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Balsillie Gets Blasted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

...sources familiar with the meeting told the Post’s Theresa Tedesco that it was a remarkably contentious affair, with governors taking turns lambasting Balsillie for his failings, real or imagined.

Sources told Tedesco that during the 90-minute meeting, deputy commissioner Bill Daly peppered Balsillie with questions about his withdrawal from buying the Pittsburgh Penguins for US$185-million in 2006.

Former Nashville owner Craig Leipold, now the owner of the Minnesota Wild, accused Balsillie, who offered US$238-million for the Predators in 2007, of using the team’s trademark without permission, and of destabilizing the already-fragile hockey market in Nashville by selling season tickets in Hamilton….

Sources also told Tedesco that George Gillett, the outgoing owner of the Montreal Canadiens, hammered Balsillie for telling a French-language newspaper in November of last year that the Canadiens were for sale, claiming that Balsillie’s comments destabilized the franchise and directly contributed to Montreal’s failure in the playoffs.

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Devils Should Know About Shanahan’s Decision By End Of Next Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It will be Brendan Shanahan’s call.

The Devils want the veteran winger, but general manager Lou Lamoriello told me on Thursday that Shanahan will make the decision as to whether he will re-sign with the club. An unrestricted free agent with interest from other teams, Shanahan is expected to make his decision by the end of next week.

So what is the holdup?

“I wouldn’t say it’s financial,” Lamoriello explained. “I want to make sure this is what he wants. He has other opportunities. Brendan is very meticulous, very professional. He has other opportunities and he’ll make the decision.”

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Sale Of Panthers On Course

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

Panthers ownership is close to signing a purchase agreement to sell the team to a New York-based publicly held company that would keep the team at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise.

But the deal is still a few months from closing.

The Panthers are working on finalizing a contract to sell to Sport Properties Acquisitions Corp., which was created last year to raise cash to buy sports teams, stadiums and other entertainment properties.

A couple of issues must still be resolved, but the deal is on track to be completed.

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Jason Williams Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jason was just on the Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto.

Bits and pieces from the conversation…

Asked how the search for a new team is going…  Trying to be patient, letting things work out.  Lot of guys still out there, teams have tightened up a bit and they are waiting to see if they can get them a little cheaper.  He said he would love to go back to the BJ’s, love their direction, but they haven’t offered him a contract.

He said he received one offer, from the Wings a couple of weeks ago.  They know what he wants and a deal could get done, but ball in their court now.  Just waiting it out.

He had a great time in Detroit, first class all the way and still lives in the area.  Wouldn’t be too bad to back there for him.

A little disappointed when he left, the way things happened.  Got hurt on a hit from Torres and felt the Wings sort of gave up on him at the time when he was traded.  It happens in the business.

He said he has gotten some advice from Brendan Shanahan over the summer and Shanny told him play in an established hockey market.  Jason was asked about Shanny’s plans and he said if he were a betting man, he stays with the Devils.

added 6:20pm, You can listen to the interview here.

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Phoenix Re-Signs Upshall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

“We are excited to have signed Scottie Upshall to a new contract,” said Maloney. “He performed exceptionally well for us last season after we acquired him from Philadelphia and we expect him to be an important player for us next season.”

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Getzlaf Had Sports Hernia Surgery Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via AnaheimDucks.com,

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf underwent successful sports hernia surgery today. The injury was aggravated during summer workouts and did not improve over time, therefore surgery was recommended by the Ducks medical staff.

The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

Getzlaf is expected to be ready for training camp.

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BOG Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to 640am in Toronto, the Reisdorf bid was 100% approved, the Balsillie was 100% declined and the Ice Edge Holdings bid was ruled incomplete in reference to the Phoenix Coyotes.

added 5:20pm,

CHICAGO – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement following today’s Board of Governors meeting:

“The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors met this afternoon to review the ownership applications of three prospective ownership groups for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Board’s process today represents the League’s best efforts to comply with the League’s review procedures pursuant to NHL Constitution Article 3.5 and NHL By-Law 35 within the timetable imposed by the ongoing court process.

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All Olympic Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Red Wings’ Head of European Scouting Hakan Andersson talks about Team Sweden and the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Also, Steve Yzerman talks Team Canada and Ken Morrow talks Team USA.

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  Tags: hakan+andersson, ken+morrow, steve+yzerman, team+canada, team+sweden, team+usa

Petteri Nokelainen Re-Signs With Ducks

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Petteri Nokelainen to a one-year contract extension through the 2010-11 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Nokelainen, 23 (1/16/86), split his third NHL season with Anaheim and Boston in 2008-09, combining for 4-5=9 points with a +2 rating and 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 games. Overall, Nokelainen won 53.4% of his faceoffs (156-for-292) while averaging 11:15 time on ice (TOI) and 15.5 shifts per game. The 6-1, 195-pound center, who was acquired from Boston in exchange for defenseman Steve Montador on Mar. 4, 2009, made his Anaheim debut on Mar. 6 vs. Dallas and scored his first goal as a Duck on Mar. 11 vs. Vancouver. He also appeared in nine of Anaheim’s 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games, missing four contests with an abdominal strain.

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Yes. I’m Sure Jason Williams Is Chomping At The Bit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, Jason Williams isn’t closing the door on a return to Stanley’s Rightful Home. 

You believe that? Have you forgotten how “slighted” little Jason was the last time in Detroit?  Is Mike Babcock going somewhere? Because, if not?  Willie’s not a big fan.

Remember this quote after Williams was (finally) sent to the press box in 2007?

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