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Daily Skate: NHL wins beer fight, Bryzgalov ready

Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 2:29 pm

By Brian Stubits

BEER LEAGUE: The NHL received some great news early on Tuesday when word came down that the league's sponsorship deal with Molson Coors to make it the official beer of the NHL for a reported $375 million would stand. The contention regarded Labatt's relationship with the NHL, with Labatt's saying it already had the rights to the Canadian teams. In the end, it's a huge win for the league, which had a lot of money to be won in the deal.

UP TO THE TASK: Will there be a more scrutinized goaltender next season than Ilya Bryzgalov? The Flyers reconstructed their roster partly to get Bryzgalov on the roster and minding the net so the pressure will be heavy in that regard. Plus, it's Philadelphia and the city hasn't had the Stanley Cup since 1975. The pressure can be a burden. But Bryzgalov is ready to handle the heat. "I want to be the guy who can carry this team," Bryzgalov said yesterday in a conference call. The spotlight's on.

WINGING IT: Yesterday, colleague Adam Gretz told you about the very limited options the Red Wings have in net to back up Jimmy Howard. Detroit GM Ken Holland is working through the issue, too, signing Joey MacDonald yesterday to a two-way deal and now stating his desire to get in touch with Chris Osgood about another season in Hockeytown. If it's not Osgood, Holland also would be interested in talking to former Wing Ty Conklin.

HOWDY SCOTT: With every passing day, fans get more and more access to the inner workings of the sports world. The latest is the outreach from Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, who recently joined Twitter (@GMScottHowson) and started blogging -- joining Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis in that department. Howson is surprisingly open in things he posts, not being as secretive as one might expect. In his most recent blog entry, he recounts the past few weeks of numerous transactions both for the Jackets and the NHL as a whole.

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnhl and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:16 am
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 8:14 am

Daily Skate: NHL wins beer fight, Bryzgalov ready

Geez, Sabresfan57, your message seems legitimate and straight forward; and what team would not want Miller?  Yet, you can expect the fans of the hockey team from Philadelphia to jump all over you.  They have already started.  What places your message beyond reproach is:
Ill just buy Guiness anyway

Yes, Guinness, for strength!

Go Sabres!

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:41 am

Daily Skate: NHL wins beer fight, Bryzgalov ready

figures..coming from a sabres fan...a team that couldn't get past the horrific goaltending of the flyers in the playoffs...even with Miller!!

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:39 am

Daily Skate: NHL wins beer fight, Bryzgalov ready

wow...everytime I see a post about the flyers..I hear they aren't going to score any goals..I guess Briere is washed up, JVR is no good, Giroux must be a joke, jagar won't score he's too old....if the goaltending in Philly hits paydirt watch out....

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:08 pm

Daily Skate: NHL wins beer fight, Bryzgalov ready

Is Bryzgalov going to score the goals too?  Rather have Miller.  Ryan Miller.   Not the beer.  Ill take Molson over Labatts any day also.  Wish the Sabres would dump that stuff and go back to Molson.  Ill just buy Guiness anyway

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