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What are you plans for the trade deadline? Skipping school or work, maybe not but still keeping an eye on all the action?
What websites will you be visiting and what radio/TV stations will you be monitoring?
Let me know your plans and provide links if you’d like, you just may be helping out your fellow hockey fan!
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:
Ah, but do not fret. There are dozens of other players, from the stars to the grunts, whose futures are unpredictable as the NHL Trade Deadline arrives. Leahy and I have taken a gander at 30 such players, breaking down their contract status, where they could be headed, why they might be traded and why they may end up staying put.
Read it now, before reality ruins everything ...
from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,
The NHL is poised to keep more than $120 million in player escrow money at the end of this season, sources familiar with the league’s projections say.
The anticipated escrow return will be the largest ever made to the NHL and could deliver more than $4 million to each club’s bottom line at a time when the economy has softened and many have seen declines in single-game receipts.
It will be the second time since the league passed its current collective-bargaining agreement in 2005 that the NHL has kept a portion of the escrow money.
continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid subscripition link to KK…
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen via TSN,
You have just two days left to come up with your excuse to call in sick Wednesday. Here’s a tip: develop the early symptoms of a sore throat Monday, just to plant a seed with the boss. If still you look fresh and healthy when you leave the office Tuesday, it will be too obvious. C’mon, this is textbook trade deadline strategy!
Those of you who implement your plan successfully will spend the day on the couch in your boxers, with half a Cheeto hanging from your chin, getting exciting about seventh defencemen being traded for fifth-round draft picks, and occasionally drifting off into a fantasy that your Sens will get Zdeno Chara back. For Martin Gerber, straight up.
from Curtis Stock of the Edmonton Journal,
New research confirms what many NHL hockey fans have long suspected, that referees consistently call more penalties on visiting teams.
In a sampling of more than 2,300 power plays from Jan. 1 through mid-February, home teams had 11.5 per cent more man advantages than did visitors.
National Hockey League teams have won 55 per cent more points and games at home than on the road this year — a statistic which fits nicely into the 54- to 56-per-cent advantage home teams have enjoyed throughout this decade.
Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are: Peter Chiarelli (Boston Bruins GM), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jim Cummins (former NHLer), Patrick Hoffman (Kukla’s Korner), Jeremiah Gordon (World Outdoor Hockey Championships), and Conor McKenna (Team 990 Montreal).
from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,
The time has never been better to expand the NHL playoff structure from 16 to 20 teams.
It’s way overdue. Come on, way back in the days of the Original 21, it was a 16-team playoff format. So the pool of non-playoff teams has risen from five to 14 without so much as a revision? Doesn’t make sense.
The time is right for a few reasons.
(a) More parity in the NHL than ever before. In the Eastern Conference this season, there’s a clear gap between the 10th-place team and the 11th-place team. That’s a natural dividing line. In the Western Conference, 11 teams are in contention for just the final four spots. It’s a shame that seven of them will miss the post-season dance.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Each season, Campbell says, one or two teams think they are “getting a raw deal,” sparking anger and conspiracy theories. He acknowledges that the Blue Jackets are one of those teams this season.
The Jackets are 1-6 on video reviews, according to league-issued, play-by-play summaries. Two disallowed goals—one by captain Rick Nash on Oct. 25 in Minnesota, the other by Manny Malhotra on Dec. 18 in Dallas—loom large for a franchise trying to make its first playoff appearance.
Campbell said he empathizes with all NHL fans who feel wronged but emphasizes that past calls will have no bearing on the next review.
“It would be easy to say, ‘It’s Columbus, they’ve got to make the playoffs this year and they have had a couple of tough calls go against them and they need this one,’ ” he said. “But we can’t do that.”
More than goals
Some Blue Jackets fans swear that Toronto’s injustice toward them goes back several seasons. Peruse the Internet long enough, though, and you will find similar stories and controversies involving other franchises.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 27, 2009) – The countdown is on to the 2009 NHL Trade Deadline. Whether at work or play, NHL fans will have the opportunity to stay connected to all the action leading up to and throughout Trade Deadline Day 2009 through unprecedented coverage by the NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Radio.
Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to bolster their rosters for their 2009 playoff runs. Beginning at noon that day, the League’s three media platforms will simulcast six hours of trade deadline-focused programming that will keep fans informed while providing exclusive access to the League’s movers and shakers and, for the first time, a behind-the-scenes look at how a trade officially goes down.
from Daryl at The Offside,
Why am I being so hard on hockey? It’s not because I dislike it (it might be the most watchable US sport in that it’s 5-a-side football + ice + fights).
But I’m basically sick of soccer being the punchline in US sports. So have decided - for one post only - to lash out. At hockey.
Mostly because if the beautiful game is going to catch up/overtake one of the bigger US sports, it’s clearly going to be the one where paying fans are in danger of frostbite and none of the players have any front teeth.
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