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from the Tennessean,
Perennial powerhouse Detroit could make another run for the Stanley Cup this season. St. Louis and Columbus have improved dramatically behind new coaches. Nashville continues to make strides despite offseason setbacks. Even Chicago has something to shout about, boasting a pair of high-profile rookies.
It may be the best division in the NHL, which will present new challenges for the Predators.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Richard Peddie continues to insist that John Ferguson’s performance as Maple Leafs general manager will be evaluated at the end of the season.
The question is: Why wait that long?
In the wake of Ottawa’s signing of Jason Spezza for seven years and $49 million US, it is even more apparent what a mess Ferguson has made of the Leafs’ salary situation for this and the coming years.
from Bud Barth of the Worcester-Telegram & Gazette,
The Philly hierarchy obviously is condoning, if not encouraging, this caveman mentality that goes far beyond the NHL toughness standard and enters the barbaric sphere of intent to injure — and injure badly.
Downie’s incident could have been excused as an isolated case. After Boulerice’s hit, it smacked of team policy. Now, with Jones’ infraction being perhaps the ugliest of all, how can you not consider conspiracy?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Brian Burke is trying to promote movement in the NHL.
Three executives told Sun Media yesterday that the Ducks president and GM has asked NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to study a proposal that would allow teams to pick up a portion of a player’s contract to help facilitate trades.
While Burke tried a similar move last year with a per-transaction cap of $2 million (all terms US) and a per-team cap of $4 million, it didn’t fly. It’s believed he has lowered the amount this year to $500,000 per transaction and several GMs are on board.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
In his 40 days and nights as general man ager of the Islanders during the summer of 2006, Neil Smith ran the team’s Entry Draft, selecting Minnesota Golden Gopher right winger Kyle Okposo seventh overall, and he signed free agents Mike Sillinger, Brendan Witt, Chris Simon, Andy Hilbert and Tom Poti, the first four of whom remain with the club.
For his trouble, Smith, who unaccountably never signed the three-year, $2.1M contract to which he and owner Charles Wang verbally agreed before reporting for duty, has yet to be paid a nickel by the franchise as he waits for Gary Bettman’s ruling on the grievance he brought against the Islanders more than a year ago . . . and waits . . . and waits . . . and waits.
continued plus more NHL talk…
from Fire & Ice,
Avery called Clarkson “a bonehead minor leaguer” after the game and called Brodeur, “Marty the diver”, a reference to the goaltender’s first period diving penalty. “I don’t even know who this guy is, why am I talking to him,” Avery said of Clarkson. “We’re not friends. It’s not an (expletive) secret. We’re getting ready for a game and we go to war.”
When asked if Brodeur said anything back to him, Avery said, “I can’t understand a word he says with his accent.”
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from the Calgary Herald,
To the ticket-buying public, he’s the saviour. The biggest reason why the Calgary Flames can stake a legitimate (some days more than others) claim to being a Stanley Cup contender.
But behind the mask? Under all those pads? Who is he?
Well, he’s a funny guy. Really. Teammates say so. Coaches say so…
“Miikka,” begins Sportsnet interviewer Jamie Thomas, following Kiprusoff’s brilliant performance against Nashville on Tuesday night, “when we talked in training camp, you said you didn’t want to talk about your contract until it was done. Now that it is, what can you say?”
“Well,” deadpans Kiprusoff, “now that it’s done, I don’t want to talk about it.”.
Not something I would usually note here on KK, but what a story…
Raised by a single mother battling unpaid bills and factory work, Byfuglien (pronounced BUFF-lin) all but grew up in Memorial Arena. If the ice wasn’t available or he couldn’t talk his way into the play, he’d sit in the stands for hours, watching alone….
“I think he knew hockey was his salvation,’’ said Dale Smedsmo, a former Roseau High standout and pro player who has dated Byfuglien’s mother for three years. “School wasn’t easy for him, and he knew he had to make it in hockey. When he signed that contract, it was a personal victory because he’s worked very hard.’’
from Hockey Adventure,
...While your typical NHL enforcer wouldn’t take kindly to being dubbed a Twinkie, what he offers with his fisticuffs is a cheap, junk food-like substitute for the satisfaction of skill-based hockey.
Is fighting popular? Does it sell? Sure. Just like 500 million Twinkies are sold each year. So what? That doesn’t mean it’s good for the consumer.
If the hockey you dish up is of high enough quality in the first place, nobody cares if there’s no fighting.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
...If Chiarelli or anyone else want to skew that view to suggest I said Bergeron is “guilty” of something, well, that’s just not right.
I rarely, if ever, buy into the victim as the guilty party mentality that pervades society, not just the NHL. The victim is the victim. The perpetrator is the perpetrator.
My only point is that in the pantheon of NHL indiscretions, Jones’ act – not necessarily the consequences of it – falls into the middle of the road. Can you separate the two – the act and the consequences?
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