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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The real test for the "new" NHL will come in 2008 or 2009 when some of the teams in non-traditional markets — think Florida, Tampa Carolina, Atlanta, Phoenix or Nashville — find they still cannot make it work financially, even with a new, owner-friendly CBA; that the only thing that fills a building in the southern States is winning; and that no team can bank on winning all the time. After three years of the new CBA, if the Panthers are still awash in red ink; or the Hurricanes; or the Predators; then that is when the issue of shifting one or more troubled franchises could move to the front burner. In the meantime, it'll be up to the financial movers-and-shakers in Winnipeg, in Kansas City — and yes, even in Toronto — to get their balance sheets and their bid books in order.
The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association are conducting a unique auction of game-worn jerseys with all proceeds going to World Vision to further support those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The jerseys were worn by the players in the first period of their opening night home game of the 2005-2006 NHL season. The jerseys, donated by Reebok, feature a one of a kind embroidered patch located on the top right chest, emblazoned with the "NHL NHLPA Cares Katrina Relief Fund" logo.The Sidney Crosby Jersey is up to $2610.00 but this auction goes until November 29th. Should be interesting to follow this for the next couple of weeks. Any ideas what jersey will get the highest bid? more
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Critics quickly toss out Atlanta, Nashville and Carolina as teams that ought to get the heave-ho. Yet early into this season, those teams have regularly outdrawn teams in so-called hockey markets like Chicago, Long Island, New Jersey and Buffalo. The Isles, winners of four straight Cups from 1980 to 1983, have averaged 12,948 through their first eight home games. They have one sellout and couldn't manage to sell out against the crosstown rival Rangers. The Devils, winners of three Stanley Cups since 1995, have failed to sell out a single home game. In Buffalo, the Sabres are averaging 15,711 through nine home games and boast two sellouts (against Montreal and Toronto), along with an embarrassing announced crowd of 8,552 against Washington. And then there's Original Six member Chicago, which has one sellout and three home dates with fewer than 13,000 in attendance.
Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, who posted eight points (six goals, two assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, November 13. Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who backstopped the Stars to three victories in four games with a 1.97 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout, has been named the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
via the CP,
Star scorer Alexei Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens will undergo knee surgery Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Habs GM Bob Gainey was to address the media at the Bell Centre later Monday.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
The Lightning's troubles got worse Sunday. Defending league MVP Marty St. Louis will miss two to four weeks after breaking his left ring finger during practice at the St. Pete Times Forum. St. Louis raced off the ice, dripping blood from his hand after being struck by a shot from defenseman Darryl Sydor during a power-play drill.
via the St. Louis Blues,
Each week Blues veteran defenseman Eric Weinrich will be sharing his thoughts and experiences from the NHL season with fans here at his online journal: In 1988, a young man from Gardiner,Maine, was working construction during the summer. Fresh off the Olympics in 1988, he was ready to return to college at the University of Maine for a third year. After two weeks of minimum wage and 5 a.m. alarms, he got a visit from an old teammate who had just turned pro. After the weekend with his friend, his life changed forever. That young man was me, of course, and here I am writing to you 17 years later. I am honored to have played with and against some of the greatest players who have ever played the game. Take Peter Statsny for example. He was a Slovakian who defected from his country to play in the NHL and became one of the greatest playmakers ever, as well as a hero to hockey players in his homeland.
from Fox Sports,
Given what he's done with one good eye, it's scary to think what Mats Sundin will be like when he no longer has blurred vision in his left eye. Sundin may not lead the hard-nosed way Doug Gilmour did, and he may not flatten people like Wendel Clark used to do, but the slick Swede leads in his own way. Sundin is also one of those few players in the NHL who can change the tempo of a game on one shift. He is an agile skater for a big man, he protects the puck along the wall, and he makes it hard for people to reach in without taking a penalty.
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
So what happened to this Sharks team that is supposed to be so fast, so possessive of the puck it can play keep-away, dictate how games are played from the outset and dance to victory more often than not? What happened to the new rules being a perfect fit for this team? What happened to the power play, suffocating defense and consistent goaltending? Why are there more questions than answers 17 games into the season? The Sharks are asking these same questions as well.
from the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray has been around the NHL for a lot of years -- 25 to be exact -- but he's getting a chance this season to see and experience some things for the first time. Having a player like forward Dany Heatley, for instance. "I don't know if I have had a power forward like him," said Murray, who invoked the name of Cam Neely, who defined the position and was inducted into the Hall of Fame Monday, when asked about Heatley. "Cam was different on the forecheck," said Murray of Neely, who played a much more physically punishing game than Heatley. "But there aren't many guys like (Heatley) in the NHL."
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