Let’s see if I can recap the weekend in grand fashion as Racki would. It was a long weekend up here in Canada and I believe our neighbors to the south enjoyed the same. You know it’s the Labor Day weekend when you seriously consider turning on the furnace again in preparation for another long cold winter. My Eskimos added to the chilly feeling as well, being drubbed by their rivals to the South in Calgary. And in hockey news we have the following tidbits.
Jim Balsillie has upped his offer regarding the purchase of the Coyotes by $40 million to compensate the city of Glendale essentially to break the lease with the arena. I’m sure the creditors would appreciate a whole lot more still, but he’s certainly separated himself from the other potential buyers. He’s also hinting at playing a partial season in the arena which doesn’t mean a great deal as the Coyote training camp kicks off on Saturday and their first pre season game is scheduled for Sept. 15. There is still no court ruling on whether Balsillie is allowed to participate in the auction and the NHL hasn’t voted on whether or not to accept Ice Edge as owners, so is it really an auction if only one party is invited?
Ice Edge holdings has pulled out of the auction making this a 2 horse race. The auction is scheduled to occur tomorrow. There may be more suprises between now and then, so I’ll try to keep this up to date.
The Oilers Rookie Camp has kicked off yesterday and the local freebie Metro had a little write up in the paper today talking mostly about Eberle, but also stating that Alex Plante and Burke Gallimore looked good. We’ll see what pans out over the next few days.
I also stumbled upon an article about one of our goalies, Olivier Roy, getting a possible invite to the Canadian junior camp. It was news to me that we had a decent goalie prospect in the pipelines, but I guess he was part of the deal when we shipped out Brodziak. <- Brodziak traded for picks, picks resulted in drafting Roy
No Comrie news that I read or heard about over the weekend.