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BOG Update

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was expected to kick things off Tuesday evening with his annual league business overview address. He was to be followed by director of hockey operations Colin Campbell’s state of the game (on-ice) with an update on the league’s plans to possibly crack down on blindside hits. That won’t get decided until GMs meet again in March.

The potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Ice Edge group was likely to be touched on by Bettman on Tuesday although the full update was slated for Wednesday when “franchise matter” were on the agenda.

Here’s an angle I hadn’t thought of with the Coyotes. One NHL governor, who requested anonymity, said he was curious to find out what slice of the pie the once-bankrupt Coyotes would get from this year’s revenue sharing formula.

“If they get handed a full share, there’s going to be some grumbling,” said the governor.

more including the Islanders situation is still in limgo…

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Boogaard’s Reputation

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I’ll be doing my notebook lead on the two penalties called on Derek Boogaard Saturday night in Vancouver. The Hockey Night in Canada folks apparently went after referee Brad Watson pretty good, and Watson certainly appeared to call Boogaard with “reputation” calls.

I don’t know if Boogaard really angered Watson, or perhaps the ref wanted to showboat for the loud Vancouver faithful, but it was beyond belief how animated Watson got after the two penalties he called on Boogaard. He vivaciously waved Boogaard to the box on both calls like the Boogeyman had just committed murder—one after Darcy Hordichuk twice punched Boogaard in the face and Boogaard retaliated for the lone call and once when Boogaard fell (he may have embellished, but he swears he slipped because he was on one skate when bumped) after the Canucks committed the definition of textbook interference (fencing off) at the blue line. I thought it was Willie Mitchell, but Boogaard says it was Kevin Bieksa.

Regardless, Todd Richards couldn’t use him again—not because of Boogaard, but because he didn’t trust Watson.

more

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Your Favorite Hockey Related Websites/Blogs

Today at NHL.com, I ask readers to list and give us a little background on their favorite websites and discuss a few more topics.

I also ask bloggers to list their blog too and please make sure to give us a little tease as to why we would want to visit your site.

added 11:53am.  Some of the comments may get caught in my spam filter due to the links being posted, but I am watching the comments and will quickly take care of the issue.

note at 2:48pm, Original post was this morning, just bringint it to the top of the blog so it won’t get lost.

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The Best Of The Decade

Allan Muir and Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated take a look back at the last decade in the NHL.

Farber selects the Wings team of the 2001-02 season as the best team of the decade…

Their fourth line in the 2002 Stanley Cup finals featured Igor Larionov centering Luc Robitaille and Tomas Holmstrom. Larionov and Robitaille are now in the Hall of Fame. (Holmstrom will also be going if the Hall establishes a wing for players who set up shop on the edge of the crease during power plays and talk trash.) While Detroit’s 116 regular-season points fell two shy of Colorado’s team of all-stars the previous year, the Wings’ credentials were impeccable. Robitaille and Larionov represent just a sliver of slam-dunk Hall of Famers on that team, which included Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull (already enshrined), Dominik Hasek, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.

Much more by clicking the above links…

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Monday Morning Notes

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

• On Saturday, the NHL’s holiday roster freeze goes in effect for eight days, meaning the last day for GMs to do their pre-Christmas player shopping is the 19th. In recent years, the Christmas deadline hasn’t elicited much action on the trade front, and with the Philadelphia Flyers signing goaltender John Grahame to a minor-league contract as insurance until Ray Emery gets back, it pretty much puts an end to speculation that they are in the market for netminding help.

• How can 14 of the 15 Western Conference teams go into today’s eight-game schedule with winning records – more points in the standings than games played? Obviously, the answer is three-point games – the bonus points awarded for shootout or overtime losses that distort the standings and create the illusion that no team is really struggling, even if they are.

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added 8:28am, from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

You are Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. You wake up yesterday to discover your team, one of the NHL’s sad sacks not so long ago, is tied for top spot in the Western Conference at 45 points with the suddenly free-falling San Jose Sharks, the club you ran before being replaced by Doug Wilson.

Life certainly is good in Mr. Lombardi’s world these days.

A huge key to the Kings’ meteoric rise up the standings can be attributed to their success in the shootout. Los Angeles has reeled off six consecutive shootout victories.

more

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Spend To Win

from David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal,

Many sports fans assume baseball is the game that’s most driven by owners’ pocketbooks. For proof, they could point to the 2009 playoffs, where the final four teams were all near the top of the league in payroll. But the sport where spending money most closely equates to winning games is played on ice, not grass and dirt.

From 2000 to 2008, NHL teams’ winning percentage has a 0.49 correlation to their payroll (where 1 represents a direct correlation and 0 represents no correlation at all). This number doesn’t suggest an airtight relationship, but it’s a stronger correlation than the three other major sports leagues. Major League Baseball has a 0.43 correlation, and the NFL is at a nearly meaningless 0.15, according to a new study by Dave Berri, a professor of economics at Southern Utah University.

continued

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NHL Ref Talks Ref Abuse In The Lower Leagues

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Dave Jackson is used to getting booed and yelled at when he’s at work. It’s part of the job when you’re a referee in the National Hockey League.

“Yelling at the referee has always been part of the game in professional hockey,” Jackson said. “I don’t take exception to it.”

But Jackson does take exception to the verbal abuse he hears young referees taking in minor hockey. Jackson, who lives on the West Island, has been spending more time in local arenas since his NHL season came to a sudden end last month when he tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee during a game. And he doesn’t like what he has seen and heard from some hockey parents - especially at the lower levels - who take the games far too seriously.

“Sometimes kids (at the lower levels) just fall down and parents are yelling for a penalty to be called,” said Jackson, who has a teenage son who referees minor hockey. “A referee can take away the flow of the game by calling penalties that aren’t penalties.

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Evening Line

“To get the fans back they have to play well and to me, I like to go and see some superstars. I’m not a big fan of golf but when I know Tiger Woods is playing I’m going to watch him. I like Dwayne Wade because it’s attractive to have a superstar because a superstar gives you something other people can’t.’‘

“I love the breakaways, penalty shots, the shootouts.  That’s what they did in the World Cup and we should do in the playoffs, too, instead of playing until 3 a.m. Even if it’s 0-0, people get excited for the shootout.’‘

-Pavel Bure on the Panthers and the shootout.  More from Harvey Fialkov at the Sun-Sentinel.

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HNIC Hotstove Talk

The HNIC crew discusses numerous hockey topics, including the Coyotes, the salary cap for next season, ref talk, league spending and the Kovalchuk contract.

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NHLPA Remains Silent On Head Shots

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Does anyone believe the NHLPA would stand for the lenient sentences leveled by the league against headhunting concussion-inducing miscreants if a player whose career was destroyed by a series of brain injuries was there to present a case for victims’ rights and safety in the workplace on a daily basis?

Instead there is silence, the silence of the lambs of the NHLPA.

There is no other issue at the moment for the union other than this one. Why can’t advisor Donald Fehr actually advise the players on the critical nature of safety in the workplace? Or maybe the former executive director of the MLBPA thinks the long-terms effects of concussions are as benign as the long-terms effects of taking steroids.

read on

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