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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Well, this year something new will play out in the Nevada desert. The NHL’s annual awards ceremony is headed to Las Vegas, in its familiar time frame, between the awarding of the Stanley Cup (perhaps as late as June 16) and prior to the June 26-27 draft in Montreal. Messrs. Hart, Norris, Vezina, Richard et al are giving up the comfy confines of downtown Toronto, long the stodgy stage of the gala, and are headed with hardware in hand for the world’s gambling mecca. Union boss Paul Kelly, appearing last Saturday on the New England Hockey Journal radio show, confirmed the venue change and emphatically placed the NHLPA stamp of approval on it (this officially drops the “Just Say No Players Association” from the Sunday Hockey Notes lexicon). The shift to L.V., mused Kelly, will offer the event a greater and glitzier profile, possibly attracting more media coverage and high-profile entertainers from other sports and industries (see: Hollywood).
more plus other hockey topics, including the fighting talk at the GM meetings.
Also, it is my understanding the NHL Awards Show will take place at the Pearl Theater at Palms Place in Las Vegas.
Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are: Dave Pagnotta (The Fourth Period), Lyle Richardson (Spector’s Hockey), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), NHL player agent Jay Fee, former NHLer Jim Cummins, and Conor McKenna (Team 990 Montreal).
from Japers’ Rink,
My suggestion is not for more instruction from the NHL head office (although that may help). My suggestion is that all referees be paired into teams that will work together through the course of the season. NFL, NBA, and MLB all do that and arguably all of these sports require less communication and implicit understanding among crew members. NFL and MLB officials have regular breaks where they can get together and discuss the call. That is simply not an option in the NHL. The officials need to know the tendencies of their partners, need to know how the other official calls games and know under what circumstances the backside official should be making a call.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
When the NHL’s 30 general managers convene in Florida on Monday for their annual meetings, the future of fighting in hockey will dominate the discussions.
Based on interviews with several GMs, there is at least one form of fighting most of them would like to see disappear, but no one knows how to do it without an outright ban on fights. And no general manager could be found who supports the complete elimination of fighting.
What most of them would like to see is an end to the staged fight, where two players whose only role on the team is to fight, drop their gloves and go at it.
“The sense I get is there will be a lot of discussion on staged fights,” said Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “I’m against that. But no, I don’t see an outright ban on fighting.”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
You know an NHL referee has done a good job when you don’t notice him during the game but realize later that he let the players play and kept everyone in line.
Rob Shick is one of those good referees, but the Temecula resident is retiring after he officiates the Kings’ game against Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. He’s scheduled to have 22 friends and family members in the audience.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
One of the more interesting races to monitor between now and the end of the season is the Devils’ pursuit of the Bruins for top spot in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage throughout the first three rounds, which could be critical since Boston has only four home losses in regulation this season and Washington just six.
Parise’s emergence, and Patrick Elias’s return to form, has changed the Devils’ identity slightly this year – eight forwards have a chance to crack the 20-goal barrier this season and that doesn’t include Brendan Shanahan, who has four in his first 15 games since returning to the team as an unrestricted free agent.
If the Devils have a perceived shortcoming, it is the lack of offence from the blue line, although of late, Johnny Oduya, a free-agent signing back in the summer of 2006, has been quite effective in that role.
read on and many more topics including Eric’s return to NYC.
from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,
Overhyped and over-covered? Perhaps. But, very clearly, there is an appetite for construction (and re-construction) in hockey fandom.
But what about those puck zealots not fortunate enough to have TV or Internet access midday, mid-week? You know, the Joes and Josephines working 9-to-5 who actually have to focus on their employment? Or the scores of students in school, champing to know what the Oilers got for Erik Cole.
On D-day in our Toronto office, we went down to the coffee shop and saw 15 guys craning their necks, trying to glimpse at the lone monitor in order to glean what had transpired at the deadline….
A Sunday afternoon in early March is perfect timing from a hockey fan’s perspective: the NFL is done, MLB is still early in spring training and the weather remains typically crummy in most of the hockey world, meaning the majority of us are indoors anyhow.
And the NHL schedule on Sundays is often light – or could be tailored accordingly – so the deadline wouldn’t have to conflict with a heavy slate of games.
from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
Trade deadline day in the past has been a fan and media favorite, very exciting with lots to talk about.
Yesterday was different. Why?
To start, we are well into the new CBA and its ramifications have started to take root. There are only 50 contracts that a team can take on. There is a hard cap and as folks have noticed, the cap will be flat to down over the next few years. Hence there was a lot of trading player for player and salary for salary. It reminds me a bit of the NBA trading dollar for dollar and contract for contract.
The economic landscape has changed too. Teams aren’t looking to add to payroll. They want to shed payroll. Many teams that had high-priced veteran players were looking to exchange those contracts for younger players with lower-priced contracts
So how was your day? Happy, scratching your head or just want to hit the couch and relax a bit?
A big thanks goes out to Alanah for her great work today and even Bill(IwoCPO) chipped in with early morning updates.
Tonight we relax with limited posting in the KK Hockey section, then get back right at it tomorrow morning.
Thanks to all of you for visiting KK today and in the past. I will have some visitor numbers for you sometime tomorrow.
For a handy list of all the transactions done today, The Score set up a transaction tracker that’s been updated quickly and accurately all day long. To scroll through today’s deals, check it out here.
Alternately, Sportsnet’s Trade Tracker page is also a handy reference.
For more details on all the day’s transactions together on one post, the deadline liveblog at ESPN will take you through all the transactions, minute-by-minute.
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