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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It was a rule change that came with little fanfare, one that has been barely noticeable to some fans.
But the effect on scoring is indisputable – having the faceoff after a penalty is called in the defensive zone of the penalized team has led to more power-play goals.
As the NHL heads today to its official halfway mark – game 615 of the scheduled 1,230 is Pittsburgh vs. Colorado – power-play effectiveness across the league is up.
On average, teams are scoring 18.6 per cent of the time they have a man advantage, a marked jump over the last three seasons – 17.7 per cent efficiency – and the 16.5 per cent in 2003-04. If the pace keeps, teams will score about 100 more power-play goals this season.
“We have found this rule change to be a very positive influence,” said Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice-president of hockey operations. “Players feel it’s a huge advantage for the power play and a difficult play for the penalty killers.”
from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
...Because of a lease that makes it virtually impossible to move the team out of its publicly financed digs in Glendale, without entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and because the team seems doomed to lose huge amounts of money there in perpetuity, it is hard to imagine anyone buying the Coyotes while the team is tied to its current home. That means the league doesn’t have to worry about Jim Balsillie riding to the rescue and making things complicated, but it does have to wonder whether there’s anyone out there who is rich enough and irrational enough to buy the franchise and keep it in Arizona in the teeth of a deepening recession.
So there are no obvious Band-Aid solutions here. And the other NHL club owners, who are all dealing with their own challenges, can’t be thrilled at the prospect of throwing good money after bad (the Coyotes, or at least their lender, cashed a $15-million revenue-sharing cheque last year) to keep the team going beyond this season in what seems by definition a hopeless situation.
Pat Quinn, fresh off his gold medal win with Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
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From Mike Milbury at CBC’s hockey blog:
As a coach, he was tremendously successful in Philadelphia, and he’s the last Leafs bench boss to produce a competitive team. On top of that, he is fiercely loyal and a very fair man. What’s not to like about a guy like this?
Critics would say that Quinn has never been an X’s and O’s guy. Maybe, but the essence of coaching is far deeper than a Hockey Canada manual. It is more about managing people, setting expectations for players and making them accountable for achieving those goals.
The best coaches I have ever been around have one thing in common: they know their players’ emotional and psychological makeup and, armed with that knowledge, find ways to motivate then. Further, they inspire a loyalty from their players, who come to realize over time that the guy behind the bench wants them to succeed. From all that I know, Pat Quinn is this type of man and coach.
I normally refrain from posting vulgar language, but this one is funny. It happens about the 40 second mark but watch from the beginning to understand what happened.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
NHL Players Association executive director Paul Kelly said players are ready to discuss the possibility of allowing the league to schedule two showcase games on Christmas Day….
Having completed his fall tour with players, Kelly said he came away believing the majority of players are open to the idea of having one early game and one late game that could be featured on national television.
Kelly said he would envision having two close-proximity rivals play each other to cut down on the travel time for the visiting team.
“We certainly see the importance of this from a marketing standpoint,” Kelly said.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
No Bruins! Oh my God! What a travesty!
Puh-lease. Get a grip. Who cares?!
The All-Star Game is a joke, and any fan who gets hot and bothered over their players not getting voted in as starters should seriously consider getting a life….
By far, the biggest oversight in fan voting was Alex Ovechkin. The Washington Capitals sniper should obviously be starting up front for the East alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
more hockey topics…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Take this to the bank: the next outdoor game on New Year’s Day 2010 will be at the brand new Yankee Stadium with the New York Rangers on the bill.
If the league’s smart, they will get Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals as the other headliners. It might be an idea for NBC and the curious audience in the U.S. to lobby for the game’s most exciting player, don’t you think?
“You never see him on Versus (U.S. once a week) or not very often on Hockey Night in Canada. That’s unfortunate,” said Dallas Stars’ Mike Modano, who’s a big fan.
• Sources say Crosby misses Ryan Malone and Jarkko Ruuttu to look after the talking in the Pittsburgh room while he leads on the ice, and he’s more upset about the Penguins not signing Marian Hossa than he’s letting on.
• Sergei Zubov’s hip surgery scuttles any plans Bob Gainey had of maybe trying to get the defenceman at the trade deadline from his old employers, the Dallas Stars, to work the point. Gainey’s plan B might be Scott Niedermayer, who’s on the last year of his contract in Anaheim, but that would mean the Ducks are in sell-off mode.
much more hockey talk…
from Damien Cox of the Spin,
Where in the world did this dopey tradition of a parade to the bench for high fives all around after every goal begin?
It’s childish. Watching NHL players do it like they were peewee players is laughable. What ever happened to the great tradition of the game in which a goal was scored, there would be a celebration near the net, and then they’d just line up and drop the puck again?
Having teams skate right in front of the opponents bench after a goal is simply taunting on a team-wide scale. Moreover, in a heated game, you’re just asking for trouble. Basically, you’re allowing teams to celebrate twice - once in a little hug session, once with a fly-by for high fives at their bench.
a bit more in regards to the WJC…
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