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Coyotes With A Major Hockey Operation Announcement Today

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The Phoenix Coyotes will hold a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. MST to make a major announcement regarding the team’s hockey operations department.  Members of the Coyotes’ front office and coaching staff, as well as Captain Shane Doan will be available.

added 2:!6pm, via TSN, T

he Phoenix Coyotes appear to have found their new head coach.

Sources say Dave Tippett will be named head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes at a 3 pm local news conference.

added 2:20pm, In the meantime, the Coyotes have released a :30 second “Thank You Wayne” video tribute.  Watch below..

added 5;50pm, watch the press conference below (2nd video0.

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Red Sox Outfielder Talks Hockey

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from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

In “Field of Dreams,” the iconic 1989 film, ghosts of famous baseball players appear to Ray Kinsella, played by actor Kevin Costner, in an Iowa corn field. Boston Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay had a similar experience with a famous hockey player earlier this year.

Jogging out to his spot in left field to start the top of the seventh inning, Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr suddenly appeared in front of Bay, a native of Trail, British Columbia, on the warning track. Orr hadn’t actually appeared out of nowhere—he was hiding inside the fabled Green Monster left field wall, waiting for Bay. The scene of No. 4 meeting No. 44 played out before a crowd of 38,196 on hand at Fenway Park to see the Red Sox defeat the Florida Marlins, 6-1, on June 17.

“In happened in the middle of the game, actually. He was in the Green Monster and stepped out when I went back into the field. I don’t think it was his idea, he was kind of forced out there,” Bay recalled. “He said hi to me, but there was no real chit chat because of the situation, but very cool nonetheless.

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Vigneault Extension Official

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Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has agreed to terms on a new contract that extends through the 2012.2013 season.

“This is a significant announcement for our hockey club,” said Mike Gillis. “Alain and his staff have done an excellent job leading our team to two Division titles in three years. I believe strongly in the partnership between management, coaches and players and we are all committed to building a championship team here in Vancouver.”

“This is an exciting day for me and my coaching staff,” said Alain Vigneault. “Having the opportunity to work with the Aquilini family, Mike and his staff and our players has been very rewarding. I love working and coaching in this tremendous hockey city and look forward to continuing to build on our previous success.

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Western Conference Outlook

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

3. Detroit. In the same way many now refuse to believe in the Sharks as a bona fide Stanley Cup threat until they prove themselves worthy of that belief, I also won’t assume Detroit will take a huge step back in the standings until it actually happens. Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom remain too spectacularly talented for me to see the Red Wings any other way.

4. Vancouver. The Canucks surprised many – including me – last year by surviving a tepid start to the year and a brutal 2-10 record in January to win the Northwest Division and take Chicago to the limit in the second round of the playoffs. GM Mike Gillis has done well to increase the depth of a defense corps that was stellar to begin with; now the question becomes whether or not the Sedins and Roberto Luongo can justify their lucrative new contracts – and whether Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler can at least replicate their breakout seasons.

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Gretzky Announcement Coming

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from TSN,

A major announcement addressing Wayne Gretzky’s future in Phoenix is expected within the hour.

The announcement will be posted on Gretzky.com.

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I will update this post when the annoucement is made.

added 11:28am
, Of course, Gretzky.com crashes!

added 11:52, Follow the original TSN link which has or will shortly state Gretzky has resigned as Phoenix coach.

added 11:55am, See released statement from Gretzky below…

added 12:03pm via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

just rumors at this point but dave tippett’s name is mentioned prominently as the next Phx coach

added 1:11pm, via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,

Tippett played with Samuelsson in Hartford, played under King with Olympic team, knows division. Looks like a done deal.

added 1:22pm, Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail with his views and also states Tippett looks like the coach.

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The Kovalchuk Trade Talk Begins

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from Joe Haggerty of WEEI,

Kovalchuk’s agent Jay Grossman and Atlanta general manager Don Waddell are actively discussing a potential contract extension for the player who is the NHL’s leading scorer since the beginning of the 2001 season, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Russian takes a wait-and-see approach before signing on the dotted line.

If the 26-year-old rugged scoring machine isn’t locked up by the Thrashers, then pay close attention to the Bruins’ interest level throughout the season after they stockpiled draft picks in the Phil Kessel deal. B’s GM Peter Chiarelli now has seven picks in the first two rounds of the next two drafts, and he owns five of the first 60 picks in next summer’s well-stocked draft rife with blue-chip talent.

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All About The Captaincy In San Jose

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from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News via the Santa Barbara News-Press, T

he letter is just a thin piece of embroidered fabric, a couple of inches long. It doesn’t look like anything special when pulled out of an equipment-room drawer.

But when stitched onto the uniform of a designated Shark, the ‘‘C’’ will be positioned on the upper left chest, right over the heart - fitting because a hockey captain is expected to have a huge one.

No sport has created a greater mythology around the role of captain. In other leagues, the position is a mostly honorary title like the players who handle the pre-game coin flip duties in football.

In hockey, it means something.

‘‘It’s always been that way and it always will be because our sport is different,’’ said Sharks defenseman Rob Blake, who was a longtime captain with the Los Angeles Kings. ‘‘There needs to be an ultimate voice in the room that everyone else responds to, and it belongs to the captain.’‘

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Brisebois Retiring Tonight

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

NHL veteran Patrice Brisebois, twice a member of the Canadiens, will bring his 18-year NHL career to a close when he announces his retirement tonight at the Bell Centre.

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Randy Jones May Be A Salary Cap Casualty

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

With a 2009-10 salary of $3 million, Jones ranks fourth among Flyers defensemen, behind Kimmo Timonen ($7 million), Chris Pronger ($6.25 million) and Matt Carle ($3.5 million). But with Braydon Coburn ($1.4 million) and Ryan Parent ($765,000) due big raises after this season and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Danny Syvret pushing hard for roster spots on the blue line, Jones realizes he could become a salary cap casualty.

“Anything can happen,” acknowledged Jones, who is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the New Jersey Devils visit the Wachovia Center for the Flyers’ fifth of seven exhibition games. “It’s a whole new game with the salary cap.

“I’m not coming in looking at that. I want to work my butt off, crack this lineup and have a strong season for 82 games and into the playoffs. I’m not looking at what might happen or what could happen.

“People can look at (my salary) and that’s fine. Guys go through disappointing seasons and some rough patches and last season was one for me. It’s not like I don’t feel I can play in this league.”

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Panthers Must Prove They Can Win

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from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,

So this column won’t move many. And even for the 10,000 or so who still give a puck, there won’t be much that Sexton could say to persuade them that his Panthers will fare better than the Panthers of Bryan Murray or Rick Dudley or Mike Keenan or Jacques Martin, all names with more pizzazz whose teams petered out prior to the postseason.

Nor did Sexton completely persuade me, either, not even with his perfectly sensible talk about building through the draft, continuing to remake the culture, trying to upgrade the “level of nastiness” and insisting that every acquired player passes “the character sniff test.”

He didn’t persuade me that Stephen Weiss will finally emerge as an 80-point front-line center, or that there’s enough added mobility on defense to compensate for Jay Bouwmeester’s absence, or even that “knock on wood, if we can stay healthy, we’re going to stay in the [playoff] hunt.” He didn’t persuade me only because, after all that’s not occurred under his predecessors, you must wear your trusty shield of skepticism whenever encountering a Panthers executive.

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