NHL News and Rumors – Tuesday July 28 2009

One Coyotes bid involves Halifax, Saskatoon games

Paper says Flyers checking Columbus alum

PP +?

Rob Davison & Brendan Shanahan News
One Coyotes bid involves Halifax, Saskatoon games

By LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

Halifax and Saskatoon would be more than happy to be part of the solution to the Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership crisis.

Both have been mentioned as the possible site for three-to-five regular-season games should a Canadian-based late arrival to the auction process for the bankrupt NHL team get control of the club.

“I think the chances are good for us,” said Scott Ferguson, interim CEO of the 10,500-seat Halifax Metro Centre. “This would be an innovative way to keep their American home and incorporate Canada, too.”

Ferguson said he has been in talks with Ice Edge Holdings for two weeks. A published report yesterday said Ice Edge, which has financial partners in Canada and the U.S., will present a letter of intent to the NHL tomorrow, and next month officially bid $150 million US to keep the team in Glendale, Ariz., while parcelling up to five games in Canada and possible playoff dates.

Both cities have junior teams in their principal rinks. Games in Saskatoon would be at the 11,300-seat Credit U***n Centre. If the plan is executed properly, the revenue from anticipated Canadian sellouts, and possibly a new Coyotes farm team in Thunder Bay, would go toward keeping the club in Arizona.

But the NHL is taking a wait-and-see approach.

“We haven’t looked at it to this point in any great detail,” Bill Daly, the league’s deputy commissioner, said in an e-mail to Sun Media. “It would have to be thoroughly vetted with and approved by the board of governors.”

An auction will be held Aug. 5 in an Arizona court exclusively for bidders wanting to keep the Coyotes based there. The only solid bid at present is that of sports magnate Jerry Reinsdorf, who is offering $148 million, while seeking a new lease deal and other concessions. Should the court decide the bids are too low, a wide-open auction will follow in September. Canadian businessman Jim Balsillie has put up $212.5 million — if he can take the team to Hamilton next season.

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2009/07/28/10283846-sun.html


Paper says Flyers checking Columbus alum

Kevin Tatum – Inquirer Staff Writer

The Flyers were scheduled to have former Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen in for a physical on Sunday and planned to sign the native of Oslo, Norway, if he passed, the Delaware County Daily Times reported Sunday.

With Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on vacation, a team spokesman was unable to confirm yesterday that the unrestricted free agent had been in town.

The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Tollefsen is a four-year veteran who was taken by the Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2002 NHL entry draft.

Often injured, Tollefsen, 25, is a tough player who was involved in 26 fights in his last three seasons in Columbus.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20090728_Paper_says_Flyers_checking_Columbus_alum.html

PP +?

Today’s topic for discussion: the power play.

Yvon Pedneault, on CKAC yesterday afternoon, said Canadiens fans can look forward to a better PP for two reasons:

• It’s Mike Cammalleri’s forte. His 19 PP goals tied Cammalleri with Alex Ovechkin for second last season, behind Tomas Vanek’s 20.

• Jaroslav Spacek will play the right point and provide the complement to Andrei Markov that was missing all last season, until Bob Gainey acquired Mathieu Schneider.

Pedneault also said the Canadiens have three defencemen who can effectively move the puck: Markov, of course (“Keep your stick on the ice,” Pedneault said, “and he’ll put it there”); Spacek and, surprising mention, Roman Hamrlik.

I’d add my man Josh Gorges, who makes a nice first pass.

http://www.habsinsideout.com/

Rob Davison & Brendan Shanahan News

There’s still no word on Rob Davison, though, as I mentioned last week, I know the Devils were talking to him.

Also, no news on Brendan Shanahan.

But there were some requests for a new post, so I tried to give you something on a slow summer day.

Some of you have some good questions in the comments in the previous post, but there is plenty of time to answer them before training camp opens on Sept. 12 (Rookies on Sept. 8). Players are going to be less willing to give out their numbers if I call them for every little question during the summer.

Some of them will probably be showing up early to skate before camp opens. I’ll try to get them then.

http://njmg.typepad.com/devilsblog/2009/07/opportunity-for-a-good-start.html