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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Players around the league have roundly applauded hefty suspensions to Philadelphia Flyers forwards Steve Downie and Jesse Boulerice this season. The message is clear: hits to the head will no longer be tolerated.
“That kind of stuff is crazy,” said veteran winger Mark Recchi. “That’s stuff that doesn’t belong in the game. We’re a sport that allows fighting and you can vent your frustration by a fight if you want, but it’s a clean, hard game and that stuff doesn’t belong.
“I think (NHL disciplinarian) Colin Campbell has done the right thing.”
read on for the reaction from other NHL players…
From the CP via TSN,
George Gillett, the owner of the team and the Bell Centre they call home, is challenging the city’s tax assessment for the downtown hockey building.
The city evaluates the Bell Centre at $225 million but Gillett insists it’s worth only $75 million and now both parties are headed to Quebec’s administrative tribunal on Nov. 12 for a ruling.
The city has hired a battery of lawyers and experts to fight the case.
Gillett also wants a tax refund, which could go as high as $32 million, saying he’s been overtaxed.
from Bolts Report,
Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier and his philanthropic corporate partners have committed $3 million over the next eight years toward the construction of the new All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The money will be earmarked for a 26,500-sq. ft. pediatric cancer facility which will bear Lecavalier’s name.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from the CP via TSN,
“The NHL is very interested in confirming the data provided by Therma Blade Inc. to establish the safety and reliability of the blade under NHL game conditions and we have agreed to allow a small group of players to test these blades in practices over the next few weeks,’’ says Kris King, the NHL’s senior manager of hockey operations.
Six to 10 players will try them first. If there are no glitches, the blades then would begin appearing in NHL games.
King says once he receives from the company a list of players who want to participate, he and Stu Grimson of the NHL Players’ Association will review it and decide who’ll be asked to wear the blades.
added 5:52pm, You can check out their website too, it has some video on it, but the site is loading very slowly for me.
From Erik Erlendsson at TBO,
In the weeks leading up to his surgery, the 13-year NHL veteran, who hopes to be back on the ice and in uniform in February, was told by the surgeon he’d be ready to get back on the golf course within a month of the procedure. That’s something Taylor quickly found out might have been a stretch of the truth as far as he was concerned.
In his first discussion, Taylor talks about why he didn’t feel like walking to the bathroom, let alone picking up a golf club, that his entire right leg was sore after the surgery, and what it was like trying to do normal things around the house.
more… *the Tampa Bay Lightning captain shares details of his rehab.
*photo gallery also available
The player below will allow you to hear the whole conference here on KK (*or you can download the mp3 from here).
note1: written transcript of the conference will be available below the player, as soon as it becomes available. (update: now available below)
note2: photo of Eric, Marc, Jared and Jordan originally found on CBC.ca
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from Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog,
A long time ago (about, oh 15 years) in a galaxy far, far away (Chicago Stadium), the Chicago Blackhawks were considered one of the NHL’s best franchises. From the early-to-mid 90’s, going into Chicago meant a unique mix of speed, grit, and skill, led by a wide mix of players from Jeremy Roenick to Chris Chelios to Denis Savard to Steve Larmer; later on, that mix included Bernie Nicholls, Tony Amonte, and Gary Suter.
For about half of the 90’s, the Hawks were scary good, and the roar at Chicago Stadium let everyone know that they should fear making a trip into the Windy City.
John Buccigross at ESPN ponders 10 stories from the past week:
4. It’s just a fantasy, it’s not the real thing
Good exchange between Joe Sakic and The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater:
Question from Dater: Do you ever hear from fantasy hockey team owners with stuff like, “You cost me a win last week” or “You won me 300 bucks”?
Answer from Sakic: Yeah, you hear from ‘em. I actually have one friend who traded me last year. He told me, too. He was like, “Sorry, had to trade you, bud.”
more… highlighted stories from Buccigross
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Among hockey broadcasters, speculation has Toronto Maple Leaf general manager John Ferguson fired in November if the team continues to lose more than it wins.
Who would replace him? Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Toronto based head of hockey operations, seems to be a favourite. But would the league allow him to leave his job in mid-season?
Would Scotty Bowman take the job?
Two views Bowman:
How true Mike…
from John McGourty at NHL.com,
“Under the salary cap, you don’t have extra guys anymore,” Babcock said. “The ‘depth’ of the organization is health. Scotty Bowman always had an extra line sitting in the press box. Those days are gone. As soon as you’re not healthy, you’re depth is gone. That’s why minor-league development of prospects is more important than ever. When they get brought up, they have to be ready to play your system.”
read on for the rest of the story….
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