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from Mark Spector of the National Post via Canada.com,
“It’s the same eight guys. They’d vote against free Viagra,” said one Western Conference executive.
What kind of stings Canadians though, is that heading into a 2007-08 season in which the Northeast and Northwest Divisions are not scheduled to meet at all, the Montreal Canadiens were one of 10 teams who twice voted against altering the current NHL schedule. But it gets worse.
What really hurts is, the swing vote for the whole day came down to the Ottawa Senators, who changed their minds from one motion to the next, thus ensuring that Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton do not meet Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa next season. Not to mention submarining the CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada triple-header, which will likely now become four games, with Buffalo and Detroit drawing into the picture.
added 9:27am, from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Why would Ottawa, Montreal and nine other franchises vote no?
This is about the Washington Capitals not having a game outside their time zone after they played the Oilers here on Oct. 28.
This is about the Rangers, Islanders and Devils playing each other eight times without having to leave home and, at the same time, fill each other’s rinks using each other’s fans.
This is about players sleeping in their own beds after most of their scheduled games on the road in most Eastern markets.
This is about having the hammer in negotiations with players who would rather play in the no-travel East than the West.
added 9:40am, from Ed Willis of the Province,
You’d like to think that, just once, the NHL board of governors would focus on the good of the game instead of their own self-interests.
You’d like to think that, just once, these men would demonstrate they’re worthy of the responsibility with which they’ve been entrusted and they’d be able to put the fans’ wishes ahead of their team’s concerns.
You’d like to think the BOG—and seldom has an acronym been more telling—would listen to the uproar from the game’s stakeholders and plot a course that suggests their league is no longer mired in 1973.
note: moved to top of page, originally posted on 1/23/07 1:38pm
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from the New York Times,
Shannon’s job, as the senior vice president for broadcasting of the National Hockey League, is to improve the productions of all the games in the United States and Canada and on local and national networks, including tonight’s All-Star Game in Dallas, which will be on Versus.
“We want consistency,” he said in an interview last week. “We want to raise the bar and do certain things that let us give existing fans, and new ones, something to latch onto.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Rangers W Brendan Shanahan, a member of the NHL’s competition committee, said the league doesn’t need bigger nets. “I don’t think we need to make the nets bigger. I think we’ve failed a little bit with the goaltenders,” said Shanahan. “So much of the focus was on the width of their pads and it’s really about their upper body. I just don’t understand how a cop can dress in a bullet-proof vest and look normal. Yet our goaltenders have to look like lacrosse goalies and Michelin Men in order to stop a puck.
more plus some Corvo trade talk…
from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,
After sitting through the NHL’s third-ever YoungStars game Tuesday night, I can only say I hope it is the last. I’m betting the sparse and snoozing crowd at the American Airlines Center would agree. The two-day All-Star party is a fine event, festive and entertaining. But this game, dull and miscast, is no way to get it going.
from Jim Litke of the Associated Press:
Good luck finding the NHL All-Star game on TV.
And even those who do will likely be struck by how much it has in common with the NFL Pro Bowl, which is not necessarily a good thing.
Neither resembles the in-season product, mostly because nobody wants to play defense or risk getting hurt. That renders both exhibitions even more meaningless than their baseball and basketball counterparts, since the very skills they’re supposed to highlight don’t look anywhere near as impressive at half-speed.
The big difference, of course, is how many more people will tune in to watch pro football’s Hawaii showcase, anyway.
from the Dallas News:
Mike Bolt wants to dispel two myths about the Stanley Cup.
The 34-inch trophy exhibited throughout the Dallas area over the last week is the real thing, not a replica.
And the notorious incident in which it was dented after a Dallas Stars player threw it from a second-floor balcony into a pool?
“Never happened,” Mr. Bolt said.
from the Washington Post,
But the remarkable statistics and extensive collection of highlights aren’t enough for Capitals Coach Glen Hanlon and General Manager George McPhee. They want more from their prodigy—much more, in fact. But what they seek won’t always be reflected in box scores or celebrated on sports highlight shows.
“He’s already proven to a lot of people that he’s an elite player,” McPhee said. “But he wants to win a Cup. Our objective is to find how he can help us get there. Look at a player like Steve Yzerman. For years, he scored lots of points, but he really needed to learn how to play defense in order to win a championship.”
read on (reg. may be req.)
Rail Cam is being used tonight by Versus. What do you think?
One thing I noticed, they took my suggestion (lol) and made it white instead of the black we saw in November.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
It’s a bit disappointing,” said Edmonton Oilers chairman Cal Nichols, whose team has fought fiercely to have the schedule altered to allow more games outside the conference. “I think the best we can hope for is to go back to pre-lockout scheduling. The Western Canadians teams really made a strong case for going back to that. I think the Canadian hockey fans would sooner see us play the other Canadian teams than any U.S. teams.”
More interesting was Nichols’ suggestion that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman should have stepped up and helped persuade owners to make a change.
Asked if Bettman should have shown more leadership, a surprisingly candid Nichols said, “I wish he would have.”
Nichols said he believed Bettman should have encouraged teams that were opposed to change “to do the right things for the game.”
read on... and on a sidenote, Detroit media have been slamming the NHL all day because of this decision…
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