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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Its members may not be able to skate, pass or shoot a puck without falling down but the NHL Players’ Association believes its soon-to-be-appointed, six-person advisory board will be an off-ice powerhouse, a dream team of support.
The NHLPA, with the help of Reilly Partners, a Chicago head-hunting firm, is presently assembling candidates to sit on a formal advisory that will be the first of its kind among the major professional sports unions.
The board will be composed of experts in the field of law, corporate affairs, finance, marketing, labour relations and player representation.
via Duffer’s Dabbles,
Wings coach Mike Babcock admitted he knew of a hockey player who’d taken a performance-enhancing substance, but felt it was wrong to label such athletes as cheaters.
“I don’t believe for one second that the guys who did this looked at it like they were cheating,” Babcock said. “They looked at it as, ‘I’ve got to do what I can to be the best that I can be.’ They looked at it as a way to have a good career and it’s come back to haunt them. And when they looked back at it in hindsight, they probably said, ‘Geez.’ That’s when you look at yourself as a human being and you see the difference between right and wrong. It’s a terrible thing to be stripped of medals and be stripped of your integrity, because integrity is everything in this world.”
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
But it all did get me to thinking: What issues should Bettman tackle on his show?
I understand subscription radio is, at least in theory, completely immune to ratings pressures and rather is driven by purchase and subscription revenue. But Bettman still should be thinking about quality, and perhaps even controversy, so here are some suggestions:
• “Creative Math”: Bettman explains how ticket prices, the league’s single biggest problem because they provide rationalizations for bailing out and staying away, remain startlingly and stiflingly high in the wake of the lockout and the implementation of the salary cap.
from the Anaheim Ducks,
With a decision looming on Friday’s game against Minnesota, Niedermayer said he feels prepared to play if it’s decided for him to do so.
“I would be ready,” Niedermayer said. “Would I be 100 percent? Probably not, but I probably won’t be. I’m going to need to get some games under my belt and go from there. I think Friday’s a possibility, but it’s really no up to me.”
A factor still being sorted out in getting Niedermayer on the ice is freeing up a roster space and the tagging room specified by Brian Burke when he announced the defenseman’s return on Dec. 5.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker was handed a one-game suspension by the National Hockey League for his actions in Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
added 8:24pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The offer, according to sources, is for $188-million and the difference this time around is, it appears to have a chance of succeeding. Katz’s previous offers for the team had fallen on deaf ears.
Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months.
Rexall Founder and Chairman Daryl Katz has made a new offer to purchase the Edmonton Oilers and related assets. The terms of the offer, which were not publicly disclosed, are being delivered directly to the shareholders of the Edmonton Investors Group.
Mr. Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months. In particular, Mr. Katz called Cal Nichols, Founding Chairman of the Board of EIG this morning to outline the terms and conditions of the offer. Mr. Nichols said that it was an offer that he would enthusiastically support.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
Traditionally, hockey players don’t go out and “win one for the owner”—at least not when he’s alive. But one can’t help thinking that Boston boss Jeremy Jacobs took great delight in his Bruins rolling over the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, earlier this week….
Sources tell SI.com that Jacobs took some offense during the recent Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, CA, when Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn was making an impassioned plea about opening up the game.
more and additional NHL bits…
from Thrashers Blog,
First, Waddell on the Anaheim situation: “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
But you have spoken with Burke?
“I’ve talked to him. In the last week I’ve probably talked to 15 GMs, there’s been more talk going on than there was before. Whether that means anything, I don’t know. We’ll see. “
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Denial is all the rage in the NHL these days. The league denies it has any real problems on or off the ice to solve; GMs guiding wobbly franchises deny the need to make any drastic changes to their rosters; and goaltenders deny they could survive so much as a deflected wrist shot without the protection of gargantuan-sized equipment.
As a matter of fact, just about every team in the league has at least one area where idealism trumps the truth.
From Blackantehm Military News,
“My mom and dad in Michigan are watching,” said Army Spc. Graham Besonen. “It’s important for them to see me and know I’m safe. I’m really a Red Wings fan, but I came to enjoy a hockey game and for my family to see me.”
Most of the pictures were sent to Versus at least a week prior to the game. However, the network wanted to make sure all of the troops were recognized. Just prior to the start of the game, a group photo was taken and e-mailed to Baker. During the third period, the picture was shown on TV.
“I was really impressed with Versus and the NHL putting our pictures on during the game,” said Army Sgt. Rich Allen. “I’ve always been a hockey fan, and to be deployed and see myself on television during a game was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
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