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NHL realignment to come next season?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Rumors,

Winnipeg JetsTo say the geographical situation in the NHL is less than desirable would be an understatement. With the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg (to play as the Winnipeg Jets) means that the Jets will have some of the most arduous travel schedule in history, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman thinks he has a solution to the problem, and he’ll spend the next two and a half months reviewing the situation.

 

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Glendale City Council votes to keep Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Front Office, News, NHL,

Jobing.com ArenaIt ain’t over yet. The Glendale City Council has voted in favor of paying the bills to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona for yet another season. The Council’s 5-2 vote on Tuesday night means the city will pony up $25 million to the NHL that it pledged a year ago. That, by the way, is taxpayer money coming from citizens who have more than proven that for the most part, they are uninterested in the game on ice out in the desert.

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Rumors sending Phoenix Coyotes back to Winnipeg?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Rumors,

Shane DoanBoth co-hosts on Hockey Central at Noon, a Toronto-based radio program, have claimed that numerous sources confirmed with them that the NHL would announce a move for the Phoenix Coyotes organization back to Winnipeg. Former NHL tough guy Nick Kypreos and former NHL general manager Doug MacLean both have very credible names among sports media and the fact that both have independently heard the same rumors lends a lot of weight to the claims.

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Air Canada threatens to kill sponsorship with NHL

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Injuries, NHL, Rumors,

Gary Bettman“Air Canada is a great brand, as is the National Hockey League, and if they decide that they need to do other things with their sponsorship dollars, that’s their prerogative.” That was NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s response to the threat from Air Canada to cancel their sponsorship deal with the NHL unless the latter implements harsher punishments for offenders who put others’ safety at risk with their style of play, such as with the hit issued by Zdeno Chara to Max Pacioretty in a game on Tuesday.

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Mario Lemiuex speaks out about ‘travesty’ in NHL

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL,

Mario LemieuxOn Sunday, Mario Lemieux added his voice to the growing number of those who are seemingly upset with the current regime controlling the NHL. Whether you think it’s a problem that Lemieux is only publically coming out now that it’s his Penguins under attack or whether you think he’s a hypocrite in decrying the amount of NHL goonery going on while employing Matt Cooke is irrelevant. When Mario Lemieux speaks, everybody shut up and listen.

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NHL considering renaming trophies?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, Front Office, NHL, Rumors,

Lady Byng Memorial TrophyThe National Hockey League has recently been reported as considering renaming some of their award trophies. While the Stanley Cup is not in jeopardy, others are being considered due to the fact that many casual fans do not know the history behind the trophies or their namesakes. The original trophies and proposed renaming is as follows: The Hart (most valuable player) for Gordie Howe, the Art Ross (most points) for Wayne Gretzky, Calder (top rookie) for Mario Lemieux, James Norris (top defenceman) for Bobby Orr, Lady Byng (most gentlemanly player) for Jean Beliveau, and the Jack Adams (coach of the year) for Scotty Bowman. The reaction to the announcement has been great, and most of it is directed at NHL commissioner of 17 years, Gary Bettman.

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