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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said today he was surprised when Ryan Miller told him that referee Tim Peel swore at the Buffalo goaltender during Monday night’s game in Pittsburgh.
“That would be unusual,” Ruff said following today’s morning skate. “The referees 99 percent of the time show a lot of class and they’re under a lot of duress. They take a lot of abuse, even to a point where they give players a lot of room.
“If this is just that rare occasion, it’s a rare occasion that happened. For the most part, they keep a great handle on it because they take the majority of abuse in the games.”
Calls for comment to Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s officiating supervisor, have not been returned.
“There is no Ryan Miller situation,” Frank Brown, the NHL’s vice president of communications, said in an e-mail to The Buffalo News today.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
At the end of a 5-1/2-minute session with reporters today in the Amherst Pepsi Center, Miller was asked about an end-of-practice chat with coach Lindy Ruff. The Buffalo goaltender revealed he was telling his coach that one of the officials swore at him during a stoppage in play a couple of minutes before the Sabres received a bench minor for arguing an interference call on Thomas Vanek.
“It was just about the referee last night, a brief conversation I had with the ref that was a little surprising to me,” Miller said. “He told me to “go [bleep] myself’ because I was just asking a question. I was just kind of joking around [to Ruff], saying, “Maybe that kind of started what got the bench minor going.’
“To be honest, I was respectful. I asked him a question and he told me maybe I should “go [bleep] myself.”
“The NHL will be fine. We may have to focus on the way we are operating into the future, in terms of the value proposition for fans and cost controls and the like, but none of our clubs are in jeopardy. The games will be played and we are doing OK this season. Revenues will be up and there will be real growth. But, like everyone else, we need to be observant, flexible and proactive to deal with the uncertainties the future will bring.”
-Gary Bettman at the BOG Meetings. More from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Multiple NHL sources told The Hockey News Monday that seven U.S.-based teams – the Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes – each will lose at least $5 million this season, barring lengthy and lucrative playoff runs.
“And that’s before the bad (economic) news really hits the fan,” one league executive (who requested anonymity) told THN…
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
* Will we see a substantial trade made before the holiday trade freeze? My heart says yes, we could use something to talk about, but my hockey mind says no.
* Take it to the bank, the Dallas Stars will make the playoffs!
* A challenge to any national anthem singer in the States. When the Montreal Canadiens visit your rink, please sing part of the Canadian National Anthem in French. A definite YouTube post!
* The Hot Stove segment during the Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night broadcast could work as a weekly, half hour show. I would tune in every time.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets assistant coach Gord Murphy recalls the sinking feeling of watching former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Coffey gather the puck behind his net and with swift, powerful strides begin skating up ice.
Like a thunderstorm rolling across the Plains, Coffey would gain momentum as he blew past the first forechecker, head up, puck on his stick. Murphy, a 14-year NHL defenseman, had no neutral-zone trap in front of him or butterfly goaltender behind him.
It was 1990, a different era, a golden age for offensive defensemen.
“Guys like Coffey could scare you from 100 feet away,” Murphy said. “He would come flying down the wing and you would think, ‘Oh, no, here he comes, what’s he going to do?’ “
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
The 50-year-old turned around the Islanders and made the playoffs in his first season. But he missed the post-season in the second season, and rejoined the ranks of unemployed hockey coaches last July when he and Islanders general manager, Garth Snow, parted company citing “philosophical differences.” What, precisely, those differences were, Nolan will not say, beyond saying the rumours about him playing the veterans when Snow wanted him to play the kids are untrue.
“I’d rather stay away from what happened in New York,” Nolan says.
His old team was in Toronto Monday night for a game with the Maple Leafs. Nolan planned to watch the contest on the new satellite dish he installed at the house. He watches three NHL games a night so he can second-guess the coaching staffs, while keeping his hockey mind sharp.
from the CP,
There wasn’t a single NHL owner who left the first day of the league’s board of governors meeting in tears.
Given some of the things they heard on Monday, that was actually notable.
Two economists addressed team owners and executives at length about the state of the worldwide economy during the session, painting what deputy commissioner Bill Daly termed a “pretty dark” picture. The meeting began with an agenda that included a discussion about the salary cap but talk of the economy went on so long that it was pushed back to Tuesday’s session.
In fact, the governors hardly ended up delving into the business of hockey at all.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Even Fox News, a network that can’t be watched by anyone with an IQ higher than a zucchini, jumped all over the story last week. I was checking out of a Wyoming hotel when my jaw dropped at this intro from the Fox anchor: “The National Hockey League, known mostly for its brutality and bloody brawls ...”
Huh? My New NHL? Third man in? Anybody out there remember the last bloody brawl in the NHL?
Whatever, Fox went downhill from there. For a full five minutes, the anchor and two panelists revealed such bottomless ignorance of the league and the issues involved that they might as well have been talking about cricket. The only male on the panel, who claimed to be a hockey player himself, referred to the NHL as a league where “you get two minutes in the penalty box for assault and battery.”
Try telling that to Todd Bertuzzi.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Amid a global credit crunch, an undisclosed number of franchises with For Sale signs on the front lawn, and mounting economic pressures, the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors will convene at the Tony Resort Hotel, The Breakers, in West Palm Beach on Monday for two days of meetings….
It is unknown how many NHL teams might be for sale at the moment, but rumblings are that as many as five could be had. Again, as a secondary holding, NHL teams are becoming dispensable by owners whose primary businesses are struggling.
Like the housing market however, more teams for sale drive the price of each individual team down.
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