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from Slap Shot at the NY Times,
All season long, the competitive point of the third period is blunted by the guaranteed point both teams get for a tie. Before you ask yourself why you’re paying to watch teams not try all that hard in the third period, consider this: it gets worse late in the season. So when games are supposed to get more competitive, they actually get less competitive.
But wait, there’s *still more*. When did all these regulation ties start happening? The answer: 1999-2000 — the very year the NHL instituted the bonus point for a regulation tie and 4-on-4 overtime.
from the Calgary Herald via the National Post,
The “new” NHL in the Old World?
Officially, there’s nothing cooking, with league brass claiming the focus is on solidifying the franchises already operating on this side of the Atlantic.
Unofficially, the idea has a lot of financial and romantic appeal, and remains on the league’s proverbial radar.
Realistically, there’s plenty of heavy lifting to do before the Stanley Cup playoff MVP proclaims: “I’m going to Euro Disney.”
Start with the fact there may be limited appetite overseas for NHL hockey.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...It never ends, does it? The players operate under a triple-cap, escrow system and yet they always are expected to give back what they have gained through negotiations, either individually or collectively. Teams always find ways to leak information to place a player in a negative light when it suits their purposes even though the players are the product. Smart marketing.
Somehow, now we’re told that no-trade/no-movement clauses have to be stricken from the next CBA because they’re bad for hockey, because, once again, the players must save the league’s general managers from themselves.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Howson could be a buyer. He could trade part of the club’s future—a No. 1 draft pick, perhaps—to land a skilled center who could help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs for the first time. This would delight coach Ken Hitchcock and a significant portion of the fan base, who care only about winning today.
If Howson is a buyer, here are two names to keep in mind: Mike Comrie of the New York Islanders and Vaclav Prospal of Tampa Bay, both unrestricted free agents this summer.
more and the assumed value of some of the Columbus players…
The HNIC Hot Stove talk tonight- Al Strachan states Vinny Lecavalier will asked to be traded during the summer months, wants to go to a bigger hockey market. Pierre LeBrun states Jay Feaster does not want to trade Lecavalier and it looks as if Dan Boyle wants to stay in the Tampa area. Brad Richards may be the one to be moved..
Talk is Brian Campbell will be moved if not signed by February 26th, another serious offer from the Sabres will be made in the next few days. Senators may be interested in Stoll and Prospal according to LeBrun.
Forsberg is coming back according to Scott Morrison and Ottawa is still in the running for him.
LeBrun says Waddell just may keep Marian Hossa if he doesn’t get an offer to his liking.
Strachan says Avery wants $3M+ for 3-4 years, Rangers don’t want to pay that much.
LeBrun says Luc Bourdon may be used by Vancouver as a player they could move if the right player comes back.
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
Palms sweaty? Heart beating? Breathing heavy? Congratulations, you have NHL trade deadline fever.
‘Round the Hockey Bunker we view Feb. 26 as a day of holy obligation, a term acquired from Ronald Caron, patron saint of deadline transactions, for a late-round pick to be disclosed.
Take a look around the web, and NHL rumor sites are working overtime. Before you get too foamed up which one to track, take my advice and bookmark spectorshockey.net. Lyle Richardson runs the best rumor site on the web. Other sites run from good to “Ek” in terms of quality.
Three years ago today, the official end to the NHL 2004/05 season was announced.
We missed it, and please don’t let it ever happen again.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Well, it’s official. In only the third season since the 2004-05 NHL season was cancelled because of the lockout, total salaries for NHL players already have surpassed the total league-wide payroll at the 2004 trade deadline. In March 2004, the 30 NHL clubs combined to pay its players a total of $1.34-billion in salaries.
Even with the 24 per cent salary rollback that the players surrendered during the lockout and the salary cap ($50.3-million this season), the total amount that will paid out to players in 2007-08 will be approximately $1.4-billion, a $60-million increase.
from Charles McGrath of the New York Times,
Almost no one skates outdoors in New England anymore. People seldom do it even in Canada or Minnesota. For hockey players the indoor area has long replaced the backyard rink or the frozen prairie slough as the incubator of future talent, and even in those northerly climes skatable outdoor ice has become an uncertain commodity. Around here it’s like oil, so scarce that its value goes up every year.
You know the Wings fans are starting to panic when they call up a sports radio show today and say the Wings should get Adam Deadmarsh. The fan hasn’t heard much about him lately, but he would be a good pickup.
You know the sports jocks on Detroit radio don’t know much about the game when they are demanding the Wings trade for Dwayne Roloson- today!
Another example, trade either Franzen or Filppula for Fedorov.
One last remark from a sports jock today- if the Wings wanted Tomas Kaberle, well getting a rental like him would cost a lot (guys, he is signed thru 2010-11 season).
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