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“I don’t think I’ve ever been put in a situation that I can’t handle.  I’ve never backed down from a challenge and this year I’m not going to start.”

-Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.  More on Price from TSN.

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Let The Bidding Begin, Again

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via CBC,

Jim Balsillie’s attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and relocate them to Hamilton, Ont., may not be dead yet.

An Arizona judge decided Wednesday to allow “any and all bidders” to be involved in a court ordered auction for the bankrupt National Hockey League team on Sept. 10.

Previously, only bidders who were willing to keep the club in the desert were to be involved.

added 7:45pm, from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Recognizing that his ruling has opened a contentious can of worms, the judge has also scheduled a hearing for Aug. 11 to examine all the issues surrounding the auction.

read on for reaction from the Balsille camp…

added 9:21pm,

NEW YORK (August 5, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly released the following statement regarding the Bankruptcy Court order issued in Phoenix:

  “We are in receipt of and have reviewed the Court’s Order issued earlier tonight. Obviously, there is a lot to be done and possibly decided before September 10. We remain confident that the successful bidder will be one who is committed to continuing to operate the Coyotes in Glendale for the long term. We also remain confident that Mr. Balsillie’s bid for the team will never be approved by the Court for a variety of reasons, including that his application for ownership was overwhelmingly rejected by the NHL Board of Governors last week. We look forward to making significant steps toward resolution of this unfortunate situation over the next several weeks.”

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It’s Bettman’s Fault

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from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,

...But my friend isn’t renewing his season ticket this year. He’s sick of the Coyotes’ ownership saga, so much so that he wouldn’t be incredibly upset if the team left town.

I can’t say I blame him.

This has become a disaster of Titanic proportions. The Coyotes still don’t know who their owner will be, and they may not have an answer by the Oct. 3 start of the regular season. They don’t have a TV contract. Their season-ticket base is dwindling, and sponsors are scurrying away like cockroaches when the light comes on.

With all due respect to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Coyotes are the most screwed-up organization in professional sports.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. But one man is primarily responsible, and it’s not Jerry Moyes and Jim Balsillie or Ed Beasley and Jerry Reinsdorf. No, this was orchestrated and then exacerbated by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

read on

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Breaking Down The Shootout

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

We’ve now had four seasons in which games that remain tied after overtime have been decided by a shootout—a breakaway competition of three (or more, as needed) rounds in which shooters go 1-on-1 with goaltenders.

Those four seasons have shown that some players and some teams are better at the shootout than others. Most interesting is the fact that some of hockey’s big names have struggled in the shootout, while a number of lesser lights have shone brightly.

Here’s a look at some of the best of the first four seasons of the shootout:

Mr. Perfect —Fifteen active players have scored on all of their shootout attempts—but 14 of those have only one try. Dallas captain Brenden Morrow is the only player in the NHL who’s perfect in more than one attempt: He’s 2-for-2, and both goals were game-deciders.

The 14 players who are 1-for-1 don’t include many household names—they’re guys who got their chance in a long shootout after teams exhausted their big guns. However, most of them did come through in the clutch; 10 of them scored the game-deciding goal.

Boston’s Chuck Kobasew is the complete opposite—he’s never scored in a shootout, although he’s had eight tries.


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Who Is Going To Score On The Rangers?

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The New York Rangers were the third lowest scoring team in the NHL last season.  They averaged 2.44 goals per game, finishing barely ahead of the Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders.  Improving the offence in New York should be a priority.  The highest scoring player who finished the 2008/09 season as a Ranger was Nik Antropov, who was acquired on trade deadline day from the Toronto Maple Leafs.  His 59 points led the Rangers.  Antropov left the team as a free agent when he signed with the Atlanta Thrashers. 

Among players who spent the entire 2008/09 with the Rangers, Scott Gomez and Nikolai Zherdev led the team in scoring with 58 points.  Both of them are gone.  Gomez was traded to the Montreal Canadiens.  The biggest scorer from last season acquired in return was Chris Higgins, who is coming off a 23 point year.  Zherdev won’t be back with the Rangers either.  They have walked away from his $3.9 salary arbitration award to allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.  Last year’s three top point scorers on the lowest scoring playoff team will not be back.  How can that be a step forward?

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Not Many Like Roenick

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Sure, Roenick polarizes people in hockey circles to a degree few other NHLers have in the league’s history. Even the THN offices has its share of J.R.-loathers; when we caught wind of his looming announcement last week, there weren’t many tears being shed for a player whose best on-ice years ended when his stint as a Philadelphia Flyer did in 2004.

But focusing on the guy’s theatrics and dismissing his contributions because you believe all hockey players ought to be brainless drones with zippers for mouth-holes is a convenient way to overlook the stunning array of on-ice achievements that should make Roenick a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.

In his heyday with the Chicago Blackhawks, Roenick put up two 50-goal seasons and three 100-plus point campaigns. He played in nine all-star games, two Olympic tournaments, one Canada Cup and one World Cup. He retires as the league’s third-best American-born amasser of both goals (513) and points (1,216) and is the NHL’s 39th-best point-producer of all time.


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Going Toe to Toe

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Are you ready for the Battle of the Blades?


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Get Off The High Horse

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from Frank DeFord at NPR,

Imagine if Vogue magazine was not only the country’s single dominant fashion medium, but also produced most major runway shows. Imagine if The Wall Street Journal was not just the nation’s only powerful business outlet, but it also owned the rights to the listings on the New York Stock Exchange.

Well, essentially, so it is with ESPN and sports. ESPN rules the land, the seas and the firmament of sport, and ESPN sees that it is good. ESPN has multiple channels, a magazine, a radio network, and now it’s starting local Web sites in many cities to compete on that level.

What it covers is so often what it owns the rights to — in almost every major sport. To be sure, other networks share some rights to the various leagues, but only ESPN is a critical mass. ESPN can make you.


thanks to a KK member for the link...

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The Latest On The Sharks

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

I do have it on good authority that there won’t be any big-time distractions between now and 11 a.m. Thursday, so don’t hold your breath on those Dany-Heatley-to-San-Jose rumors leading anywhere just yet.

I also have it on good authority that Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t at all happy with the efforts in some parts of the media to portray him as a hockey exec who promised there would be major changes and has yet to deliver on that promise. Some of those same stories have suggested that means the pressure is on him to up the ante for Dany Heatley and do it in a hurry.

more on the Sharks and J.R….

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...

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Listen Alert

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Kerry Fraser,


retiring NHL referee,  will be on Leafs Lunch today from noon - 1pm ET and I am sure he will be sharing some great stories.  So if you have nothing else to do, listen in at am640 in Toronto.

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