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Announcement From Québec!

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My translation from RDS: According to RDS reports, an important announcement will be made this coming Thursday or Friday about the construction of a new arena in Québec City. Régis Labeaume, the mayor of Québec, and Marcel Aubut, the former president of the Québec Nordiques held a private meeting Friday with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in New York. Bettman recently declared that the eventual return of an NHL team to "La Vielle Capitale" is inextricably linked to the construction of a new arena. Though he gave no guarantee, the commissioner added that Québec's candidature could be considered with expansion or the movement of another team. According to The [Québec] Sun, the mayor Labeaume envisions using the same space as a concert venue and a hockey arena. The project will cost an estimated $400 million. The federal government will be solicited for support. Their contributions are expected to reach $175 million. It is worth noting that it will be exactly 30 years ago on October 10 that the Nordiques played their first game in the NHL at the old Colisée. Note: this is also being reported at Radio-Canada and Le Soleil.

Auction down to Balsillie, NHL

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Third potential bidder for Phoenix Coyotes, Ice Edge LLC, ‘do not currently intend to participate' in Friday's auction The fight for the Phoenix Coyotes is down to Jim Balsillie and the NHL. In a court filing late Tuesday afternoon, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the third potential bidder, a group of Canadian and American businessmen known as Ice Edge LLC, told him they "do not currently intend to participate in the auction."

NHL bid open to Coyotes' relocation

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"By acquiring the team at this time, the NHL will be able to salvage the team’s 2009-10 season and can establish a more constructive timetable in which to solicit acceptable offers from qualified parties, including, if a potential buyer wishing to keep the team in Glendale cannot be found, conducting an organized process to relocate the franchise in another territory," After months of saying that they want to keep the team in Phoenix, and are dedicated to doing so, the NHL's bid to own the team allows for it to be moved. Sorry, Coyotes fans.

BREAKING Coyotes BK: Reinsdorf Group statement blames "unwilling seller" chilling negotiations....

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BREAKING Coyotes BK: Reinsdorf Group statement blames "unwilling seller" chilling negotiations. Says it could not reach lease deal w/G'dale.

Courtesy of Brahm Resnik. Not really a surprise. MC79Hockey literally just tweeted that this was likely to happen. This is definitely a way for the NHL to not only control the fate of the Coyotes by taking power away from Judge Baum but it allows for more pressure to be applied to Glendale. Here is the Reinsdorf Group's statement on the hold-up. Predictably it centres around the lease.

Dear Mr. Bettman: Why not? It's a simple question being asked by Canadian hockey fans like me. ...

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Dear Mr. Bettman: Why not? It's a simple question being asked by Canadian hockey fans like me. The nation that has the deepest roots and passion for the game of hockey, wants to know why can't we bring a seventh Canadian NHL hockey team to southern Ontario? The NHL has already approved Mr. Balsillie as an NHL owner and in his ruling yesterday Judge Redfield T. Baum recognized that he is an approved NHL owner. It is clear that Hamilton remains the best location for the Coyotes versus letting it wither in the desert. So why not? In his ruling Judge Baum also encouraged the NHL and Jim Balsillie to sit down together in mediation to determine what a fair and reasonable relocation fee would be. Mr. Balsillie has said he's willing to participate in mediation. So why not? We love this game and we know you do too. It's time for discussion. It's time to Make It Seven. Why Not? Sincerely a dedicated Canadian hockey fan.

from an e-mail from makeitseven.ca that they encourage fans to send to Bettman. Something tells me his spam filter will filter this out.

Judge to make one ruling on Coyotes case

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There will be no separate hearing regarding the amount for relocation, if it's determined that Balsille can move the team.

Six! Six Teams in Canada! AH AH AHHH!

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Six! Six Teams in Canada! AH AH AHHH!

A Toronto-based group with a proposal to bring a second NHL team to the Greater Toronto Area says...

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A Toronto-based group with a proposal to bring a second NHL team to the Greater Toronto Area says the team would be named the Toronto Legacy and would play out of a 30,000-seat facility built at Downsview Park. The new facility would have multiple ice pads for public skating, with more seating than the Air Canada Centre. And the team would offer 25 per cent of its proceeds to seven national charities, including Carnegie's Future Aces Scholarship Foundation.

Talk about pie in the sky. Simmons was, bear with me, right. These guys have not even talked to the NHL about an expansion team, they announce it during the Stanley Cup Final, and they didn't talk to the NHL about it. I bet Herb Carnegie just went up on a death list alongside Jim Balsillie.

A Third Group Wants GTA NHL Franchise

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Wow. Yet another group wants into the GTA. This one is different. Instead of working to destabilise the NHL, ripping a team from a city, and basically being a bunch of jerks or being headed by the only person dumb enough to fight Wendel Clark when he didn't have to this proposal is basically run by Mother Teresa's Jamaican-born cousin. Interesting Notes: "The three will unveil how the team will honour "Canadian heroes while supporting cancer research, national scholarships and children's charities." "Tomorrow, the group will talk about its financing, donations, an economic impact review and also unveil the name of a team, arena, jersey, site plan and architect renderings." Balsillie can't even come up with a team name!

A great spoof of a Gary Bettman interview.

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A great spoof of a Gary Bettman interview.

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