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from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Well we must be getting close to the trading deadline because more rumors about Olli Jokinen’s unrest in South Florida have surfaced….
Olli is always reportedly going somewhere, yet he never does.
No sport loves its rumors more than hockey, no sport treats pure speculation as gospel more.
Everyone just needs to relax. Olli isn’t going anywhere, at least not in the near future. Not unless JM was offered the sun and the moon, and Olli really wants to leave. I just don’t think either side is all that desperate to make a move like this.
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
Time to play a little Devil’s advocate, in part to speculate on how to attract a few more Devils advocates…and Red Wings advocates…and Bruins advocates, etc.
Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp opined recently on why the hometown team was drawing well below its typical average when the club is so darned good on the ice.
Among his conclusions is the Wings need to reach out to their “traditional” fan base by constructing a roster with more spit and vinegar – the Darren McCartys of the world. While he isn’t suggesting a return to a goon era, it’s ostensibly a recommendation of increased violence. And it makes some sense, from a marketing perspective.
Steve Downie will be front and centre as the Philadelphia Flyers host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night….
“It’s just another game and we need the two points,” he said. “I’m not worried at all. It’s behind me and I’m leaving it there.”...
Ottawa enforcer Brian McGrattan said in September Downie would eventually pay for his hit on McAmmond but has since tempered his comments.
“If [Downie] is there and he has the puck, I’m going to hit him. I’m not going to jump him from behind and cause a huge melee,” McGrattan told the Ottawa Sun. “I don’t think we really need that.”
Feel free to join him around 12:15pm ET and check NHL.com for the TV broadcast schedule for today.
from the Edmonton Journal,
After a long period of economic dark days, Canadian NHL franchises are suddenly a hot commodity.
So what has changed?
Owners, academics, business journalists and financial experts say a number of factors have combined to make Canadian teams a better risk—namely the strong Canadian currency, the financial stability brought about by the 2005 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the players union and the league and, finally, a new kind of development model for NHL arenas that is seeing them built not as lonesome, stand-alone structures but as catalysts for larger commercial and residential developments in city cores.
from the Daily Herald,
Patrick Sharp was only too happy to re-sign with the Blackhawks for four more years.
Now, Sharp will be interested to see what happens this summer and if free agents feel as he does, that the Hawks are a franchise on the rise, making Chicago a prime destination.
“The way the organization treats the players is first class, and anyone that’s been to the city of Chicago knows what it’s all about,” Sharp said. “Attendance is growing at the United Center, the Hawks are on the way up, and hopefully that attracts some free agents that want to come to Chicago.”
from Chuck Gormley of the CourierPost,
The Flyers are believed to be at the top of Forsberg’s list and if Paul Holmgren can devise a suitable contract offer, Forsberg could be wearing orange and black as early as Valentine’s Day, when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
With a few tweaks, the Flyers can create between $2.5 million and $3 million in cap space. If they offer Forsberg $1 million to play the final 26 games (52 days) of the regular season, his prorated salary of $3.54 million would count against the cap.
If they offer him $750,000 to play the remainder of the season, $2.65 million would count against the cap.
Judging from Forsberg’s recent comments, he’ll want a contract that includes next season and perhaps another, taking him through the 2009-10 season. If that is the case, the aforementioned salary figures (between $2.6 million and $3.5 million) would likely count against the Flyers’ cap….
Which brings us back to our original question: Should the Flyers do it?
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
...Hell, Leonsis would have been better as far as his fellow owners were concerned to wait for a team to make an offer to Ovechkin, then match it.
He could then claim he was dragged kicking and screaming into doing such a thing, all the while proclaiming he is delighted to have Alex in the fold. To volunteer this kind of money seems bizarre. And with Ovechkin getting this much money and this much of the cap space, how the hell do you build a team around him?
And if you don’t build a team, how do you bring in fans and stop being a perpetual drain on the other the owners? In short, why are the rich teams putting up with this?
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The Penguins now stand No. 2 overall in the East, seven points behind Ottawa, 2-0 losers to Tampa Bay last night - but for how long?
You don’t lose a player like Crosby without paying the price, just as the Senators are learning now that Dany Heatley is sidelined with a long-term injury.
The best Pittsburgh can hope for is that Crosby won’t be sidelined too long. The extent of the injury won’t be known for several days, but normally it’s measured in terms of weeks and even months - but you don’t need an MRI reading to understand how much Crosby is going to be missed.
He is the NHL’s golden boy. He is everything that is good about this game, but the Penguins aren’t the only losers. He sells tickets wherever the game is played, so teams in double-digit numbers are losers. Major sponsors of the game are losers.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Last year, the hosts of a popular home-makeover television show arrived at Henrik Zetterberg’s house in Bloomfield Hills to begin remodeling his kitchen. As cameras showed viewers the inside, hosts talked with Zetterberg and his girlfriend, singer/model Emma Andersson, about the project.
It was MTV “Cribs” meets IKEA. And almost no one saw it, at least not in the United States. The show, called “Room Service,” aired in Sweden, where Zetterberg grew up, and where he has become one of the most celebrated athletes.
added 9:24am, Another “What’s Wrong With Hockeytown” story by Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press via Slam Sports.
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