Tag: Matthew Hulsizer

Minnesota Wild v Anaheim Ducks

PHT Morning Skate: The Wild make everyone mad

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Jonas Hiller was steaming mad after the Ducks lost to the Wild last night. Is it so bad losing to the top team in the NHL? (OC Register)

Yes, it’s true. The Wild are the very best in the league now after their victory. Seriously. (Russo’s Rants)

If you haven’t read the New York Times’ piece on Derek Boogaard titled “A Boy Learns to Brawl” you really should. (New York Times)

Nashville’s defense is to blame for their recent skid? Everyone except Shea Weber and Ryan Suter of course. (Tennessean)

Make it three wins in a row for the Avalanche. See, they put wins together without threatening Joe Sacco’s job. (All Things Avs)

Both Henrik Karlsson and Miikka Kiprusoff were run over by Canucks forwards in the Flames’ 5-1 loss to Vancouver. Open season on goalies, indeed. (Flames)

Things are slowly plodding along with the sale of the St. Louis Blues to Matthew Hulsizer. (Post-Dispatch)

Jared Cowen is starting to get his game figured out in Ottawa. As for David Rundblad… (Ottawa Sun)

Valtteri Filppula could be in a bit of trouble after getting his leg cut by a skate against Colorado. (Detroit Free Press)

Finally, while the Wings lost to Colorado 4-2 to snap a seven-game win streak, it wasn’t without a little bit of magic from Pavel Datsyuk courtesy of his feed to Johan Franzen. (NHL)

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Blues are still trying to sell to Matthew Hulsizer

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Sharks have been playing some of the best goaltenders in the league lately and it hasn’t slowed them down at all. What’s going to happen when they play some bad goaltenders? (CSN Bay Area)

Rookie Adam Larsson was leveled by Alexander Ovechkin on Friday night. Instead of complaining about the hit, the young defenseman simply said that he should have kept his head up. Refreshing. (The Star-Ledger)

Matthew Hulsizer continues working towards buying an NHL team. The Blues, not the Coyotes. (Post-Dispatch)

On the ice in St. Louis, the Blues are preparing for the “Tampa Bay trap!” Because it’s not like they haven’t been playing this defensive system for 13 months or anything. (Post-Dispatch)

Dave Bolland is going to be out of the lineup for a while with his foot injury. Never fear Blackhawks fans, Marcus Kruger is here? (Chicago Sun-Times)

Some nastiness in the OHL last night. It’s never a good thing when a player winds up and swings his stick (and connects) with an opponent. If Tom Kuhnhackl received 20 games for his hit on Ryan Murphy, then London’s Ryan Rupert might be suspended until 2025. (Buzzing the Net)

Here’s a mild understatement: the Battle of Ontario isn’t what it used to be. (SportsNet)

Tim Thomas pitches a shutout, and then gets to rest for a pair of games. All part of Claude Julien’s plan to keep the Conn Smythe winner fresh for the entire season. (Boston Herald)

The “feel good” story that just keeps getting better: Ray Emery is finding his place in Chicago. Not bad for a guy who came in on a professional tryout, eh? (ESPN Chicago)

Finally, watch as an 8-year old in a Rangers jersey completely blows off the New York captain at center ice. (NHL)

Sen. John McCain slams Goldwater Institute

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Sen. John McCain spoke with the media yesterday in Glendale and had some harsh words for the Goldwater Institute, the taxpayer watchdog group that scuttled Matthew Hulsizer’s purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes.

“Not to get into details, but when an organization like the Goldwater Institute, elected by nobody, representing nobody except maybe some very wealthy donors, makes a decision like they did and it’s harmful to the economy of state of Arizona, then I do weigh in,” he said.

“I’ve never seen such arrogance and frankly, Barry Goldwater would want them to change their name because Barry Goldwater believed in the responsibility with the elected representatives of the people, not an unelected group of fat cats like who’s at the Goldwater Institute.”

Never fails to amuse when politicians use the phrase “fat cats.” I always picture a bunch of cats wearing three-piece suits, smoking cigars and sipping brandy in leather chairs.

Anyway, McCain dropped the ceremonial puck before the Phoenix-Montreal game at Jobing.com Arena, where fans received a McCain bobblehead doll as part of “Military Heroes Night.”

In addition to ripping the Goldwater Institute, McCain also admitted time was running out on the league-owned Coyotes in Glendale.

“I don’t know (how long the sale process can continue), but the National Hockey League is not going to keep this franchise going forever,” he said. “That’s not their job. Their job is to oversee the NHL, not spend money on it. So I do have a certain sense of urgency.”

If there’s no new owner in place by the end of the season, it’s hard to picture a team in Arizona for 2012-13.

More big news for St. Louis sports: Hulsizer agrees to buy Blues

Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

The St. Louis Blues are on the verge of playing one of the most ignored games in their rich franchise history tonight, but their MLB neighbors won’t be the only big news makers on Oct. 28. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Matthew Hulsizer agreed to buy the Blues today.

Hulsizer’s exact stake in the team isn’t clear yet, but Rutherford reports that he’ll be the majority owner.

The NHL’s Board of Governors still needs to put its rubber stamp on the deal, but Rutherford points out that Hulsizer already passed the sniff test when he was campaigning to own the Phoenix Coyotes. In other words, that shouldn’t be an issue.

With all due respect to the desert dogs, owning the Blues is a lower-risk endeavor for the Chicago businessman. The team is showing some solid promise with a roster heavy on young players, but it would be great to see Hulsizer bump up their budget much like Terry Pegula has done with the Buffalo Sabres.

We’ll keep tabs on the sale being made official. Much like a horror movie villain, a done deal can turn into a big headache at the drop of a hat. Still, it seems pretty safe to say that Hulsizer will be the new owner of the Blues.

Former Coyotes savior Matthew Hulsizer has verbal agreement to purchase the Blues

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When Matthew Hulsizer was in line to be the guy to help save the Phoenix Coyotes from imminent doom in the desert and purchase the team, it was a crushing disappointment for fans there when things couldn’t be pieced together as he gave up on trying to buy the moribund franchise.

Now, Hulsizer is set to be the guy that helps keep sanity alive in St. Louis as he’s got a verbal agreement to purchase the Blues from Dave Checketts.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the breaking news on Hulsizer’s new means of getting into the NHL ownership club.

Two of the sources said that Checketts has signed a letter of intent and believe the deal is with Hulsizer, although one source indicated that it’s a verbal agreement and is far from being completed. The deal is not considered binding and would not become official until the two sides enter a purchase agreement and it’s approved by the NHL.

It appears, however, that if the negotiations progress in the current direction, Hulsizer would become the Blues’ No. 1 investor and Checketts could remain in the management of the franchise.

Checketts was unavailable for comment Wednesday, according to a spokesman for his company, SCP Worldwide. Neither Hulsizer nor his business partner, Brad Goldberg, have returned messages left by the Post-Dispatch.

Checketts had always seemed reluctant to fully get out of the game but the financial concerns of ownership were becoming too much for him. The Blues have been sorting through bidders very carefully, but Hulsizer’s interest became apparent almost immediately after his deal with the Coyotes fell through.

If Hulsizer can get a deal worked out in St. Louis he’ll complete his quest to own a NHL team after spending months pursuing the Coyotes. His interest in the Blues is a good one for the franchise as he’s a midwest guy. Hopefully being from Chicago won’t be too big of a problem for Blues die-hards as their hate for the Blackhawks is large.

As we’ve seen with other ownership dealings in the past (most of them in Phoenix of late) a verbal agreement doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. Until documents are signed and resolved, nothing is over. For St. Louis, however, if they can get a deal done it’ll fulfill their hopes of having a sale at or near done before the season is fully underway. Better late than never I suppose.