Wayne Gretzky steps down

From TSN: “This was a difficult decision that I’ve thought long and hard about,” Gretzky said in a statement. “We all hoped there would be a resolution earlier this month to the Coyotes ownership situation, but the decision is taking longer than expected.  Since both remaining bidders have made it clear that I don’t fit into […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Phoenix Coyotes on September 24, 2009

Balsillie changes tune…slightly

From TSN: Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has pledged to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale this season if he wins an auction for the financially troubled club. His lawyers say the club would play in Glendale this season, which opens Oct. 3, but Balsillie still intends to move the team to Hamilton as part of […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Phoenix Coyotes on September 23, 2009

Phoenix Coyotes 2009-2010 Season Preview

Where to start with the Coyotes? Lost amid all the summer hubbub is the fact that a young team with a great core calls the desert home. Despite a 36-39-7 record last season (79 points) and a 13th place in the West finish, the Coyotes have some pieces in place that should allow them to […]

Posted by rusty in Phoenix Coyotes,Season Previews on September 23, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Game 7 is the difference between never and forever, reaction to Marc Crawford hiring and Heatley would be perfect fit for Oilers

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart says it is “kind of surreal” to have your season success determined by just one game.  Wings GM Ken Holland says that in this situation, you cannot let your mind wander off.  Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma really doesn’t remember […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 12, 2009

No second hearing in Coyotes case

From Paul Waldie of the Globe & Mail: In a one-sentence notice issued Thursday, Judge Baum said he will make one ruling on all of the issues heard Tuesday. “The court advised those present that he will not be setting a separate hearing on relocation and fee issue. It will be dealt with in the […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in General NHL,Phoenix Coyotes on June 11, 2009

Does Size Really Matter?

From Dave Naylor of the Globe & Mail: Ted Rechtshaffen was performing due diligence for a client who is looking to sell his share in a current NHL team when he started crunching numbers on such things as ticket prices, attendance and market size to see which NHL markets made sense. His conclusions? Size of […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Phoenix Coyotes on June 11, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): The experts like Detroit, a closer look at Judge Baum and Dany Heatley’s issues with Senators run deeper than just the coach

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Writing for USA Today, Jacques Demers likes the Wings in Game 7.  (Writer’s note: Kelly Hrudey also picked the Wings last night on the IllegalCurve.com Radio Show.)  (Second writer’s note: You figure if Demers is submitting a piece to USA Today, they could at least […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 11, 2009