The NHL needs some Pride

A week ago the NHL issued a press release stating the start dates of the upcoming Stanley Cup finals. If both Conference Final series have been decided by Tuesday, May 26, the Western Conference winner would host Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final on Thursday, May 28. Otherwise, Game 1 will be played on Friday, June 5. There was a fair bit of backlash to that press release with people saying how stupid it would be if the conference finals finished last night with Detroit winning in 5 games and then the league taking 8 days off before

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Leafs, Sabres do not have veto rights

There seems to be some misinformation out there regarding territorial rights of the Sabres and Leafs. There is still a lot of speculation that either the Leafs or the Sabres will attempt to block the move of the Coyotes, or any team, to Hamilton. NHL rules dictate the Sabres would need to approve a team moving within 50 miles of its home rink in downtown Buffalo. Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum is located about 45 miles from HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo and the Sabres would most likely block such a move. This means Balsille’s group would either need to build a

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Are the Coyotes Movable?

There are many interesting things that we are learning from the Phoenix Coyote’s Bankruptcy case because so much stuff is now becoming public knowledge that had previously been a well kept NHL secret, or at least a well denied rumours. Information that the general public had not gotten their hands on included things like the franchise agreements each of the NHL’s member franchises must agree too as well as the NHL constitution that governs the NHL. We now have access to some of that information. Of interest is section 36 of the NHL By-laws which can be found on page

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Decision Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a big day for the NHL, the Phoenix Coyotes and Jim Balsille’s bid to purchase and move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton as tomorrow is when a judge decides who actually is in control of the Phoenix Coyotes. The NHL claims that the they took control of the Coyotes franchise from owner Jerry Moyes back in November while Moyes argues that while the NHL took control of many aspects of operating the team, they didn’t take over control of all of the team and most importantly that he still has authority to file for bankruptcy protection. Meanwhile Jim

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Conference Finals Predictions

I gotta get these conference finals predictions out before the games begin so here goes. I didn’t have a great round last round only getting the Pittsburgh series correct but there were all pretty close series that with a few bounces going differently the results outcomes would have been different as well. Pittsburgh vs Carolina I have been surprised by the play of the Hurricanes though I probably should not be. They are an experienced playoff team having won the Cup a couple years ago and they are riding a hot goalie in Cam Ward. That is a pretty good

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Or maybe we won't…

Yesterday the court, upon request by Jerry Moyes’s legal team, requested that the NHL present to the court all the information it has on the discussions the NHL has had with Jerry Reinsdorf and his interest in purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes. Instead of doing so, this morning the NHL formally objected to that request stating that Jerry Moyes is not in control of the franchise and this is in no position to request that information and the divulging of that information could jeopardize value for the league. “There is no justification for the efforts of … Moyes to harass the

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Tomorrow we find out how interested Reinsdorf really was

According to CBC, and other sources, the bankruptcy court has, upon request from Jerry Moyes, ordered the NHL to turn over documents related to Reinsdorf’s interest in buying the Phoenix Coyotes. The NHL has claimed that Reinsdorf had shown interest in purchasing the Coyotes but as of yet we really don’t know how serious that interest was. There was talk that Bettman was on his way to meet with Moyes about Reinsdorf’s intent to purchase the franchise while others say that Reinsdorf may have only agreed to look into the idea of purchasing the team when requested by Gary Bettman.

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CBC reference and more on Balsillie's bid for Coyotes

So I sit down for dinner at around 6:30 last night and decide that it is a little quiet so I turn on the TV and watch CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada pre-game show. During the show they had a 15 minute interview with Jim Balsillie (click the link and then click on Inside Hockey: Jim Balsillie). Ron starts off asking the intro question asking Balsillie to tell everyone about what he is doing in putting in an offer for the Coyotes. What came next almost made my jaw drop. Ron MacLean then went on to quote from my article

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Does Bettman still think Everything is A-OK?

What happened to the Phoenix Coyote’s yesterday is what many people suspected may happen to them for a while. They went bankrupt. They went bankrupt despite the fact that over the past year Gary Bettman has continued to tell anyone who would listen that the NHL as a whole and its member teams are generally doing just fine, despite the economic down turn. Most people were smart enough to not listen to Gary Bettman. What is interesting this time is that Jim Balsillie sat on the sidelines waiting for the moment for the Phoenix Coyote’s to declare bankruptcy. He has

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