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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
“Can the Ontario market support another team? Probably,” Bettman told an audience at a sports business conference in Toronto. “But you can’t base a decision on probability. You have got to study the market closely.”
Bettman went on to say that relocating an existing franchise to the Toronto area to compete with the Toronto Maple Leafs would not happen because all 30 of the NHL’s clubs are in good financial shape. Then he said expansion was not on the horizon, either, because of “uncertain economic conditions.”
The only way the league would consider relocation of a franchise, Bettman said, is if an owner decided, with the agreement of the league’s governors, that his team could not survive in its market.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
If you could make one change to the NHL, what would it be?
From a poll of hockey broadcasters, the most cited change was: reduce the number of regular-season games.
“I think it would prove to be a boon to the quality of the game and the longevity of the players,” the CBC’s Mike Milbury said.
Milbury and Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet say ideally the 82-game schedule would be reduced by at least 10.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Time for the 34th annual (okay, 2nd), highly anticipated (by my Mom), critically acclaimed (Mom again), Hockey of Fame Induction Ceremony Blog….
7:51—Igor Larianov is inducted and calls Canada the Mecca of hockey (or something to that effect…I’m a lousy transcriber). Hope Putin doesn’t get a hold of this speech. He will not be pleased.
8:02—Ray Scapinella, one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet, is inducted in the referee/linesman category. Confession: until I read his name in the paper this week, I always thought there was an “m” in his there. I’ve met the man several times. He’s “Scampy”, not “Scappy”! I, like everybody else, have been calling him Scampinella for 20 years. I never got a chance to ask him where the extra “m” came from. It will keep me up tonight.
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
...should there be a “term limit” on the Commissioner’s office? And if so, then should there also be a limit on the time any one individual heads the NHL Players Association? Would the game be better served with this idea in place? Would more get done? Would views be broader? Would it be worse? Lots of queries.
Take the current Commish for instance. If you were to break Gary Bettman’s tenure into 4-year segments he would be approaching the end of his fourth term.
At 6:30 p.m. ET, the Hall of Fame Pre-Show will feature a red-carpet style entrance by the honored guests as well as other celebrities.
At 7:30 p.m., NHL Network will televise the 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, featuring the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame—Igor Larionov, Glenn Anderson, Ed Chynoweth, and Ray Scapinello, as well as Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner Mike “Doc” Emrick and Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award winner Neil Stevens.
NHL.com will have live streaming coverage of all the festivities.
NEW YORK (November 10, 2008) – Just one month into the 2008-09 regular season, the National Hockey League already is building off of the momentum from the preceding seasons with the addition of new corporate partners, record-breaking game attendance, a rise in TV ratings and a record number of fans signing up to watch live NHL games online.
from Dan Peterson of Live Science,
Big hits have always been part of hockey, but the price paid in injuries is on the rise.
A total of 759 NHL players have been diagnosed with a concussion since 1997, according to data released last month at the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Sports Concussion Symposium in New York. For the 10 seasons studied, that works out to about 76 players per season and 31 concussions per 1,000 hockey games. During the 2006–07 season, that resulted in 760 games missed by those injured players, an increase of 41 percent from 2005–06.
Researchers have found two reasons for the jump in severity — the physics of motion and the ever-expanding hockey player.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The value of a second NHL team in Toronto would range between $400-million and $600-million, and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment would be entitled to a one-time territorial payment of up to $250-million for allowing the relocation of an existing team, according to sports economists.
The second team in Toronto would instantly become the third most valuable franchise in the league behind the Maple Leafs and New York Rangers and on par with the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens, sports finance expert Marc Ganis said.
Ganis, the president of SportsCorp Ltd. of Chicago and a consultant to professional sports clubs and leagues, said the size and strength of the Greater Toronto Area market would drive the new franchise’s value.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This probably isn’t what’s meant by giving the finger, but the Maple Leafs are already attempting to deal Jeff Finger, the defenseman whom they signed to a four-year, $14M free agent contract this July, we’re told.
Finally, for those people who say, “Lou would never do that,” when the possibility is raised of Lamoriello trading for Nikolai Khabibulin in the wake of the potentially shattering elbow injury to Martin Brodeur, they should never forget this:
Lou would do anything.
more for some CBA talk and other hockey notes…
From Phil Coffey at NHL.com
Truth be told, Hall of Fame Weekend is one of my favorite parts of a season that has a lot of favorite parts.
As an addicted history buff in all things, not just hockey, I’ll never turn away from the chance to read any hockey history that comes my way. That’s a strong thread here at NHL.com. This week alone, we dug into some pretty important historical stories that actually weren’t related to the Hall of Fame. Most fans know Red Berenson as the hockey coach at Michigan, but you may not realize he was a pretty fair NHL player in his own right. John Kreiser looked at one of the NHL’s unforgettable nights when Berenson scored 6 goals against the Flyers at the Spectrum. No easy road there.
read on for links to more HHOF stories at NHL.com
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