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from Mike Toth at Sportsnet,
So, why are the rules different for Ray?
In my opinion, there’s a hint of racism in the air. Canada is becoming more multi-cultural by the day, especially in major cities. But for the most part, the hockey culture is still predominantly white and many NHL power brokers grew up in a Canada that was completely different. Unlike their compatriots in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball, NHL general managers don’t have any experience dealing with the Allen Iverson’s of the sports world. Many black people have their own distinct culture and when a guy like Emery walks into a dressing room with his flashy clothes and hip-hop spirit, some hockey people tend to raise their eyebrows.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
Hockey is a humble sport by most accounts. The players don’t do much bragging, teams rarely tinker with classic logos and the league prefers Americans don’t get over-stimulated by showing them games on TV stations they could watch at bars or even their homes.
But to say hockey people are honest is a stretch sometimes. There’s something lacking in several recent NHL stories that needs to be rectified. Let’s just call it The Realness. As in, “Get real, you don’t actually think we believe what you just told us, do you?”
The best recent example of this came when Jay Feaster “resigned” as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Survival was part of the game…
From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,
• Can Sidney Crosby wrestle away the scoring title and MVP award from Alex Ovechkin? Sid the Kid was making his move up the scoring charts this season when he suffered a high ankle sprain that ultimately shelved him 29 games. Still, he came back and led his team to the Stanley Cup final.
• Will Chris Chelios play again? Truth is, I hope he does. Although he was a healthy scratch during the final, the 46-year-old Chelios can still be a fine No. 5 defender on the defending champs. I’d love to see him hit his goal of playing until he’s 50.
read on for eight more reasons
Since the hockey news is at a minimun at this time of year, I thought you may enjoy this feature on Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.
Expect revenue sharing to be front and center on the table the next time around, but expect it to be on the Board of Governors’ table so that the owners can confront one another over it before approaching the union.
- read more from Larry Brooks on this revenue sharing topic…
from Michael K Ozanian of Forbes,
The NHL’s salary cap, which became law with the league’s new collective bargaining agreement following the cancellation of the 2004-05 season, is coming back to haunt the owners….
The WHA folded after seven seasons but forced NHL teams to significantly boost their payrolls to keep their best players. The CHL is going to do the same thing and crush the profit margins of some teams unless the NHL’s owners are smart enough to revise the CBA. One possibility: only the signing bonus portion of a players’ contract counts against the salary cap if a player retires or cannot play the majority of a season.
Which companies get the most bang for their buck advertising through the NBA or NHL? The answer, according to a study by Baylor University and iThink: beer, insurance and office supply businesses. We awarded NBA and NHL point totals to indicate how much “lift” a brand gets in distinction, loyalty and purchase behavior from sports fans over and above non-sports fans. [...]
Here are the top 10, with NBA scores weighted 3.5 times more heavily than NHL scores to reflect its superior reach.
Here are the Top-10 most effective sports advertisers. (NHL fans like beer. A lot. Go figure. They also seem especially fond of office supplies…).
And Tom Van Riper has written a complete story on the subject here.
From Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports,
High-profile names and big-buck contracts are usually the attention grabbers when the free-agent market opens, but many teams help themselves with signings that go under the radar.
Here’s a look at a dozen of those deals:
Ty Conklin, Detroit: With so much focus on Detroit’s stunning signing of Marian Hossa, the other player the champs grabbed from Pittsburgh has been all but forgotten. But getting the former Penguins backup goalie for a one-year, $750,000 deal is a coup for Detroit.
read on for more on Conklin, plus 11 other deals that deserve some extra attention
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Are you like me? At a certain point — probably around Tuesday, when they signed Brandon Bochenski, did you finally and completely lose count of how many player transactions the Tampa Bay Lightning had completed in the past three weeks? And further, did you wonder if they were planning to play four forwards and one defenceman most shifts under new coach Barry Melrose since it seemed as if every one of those new faces played up front (or did until Andrew Hutchinson signed the other day).
continued and more NHL topics…
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