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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Answerman returns to ponder all matters contractual, including this week's most discussed topic - the penalty for exceeding the NHL's salary cap, if a team were of a mind to do so. Q: All summer long, I saw one team after another dole out generous, long-term contracts to the same players they went to war with less than 18 months before — mostly over money, as I recall. With all those dollars being tossed around, surely a handful of clubs will be hard-pressed to shoehorn their 23-man line-ups under the new $44 million salary cap, right? A: No question about it and the poster boys for the new profligacy are the New Jersey Devils, one of the teams that operated most efficiently under the old CBA. Currently, the Devils have salary-cap commitments that already exceed the $44 million limit and still have a trio of key contributors (Brian Gionta, David Hale and Paul Martin) to get under contract.continued
The officials' training camp schedule is packed and the focus is on getting physically and mentally ready for a grueling season. Fitness tests and a hockey tournament, where each official officiates a game, are two ways the officials shake off the summer rust. The camp also has a slew of team bonding activities planned that are designed to get a diverse, hundred-strong group of men to work seamlessly together in high-pressure situations for the duration of the season. This year, thanks to the vision of Stephen Walkom, the National Hockey League's Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating, the NHL officials' schedule included a floorball hockey tournament organized by the Ontario Floorball/Unihockey Federation. Floorball is a fast-paced, low contact and skill focused evolution of floor hockey originating from Northern Europe. Played by over 2 million players in 35 countries, floorball is finally making inroads in North America as it is proving to be a great dry-land/off-ice training tool for hockey players.read on
By Alanah Downie I've set up a joint hockey pool between Vancouver Canucks Op Ed and Kukla's Korner. It's free for everyone to join -- just head over there and pick your top 20 scoring players for the season.
Note: VCOE has a team in the pool but I can't win prizes. I just want to beat a few friends and brag about it forever, if possible. You know how it is.
1. Create a roster of 20 NHL players. All skaters, no goalies. Roster will be set -- NO changes -- on October 11th, 2006. 2. You'll get 1 point for every goal, assist, short-handed goal, and game-winning goal. Most points at the end of the season wins. 3. Breaking ties: 1 - most goals wins, 2 - most assists wins, 3 - most short-handed goals, 4 - most game-winning goals. Any ties after that and we'll do a draw.
from the Toronto Star,
...The reduction in coverage follows a Stanley Cup final in June covered by reporters from only 17 of the league's 30 cities. ``It was probably the poorest representation that I can remember in my 30 years here," says New York Post hockey writer Larry Brooks, past-president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The NHL has taken notice. "It's certainly a concern ... and it's something we have to work on," says NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "All sports have to be concerned about that. "But I think it's more reflective of the changing nature and dynamics of the entire media industry and the economics of hard-copy newspapers."more
from Mark Spector at the National Post,
The San Jose Sharks are that other good team from California. Not the one with Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer on its blue line. The Sharks are the ones in teal. The team that is ready -- finally -- to win the Stanley Cup this season. "We know how good a team we have here, and we know what our goal is this year," promised defenceman Scott Hannan. "We want to go all the way to the end."continued
The KK Hockey Blogroll should be up sometime this weekend. Sorry for the slight delay...
Have you taken/seen the ESPN Sports Nation Polls on all of the NHL teams?
1) Where will the Detroit Red Wings finish in the Central Division? 43.0% First 39.4% Second 7.7% Third 7.2% Fifth 2.7% Fourth
from the Nashville City Paper,
Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz believes in a thinking man’s approach to the game. So it is not surprising that after rigorous morning workouts the Predators are spending time fine-tuning their minds for the long season ahead. “We want to try to get this team to realize what it can be,” Trotz said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Orlando, Fla., where the team is training this week. “A player does not fulfill his potential unless he has a good awareness of what his mind can do for him. I’m a big believer in understanding your mindset. That is the centerpiece for the mental training. We have to be a better team. We weren’t good enough last year. We have to be better this year.”read on
from the Rocky Mountain News, Laperriere led the Avalanche with 116 penalty minutes, so it wasn't as if he neglected his in-your-face style that can be so maddening for opponents. "Lappy," as he is called by his teammates, can be more than a little yappy. He also plays all three forward positions, kills penalties and even is asked to take the occasional faceoff. "Last year was a blast," he said. "The main reason was because of the guys in the room. I was in L.A. for so long that you get comfortable, but this locker room was easy to adjust to. In L.A., I had great teammates, but I had issues with one of them; everybody knows which one." read on...plus Turgeon may not play until end of October...
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
'I had some talks with the Hawks and some other teams, but nothing major,'' Daze said. ''It would have been basically tryouts. I was thinking about seeing what was in front of me, but my back made my decision for me.'' Daze thought he was on the road to recovery during the summer. He had been working with a personal trainer in Montreal and had been back on the ice for a month. But during an on-ice workout two weeks ago, he felt pain again. ''I tried reaching for a puck and got hit,'' Daze said. ''That tweaked it again, and I didn't go back on the ice.'' And he might not again.more
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