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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
“There’s no easy game,” Philadelphia Flyers centre Daniel Briere said Tuesday. “It’s so amazing. One night you’ll be playing one team and you can have it your way and then play the same team the next night and it will totally be the other way around.”
The theory is that the salary cap has spread the talent more evenly around the league. The big-market clubs can’t horde all the top players any more. More liberalized unrestricted free agency also makes it easier for struggling teams to reload in a hurry. There’s no better example than Philadelphia, 30th in the league last season and now looking like a contender after GM Paul Holmgren changed half his roster.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thinks Canada could support more NHL teams. Speaking at a press conference in regards to the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, Melnyk shared his thoughts, citing Winnipeg as an example.
“I’m a big fan of the province of Manitoba… and I know there are some really great fans there. The problem is; what do you do?” Melnyk said. “Do you build a 15,000 seat stadium and fill it, which is a success, or do you build a 20,000 (seat) stadium that has 10,000 people?
“It’s a shame to see Quebec City have to move and then go on to Colorado and if you recall, that was one of the reasons I was really upset when I heard the Senators may leave Ottawa.”
“I think there’s more room.”
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from Barry Smith at the Hockey News,
Just checking in to give you a better idea of the Russian Super League.
We have now played every team in the league. One thing that really sticks out there is quite a big disparity between the size of the cities and the payrolls.
For example, Omsk has a payroll of $50 million (US), which is the highest payroll in the league. The teams are financed by large corporations or municipality funding. There is no possible way a team here can break even based on ticket sales, concessions and parking.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster Issued a Statement Today Regarding Dan Boyle:
“The MRI on Dan Boyle’s surgically-repaired left wrist showed that two of the three tendons severed on September 22 have not properly healed and that additional surgery will be required. We have placed Dan on the NHL’s Injured Reserve List retroactive to his last game, November 3, 2007. Dan will be consulting with a number of hand and wrist specialists recommended to him by the Lightning medical staff, after which he will be scheduled for additional surgery on his wrist. Dan will be out of the Lightning line-up indefinitely
From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
“He’s such a great athlete,” Brodeur said. “What I look at is a guy’s ability to skate, and he’s a really good skater. The foundation is his mobility, how athletic he is, how competitive he is.
“Everything is there. It’s just that sometimes a couple of things are going the wrong way and the next thing you know, everything doesn’t fit.
“But when he finds a way to put everything together, relax and be patient, he has so much skill, so much speed, that he’s going to be all right. I love watching him play, because he’s a spectacular goalie.”
From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
Perry is coming off his biggest game of the season Saturday night at Phoenix where he scored two goals, assisted on another and also dropped the gloves with the Coyotes’ Daniel Carcillo in a 5-2 victory.
It was a so-called “Gordie Howe hat trick”—a goal, an assist and a fight. More important, Perry now has eight goals, almost halfway to the 17 goals he scored last season.
The third-year forward is beginning to emerge as the first-line pure scorer that the Ducks envisioned when they took him in the first round of the 2003 draft.
from Capitals Insider,
Before last night’s loss, I spoke to GM George McPhee about a lot of things, including whether he’s considered making a trade to improve his struggling and injury-plagued team, or just to shake things up.
Here’s what he had to say on the subject:
“You would like to help your team, but has there been a trade in this league since opening night? We call other GMs every week to see what’s going on. And there’s not a lot going on in this league. I don’t know if it’s turned into the NFL, but it’s really hard to make a trade right now.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
The Ottawa Senators are aiming to make some NHL history tonight when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A victory, whether in overtime or a shootout at Scotiabank Place, would improve the Senators red hot start to 13-1 for 26 points and give them the highest point total after 14 games in league history. The 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings set the best mark at 12-1-1 and the Buffalo Sabres matched the 25 points in 14 games last season when they began the year at 12-1-1.
Update 10:39pm ET: (Alanah) And the Sens do make history—a 5-1 score over the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, setting a new NHL record for the highest point total ever after 14 games.
from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
The new motto of the organization is Whatever It Takes, and the Blues have already done enough that on Oct. 30 there were 14,222 in attendance to see a team that had won six of its first nine games. That was still 5,000 short of capacity but, says Davidson, one of Checketts’s first hires, “last year, on a Tuesday in October against Phoenix, we probably would have had six [thousand].” Revenue from tickets sold this season has already surpassed the ticket revenue from all of 2006-07, a solid start for a team that was 7-5 through last Saturday.
The resurgence truly began last winter when the Blues hired the person with the foresight to include every employee in the team picture: coach Andy Murray.
From John Buccigross at ESPN,
Last Friday afternoon, I was sure of two things:
1. You will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever see me in a pair of Crocs.
2. Jeremy Roenick would never say no to anything media related.
The first will forever hold true. But, much to my surprise, while Roenick was answering your e-mails over the phone, he told me that media exchanges like this will be few and far between this season.
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