Chances for a second Toronto-area team in jeopardy, Coyotes new ownership intent on staying for the long haul, Red Wings coach thrilled over Daniel Alfredsson joining his club, rating the Canucks wingers and more.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ken Campbell reports chances for a second Toronto-area NHL team could be dead by September. “Jack Heath, originally a supporter of the GTA Centre in the Toronto suburb of Markham, has put forward a motion to effectively kill the financial framework for the arena. Heath will put his motion to Markham council Sept. 17, with a vote coming a week later.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While a second NHL franchise in Toronto would probably do very well, without a viable second NHL arena in the area, there won’t be any second NHL team there.
ASSOCIATED PRESS (VIA NATIONAL POST): How Canadian businessmen George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc became the new owners of the Phoenix Coyotes, their plans for their future, and their intent to remain in Arizona (despite an out-clause if losses accumulate to $50 million within the next five years) for the long haul.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I sincerely wish them best of luck. They’re going to need it.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said it was “unbelievable” how his club wound up signing former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Evaluation of the Canucks current wingers.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers hope to set a world record for the most people to watch paint dry by inviting their fans to watch as the lines and logo are painted on the ice of their home arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gotta kill time during the dog days of summer somehow.