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from the Tennessean,
Predators defenseman Jamie Allison is frustrated. "It's very frustrating because I've played well every game I've been in there and I've done what I'm supposed to do,'' Allison said. "I've worked my butt off and I've kept a good attitude. But if (the Predators) want to play their young guys, that's their choice.'' Scratched again last night, Allison is wondering if a trade might be in the works. "I have to believe that I'm still playing well enough that there's hopefully room for me somewhere,'' Allison said. "I love it here. This is my team and I have a lot of friends here, so it's a tough, emotional time. "I feel like I've played a part in getting this team to where the team is now, so it's tough to think about leaving. But you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure things out.''read on
via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
NBC debuted its NHL coverage last weekend with league corporate sponsors Anheuser-Busch, Coke, Dodge, MasterCard, Reebok and Sprint/Nextel buying ad time. Joining them on the broadcasts are EarthLink, Expedia, Nestle and former league corporate sponsor Quiznos. NBC and the league jointly sell the ad time, but rates for the 30-second spots were not disclosed. “We’ve got good support from our sponsors in terms of our TV rights holders, but the late settlement of the CBA and the fact we have no All-Star Game to activate against means we’re going to have to be patient as we build new business,” said Andrew Judelson, recently promoted to NHL group senior vice president of corporate marketing. As for new business, Judelson identified financial services, men’s personal care, pharmaceutical, office supply, overnight delivery and photo/photo imaging as categories the league is pursuing. He also is targeting a consumer electronics brand to pair with its Best Buy deal and a quick-service restaurant partner in the United States.
I have tried to eliminate 5 minute penalties and misconducts, focusing on the 2 min infractions. It is important to keep in mind that not all infractions are discretionary, ie..puck over the glass, netminder playing puck outside the trapezoid, and additional 2 min. for drawing blood with a careless stick, too many men on the ice, etc.Wow, STATS should hire this guy!
from the East Valley Tribune,
Coyotes associate coach Barry Smith has admired Washington Capitals rookie Alexander Ovechkin from afar this season. "He’s a go-to guy, and he’s one of the greatest players in the league right now," Smith said Sunday. "I really love to watch him." "I see him as a (Sergei) Fedorov, (Pavel) Bure player with an edge," Smith said. "He’s not one of those guys making all kind of creative plays and slowing things down and turning up. He’s a guy that slices and goes to the net and causes confusion for your defensemen. "He’ll go through two guys. His balance is so good, he can shoot on the move, off balance, falling down, whatever else."more
from the Boston Herald via the Milford Daily News,
It’s really pretty amazing, almost unbelievable, that Mike Sullivan has not been fired as coach of the Bruins. That’s not saying that Sullivan deserves to be fired. He most definitely does not deserve to lose his job because of the dreadful season the Bruins are suffering. He has done his coaching duties as well as anyone could. And to replace Sullivan now would probably have little or no positive impact on the B’s increasingly slim chances for a playoff berth.read on
from Czech Business Weekly,
Hockey forward Petr Průcha has once again proved his worth for the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers, scoring a goal in the Rangers’ 4–0 win over the Florida Panthers Jan. 7. In normal circumstances, trading out a rising player to a rich U.S. club would be like hitting the jackpot for a European team. But these days, relations between the NHL and European clubs are far from normal, according to Pardubice’s general manager, Zbyněk Kusý. In fact, Kusý complained, “Průcha was virtually stolen from us last summer. The Rangers ignored the fact that he had a valid contract with us, and they aren’t bothering to pay for him now, either.” Pardubice expected to receive a transfer fee of more than $200,000 (Kč 4.77 million/€ 166,000). “So far, they’ve only paid us some $80,000 for him,” Kusý said.read on
from the San Bernardino Sun,
The Kings have picked up a big fan this season: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. In an interview this week, Bettman had high praise for the way the Kings conducted business before last season's lockout. In anticipation of a new economic system, the Kings maintained a mid-level payroll and mostly avoided expensive, long-term contracts, a strategy that didn't sit well with some fans. Now, with the Kings seemingly in good position for a playoff spot, that course of action seems to be paying off, as the Kings were able to add key players and still fit well under the league's new salary cap.continued
from the Delaware County Times,
On the "would you believe it?" radar are the New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings. Meanwhile, on the "what the heck happened to these guys?" list are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. Here, at a juncture slightly past the mid-season point, is a capsulated look at how these 11 teams have gotten where they are:more
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Look, even with a sub-standard effort coupled with one of Henrik Lundqvist's most ordinary games of the year, the Rangers still managed to lose to the Red Wings by only a goal on Saturday in Detroit. Still — there's always a "still," isn't there? — there are issues for the team to confront as it prepares for tonight's game in Columbus against the Blue Jackets, before two more later in the week at Pittsburgh and Boston. First, there's the absence in the lineup of even the slightest physical intimidation element, noticeable once again on Saturday when Chris Chelios ran around the ice smashing Rangers without the slightest fear of retaliation against him or his teammates. Second, there's Tom Renney's fluctuating standard of accountability...more (reg. req.)
from the Toronto Sun,
Goaltenders are expected to dominate discussion heading toward the March 9 National Hockey League trade deadline. While it's true that the stringent salary cap makes it hard to shed or accommodate the big salaries that the best stoppers demand, it's the time of year when prices are lowest and clubs must decide to upgrade or roll the dice with incumbents in playoffs.read on
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