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All this trade talk, but yet, no trades!
Listening to the Fan590 in Toronto and they are talking about the trade scenarios for Bryan McCabe. The host suggested the Leafs may have to ‘eat’ some of McCabe’s contract in order to move him.
Sorry, the current CBA does not allow that. On to the next scenario!
update 3:50pm, The producer of the show just corrected the host on this issue.
Ron MacLean has been doing a little blogging for the CBC Olympics site and since we are in “Gretzky mode” these days, I thought you might enjoy this…
Two stories owned the games in Salt Lake City in 2002. The figure skating judging scandal and the twin wins for Canada in hockey. My highlight was Wayne Gretzky’s outburst following a 3-3 tie with the Czech’s. Gretzky’s tirade lasted nearly 10 minutes. The top moments: “To a man, every one of our guys will say how great (Dominik) Hasek or (Mats) Sundin is. I don’t think we dislike the other countries nearly as much as they hate us….”
And more: “They want to see us lose. We’re the biggest story down here and they love it when we’re not doing well. Now they have two Canadian stories - the figure skating and the hockey team. It’s all a crock of bull. It turns my stomach to hear some of the things being said about us. No one wants us to win except the guys on this team and our fans, but we’re a proud team and we’re still standing…”
It’s by far the most impressive thing I’ve seen Wayne do.
more Olympics talk from Ron…
from Rick Nothrop of the Prince Albert Daily Herald,
Baseball has Bill James. Football has draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr. and Aaron Schatz, who started Footballoutsiders.com dedicated to statistical analysis of the National Football League.
But where do hockey fans look for insightful, investigative musings on the National Hockey League?...
Thankfully, there is a place hockey fans can turn: Hockeyanalytics.com. Allan Ryder maintains Hockeyanalytics.com, a website with reams of information that just might one day do for hockey what Bill James did for baseball.
Ryder’s regular columns in the Globe and Mail expound on the virtues of new statistics — called metrics — that shed new light on the game of hockey.
Just a friendly reminder, Wayne Gretzky Week starts tonight on the NHL Network. Check out the schedule of shows and enjoy a sneak video preview of the NHL Network’s ‘A Day That Changed the Game: August 9, 1988’.
Well we can’t get much worse in the delivering of hockey news over the last few days.
GM’s are golfing, fishing or just plain out of site. Players are getting the skates sharpened and have started their off-ice conditioning.
Anything on your mind these days? Or are you just taking early August off to prepare for the upcoming season too?
Feel free to leave a comment, question or just tell us how your summer has been going. On a side note, KK has been receiving a few hits from Beijing, China in the last week or so. Probably some media types trying to keep their finger on the hockey world.
Last week we mentioned this story in USA Hockey Magazine that was already on newsstands, but not yet on the internet. Now it’s available online.
From Ricki Dugdale at USA Hockey Magazine:
Today’s bloggers are gaining acceptance among mainstream media, in part because professional journalists have learned that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
The rising popularity of blogs has forced mainstream media to re-evaluate which direction coverage is heading in the near future as fingers stay glued to the keyboard and eyes stay fixed on a computer screen.
“I think [blogging] sort of changed how we approached coverage of events,” said Kevin Allen, president of the Professional Writer’s Association and USA Today’s hockey writer. “Instead of just reporting what happened in the news we are interpreting it quickly, and we have been forced to do it by the amateur bloggers.”
Don Cherry will be co-hosting the Morning Show on Fan590 in Toronto Tuesday morning from 6-9a ET.
You can get the stream by visiting their site and it may be a good time to hear Don talk some hockey!
On August 9, 1988, a day that changed the game, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers to the lowly Los Angeles Kings. The trade changed the fortunes of the Kings, was a driving force for National Hockey League expansion into the ‘Sun Belt’, and generated extensive growth of the game at the grassroots level in “non-traditional” hockey markets.
To commemorate the anniversary, The NHL Network will highlight its “Wayne Gretzky Week” programming by presenting a one-hour special that features exclusive interviews with Gretzky, former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and former Kings’ owner Bruce McNall, among others, at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, August 6. A VNR of the interview with Gretzky will be provided Tuesday.
Here is the complete NHL Network schedule of Gretzky-related programming for next week:
USA Hockey Magazine recently came out on news stands with their August edition, which includes a feature on the hockey blogging world. The article should be available online soon.
Meanwhile, we were too excited to wait since they named Kuklas Korner.com to the top of the list—#1—for best hockey blog. (How cool is that?!) Our sincere thanks to USA Hockey Magazine for such a flattering mention for us, plus an excellent list that includes other familiar hockey faces, both mainstream media as well as some independent fan bloggers. Represented are James Mirtle, Ted Leonsis, TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Tom Benjamin, A View From the Cheap Seats, and many others.
Thanks to our friend Patrick Hoffman at The Hockey News for sending us a scan so you can check out the complete list.
Update August 5th: Story now available online.
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