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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The CBC’s love letter to the game of hockey went off without a hitch.
The seventh edition of Hockey Day In Canada, the 13-hour show that celebrates amateur hockey in this country and also airs a National Hockey League tripleheader, was well done. It was perhaps the best yet….
So, why did it seem flat? Why was there almost a ho-hum tone to whole thing?
I had a few people over yesterday to take in HDIC, and to be truthful, still recovering.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Daniel Cleary came to that edge. Put his skate blade over, even. And stepped back.
Talk to Cleary in the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room and it’s not so much the words he uses to describe the experience but the look on his face that tell this story of transformation. Beneath the various cuts and bruises and scrapes that are the hazards of the trade the way it is plied by Cleary, is etched a look of understanding that these kinds of chances—second chances, last chances maybe—are not to be squandered but cherished.
The key to success in the new NHL—with a $44-million US salary cap this season—is for general managers to get the most bang for their bucks.
In other words, it you’re paying big money for a player, he’d better produce.
As the NHL heads into the second half of the season, it’s interesting to note which financial strategies have paid off so far—and which haven’t.
Heading into Saturday’s action, the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators were the three best teams in the NHL.
from the Buffalo News,
Chris Drury and Daniel Briere certainly aren’t comfortable discussing business and impending unrestricted free agency. Drury is one of the all-time gamers, a guy who seldom loses focus when it comes to winning. He’s not thinking about money. He’s thinking about his next shift….
Like it or not, Darcy Regier and his cohorts will eventually need to make a decision about these two. The math suggests the Sabres can keep one or the other, probably not both, perhaps not even either. Even if the salary cap doesn’t become an obstruction, their value could exceed the Sabres’ budget. They’re already spending about $7 million more than they had planned.
from the Tennessean,
In an interview with Predators beat writer John Glennon, team owner Craig Leipold shared his thoughts on ...
The perception that hockey in Nashville is still a weekend or holiday event: “I think we are something of a destination event, an entertainment night. ...This is a sports business. We expect our players to give us 100 percent and show up every night. We’d like to see our fans show up 41 nights a year.’‘
Also from the Tennessean,
Changing needs, cost-cutting and a lack of interest in the game are among the reasons companies have given in canceling their accounts, Violetta said. The team may also still be struggling to overcome local residents’ lack of familiarity with the game the Predators play.
“Hockey is not a native sport here,” Stein said. “I think because of the cultural element of their geography, it’s going to be a challenge in many seasons.”
from the Courier Post,
If the Flyers and Peter Forsberg cannot come to an agreement on a contract extension by the end of the NHL All-Star break later this month, they may elect to trade the star center prior to the Feb. 27 trading deadline, club general manager Paul Holmgren said Saturday.
“At the trade deadline, if we didn’t have something done for future years, we might just be inclined to roll the dice,” Holmgren said. “I really haven’t thought that far ahead to be honest with you. I think he’s still a tremendous player. But I haven’t really looked at that.”
from the News Democrat,
The rare attraction of free food brought many fans to the St. Louis Blues game at Scottrade Center on Saturday, including Dupo High School teachers Jerry Devany, John Daab and Scott Hamm.
“I probably wouldn’t have (been here),” said Daab, part of a crowd of 17,868 in attendance. “We talk hockey at school and about how well they’d been playing lately. We saw the deal and said ‘hey, let’s go.’”
“I just started laughing when I saw everything, I felt like a kid in a candy store,” said Daab, who had three hot dogs, two orders of chicken strips and some peanuts. “How they had it set up was perfect, there were no lines. We got here and whatever we wanted, they had it for us.
“The longest lines I saw were the bathroom lines.”
from the Port Huron Times Herald,
Ask anyone in town for the International Silver Stick Tournament this weekend. Hockey helmets, pads and gloves - especially the gloves - are notoriously stinky, and the stink is nearly impossible to expunge.
“It doesn’t matter what you do. The smell is there,” said Anderson, whose son, Ashton, plays for the Mississauga IceDogs. “It’s an ongoing problem.”
Hockey parents have various strategies and coping methods for the stench. There are even services and machines designed to clean hockey equipment, although there is some disagreement about how well they work.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
On the slippery surface, the Senators were near perfect yesterday.
On the video scoreboard, however, they committed a major faux pas.
During a first-period stoppage in a skit promoting the team’s Hockey Night in Barbados fan contest, Spartacat forced a fellow wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey to jump off a ship.
Eyes on the Prize chimes in too…
In the moments during the pregame buildup between the Senators and Habs, a scene on the video screen above the ice sent a rage throughout the Canadiens organization.
In an inconsiderate display of brash idiotic arrogance, heartless timing, and ill will, a cartoon featuring the Senators mascot Spartacat teases a Habs fan in a boat, inviting him to jump in the lake, so to speak. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk steers the ship, while the mascot taunts and pokes at the fan, before finally throwing him overboard.
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