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From Craig Custance at the AJC,
This season’s crop of rookies may the deepest since the lockout. There’s not another Crosby, but then again, when will there ever be? But there’s a young goalie in Montreal who people are already comparing to Patrick Roy and the Blackhawks have a player providing hope for a bright future. In honor of Thrashers rookie defenseman Mark Popovic, who wears No. 7, here are the top seven rookies already making an impact:
1. NICKLAS BACKSTROM, Forward, Capitals
from Evan Weiner at MCN Sports,
The National Hockey League’s regular season is just two weeks old and it is far too early to analyze any trends such as attendance and TV ratings, there have been a few interesting developments so far. The National Hockey League will have a hockey channel available to a good number of cable TV subscribers in the United States and it appears that the league’s venture into London, staging two regular season games between the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, was a success.
There is also some talk that the league could open the 2008-09 season in Prague, The Czech Republic.
continued and the topics are many. Wings fans, Bettman even questions Jimmy D. and his statement about Las Vegas and the Wings moving to the East…
The new NHL—Powered by Reebok store had its official grand opening today.
The grand opening of the first-ever NHL-themed store in New York brought thousands of fans to the new facility, as well as some hockey legends like Glenn Anderson, Bruce Driver, Ken Daneyko, Rick Middleton, Eric Cairns, Butch Goring, former referee Paul Stewart, and of course, the biggest star of them all, the Stanley Cup.
Photo gallery has some great shots here.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...There are, however, signs, that the NHL is trying to change that mindset, one suspension at a time — the Boulerice suspension ties with Chris Simon for the longest in history, relating to an on-ice incident.
But the league could fast-track the process by extending the discipline to the respective teams as well. Fines to the club, suspensions for the coach - those sorts of penalties might encourage teams to think twice about employing players who haven’t yet figured out that the culture of head-hunting is going the way of the dodo.
The simplest solution might even be the least complicated — simply prevent a team from replacing a suspended player in the line-up.
more and other NHL bits too in Eric’s weekly NHL roundup…
from the AP via the West Central Tribune,
The mothers of 17 Wild players proudly accompanied their sons as the group left Minnesota on Friday for three games on the West Coast. Last season, the team invited the fathers on a trip.
“She’s very excited. Last year, when the dads got to go, she was very jealous right from the get-go,” said right wing Mark Parrish of his mom, Barb.
The mothers gathered for photos at the arena in the morning before the plane left for Phoenix, where the Wild face the Coyotes on Saturday night.
Jim Balsillie is back in the running to buy the Nashville Predators.
The Research In Motion co-CEO is the owner of a group that has approached the NHL team with an offer to buy it if the deal with the current bidders fails.
According to a letter sent to Nashville’s Metro Sports Authority, Balsillie is now committed to keeping the team in Nashville and winning a Stanley Cup there.
a little more...
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
Philadelphia forward Jesse Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the NHL on Friday for cross-checking Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler across the face, the second Flyer in three weeks to receive a ban of at least 20 games.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
Two weeks after the debut of Hockey Night In Canada Radio on Sirius, the Hardcore Sports Radio channel on Sirius is set to launch a new prime time hockey talk show with Steve Kouleas as host.
The Kouleas show, which will debut Monday at 10 p.m. EDT, will feature analysts Al Strachan, the hockey writer, and Steve Ludzik, the former NHL player.
Kouleas, Strachan and Ludzik work for The Score Television Network, which owns and operates Hardcore Sports Radio.
From Scott Burnside at ESPN,
If greatness has a footman, a manservant, a chambermaid, then surely Martin Gerber is that person.
For the past two years, when hockey has been played on its grandest stage, the Swiss-born goaltender has been there. Sort of. Far from the spotlight, Gerber has existed in the shadows of that greatness while others have basked in the glory.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
After considering and interviewing more than a dozen candidates, the NHLPA’s five-man search committee has whittled its list down to three finalists.
While the identity of the three remains a well-kept secret, there is speculation former U.S. prosecutor Paul Kelly is a prime candidate. He was an important participant in bringing former NHLPA executive director Alan Eagleson to trial for fraud and embezzlement.
Neither of the other two candidates are hockey agents (as Eagleson and his successor Bob Goodenow were) while one is a Canadian.
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