Wheeler Becomes Free Agent

The Phoenix Coyotes released a statement today saying that former Gopher forward Blake Wheeler has rejected their offer and he will become a free agent. Wheeler withdrew from school this summer after his junior year to pursue a pro career. "We offered Blake a contract which was both commensurate with his draft position and far…
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Kristo, Fienhage Head To Combine

The NHL Combine will be held this week in Toronto and two Sioux recruits will be there. Danny Kristo and Corey Fienhage, both ranked in the top 40 in the final draft rankings by Central Scouting, will be doing exercise testing and interviews with NHL teams. Roseau’s Aaron Ness, a Minnesota recruit, also will be…
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At Least It Wasn’t The Stanley Cup

Thanks to blog reader Sioux in Denver for passing this gem along. The Spokane Chiefs, representing the WHL, won the Memorial Cup over the weekend for being the best major junior hockey team. During the celebration, the captain broke the cup. Classic stuff.

NHL Ratings Up

Are some of the game’s dynamic, young stars helping bring the NHL back? Ratings are up big time in the playoffs this season. The conference finals were the most-watched since 2002. They were up 77 percent. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was the most-watched Cup Finals game on cable since 2002. That game…
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Sioux Hockey Season Ends

Andy Schneider and the Portland Pirates were knocked out of the AHL playoffs late last week. To my knowledge, Schneider was the last former/future Sioux player left playing for his team this season. The Pirates held a 3-0 lead late in the second period in Game 6 against Wilkes Barre-Scranton, but gave up a goal…
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