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

Balsillie comments

From TSN: Balsillie has offered US$212.5 million to purchase the Coyotes, conditional on a move to Hamilton and closing by month’s end. However, Balsillie lawyer Susan Freeman said her client would walk away if the relocation fee was too exorbitant. On Wednesday, Balsillie seemed to leave the door open. “However it works out, the issue […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Phoenix Coyotes on June 10, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins come up big, relocation fee becomes issue in Coyotes situation and Dany Heatley wants out

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Drew Sharp says that Chris Osgood was really the only Wing that came to play last night in Pittsburgh.  Ted Kulfan disagrees and has some high praise for Henrik Zetterberg.  Detroit played like a team that could lose yesterday, opines Mitch Albom.  Bob Wojnowski […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 10, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Monday Edition): The Red Wings have demonstrated great discipline, Brent Burns recovering well and don’t take the alternate bids for the Coyotes at face value

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Mike Babcock made few, if any, adjustments for Game 5, writes Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.  Dan Bylsma tells readers what Babcock does that makes him so successful.  If the Wings do win the Cup, Marian Hossa’s move to the Motor City […]

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 8, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Expect Datsyuk to play tonight, reaction from Colorado and Bill Guerin’s brother doubles as real life Superman

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Since Pavel Datsyuk has been out of the lineup, Henrik Zetterberg has been counted on even more.  In fact, Mike Babcock says that Zetterberg has been overused.  By the sounds of it, Datsyuk will be back in the lineup tonight.  Although nothing is for […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams on June 4, 2009

The Coyotes’ attendance figures

From James Mirtle at From The Rink: The key figures of note from this past season? For one, the announced gate figure is an incredible 3,923 higher than the number of people who actually went through the turnstiles for each game, a total pegged at just under 11,000. The good news? A lot of those […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Phoenix Coyotes on June 3, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins start getting some bounces, Jim Balsillie files some more papers and is Vincent Lecavalier readily available?

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Detroit played extremely well at five-on-five last night.  However, the team needs to solve its penalty killing problems, writes David Shoalts.  Mitch Albom believes last night’s game turned when Pittsburgh scored its second goal.  Bob Wojnowski thinks the Wings let a great chance slip away.  Marian Hossa […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 3, 2009

Hard to compare Phoenix to Pittsburgh

From Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail: Bettman cited the Pittsburgh Penguins as an example of a team that was once in dire financial shape, but was eventually turned around in its own market. “We didn’t walk out on Pittsburgh,” said Bettman. “We fought to fix their problems – and we’re fighting with everything […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins on May 31, 2009