Let The Phoenix Coyotes Move Already

LOS ANGELES — The last thing commissioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League wants during the Stanley Cup Playoffs is embarrassing controversy off the ice and that is exactly what they have with the Phoenix Coyotes filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in recent days.

To be sure, there is a great deal of controversy brewing over whether or not Coyotes majority owner Jerry Moyes had the authority to file for bankruptcy and move to sell the Coyotes to Jim Balsillie, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research In Motion, Inc., the makers of the wildly popular Blackberry.

Balsillie, who also attempted to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators (both attempts failed), would like to move the Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario’s Copps Coliseum. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Sign Free Agent Forward Patrick Mullen

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 3, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Mullen to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Mullen, 22, is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame member Joey Mullen, who played in 16 seasons in the National Hockey League with the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. He is a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Flames in 1989 and the Penguins in 1991 and 1992. He was also the first American-born hockey player to score 500 goals and register 1,000 points in the NHL.

Patrick Mullen scored four goals and added 21 assists for 25 points with 39 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Denver University Pioneers this season. Read more of this post

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