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Leafs Interested In Zherdev?

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from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

That’s the word in hockey circles in Toronto, where rumors bounce up and around in a major media echo chamber. Rangers are not confirming anything, not even whether a decision on whether to sign or reject the right winger’s $3.9-million arbitration award is coming today.

Do the whispers make sense?

Perhaps. Leafs czar Brian Burke needs scoring and has an excess of defensemen. Zherdev can put up 25-plus on the first line. although the press scrutiny will be intense.


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Who Could Be The Next ‘Super Joe’

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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Two of Sakic’s peers—Steve Yzerman and Joe Nieuwendyk—fall into that category as well. All three were pivots that could put the puck in the net, yet they were also equal parts puck distributors. With all three recently retired, it got me to musing about today’s top scoring threats in the middle amongst the younger players. Who are the pure scoring pivots that don’t sacrifice on assists to get theirs? Are there any pure shooters in today’s game to carry the mantle in the middle of legitimate threats to score from distance?

That last qualifier is an important distinction when considering a Sakic-type threat versus, say, a Sidney Crosby-dynamo who scores his goals through hard work and diligence in getting to the net rather than looking off a defender, getting to a spot and ripping a shot past the goaltender.

read on

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Leak Of Confidential Information Upsets Reinsdorf

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from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

One of the most high-profile bidders for the Phoenix Coyotes is threatening to yank his offer from U.S. Bankruptcy Court over an extraordinary leak of confidential information.

The leak on Friday outraged Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf, who along with other investors has offered $148 million for the team, and sent officials with Glendale and the NHL scrambling over the weekend to repair relations with one of the few potential buyers wanting to keep the Coyotes in the Valley.

The confidential information was posted publicly through the court’s Web site by attorneys for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes.

The document described proposals Reinsdorf has made during negotiations with Glendale on how to raise millions in yearly team revenue. The team has lost as much as $30 million each season.


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Afternoon Line

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note:  quote is translated from Swedish to English…

“He told me he didn’t think I was good enough. That’s pretty straight-forward to me.” [Ed. Note: Ice Warrior translated the same line as “He has told me that I am not good enough. A pretty clear message.”]

-Michael Nylander of the Washington Capitals talking about coach Bruce Boudreau.  More from Nylander at Japers’ Rink.

added 7:37pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

I didn’t speak to Boudreau directly—he’s running his Golden Horseshoe hockey school in St. Catherines, Ont., this week—but he issued a brief statement through a team spokesman.

“I do not have any recollection of saying that to Michael,” Boudreau said. “That is not my style, and not something I would say.”

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The Bolts Cap Hit

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It’s been like pulling teeth trying to find out what the Tampa Bay Lightning gave Mattias Ohlund as a free agent, but the numbers have finally dribbled out. The total is $25.25 million over seven years and breaks down like this:

$4 million next season and 2010-11; $5.5 million in 2011-12; $5 million in 2012-13; $3.75 million in 2013-14; $2 million in 2014-15; and $1 million in 2015-16. That works out to a cap hit of $3.607 per season.

So, now that we know the contracts for all players under one-way deals, let’s see how the Lightning’s payroll breaks down.


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Would You Bet On Hockey If You Could?

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from Art Spander at RealClearSports,

Legalized sports gambling is coming. Bet on it. There’s opposition from the leaders of the pro and college leagues. You already know that. It doesn’t matter.

This isn’t an issue of being pure and saintly, it’s an issue of reality, an issue where already one state, Delaware, said it will allow wagering on NFL games and a gubernatorial candidate from another, Christy Mihos of Massachusetts, would hope his state follows the lead.

The worry is games will be rigged, that organized crime will call the shots, that when gambling becomes legit in other places, as it is in Nevada, sports will lose their integrity, and without that there’s no reason to play because there’s no reason to believe.


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Firewagon Hockey In NYC

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Part 2 of an interview with John Tortorella…

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

This is John’s team and he has an obligation to mold it, not only in his image and philosophy but also with the players he believes will best serve the Rangers interests.

Tortorella is emphasizing what the Canadiens called Firewagon Hockey, when Montreal won five-straight Stanley Cups between 1956 and 1960. He wants speed and more speed; along with as much youth as possible. Betts apparently does not fill that bill, admirable as his defensive skills may be.

In a nutshell, Orr has won a ridiculously high and long contract from the Maple Leafs simply because GM Brian Burke is building a behemoth roster. Brashear is a better fighter than Orr and skates faster. There was no way Glen Sather should have paid crazy bucks for Orr nor a long-term deal befitting a Sid Crosby.

As for Tortorella, he was typically candid about each of the trio, showing a sincere appreciation for the contributions of Betts and Orr while explaining the importance of the Brashear import.

“I really liked Bettsy,” said Torts. “He was really good for us on the penalty-kill and on face-offs.”


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Tuesday Is An Important Day For Islanders Fans

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from Netminder at Islanders Blogger,

If there was ever a time for Islanders fans to show their pride, it is tomorrow. The future of the New York Islanders starts August 4th at Hofstra University.

From Lighthouseli.com. Lighthouse supporters, we need you. The long awaited public hearing has been scheduled by the Town of Hempstead, and Tuesday, August 4, 2009 is the day we’ve all been waiting for. The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at the John Cranston Adams Playhouse on the campus of Hofstra University.


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U.S. Olympic Hockey Camp Open To The Public

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I’ve received some emails lately with people asking about tickets to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp.  Here is your answer…

from NHL.com,

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp will be open to the general public on Monday, Aug. 17, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Ill.

Admission is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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  Tags: team+usa

The Battle Continues

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The City of Glendale and the NHL served notice that Monday afternoon’s emergency hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will be a major brawl, with the city asking the court to find Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes and his lawyers in contempt of court for disclosing confidential information and the NHL calling into question Jim Balsillie’s character.

In its declaration, the NHL said the league’s governors found Balsillie, the co-CEO of Research In Motion, “lacks the good character and integrity required” by the league’s constitution and by-laws. Earlier, the Balsillie camp charged that this was a charade created by the league because it did not want to see the Coyotes relocated to Hamilton and that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has a personal bias against Balsillie.


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