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One point I strongly agree with is the NHL has not created the "Big Splash" many of us expected. Maybe that is a good thing though, because the first 20 or so games may be difficult to watch while players, coaches and refs adjust to the new rules. from MSNBC,
The NHL is coming back, and it’s like getting back together with an old flame after a lengthy and nasty break-up. You’re thrilled at the prospect of meeting again, but a little nervous about what you might see. You don’t want to forgive, but you know when you set eyes on the object of your affection, that you’ll be hopelessly smitten again. There had been promises that this time, it would be different, but would it really? That’s the question, because if this is the same person as before, it’s not going to work. No, this time it has to be different. This time, it has to be new and a commitment to everything that’s beautiful about what was. The NHL hasn’t done a very good job of selling itself to its spurned fans. It made a big deal about a lot of new rules, but it hasn’t pumped up the season that’s almost upon us. It hasn’t cranked up the P.R. machine, rolled out the “Hockey’s Back” ads, hasn’t staged an event in Central Park or downtown Toronto or Vancouver or Dallas or anywhere that I’ve read about.
from the CP via Yahoo, Ten games you won't want to miss this year and four game you will miss:
1. Calgary vs. Tampa. No 2004 Stanley Cup rematch. 2. Detroit vs. Toronto. One the NHL's great rivalries won't hit the ice. 3. Anaheim vs. New Jersey. Longtime Devils star Scott Niedermayer won't face his former team. 4. Crosby in Western Canada. The kid won't play in Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver.
from the CP via Canada.com.
The 2005-06 NHL season will end with Mario Lemieux hoisting the Stanley Cup. At least that's the outcome of a season simulation by the developers of the PC hockey management game, NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005. The simulation sees Pittsburgh winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the best regular season record. The Penguins then cut a swath through the playoffs before sweeping the Dallas Stars in the final.
from the Detroit Free Press,
The Red Wings are waiting to find out just how long they will be without top-four defenseman Niklas Kronwall, but based on early indications, the news could be bad. Kronwall suffered an injury to his left knee with a handful of seconds left in the first period of Tuesday’s game at Denver after being hit into the boards by Dan Hinote. “Anytime a guy’s face is sheet-white after something happens, with a guy like Nik, something’s wrong,” coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday after the team’s morning skate. “We’re hoping that we get a way better report than we did from the doctor last night at the game today with the MRI. But realistically, he looks like he’s going to be out for a while.”
XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading provider of satellite radio, will begin broadcasting National Hockey League (NHL) games on October 5, the opening day of the NHL's 2005-2006 season. Live play-by-play coverage of NHL games will be carried on XM channels 204 through 209. Later this fall, XM will introduce a dedicated NHL radio channel featuring original programming that will focus on all aspects of the sport. NHL games and the NHL channel will be available to all XM subscribers for no additional charge. Under its recent ten-year agreement with the NHL, XM will become the exclusive satellite radio network of the NHL beginning with the 2007-2008 season. NHL games and XM's NHL channel will be available in Canada in the coming months through XM's partner Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR), which is funding a portion of the agreement. CSR has been awarded a license to distribute satellite radio in Canada, as recently approved by the Federal Cabinet.
The NHL is Starting Over, trying to recapture what makes hockey great. In a five-part series, ESPN.com remembers what made it that way in the first place, hockey's players, rivalries, teams, games and enforcers. If there is one overworked cliché in the sports business, it's that a team is greater than the sum of its parts. That is only true of the great teams. For every Guy Lafleur on a championship team, there is a Bob Gainey. The quiet warrior, the worker bee whose job is only recognized when the team enjoys the ultimate success, but whose importance is well known in the dressing room from the get-go.
According the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Centre Doug Weight and defenseman Barret Jackman are both out for seven to 14 days after suffering shoulder injuries on Tuesday. Jackman suffered a slight separation of his left should during the Blues' 3-1 exhibition loss to the Dallas Stars after being checked. The 24-year old Jackman is no stranger to shoulder injuries. He only played in 15 games for the Blues in 2003-04 missing most of his time to a dislocated left shoulder. Weight "sublexed" his left shoulder during the team's morning skate.Red Wing fans are anxiously awaiting word on Kronwall, who injured his left leg after a hip check from Dan Hinote last night. He is being examined in Detroit today.
Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery, regarding comments made earlier to TSN, issued the following statement today through the club’s communications department. “I certainly did not want to offend anyone with my comments earlier today. I am an emotional guy who sometimes says things that shouldn't be said. I apologize if I offended anyone.”
from Lindsay This Week,
You've jumped back on the bandwagon along with the rest, sitting right up front. Don't try to deny it, and don't insult me by claiming that you're only going to watch on Saturday nights, and only if you happen to be home and forgot to pick up a video. You are not only looking forward to the hockey season, you're already caught up in even the most trivial hockey news. The NHL is the lead story on all of the Canadian television sports networks (as required by the CRTC). Anyone wanting to find out who is leading the baseball wildcard races will just have to wait until we find out if Wayne Gretzky fell on his bum in his fourteenth practice as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. It's an event none of us wants to miss, so a reporter and cameraman from each station in Canada have been assigned to attend every Coyote practice this season.
from the Boston Globe,
Nick Boynton, originally offered only slightly more than his $1.33 million qualifying offer to rejoin the Bruins, has been offered $1.75 million to play in 2005-06, two sources familiar with both sides of the negotiations confirmed yesterday. But Boynton remains on his father's turf farm in Ontario, not yet satisfied with general manager Mike O'Connell's proposal. ''They had the right to put this to bed at $1.9 million, right off the bat," said Boynton's agent, Anton Thun, noting that the Bruins in July could have picked up the option for this season on Boynton's contract that was negotiated more than two years ago. ''But they didn't, and that's where we are now."
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