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Working The Games- On-Ice Officials

NHL referee Brad Watson sits down with Heidi Androl to discuss the adjustments on-ice officials need to make while working the Olympic Games.

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Afternoon Line

It would be a shame, in four years’ time, if there were no NHL players at the Winter Games in Sochi - no superstars to appear on television across the globe - because they were being kept safely wrapped up for North America to enjoy. Everyone should know who Sidney Crosby is. Everyone should know the game he’s playing.

-Ollie Williams at his BBC blog.  Read more on this topic…

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Steps To Sochi

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, Before The Road to Sochi 2014 lurches to a conclusion, the NHL needs to tidy up some issues. In no particular order:

• Licensing. During Salt Lake City 2002, the NHL had the right to have its shield appear with the Olympic rings. That didn’t happen in Turin or Vancouver. To extract more from its Olympic participation, the NHL would like more co-branding.

• Scheduling. Like the Players Association, the NHL is concerned about the abruptness of the switch from league games to Olympic games. (Edmonton played Anaheim on Sunday night. This tournament began Tuesday.) A buffer would be nice, in any case, although travel from North America to Sochi would make it imperative.

• Coverage. The league has its NHL Network, but in the Vancouver pecking order, it runs neck-and-neck with The Score. (The Score, for those not privileged to live in Canada, is a tertiary all-sports network that is a non-rights holder here.) The NHL Network does not envision showing games, naturally, but at least it would like greater access to players.

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“Gary, We Need You”

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Fasel stopped short of dropping to his knees and pleading with Bettman to make sure NHL players are in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, but he didn’t stop short by a lot. He suggested the NHL can lose its All-Star break to create more time to send players to Sochi and said continuing to send players would enhance the game’s growth.

“The effort to shut down for two weeks and play here is worth it,” Fasel told reporters at a news conference while Bettman, sitting to his right, grew increasingly red-faced. “For our game, our fans, Gary, we need you.”

Bettman, the red spots in his cheeks fairly blazing by now, smiled. “It’s nice to be needed,” he said, though his tone didn’t match his words.

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Ted Has A Point

from Ted Leonis of Ted’s Take,

The NHL has provided more than $ 2 BILLION of committed contracts in terms of players to the Olympics. The Capitals have provided in our six players more than $ 200 million worth of talent as well, I believe. And in payment back we received two free tickets to each game, per team.  Seems like a fair exchange huh?

And we aren’t allowed to do any press work on site or media streaming in any way or use the Olympic logos or see our players or park at the arena and on and on. I bet I am violating some rules in blogging about the Olympics as I am not paying a penny to do so. I didn’t ask for permission or credentials either.

I love the Olympics but we don’t have a fair exchange of value that is for sure.

As far as I can tell the Olympic Committee is more important than governments, leagues, police forces, individual teams, athletes and even religions. They rule! They are in total control. The floggings will continue until morale improves around here!

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KHL Full Of NHL Type Players

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Take a look at the Olympic rosters of all teams competing in the men’s tournament and then tell me the KHL hasn’t hurt the NHL.

No way you can say that. While many thought the KHL would be able to lure away many of the top-level players, so far that hasn’t happened—unless Ilya Kovalchuk has a genuine surprise for everyone at the end of the season.

But that’s not likely to happen either because, while he might get a long-term offer from a Russianleague team, he’d be nuts to take it—contracts in Russian not having quite the same meaning, if you get the drift here.

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NHL Has Nothing To Gain By Not Going To Sochi

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

But if the NHL pulls out, the flavour and competitive nature of the tournament will be enormously different in Sochi when it returns – correctly – to the larger international ice surface. With no NHLers, the U.S. will have to go back to using college kids, Canada’s team will look like a Spengler Cup entrant again and the NHL will be handing over the tournament marquee to the KHL, which already will have 60 or more players in the Vancouver tournament.

Which league will look big-league then? How will the NHL gain by retreating into self-imposed Olympic exile while countries like Latvia and Germany suddenly find themselves able to compete with the top North American countries, home to the NHL?

This, to be fair, shapes up to be a brilliant hockey tournament, one without a clear favourite. There’s Canada with home-ice advantage, the Swedes as defending champs and the Russians holding bragging rights from back-to-back world titles. The U.S. will be sentimental favourites due to Brian Burke’s personal ordeal and everybody seems to forget Finland won silver four years ago.

But without the NHL, there might be even more intrigue, more of a sense of the unknown.

Better than anything Bettman’s league can ever serve up in the final two weeks of February, for sure.

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Team Transaction Questions?

Bob McKenzie via his Twitter may have the answers you are looking for.  I know I have received numerous emails and other forms of correspondence that Bob’s remarks will answer.

No trades can be made now until after midnight when the Olys are over, the night of Sunday Feb. 28/morning of Monday March 1

But teams can still call up and demote players to the minors etc until early next week, at which time it’s a total freeze I believe.

Once NHL teams resume mini training camps prior to end of Olympics, they can start promoting and demoting players.

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How’s The NHL Doing?

NEW YORK (February 12, 2010) – The National Hockey League continues to show impressive momentum with sustained growth across multiple platforms. Through the first two-thirds of the regular season, NHL fans continue to display their unprecedented demand for NHL hockey by attending games, tuning in on television, purchasing at retail and logging on to NHL.com. 

The League’s latest business highlights include:

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Thursday Hockey Notes

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

• In addition to the Maple Leafs, Oilers and Hurricanes, some teams will look at the Olympic break to decide if they are buyers or sellers at the deadline on the first Wednesday in March. One manager told me the magic number is 10. That’s 10 points out of 8th spot. And when you consider that means that a team that is 10 down would probably have to go 15-5 in its last 20 games to have a chance. Do the math, by Valentines Day the list of teams down by double digits might be prove to make the trade deadline day a wild day indeed.

• Interesting to note that replacement players for Olympic teams can only happened based on a list that was given last year to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). The list has to be very extensive, in order to cover any issue. It is so large, I’m told, the Canadian list includes Guy Lafleur. You also have to wonder, with all the public funding that the three levels of government are putting into the Games, why the list isn’t made public… ever!

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