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from Sean McCormick of Sportsnet,
Effective Wednesday, the NHL has increased the penalty for elbowing from two minutes in the penalty box to two games in the press box.
That is the reality of the situation following the two-game suspension that the league handed Jarkko Ruutu for his “elbow” on Maxim Lapierre last night in Montreal. For the record, Lapierre was not injured and Ruutu was penalized two minutes on the play…
By entertaining the whimpering Habs, the league has set a dangerous precedent. Bryan Murray said as much today, inferring that a precedent has now been set.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
I admit it, there’s a soft spot in my heart when I hear or think of the Original Six. Those two words bring back so many fond memories because I am actually old enough to remember when only six teams played in the NHL.
Growing up in Detroit, I was lucky enough to have a father who worked in the auto industry and was the recipient of a boatload of tickets to all the sporting events, especially Red Wings games. I attended about 30-35 games a season for a span of about 10 years, and during that time, my love of the game was established.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Hall of Famers were finished strolling down the red carpet and most of the attending media was downstairs in the restaurant, Piazza Manna, which turns into the media center for the induction ceremony.
Of course, no matter where the media goes there has to be food, and there was here and it was good. Wings and pizza and lasagna and sandwiches and wraps and a salad. Good stuff, right?
Yeah, Steve Yzerman thought so….
If you think it was strange to have a hockey legend come into the media center for a meal, you’re not alone.
“You guys invade our territory all the time,” Yzerman said, “so I figured I’d invade yours.”
read on for coverage of the induction ceremony…
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.
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