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from The Maven at MSG Network,
There will be another NHL expansion and you can put your money on Las Vegas as being the 31st team. The reasons why Sin City has the lead are many. Start with the fact that it would be very difficult for ownership to reject a HUGE entrance fee which would top anything the league has known. Plus a new rink is going up in LV and the very influential Phil Anschutz is behind the move.
more bits from Stan…
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
It’s not that the Ducks and Kings shouldn’t play twice in Europe, but not two regular-season games. And not in England. If you’ve ever been there, you know how little use they have for ice.
Two exhibitions in Sweden or the Czech Republic or even Russia would have been perfect. The NHL has very little to gain in the U.K. besides the odd jersey sale.
If the league wanted to make any splash in Britain, it should have recruited the Phoenix Coyotes, coached by Wayne Gretzky, whose name might ring a faint bell with someone.
That would have satisfied the need for a Western team to suffer approximately the same hardship the Kings will. Certainly the fact that the Kings’ owners also own the arena in London was not enough reason for the Ducks to sign up.
Also from the OC Register… The Bertuzzi Effect...
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is expected to meet with Dany Heatley’s agent, J.P. Barry on Thursday in Ottawa.
And based on preliminary discussions, the Senators are aware of Heatley’s expectations.
It’s believed that Heatley is seeking an average salary of $8.5 million and a multi-year term similar to what Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez agreed to this summer.
The question is, will Eugene Melnyk pay it?
from the Rangers Report,
“We’re trying to help him,” Renney said. “I don’t see Kaspar playing hockey for us, and we’ll do everything we can to help him play somewhere else. And if not, he’ll go to Hartford, and in the kind of condition he’s in, and the mental approach he’s taken, you never know.”
I asked Renney if he still thought Kasparaitis could play at the NHL level, and the coach said he believed he could. Bear in mind it’s in the Rangers’ best interest to have another team pick him up off waivers, so it wouldn’t make sense for the coach to elaborate on all of Kasparaitis’ deficiencies. But the answer merits passing on.
from the CP,
“What we’re talking about is 5-on-5 ice for (Horcoff),” MacTavish said after the win over the Flames. “Maybe his role will be more important, more impactful for us if he is playing on a second or third line. The minutes will be there ... but maybe at the start of the game his name isn’t with Hemsky and with Penner.
“We need a dynamic scorer, and Horc, for all his strengths, is not an 100-point guy, so we’re going to entertain thoughts of looking at somebody else, at times, 5-on-5.”
Horcoff heard MacTavish loud and clear.
“It’s motivating,” he said. “There’s only a handful of 100-point guys in the league.
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Alex Ovechkin participated in an NHL teleconference today. Here is the transcript…
Q. Lots of good stats but are you at the point where you want the team to make the playoffs? I can’t imagine it’s much fun if the team doesn’t make the playoffs.
ALEX OVECHKIN: My goal is to make the playoffs and I have to score goals and everybody has to score goals. So my goal is to score goals and try to win games.
Q. How is it going to be playing with Michael Nylander?
ALEX OVECHKIN: Right now I’m playing with Viktor Kozlov.
From Pierre LeBrun at the CP via Yahoo!
The Ducks may be in flux but they are still mighty. The Sharks smell blood, the Red Wings will soar, the Senators sense destiny and the Rangers plan to rock Broadway again.
Those are the Fab Five as the NHL’s 90th season opens this weekend in London, England, with Anaheim opening defence of its title against rival Los Angeles.
The Ducks romped so impressively to California’s first Stanley Cup last June that giving the NHL its first repeat champion in a decade seemed like a sensible proposition. That’s before superstar defenceman Scott Niedermayer and 48-goal scorer Teemu Selanne started talking about retirement.
note: an earlier LeBrun story is noted here, for more on the London game.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Changes to several NHL rules that go into effect for the new season fit right in with the league’s ongoing crackdown on interference and obstruction.
Penalty shots can now be awarded when a player with the puck is hauled down from the centre line on in rather than from the opposition’s blue-line as previously was the case.
The interference rule has been altered to allow for a major penalty and a game misconduct when an injury results.
The changes are beneficial for on-ice officials, says director of officiating Stephen Walkom.
from the CP via TSN,
Pittsburgh Penguins star forward Sidney Crosby left practice Monday with a sore groin.
“I felt it a bit,” Crosby said. “It was just gradual as the practice wore on. I did not have as much jump as I thought I should have had.”
Crosby said his groin injury is “not near” the severity of the one that caused him to miss three games last November. Pittsburgh lost all three games when he was out.
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