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from Reuters via the Globe and Mail,
Speaking at the SportAccord convention, Fasel and Bettman had a frank and sometimes heated exchange that underscored the difficult negotiations ahead for the NHL to remain part of the Olympics.
“It can be a challenge or a nightmare (bringing the NHL, IIHF, NHLPA Players’ Association and IOC together) and I take it as a challenge, a fantastic challenge and I will work day and night to have them (NHL players) in Sochi,” said Fasel.
The 2014 Games will be held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi following next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
But Bettman said: “It’s not so easy to simply say ‘Let’s go to the Olympics’. We shut down our season for two weeks to 17 days and there is a momentum to our season that is lost…it all comes to a screeching halt and we go off to the Olympics.
“No other league stops to go do this. In fact, baseball doesn’t do it and it’s no longer an Olympic sport. This is hard, it’s not always a good experience and the benefits we’ve sometimes seen were not always worth what we’ve had to sacrifice.
“I don’t think we get enough credit and I don’t think the IOC (International Olympic Committee) tends to recognize how difficult it is.”
from DarrenM of Silver Seven,
In 1987, Marsh brought his flexible goal pegs, made out of a mixture of rubber and plastic, to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Ed Chynowth, then president of the Western Hockey League, became a big supporter of Marsh Pegs, and helped draw the NHL’s attention to the invention.
Finally, in July of 1991, the NHL made the Marsh Peg system the standard in every arena. Marsh joked that at 56, he was the oldest rookie in the NHL that year.
From Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy:
One point of contention during the debate, typically used when arguing who is more valuable to a team, is the “take the player off the team” angle, comparing how the Capitals and Penguins would be if Ovechkin and Malkin were not in the lineup. Obviously, both teams have decent talent around them that if they were not in the lineup one night, they wouldn’t suffer too poorly.
While Ovechkin and Malkin are pretty much certain to have their names included on the final list of MVP nominees, who deserves to fill the third slot?
In a more general sense, which one of the following players deserves the hardware?
Check out the list and cast your vote.
Also at PD, check out Greg Wyshynski’s entertaining interview with Cam Ward, discussing everything from his current streak of starts, to his concerns about ending up with a “porno bobblehead.”
via the Las Vegas Sun,
Tickets for the 2009 NHL Awards ceremony at the Pearl Concert Theater in the Palms Hotel go on sale Tuesday at noon.
The NHL hands out some of hockey’s most cherished prizes including the Hart, Norris and Calder trophies at this ceremony. But the $500 price tag might be too steep for most hockey fans.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
He’s the last on-ice link to the WHA, worked nearly 2,000 NHL games, was stung by pucks in every part of his anatomy, watched Mario Lemieux’s Canada Cup winner up close, got a shout-out in Wayne’s World and turned down Jim Schoenfeld’s advice to consume another beignet on national TV.
Referee Don Koharski will have a relatively quiet exit in a couple of weeks, but this tough old zebra won’t leave the game entirely. League director of officiating Stephen Walkom says a supervisory or instructional position will be discussed with the 53-year-old during the summer….
With his first game on Oct. 14, 1977 (the Cleveland Barons, Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Flames were still in the 18-team NHL), Koharski embarked on an eventful career. He’s recognized not only for his longevity, but working so many big games, such as the multiple Stanley Cup finals and at the Russians’ request, Game 3 of the ‘87 Canada Cup final.
read on and of course, whenever you hear ‘Koharski’, you think of the ‘donut incident’ which you can watch below…
via Frank Albin of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,
Recently I went through some old boxes in my garage. I found an interesting/fun video that I produced back in 1990. At the time I was covering the Detroit Red Wings while working for PASS.
This was pre-Sharks and the big story was that the Minnesota North Stars were thinking of re-locating in San Jose.
Great find Frank and thanks for sharing so all hockey fans can view it.
Scott Morrison did a great interview with Pat Burns that aired last night in the ‘Inside Hockey’ portion of HNIC.
from Larry Brooks of he NY Post,
• Guaranteed to happen at the Entry Draft in Montreal, or the money back you spent to read this on the Internet: Vincent Lecavalier traded to the Canadiens.
There remains no more overrated coach in the NHL than Jacques Lemaire, whose teams have combined to win three playoff rounds (one with the Devils as a conference No. 1 seed in 1997, two with the Wild in 2003) since leading New Jersey to the Stanley Cup in 1995.
• But that’s what happens when a coach believes systems and not players win championships.
more from Brooks including ‘tanking’ & Tortorella…
from Peter Adler at The Cult of Hockey,
Hockey, originally a Canadian national game, has become way too Americanized. And that’s what’s wrong with it. Many blame their local coaches for all kinds of unspeakable sins, crimes even. Most local fans, of course, don’t realize that the same things that they would have their own team’s coach drawn and quartered for happen all over the league.
Each and every team now boasts its own video coach. The idea is these people will dissect each and every opposing team their squad is about to play, figure out the foe’s strengths and weaknesses and adjust their own play accordingly. Their other role is to show their own players their own mistakes. Shockingly enough, most of the players, especially at NHL level, are perfectly aware of their mistakes. If they are not, they have no business being in the top league, anyway.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Not everyone wants to play the game, but for the statistically driven among NHL GMs, coaches and players – and there are lots of those – the primary exercise at this time of year is projecting The Number: That is, the number of points that gets you into the playoffs.
The Number has dramatically changed over the years; it has risen as a result of expansion; it rose again after the introduction of overtime; and in the first two post-lockout seasons; it skyrocketed for a third time after the shootout was adopted to put an end to the tie game.
Consider that back in the 21-team NHL, a really awful team could squeeze into the playoffs with a very low number if it happened to be playing in the right division.
continued plus other NHL topics…
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