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Dominoes Falling in Chicago

From Barry Rozner at the Daily Herald,

The dominoes are starting to fall.

The housecleaning on West Madison began with the departure of Peter Wirtz last week and continued with the removal of Bob Pulford on Thursday, one of the most important moves the Blackhawks have made in years.

At this rate, new Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz will have home games on TV and a first-class hockey operations department by Christmas.

OK, that’s a stretch, but he’s moving fast and you have to give him time to clear up the more complicated matters.

continued…

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Sundin, Sundin, Sundin

From the CP via TSN,

Mats Sundin, displaying the classy modesty that has marked his tenure as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was quick to thank the team’s loyal fans after he made franchise history.

With his 390th goal and 917th point in the blue and white, the Leafs’ 36-year-old Swedish captain moved past Darryl Sittler to set both club records during an 8-1 rout of the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Air Canada Centre announcer Andy Frost announced the three stars, and it was Sundin, Sundin and Sundin as more than 19,000 roared their approval.

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  Tags: mats+sundin, toronto+maple+leafs

HNIC Goes For The Big Time Look

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Najak says Hockey Night, which stayed with the same programming for more than 10 years, needed a change.

“And the thing is, change doesn’t come without some pain,” he said. “If we had come back with [the previous Hot Stove panel of sportswriters], we wouldn’t have had the energy. I’m not averse to taking risk, and the only way to get some gain is to be unafraid.”...

The objective, Najak said, is to separate the show from the standard hockey telecast — to be different yet entertaining.

“This show has to be representative of the people who watch it,” he said. “And a lot of Canadians don’t like being yelled at. I don’t want it to be like the regular sports show. I want to be big time on Saturday nights. That’s what we’re going for and that’s what we’re going to get to.”

read on... I asked Eric Duhatschek earlier today about his views of HNIC, especially the Hot Stove segment.  You can find the audio interview here...

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  Tags: cbc, media

Targeting RFAs

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Next summer’s tasty tray of restricted free agents will include Ovechkin and Washington teammate Alexander Semin, Nashville’s Shea Weber, Martin Erat and Ryan Suter, Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf, New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Clearly the expectation is that all of those players will be re-signed by their current teams, but we are less sure of that today than we have been in previous years for a few reasons.

read on

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Keenan Comes Down On Kiprusoff

from the Calgary Herald,

After a Thursday afternoon’s practice in Dallas, Keenan managed to smack both his goalie and his struggling team by offering this assessment of the Detroit contest: “You most likely aren’t going to win any road game putting 20 shots on the net unless your goaltender is spectacular. And our goaltender wasn’t spectacular.”...

“It’s not our responsibility to get them going,” he said. “It’s their responsibility. Jarome (Iginla) did a lot of work in the off-season to get ready and now he’s got to get his game together. And Kiprusoff, if he has notorious slow starts, that’s his responsibility to contribute to the team as he should be able to on consistent basis once the season does start. So he’s going to have to figure out what he’s going to have to do to make some improvements quickly.”

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  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

Tough Guys - Team by Team

from Two Minutes for Blogging,

We even sorted by weight class, which more so is based on fighting ability and who guys have danced with in the past. The designations are:

HW = Heavyweight CW = Cruiserweight MW = Middleweight

read on

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  Tags: fighting

Betting & The NHL

from the CP,

Today, the 36-year-old Budin is president of Sports Advisors, an online handicapping concern with sites such as sportsinfo.com. He is also an author, taking readers behind the scenes of a sometimes sordid business in his book “Bets, Drugs and Rock & Roll” that was written with Bob Schaller….

Budin estimates that in the NHL “at least 20 to 25 players are gambling - at least, if not more.” That would amount to only 2.9 per cent of NHLers.

NHL player contracts contain a clause prohibiting betting on NHL games, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has stressed the league’s seriousness of dealing with gambling-related issues in the past.

“We take this seriously,” he has said. “Gambling culture is something we educate our players about extensively.”

Daly says the league has no comment on Budin’s book or interview comments but questions the credibility of it all.

read on

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  Tags: gambling

A Ship Full of Castoffs on a NY Island

From the CP via TSN,

It’s almost as if a ship full of NHL castoffs washed ashore and decided to dock in Long Island.

Just take a look at some of the players the New York Islanders have on their roster: Mike Comrie and Josef Vasicek are each now playing for a third team in less than a year; veteran Bill Guerin is skating on his fourth since the lockout ended; and then there’s Jon Sim, who is wearing his eighth different NHL jersey since 2002.

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  Tags: new+york+islanders

Stay On The Ice

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

OK, New Rule: a player who commits a major foul in the good ol’ hockey game, oh, say like a two-handed cross-check to the face or a flying leap to drive a shoulder into a players head, will still have his mandatory hearing with Campbell. He will still be a candidate for supplemental discipline and he will be tossed from the game by the on-ice officials, BUT (and this is a really big BUT), he can’t leave the game until he also serves a five-minute major (in this case for intent to injure) and for that five minutes he cannot leave the ice.

OK, stop laughing for a moment and read me out.

read on

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Ghosts of Mellon Arena

From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It was 40 years ago tonight—Oct. 11, 1967—that the Penguins played their first game, a 2-1 loss to Montreal—the same opponent they faced last night.

The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in that game on a first-period, short-handed goal by Gilles Tremblay and a second-period goal by Jean Beliveau (the 400th of his career) before Andy Bathgate scored the first goal in Penguins’ history at 7:06 of the third period against goaltender Rogie Vachon.

Attendance was 9,307 in an arena that did not yet have balconies and whose roof could still open, but did not for hockey games.

Do you believe in ghosts?  There’s something about Mellon Arena, or at least this city’s hockey teams, and goaltenders.

more…

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  Tags: goalies, pittsburgh+penguins

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