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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
There will be a new format for determining the order of selection for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Sources tell TSN that NHL teams have voted 23-6 (with one abstention) in favor of introducing a ranking system that places a greater emphasis on playoff performance than regular season results.
from the Star-Ledger,
He is probably the NHL’s next commissioner. He played a major role in the 2004-05 lockout, and as deputy commissioner, remains the league’s point man on a wide range of issues—not the least of which is boosting the popularity and TV ratings of the sport.
Which is another way of saying Bill Daly, a Jersey kid who now lives in suburban Essex County, has one of the most difficult jobs in professional sports. He discussed those challenges in an interview last week with The Star-Ledger.
How healthy is the NHL?
Healthy and getting healthier. Obviously we came from a position where too many of our franchises were not healthy and the collective bargaining agreement hasn’t totally corrected that. Cer tainly it’s provided a foundation on which our clubs can become healthy. That’s the stage we’re in now.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
No one asked us, but if we were going to move an NHL team, there are a few we’d pick to relocate.
• Washington Capitals: Let’s review. Fans in the nation’s capital wouldn’t come out when the Capitals boasted Jaromir Jagr, the game’s most exciting player. Now, they won’t come out when the Caps boast one of the hardest-working teams in the NHL and one of the game’s most exciting figures in Alexander Ovechkin.
read on for more teams and teams that made the right move…
from bob McKenzie of TSN,
Following recent meetings in Vancouver between the IIHF, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, the format and details of the tourney were tentatively agreed upon. Sources tell TSN, if approved by the IIHF, the Olympic tourney will look as follows:
- The tourney will be played over a 13-day period from Tuesday Feb. 16 to Sunday Feb. 28. NHL regular season games will be played on Saturday Feb. 13 and Sunday Feb. 14 with players traveling to Vancouver on either the Sunday or the Monday before the tourney begins.
My NHL.com blog today stresses we should be concentrating on the game played on the ice.
Also, time to be upfront with injuries.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mr. Rendell spoke this morning at a Spectrum Gaming Group conference in Harrisburg about gaming in Pennsylvania.
“This afternoon I am traveling to Pittsburgh, where we will announce that all three government entities (state, county, city) have agreed to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years. We will build a beautiful new arena.
“Make no mistake about it—without expanded gaming in Pennsylvania, the Penguins would be gone. The first puck would have been dropped next year in Kansas City.”
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Who thinks hockey fans really give a damn?
Turns out the guy who was running the NHL Players’ Association might have been a bit dodgy.
Word is he may have done a thing or two “on the down low,” including the unauthorized monitoring of their e-mails.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so Pittsburgh fans will apparently be spared the sight of Sidney Crosby sporting an old Kansas City Scouts jersey and a Sprint Center hat, loading the Stanley Cup and the rest of his Penguins teammates into a convertible and after circling crumbling Mellon Arena once, making a beeline for the state line.
And for that hockey fans everywhere can give thanks.
from the Toronto Star,
There was a new kid in the Leaf net yesterday and the young man has quite a future.
The goalie was 14-year-old Brandon Gibson of Scarborough. And he’s got a future because of a successful double-lung transplant to treat his cystic fibrosis.
“He’s three months post-transplant and he’s allowed to do anything,” said his elated mother, Muriel Gibson.
from The Guardian,
Think being an NHL scout is a glamorous job?
Charlottetown’s Kevin Devine, head scout for the Buffalo Sabres, might beg to differ.
“After Christmas it’s crazy. . . . I’ve got an apartment in Buffalo I spend some of the winter in, mostly to show up and pay my rent (and I) slept in my bed in Buffalo maybe six nights,” Devine told The Guardian recently. “And now it’s getting more and more hectic with March and April because games are running out. You get a little bit panicky now. You’ve got to get to see this guy, you’ve got to get to see that guy.”
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