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from the Daily News,
Some fans love it. Hockey purists hate it. But whether they like it or not, players are quickly adapting to the new reality that ties are a thing of the past in the NHL. In one of the many sweeping changes being introduced this season, games deadlocked after a five-minute overtime will go to a shootout to determine a winner. In preparation, all exhibition games, regardless of the final score, are featuring a shootout this preseason. "I was kidding the guys that I don't want to show them too many moves before the season starts," said Bruins captain Joe Thornton, who was unsuccessful on his first shootout attempt Tuesday night against Toronto. "You might need to use some of those moves during the year. It's going to be fun. I don't think any fans left, so it's going to keep fans in the building."
Phoenix team preview by Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Wayne Gretzky acknowledges that his decision to coach the Phoenix Coyotes initially may have fans spending a little too much time looking to see what's happening on the bench. But Gretzky was just as quick to note that you can't take your eyes off the ice – which, in the case of the Coyotes, shouldn't be much of a problem because Phoenix figures to ice the most competitive team in club history. "You know, ultimately, people are gonna watch the players," Gretzky said after signing on as coach. "Players are the guys people pay to see and pay to watch. ... The focus is the hockey team and everything that goes with that."
from the Grand Rapids Press via Mlive,
For one shiny season in 2004-05, all of college hockey had the ice to itself, and the full attention of American hockey fans everywhere. Or did it? Contrary to what you might think, that ridiculous National Hockey League lockout that put the pro sport in the deep freeze for an entire year did little, if any, to help the college game. "I truly thought the lockout had a negative effect on our program, and on college hockey in general," said Ferris State coach Bob Daniels.
The newest version of the NHL Carnival is up at Bolts Mag. A fine read for any hockey lover. The 10th edition of the Carnival will be hosted right here at Kukla's Korner and I am anxious to get started.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Where have all the great nicknames gone? Face it: Nowadays, in the NHL, player nicknames lack originality. Gary Roberts is Robs. Joe Nieuwendyk is Nieuwy. Jarome Iginla is Iggy. And so on and so forth. There isn't anything descriptive in them. There isn't anything interesting in them. Khabibulin's nickname is one of the few in today's NHL that could stand up to the great nicknames of a bygone era — Punch Imlach, King Clancy, Rocket Richard and of course, maybe the best of all time, Max Bentley, the Dipsy Doodle Dandy from Deslisle. Decades ago, even journeymen players received nicknames, such as Claire (The Milkman) Alexander or Wayne (Swoop) Carleton.
from the Delaware County Times,
The players are aggravated. The coaches are unhappy. Even the general manager thinks this might be a bit overzealous. The new rules in the NHL are creating quite a fervor across the league, and nowhere is it more beguiling than in the Flyers locker room. A day after a preseason game against the New York Islanders that saw 26 power-play opportunities between the two teams, it was all anyone cared to talk about.
from the CP via TSN,
The organization that led efforts two years ago to allow women to be members of the prestigious Augusta National golf club is now targeting the NHL. Martha Burk, the chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said she intends to write letters of protest to the league and to U.S. television network NBC over the NHL's advertising campaign, which is set to debut next week. Burk called offensive a 30-second ad the NHL produced to trumpet its return to the ice. The ad, which was unveiled Wednesday night during an event for the league's corporate partners, opens with a quote from a Chinese military philosopher. It shows a hockey player being dressed in his equipment by his female partner and ends with him walking to the ice. A young boy is shown cheering before the ad ends with the tagline My NHL. Burk said the ad is ''offensive on many levels''.more
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
July 22, 2005. A fateful date. The day the governors ratified the new collective bargaining agreement. The day the new rules were unveiled. The day National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced he had just stacked the deck against the Maple Leafs making the playoffs. You missed that last one? Perhaps that's because it wasn't said in those words. But it was there. It was the revelation that in My Game, the schedule would be highly unbalanced. Now, each team plays its divisional opponents eight times a season and the rest of its conference opponents four times. Had life gone on as normal in the NHL, it probably wouldn't have mattered much. But life changed. Some of the perennial also-rans decided to change their status. Whether they were successful or not remains to be seen. After all, this is the Year of Uncertainty in the NHL calendar. No one knows what will happen, but even so, there are certain unassailable facts which must be considered.
from Hockey Refs
, Confidential documents obtained by HockeyRefs.com show that a large percentage of the officiating staff could refuse to re-new their employment contracts. “While the AHL has operated for almost 70 years with an officiating staff who were proud to be part of the … family and who understood the nature of the league, there is no question that in recent years we have inadvertently allowed our expense reimbursement to fall short of what was fair and equitable, and w have addressed that for the coming season,” AHL president Dave Andrews said in a letter Wednesday.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
In a highly unique occurrence, a crew from NBC Sports came to Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to shoot footage for an NHL preview show Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. The half-hour show will discuss the various rules changes the NHL implemented for this season. Pittsburgh Penguins stars Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby will be featured as well. “It’s the story of the offseason and the re-launch – the future is here with one of the legends of the game,” said Sam Flood, the coordinating producer for NBC Sports. “It’s very fortunate for the league, very fortunate for Pittsburgh and very fortunate for Sidney that he is here with Mario as a mentor.
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