probably feel a sharp pain.  Will it hurt as much as Nick Lidstrom’s injury?

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Judge Puts Phoenix Situation On Hold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Judge Redfield T. Baum has ruled that there isn’t enough time to deal with the unresolved issues in the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy case.  The June 22nd auction of the Coyotes will not happen.  The June 29th closing date for the franchise purchase that potential owner Jim Balsillie had put on the sale will not be met.  It looks like the Phoenix Coyotes will remain in Phoenix next season and likely as a dead team that everyone knows will be moved soon after.

Balsillie had made a $212.5 million offer to bankrupt owner Jerry Moyes to buy the team.  Initially, the NHL challenged Moyes right to declare bankruptcy, since he had received NHL financing during last season, but that idea was overruled.  Judge Baum says that the NHL has a right to impose a relocation fee on top of the sales price, but at this point there is nothing but speculation as to what this fee might be.

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No To Balsillie

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from the CP via TSN,

Jim Balsillie’s attempt to bring the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton has been rejected by an Arizona bankruptcy judge.

Redfield T. Baum’s much anticipated ruling came down Monday night, nearly a week after a dramatic hearing in his Phoenix court.

In the 21-page document he said the court didn’t believe there was enough time to resolve all the various issues before the sale of the insolvent team to Balsillie for US$212.5 million that was due to close June 29.

That nullifies the proposed June 22 auction for the team and other related deadlines.

added 6/16/09,...

NEW YORK (June 15, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tonight released the following statement regarding the ruling by the United States Bankruptcy Court pertaining to the Phoenix Coyotes:

      “We’re pleased the Court recognized the validity of League rules and our ability to apply them in a reasonable fashion. We will turn our attention now toward helping to facilitate an orderly sales process that will produce a local buyer who is committed to making the Coyotes’ franchise viable and successful in the Phoenix/Glendale area. We are confident that we will be able to find such a buyer for the Coyotes and that the claims of legitimate creditors will be addressed.”

 

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The Very Early Favorites

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

For anybody heading to Las Vegas for Thursday’s NHL awards show and think you might have an idea on next year’s playoff outcome, here are the early odds from bodog.com on who has the inside track to capture next year’s championship:


Odds to win the 2009/2010 Stanley Cup

Detroit Red Wings           5/1

Pittsburgh Penguins         7/1

San Jose Sharks           8/1

Boston Bruins             9/1

Chicago Blackhawks         10/1

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Believe It

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

When it comes to rumor reporting, I’m always a skeptic.  The vast majority of rumors don’t pass the common sense or salary cap test. And some of those that do pass, get knocked down with even the tiniest bit of good reporting with people who know what is going on.

    But it occurs to me that much of the reports that I don’t believe for even a second, end up with thousands of people reading them.

  Maybe I would be better off reporting what I don’t believe. OK, here is what I don’t believe:

1. That the Vancouver Canucks will let the Sedin twins leave town as unrestricted free agents…

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Talking LA Kings

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Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings on occasion answers questions from the fans regarding the LA Kings,

Question: Given the events of this weekend, it made us all ponder the massive possibilities. With that said, of all of the possibilities which one do you personally see as a good fit for the team (Gabs/Hossa/Vinny/Heater et al)? I realize this answer depends utterly on the conditions of the trade but I’m talking character and talent only.

Answer: I like the way you phrased the question, because when Lombardi looks at these players, character does play a big part in it. But that makes it more difficult. I’d say the best talent is Hossa and the best character is Lecavalier. The best combination of talent and character? Wow…I don’t know. Hossa would probably be the best fit all around, but given the circumstances, he’s probably the least-likely addition. The most likely is probably Gaborik, but I personally don’t think that would be the Kings’ best move. If I’m Lombardi, I’m still hoping for a Kovalchuk miracle.

many more questions answered and make sure to check out the home page too, since questions could go on for a few days.

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Game 7 SCF Most Watched NHL Game In 36 Years

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NEW YORK – June 15, 2009 – Friday night’s deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports was the most-watched NHL game in 36 years with an average of 8 million viewers (5/10/73, Stanley Cup Final Game 6 on NBC, Montreal-Chicago, 9.4 million). Overall, the series averaged 5.6 million viewers for the five games on NBC, the best since 2002 on ABC (three telecasts, Detroit-Carolina, 5.8 million).

Friday’s Game 7 earned a 4.3 rating and an 8 share, the best for a series-ending game in six years (6/9/03, Game 7, Anaheim-New Jersey, 4.6/8).

NBC Sports’ Game 7 broadcast finished No. 1 for the night in every category including viewership and household ratings.

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