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Atlanta tough guy Eric Boulton has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL for his elbow to the head of Tampa rookie Paul Ranger, the latest blow to a Thrashers team unravelling early this season. Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice-president and the man charged with handing out discipline, will meet Boulton on Monday to determine how many games his suspension will be.
"It was a question of eliminating as much controversy as we can," said Olympic executive director Wayne Gretzky, upon the release of the list. "When we get down to the final 23 players there are going to be a lot of players that will be second guessed on." Hey Wayne, forget the final 23, the second guessing has already begun. At first glance the most glaring omission is that of Red Wings' netminder Manny Legace. How the Toronto native, who leads the league with six wins and has compiled a 1.98 goals against average and a .918 save percentage, did not make the top 81 is ridiculous.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If the Atlanta Thrashers keep this up, they'll have to change their marketing slogan from Blueland to Goonland. It's already a nickname that's taken hold as far as some NHL coaches are concerned. In a surprising turn of events, not only are the Thrashers are off to an embarrassing start to the regular season with a 2-5 record in which their high-powered offense has registered just two goals in their five losses, but they have also become a lightning rod of criticism from fans, media and other coaches following a series of ugly on-ice incidents.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Colorado GM Pierre Lacroix didn't need to watch his team blow a three-goal lead at home -- for the second time in less than a week, no less -- to realize a window was closing. The team he has constructed -- or more accurately, the team he has left after being squeezed by the newly imposed salary-cap restrictions -- is simply not good enough to win in its current form. With sub-par goaltending and a patchwork defense bleeding points away, the Avs face an uphill struggle just to grab a playoff berth.
The National Hockey League today announced the rescheduling of Saturday's scheduled game between the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center. The game will be played Monday, December 5, at 7 p.m., ET. The game was rescheduled due to unpredictable weather conditions associated with Hurricane Wilma.
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala make up one of the more formidable goaltending tandems in the NHL. While no one argues Nabokov's status as the Sharks' No. 1 goalie, a consensus suggests Toskala has the tools to be a starter in the league some day, too. And for certain, the Sharks are expecting big numbers from their goalies this year. The only big numbers produced so far, however, appear in the goals-against category.
"We are surprised and disappointed that Dish has unilaterally chosen to stop providing OLN to its customers -- and denied fans the opportunity to watch sports coverage on OLN. We are also disappointed that EchoStar cut off the ongoing discussions with OLN that were designed to bring OLN's great programming to Dish customers. Fortunately, those customers do have the ability to explore other cable and satellite options that carry OLN." update 10:53am, via mediaweek,
Thus far, the NHL hasn’t stepped in to help negoiate an accord between OLN and its distribution partners, saying that it is confident that Comcast will be able to broker a truce.update 1:32pm, via the Denver Post,
A resolution should be forthcoming, a spokeswoman for OLN said.update 6:40pm, via Dow Jones Newswire,
"Comcast is acting like the 800-pound gorilla here," said EchoStar spokesman Marc Lumpkin. NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur, in a prepared statement Friday, said the league is "confident that Comcast will successfully resolve any OLN distribution issues."
Who in your opinion, has been the biggest surprise player this year. Give me both sides, both good and bad. My biggest bust so far is Nikolai Khabibulin, 3.83 gaa and .849 sv%. My pick for biggest surprise is Eric Staal of the Hurricanes, 6 goals, 5 assists and a +3.
from the Hollywood Reporter via avsforums,
A three-way brawl over National Hockey League games has broken out among Comcast, Cablevision and EchoStar, which on Thursday ejected the Comcast-owned OLN channel from its Dish Network lineup. Earlier this month, Comcast began replacing NHL games scheduled on the channel with other OLN programing on systems run by Cablevision and EchoStar. The two distributors were put in Comcast's penalty box because they put OLN on channel tiers available to fewer than 40 percent of their subscribers, according to a Comcast spokesman. Sources said EchoStar stunned Comcast brass by yanking the channel without warning. Company executives flew to the satellite service's Denver headquarters Thursday to negotiate a truce, but after 10 minutes of discussion, EchoStar ended the meeting, citing an unspecified crisis. By the time the Comcast delegation's plane touched down at its home base in Philadelphia, EchoStar had issued a statement signaling its intent to pull the plug. Cablevision has no plans to pull OLN, according to a spokesman. But the operator isn't giving up the fight, either. "We continue to carry OLN, and we continue to call upon them to cease their illegal electronic blocking of hockey games in New York," the spokesman said.
It is time Mr. Campbell steps up and puts a gag order on all of the coaches who are yapping about the rules, or lack thereof. We all know why they are doing it, to get a call in the upcoming game(s). Soon we will have every coach in the NHL complaining about calls if "Soupy" doesn't step in. On the other hand, the players themselves have kept the complaining down and it is now time for the coaches to do the same. The constant whining does nothing for the game, so lets get rid of it Colin Campbell, let the fines begin!!!
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