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Babcock In Charge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Marek of CBC Sports,

First, this is Mike Babcock’s team. Period.

Yes, he is flanked by some outstanding assistant coaches in Jacques Lamaire, Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff - who since he is the youngest of all assistant coaches gets to do the grunt work like shovel snow in front of the net - but make no mistake about it, Babcock is in charge.

Even at the opening press conference on Monday where Babcock laid out his now infamous “200-foot” hockey player analogy, you can tell in every interaction that the coach is leading this squad. Right away Babcock is on the ice at the opening session.

He gives out the instructions, he runs the drills and yes he stops players who aren’t doing exactly what he wants. And that includes the Sidney Crosby/Rick Nash/Jarome Iginla line, which he stopped Tuesday and made them start a drill over.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, team+canada

Evening Line

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“Any time you haven’t met that person or know the whole story it’s tough to jump to conclusions, but that’s the way it goes,” Heatley said. “That’s what we, as hockey players, have to deal with sometimes, but the summer has been fine. I haven’t really been listening too much. I’m just getting ready for the season.”

-Ottawa forward Dany Heatley.  More on Heatley from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Reinsdorf Done With Phoenix

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from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune,

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s group pulled out of its bid to buy the NHL Phoenix Coyotes.

The following is a statement issued by his group:

Glendale Sports and Entertainment, whose principals are John Kaites, Jerry Reinsdorf and Tony Tavares, regrets to inform all interested parties that despite expending a great deal of time, money, and effort, it is unable to comply with the court mandated deadline of August 25, 2009, for having a firm offer to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and keep them in Glendale.


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  Tags: jerry+reinsdorf

It Has Come To This

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

In retrospect, we were always headed here. This was always the last line of defence, the big red button under glass that was only to be pushed in an emergency, the burning of the village in order to keep it from the invaders.

Or to put it in metaphorical terms more suited to a hopeless hockey team that kept stubbornly bleeding money into the desert, this - for the National Hockey League, pusher of a product that will never be one size fits all - was the very last line in the sand.


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We Haven’t Had Much Babcock Talk Lately

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Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock talks to the media after day 2 of Team Canada’s orientation camp in Calgary, Alberta.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, team+canada

A Saviour For Phoenix?

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from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

A lifeline for the financially stressed Phoenix Coyotes may end up coming from an unlikely source: El Mirage.

According to a city spokeswoman, El Mirage is looking at a pitch from developers of Main Street, the shopping and dining complex envisioned around Glendale’s spring training facility, that would extend loans for local manufacturing and renewable energy projects as well as the NHL team.


From a personal standpoint, I do hope this thing ends soon.  It is hockey news but I think we have all had enough.

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Bill Daly On The Phoenix Situation

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NEW YORK (August 25, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tonight released the following statement regarding the NHL submission of a bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes franchise out of bankruptcy:

“Today, the League filed its own bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes’ franchise out of bankruptcy in an effort to maximize the likelihood that the Club ultimately will be sold to an acceptable purchaser who is committed to operating the franchise in Glendale.

“We remain supportive of the other efforts that have been and are being made to purchase and operate the Coyotes in Glendale, and we will continue to do everything we can to assist interested groups in those efforts leading up to the scheduled sale hearing on September 10, 2009 and thereafter, if the NHL is the winning bidder.

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  Tags: bill+daly

Panthers Begin Informal Workouts

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Nathan Horton appears to have spent plenty of time in the gym as well, although he’s not bigger. He’s markedly smaller.

Horton2 And looks a lot quicker and faster.

Word is he is clocking in at 205, about 10-15 pounds lighter than he played at last year. In past summers, Horton did NFL type training to get stronger. Now, it looks like he wants to play at a faster pace.

At any rate, Horton has shown—again—a commitment to his offseason training.

more on Florida…

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Highly Ranked Russian Prospect Facing Suspension

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from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

A 17-year-old Russian touted as the possible No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 N.H.L. entry draft faces almost certain suspension by the K.H.L. after he refused to sign a contract that contained no clause allowing him to depart for North America.

The player, Kirill Kabanov, was singled out for discipline by K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev during a Tuesday news conference in Moscow, the latest episode in an ongoing series of K.H.L.-N.H.L. disputes over player contracts.


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  Tags: kirill+kabanov

What Is Versus Worth?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from fredfa, an AVS moderator,

On some of Versus’ most popular programming, NHL regular season games, the network averaged a little over 300,000 viewers last year. (Even early round Little League World Series games on ESPN outdraws that by a wide margin: over a million viewers watched the LLWS games Monday night.)

Two weeks ago, in the summer dodlrums, TNT AVERAGED 893,000 prime time viewers.

A&E (which charges about 25 cents a sub a month) averaged 690,000.

So given the marketplace, YOU assign a cash figure to what Versus is worth.


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  Tags: directv

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