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In preparation for the NHL Entry Draft this weekend, I threw together a short Q&A for both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who are covering the event for Kukla’s Korner.
First, meet Erin Nicks. (Even Gary Bettman has learned to stay out of her way…)
from Alex Hebert of the Ottawa Sun,
A quick search on craigslist.com, kijiji.ca, ebay and other e-commerce sites yielded multiple postings of people selling pairs of tickets for upwards of $125.
Whether fans will actually pay that much remains to be seen but a pair of tickets on ebay already had a bidder willing to drop $51 on them with 11 hours left in the auction.
This revelation puzzled Senators spokesman Phil Legault, who told me that the event was not yet at capacity and there were still many Entry Draft passes being given away for free.
Geez, I need to get a glossary. Does everyone have one but me?
At least Erin has a much shorter version than Abel to Yzerman!
In case you missed it yesterday, Erin Nicks along with Patrick Williams will be filing reports for KK from the 2008 NHL Draft in Ottawa. Look for more on this in the next few days.
Kukla’s Korner will be covering the NHL Entry Draft live again this year, this time with the help of two great hockey writers, Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams. They’ll be providing exclusive interviews from Ottawa, liveblogging the gossip, and posting whatever else they find going on behind the scenes.
More details available here.
P.S. My endless gratitude to Patrick and Erin for undertaking this project with me for KK readers—it should be a lot of fun!
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
This coming week, there are no fewer than four pivotal events on the docket, each one of them with the potential for far-reaching impact:
• Monday and Tuesday, the NHL Players’ Association will meet in Colorado Springs and each player who shows up gets a free laptop. The usual procedural things will be on the agenda, but sources say a rather interesting situation is forming between the league and its union.
First of all, the players will address the possibility of terminating the collective bargaining agreement in September 2009. Not a chance this will happen because a CBA in which the players were supposedly taking a kick to the groin is turning out to be another huge win for them.
from Alan Adams of AOL Canada,
This is one of those read the book, seen the movie scenarios that has become all too common in NHL folklore.
The price of doing business is about to go up again, for a third straight year.
The average NHL salary this season was $1.9 million US, a hike of 11 per cent over last season and a whopping 28 per cent higher than it was when the NHL resumed business following the 2004-05 lockout.
from the CP via TSN,
ZURICH, Switzerland - The NHL’s transfer agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation expired Monday, ushering in a new era for the movement of players between Europe and North America.
For over a decade, the transfer deal set a framework for how NHL teams could bring players across the Atlantic, with deadlines for transfers, limits on how many players could leave each season, rules for players returning to their IIHF clubs, and a transfer fee for each player.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
It was nice to see the NHL borrow an idea from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science people – among other organizations – in coming up with a Lifetime Achievement Award….
Going forward, there are many worthy candidates for this award as the NHL closes in on its 100th year. Selecting anyone other than Mr. Hockey in Year 1 would have been a mistake. But in future seasons, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Bowman and Jean Beliveau are just a few names we’ll be seeing win this award.
It’ll be interesting to see how the NHL handles the legacy of Ted Lindsay. Not only was ‘Terrible Ted’ one of the best players of all-time – he ranked No. 21 on The Hockey News’ 1997 list of the top 100 players – he was also the instigator of the grossly underpaid players’ attempt to form an association/union back in 1957.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The waiting list also includes Doug Gilmour, Steve Larmer, Bobby Smith, Rick Middleton, Adam Oates and Dale Hunter, Russians led by Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure, pre-expansion NHLers who no longer have a veterans’ category and those dogged lobbyists for Paul Henderson, still fighting for him 36 years post-Summit Series.
The current selection committee, infused with some new blood this year, meets Tuesday to vote on up to four 2008 player inductees. After a few recent no-brainers, Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier, this is what some call a “light” year, or a chance to address oversights.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Here are five reasons you should have enjoyed the NHL in 2007-08:
• The right team won it all. Detroit became the first team since the 2001-02 Red Wings to win the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup. If it happened every year, it would become tiresome. But every now and again, it’s nice to see the best team in the league confirm as much in the playoffs. The Red Wings for years have had the best organization. Their players earned the Cup in the end.
• Sid the Kid. The NHL couldn’t have asked for much more than Sidney Crosby and the Penguins reaching the finals. Crosby is the face of the new NHL, and he was brilliant in the postseason while showcasing the league.
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