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Phoenix Situation Still Not Settled

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from the CP via TSN,

Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes remains on hold.

A U.S. bankruptcy hearing adjourned Wednesday without a decision on whether the BlackBerry boss could take part in an auction for the troubled NHL franchise. There was no immediate word on when Judge Redfield T. Baum will rule.

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Phoenix Signs Pyatt

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed left wing Taylor Pyatt to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pyatt, 28, recorded 10-9-19 and 43 penalty minutes (PIM) in 69 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season while also appearing in four playoff games for the Canucks. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Pyatt has registered 91-100-191 and 315 PIM in 532 career NHL games with Vancouver, Buffalo and the New York Islanders. He has also collected 2-9-11 in 30 career postseason contests.

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Blue Jackets Appear Ready For Camp

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Doesn’t look like the Blue Jackets will be making a trade anytime soon. Things can change quickly, of course, but right now there’s nothing even resting on the back burner. That’s the word from sources within the ogranization, anyway.

The Jackets will likely go to camp with too many forwards (re: wingers), so the competition will be fierce. That’s a good thing, right?

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Panthers Still Looking To Fill Roster Spots

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via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Assistant general manager Randy Sexton said Wednesday he’s still talking to the agents of some available players as well as other teams about potential trades.

“We’re not going to rest in terms of improving our team,” Sexton said. “Will anything happen? I don’t know. Are we working to improve our team? Yes.”

As it stands, it appears one spot on the Panthers’ fourth line and in their third defensive pairing will be filled by a player who was not an NHL regular last season.

Sexton had left open the possibility of bringing back veteran defenseman Jassen Cullimore when the team allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

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Nathan Perrott Makes Pro Boxing Debut

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from the Fight Network,

PHILADELPHIA (September 2ND 2009)—On Friday night September 11th, former NHL tough guy, Nathan Perrott will be making his pro debut against Makidi Ku-Tima in a four round Heavyweight bout as part of a HUGE eleven bout card at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.

continued and watch Perrott in action against Chris Neil in the video.

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Versus/Directv Not Talking

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from Mike Reynolds of MultiChannel News,

Versus president Jamie Davis said the network’s distribution fallout with DirecTV is about positioning, not price.

Davis said network talks with the nation’s No. 1 DBS operator broke down over DirecTV wanting to remove it from some 6 million subscribers. Before the plug was pulled on Sept. 1, Versus, which had resided on the Total Choice Xtra package, counted 14 million DirecTV subs among its 75.5 million base.

“DirecTV wanted to take Versus away from 6 million subscribers who were receiving it for no additional cost. That was simply not acceptable for us. We hope to resolve things amicably, but that’s a non-starter.”  Davis, noting that the network wasn’t called by the DBS operator late Monday that it was about to be “turned off,” said there haven’t been any discussions since the service was disconnected Tuesday morning.

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Flames Go Retro

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from Peter Zuurbier of CalgaryFlames.com,

Old is new, and nostalgia is the new black, or in this case red, as the Flames released their vintage third jerseys Wednesday.

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Flames in Calgary, the sweater is a throwback to the days of yore, an identical replica of the original and intended as a tip of the hat to the teams that built the foundation for the organization.

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Gillis Had No Choice But Sign Luongo

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I can’t think of a more significant signing this summer than Wednesday’s 12-year contract extension between Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks.

Super-elite NHL netminders are like super-elite quarterbacks in the NFL; there are only a handful of them and other teams spend years trying to land one.

So credit Canucks GM Mike Gillis for putting aside his personal preference of avoiding the kind of double digit-term deals that have plagued the NHL in the last few years; he made a rare exception because he knew he had no choice.

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Did You Know?

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German psychologists have found that teams wearing red uniforms score 10 percent more than those wearing any other color. Because red equals AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, BLOOD, DEVASTATION and CRUSHKILLDESTROY.

more from Michael Tunison of the Sporting Blog.

 

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A Little Wagering Going On

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from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

For two decades Pete Rose has been blackballed for gambling on his own baseball team.

Professional hockey players literally do it every single game.

It’s an accepted part of dressing-room culture, like heaping verbal abuse on the nearest human in range. The difference between Charlie Hustle and the hockey hustle is that when hockey players put “Money on the Board,” everybody wins.

Before each game, a few players will saunter up to the dry-erase board in silence and put their jersey number down, with a dollar amount beside it. It means “If we win, I’ll donate this number of dollars to the team pot.”

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