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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:
The NHL’s problems today started with expansion of the 1990s. The league now goes to the marketplace with 30 mediocre franchises and says: “Here we are.” To which the consumer says: “You’ve got to be kidding.” The NHL has too many teams and there isn’t enough talent to go around.
Just to ensure everlasting mediocrity, the league negotiated a collective bargaining agreement that makes it impossible for teams to keep their top players and build perennial winners. We’ll never again see the likes of the Montreal Canadiens of the 1970s, the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s, or even the Pittsburgh Penguins of the early 1990s. And, because of the salary-cap limitations imposed by the CBA, trades have all but disappeared.
So, two basic elements that inspire interest and excitement in a sport — glamour teams and the potential for big trades — have been eliminated.
How do you fix the problem? You start by shrinking the league. When a team flounders, the NHL should buy it with the goal to reducing the number of teams to 28 (four seven-team divisions), and the long-term objective of getting it down to 24 (four six-team divisions).
Stay with him. Houston’s argument has its merits…
I will continue to post through December 31st, but the posts will be a bit more sporadic. Jan. 1st, expect very limited posts, then back to normal on Jan. 2nd.
I am not sure what Bill’s plans are, but I have heard he is taking his ship for a cruise.
Alanah I know is shopping for a tattoo artist.
Be safe folks, we here at the Kompound want everyone to return in one piece!
from USA TODAY.
Ted Nolan will receive one of the friendliest greetings a visiting coach can have when he brings his New York Islanders to Buffalo on New Year’s Day.
“I’m really looking forward to going to Buffalo,” Nolan says. “I have a lot of good memories there.”...
“You have certain people in your life who help you through hard times,” Nolan says. “And certainly my family was there, but the support I had from the people of Buffalo was unbelievable. They were very special to help me get through it. So to go back and coach in that building, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox,
A number of factors have contributed to a super-slow season of trading thus far in the NHL, with the restrictions of the salary cap system probably the No. 1 reason.
But, with the league’s Christmas roster freeze over, you have to believe action will start to heat up heading towards the trade deadline.
That deadline, don’t forget, has been moved up this year to Feb. 27, a full 10 days earlier in the schedule compared to last season.
continued... some trade scenarios…
from the Midland Daily News,
He says the physical aspect of the game has been taken away by new rule changes.
“I don’t like it,” Kocur said. “I don’t like that they’ve taken the toughness out of the game. There’s no accountability on the ice anymore. For some reason, they feel that fighting shouldn’t be part of a nationally televised sport. That’s their choice.
“Everyone goes to NASCAR races to watch the crashes. They go to hockey games to watch the fighting. They’ve taken that away and attendance is down. I think a lot of people are disappointed in the style of the game.”
more... Joey says Wings need to get bigger and tougher…
from the Edmonton Journal,
There are fewer than 1,000 registered hockey players and only seven indoor rinks in Slovenia, which at one time was part of Yugoslavia.
But Anze Kopitar was able to over-come the lack of a competitive hockey environment while growing up.
He is not only the first player from his tiny country to make it to the NHL, but he’s also been very successful.
via Fox Sports,
Mike Chen offers random musings and occasional brilliant insight on the NHL and is joining FOXsports.com as a regular contributor this season. His contributions are a must read for hockey fans.
Good luck Mike. Looking forward to your posts…
The Detroit Red Wings are upset that the NHL would even consider giving the Columbus Blue Jackets preferential treatment in a proposed realignment plan.
“We were very disappointed when that committee (recommended) that we stay in the West and Columbus go to the East. That is absurd,” Wings vice president Jimmy Devellano said. “If there’s a team that moves to the Eastern Conference, it better be the Detroit Red Wings, not the Columbus Blue Jackets. You’re talking about an Original Six team with 81 years in the league.”
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
Hockey people had a lot to say in 2006, here are some of the best.
“A shutout like that shouldn’t even count.”—Dominik Hasek, then with the Senators, mocks the Habs’ feeble 12-shot attack.
“You need to joke it with guys and talk about game. If you don’t work it, I think team guys look to you like not good.”—Washington’s delightful Alexander Ovechkin on why he’s trying hard to learn English.
from Terry Frei at the Denver Post, n the wake of Theodore being yanked in the third period Wednesday and drawing a derisive reaction from the Pepsi Center crowd, he was asked Thursday if he’s losing confidence.
“That’s a question that you can ask two thousand times,” Theodore said. “You can’t lose confidence, as long as you work hard and look at the big picture.
“Right now, the problem is just being inconsistent, and it’s about finding a way to play the same way, game in and game out. I have two good games, one bad, one good, one bad. There are a lot of good things to build on, but I obviously have to be more consistent.
“I have to find the way to make that one big save every night that makes the difference. I have to find the way to do that every time I’m out there.”
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