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from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Brian Boucher was living large again. No overnight herking and jerking in his bus seat this time. No cricks in his neck or tightened hamstrings from sleeping sideways, no sudden awakenings because of red lights that changed too fast, or drivers who loved to brake, or worst of all, those crater-sized potholes hidden amid moonless nights.
No, this bus had satellite television. And bunks. Not exactly Ritz-Carlton material, or even rock-star status. More like an Extended Stay America on wheels. But better than those upright rides up and down Route 13 to Norfolk, all the same.
“I told them expressly, it is my view that any labour interruption in this sport would be devastating,” Kelly said, “and that the public, particularly in the United States, would turn away in disgust. And that we owe it to the game and to the fans to work through issues and to avoid any discussions of lockouts and strikes. I sensed a positive agreement from the owners to that comment.”
read more from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, including the league may look at an 84 game season. The players will approve it as long as the exhibition season is shortened.
added 7:50am, from Terry Frei at All Things Avs,
...but when word arrived tonight of the NHL Board of Governors’ decision on a scheduling format for next season, I thought it was a joke. The much-reviled format is only being tweaked in what is essentially a return to the pre-lockout format, not overhauled. What the league needed to do first and foremost — send every team to every arena every season — is not part of the plan. The league is telling the fans they are No. 1 — but with the wrong finger.
Everything else being equal, this is going to cost the Avalanche and other Western Conference franchises even more season ticket accounts.
from Hockey Adventure,
HockeyAdventure.com: How about you? You’re unrestricted at the end of the year. How much longer would you like to play?
Sergei Fedorov: I don’t know. Hopefully a couple more years.
HockeyAdventure.com: Still hungry?
Sergei Fedorov: Yeah, I still love the game. I like the challenges and the communication with the younger guys. Obviously they have quite a few questions about what’s going on. It’s still fun for me.
more Q & A with Sergei…
from the Mercury News,
And of course, when you’re talking about a hockey team’s attitude, you tend to look at the captain. That would be Patrick Marleau. He is the ultimate Mr. Climate Control. A coincidence?
Marleau’s biggest asset might also be his biggest weakness. His demeanor seems to stay the same, no matter what goes on around him. He’s never too excited. He’s never too depressed.
But when Marleau is stuck in a scoring slump, as he is right now, his climate-control personality
makes his critics want to smash their thermometers in frustration. They would like to see - heck, so would I - him show a little more fire on crucial shifts.
more (reg. may be req.)
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Now a month on the job, the former Boston trial lawyer and assistant U.S. attorney has formed a general impression on how his command will work.
“There are business issues, maybe on television, marketing or promotional issues where I might lay alternatives and make recommendations, and hope they have significant faith and trust in my judgment to support me,” Kelly said. “But on game issues, players are in a far better position than I am. It’s incumbent upon me to get a sense of the majority.”
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors have approved the sale of the Nashville Predators to a local group headed by David Freeman.
The Freeman group is expected to close on the sale within the next few days.
The group came together to make an offer to owner Craig Leipold after he originally announced a deal to sell his team in May to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie for $220 million. Balsillie’s deal fell through in June when he started taking season-ticket deposits in Hamilton.
Marketing plan by the new ownership group noted earlier today on KK.
Geez, scary headline… (sorry, Bobby!) From UPI via Earthtimes.org,
Kurt Kauper’s 7 1/2-foot-tall oil painting of Boston Bruins icon Bobby Orr is unique—it shows the NHL Hall-of-Famer in the altogether.
Orr didn’t pose for the painting. He didn’t know it existed until recently, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.
Then there is the painting of former Bruins center Derek Sanderson, who is painted standing next to his locker with nothing more than his hockey stick.
“Hey, you know, he has poetic license, he can pretty much bloody well do what he bloody pleases,” said Sanderson, now a 61-year-old investment manager for Boston’s Howland Capital Management, who, like Orr, did not pose for his portrait. “I just hope he’s a good artist.”
Kurt Kauper’s Boston Bruins hockey paintings can be be seen here.
From Mark Spector at the National Post,
“I understand the different arguments to keep the schedule the way it is, the travel and the expenses, but we need more variety,” said Colorado’s John-Michael Liles. “If Ovechkin is out west, it’ll draw more people to the buildings. There’s a lot of great players in the West, but the ones in the East - maybe seeing them only once every three years, that’s not right.
“Crosby came into our building this year, got two goals in the first period, and our fans were going, ‘All right, we should get this guy out west more often.’ We’re still talking about the spinarama move Crosby put on Rob Blake in Crosby’s rookie year when we went to Pittsburgh. Blakie came to our bench and said, ‘What was that?’ “
Updated 8:48pm ET— From TSN:
For its new-look schedule, the National Hockey League will be going to an old look.
Sources tell TSN the NHL has approved a schedule that will have each team play 24 divisional games, 40 in-conference matchups, 15 games against non-conference teams and three wild card games against out of conference teams.
The new schedule, which received the necessary two-thirds majority vote, will swing into play next season. The format - which was used prior to the NHL lockout - allows for every team to play every team at least once in a season, but it would still be every other year before a player like Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin would play in every building.
Update 9:30pm ET— More from Pierre LeBrun at the CP (via Globe & Mail)
from the Tennessean,
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors is expected to approve Craig Leipold’s $193 million sale of the Predators to Freeman’s group this afternoon. Freeman and his colleagues could take control of the team as early as today.
The new owners plan to give Poile some guidance on the budget he can work with, which will allow him to start working on new contracts for players whose deals expire at the end of this season….
Freeman said the new owners will make their presence felt most in the Predators’ efforts to get more people into the Sommet Center’s seats for 41 home games a year.
Update 9:50pm ET (alanah): BOG has approved the sale of the Nashville Predators.
from Bill Clement at MSNBC,
Very often the Flames appear confused on defense. On many nights it looks like they are not on the same page. It’s Keenan’s responsibility to make sure Calgary’s defense is organized and has a sound defensive system. But Keenan has never been a system driven coach. He wants emotion, energy, combativeness and competiveness. It’s hard to win in today’s NHL with just those qualities. Teams need a comprehensive defensive system.
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