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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The CBA will continue to be tweaked whenever the NHL and NHLPA agree an adjustment is necessary. One of those adjustments will be the mass shuttling of players back and forth between the NHL and the minors. There's nothing preventing teams from shuttling players for the purposes of saving a few bucks on the salary cap and teams like the Vancouver Canucks, as an example, have been doing it all season long. But the NHLPA didn't like it when the Columbus Blue Jackets, as an example, sent down a half-dozen players en masse to the minors for a few days because the NHL team wasn't playing for the better part of a week. The NHL apparently agrees with the NHLPA on this one and sources say some restrictions on mass shuttling will be introduced by the league in the very near future. What's likely to happen is that the league will insist an NHL roster of 23 men not dip below a certain number of players, which would prevent a team from mass shuttling during a soft spot in their schedule.read on
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
It's happened a lot -- 19 times in National Hockey League history -- and it last happened in Hartford, Conn., eight years ago. Hartford economic leaders said that the loss of the Whalers did not hurt badly, and may have, in fact, provided the spark for a recovery that it is still continuing to this day. Michael Kintner, executive director of the Hartford Image Project, a marketing group, said much more money is flowing into Hartford now, since the Whalers left. Kintner said in the last four years, roughly $750 million has pored into the depressed state capital, long known for crime and poverty, and another $2.2 billion has come in from private developers.more...and check the right sidebar for all of the teams that have moved...
from the Patriot Ledger,
Leetch, who has represented the U.S. in 11 international tournaments - most recently, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey - wasn’t made aware of where he stood this time. Like nearly everyone with an interest in the roster, Leetch learned who is and isn’t going to Turin when the team was announced Monday night on OLN. ‘‘I can’t give you any information, because no one talked to me about anything,’’ Leetch said. ‘‘I’m not even sure who had the most say - (Laviolette) or the GM (Don Waddell, who holds the same title with the Atlanta Thrahssers). I’ve had no contact with anyone.’’more
from Next Generation,
Earlier this year, the NHL Players' Association agreed to give Electronic Arts exclusive third-party rights to player's names to the tune of $44.2 million over the course of six years. However, according to EA's official hockey website EAHockey.com, the league will not see a penny of that revenue, which upsets NHL executives. The NHL, however, owns the rights to all league and team trademarks. To counteract the union's move, the league refused to extend EA's license until NHL 2K publisher Take-Two was allowed to use NHLPA properties. In addition, the league is attempting to extend their agreement with Take-Two, which is set to expire after this season.more
from Chris Kerber, announcer for the St. Louis Blues,
One idea that has surfaced to increase revenues in the NHL is increasing the number of teams that make the playoffs. This is not the first time this topic has been approached, but let me make this easy. It should be shot down immediately and not brought up again.continued
from the CCHA,
Patrick Murphy has seen it all in his hockey family while growing up. The Northern Michigan senior forward has watched hockey at many different levels while moving all around the various parts of two different countries. He remembers the many avenues which his family has allowed him to pursue, and tells the story of how he and his family have become what they are today; "the Ultimate Hockey Family." It was my fate to end up a hockey player. Let me tell you a bit about my life and how I ended up at Northern Michigan University. I was born in Van Nuys, Calif., to my parents, Mike and Yvonne Murphy on July 24, 1983.read on
The NHL Competition Committee wanted to ensure that the new NHL emphasizes skill, competition and entertainment. Trevor Linden and Brendan Shanahan, two new members that worked to bring about change, this week evaluated the new rule changes...read on
Beginning today and continuing for the next week or so, the pace of posting at KK will be slowed down. The Holiday Season is upon us and it is time to be with family and friends. I will update every morning and here and there throughout the day, but not on the pace many of you are used to.
from the Chicago Tribune,
Martin Lapointe went to the center of the circle and unleashed a tirade directed at his teammates about their lot in NHL life after 32 games. He asked them if this is how they wanted to practice every day and challenged them to change the pattern that has developed in the first three months of the season. "The coach has to do his job and the GM has to do his job and the players have to do their jobs, and I don't think the players are doing their jobs right now," Lapointe said afterward. "We're not showing up." This was a team many expected to be entrenched in a playoff spot in the Western Conference, perhaps even contending for the Central Division title. Instead, as Christmas approaches, it's having trouble putting together consistent 60-minute efforts, let alone a two- or three-week run.continued
from the Asbury Park Press,
In the latest maneuver in the Vladimir Malakhov saga, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello officially suspended the defenseman, temporarily freeing New Jersey from having to pay his $3.6 million salary. "He has been suspended and is off the roster," Lamoriello said after Tuesday's morning skate at Codey Arena. Lamoriello said he put a call in to Malakhov and Malakhov's agent, Paul Theofanous, but had not heard back from either.more
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