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from the AP via NHL.com,
Rangers forward Marcel Hossa could miss a month with a knee injury sustained in Monday night’s 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
The 25-year-old left wing sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee with about 5 minutes left in the second period. He limped to the bench but came back on the ice with about 1 minute remaining in the frame. That was his final shift of the game.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
A meeting will be held later this week in Pittsburgh involving all the interested parties, including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, whose presence would appear to be two fold….
It appears the two sides have the basis for a deal in place, but there are concerns with the possibility of cost overruns on a new arena and who would be responsible for them.
That’s apparently the sticking point right now.
The smart money suggests that with Bettman prodding both sides, they will come to a workable compromise.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The 2010 Olympics will likely introduce a new hockey scheduling format.
There is a push to change the current system of two pools of six teams, to three pools of four teams.
A preliminary round robin would determine the top team in each pool and a bye into the quarter-finals.
from Scott Morrison of the CBC,
It appears inevitable now that the NHL general managers, when they next convene, will again be reviewing the issue of hits to the head – intentional and otherwise, clean and otherwise.
Early in the season there was a run of hits, all declared clean – because there were no elbows, no jumping, no late hitting, no charging – that the GMs reviewed and declared that, while injuries are unfortunate, hockey is a physical sport and if a shoulder hits a head by accident, in the act of applying a check, they were prepared to live with it rather than risk losing more hitting from the game.
That vote, by the way, was unanimous.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The most nervous people in the room after Ted Saskin?
Why the 30 NHL owners, of course.
Saskin may be getting happy feet after months of being hounded by Chris Chelios - remind me to never get that guy mad at me - Dwayne Roloson and Trent Klatt, which some very smart agents helping out in the background.
But while you might think NHL owners are enjoying the spectacle, they’re not.
continued... plus headshot & Forbes talk…
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Dear PETA / FEMA / WWF / NRA,
I am the self-appointed legal representative of an exotic form of unique waterfowl now considered an endangered species on the Sierra Club’s watch list. Realistically this species, known as the Pittsburgh Penguin (makeupyourmindus pleasus), is as ‘endangered’ as a hijacker who holds an unloaded pistol to his own head.
from Geroge Johnson at ESPN,
Both of Sutter’s star men, Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents as of July 1, 2008.
Iginla is paid handsomely at $7 million this season, but he probably will be seeking Jaromir Jagr-type money ($8 million range) in his next deal. He’ll be 31. His agent, Don Meehan, just happens to be Smyth’s agent, too. Meehan fully understands what his client is worth in goals, leadership and good-guy profile.
Iginla, believe it or not, means more to the Flames than Smyth does, uh, did, to the Oilers. By the time Meehan and Sutter get down to hammering out a new deal for the Calgary captain, Iginla will be threatening all Theo Fleury’s career Oilers offensive records. His is unquestionably the face of the franchise. He wears the “C.”
read on... Smyth the main topic, then Flames talk…
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
Oh, yeah, one more thing about Bertuzzi: If this man can clean up his tarnished reputation, he has come to the right place to do it. The Red Wings have perhaps the best atmosphere and leadership corps of any team in the NHL.
But it’s up to Bertuzzi. St. James says the team already is reaching out to him as a teammate, and he’s reaching back.
No matter what you think of Bertuzzi, he is an impact player.
more... Hmmm, wonder how Andy Strickland feels about this…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
The case against sports agent David Frost started to fall apart Tuesday as prosecutors dropped six sex exploitation charges against him, saying they didn’t have enough evidence.
But the former NHL agent’s trip through the justice system is far from over. Prosecutors said Tuesday they still intend to have him face six other sex exploitation charges dating back to the early 1990s when he coached a junior hockey team in Deseronto, Ont.
Overall, sales of NHL-licensed merchandise on NHL.com were up nearly 75% compared to last February.
Twenty-nine of the 30 NHL teams outsold their February 2006 products on NHL.com. Leading the pack were the Buffalo Sabres, with a sales increase of more than 1000% compared to last year. Most notably, the Sabres dominated the top 10 in player jersey sales for the month. Jerseys bearing the names of Sabres forwards Daniel Briere, Maxim Afinogenov, Chris Drury, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and goaltender Ryan Miller were top sellers on NHL.com. The newly available Nashville Predators jersey for Peter Forsberg accounted for more than 90% of total Forsberg player jerseys sold.
Other teams that more than doubled sales of merchandise include: Pittsburgh Penguins (237%), Anaheim Ducks (203%), Montreal Canadiens (177%), Edmonton Oilers (156%), Nashville Predators (120%),Vancouver Canucks (117%), New York Islanders (106%), St. Louis Blues (104%) and San Jose Sharks (103%).
TOP 20 SELLING PLAYER JERSEYS ON SHOP.NHL.COM (Feb. 1-28, 2007)
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