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Is Jack Eichel ready to make the jump from the NCAA to the NHL? Boston University Associate Coach Steve Greeley says without a doubt, in fact he says, "I thought he could play for any NHL team in January of this year."
While the hockey superstar from Chelmsford, Massachusetts has yet to definitively say whether he will leave B-U next season or not, Buffalo Sabres fans are drooling over the prospects of having Jack Eichel in blue and gold next season. Eichel led the nation in scoring this past season with 26 goals and 45 assists for 71 points in just 40 games. He won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top college hockey player and developed even beyond expectations of the coaching staff at this institution known for producing great hockey players.
Greeley says that the thing they were most surprised about was how quickly he became a leader on the ice, on the bench and in the locker room. When Jack arrived at Boston University he was just 17 years old, in a college hockey world where 19 or 20 year old freshmen are the norm.
Greeley says that by November the seniors were listening to him, and he was listening to the seniors. There was a sense of mutual respect that developed quickly. "We were extremely impressed. You talk about what our expectations were, that wasn't one of them", Greeley added "He had a confidence to lead our team whether it was in between periods, in between whistles.. our seniors were listening to him and he was listening to our seniors. I think it is going to be very similar in the NHL. It'll take some time for him to become a leader, doesn't happen overnight when you are playing with men, but he will be a leader in the NHL and a guy who can be captain".
“There was no other sport! In Toronto, you played hockey, period. There are two sports, there’s hockey and there’s street hockey.”
from Aaron Elstein of Crain's New York Business,
If you've followed the Rangers' quest for the Stanley Cup, then you've had a few options if you've wanted to watch.
You could buy a ticket, though the cheapest seats for playoff games at Madison Square Garden cost around $400.
You could watch on TV from home, which would require forking over about $100 a month for a cable package, depending on the plan.
Or you could watch the games online. For nothing.
It takes only a few minutes of surfing the Internet to find a live Rangers game courtesy of someone who is streaming the NBC Sports cable network and Mike Emrick's electrifying play-by-play for free.
These pirate sports sites—some of which even make money from advertising—are taking advantage of technology that's making it easier to live-stream high-definition TV feeds, enabling them to expand their audiences beyond diehard fans willing to put up with choppy video and erratic sound. In short, the same kind of bandits who attacked movies and music are now assaulting the multibillion-dollar world of sports.
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... the NHL policy in which draft-pick compensation now can be attached to the hiring of coaches and front office personnel after they’ve been fired with term remaining on their contracts is a disgrace — immoral, or close to it, as labor relations go.
Imagine firing someone then stopping them from going somewhere else unless the hiring party antes up. The rebuilding Oilers likely will be forced to surrender two draft picks — either a second- and a third-rounder, or two thirds — to hire fired Boston GM Peter Chiarelli and fired San Jose coach Todd McLellan. Two steps forward, two steps back.
Where is Jimmy Devallano now that we need him to announce that coaches and managers are just cattle on the owners’ plantations?
-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this topic plus a look at the Mike Babcock hiring in Toronto.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
There was a smarter way for Gary Bettman to handle a question about the existence of any connection between contact in hockey and the brain damage condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
The commissioner should have replied that the league is currently involved in litigation and then declined to speak any further. Evasive, sure, but perfectly understandable.
Instead, he told reporters in Chicago on Thursday this:
“From a medical science standpoint, there is no evidence yet that one necessarily leads to the other,” Bettman said. “I know there are a lot of theories, but if you ask people who study it, they tell you there is no statistical correlation that can definitively make that conclusion.”
It was a page ripped from the climate-change denial playbook, a classic head-in-the-sand defense. Appalling ... but then again exactly what you’d expect the man to say.
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Linesman Brad Kovachik left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday in the second period with a sprained knee after a collision along the boards.
The NHL said he will be out indefinitely.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos checked New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, who hit Kovachik with 7:41 left in the period.
Kovachik, who was helped off the ice, was replaced by Greg Devorski. The game was delayed about five minutes.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
An eventful couple of months for Mr. Hockey began on Thursday with the announcement of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will link Detroit and Windsor when completed in 2020.
Next month Gordie Howe will head back to Mexico for a second round of stem cell treatments. Then he'll move from Lubbock, Texas, to Toledo, Ohio, to be live with son Murray and be closer to friends and family in Michigan. If all goes well, the family hopes to bring the 87-year-old Detroit Red Wings legend to Joe Louis Arena for a game next season.
"It would be really nice to get Dad to the Joe for a game if he's well enough," son Mark told M-Live. "We just take everything day to day. We'd like to get him in the building, let him watch a little hockey. We're trying to get him as much mental stimulation as possible.
"We'll try to keep improving his quality of life."
from Scouting The Refs,
Eric Furlatt, Steve Kozari, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, and Brad Watson. Standby referee is Gord Dwyer.
Derek Amell, Scott Cherrey, Michel Cormier, Greg Devorski, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Brian Murphy, and Pierre Racicot. Standby linesman is Steve Miller.
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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The team of officials selected to work this series-ending tilt have also been preparing for the opening puck drop since as early as Tuesday when they got on a plane, train or automobile to arrive in the City. Each official is required to arrive prior to the 9pm et curfew but more likely came in advance of that to join their colleagues for an early dinner. Casual conversation would take place over the magnitude of the game, events from Game 6 that would have been watched by the entire crew from their respective home locations, or even perhaps a perspective gained in a backup role. The officials have a great deal at stake as well. They must be at their very best and desire to be a "non-factor" in the outcome of the game; hopefully to leave it in the players' hands.
They know that there will be a great deal of emotion and energy on the ice from both teams. While they will certainly feel the pressure, it is important for the guys in stripes not to get drawn into the emotional battles that will likely take place. The referees and linesmen need to maintain an emotional state of neutrality, but also be prepared to bring an elevated energy level and impose themselves as the game dictates. The Series Supervisor will have conducted a meeting with the crew at Noon today and highlighted areas of emphasis for the officials to be aware of. That information would surely include protection of the goalkeepers, making sure that each call will withstand the test of a replay and not to be fooled through embellishment. Last but not least, make sure any puck shot over the glass wasn't deflected before imposing a penalty.
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