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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Understand. Messier is not campaigning for anyone’s job. He is not suggesting he should be the next GM. He is not suggesting he should be the next head coach. He is, however, suggesting he’s ready to get to work, and certainly would prefer to get to work for the Rangers.
“It’s hard to say what I would or would not do; to me, it’s a matter of finding the best way for me to contribute,” Messier said. “In the past, I’ve talked about what my wish list might be in establishing a vision for a franchise, but it’s a completely different discussion now that I’m ready to jump into the fray.”
This is no surprise to Glen Sather, for Slap Shots has learned the GM and Messier had a lengthy discussion on the topic last June in Ottawa before the Entry Draft. There’s been no job offer since.
One suggestion Mark, stop talking about getting to work and just do it.
I can only hope for the day when a kid in Texas can strap on a pair of blades in June and skate on an outdoor surface that simulates real ice. Only then does hockey have a chance to crack the national consciousness more often than when a Winter Classic game or Stanley Cup final is played.
But I don’t care today.
I am still fondly remembering Thursday’s Classic. It was a day to celebrate the sport for those who know it best and a chance to showcase it to the non-believers, and it was pulled off superbly.
If the rest of the U.S. wants to watch fly fishing, well, that’s their problem.
-Mike Milbury of Blogs and Columns at CBC.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
The death of Whitby Dunlops defenceman Don Sanderson struck a chord in hockey tough guys everywhere.
Theirs is the hardest job in sports and they are all acutely aware of the risks they take every time they drop the gloves.
“It does go through your head, but at the same time we have a job to do and it’s part of the game,” said Oilers enforcer Steve MacIntyre, who’s recovering from a broken orbital bone suffered in a fight with Eric Godard.
“A couple of my buddies had the same thing happen and fortunately they came through. It’s just the way it is, it’s the nature of the beast, you’re going to get hurt,
“It’s an accident, and accidents do happen. Heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, that’s for sure. You have to go on and deal with it the best you can.”
continued and watch a CBC report on the death of Don Sanderson and the fighting debate below…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The San Jose Sharks may have something to say about it in the end, and playoff match-ups are unpredictable at the best of times, but could the NHL luck into a scenario in which four Original Six teams – the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens in the East; the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks in the West – qualify for the Stanley Cup semi-finals?
And if so, wouldn’t that be the strongest marketing ploy imaginable, as the league enters into a year in which its presence on the sporting landscape will be put to the test by the world’s growing economic crisis?
continued & many other hockey notes…
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
What the National Hockey League should do and what the National Hockey league does are not always the same thing. So we’ll offer up these suggestions along with the likelihood of their being implemented.
Change the point structure (33% possibility): Some games, three points are awarded. Some games, it’s two. The NHL should say: “Look guys, we’re putting three points on the line in every game. If you want all three, you have to win in regulation time. If not, the points are awarded on a 2-1 basis with the eventual winner getting two.”...
Get a new commissioner (10%): Gary Bettman shut down the league for a year with the promise to the owners that his solution would end their economic woes. That clearly has not been the case, and many of the owners are unhappy with him….
As we close the book on 2008, how are you feeling about the state of our game? Do you have something you want to get off your chest or perhaps want to talk about the outlook of your team for 2009 and beyond.
This post is yours, feel free to leave comments and share your thoughts with other hockey fans.
from the CP via TSN,
The National Hockey League is looking at holding its annual awards show in Las Vegas.
A source familiar with negotiations said Tuesday that the move would help the league make more of a splash with its season-ending gala. Everyone from sponsors to media to personnel from the NHL’s 30 teams would converge on the city, making it more of an event than it has been in recent years.
There could also be a natural tie-in with entertainment acts that hasn’t really been there in the past.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Luc Bourdon, Alexei Cherepanov, Mickey Renaud, each still blossoming as an athlete and a human being, also died this year, long before they had the chance to best manifest their talents.
But above and beyond those gut-wrenching goodbyes, there just seemed to be something inescapably melancholy in virtually every facet of the hockey world this year.
There was ‘Boots’ Del Biaggio’s expensive, heartbreaking charade in Nashville and the myriad of questions it raised about the NHL’s leadership group.
In Tampa Bay, new owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules rode to the team’s rescue and promised an adventure for Lightning fans.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,
I miss NHL referee Mick McGeough. There, I have said it.
I miss the arm waving, the theatrics. You always knew when Mick was in the building, not like some of the anonymous zebras working now, with no names on their jerseys.
Can you tell Dean Morton from Dean Warren from Dean Martin or Dan O’Halloran from Dan O’Rourke? Nobody could turn a slashing penalty into something akin to a beheading with the colourful gesturing that McGeough offered up through close to 1,100 league games and 63 more in the playoffs through 20 seasons. He retired to become an NHL officiating mentor this year.
McGeough has showed up at Rexall Place several times this season, sitting up in the press box, far from where he wanted to be.
continued & I would normally link to the original source story, but the Edmonton Journal is really slow-loading today for me.
from Peter O’Neal at Canada.com,
The City of Lights, typically associated with sophisticated images of culture, fashion, architecture, food and romance, would seem to be an unlikely target to promote the lowbrow sport of ice hockey.
Yet French organizers think there is a hockey culture here strong enough to justify their bid to make Paris join the ranks of three other European cities - London, Prague and Stockholm - that have hosted season-opening National Hockey League games since 2007.
They are counting on the thousands of hockey fans from Paris, and from hockey hotbeds like Rouen in the northern Normandy region and Grenoble in the French Alps, who regularly attend games to cheer on local teams or their own children in minor league programs.
French fans would be hard to distinguish from hockey moms and dads in Canada except that they are typically better dressed and arrive clutching dainty little cafe noisettes (an absurdly tiny jigger of dark coffee with a faint splash of milk) rather than double-doubles.
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