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Is Tom Barrasso HHOF Material?

Mike Brophy at The Hockey News once tried to interview Tom Barrasso:

“Hi Tom.”
“Who is this?”
“Mike Brophy from The Hockey News.”
“How did you get my phone number?”
“You gave it to me.”
“No I didn’t.”
“Yes you did.”
“I did not and I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to find out how you got it. Goodbye.”

My thoughts afterwards? What an ass! 

And yet I sit here today thinking he should be in the Hall of Fame.

read on

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No More Golf Channel Conflicts

from MediaWeek,

Nearly two years after launching a hybrid high-definition service blending content culled from Versus and Golf Channel, Comcast is prepping standalone HD feeds for both brands, along with a hi-def service for fans of its celebrity/lifestyle network, E! 

The three HD simulcasts will go live in early December, a Comcast spokesperson confirmed.


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Jokinen Wants Out

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond in the Miami Herald,

Big news in Pantherland is that TSN is reporting that Olli Jokinen has “indicated” that he would like to be traded. If this is true, it’s a complete reversal from things I have heard from Camp Jokinen. If it’s true (and I don’t really doubt the validity of the report), I think Olli figured he was gone anyway, might as well make it look like he had some control over things.

It’s the old “you’re fired,” “you can’t fire me, I quit” scenario.


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  Tags: jacques+martin, ollie+jokinen

Still Waiting For The Hall Call

from Pierrre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille are all in their first year of eligibility in 2009. Yzerman and Hull are obviously total no-brainer selections and Leetch and Robitaille are pretty darn close to that.

All of which means players such as Doug Gilmour, Pavel Bure, Dino Ciccarelli, Adam Oates and Steve Larmer, just to name a few, will have to wait even longer for possible induction.

I can’t figure out why one of those players didn’t get the needed support from the committee to join Larionov and Anderson given what’s ahead next year.

Perhaps the selection committee is getting tired of hearing how “easy” it is to get into the Hall.


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Kings Before The Draft

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

Cammalleri’s name is being thrown around a lot, and I don’t think anyone is surprised by that. From talking to people involved, I would say that if a trade happens with him, it will happen at or before the draft. It’s significantly less likely to happen after the draft. The Pitkanen rumors have been around. They have legs, as they say. The only problem with that is, they’ll had ``legs’’ for a while and there hasn’t been a trade. General rule…the longer something is out there, the less likely it is to get done….

—The Kings are still not interested in Ray Emery. That much I can say for certain.

more Kings talk…

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Ryan Sittler Stays Close To The Game

from Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post,

Ryan Sittler walks into the Palm Beach Ice Zone on a recent rainy evening, ready to coach a group of youth hockey players who have no idea that he once-upon-a-time was destined for NHL stardom.

Asked to sit down in his office to recount his painful career as a hockey phenom, Sittler smiles sheepishly and leads his inquisitor to a small storage closet adjacent to the rink.

The parents know my story better than the kids,” Sittler says.

That story should have been the stuff of Hollywood scripts: Son of Darryl Sittler, the most famous captain in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Drafted No. 7 overall in 1992 by the Philadelphia Flyers. Commands a $400,00 signing bonus. Reports to Flyers training camp in the best shape of his life, and ...


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Canucks Headed In Different Direction

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

“We’re definitely moving in a direction that is going to be different,” Gillis said yesterday.

On the draft, Gillis said that size doesn’t matter to him, and that he is just as likely to choose a smaller player with more competitiveness than one with ideal height and bulk. He said that Everett Silvertips forward Kyle Beach, considered one of the boom-or-bust prospects this weekend, has been unfairly portrayed as a bad boy and that the Canucks plan to interview him for a second time before Friday’s first round.

Gillis also hinted that players from Russia, who may be difficult to lure to North America, probably won’t figure into Vancouver’s plans.


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BHLPA Getting Down To Business

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

In a development overshadowed by European soccer and Blue Jays batting slumps, the NHL Players’ Association met this week for their annual meeting in Colorado Springs. A group of 80 veteran players spent the better part of three days at a resort in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains listening to the union’s various staffers explain the countless ways in which Bettman is full of it….

Bettman was the star of this show. NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly showed a May 30 Toronto Star article that explained how Canadian clubs account for 31 per cent of the league’s ticket receipts.

Then he showed an interview of Bettman by the CBC’s Ron MacLean during the Stanley Cup final. “In one instant, Bettman says he didn’t read the Star story, and in the next breath, he’s quoting directly from it,” says a player who was at the meeting. “It’s a joke.”


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More Trade Talk

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

San Jose, Florida and the Carolina Hurricanes are considered to be among the most likely to make a significant trade.

Sharks captain Patrick Marleau is a name making the rounds this week along with his teammate Jonathan Cheechoo.  The Marleau rumours always seem to surface, but sources say San Jose did have trade discussions last year with the Vancouver Canucks in a deal that was to include Canucks’ forward Ryan Kesler.


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New Agent For Tavares

from the CP via TSN,

Junior hockey phenom John Tavares has found a new agent.

He’s signed on with Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency a little over a month after splitting ties with Bryan Deasley.

“John has a bright future,” said CAA agent Pat Brisson. “CAA Hockey is looking forward to working with him and his family and providing them with all of our resourses.”

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