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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
“It went well today,” Daly told The Canadian Press on Wednesday night. “We went through our respective views of what was transpiring and the possible causes. We share the same concern with respect to too many young players coming to North America before they are ready to play in the NHL. We talked about possible ways to address it. We have conceived of a possible short-term interim framework to give us more time for us to evaluate what’s going on in the market place.
“That framework is subject to all of the parties going back to their respective constituencies to discuss its merits.”
Earlier today, Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins participated in a teleconference for the NHL. Since the start of the ‘05, ‘06 season Marc has recorded 179 assists placing him in third in the NHL over that timeframe behind San Jose Joe Thornton with 228 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 190.
Here is the transcript of today’s Q&A session.
Q. Two questions actually. The first one is about the game on NBC Sunday. Just curious. Do you guys—I think it’s hard to say that you could get up more for one game than the other, but do you notice that the game’s on national TV and does it strike your awareness before the game, you know, the hype surrounding a national televised game or anything like that?
Marian Hossa via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
“The agent is still working on a deal with Don, hopefully we can work out the best of it. I hope I can stay. But obviously we know there are two choices, stay or going away. I’m preparing for both choices. The priority is I would like to stay here.”
read more on all the rumors…
added 5:53pm, Kevin Allen was just on WDFN radio in Detroit. He doesn’t think the Wings will go after Hossa, but you never know with the Wings. The Wings know in order to keep thei ball rolling, they need to hold onto draft picks and the younger players. He feels they will go after a mid-level player(s) at the deadline.
added 5:58pm, You can now listen to the full interview with Kevin Allen. If you can’t get the link to work, go to WDFN and you will find other options. Kevin discussed multiple trade scenes, talked Leafs a bit too.
via Jemele Hill at ESPN Page 2,
Over the last year, we’ve seen the Hook Up perverted in so many ways. So many athletes attained the Hook Up, meaning they could do no wrong in the public’s eyes and even if they did, they’d be forgiven faster than you can say “Britney Spears is the white Whitney Houston.”...
Wayne Gretzky: Best player of all time, but coaching and part-owning the Phoenix Coyotes has yielded little for that franchise. The NHL didn’t even lift an eyebrow when the Great One was implicated in a gambling ring which his wife, Janet Jones, and former Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett. Nope, not a bad idea at all to have a guy associated with a gambling ring coaching and owning a professional hockey team.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
McCrimmon has every intention of being an NHL head coach — in Atlanta or somewhere else.
“I just know I can do it,” he said simply. “I’ve known it for awhile.”
General manager and current head coach Don Waddell has made his intentions clear. He’d prefer to return upstairs to focus on his general managing duties.
He’s also said McCrimmon is the front-runner to replace him behind the bench, but any edge McCrimmon has right now, is loaded with ifs.
If the Thrashers finish the season strong. If they continue to show improvement after a slow start. If Scotty Bowman doesn’t show up on Waddell’s doorstep.
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Perhaps the biggest update for this season is a new video system used to review whether a goal was scored. The overhead cameras aimed at the nets now have the sharp images of high definition and are on a closed circuit to the video judge’s booth and to the NHL’s review officials in Toronto.
The original system, installed in the early 1990s, used standard definition and was routed through a production truck. The result was a picture that wasn’t crystal clear and a system with a greater chance for breakdowns.
If you’ve noticed incredible detail this season on replays when a puck was near the goal line, that’s the work of the high-definition setup.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
When Atlanta Thrashers Marian Hossa scored three goals in the first 22 minutes against the Detroit Red Wings, he might have been making a sales pitch to Detroit general manager Ken Holland as well as helping his team.
Although the Thrashers would still like to re-sign Hossa, the consensus around the NHL is that Hossa wants a change of venue. Maybe he wants to come to Detroit.
It sure looked that way to me as I watched Hossa play his best game of the season.
Update 1:24pm ET: From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Marian Hossa is going to market.
That is the message the Atlanta Thrasher forward has delivered in no uncertain terms to general manager Don Waddell.
note: original post-time was 8:31am ET
added 7:07pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN clarifies his earlier blog on Hossa.
From Jeff Marek at CBC,
As much as it’s been a slow year for trades building buzz for the NHL, you can’t say the same for contracts.
As the CBA and the salary cap have made swapping players challenging if not impossible at times Edmonton general manager Kevin Lowe’s offer-sheet summer made all 29 other GMs in the league snap to attention and make sure their young talent is locked up long term.
continued… Marek takes a comparison look at contracts yet to be signed. Players like Dion Phaneuf, Shea Weber, Andrei Meszaros and Brent Burns, and what their values might be.
In the Boston Herald, Milan Lucic comments:
“In three years of junior we had only one guy break his nose, and he said it was the most painful thing he ever had,” he said. ‘I was like, ‘Aw, how bad can it be?’
“Well, after going through it, you know how bad it really is. It was probably the most painful thing I’ve been through. The fixing it hurt more than hitting the boards.”
From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,
John Madden said it is very unlikely he will be in the lineup tonight at the Prudential Center because of the risk involved with the skate cut on his right ankle.
“It’s just in a bad spot,” Madden said yesterday after missing a second straight day of practice. “There would definitely be contact with my ankle. Where the cut is, it keeps rubbing. Who knows what could happen?”
If the cut is reopened and with sweat inside his skate boot, Madden’s ankle could become infected and he would be lost for a much longer period of time. That’s a risk the Devils would rather not take.
...and more on the race in the Atlantic Division.
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